News 2005 Jul 8, 2005 18:53:56 GMT
Post by HWI on Jul 8, 2005 18:53:56 GMT
January 27 2005
ECMA announces TV show lineup
SYDNEY - Get ready to rumble!
That was the rallying cry from CBC executive producer Geoff D'Eon after announcing the lineup of talent to be featured at this year's East Coast Music Awards show Feb. 20, at Sydney's Centre 200.
Pictou County's rising country star George Canyon will host the two-hour nationally televised event that will feature performances by The Trews, MIR, The Joel Plaskett Emergency, Gordie Sampson, Susan Crowe, Barry Canning, The Cottars, Beolach, Vishten, Dave Gunning and Nathan Wiley. It will begin at 8 p.m.
During the CBC show, a special tribute will be paid to Cape Breton's beloved Rita MacNeil, featuring the sounds of Matt Minglewood - the 2005 Maple Blues Awards entertainer of the year - along with Shaye, and Jimmy Rankin.
'It's the first time on (the nationally televised show),' Minglewood said after playing a sample of his music at the ECMA news conference in Sydney on Wednesday. 'I'm part of the tribute and that's good enough for me.
'He plans to sing his version of Working Man, one of MacNeil's best known hits about toiling in the coal mines that features the haunting voices of the Men of the Deeps, a local chorus of former Devco miners.
D'Eon said the show promises splendid music, and 'guarantees a good time for all. I like my kitchen parties with Las Vegas production values,' he said with a chuckle.
Event organizer Pat Moore said the $1.65 million week-long conference that begins Feb. 17 will pack local hotels, restaurants and put Cape Breton's talent in the forefront during the finale.
Organizers expect at least 1,500 delegates and their families to register.
'The event is a winner, it's proven to be a winner every year,' he said, noting the success of the past 17 previous ECMA events. Sydney hosted the ECMAs in 2000. 'People will come during this coldest week of the year, but we'll fill all these events,' he said.
MacNeil, an international star making it big in Australia and Europe, was selected to be singled out in the televised show, because 'we're very proud of her,' Moore said.
Canyon, who won the Rising Star Award at the Canadian Country Music Awards following his debut of his CD, One Good Friend on Sept. 28, will be host of the televised event, a first for him.
Although never a host on television, he became well known in North America during last year's Nashville Star television series - a country version of the popular American or Canadian Idol.
The Trews, from Antigonish, the first indie rock bands to go No. 1 on Canadian rock charts, will take to the stage, competing in five ECMA award categories.
Big Pond native Sampson, who released his second solo album Sunburn, will also take the stage along with P.E.I. singer-songwriter Wiley, who released High Low, a follow-up to his debut album Bottom Dollar.
Beolach, from Cape Breton, is expected to deliver a big impact on the show with its Celtic blend featuring pipes, whistles, guitar and fiddles while Vishten, a quartet from New Brunswick, will offer a hearty mix of Acadian, Irish and Scottish styles.
Not to be outdone, The Cottars, a young group of Cape Bretoners, will show the nation how Celtic music has put them on the map internationally. The Boston Globe recently called them 'one of the hottest acts in the folk world today.
'Pictou County singer-songwriter Gunning is nominated for folk recording of the year and is up for male artist, while Barry Canning, a hot act from St. John's is nominated for pop recording.
Other artists who will assist or join the show include Shanklin Road, Paul Lamb, Cory Tetford of Crush and Damhnait Doyle.
All performances will be live. Other performances will precede the start of the televised show.
Beginning at 6 p.m., those at Centre 200 will get to see Newfoundland funnyman Andrew Younghusband host such acts as two-time nominee Allie Bennett of Cape Breton and Samantha Robichaud of New Brunswick, ECMA nominee and winner of last year's aboriginal recording of the year Forever, double-nominee Madviolet, as well as Matt Anderson and Duane Andrews.
Public voting will soon begin for entertainer of the year, the winner to be announced during the televised event. Up for the award are Crush, George Canyon, Jimmy Rankin, Natalie MacMaster and the Trews.
By Tera Camus, Halifax Herald