By Ally Harris
Feb. 19, 2014
Fans will have a chance to decide who goes home with an award at the East Coast Music Awards in Charlottetown on April 6.
Nominations for 30 categories were announced Feb. 18 at the Prince Edward Island Convention Centre.
Among the categories are two fans’ choice awards, entertainer of the year and video of the year. Fans have until March 27 to cast their votes via the P.E.I. 2014 website.
Penny Walsh McGuire, executive director of P.E.I. 2014, said the award is a favourite for artists to win.
“The fans’ choice awards and unique and highly coveted by the artists as they are the only ECMA awards voted by the fans.”
Fans will have some big decisions to make when voting, she said.
“There are many fantastic artists nominated in the video of the year and entertainer of the year categories, so fans will have some tough decisions to make when voting for these awards.”
Nominated in both categories is Belfast-based group Paper Lions, which led the way with six nominations, along with Classified and David Myles.
As well as this year’s nominees, several events to take place during the East Coast music Week were also announced.
One is a community hockey game. In which members of the public will have the opportunity to battle against some of the best musicians in the east coast.
Jennifer Evans, co-chair of the ECMA local organizing committee, said the goal was to put a P.E.I. stamp on the event.
“In P.E.I. we know there are two things that unite Islanders – first is music, and then comes hockey.”
Participants in the event will be announced at a later date, but the game takes place April 5 at MacLauchlan Arena.
“Our goal for this event is to provide an opportunity for families to become part of this fantastic week of music in P.E.I., and what better way than bringing music to the place where families spend the most time in P.E.I. – the hockey rink.”
CBC also announced a number of programs to take place. One program, Heroes, will feature musicians performing covers of songs by artists who inspired them.
CBC is excited to be a strong presence in the east coast music scene, said Senior Manager Jim Ferguson.
“We certainly look forward to bringing the excitement of that week to an audience throughout Atlantic Canada.”
The excitement amongst organizers is increasing as the event draws closer, said Evans.
“We know we have a fantastic week lining up, it’s just going to be an incredible week of music and hospitality and we certainly encourage Islanders, Maritimers, and those across the country to come to P.E.I. for Eastlink East Coast Music Week as we guarantee a great time.”