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David Myles captures two East Coast Music Awards for 'Simple Pleasures'

Singer and songwriter David Myles receives the Socan Songwriter of the Year award Sunday, April 15, 2012 at the East coast Music Awards in Moncton, N.B. T

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David Myles captured both the song of the year and songwriter of the year honours at the 2012 East Coast Music Awards on Sunday.

The Fredericton-born entertainer received the awards for his song "Simple Pleasures."

"This is a sweet surprise and an amazing category," Myles said after receiving the song of the year award.

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"In the song, I say 'Lucky, lucky me,' and I feel very lucky today."

The lyrics of the lively tune talk about being happy with the things you have, no matter how humble they may be.

Myles said he credits hip-hop producer Classified for his work on the song.

"He did a few things to it that really livened the song up and got to the spirit of what I was talking about," Myles said.

Jimmy Rankin opened the awards show with his performance of "Here in My Heart" and captured the fans choice video of the year award for that song.

"I'm happy to get an award," Rankin said. "I'm up for eight awards and I'd be a little embarrassed if I didn't get at least one before the end of the night."

Matt Anderson's "Coal Mining Blues" earned him blues recording of the year.

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This year's lifetime achievement award goes to Catherine McKinnon, best known for her version of "Farewell to Nova Scotia" and her regular appearances on the CBC television show "Singalong Jubilee" in the 1960s and early '70s.

"I am very humbled by this," McKinnon said after receiving a standing ovation.

"My mother says that I sang in a high chair and I'm sure I did because as far back as I can remember, music has been my passion."

"I know it's a lifetime achievement award but I'm not dead yet."

McKinnon proved she still has a lot of energy, leading the audience in a performance of her signature song.

The ceremony caps five days of gigs showcasing regional talent.

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Next year's music week and 25th anniversary awards ceremony will be held in Halifax.

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