East Coast Music Week 2015

East Coast Music Week 2015
The Trews cap off their 10th anniversary year with the ECMA award for Rock Recording of the Year.

The 27th annual gathering of the East Coast Music Association took place in St. John’s, N.L. this past April. The five-day festival welcomed artists and musicians from across the four Atlantic provinces as well as folks from around the world to celebrate everything the East Coast music scene has to offer. Amidst the merriment of countless concerts, wonderful workshops, songwriting sessions and award presentations, there was plenty of business going on too. The 14th edition of the Export Buyers Program welcomed over 100 music industry delegates, resulting in 662 one-on-one business meetings with artists/companies. That translates into tour dates, unit sales and East Coast music being made around the world. ECMA Week means big local business too. The economic impact for St. John’s was over $3 million; 2016 host Sydney, N.S. is projected to reap the same.

Berkley Reynolds of St. John's, N.L. (left) celebrates his 2015 ECMA for Volunteer of the Year with the Association's executive director Andy McLean.

Berkley Reynolds of St. John’s, N.L. (left) celebrates his 2015 ECMA for Volunteer of the Year with the Association’s executive director Andy McLean.

N.B.-born artist David Myles pulling double duty conducting interviews for his CBC radio show, The East Coast Music Hour with David Myles.

N.B.-born artist David Myles pulling double duty conducting interviews for his CBC radio show, The East Coast Music Hour with David Myles.

 
Mile One Centre hosted the charity hockey match-up which saw the ECMA squad take on the Republic of Doyle team in support of the Canadian Red Cross.

Mile One Centre hosted the charity hockey match-up which saw the ECMA squad take on the Republic of Doyle team in support of the Canadian Red Cross.

Cape Breton alt-rock duo The Town Heroes scored three of this year's biggest honours: Group Recording of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, and Video of the Year.

Cape Breton alt-rock duo The Town Heroes scored three of this year’s biggest honours: Group Recording of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, and Video of the Year.

 
N.L.-born artist Amelia Curran and St. John's filmmaker Roger Maunder united with friends on the red carpet in support of It’s Mental, a grassroots initiative to destigmatize and normalize mental health perceptions in the community. More info: itsmental.ca (l-r): David Myles, Catherine Allan, Andrew James O'Brien, Amelia Curran, Roger Maunder, Joshua Van Tassel, DonE Coady, and Adam Baldwin.

N.L.-born artist Amelia Curran and St. John’s filmmaker Roger Maunder united with friends on the red carpet in support of It’s Mental, a grassroots initiative to destigmatize and normalize mental health perceptions in the community. More info: itsmental.ca (l-r): David Myles, Catherine Allan, Andrew James O’Brien, Amelia Curran, Roger Maunder, Joshua Van Tassel, DonE Coady, and Adam Baldwin.

St. John's legendary Fred's Records crew took home the 2015 Industry Builder Award (l-r): Jim Brokenshire, Tony Ploughman, Steve Hussey, Tasha Power, Brad Pretty, Katie Predham, Burke Brokenshire. Photo by Graham Kennedy.

St. John’s legendary Fred’s Records crew took home the 2015 Industry Builder Award (l-r): Jim Brokenshire, Tony Ploughman, Steve Hussey, Tasha Power, Brad Pretty, Katie Predham, Burke Brokenshire. Photo by Graham Kennedy.

N.L. sister group ENNIS (Maureen & Karen) performing at the ECMA gala awards show.

N.L. sister group ENNIS (Maureen & Karen) performing at the ECMA gala awards show.

P.E.I.’s Meaghan Blanchard representing Atlantic Canada in the nation-wide CCMA Discovery Program competition.

P.E.I.’s Meaghan Blanchard representing Atlantic Canada in the nation-wide CCMA Discovery Program competition.

 

Photos by Pam Samson Photography, unless otherwise stated.

For more information: ecma.com. Follow on Twitter @EastCoastMusic

Stephanie Beaumont
About Stephanie Beaumont

Stephanie Beaumont is the president, CEO & creative director of Sea and be Scene, an entertainment-based magazine-style website designed to celebrate the four Atlantic provinces. She’s also the executive producer & host of SEA AND BE SCENE TV broadcasting on Bell Aliant FibreOP’s Community ONE. Visit seaandbescene.com and follow her on Twitter @seaandbescene

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