Some of Atlantic Canada's most successful musical artists came together to celebrate their music heroes Thursday night at East Coast Music Week in Charlottetown.

The Barra MacNeils kicked off the CBC event, which capped off the first full day of ECMA action.

They and other artists, such as Rose Cousins, shared their musical inspiration in front of a packed house at the Delta Prince Edward.

David Myles

David Myles says his musical hero is Smokey Robinson. (CBC)

Cousins played Joni Mitchell's Blue.

"Blue was a very significant album for her and it certainly is the one that hits me the hardest," said Cousins, who is originally from P.E.I. and is now based in Halifax. Cousins said she has only played the song once before.

"Yeah, I'm terrified to play it again."

Nova Scotia performer David Myles said his musical hero is Smokey Robinson.

"And Smokey Robinson had this ability of never compromising what he was trying to say and always making it perfect with these incredible melodies," Myles told the audience.

Newfoundland's Amelia Curran picked Lou Reed's Pale Blue Eyes to perform.

"When you can say so much, with such tiny movements of language and music, and this is a guy who I adore," she said.

The concert will be broadcast on CBC Radio on Atlantic Airwaves, April 6 at 5 p.m.

Barra MacNeils

The Barra MacNeils are music legends in their own right. (CBC)

Several artists received ECMA awards Thursday, including P.E.I. band Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys. They picked up best Roots/Traditional Group Recording for their new album Pickin' N Clickin.

Other winners include Nova Scotia-based Thom Swift's The Fortunate Few as Blues Recording and Coffee 'Til Midnight by Alan Jeffries won Roots/Traditional Solo Recording.

The award for African-Canadian Recording went to Nova Scotia's J-Bru and the Rising Star Award was handed to The Town Heroes, who are also from Nova Scotia.

The ECMA awards gala will take place at the P.E.I. Convention Centre, Sunday at 8 p.m.