The East Coast Music Awards strike a feeling of happiness in all of those that appreciate the music scene on the east coast. But why can’t we have them more often? Why always in those dreary late winter/early spring days, where you have to maneuver your way from venue to venue in the cold, wet weather? If you live in Saint John, then perhaps your wishes have come partially true.
The 2017 ECMAs are being held in Saint John, New Brunswick for the first time since 2002 and to celebrate, the city is hosting events throughout the summer. Starting on June 27th, ECMA Mondays will be in full swing at the Market Square. The performances start at 8 PM and will feature many ECMA artists from across the four Atlantic provinces.
Stephany Peterson, Arts and Culture Director with The Hardman Group and chief organizer of the ongoing event, explains that, “The roster features two acts from each east coast province, and rounds out the schedule with a concentration on showcasing local New Brunswick professional ECMA musicians.”
June 27th – Chris Kirby (NL)
July 4th – John Gracie (NS)
July 11th – Dylan Menzie (PEI)
July 18th – Brian Baker (NB)
July 25th – The Ennis Sisters (NL)
August 1st – Andy Brown, Earthbound Trio (NB)
August 8th – Sleepy Driver (NB)
August 15th – Willie Stratton (NS)
August 22nd – Rachel Beck & Bennet Buell of The Beck Sisters (PEI)
August 29th – Shaun Leblanc (NB)
“The lineup runs the gamut of musical genres, delivering a well-curated and balanced display of the best of today’s award-winning east coast music members,” says Andy McLean, ECMA Executive Director. “A great start on the road to ECMA 2017!”
Chris Kirby will also be the artist in residence for the Taste of the Boardwalk and Canada Day Week celebrations in the city. For NB Day Weekend, Andy Brown will be the artist in residence with performances in the afternoon and evening, with Earthbound Trio also having performances in the afternoon and evening.