• East Coast Music: February 2013
    N.B. Artists Ready To Rock ECMA 2013 In Halifax
    Feb 28, 7:28 PM

    Less than a week away to Halifax, and the annual East Coast Music Awards. The panels, showcases and events begin Wednesday March 7, and the awards themselves are handing out that Sunday night. There's been quite a bit of grumbling... more »

    Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell's New One Has Maritime Connection
    Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell's New One Has Maritime Connection
    Feb 27, 3:04 PM

    A highly-anticipated, and long-planned album has finally been released this week. It's a project that's been in the works since the mid-70's, one that matches two of the top country artists of the modern era in a series of duets.... more »

    Summer Festivals Start Announcing Line-Ups
    Summer Festivals Start Announcing Line-Ups
    Feb 26, 2:08 PM

    Hey, it's not even March yet, and we're already getting announcements for this year's spate of summer music festivals. Hardly a weekend goes by from June to September without a festival somewhere in the province. And the lineup for on... more »

    Music Review:  Two Hours Traffic - Foolish Blood
    Music Review: Two Hours Traffic - Foolish Blood
    Feb 20, 5:32 PM

    PEI's Two Hours Traffic has become one of the premiere bands in the region, and across the country, in the decade they've been together. Ya, ten years now since they formed at university, all around 19 years old, and then... more »

    Lisa LeBlanc Grabs Juno Award Nomination
    Lisa LeBlanc Grabs Juno Award Nomination
    Feb 19, 1:49 PM

    Popular Acadian singer Lisa LeBlanc, from Rosaireville, N.B., has been nominated for a Juno Award. The nominations were announced today (Tuesday), for the 2013 awards by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. LeBlanc is nominated for Francophone Album... more »

    Lisa LeBlanc Grabs Juno Award Nomination
    Lisa LeBlanc Grabs Juno Award Nomination
    Feb 19, 1:49 PM

    Popular Acadian singer Lisa LeBlanc, from Rosaireville, N.B., has been nominated for a Juno Award. The nominations were announced today (Tuesday), for the 2013 awards by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. LeBlanc is nominated for Francophone Album... more »

    Jaclyn Reinhart Band Wins A Shot At Hard Rock Fest In London
    Jaclyn Reinhart Band Wins A Shot At Hard Rock Fest In London
    Feb 16, 12:45 AM

    A Fredericton band has won a big slot on a Toronto stage, and a big chance at scoring in an international contest. The Jaclyn Reinhart Band gathered the most votes in Canada in an on-line poll conducted by the famous... more »

    Music Review:  Rob Lutes - The Bravest Birds
    Music Review: Rob Lutes - The Bravest Birds
    Feb 13, 3:49 PM

    New Brunswickers, most Maritimers in fact, have a strong loyalty to home and place. Even in a time when more and more young people are moving west for work, you'll find they want to come home as much as possible.... more »

    Music Review:  The 24th Street Wailers - Live In Halifax
    Music Review: The 24th Street Wailers - Live In Halifax
    Feb 12, 4:00 PM

    Bearly's House Of Blues is one of the top blues clubs in the country, and certainly one of the Maritime's true hot spots. Catch a Sunday afternoon jam some time, it has the tavern spirit of the blues heyday in... more »

    Music Review:  Gabriel Minnikin - Parakeets With Parasols
    Music Review: Gabriel Minnikin - Parakeets With Parasols
    Feb 11, 3:21 PM

    I first reviewed Gabriel Minnikin's new album back in December, when he was making some rare appearances in the province. The disc was done, and in limited release at the shows and such, but now it's getting a proper release.... more »

    Music Review:  Jill Barber - Chansons
    Music Review: Jill Barber - Chansons
    Feb 8, 4:00 PM

    It's been several years now since Jill Barber left Halifax for Vancouver, but hey, we still think of her as a Maritimer, an honarary one at least. Hence her inclusion today in our East Coast music run-down. After all, Barber's... more »

    Ingrid Gatin Returns To N.B. For Album Launch
    Ingrid Gatin Returns To N.B. For Album Launch
    Feb 7, 3:15 PM

    Manitoba-based singer Ingrid Gatin launches a new album this week with an East Coast swing, starting off tonight (Thursday, Feb. 7) at Moncton's Plan B. Called 1000 Lives, it features Gatin's haunting piano work, stirring vocals, and an eerie soundscape... more »

    Music Review:  Christine Campbell
    Music Review: Christine Campbell
    Feb 6, 3:23 PM

    If you've ever come across the Halifax band Stone Mary, you'll know they are a heavy, loud rock band, in your face, and award-winners too. They grabbed the Music Nova Scotia loud album of the year for 2011. And if... more »

    Myles, Cousins To Co-Host ECMA GALA
    Myles, Cousins To Co-Host ECMA GALA
    Feb 5, 1:03 PM

    Singer-songwriters and Maritime favourites David Myles and Rose Cousins have been selected as the co-hosts of this year's East Coast Music Awards gala. The special honour comes as the ECMA's celebrate their 25th anniversary. Myles and Cousins will take to... more »

    Music Review:  Falcon Punch - FP!
    Music Review: Falcon Punch - FP!
    Feb 3, 2:11 AM

    Based in Toronto, but with Fredericton roots and a label based there as well, Falcon Punch is a three-piece of cutting edge players, skilled and progressive. This is jazz based in electronic music, instrumental tracks that cruise through seemingly every... more »


About Bob Mersereau

Rockin' BobBob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).

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