© Guardian photo by Heather Taweel
Campbell Webster, left, and Ryan Abdallah, right, hold the sign as several members of the Queens County Fiddlers braved the stormy weather Tuesday morning in Charlottetown to help kick off the 150-hour Jam at Baba's Lounge. The jam continues throughout East Coast Music Week.
ECMA introduces new executive director, NXNE co-founder Andy McLean
East Coast Music Week officially gets underway today, with the first ticketed event, a Soundwaves concert, scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. at Stratford Town Hall.
Taking place from April 2-6, ECMW will present five days of music all over the city of Charlottetown that showcases talent from across the Atlantic region. The event culminates in an awards gala on Sunday at the Prince Edward Island Convention Centre, hosted by Seamus O'Regan.
This morning, music week delegates will be welcomed at the Charlottetown Airport with an East Coast Shuck In Kitchen Party hosted by the airport and the Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance.
The kitchen party takes place 11-11:30 a.m. at the airport and will give visitors a takes of Island shellfish and music.
The ECMA box office opens at the Delta Prince Edward/P.E.I. Convention Centre at noon today.
ECMW stages, showcases and the buyers tradeshow all begin Thursday.
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While the officially sanctioned music doesn't begin until this evening, organizers of the unaffiliated 150-hour Jam began their marathon of music Tuesday at Baba's Lounge. The jam continues non-stop until Sunday.
Also in ECMW news, the East Coast Music Association named a new executive director Tuesday.
Andy McLean is the co-founder of North By Northeast Conferences Incorporated (NXNE). He established the NXNE brand to be recognized world wide as Canada’s premiere showcase event for the best new music and music-related films as well as a unique arts-based interactive digital media conference and a burgeoning comedy festival. In addition to his work with NXNE, McLean has worked with SOCAN, SXSW, Radio Starmaker, Luminato and Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
McLean is moving to Halifax from Ontario this month and will be in Charlottetown this week during ECMW.