By Sarah Seeley
Feb. 19, 2014
Local indie-rock group Paper Lions has been nominated for six East Coast Music Awards.
The nominations were announced Feb. 18 at the P.E.I. Convention Centre. The nominations are for group recording of the year, pop recording of the year, song of the year, album of the year, fan’s choice entertainer of the year, and video of the year.
The group performed the song My Friend from their album My Friends at the nomination news conference.
The band’s local fan base is growing, said Ocean 100.3 DJ Kerri Wynne MacLeod.
“They are renowned for their clear voiced harmonies, clanging guitars and catchy pop songs.”
The video for their song Travelling recently went viral with four million views.
The group was surprised to be nominated for so many awards, said Paper Lions drummer David Cyrus MacDonald.
“When they asked us to play for the nomination show, we expected to be nominated for some, but we were not expecting to be nominated for six.”
Before the ECMAs, the band goes to the South By Southwest Music Festival on March 11-16 in Austin, Texas. They performed there last year and enjoyed connecting with different artists. The format of the event is similar to East Coast Music Week.
“It’s pretty nice being in Austin, Texas in March. The weather is beautiful.”
Erin Costello, a jazz singer from Halifax also performed at the P.E.I. news conference. She sang We Can Get Over, the title song for her album.
Costello was involved in music at a young age and began writing songs when she finished school and moved to Toronto.
“I was kind of a side person, so I would play in people’s bands. I didn’t know anyone, so I just began writing songs and singing them.”
She writes stories into her songs, said Costello.
“I hope they will inspire people and hit them in the right places emotionally.”
Costello plans to play a few shows in Halifax before the ECMAs and will resume touring after East Coast Music Week, which is April 2-6.
“I am home during the winter and that is really nice.”
She hopes to continue writing songs before she starts touring again.
The Acadian rock band Les Hotesses d’Hilaire gave the final musical performance of the afternoon at the news conference. The band is based in Moncton and features musicians from across New Brunswick.
The group has a unique sound originating from several genres, said lead singer and guitarist Serge Brideau.
“We’re very influenced by the 70s and French music as well.”
The band’s shows are very informal and include improvisation, he also said.
“Our shows are very interactive and I talk a lot to the crowd.”
Les Hotesses d’Hilaire has played all across Canada but this is its first time playing in P.E.I., said Brideau.
“We’re really happy to be playing in P.E.I. The people are very nice here.”
Les Hotesses d”Hillaire is honoured to be nominated for the ECMAs, but the group wasn’t expecting receive a nomination, said Brideau.
“To choose us out of 150 artists is amazing.”
The band has started writing a new album and they will be in the studio recording before they perform at the ECMAs, said Brideau.
“We’re going to be very busy before the ECMAs.”