NEWS: Eastlink East Coast Music Week announces details of The Chronicle Herald East Coast Music Awards Gala, the 2013 Honorary Awards and the Industry Award nominees

Press release provided by Pigeon Row 

Eastlink East Coast Music Week 2013 (ECMW) is thrilled to announce Rose Cousins and David Myles as the hosts for The Chronicle Herald East Coast Music Awards Gala

Originally from Prince Edward Island, Rose Cousins now lives in Halifax and tours internationally. Her recent album We Have Made a Spark was long-listed for the 2012 Polaris Prize, and has received rave reviews from media around the world including CBC, NPR, The Globe & Mail, USA Today, The Irish Times, & Oprah Magazine. Cousins is nominated for four ECMAs this year. Her previous ECMA wins include SOCAN Songwriter of the Year and Female Solo Recording of the Year in 2011 for The Send Off and Female Solo Recording of the Year in 2008 for If You Were For Me. She was recently named Contemporary Singer of the Year at the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

From Sydney, Australia to Sydney, Nova Scotia, multiple award-winner David Myles is bringing audiences to their feet with his spirited songs, flawless musicianship and his warm and engaging stage show. Myles has five recordings to his credit and has toured in the US, UK, Ireland, Europe and Australia. Myles is also rapidly becoming known as a talented and versatile collaborator – in 2012 he co-wrote and sang on a duet with internationally renowned opera diva, Measha Brueggergosman and his new Classified collaboration, Inner Ninja, has already been certified gold. Myles is nominated for two ECMAs this year – The Chronicle Herald Fan's Choice Entertainer of the Year and The Chronicle Herald Fan's Choice Video of the Year. In 2012, he won the ECMAs for Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year.
"We're very pleased to announce two of the Atlantic Canada's most charismatic performers as hosts for the gala," says Scott Burke, ECMA executive director. "Rose and David have proven themselves to be not only exceptional artists, but excellent East Coast ambassadors to the world. We know they'll be a perfect fit." 

Taking place on Sunday, March 10 at Halifax's Cunard Centre (961 Marginal), The Chronicle Herald East Coast Music Awards Gala features performances from some of the East Coast's most acclaimed artists, including: 
Ashley MacIsaac
The Barra MacNeils
Charlie A’Court
Christina Martin
The Dardanelles
Dave Gunning
David Myles
Jenn Grant
John Gracie
Mary Jane Lamond
Natalie MacMaster
Paper Lions
Radio Radio
Rich Aucoin
Rose Cousins
The awards presented during the gala are:

Chronicle Herald Fan's Choice Entertainer of the Year
Chronicle Herald Fan's Choice Video of the Year
Album of the Year
Group Recording of the Year
Solo Recording of the Year
Song of the Year
To celebrate the Eastlink East Coast Music Week's 25th anniversary, several additional honorary awards will be handed out to commemorate a lifetime of achievement. The Directors' Special Achievement Award and the Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award will be handed out at The Chronicle Herald East Coast Music Awards Gala. The Industry Builder Award, Musician's Achievement Award and the Stompin' Tom Award will be handed out at the MindSea Industry Awards Brunch. The recipients are: 
Directors’ Special Achievement Award
Ron Hynes
Raylene Rankin
Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award
Bucky Adams
Industry Builder Award
Glenn Meisner
Musician’s Achievement Award
Cathy Porter
Stompin’ Tom Award
Joe Peter MacLean
Neil Bishop
Jon Matthews
Claudine Theriault

ECMW is also pleased to announce the 2013 Industry Award nominees. Spanning ten categories, the list is comprised of individuals, companies, and organizations that have made outstanding achievements developing, promoting and showcasing East Coast music. The winners will be announced at the MindSea Industry Awards Brunch, presented by FACTOR, on Saturday, March 9 at 10am in Delta Halifax's Baronet Room. The winner of the music award for Producer of the Year will also be named during the brunch. The nominees include: 
Event of the Year
Festival of Small Halls
Halifax Pop Explosion
Indian River Festival
New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee

Graphic/Media Artist of the Year
Darcy Campbell
Jud Haynes
Mark Young
Scott Blackburn

Live Sound Engineer of the Year
Danny Thomas
David Hillier
Georgia Richards
Jon Cornwall
Steven “Snickers” Smith

Management/Manager of the Year
Brookes Diamond
GroundSwell Music
Heather Gibson
Jason Burns
Louis Thomas

Media Outlet of the Year
Atlantic Airwaves (CBC)
CBC Mainstreet
East Coast Countdown (Syndicated)
Meet The Music With Jason MacDonald (The Coast 98.7)
The Hawk 101.5

Media Person of the Year
Blaine Morrison
Candy Palmater
Doug Gallant
Jeff Liberty
Jimmie Inch

Music Merchant of the Year
Fred's Records
Malkin Music / Cyber PR
Marcato Digital Solutions
Sound of Pop

Studio Engineer of the Year
Dean Stairs
Diego Medina
Erien Eady-Ward
Jamie Foulds
Mike "Sheppy" Shepherd

Studio of the Year
Lakewind Sound Studios
Soundpark Studios
Studio FMP
The Old Confidence Lodge
Wee House of Music

Venue of the Year
St. Mary's Church
The Carleton Music Bar & Grill
The Company House
The Red Shoe Pub
Trailside Cafe' & Inn

Producer of the Year
Colin Buchanan
Daniel Ledwell
Jeff Reilly
Mark Neary
Natalie MacMaster

Tickets for the Awards Gala are $55 inclusive of all taxes and fees, and can be purchased in person at any Ticket Atlantic box office or at participating Atlantic Superstores, by phone at (902) 451-1221 or toll-free (877) 451-1221, and online at:


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