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What You Need To Know About The East Coast Music Awards

The most popular east coast music event runs from today till April 30th.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

The East Coast Music Awards are kicking off today and will run until April 30th at Harbour Station in Saint John. The event is being hosted by comedian James Mullinger.

The Awards will be featuring performances by Classified & David Myles, Paper Lions, Reeny Smith, Ria Mae, Lisa LeBlanc, Jason Benoit, Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire, Caroline Savoie, REPARTEE, Tomato/Tomato, Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys, Còig, and The Motorleague. For a full listing of performers, click here.

From humble beginnings many years ago in a Halifax bar, the East Coast Music Awards: Festival and Conference has grown from a one-day $1,000 event to a five-day international gathering, with a budget exceeding $1.6 million. At the same time, it has become the premier event of its kind in Atlantic Canada, attracting millions of dollars in economic spin offs. It has become one of the top music industry events in Canada, on par with the JUNOS and the Canadian Country Music Awards.

The ECMA and SOCAN also announced the participants of the SOCAN Song House at the 2017 East Coast Music Awards: Festival and Conference in Saint John, NB – the participants will undertake a two-day interactive and intensive songwriting workshop lead by Crash Test Dummies singer-songwriter Brad Roberts. From April 26-27, these 12 Atlantic Canadian artists will have the opportunity to gain valuable insight into the craft of writing a hit song. The initiative aligns with SOCAN’s A&R strategy to help members improve their songwriting and reach new heights in their careers.

Photo: James Mullinger