By GWYDION MORRIS
Jan. 15, 2014
With musical guests Meaghan Blanchard and Kayo, the ECMA showcase artists were announced recently at the Delta hotel in Charlottetown. Seventy-five artists will perform over the five-day awards ceremony.
The ECMAs, running from April 2-6, are held in Charlottetown this year.
Although it has no official tie, the 2014 ECMAs are kicking off the 150th anniversary of Confederation celebrations on P.E.I., which is great to have in these winter months when no other celebrations are planned, said Tourism and Culture Minister Robert Henderson.
The Maritimes is the most musically gifted region in Canada, said Henderson.
“Music is part of our culture and economy.”
The ECMAs are a chance to show off the talent the Maritimes has and the Tourism and Culture office is full of music lovers, so this is a great opportunity for us, Henderson added.
“We are the department of fun.”
Mayor Clifford welcomed the ECMAs to Charlottetown. He noted the crowd that had shown up to the announcing ceremony, saying it was the biggest he had seen in a long time.
“That speaks volumes about the ECMAs.”
The previous ECMAs held in Charlottetown have been a great success, said Lee, and are a great chance to show the hospitality Charlottetown is known for. Businesses across the Island have shown support for the event, proving they are the pillars of Charlottetown, he added.
But Lee said the greatest moments won’t come from the awards ceremony themselves, but from the parties and events held during the week.
“I want to encourage all residents to join the party.”
Blanchard, a native of Hunter River, played her song Watching the Dandelions Grow to start off the morning. Kayo, a Saint Lucian hip-hop artist based out of Halifax who has toured across Canada with Classified, played two of his songs to close the announcement ceremony.