Emerging Artist Recognition Award Winners 2017

Jay Crocker

Photo: Kyle Cunjak


Jay Crocker is an artist, composer, producer, arranger, instrument builder, multi-instrumentalist, and musical explorer residing on the south shore of Nova Scotia.

Crocker’s work has received critical acclaim from media outlets such as The New York Times, Globe & Mail, Paris Trans Atlantic, and the BBC. His music has been nominated for an APCMA (Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards) and long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize. JOYFULTALK, his current musical endeavour with collaborator Shawn Dicey, received unanimous praise from avant-garde music publications all over the world for their debut album MUUIXX and the duo recently returned from a tour of Denmark and Iceland.

Crocker's work always pushes through boundaries to create beautiful and stimulating sonic structures that defy convention.

Heather Young

Heather Young is a filmmaker from New Brunswick now living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her 2016 film FISH played at festivals all over the world including Palm Springs Shortfest, Montreal festival du nouveau cinema and Vienna Independent Shorts. It also received an Honourable Mention for Best Canadian Short at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Best Short Film at the Screen Nova Scotia Awards and was included in TIFF Canada’s Top Ten Festival. Her new short MILK recently had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival where she also took part in the 2017 TIFF Talent Lab.