By Jeremy Fraser
Sept. 21, 2015
Kirk MacDonald found his passion for music during his high school years at Breton Education Centre. But never thought he’d be where he is today in his career.
The 55-year-old was one of three New Waterford musicians nominated Sept. 16 for this year’s Music Nova Scotia awards.
It’s great to have people recognize hard work, said MacDonald.
“I’m thrilled to have received the nomination. It helps create a profile and credibility outside of Canada as well.”
In March, MacDonald received the Juno Award for solo jazz album of the year for his album Vista Obscura, which was released Nov. 10, 2014. He also won his first ECMA for jazz recording of the year for Symmetry, released in June 2014.
It’s been a great year and a pleasure to win the awards, he said.
“I was very happy to receive the awards. It’s great to have people recognize my hard work and dedication to music.”
In addition to performing extensively throughout Canada, MacDoanld has performed in the USA, Spain, France, Italy, Holland, Monaco, Australia, Korea, Bermuda and the Bahamas.
For over 25 years, MacDonald has worked and recorded with many leading Canadian, U.S. and international jazz musicians including Claude Ranger, Dave Young, Sam Noto, Sonny Greenwich, Kenny Wheeler and Eddie Henderson.
MacDonald has many people to thank for his success this year, MacDonald said.
“I have to send a special thank you to the musicians who shared their incredible gifts including Harold Mabern, Neil Swainson, Andre White and Pat LaBarbera.”
The family is thrilled with the Music Nova Scotia nomination, said Kim MacDonald, Kirk’s sister.
“It is always nice to be recognized for hard work, win or not. Kirk is an incredible musician who works very hard at playing, composing and pushing the boundaries musically, he always did.”
The family plans to attend the Music Nova Scotia awards ceremony, set for Nov. 8 in Yarmouth, N.S., said Kim.
“We wouldn’t miss the chance to see Kirk winning another award. He are excited and can’t wait for November.”
Other New Waterford musicians nominated for awards are Norma MacDonald and Gillian Head. MacDonald has received an Americana/bluegrass recording of the year nomination for her album Burn the Tapes. Meanwhile, Head is up for a traditional/roots recording of the year nomination for her album Spirit.
Voting for the awards is open to members of Music Nova Scotia. Voting is underway and closes Oct. 6 at 5 p.m.
The winners will be revealed during Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week, Nov. 5-8, in Yarmouth, N.S. The Music Nova Scotia Awards will be handed out on Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Music and Industry Awards brunch to be held at the Rodd Grand Hotel.