The 20th annual East Coast Music Awards and Conference are being held in Fredericton, New Brunswick from the 7th to the 10th of February. This is the first time that Fredericton hosts the awards festival and only the third time in its twenty year history that the show will be in New Brunswick (Moncton having hosted in 1997 and Saint John in 2002).
The ECMAs showcase the best and newest of Canada’s east coast musical talent. In previous years artists such as Sloan, Great Big Sea and Sarah MacLachlan were all given recognition thanks to the ECMAs. I’m sure that the next big artist out of the east will be in Fredericton this week too. All weekend there will be some great performances and events including a 20th anniversary gala show on Saturday night and the ECMA award show itself on Sunday night. In addition, almost every club and bar in the city will be packed with east coast bands and artists partying it up.
I imagine with the student population that a lot of the shows will be packed. There is even a special show on Thursday night called Rock the Hill with bands like The Trews, Two Hours Traffic and Grand Theft Bus playing at the Student Union Building on campus.
I hope to see Fredericton support this awards show and make it the most successful one yet. Personally I am planning to check out the songwriter circle at the Playhouse on Sunday with Lennie Gallant. In addition, hip-hop artist Classified is playing on Thursday night at Nicky Zee’s (although not officially as part of the ECMAs) so I am hoping to go to that show. Who knows I might try to sneak out and listen to one of the smaller shows on Friday or Saturday night too. Can’t miss an opportunity to check out some good live east coast music…..
If you want to get a preview of some of the bands playing at the ECMAs, check out this week CBC Radio3 podcast at: http://radio3.cbc.ca/blogs/2008/2/Podcast-141-Toast-To-The-East-Coast
Update: ShoottheBand.com has a list of nominees and predictions for the ECMA awards