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The ECMA Extravaganza, 2013 Edition

If you go back to the early 1990s, to names like the Irish Descendants and Thomas Trio and the Red Albino, you can use the East Coast Music Awards to track changing fashions in Newfoundland and Labrador music, year over year.

It's far from definitive, but the list of nominees provides a glimpse of how our music is viewed by the insiders and industry professionals who vote on the awards.

The 2013 ECMA weekend kicks off Wednesday, March 6 in Halifax, and that's our focus for the next two weeks.

On Saturday, March 2, the Performance Hour checks in on the Newfoundland and Labrador challengers who are heading off to this year's extravaganza.

The 2013 ECMA idols from this province include Repartee, The Once, Chris Kirby, the Long Distance Runners, and the Dardanelles. We'll hear them and a whole lot more.

On Saturday, March 9, we hand the reins over to our sister show, Atlantic Airwaves, for one of the highlights of ECMA 2013: The Top Ten East Coast Songs of All Time.

Stephanie Domet hosts a one-hour special from Halifax, featuring artists like George Canyon, Jenn Grant, Jimmy Rankin and Maureen Ennis.