Three winners to be announced prior to performance by Juno-nominated Amelia Curran
The first of the 2010 East Coast Music Awards will be handed out tonight (Friday) in Sydney, Nova Scotia, at midnight Newfoundland time.
The award will be for the category of Loud Recording of the Year, in which no Newfoundland and Labrador artists are nominated. It will not be the only pre-gala ECMA handed out, however.
On Sunday at 1:15 p.m. Newfoundland time, at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion, the winners of Pop Recording of the Year, Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year, Folk Recording of the Year will be named.
No Newfoundland and Labardor artists are nominated for Pop Recording of the Year. However, Allan Ricketts is nominated for Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year for "Rivers" and another musician from this province, the now Juno-nominated Amelia Curran, is up for Folk Recording of the Year.
Organizers have not yet said whether or not these awards announcements will be available online. The gala performances and awards announcements are to be available for viewing live at: www.bellaliant.net/ecma.
"These (early) awards allow us to get a jump-start to the excitement and proud moments that we've come to expect on ECMA Sunday," stated Su Hutchinson in a news release on the early announcements.
"To couple these prestigious awards with a stacked group of the East Coast songwriters really helps ECMA 2010 continue to build momentum throughout the weekend and into Sunday night's music awards gala."
The early awards on Sunday are to be presented just before the start of the SOCAN Songwriter's Circle, featuring Grammy award winner Gordie Sampson, Amelia Curran, Coco Love Alcorn, Catherine MacLellan and Melanie Morgan.
A list of all award nominees is available online and winners in all categories will be updated as they are named at: www.thetelegram.com.