ECMA unveils 2016 Honorary Award recipients...announces SOCAN Song House participants and new tour initiative

Press release provided by Pigeon Row

The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) is very pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Honorary East Coast Music Awards.
They are as follows:

Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award
John (Jack) O’Donnell

Musician’s Achievement Award
Ed Woodsworth

Industry Builder Award
Fred Lavery

Stompin’ Tom Award
Mark Gaudet (NB)
Hal Mills (PE)
Emilio Pace (CB)
Gordon Stobbe (NS)
Shirley Montague (NL)

The awards will be given out at the Industry Awards Reception presented by Support4Culture and Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation taking place on Sunday, April 17 at the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre from 2:00pm-4:00pm.

SOCAN Song House participants and tour

The ECMA also announced the list of artists participating in the SOCAN Song House component at Eastlink East Coast Music Week 2016. Andrew Waite, Blair Lane, Chelsea Amber, Chris Ryan, Corey Hache, Dylan Menzie, Ian Sherwood, Jon Pike, Jordan Musycsyn, Makayla Lynn, Mike McKenna Jr., and Tj King will undertake the two-day interactive and intensive songwriting workshop lead by renowned songwriter, producer, and author of Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting, Ralph Murphy. From April 13-14, these 12 Atlantic Canadian artists will have the opportunity to gain valuable insight into the craft of writing a hit song. The initiative aligns with SOCAN’s A&R strategy to help members improve their songwriting and reach new heights in their careers.

In addition to the workshop, the ECMA, in partnership with the Atlantic Presenters Association and with support from the Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre (MIPAC), unveiled the SOCAN Song House Tour. The intention of this new partnership is to develop a ‘block book’ tour that features five of the SOCAN Song House workshop’s participants (one from each Atlantic region).

This tour expands on the SOCAN Song House experience by providing a touring opportunity for five of the artists where they will re-connect and create a performance that focuses on collaborative creation as well as individual songwriting, and feature the new work developed during the SOCAN Song House workshop. The artists will converge on the Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre in Windsor, NS for a two-day residency to re-connect, explore individual songs and create collaborations. Immediately following the two-day residency, the tour will launch at MIPAC. For audiences the performance will provide a look inside the songwriting process and the chance to see unique collaborations from some of the region’s best up-and-coming talent. The tour will also give the Atlantic Canadian audiences and artists the perfect opportunity to sit down and get to know each other.
"We are very excited to announce this year's SOCAN Song House participants. It is the ECMA's mission to develop, advance and celebrate East Coast Canadian music, and the Song House really exemplifies these goals," says Andy McLean, ECMA Executive Director. "The SOCAN Song House Tour is a fantastic addition to the participants' overall experience, and we look forward to working with the Atlantic Presenters Association on this new initiative. The collaborative nature of the tour will result in some truly memorable shows."

Crossing The Causeway:
The Official 2016 Eastlink East Coast Music Week Podcast

Last week, ECMA debuted Crossing The Causeway: The Official 2016 Eastlink East Coast Music Week Podcast. Once again hosted by Trevor Murphy of CKDU’s award-winning program Halifax Is Burning, the series highlights a showcasing act from each of the five Atlantic Canadian regions. New episodes will be released each Tuesday leading up to ECMW.

Listen to the first two episodes featuring Cape Breton’s Mardeen and Prince Edward Island’s Sorrey here:


The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) is a regional collaboration of people in the music industry of Atlantic Canada that fosters, develops and celebrates East Coast music and its artists locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. The ECMA annually produces one of the top music industry events in Canada, Eastlink East Coast Music Week, which includes Awards, a Festival, an Industry Conference and the International Export Buyers Program. ECMA and its programs are generously funded by the Government of Canada through the International Business Development Agreement (represented by Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and Industry Canada), the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund), the four provincial governments in Atlantic Canada, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and MUSICACTION. ECMA recognizes the support of the province of Nova Scotia, the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, ECMW Title Sponsor Eastlink, Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation, The Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, Gold Partners Molson Canadian, Newcap Radio, TD Bank Group, and The Cape Breton Post.

This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters.

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada and the Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages 2013-2018.


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