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Islanders in running for ECMA Industry Awards

Doug Gallant is nominated for ECMA media person of the year. The 2019 East Coast Music Awards: Festival and Conference runs May 1-5 in Charlottetown.
Doug Gallant is nominated for ECMA media person of the year. The 2019 East Coast Music Awards: Festival and Conference runs May 1-5 in Charlottetown. - Sally Cole

P.E.I. music writer Doug Gallant vying for media person of the year

P.E.I. entertainment writer Doug Gallant has been steering music lovers in the right direction for over four decades.

He has produced On Track, a music column for The Guardian almost continuously since 1976.

He has penned feature articles, music reviews and web content for publications like Canadian Musician, Penguin Eggs, Eye Weekly and The Buzz.

His dedication to helping musicians and consumers has been noticed.

Last month he received a nomination for ECMA media person of the year.

“It’s recognition from your peers that you’re doing something right and the hours you poured into it (are worthwhile),” says Gallant, who is vying for the honour that will be presented during the East Coast Music & Industry Awards ceremony on May 5 at the Confederation Ballroom, Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward.

Also nominated in the category are Alex Cook, Bill Roach, Greg Smith and Richard Lamm.

It’s a passion that began in 1971 when he started writing record columns for the UPEI student newspaper and doing music shows on university radio. He picked it up again in 1976 when he was hired as a reporter for The Guardian.

“People tell me that it’s because of some of the things I wrote they were introduced to music that ordinarily they would not venture into,” Gallant says.


Following is a list of the other P.E.I. nominees for Industry Awards:

  • Event of the Year: Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Island Jazz
  • Graphic/Media Artist of the Year: Brendan Henry
  • Media Outlet of the Year: The Barbershop Sessions
  • Producer of the Year: Jon Matthews
  • Studio of the Year: The Sound Mill
  • Venue of the Year: Trailside Music Cafe' & Inn, "The Mack" (Confederation Centre of the Arts)
  • Video of the Year: KINLEY - "Golden Days"

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