I rise today to recognize the talented Islanders nominated for the 29th East Coast Music Awards that kicked off yesterday in Saint John, New Brunswick. Tonight is the awards show.
Mr. Speaker, I would like to take a moment to recognize our Island nominees:
- Dylan Menzie
- Lennie Gallant
- Paper Lions
- We the Rescued
- Atlantic String Machine
- Sean Kemp, from Atlantic String Machine
- Lonely Kid
- War Horses
- Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys
- Ten Strings and a Goat Skin
- and the East Pointers, who also recently brought home a JUNO Award for Traditional Roots Album of the Year.
In addition to music, we have Island producer Jon Matthews nominated for three awards….
The Cavendish Beach Music Festival and the PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls are nominated for Event of the Year.
And finally Mr. Speaker, Barbershop Sessions — filmed at Island-owned business The Humble Barber – is nominated for Media Outlet of the Year.
Mr. Speaker, we have an incredibly vibrant music industry relative to our small size as a province, and I’m positive that we have more successful musicians per capita than other places.
The ECMAs are an opportunity for our Island talent to be discovered on a national and international level.
Over 1,000 music industry professionals will attend from across Canada, the USA, France, Germany, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
Conferences are also held over the weekend…
An opportunity to gain skills, build business and make long lasting relationships.
Mr. Speaker, the ECMAs will bring in an estimated 3.1 million dollars to Saint John this year.
As Minister of Culture, I am happy to say that Prince Edward Island will host the ECMAs in May 2019.
Good luck to all Island nominees and have a rockin’ time at the ECMAs.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.