CNA musicians headed to MusicNL Awards

The College of the North Atlantic has some big talent headed to 25th Annual MusicNL Awards

Arthur C Green

College of the North Atlantic students, graduates and one instructor will all walk the red carpet at the annual MusicNL Awards in St. John’s on Oct. 15.

College of the North Atlantic instructor Wade Pinhorn, sound production student Jordan Coaker and  instructor Scott Hammond are all involved in projects nominated at the 25th Annual MusicNL awards. Arthur C. Green/Kicker

Jordan Coaker, the lead singer of Waterfront Fire, is co-nominated with his bandmates for the Overcast’s choice entertainer of the year award. Coaker is a sound recording and production student at the college’s Prince Philip Drive campus.

Coaker says the the sound recording and production program has been instrumental in helping his career.

“I started to realize how important knowing terminology for sound recording and stage production was,” Coaker said.

Waterfront Fire has attended the annual MusicNL awards since 2014 and has successfully brought home awards each year.

In addition to fronting Waterfront Fire, Coaker is a sound engineer for Rock Eden Magazine, which has been nominated for outstanding company of the year.

Recording arts graduate Peter Green has his hat in the ring for folk/roots artist of the year.  Music performance, business and technology student Jacob Cherwick is in the running for fan’s choice entertainer of the year and folk/roots artist of the year as part of his band the Kubasonics.

Other alumni from CNA have been nominated as well. Graphic design grads Krista Power, Aaron Bishop and Tara Thompson all face off for the graphic artist of the year for their work on album covers.

CNA instructors are getting involved as well. Music performance, business and technology instructor Michelle Robertson is nominated for two awards, including industry professional of the year and as managing partner of Kilbride Music, which is up for the outstanding company of the year award.

Though not nominated himself, sound recording and production instructor Scott Hammond worked on five projects that are nominated for 13 awards at this year’s event.

“It’s validation on some level,” said Hammond. “I guess I’m doing something right.”

Hammond helped record graduate student Kellie Loder’s single Boxes, which is in the running for music video of the year. CNA instructor Wade Pinhorn played bass on the recording.

CNA’s music performance, business and technology has a long partnership with MusicNL, helping many  helping young artists get their feet off the ground.

The MusicNL Gala Awards will hit the stage Sunday, Oct. 15, at the St. John’s Convention Centre. For more information, visit

















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