hosts and performers announced for 2009 east coast music awards

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

CBC Broadcasts Awards Show & Festival Stages
on multiple platforms – TV, Radio and Web

(Corner Brook, NL) – The East Coast Music Association announced today that Newfoundland songstress Damhnait Doyle will pair up with Jian Ghomeshi of CBC Radio One’s ‘Q’ to host the 2009 East Coast Music Awards live from Corner Brook, Newfoundland on Sunday, March 1st.

The East Coast Music Awards return to CBC. Fans of East Coast Music can catch the star-studded spectacular live at 8:30pm NT/8pm AT/7pm ET on CBC’s digital channel bold or on the internet at The main CBC Television network will broadcast the East Coast Music Awards at 11pm in all time zones/11:30 NT.

The stellar line-up of artists for this year’s East Coast Music Awards showcases Atlantic Canada’s emerging talent to the country, including Hey Rosetta!, Jill Barber, Tara Oram, Christina Martin, Meaghan Blanchard, RADIO-RADIO, MIR, David Myles, Ryan LeBlanc, and Troy MacGillivray. The ECMA Awards Show also features the reunion of quintessential East Coast Celtic-rockers, Rawlins Cross.

“The East Coast Music Association heard loud and clear from artists, members and fans that a broadcast of the 21st annual awards show from Corner Brook was important to promote our artists and East Coast Music,” said Steve Horne, Executive Director of the East Coast Music Association. “We’re excited to again partner with CBC to offer many opportunities for fans to get their fix of East Coast Music.”

“This year again, east coast artists have produced an extraordinary amount of spectacular music,” said Jac Gautreau, ECMA Awards Show producer. “We've put together a jam-packed music filled show with east coast stars sharing the stage with exciting new performers.”

Riding the waves of their critically acclaimed latest album - which won the XM Satellite Radio Verge Award for Best Album - four-time ECMA 2009 nominees Hey Rosetta! return home from touring Australia to rock ECMA weekend.

With four nominations this year, past ECMA winner Jill Barber returns to the East Coast, with her sultry, distinctive voice, after touring across Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia during the past year.

Country singer-songwriter Tara Oram is excited about returning to her home province with three ECMA 2009 nominations after her success on Canadian Idol, her own reality TV show on CMT, and JUNO and Canadian Radio Music Award nominations.

This year’s East Coast Music Awards features some rising songwriters from across Atlantic Canada including Halifax-based Christina Martin, a multiple Music Nova Scotia award winner originally from New Brunswick; and Meaghan Blanchard, who won four Music PEI awards last month.

Three guys. Seven years. Six awards. Twenty-six nominations. Four studio albums. Seven music videos. Five charting radio singles. Toured four continents in last 2 years. With worldwide internet following and critical acclaim, multiple ECMA nominees and winners MIR will perform.

Multiple ECMA nominee David Myles brings his creativity, vocal versatility and musical dexterity to ECMA 2009 in Corner Brook.

Ryan LeBlanc is a progressive, innovative solo instrumentalist from New Brunswick who interlaces guitar, djembe, harmonica and banjo to produce a wide variety of upbeat and passionate musical pieces.

Winner of the 2008 Instrumental Recording of the Year, multi-instrumentalist and virtuoso, Troy MacGillivray, is nominated in 2009 for a unique collaboration with Canadian and U.S. National Fiddle Champion Shane Cooke.

The reunion of quintessential East Coast Celtic-rockers, Rawlins Cross will ignite memories of the East Coast Celtic music wave of the 1990’s. Performing together for almost twenty years, they are back and have just released their seventh album Anthology.

Artists from Newfoundland’s traditional and country music scenes will perform in a special tribute to Dick Nolan, the 2009 recipient of the Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award. Nolan, originally from Corner Brook, NL, was a pioneer of Newfoundland’s music industry, sharing the music of his province with the rest of Canada.

Radio Broadcaster, television host, musician, singer, manager, writer and producer - Jian Ghomeshi does it all. As host of CBC Radio One’s ‘Q’, Jian introduces Canadians daily to new and innovative artists including many from the East Coast.

Damhnait Doyle is a songwriter, vocal powerhouse, budding director and multi-award winner who is excited and ready to co-host this year’s East Coast Music Awards.

The 2009 East Coast Music Awards is produced by the East Coast Music Association. The creative team is led by Gemini-award winning producer Jac Gautreau, with Gemini-winning Mario Rouleau directing. The 2009 East Coast Music Awards broadcast is sponsored by the province of Newfoundland & Labrador (National Presenting Sponsor) and the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island (National Signature Sponsors).

The 2009 East Coast Music Awards, Festival & Conference will take place in Corner Brook from February 26-March 1 and is an annual event organized by the East Coast Music Association. The ECMA is a not-for-profit organization whose mandate it is to foster, promote and celebrate East Coast music locally and globally.

The 2009 East Coast Music Awards, Festival & Conference has received financial support from the Government of Canada through ACOA and Service Canada, Province of Newfoundland and Labrador through the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, and the City of Corner Brook. The East Coast Music Association would also like to acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s private radio broadcasters.