East Coast Music Awards get doled out in Sydney, Nova Scotia

April 18, 2016


Canada’s east coast is a veritable goldmine of musical talent, and has been since, well… forever. From its unending well of traditional bands to its history as alt-rock’s ‘Next Seattle’ in the ‘90s and now as a home to everything from old school country to DIY punk and indie, a surprising number of the country’s best and most recognizable musicians have roots close to the Atlantic Ocean. This past weekend, the East Coast Music Association (ECMA) went to work recognizing all the best and brightest from the past year or so of music in the region, handing out the 2016 awards from April 13-17 in Sydney, NS on beautiful Cape Breton Island.

Unlike a lot of awards events, the bulk of the awards were given out on April 14, before the partying really got underway, with performances and showcases littering the rest of the weekend, when the rest of the awards were handed out. The above song—Hey Rosetta!’s “Soft Offering (For The Oft Suffering)”—won Song of the Year. The Newfoundland band also took home Group Recording of the Year and Album of the Year for their fourth album Second Sight, which the song appears on. Fellow St. John’s musician Amelia Curran received Songwriter of the Year. Jenn Grant’s Compostela grabbed Solo Recording of the Year, and fellow Haligonians City Natives won Aboriginal Artist of the Year. You can view the complete list of winners, which includes industry categories as well, on the ECMA website.

The weekend also included performances from Hey Rosetta!, Port Cities, Amelia Curran, Ben Caplan, Jenn Grant, Coyote, City Natives, Ashley McIsaac, Mardeen, and The Town Heroes, among others. But that’s just the actual programming. You can bet that for a solid week, the fun didn’t stop when the bars closed. After all, if there’s another thing Atlantic Canada is known for, it’s their good ‘ol east coast kitchen parties.


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Matt Williams

Matt Williams is a writer and photographer. Born and raised on the Prairies in Winnipeg, he’s slowly made his way farther and farther east, spending a few years covering music in Toronto before running clear out of country and ending up on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. In between, he’s made numerous detours, interviewing and photographing countless artists across North America and beyond. He heads up Amplify’s Instrumental series, where he talks with musicians about the relationships they’ve formed with their most important tools.

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