Mix a little hockey, music and you have an ECMA event

Serge Brideau, the lead singer for Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire, rocking out centre stage at the ECMA news conference at the Delta Hotel in Charlottetown held Feb. 18 to unveil the award nominees for the music week of April 2-6. Mitchell Peters photo.
Serge Brideau, the lead singer for Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire, rocking out centre stage at the ECMA news conference at the Delta Hotel in Charlottetown held Feb. 18 to unveil the award nominees for the music week of April 2-6. Mitchell Peters photo.
By Maureen Coulter
Feb. 24, 2014

Islanders love their hockey, and they love music.
So it only seemed natural for the ECMA and the Charlottetown Islanders to host a musicians versus community hockey game. The game is set for April 5 at 3:30 p.m. at the MacLauchlan Arena during East Coast Music Week.
What better way to bring music to people than where families spend most of their time on P.E.I., the hockey rink, said Jennifer Evans, co-chair of the ECMA week during the announcement of the award nominees Feb. 18 at the Delta Prince Edward.
“Our goal for this event is to provide an opportunity to families to become part of this fantastic week of music on P.E.I.”
ECMW is an exciting time for those involved, said Evans.
“Over the past few weeks we have gathered some of P.E.I.’s community and business leaders to join us in making sure we put a true P.E.I. stamp on the 2014 East Coast Music Week.”
Evans encourages Islanders, Maritimers and people across the country to come to P.E.I. for Eastlink East Coast Music Week.
“We guarantee a good time.”
Eastlink producer Matthew Beardsley said all coverage of the ECMA week will be available across Canada on channel 610.
“As an Islander I think I can safely speak for everyone when I say how exciting it is to have this year’s Eastlink East Coast Music Week back on Prince Edward Island.”
This will be the second season of Eastlink TVs East Coast Music Unplugged, which will be done right here in Charlottetown, said Beardsley.
“I am delighted to announce that this year’s Eastlink East Coast Music Awards will be hosted by Seamus O’regan, former co-host of CTVs Canada’s A.M.”
The 13-part series will offer a look into the East Coast’s most influential musicians with intimate conversation about music influence, interests and songwriting, he said.
Myles Mackinnon, operations manager at Ocean 100 and Hot 105.5, said they are excited to be apart of this because the music industry is what they do.
“Music is our life.”
Hot 105.5 is a partner of Eastlink East Coast Music Week and it will celebrate this event, said Mackinnon.
“Every Thursday night leading up to ECMW, Hot 105.5 is going to present the Hot lounge, airing live at 8 p.m.”
The lounge will feature East Coast artists performing a cover song currently playing on Hot 105.5, an artist’s original song and an interview.
Penny Walsh McGuire, executive director P.E.I. 2014 Inc., said with just over six weeks into the P.E.I. 2014 celebrations it has been a wonderful year so far.
“One of the most anticipated events is the Eastlink East Coast Music Week.”
She is proud to be hosting the 2014 fans choice awards for the ECMWs 2014 year, said McGuire.
“The fans choice awards are unique and highly coveted by the artists as they are the only ECMA awards voted by the fans.”
Until March 27, fans can vote for their favourite artists in both the P.E.I. 2014 fans choice video of the year and P.E.I. 2014 fans choice entertainer of the year categories, she said.
“Fans are encouraged to cast multiple ballads, but voting is limited to once per day.”
Fans will have some tough decisions to make when they are voting for they awards, she said.
After casting their votes, she encourages all fans to explore the rest of P.E.I. 2014 website to see what the celebration year has in store.
“P.E.I. will be the place to be for music lovers 2014.”

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