The East Coast Music Awards, Festival and Conference shifts into overdrive Thursday in Charlottetown with shows on multiple stages throughout the city.
If there's a space large enough to accommodate a guitar amp, a mixing console and a couple of microphone stands, chances are somebody will be playing there Thursday.
A Sound Celebration, Confederation Centre
One of the weekend's most anticipated shows will take place tonight at the Confederation of the Arts when the centre hosts A Sound Celebration.
That concert will feature Island artists Jenn Grant, Meaghan Blanchard, Paper Lions, Richard Wood, and Vishten performing with Symphony Nova Scotia.
The first ECMA Awards of the week will be presented during that performance.
Two awards will be presented, one for classical recording of the year, the other for instrumental recording of the year.
RBC Discovery Stage lineup
The first performance of the day takes place on the RBC Discovery Stage at the Murphy Community Centre at 10 a.m.
A steady stream of artists will perform on that stage throughout the day, starting with fiddler Fleur Manville.
10:00 - Fleur Mainville
10:30 - Rachel Davis
11:00 - Tom Terrell
11:30 - Banded Stilts
12:00 - Oh No, Theodore!
12:30 - Katie McGarry
1:00 - Phil Flowers
1:30 - Ashley Condon
2:00 - Matthew Byrne
2:30 - Moonshine Ramblers
3:00 - Waif & The Spade
3:30 - Jared Lutes & inTandem
4:00 - Emmy Alcorn
5:00 - Silver Wolf Band
5:30 - Breagh Potter
Admission to that stage is free.
International Export Stage, Delta Prince Edward
The ballroom at the Delta Prince Edward will play host to the Canadian Music East Coast Style International Export Stage, which will feature performances by four acts, starting at 2:30 with a performance by Australian singer-songwriter Ashley Mannix.
Joining Mannix on that stage will be the following artists.
3:00 Dave Gunning
3:30 Two Hours Traffic
4:00 Tom Fun Orchestra
Admission to that stage is $20.
Roots Room, Delta Prince Edward
The ballroom will also host the Roots Room stage which opens Thursday night with a performance by Halifax singer-songwriter Ian Sherwood at 8 p.m.
In addition to Sherwood the lineup includes the following artists:
8:30 Cynthia MacLeod
9:00 Kim Dunn
9:30 Amelia Curran
10:00 Ian Janes
10:30 Richard Wood
11:00 Jimmy Rankin
Admission to the Roots Room is $20.
MIAfest, Murphy Community Centre
The first of this year's MIAFest concerts goes Thursday night at the Murphy Community Centre starting at 9 o'clock with a performance by Lovestorm, the New Brunswick duo featuring cellist Tim Isaac and vocalist Nina Khosla.
9:00 - Lovestorm
9:30 - Glen Strickey Quartet
10:00 - Colin Grant Band
10:30 - The Once
11:00 - David Myles
11:30 - Boxer the Horse
12:00 - Chris Colepaugh & the Crew
12:30 - The Dardanelles
1:00 - Carleton Stone
1:30 - Haunted Hearts
MIA Night at the Selkirk
If that's getting too late for you there is also a MIA Night at the Selkirk at the Delta Prince Edward. This is the first of four such nights at The Selkirk and all of tonight's acts are from Nova Scotia.
5:00 - Ben Caplan
5:45 - Kelly Sloan
6:30 - Kenneth and Angus MacKenzie
7:15 - Breagh Potter.
Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Fishbones
The Cavendish Beach Music Festival will host the Country Stage tonight at Fishbones on Victoria Row.
The Dan Currie Band will take the stage at 7 p.m.
The remainder of the lineup is as follows:
8:30 Katie McGarry
10:00 John Connolly
11:30 Johnny Oliver
1:00 Old Habits
Jazz and Blues Stage, Haviland Club
The Jazz and Blues Stage also starts tonight at the Haviland Club. Guitarist Duane Andrews and fiddler Dwayne Cote open the show at 10:15.
Also slated to play are:
11:15 Glen Strickey Quartet
12:15 Rosanne Crowell with Solar city.
The Guild will host Luck Productions¹ Hometown Hoedown starting at 10 p.m.
The hoedown line-up will feature the following artists:
10:00 Katie McGarry
10:35 Racoon Bandit
11:10 Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys
11:45 Haunted Hearts
12:20 Grass Mountain Hobos
1:00 Nudie & The Turks
Admission is $10.
Late Nights at the Delta Prince Edward
Molson Canadian Late Nights will close the night at the Delta Prince Edward starting at 12:30 with a performance by Newfoundland and Labrador's Sherman Downey & The Ambiguous Case.
Also slated to play are the following acts:
1:10 Ross Neilsen & The Sufferin' Bastards
1:50 The Dardanelles
Admission is $10.
For the next four days the provincial capital will play host to one of the most exciting music industry gatherings in Canada.
By the time the ECMAs draws to a close Sunday night, some 2,000 delegates will have descended upon the city transforming the provincial capital into a giant showcase for East Coast artists of almost every stripe.
The record executives, concert promoters, artist managers and publicists who come to this event shopping for talent will see singer-songwriters and Celtic music acts, pop bands and blues artists, alt/country bands and headbangers, bluegrass groups, gospel singers and worldbeat acts.
No matter what time you roll into town, or simply roll out of bed, there will be live music here somewhere.
Every live music venue in this city, as well as some non-traditional venues, have been booked for weeks, if not months, to serve as stages for designated ECMA showcases, partnered stages, record label showcases or the increasingly popular no-cases.
Island artists will figure prominently on many of those stages. Several have multiple performances scheduled.
Rob Oakie, executive director of Music P.E.I., says several of P.E.I.'s more established acts and a number of its most promising new acts have secured showcase spots.
"We'll have a very strong presence," Oakie said in an interview. Oakie is optimistic some good things will come out of ECMA 2011 for P.E.I. artists.