The 2007 East Coast Music Awards, Conference and Festival is coming to Halifax for four days and nights to celebrate the best in Atlantic Canadian music. The event begins Thursday, February 15 and runs non-stop through Sunday, February 18, culminating with the ECMA Gala Awards Show, broadcast live across the country on CBC Television.
"With over 50,000 music fans, 2,500 delegates, and 400 artists participating - resulting in an estimated economic impact of over $5 million - the proceedings are not just a cultural investment but an economic one," said East Coast Music Association board chair Marc Chouinard.
Kicking off the 19th annual ECMA weekend Thursday night is a brand-new event: FashionEASTa. Blurring the lines between music, fashion and theatre, the evening will feature a red carpet, cocktail reception and an innovative 50-minute extravaganza in the World Trade & Convention Centre's Port Royal Room. Produced by Stephen MacDonald in conjunction with Slowcoaster frontman Steven MacDougall and chaired by JoAnne MacGillivary, FashionEASTa promises to be an unforgettable merger of creative mediums.
Highlighting the East Coast's mega-population of talented musicians, there will be a steady lineup of performances each night of the festival. Shows will include the Mainstage Showcases, the Rock Showcases, the Roots Room, the Songwriters' Circle and the popular Yamaha 72-Hour Jam.
The ECMA 2007 conference will offer participants an inside look at various facets of the music industry. The conference program will include a presentation from legendary producer Bob Ezrin. Having produced, mixed and played on legendary albums by Alice Cooper, Nine Inch Nails, Lou Reed, and KISS, Ezrin is perhaps best known for his production work on Pink Floyd's seminal The Wall. He is currently working with Universal Music Canada on talent development and the creation of a next generation music company.
Tickets for both the Gala Awards Show and FashionEASTa go on sale Friday, December 1 at 12 noon.
Writer: Stephen Clare