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Check out these East Coast Music Award nominees as we approach awards weekend

The 34th annual East Coast Music Awards (ECMA’s) are kicking off in Fredericton tonight and will feature 40 shows and 14 stages.

The performers include evAndrew Waite (PEI), Chloe Breault (NB), Hillsburn (NS), Kelly McMichael (NL), Morgan Toney (NS), One8tea (NB), Quote The Raven (NL), The Town Heroes (NS), and Zamani (NS).  There will be special guest performances by Lisa Leblanc (NB) and Patsy Gallant (NB)

The awards will be hosted by Maestro Fresh Wes.

Here are some of the nominees in the categories we follow.

African Canadian Artist of the Year

“Dummy” – King Sway 

“Feelin’ Myself” – LxVNDR

“Here’s Looking at You Kid” – Mark Riley

“I’m Right Back” – One8tea

“SELFISH” – Zamani Folade 

Blues Recording of the Year

“Who Works for Who” – Beauwater

“Bittersweet” – Campbell and Johnston

“Late All Day” – JP LeBlanc

Down to Funk – Jon Hines

Elmore`s Blues – Wayne Nicholson and John Campbelljohn

Contemporary Roots Recording of the Year

Until One Day – Dave Carroll

“Sitting Tight” – Leona Burkey

Modern Magic – Nathan Wiley

Live in Halifax – Ocean Playground

Country Recording of the Year

“Soaked in Whiskey” – Carolina East

When Country Gets the Blues – Charlie A’Court and Witchitaw

“Sure Beats a Good Time” – Jason Fancy 

“Stupid Cupid” – Scott Mackay

“Drop of Blood” – The Divorcees

Folk Recording of the Year

“August, I’m Yours” – Daniel James McFadyen

Covers – Mo Kenney

Canvas – Rosemary Lawton

Chasing Rabbits – Terra Spencer

“Tell Me” – The Gilberts

Global Recording of the Year

“Hope” – Ana and Eric

Andiwork IV – Andy Creeggan

Day Dreaming – King Sway 

“The Drift” – Weak Size Fish

Indigenous Artist of the Year

“Signal Fire” – Alan Sylboy and the Thundermakers

“Brothers” – Blake Francis

“Ko’jua”  – Morgan Toney

“Hometown” – Shift From Tha 902

“Exit Rebound” – Wolf Castle

The ECMA Music and Industry Conference is returning this year. The “Our Music Means Business” conference will be in person for the first time in two years. Workshops will be available in a hybrid model for those who wish to attend online. They are taking place over three days between May 5 and 7. There are a variety of workshops including Help From My Friends: ECMA Peer Support Network, facilitated by Errin Williams. The pandemic has been difficult for many, and this program works to support mental health by discussing strategies and providing peer support to improve wellness.

Breaking Down Racial Barriers – What We Heard and What’s Next is a workshop that hopes to raise awareness of the racial barriers that Black artists and music industry professionals experience. Speakers Ian Andre Espinet and David “Click” Cox will share conversations and present actionable strategies to support Black people in the industry.

Other festival and conference performers and events can be found here https://www.ecma.com/news/2022-ecma-showcasing-artists.

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