The following statement was read in the House of Assembly today by the Honourable Steve Crocker, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation:
Mr. Speaker, today I want to recognize this year’s East Coast Music Award winners and nominees from our province.
Newfoundland and Labrador had many amazing artists nominated in a variety of categories.
Of these nominees, we had 6 winners. Congratulations to
- Silver Wolf Band who took home the award for Indigenous Artist of the Year,
- Kellie Loder who won Fan Choice Video of the Year for her song Molded Like a Monster,
- The Swinging Belles won Children’s Entertainer of the Year
- The Heavy Horses won Country Recording of the Year for their album, With Darkness in My Eyes
- Peter Green took home the award for Live or Virtual Sound Engineer of the Year
- And Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers won a Stompin’ Tom Award
Mr. Speaker, some of the most talented musicians in the world hail from Newfoundland and Labrador and play a vital role in the continued success of the cultural sector. I would also like to recognize MusicNL, an organization that fosters the growth and development of the province’s music community, supporting it as a viable industry on the world stage.
The cultural industries generate skilled jobs and attract new investment to the province. In support of the cultural sector, Budget 2021 includes: a new Artist Support Program, which will be a component of the new Tourism and Hospitality Support Program; $10 million for the Film and Television Equity Investment Program; $5 million for ArtsNL and $3.3 million for the Cultural Economic Development Program.
Culture is not only vitally important to the social fabric of this place, but it is an important pillar of our economy. We must continue to support our artists in every way we can.
Mr. Speaker, I invite my Honourable colleagues to join me in congratulating all of our East Coast Music Award winners, as well as all of those nominated.