Earlier this month Costelo became one of the few women to be awarded Producer of the Year by a major music industry organization.
Just a few weeks after winning Music Nova Scotia’s Producer of the Year award at this year’s award event held in Truro on November 5, Erin Costelo returns to the province playing shows in Fredericton, Florencevilve-Bristol, Saint John and St. Andrews.
Unable to attend the November 5th awards in which she became one of only a few women to be named Producer of the Year, Costelo posted a acceptance speech on her website.
“Thank you so much for this award. It means a tremendous amount to be honoured in this way. I could be wrong but I think I may be the first woman to receive it.
Please take this as a call to action. We have a responsibility. As a creative community we are not reflecting the voices of everyone. And we are missing out. Music and art reflects our society and it has the potential to CHANGE our society.
Hire more women. By doing so, we will see ourselves reflected on stages and behind the scenes as producers and engineers, and as a result will be more likely to step into these roles. We need to hear the world reflected through these voices. It is crucial. Especially now.
I take this award as a huge responsibility. I promise to use my privilege to open the doors that I can. Especially to women of colour and trans women to help their voices be heard. Let’s have a woman in this category every year. Multiple women. We do not all have the same voice. Let’s hear from everyone.”
Costelo’s award winning album, Down Below, The Status Quo was released in March of 2016 on Seayou Records in Europe and in Canada on her own Label Venue Records. The album received multiple awards and nominations, including winning the 2017 ECMA for R&B/Soul album of the Year, Longer listed for Polaris Prize, Nominated for seven 2016 Music Nova Scotia awards, and was runner up for the Folk Music Ontario – ACTRA RACS Recording of the Year Award.
Erin Costelo in New Brunswick:
November 16 | Fredericton | Wilser’s Room
November 17 | Florenceville-Bristol | Second Wind Music Centre
November 18 | Saint John | Sanctuary Theatre
November 19 | St. Andrews | Anglican Church Hall