The duo — Andrew James O'Brien and Catherine Allan — are busy on tour in Saskatchewan, but sent O'Brien's mom to accept their awards in their place: FACTOR Album of the Year for "The Bliss," Group of the Year, The Telegram Folk/Roots Recording of the Year and SOCAN Songwriter of the Year.
"We wish we could have been there to celebrate," O'Brien and Allan told The Telegram in a written message. "To be recognized next to some of the best artists in our province is incredible. The talent is staggering."
Fortunate Ones were one of a few multiple MusicNL Award winners: The Once won George Street Association Entertainer of the Year and Nickel Music Video of the Year for "We Are All Running," while singer/songwriter Kat McLevey won Female Artist of the Year and Bell Aliant Rising Star of the Year. McLevey, who was home on a break from her studies at Berklee College of Music, hopped on a plane to go back to Boston just a couple hours after the brunch.
"I was laughing beforehand with my friends that I should probably think of something to say just in case (I won), but it was a joke," McLevey said of her surprise over her wins. "I feel very privileged to win two awards. I can't believe it, it means so much to me."
DC Design House Male Artist of the Year went to singer/songwriter Jerry Stamp, while the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Labrador musician Harry Martin.
Other winners were:
Waterfront Fire: Alternative Recording of the Year
Aaron Collis and Duane Andrews: VOCM Celtic/Traditional Recording of the Year
Dave McHugh: Country Recording of the Year
Ouroboros: Instrumental Recording of the Year
Denis Parker and the Modern Saints: Classic Hits Coast 101.1 FM Jazz/Blues Recording of the Year
Mick Davis: Molson/Coors Pop/Rock Recording of the Year
Chad Murphy: Side Musician of the Year
Jen Winsor: Denis Parker Industry Builder Award
Lindy Whitt: Unsung Hero Award
Scott Hammond: Industry Professional of the Year
The Blue Room: Outstanding Company of the Year
Tom Cochrane: Media Person of the Year
Adam Baxter: Music Educator of the Year
Paul Heppleston: Volunteer of the Year
Jud Haynes: Graphic Artist of the Year
MusicNL Week continues this afternoon with a masters edition songwriters' circle, featuring Harry Martin, Pamela Morgan, Jim Payne, Fergus O'Byrne, Dave Panting, Glenn Simmons, Chris Hennessey and Larry Foley, and will wrap up tonight with a "supershow" at the Delta hotel ballroom, featuring The Once, Kim Stockwood, Damhnait Doyle, The Ennis Sisters, and Steve Maloney and the Wandering Kind. Ticket information is available at www.musicnl.ca.
See full story and more photos in Monday's Telegram.