So who’s jazzed about the East Coast Music Awards coming back to P.E.I.?
It’s been a great year for Atlantic Canadian music.
Who didn’t have Classified and David Myles’ collaboration “Inner Ninja” rattling around in their heads?
Seriously, Google it. We dare you not to smile.
That’s just one example; there’s many more. And some of those received ECMA nominations Tuesday.
It’s a beautiful thing.
And Islanders get to see it all, up close and personal, the week of April 6.
Everyone should make an effort to take in at least one of the many events scheduled around the awards ceremony on that date.
There’s bound to be something for everyone, and you never know, you might even find a new favourite band, the song you want played at your wedding – maybe even your funeral.
This great East Coast music will be available around the clock. There’s a 150-hour jam set to begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 1, and last for nearly a week, wrapping up at 6 a.m. on Monday, April 7. That’s some party.
The 150 Hour Jam, with the music playing 24 hours a day, will happen at Baba's Lounge in Charlottetown.
The Jam has been described as the heartbeat of East Coast Music Week. It began in 1996 and has come to be one of the most popular components of the event. This year it’s going to last twice as long, as it has been extended from 72 hours to 150 in honour of the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference celebrations.
That’s a lot of hours to celebrate what’s so great about where East Coast music is today. It is diverse, it is creative. And sometimes it’s the blending of strong musical roots with the free-flowing of ideas that comes with access to the Internet.
Go back 20 years and tell someone on the streets of Charlottetown that a collaboration between a rapper and a roots artist could be nominated for anything in these parts and they’d probably think you were crazy.
Not anymore. And that’s great.
The ECMAs also provide the opportunity to recognize all the musicians, technicians, organizers and other people involved in this music landscape for all their hard work.
Audience members get to sit back and reap all the benefits of the efforts of these musical artists.
These people bring so much joy into so many lives, often at no great monetary reward.
Come lend an ear and they’ll give you a song, or a tune.