ECMAs brings money to bars, hotels and charities in P.E.I.
Artists and audiences boost businesses during quiet time of year.
Five straight days of ECMA action have been welcome business to bars, concert venues, hotels and even charities in P.E.I.
Steven Barber, manager of Hunter's Ale House on Kent Street, says they have been at 100 per cent capacity all week.
“To have line ups of people down the street waiting to get in, I only wish the rooms were bigger,” said Barber.
Audiences and artists came from all over to spend money.
“Right now I'm doing the payroll and let me tell you, there is a ton of hours for people who generally wouldn't get those hours this time of year.”
Gary Craswell, the general manager of the Rodd Charlottetown says most of their 115 rooms went to ECMA guests.
“Even if you're on the fifth floor, you're going to hear these bands playing at 2 o'clock in the morning. So it's really good that it was totally occupied by ECMA,” he said.
He says it was a welcome boost in business during a particularly quiet winter.
“You get this at this time of year, it's a real bonus.”
Charities also benefited from the ECMAs. At the University of Prince Edward Island’s MacLauchlan Arena, the ECMA threw a charity hockey game that raised money for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Pat Deighan, an ECMA Volunteer Co-chair, says they raised $7,000 over the weekend.
And at Hunter’s Ale House, one man's 112 hour charity bartending marathon was a success.
With only a few catnaps, Phil Gallant slung beer from Wednesday morning until closing time early Monday.
Barber says once the numbers are tallied he guesses they will have raised over $5,000 for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.