Published Feb 08, 2008As a lead-up to this weekends East Coast Music Awards, musicians from all four Atlantic provinces are congregating in Fredericton, New Brunswick to perform and honour some of their kin as part of the celebrations for the ceremony.
Those who will be honoured are the winners of the Stompin Tom Award, which is tailored to the "unsung heroes of Atlantic music. Connors created the concept for this award in 1993 to pay homage to musicians that have made long-term contributions to the East coast music industry. A committee of Atlantic Canadian folk musicians from the East Coast Music Association (ECMA) have chosen a winner from each Atlantic region.
These winners are:
Ivan and Vivian Hicks, New Brunswick
The Ducats, Newfoundland and Labrador
The Tremtones, Prince Edward Island
Oakley, Mainland Nova Scotia
Aldun MacVicar, Cape Breton
As for the ECMA nominations, the competition is looking strong. A few of the categories include Chucky Danger, Jimmy Rankin, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Nathan Wiley, Two Hours Traffic and Wintersleep battling for FACTOR Recording of the Year; Chucky Danger, hey rosetta!, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Slowcoaster and Wintersleep for Group Recording of the Year; and Classified, Hotbox, J-Bru, MC Sean One and Mick D for Rap/Hip-Hop Single Track Recording of the Year.
Naturally there will be musical performances including but not limited to the Trews, Two Hours, Traffic, Wintersleep and Skratch Bastid. For more information about the East Coast Music Awards check out the official website.