East Coast Music Week set to descend upon Moncton

For the first time since 1997, the East Coast Music Awards are returning to Moncton. Boasting a series of musical showcases, conferences and more, East Coast Music Week begins on Wednesday April 11, and culminates with the presentation of the East Coast Music Awards on Sunday, April 15, at Casino New Brunswick. The gala awards show next Sunday evening will be hosted by New Brunswick native and international star Roch Voisine.

For the live music lover, there is going to be a little something that will appeal to people of all musical tastes. Some of the many showcase highlights include New Brunswick blues man Matt Andersen performing at the Roots Room in the Delta Beausejour on Thursday, April 12, 8:25 p.m. while 2012 East Coast Music Award nominees The Trews will headline a free concert at in downtown Moncton starting at 1 p.m., on Sunday April 15.

Of course, the East Coast Music Awards are not just about showcasing some of the best established artists as well as the best in up and coming talent in the Atlantic Canadian music scene. Whether you are looking to bring your band to the next level of success or find out some tips and tricks relating to the successful marketing of your band, a wealth of information is available at your disposal during East Coast Music Award Week.

Included among the many conferences and seminars is a Social Media Mastery Course being held on Thursday afternoon at the Delta Beausejour in Downtown Moncton, starting at 11 a.m. The course, facilitated by Jason Loomis from New York City publicity firm Ariel Publicity, aims to teach musicians the fine art of maximizing their band’s return on investment via social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. This is just one of approximately 25 conferences and seminars that will be taking place during ECMA week.

Asked what she is most looking forward to with next week’s East Coast Music Awards celebration, East Coast Music Association executive director Su Hutchinson says it is tough to narrow the week down to only a couple of events.

“The music that I love to listen to comes from all corners of the Atlantic region and covers all genres,” Hutchinson says. “It has been a personal mission to see the integration of classical music into East Coast Music Award activities in a forum that allows musicians to learn from each other and play together.

“So based upon that, I would have to say that the National Bank’s A Sound Celebration taking place at the Capitol Theatre on Saturday evening. For the first time, three major New Brunswick orchestras are playing together on one stage and will be joined by some amazing homegrown talent including David Myles, Samantha Robichaud, Chris Colepaugh and Matt Andersen.”

For all information relating to East Coast Music Awards tickets pricing and availability, visit the East Coast Music Awards 2012 website at www.ecma.com/moncton

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Article published in the April 6, 2012 edition of the Times & Transcript