Eastlink East Coast Music Week got off to an early start today with a live broadcast of CBC’s Weekend Morning at the Highland Arts Theatre. Host Bill Roach welcomed guests including 2016 ECMA Songwriter of the Year Amelia Curran, Keith Mullins, and the Fortunate Ones. The crew will be at it again tomorrow morning, 6-8:30am. Check it out live at the HAT or tune in to CBC Radio One.
Today’s official events include the Classical Showcase at the Highland Arts Theatre, a Pop Up concert at the Mayflower Mall, the Folk Stage and Black Vibes at Membertou Trade & Convention Centre, and the Big Ticket featuring four-time ECMA 2016 winners Hey Rosetta!. See full schedule here.
Cape Breton artists will be on a variety of official stages today. Roots/Traditional Group Recording nominee Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald and Mardeen are at the Export Buyers Showcase at Membertou; Mike McKenna Jr. and Jordan Musycsyn play the Spincount Acoustic Suitecase at Governor’s Pub & Eatery; Jazz Recording of the Year nominee Matt MacDougall performs on the Jazz Stage at Membertou; Blues Recording of the Year nominee Dan Doiron plays the Blues Matinee at the Steel City; Dave Sampson, Norma MacDonald and Keith Mullins are at the Highland Arts Theatre for Bluebird North; Décota McNamara plays the RBC Breakout Stage at Branch 12; Warner Music Roots Room features Chrissy Crowley and J.P. Cormier at the Highland Arts Centre; Blues Recording of the Year nominee John Campbelljohn hits the Blues Stage at the Steel City; Mardeen does their second gig of the day with Like a Motorcycle and the Town Heroes at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion on the Rock Stage; and Electronic Recording of the Year nominees Scientists of Sound also do double duty today, in the afternoon at Branch 12 Legion at the All Ages Stage and the Electronic Spotlight on the Late Night Stage at Capri Cabaret.
Awards will be presented during showcases for Blues, Jazz, Electronic, Dance, Folk, Roots/Traditional Group, Classical Composition, and Recording of the Year. The Bucky Adams Memorial Award will also be presented in the category formerly known as African-Canadian Recording of the Year. See full list of nominees and winners here.
And the music spills out all over today at venues ranging from bars and a brewery to a coffee shop and someone’s house. See the list here.
If you can’t make it out today, tune in to Radio ECMA for live performances and interviews with musicians, industry professionals, and good, old-fashioned live radio broadcasting from Governor’s Pub & Eatery. And if you missed last night’s performances, you can catch up by tuning in to ECMA TV for archived performances from the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, Highland Arts Theatre, Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion, Capri Cabaret, The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 12 and the Steel City Sports Bar & Steakhouse. Tune in to watch the events streamed live or watch archived video after the event is finished. Produced by NovaStream, events include the Folk Stage, Celtic Colours Festival Club, UPS Rock Stage, Molson Late Night Stage: Hip-Hop Showcase, Bluebird North Stage, Warner Music Roots Room, Folk, Rock Stage, Molson Late Night Stage: Electronic Showcase, Industry Awards Reception, and the Songwriters’ Circle.
2016 Eastlink East Coast Music Week wraps up tomorrow with the Industry Awards, Songwriters Circle and Handover Party.