N.B. Artists Ready To Rock ECMA 2013 In Halifax

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 about New Brunswick's representation this year. The awards show itself, which is heavy on the musical guests, includes just one from the province, co-host David Myles. And the nomination count is down this year, with a few higher-profile N.B. acts getting snubbed, mostly notably The Divorcees, with just one nomination, for Video of the Year, ignored completely in the Country Album category. That's a shock, given that they've won the category twice before. It's not the first time the province's music community has felt underappreciated, and there are a number of reasons, most notably a continued dominance of the Association by certain larger provinces. All you can really do to fix that is to keep sending out great music, which hopefully won't be ignored next time.

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To that end, the province does have a very strong showing in other areas that count. N.B. is well-represented in showcase performances, and the province's musicians have loads of opportunities to show their stuff. Music NB has put together some very strong nights as well, taking over local establishments to present the finest from this province for delegates to check out. Booking agents will see them, so will people who place songs on TV, movies, and video games. The public can go to many of these shows as well, and it's all about turning one head at a time.

Even if you can't get to Halifax, it's good to know who the up-and-coming N.B. performers are. They play all the time in their home communities, and it's worth remembering these names, so check out the list of acts heading to Halifax next week to play.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 6
Soundwaves Program presented by FlyHalifax.com
8:00 PM, The Spatz Theatre, Halifax, Tickets: $20
Saint John String Quartet (8-8:20)
Stephanie Mainville (9:15-9:35)

THURSDAY MARCH 7
Canadian Music. East Coast Style. Export Buyers Showcase
1:30 PM, Baronet Ballroom, Delta Halifax, Halifax, Tickets: $20
David Myles (2:30 PM - 2:50 PM)
The BackYard Devils (3:30 PM - 3:50 PM)

RBC Breakout Stage
6:30 PM, The Waterfront Warehouse, Halifax, Tickets: $20
Caroline Savoie (6:00 PM - 6:18 PM)
The Lonesome Line (6:50 PM - 7:08 PM)
Shaun LeBlanc (9:25 PM - 9:43 PM)

Songwriters at the Company House
8:00 PM, The Company House, Halifax, Tickets: $20
Les Hay Babies (11:20 PM - 11:50 PM)

Molson Canadian Late Night
11:59 PM, Baronet Ballroom, Delta Halifax, Halifax
The Motorleague (2:30 AM - 2:50 AM)

FRIDAY MARCH 8

Two for the Show
10:00 AM, Baronet Ballroom, Delta Halifax, Halifax
Pascal Lejeune (10:00 AM - 10:08 AM)

Music New Brunswick Stage
8:00 PM, Pogue Fado, Halifax, Tickets: $20
Arseneault (8:00 PM - 8:30 PM)
Caroline Savoie (8:45 PM - 9:15 PM)
Joey Robin Haché et les Tavernaks (9:30 PM - 10:00 PM)
Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire (10:15 PM - 10:45 PM)
Mike Biggar (11:00 PM - 11:30 PM)
Melanie Morgan (11:45 PM - 12:15 AM)
The Terry Whalen Band (12:30 AM - 1:00 AM)
Tonella (1:15 AM - 1:45 AM)

Rising Star Showcase, presented by Slaight Music
8:00 PM, Schooner Room, Casino Nova Scotia, Halifax, Tickets: $22
Les Hay Babies (9:40 PM - 10:00 PM)
The Playdates (11:10 PM - 11:30 PM)

First Nations Showcase, presented by Maritimes & North East Pipelines
8:00 PM, Compass Room, Casino Nova Scotia, Halifax, Tickets: $22
Gary Sappier Band (10:30 PM - 10:50 PM)

Office Interiors Country Stage
9:00 PM, The Rodeo Lounge, Dartmouth, Tickets: $20
Francelle Maria (9:30 PM - 9:50 PM)
The Divorcees (12:50 AM - 1:30 AM)

MindSea Electronic Stage
9:00 PM, The Palace Nightclub, Halifax, Tickets: $20
In Dreams (9:30 PM - 9:50 PM)

Molson Canadian Late Night
11:59 PM, Baronet Ballroom, Delta Halifax, Halifax
She Roars

SATURDAY MARCH 9

Two for the Show
10:00 AM, Bluenose Ballroom, Delta Halifax, Halifax
Andy Brown (10:00 AM - 10:08 AM)

Children's Showcase
10:30 AM, Keshen Goodman Public Library, Halifax
Coach Patt
Scotty and the Stars

Canadian Music. East Coast Style. Export Buyers Showcase
2:30 PM, Baronet Ballroom, Delta Halifax, Halifax, Tickets: $20
The Divorcees (3:00 PM - 3:20 PM)

Bluebird North Showcase, presented by SAC & Halifax International Airport
5:00 PM, Compass Room, Casino Nova Scotia, Halifax, Tickets: $22
Andy Brown (5:00 PM - 6:05 PM)

UPS Rock Stage
8:00 PM, Schooner Room, Casino Nova Scotia, Halifax, Tickets: $22
The Motorleague (10:30 PM - 10:50 PM)

Music New Brunswick Stage
8:00 PM, Pogue Fado, Halifax, Tickets: $20
Irish Mythen (8:00 PM - 8:30 PM)
Tracy and the Hurtin' Hearts (8:45 PM - 9:15 PM)
Earthbound Trio (9:30 PM - 10:00 PM)
The Back Yard Devils (10:15 PM - 10:45 PM)
John Jerome & The Congregation (11:00 PM - 11:30 PM)
The Divorcees (11:45 PM - 12:15 AM)
The Playdates (12:30 AM - 1:00 AM)
BONES & FWLR (with special guest In Dreams) (1:15 AM - 1:45 AM)

Songwriters at the Company House
8:00 PM, The Company House, Halifax, Tickets: $20
Andy Brown (11:20 PM - 11:50 PM)

Francophone Stage
9:00 PM, Compass Room, Casino Nova Scotia, Halifax, Tickets: $22
Monique Poirier (9:00 PM - 9:20 PM)
Dominique Dupuis (9:25 PM - 9:45 PM)
Kevin McIntyre (9:50 PM - 10:10 PM)
Pascal Lejeune (10:40 PM - 11:00 PM)
La Virée (11:05 PM - 11:25 PM)

Americana Stage
9:00 PM, The Rodeo Lounge, Dartmouth, Tickets: $20
Mike Biggar (9:00 PM - 9:30 PM)
Melanie Morgan (11:15 PM - 11:45 PM)

Molson Canadian Late Night
11:59 PM, Baronet Ballroom, Delta Halifax, Halifax
The Cauldron Project

SUNDAY MARCH 10

SOCAN Songwriters' Circle, presented by 96.5 Kool FM
1:00 PM, Schooner Room, Casino Nova Scotia, Halifax, Tickets: $40
Irish Mythen
David Myles

Gala Awards Post Party
11:00 PM, Baronet Ballroom, Delta Halifax, Halifax, Tickets: $15
Dominique Dupuis
The Divorcees

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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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