By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today
PORT HOPE – The Canadian Country Music Association Awards have a category honouring excellence among those behind the music.
When the CBC airs this awards show from Halifax Sept. 13, a Port Hope artist will be among those nominated for album design of the year.
Sheila Hash is on the list for her design work for Kelowna artist Chad Brownlee’s release The Fighters.
“I love what I do, and obviously it’s a huge honour to be nominated — and very humbling. It’s nice to be recognized by our peers in the industry,” Hash said in an interview.
“And of course, I couldn’t do it without the artists.”
This is her fourth year being nominated for this honour, and she hopes the fourth time is the charm.
Originally from Ottawa, later from Oshawa, she and her husband Brandon Heard moved to Port Hope in recent years, bringing along their business Media Vandals.
The glory days of album art for the larger canvas of an LP is past, except for those rare artists who want to press on vinyl. Those opportunities are fun, Hash allowed, but there’s more to CD design than just the art on the square in front.
“I think in the majority of albums, the major aspect that catches people’s attention is always the cover. But for art lovers, obviously, it’s the overall design once you open up the album and see both sides and pull out the layout and look at the lyrics,” she said.
“Myself, after I get my hands on a CD, I am always looking at the art.”
The rise of mp3s has been unfortunate in their taking away of this wonderful outlet, she said.
“I’m not a digital person — I love to get that finished artwork in my hands and look at it. I’m still thankful for that.”
Though nominated four times, she only attended her first ceremony last year. It was in Edmonton, since locations rotate. Next year it will be in London. This year it will be in Halifax.
“It will be my first time there since I was a child, so we will make a bit of a vacation out of it,” she said.