NEWS: East Coast Music Association Announces Partnered Stages for ECMA 2011

Musician of the Year & ECMA in the Small Halls Concerts also announced

(Charlottetown) – The East Coast Music Association announced today its partnered stages for East Coast Music Week 2011 in Charlottetown, PEI. Dozens of artists will perform over 32 shows on 19 different stages. In addition to the five official ECMA stages, Charlottetown will become a hub of musical and cultural celebration for five days in April. The full list of partnered stages and locations is noted below.

GGMU @ Gus Pub Nov 25th 2010 gOther important announcements were made today as well. These included:

ECMA, in partnership with Sonicbids, announced the recipients of the $1000 Sonicbids Travel Grants. They include: Slowcoaster, Andy Brown, Ruth Minnikin, Ryan MacGrath, and Glory Glory Man United. “As part of Sonicbids’ commitment to facilitating musical cultural exchange, we’re proud and excited to have a unique partnership with ECMA which enables us together to provide these financial grants to 5 artists for international travel.” says Benjy Kantor, Sonicbids promoter community team manager.

ECMA in the Small Halls is a partnership with the Festival of Small Halls that will provide performances by East Coast artists in schools, halls and churches in small communities throughout the province. Artists set to play are Ashley Condon, Boxer the Horse, Carmel Mikol, Chrissy Crowley, Cynthia MacLeod, Dennis Ellsworth, Haunted Hearts, John Connolly, Meaghan Blanchard, Richard Wood, Rose Cousins, Tim Chaisson & Morning Fold, and The Chaissons. For full ECMA in the Small Halls schedule visit

The ECMA is thrilled to present its Musician of the Year Award to veteran PEI musician Chas Guay. Guay has been an integral part of the Island music scene since the late 1970s, has won numerous awards and performed and collaborated with many noted artists including Mae Moore, Gene MacLellan, Nathan Wiley, Lennie Gallant, Catherine MacLellan, Terry Hatty and Brooke Miller.

The finalists for the ECMA Soundwaves: So You Think You Got the Beat? presented by the Town of Stratford were also announced today. They include The Alphabettes: Bridgette Blanchard and Allieanna Ballagh from Bluefield High School; Emma Doucette from Stonepark Intermediate; Brielle Ansems from Montague Regional High and Dakota Oliver from Three Oaks Senior High. The finalists will compete at the finale being held at the Stratford Town Hall on April 13th at 7:00 pm.


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