P.E.I.’s Paper Lions set for a busy East Coast Music Week

Melanie Jackson
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Island group, which is up for six awards, will be performing on some of the biggest stages at Charlottetown event

Charlottetown will come to life on April 2 with the sights and sounds of music and mingling, celebration and collaboration, all part of the fun set to take place during Eastlink East Coast Music Week.

Throughout of the five-day event, the city will host over 350 artists from all over Atlantic Canada. Venues across the capital will be jam-packed with musicians ready to share their talent with music lovers from the area and around the world.

ECMW culminates April 6 with the 26th annual East Coast Music Awards gala, where some of the region’s top artists and groups will be recognized for their craft.

One such group is P.E.I.’s own Paper Lions, who amassed six nominations for this year’s awards, including album of the year, fan’s choice entertainer of the year, fan’s choice video of the year, group recording of the year, pop recording of the year and song of the year.

Earlier this year, the group took home six Music P.E.I. Awards following the release of their full-length album, My Friends.

The band’s most recent project a three-song EP entitled Acquaintances was released just a week ago and is quickly gaining momentum as a popular follow up to their 2013 release.

Originating in the small Island community of Belfast, Paper Lions has been busy making friends and sharing its music around the world from Italy to China and all across Canada and the U.S. with their current North American tour.

Islanders, as well as those from away, will get the chance to see Paper Lions do what they do best when the band performs on some of the biggest stages during Eastlink East Coast Music Week.

The week will also give musicians and industry professionals the chance to take part in many other events on the ECMW agenda. Schedule highlights include the Breakout Members Mentorship Program and the Music Mentorship Program.

The Breakout Members Mentorship Program assists artists in developing their work, knowledge and understanding of the music industry. Daily peer-to-peer sessions will provide insight to musicians on how they can effectively move forward in their craft.

Participants will hear from experienced industry professionals, artists, managers, and ECMA staff members to learn what they can do at the conference’s events to help jumpstart their careers.

Designed with the needs of ECMA members and industry professionals in mind, the Music Mentorship Program is a matchmaking mentorship program and networking opportunity. Its primary objective is to assist emerging artist representatives gain valuable information and expertise from an array of experienced artist managers on issues and challenges most relevant to them. Daily peer-to-peer sessions will offer participants a meaningful exchange of information, focused on developing business strategies and appropriate career paths.

For more information on how to register for these sessions, visit the East Coast Music Association’s website at www.ecma.com or call the ECMA office in Charlottetown at 902-367-3587.

With such a wide selection of live shows and informative seminars to take in, Eastlink East Coast Music Week is certain to be five days of entertainment and education that music makers and music lovers alike won’t want to miss.


Melanie Jackson is a second-year Journalism student at Holland College with a longstanding love for music and mosh pits. Her column will be appearing in The Guardian in the weeks leading up to East Coast Music Week, April 2-6. She can be reached at msjacksonpei@gmail.com.

Organizations: Holland College, East Coast Music Association, North American

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Atlantic Canada, Iceland Belfast Italy China U.S.

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