ecma to present dr. helen creighton
lifetime achievement award to dick nolan
Thursday, November 20, 2008

(Corner Brook) - The East Coast Music Association is pleased to announce that Dick Nolan will posthumously receive the Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2009 East Coast Music Awards. The award will be presented on Sunday, March 1, as part of the 2009 East Coast Music Awards, Festival and Conference in Corner Brook, NL, from February 26 to March 1. The award recognizes an individual or group that has had a profound and lasting effect on the Atlantic Canadian music industry; the recipient is chosen each year by the ECMA board of directors.

"Since I was a young boy, the name Dick Nolan has been synonymous with the music, and the music industry, of Newfoundland and Labrador. I can't think of a better way to honour his legacy than through the presentation of the ECMA Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a most deserving candidate and as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, we should be proud of him and everything he has done to bring our culture to the world", said Wade Pinhorn, Board of Directors Chair.

Dick Nolan was born in Corner Brook, NL, in 1939. He began performing country songs on CBC radio in Corner Brook in 1954. His exceptional deep baritone voice was appreciated by lovers of country music and landed him in the recording studio. Dick Nolan loved country music and he loved Newfoundland and Labrador and the Maritimes. He performed at the Grand Old Opry in Nashville, hosted his own television program in Newfoundland and Labrador, appeared on other national television programs, was nominated for a Juno Award, and was Apache Communications Male Performer of the Year for 1973 in Newfoundland and Labrador. Music Newfoundland & Labrador honoured Dick with a Lifetime Achievement Award in the fall of 2005. He died in December of that same year.

The East Coast Music Association is proud to honour such an admirable and deserving artist. Don't miss the tribute to Dick Nolan at the Music Awards Gala on Sunday, March 1 at the Pepsi Centre.

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