Atlantic Canada ready to honour pioneers of music


One has to admire the way folks in the music industry in Atlantic Canada have taken our special and unique talent and developed it into a marketable product that is emulated by others around the world. I recently saw a TV presentation about country and western emulators in Japan! The influence of our artists was obvious everywhere.

This is a lesson for all of us in building on the existing resources of “Atlantica”. We all need to take control of our destiny rather than following developers who will exploit our natural assets and ultimately leave when they have exhausted all profitable resources.

More about ECMA …

Musicians from all four Atlantic provinces are converging on Fredericton to play, to hear others play and to honour some of their own as part of a celebration of Atlantic music leading up to this weekend’s East Coast Music Awards.

Prince Edward Island singer Lennie Gallant is to perform at the Saturday night 20th anniversary show for the East Coast Music Awards.Prince Edward Island singer Lennie Gallant is to perform at the Saturday night 20th anniversary show for the East Coast Music Awards.
(Canadian Press)

Among those who will be honoured are the winners of the Stompin’ Tom Awards that go to “unsung heroes” of Atlantic music.

One winner has been chosen from each Atlantic region by a committee of Atlantic Canadian folklorists with the ECMA board. They are:

  • Ivan and Vivian Hicks, New Brunswick.
  • The Ducats, Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • The Tremtones, Prince Edward Island.
  • Oakley, mainland Nova Scotia.
  • Aldun MacVicar, Cape Breton.

Stompin’ Tom Connors conceived of the award in 1993 to honour musicians who have made long-term contributions to the East Coast music industry. More CBC Story

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