10 acts to not be missed during East Coast Music Week

East Coast Music Week kicks off in St. John's this week. Alyson Samson has recommendations on some acts that should not be missed.
East Coast Music Week launches in St. John's this week. (CBC)

If given the choice I would clone myself and attend every ECMA event this week — all day, every day.

Sadly science has yet to fulfill my wishes.

The East Coast Music Awards will be presented on Thursday night, but East Coast Music Week (get ready to see the acronym ECMW more frequently) will run all through the week. 

Here are some acts that should absolutely not be missed. We have dates listed below; for the full schedule, click here

If you're just starting to get a footing in the land of Canadian music, this list has some essential acts for your checklist, along with a few up-and-comers that you can say you saw when they were just cutting their teeth.

You might even know some of  their songs and not realize that they'll be in your own backyard for East Coast Music Week, and others may just be an intro to some of the talent.

10

Hear/Say are a six piece hip-hop group from St. John's.

Saturday, April 11 at Molson Late Night Stage - Hip Hop Spotlight, located at the George Street Beer Market: 12:30 a.m. - 3 a.m.

9

Vogue Dots are an electronic duo from Halifax.

Thursday, April 9 at ECMA Presents In-Flight Safety with special guests Vogue Dots & 60 LPs located at Delta - Avalon Ballroom

Friday, April 10 at Molson Late Night Stage - Electronic Music Spotlight presented by Mindsea located at the George Street Beer Market: 12:30 a.m. - 3 a.m.

8

The Modern Grass are a bluegrass group from Halifax.

Saturday, April 11 at Music Nova Scotia Stage, located at Dusk Ultra Lounge: 9:30 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. 

7

The Town Heroes are an alt-rock band based in Halifax.

Thursday, April 9 at the Eastlink East Coast Music Awards Gala presented by The OGM located at Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay: 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Friday, April 10 at Music Nova Scotia Stage located at Dusk Ultra Lounge: 8:45 p.m. to 1:45 a.m.

Saturday, April 11 Cape Breton Embassy Showcase located at Martini Bar: 8 p.m. - 12 a.m.

6

Steve Maloney and the Wandering Kind are an alt-folk group from St. John's. 

Friday, April 10 at Two For the Show (Private Event) located at the Delta Hotel - Avalon Ballroom & Folk: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Friday, April 10 at Roots Stage presented by Meridia Recruitment located at JAG Hotel 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Saturday, April 11 at Music NL Stage located at Rockhouse: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.  

5

Catherine MacLellan is a folk artist from Charlottetown.

Friday, April 10 at the Eastlink East Coast Music Awards Gala presented by The OGM  located at Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay: 8 pm - 10:30 pm.

Canadian Music. East Coast Style. Export Buyers Showcase located at Delta - Avalon Ballroom: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

CBC Radio On The Go: Live broadcast from the LSPU Hall: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

Music PEI Stage located at Martini Bar: 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 11 at Warner Music Canada Roots Room Delta - Avalon Ballroom: 7:30 pm - 1 a.m.

Sunday, April 12 at Songwriters Circle presented by Transit 360 located at Delta Hotel - Avalon Ballroom: 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

4

Tim Chaisson is a country/folk artist from Charlottetown.

Friday, April 10 at Canadian Music: East Coast Style. Export Buyers Showcase located at Delta Hotel - Avalon Ballroom: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Friday at 8 p.m., Tim will perform at a live concert for The East Coast Music Hour with David Myles, at Holy Heart Theatre. Tickets $20 at Holy Heart Theatre Box Office. 

Saturday, April 11 at Two For the Show (Private Event) located at Delta Hotel - Avalon Ballroom: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m

3

In-Flight Safety are a pop/rock band from Halifax.

Thursday, April 9 at Canadian Music: East Coast Style. Export Buyers Showcase located at the Delta Hotel- Avalon Ballroom: 1:30 p.m - 4 p.m.  

ECMA Presents In-Flight Safety with special guests Vogue Dots & 60 LPs located at the Delta Hotel - Avalon Ballroom 11 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.

Friday, April 10 at Music Nova Scotia Stage located at Dusk Ultra Lounge: 8:45 p.m - 1:45 a.m.

2

Carleton Stone is an alt-country artist from Sydney, N.S.

Thursday, April 9 at Canadian Music. East Coast Style. Export Buyers Showcase the Delta Hotel - Avalon Ballroom: 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Sunday, April 12 at Songwriters Circle presented by Transit 360 located at the Delta Hotel - Avalon Ballroom: 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

1

Mo Kenney is a pop/folk/rock artist from Waverly, N.S.

Friday, April 10, CBC Radio On The Go's live broadcast from the LSPU Hall: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

UPS Rock Showcase located at the Delta Hotel - Avalon Ballroom: 8:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Saturday, April 11 at Canadian Music: East Coast Style. Export Buyers Showcase located at the Delta Hotel - Avalon Ballroom: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Bluebird North Song Circle located at JAG Hotel presented by The Overcast and SAC: 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Music Nova Scotia Stage located at Dusk Ultra Lounge: 9:30 p.m. - 1:45 a.m.


 

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Alyson Samson

Alyson Samson is a journalist working with the CBC in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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