Saturday another day full of music at ECMA 2011 in Charlottetown
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Megan Blanchard and Hannah Rollwage perform on the Country Stage at Fishbones as part of ECMA Week.
It was a big day for P.E.I.’s Meaghan Blanchard at the East Coast Music Awards in Charlottetown today.
The 22-year-old singer-songwriter from Hunter River won her first ECMA, taking home the award for country recording of the year for her second album, Chasin' Lonely Again.
Blanchard received her award at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival's country stage at Fishbones.
That award was one of several to be presented today.
A number of music awards were presented at the industry awards brunch this morning at the Delta Prince Edward.
The ECMA for loud recording of the year will be presented tonight at Ise’s.
The level of excitement at the ECMAs has been building steadily since Tuesday when the first wave of delegates began to arrive and will continue to do so until Sunday night when the gala awards ceremony at Confederation Centre brings the event to a close.
You can feel that excitement on the street as people make their way from venue to venue, clutching their gig guides so they can stay on top of what’s happening next.
You can feel it in the hallways and the giftshops and the elevators and the bars of the hotels where the delegates are staying.
You can feel it in local restaurants where people trying to cram in any many shows as possible stop to refresh and recharge.
But nowhere is that excitement more visible than in the venues where the showcases are taking places.
Venues have been packed by people who’ve come out in hopes of catching a set by a favourite artist or, alternatively, catching somebody new whose music makes you go “yeah, I want more of that.”
As a seasoned ECMA veteran I can honestly say I’ve never been to an ECMA where I didn’t have that magic little moment that made me glad I came.
Just today, touring the venues, I came across another act that made me want to learn more about them and their music, Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers.
I stumbled across them just walking past Radio ECMA.
They’ll find a place in a future column.
Walking down the street I heard more music coming out of a bar that I have to check out.
And last night a taxi driver told me of an act he heard that he was all excited about. Now I have to look them up too.
Tonight I hope to discover more.
That’s what the East Coast Music Awards are all about.