January . 27 . 2015
Eastlink East Coast Music Week (ECMW) has announced its 2015 nominees and initial showcasing artists. Taking place in St. John's, NL from April 8-12, the event brings together internationally renowned musicians and industry professionals for five days of performances, conferences, and a gala award show hosted by Jonny Harris.
The 2015 East Coast Music Award nominees are led by Rich Aucion with six, Jimmy Rankin with five, and Radio Radio & The Trews who each received four.
2015 Music Nominees
The complete list of 2015 Eastlink East Coast Music Award nominees is as follows:
Aboriginal Recording of the Year
Blues Recording of the Year
Children's Recording of the Year
Classical Composition of the Year
Classical Recording of the Year
Country Recording of the Year
Electronic Recording of the Year
Folk Recording of the Year
Francophone Recording of the Year
Gospel Recording of the Year
Group Recording of the Year
Jazz Recording of the Year
Loud Recording of the Year
Pop Recording of the Year
Producer of the Year
R&B/Soul Recording of the Year
Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year
Rising Star Recording of the Year
Rock Recording of the Year
Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year
Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year
Solo Recording of the Year
Songwriter of the Year
Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year
World Recording of the Year
Song of the Year
Album of the Year
Fans' Choice Entertainer of the Year
(Fans can vote here: www.thetelegram.com)
Fans' Choice Video of the Year
(Fans can vote here: www.thetelegram.com)
2015 Industry Nominees
Event of the Year
Graphic/Media Artist of the Year
Live Sound Engineer of the Year
Management/Manager of the Year
Media Outlet of the Year
Media Person of the Year
Music Merchant of the Year
Studio Engineer of the Year
Studio of the Year
Venue of the Year
Video of the Year
Members can now vote by logging in at www.ecma.com. Voting closes on February 25, 2015.
Newfoundland and Labrador actor, writer and comedian Jonny Harris hosts the 2015 East Coast Music Awards Gala on Thursday, April 9 at the Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay, NL. The gala is broadcast in HD by Eastlink nationwide on their TV anywhere platform Eastlink To Go and OnDemand at 8pm NL.
Harris is best known for his roles in the television series Murdoch Mysteries and Hatching, Matching and Dispatching, as well as the films Young Triffie, Moving Day, and Grown Up Movie Star.
Artists performing at the Awards Gala include:
Initial Showcasing Artists
The first round of artists showcasing at Eastlink East Coast Music Week includes:
Rising Star Stage
Export Buyers Stage
“This year’s group of music and industry award nominees are all outstanding, and we’re very excited to now share them with you,” says ECMA Executive Director Andy McLean. “On top of that we are thrilled to announce the first round of ECMW and ECMA Gala performers, which we feel really highlight the diverse and dynamic range of musical skill that is coming out of East Coast Canada today."
“The best part is that we will have a lot more announcements in the weeks to come, including the second round of showcasing performers," says McLean. "Prepare yourselves for a truly fantastic ECMW!”
The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), is contributing $100,000 to the East Coast Music Association to host and promote the 27th annual East Coast Music Week in St. John’s, NL.
“Our Government is pleased to support the East Coast Music Association, which helps promote and advance Atlantic Canada’s dynamic music industry both nationally, and internationally,” said the Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador and Minister of State (ACOA). “East Coast Music Week is an excellent way to showcase our many talented musicians, while also helping to support the region’s vibrant tourism industry and economic growth.”
The ECMW Industry Conference and Export Buyers Program
The ECMW Industry Conference and Export Buyers Program welcomes over 75 talent buyers and industry experts from around the world. Some of these guests include, Panache Booking (NY), The Windish Agency (NY), Myriad Artists (NC), Summerfest (MI), and Live it Out Agency (UK).
Canadian delegates include, Guerette Agency, Paquin Entertainment, I Book Shows, AIM Booking Agency, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Toronto Pride, Halifax Pop Explosion, and many more.
This year's conference has been developed based on feedback received from ECMA members and past attendees. The event introduces a multitude of strategic visionary discussions and debates on a variety of topics relevant to all aspects of the music industry. The program includes a town hall discussion led by some of the most visionary minds in the Atlantic Canadian music scene.
The Music in Motion program welcomes an array of top notch film & television music licensing companies such as Razor & Tie (NY), Mothlight Music (CA), Indie Joe Inc., and Instinct Entertainment (Toronto).
Guest speakers for the 2015 conference include a plethora of expertise from showcasing artists with spotlights on brand deals, exploring the worlds of EDM and hip hop, live media interviewing, and much more.
The full conference schedule is available now at:
Music Moves Me
As part of East Coast Music Week 2015, TD Bank Group and the East Coast Music Association present Music Moves Me. Newfoundland and Labrador high school students are encouraged to record a video of themselves performing an original or cover song and post it on YouTube. The winner receives $1,000 for their school's music program plus passes to the East Coast Music Week Awards Gala along with return travel to the Gala and overnight accommodations.
For program details and more information, visit: www.ecma.com
SOCAN Song House
ECMA is excited to announce the first ever SOCAN Song House, which will take place during ECMW 2015. Renowned songwriter, producer, and author of Murphy’s Law of Songwriting, Ralph Murphy, will lead this intensive interactive workshop over two days – April 8 & 9. Songwriter participants from the East Coast provinces will gain valuable insight into the craft of writing a hit song through Murphy’s expert knowledge of demystifying the process. This initiative aligns with SOCAN’s new A&R strategy to work with members in taking their craft to the next level and helping them to reach new heights in their career. Stay tuned for submission details which will be announced mid February.
CAA's Road to ECMW
CAA is partnering with ECMW and Alert the Medic to present a series of videos chronicling their travels to St. John's. Follow along at: www.ecma.com
Tickets and festival passes for the 2015 Eastlink East Coast Music Week are available now. For more information, visit: www.ecma.com/ecmw/2015/tickets
Media accredition is open now. To apply to cover 2015 Eastlink East Coast Music Week, visit: http://marcatoapp.com/website_integration/ecma/medias/new
Nomination Breakdown by Region
Cape Breton: 15 Music, 3 Fans’ Choice, 6 Industry
New Brunswick: 24 Music, 1 Fans’ Choice, 6 Industry
Newfoundland: 20 Music, 4 Fans’ Choice, 11 Industry
Nova Scotia: 62 Music, 10 Fans’ Choice, 29 Industry
Prince Edward Island: 8 Music, 2 Fans’ Choice, 3 Industry
The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) is a regional collaboration of people in the music industry of Atlantic Canada that fosters, develops and celebrates East Coast music and its artists locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. The ECMA annually produces one of the top music industry events in Canada, Eastlink East Coast Music Week, which includes Awards, a Festival, an Industry Conference and the International Export Buyers Program. ECMA and its programs are generously funded by the Government of Canada through the International Business Development Agreement (represented by Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and Industry Canada), the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund), the four provincial governments in Atlantic Canada, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, MUSICACTION, FACTOR and Canada’s private radio broadcasters. ECMA recognizes the support of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the City of St. John’s, Founding Partner CBC, ECMW Title Sponsor Eastlink, Platinum Partner Delta Hotels and Resorts, Gold Partners Molson Canadian, NewCap Radio, and The Telegram.
For more information, visit: www.ecma.com/ecmw
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