News: ECMA 2011 Debuts Electronic Partnered Stage


Halifax, NS, February 2, 2011 – The 2011 ECMA Awards and Conference in Charlottetown will launch the debut of the Electronic Partnered Stage. This two-day event will showcase eight Atlantic-Canadian electronic music acts at The Globe in Charlottetown on April 15 & 16, 2011. Submissions from interested artists are being accepted online until February 15th at www.electro-east.ca.
“The inclusion of an electronic music showcase at the ECMAs is a really exciting development, an acknowledgement of the electronic music scene in Atlantic Canada,” says event organizer Aaron Collier. “An outlet for such artists has been absent at the ECMAs, but no more. We encourage musicians of this genre to submit their best work – we’re going to put together an amazing show.” 
This event is aimed at showcasing bands or solo artists who are creating original music composed and performed at least 50% by electronic means.  Musical directions such as (but not limited to) ambient, electro-acoustic, noise, experimental techno and house, dubstep and offshoots, electronic classical, turntablism, sample-based musics, downtempo and projects demonstrating a fusion of electronic and other musics are eligible.

 The lineup for each night will be chosen through a juried process involving a representative from each Atlantic Province as well as a national jurist. Selected artists will perform one 30 minute set over the two-day event and have the opportunity to network with regional, national, and international industry players.
Says Collier, “The idea for the ECMA Electronic Partnered Stage started when I wrote an online article about the lack of electronic music at last year’s conference and awards in Sydney, NS. The ECMA office caught wind of it and I’m happy to say it struck a chord. They were very eager to include this rich and diverse genre into the event, and we’re hoping that we can grow this into an award category in the future.”
About Electro-East:
Electro-East is the name given to the group of four musicians and industry professionals responsible for the 2011 Electronic Partnered Stage; each of whom demonstrate a thorough commitment to electronic music in Atlantic Canada.  Aaron Collier (Prince Edward Island representative), Craig Mercer (Nova Scotia representative), Marc Xavier LeBlanc aka DJ Bones (New Brunswick representative), and Jonathan Loder (Newfoundland and Labrador representative)

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For more information and interview requests, please contact:
Aaron Collier

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