By Melissa Heald
Feb. 20, 2014
Nova Scotia musician Erin Costello is thrilled to be nominated for an East Coast Music Award this year.
Costello was one of three acts performing at the ECMAs nominating ceremony at the Prince Edward Island Convention Centre in Charlottetown on Feb. 18.
Nominated for R&B/ soul recording of the year, Costello said hearing her name called was amazing.
“Surprising, but amazing.”
Performing professionally for 10 years and no stranger to being nominated, she respects every one of her fellow nominees in her category, said Costello.
“To be among that list is incredible.”
Her first phone call was going to her mom, her biggest fan, said Costello.
“If she hasn’t called 10 times already.”
Island band Paper Lions also performed at the event and was nominated for six awards, including group recording of the year and album of the year.
Other Island artists didn’t disappoint either.
Meaghan Blanchard received a nomination for country recording of the year. Two Hours Traffic received two nods for pop recording of the year and album of the year. Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys, as well as Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, are up for roots/traditional group recording of the year. Tim Chaisson is up for songwriter of the year and song of the year.
Jennifer Evans, co – chair of the Charlottetown organizing committee, said it’s a great to see such a strong showing of Island nominees.
“It’s just a wonderful showcase of musical performance and talent in our region.”
Since the ECMAs are such a celebration it was only fitting to have them in Charlottetown during the 2014 celebrations, said Evans.
“ECMAs in Charlottetown have always been a wonderful time of celebration.”
That’s why the committee lobbed to have the Island’s turned moved up because this year is such a celebration year, said Evans.
“Prince Edward Island never disappoints during East Coast Music Week and certainly this year will be no different.”
The EMCAs is April 2 – 6. The award gala will be hosted by Seamus O’Regan.