By Stephanie Drummond
Jan. 20, 2014
Islanders Catherine MacLellan, Meaghan Blanchard, Tim Chassion and Ashley Condon will perform at the East Coast Music Week in April.
They will be joining 70 performers in Charlottetown, April 2-6. The list of performers was unveiled Jan.14 at a news conference in Charlottetown.
Chair of the board Heather Gibson said they received over a thousand submissions from East Coast performers, making the decisions difficult.
“Our juries had their work cut out for them.”
Co-chairs Jennifer Evans and Pat Deighan said the ECMAs will provide an economic boost for Charlottetown in April.
“Charlottetown will just be buzzing,” Evans said.
Tourism Minister Robert Henderson said he is pleased the ECMAs will be a part of the 2014 celebration, the 150-year anniversary of the Charlottetown conference, which helped form Canada as a country.
“It’s going to have a significant economic outcome of the 2014 year. And one these goals for 2014 celebration is to honour the present. East Coast Music Week will help achieve that goal by honouring the tremendously talented musicians that call this region home today.”
Island singer and songwriter Meaghan Blanchard performed at the news conference. She is happy the ECMAs are on the Island this year.
“A lot of my friends and family are here. It’s nice that they don’t have to travel.”
Blanchard will perform at the SOCAN songwriters’ circle and the Canadian Music, East Coast Style, Export Buyers Showcase.
Kayo, a rapper in the Rising Star Showcase, also performed at the news conference. Kayo is originally from St. Lucia.
Kayo attended St. Mary’s University in Halifax. He entered a Facebook contest with Nova Scotia rapper Classified and won. Classified and Kayo worked on an EP together toured together last year.
“Halifax is a small city. The more work I did, the more we seen each other. There was a Facebook contest, I submit my video and I won. Working on one song together, it was good chemistry. It was a huge moment.”
Kayo originally wanted to take a program in St. Lucia, but couldn’t get the student loan. A professor at St. Mary’s University, originally from St. Lucia, came to recruit students and Kayo was accepted.
Kayo also performed at the Big Red Music Festival in Charlottetown last summer and he is excited to be back on the Island.