Music PEI Week 2011 has ended. As always it was filled with great music and good times. I took my video camera around Friday night to three different venues and 9 different bands. That'll make a lot of editing in my future, an endeavour that has already begun. So far I have finished with two bands, Racoon Bandit and The North Lakes, both at Solid Rock Cafe. Racoon Bandit won Best Video for their video HAT and The North Lakes won best Alternative Album.
Big winners were one of my favourite bands, Haunted Hearts. They get played a lot on The Moe and Martin Show and I've probably seen them live more than any other band (including seeing them Friday night, stay tuned for video, they really rocked!). They get classified as Country, but I don't think the standard classifications are working very well for PEI bands anymore. When I think country I think twangy whiny crap music, and that they are not. Perhaps it's just that the classification has changed while I wasn't paying attention. Anyway, Haunted Hearts won Group of the Year, Album of the Year, Country Album of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year.
Molly Rankin, another regular on the radio show, won 3 awards herself, Female Vocalist, New Artist, and Pop Recording. Each of her speeches at the awards was funnier than the previous. In fact the whole awards show was hilarious. Fraser and Lenny did another fantastic job as hosts.
Keep an eye on my YouTube channel for all the videos, but until then, here's a couple from Racoon Bandit and The North Lakes: