Video samplings of East Coast Music Awards performances

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Published on March 10, 2010

Volunteer Lydia Matthews sells East Coast Music Awards merchandise at the Capri Cabaret on Friday. Matthews said fleece jackets are the biggest seller, believeing it might be the cool weather - what she calls a typical March in Cape Breton.

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The members of St. John's-based Roundelay - (from left) Brad Nichols, Gerald Coleman, Michael Lahey, Joe Tucker - drop by the East Coast Music Awards' Discovery Stage on Friday to see some of the showcases (short sets) played by other Newfoundland and

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A high energy performance by Matthew Hornell and the Diamond Mines at the Discovery Stage at the Capri Cabaret on Friday earns the band a heaping of applause, whistles and hoots.

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One of the Diamonds Mines, Johnny Bungay, works up a sweat working the mandolin during a set with frontman Matthew Hornell at the Discovery Stage at the East Coast Music Awards in Sydney, Nova Scotia on Friday.

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From Conception Bay South, members of the all-female band Ashelin perform at the Capri Canaret in Sydney, Nova Scotia on Friday. Ashelin is a collection of Palmers and includes Kaliyan Palmer, Cassy Palmer, Joesie Palmer, Thea Palmer, and Shaelin Palme

Published on March 10, 2010

From Conception Bay South, members of the all-female band Ashelin perform at the Capri Canaret in Sydney, Nova Scotia on Friday. Ashelin is a collection of Palmers and includes Kaliyan Palmer, Cassy Palmer, Joesie Palmer, Thea Palmer, and Shaelin Palme

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Part of the East Coast Music Award conference events was "DIY: Indie Town Hall - 10 Things Indie Bands Should Be Doing Right Now!" The panel discussion was held at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre. It featured (from left) moderator and indepen

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During a panel discussion on independent music, Allan Reid of MapleMusic Recordings (right) declares the CD to be on its way out, saying the latest generation of music fans sees no value in the disc.

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During a conference session at the East Coast Music Awards on Saturday, president of Urban Music Canada, Will Strickland (background) stirs the post-panel discussion by challenging major labels to develop on-staff expertise in a greater variety of genr

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Rising stars from Cape Breton packed the Daniel's pub early Saturday evening with fiddle music - some traditional, some with modern flares. Here, Rachael Davis (www.rachel-davis.ca) is just getting started, but will soon be surrounded by step dancers.

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A miss of here and there - fiddler Chrissy Crowley shows her blended fiddle background at Daniel's pub in Sydney, Nova Scotia on Saturday. Set to perform during the East Coast Music Awards gala, Crowley's fiddling is inspired by both her grandfather o

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At the Saturday East Coast Music Awards songwriter's circle, Tim Chaisson introduces "I'll Have You Now," explaining it is a song written for a friend who had discovered his girlfriend was cheating. Chaisson co-wrote the song with Joel Plaskett and Gor

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In addition to hosting the Saturday songwriters' showcase at the East Coast Music Awards, Amy Sky also performed a series of powerful ballads.

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Newfoundland and Labrador musician Chris Kirby provides a stripped-down version of "Day Job" to audiences at the Saturday East Coast Music Awards (ECMAs) songwriters' circle. The song is on Kirby's ECMA-nominated album "Vampire Hotel" and was inspired

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While two members of Sherman Downey's accompanying band "The Ambiguous Case" were unable to make the showcase slot due to ferry troubles, Downey and the remaining members found some fill-in artists and went on with the show. Start to finish, the band a

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Performing with Halifax's Three Sheet, vocalist Vanessa Furlong adds a feminine touch to the rap/hip hop sound that had audience's at the Capri Club in Sydney taking notice.

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Nominated for an East Coast Music Award for Rap/Hip Hop Single of the Year, Halifax-based group Three Sheet performed at the Capri Club in Sydney on Saturday.

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Storefronts like this one, for a clothing store on Charlotte Street in Sydney, were set with East Coast Music Awards-inspired displays this week.

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Members of Mercy, the Sexton rock out at Smooth Herman's nightclub on Saturday night.

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On the keys for Mercy, the Sexton, Duncan Major adds a retro twist to the standard rock sound heard from some of the other bands performing at Smooth Herman's nightclub on Saturday.

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Daniel's pub is packed for Chrissy Crowley (www.chrissycrowley.com) and a selection of top young fiddlers on Saturday, during the East Coast Music Awards weekend in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

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If there is fiddle music playing in Cape Breton, there is soon step dancing along with it. At Daniel's pub, Skylar Boylan of Halifax gives the dance a go.

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The cello of Nova Scotia's Kevin Fox joined in on multiple songs from Tim Chaisson, Graeme Walker and Amy Sky during a songwriter's circle at Smooth Herman's club. Here, Fox performs one of his solo numbers, from his album "Songs for Cello and Voice."<

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Newfoundland and Labrador artists and representatives share a table at the Joan Harris Cruise Pavilion in Sydney on Sunday. The collection - including (from left) Amelia Curran, Phil Churchill, Geraldine Hollett, Angela O'Brien, Alan Ricketts, Andrew

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Prince Edward Island's Lennie Gallant accepts the award for Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year at a pre-gala show East Coast Music Awards event on Sunday.

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Amelia Curran, perched beside fellow songwriters' circle member Coco Love Alcorn, performs her song "The Mistress" from the album "Hunter, Hunter" to extended applause. The audience was made up of somewhere between 300 and 600 people.

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The SOCAN Songwriters' Circle is a premiere event at the East Coast Music Awards - a hot ticket. This year, the songwriters' circle was held at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion in Sydney and included (second from left) Melanie Morgan, Catherine MacLell

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The "big fiddle" is a favourite perch for the pigeons of Sydney, Nova Scotia.

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A monument to the musical prowess and tradition of Cape Breton, the "big fiddle" stands at the Joan Harris Cruise Pavilion on the Sydney waterfront. The steel monument was a favourite spot for photography at this year's East Coast Music Awards.

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The Novaks

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Joel Plaskett is seen following his first East Coast Music Award win during the gala event on Sunday, March 7, 2010. Plaskett would ultimately leave Sydney's Centre 200 with

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Moments after being named winners of the Fan's Choice ECMA, New Brunswick-based band The Motorleague take in the excitement of their second statuette. Their first 2010 ECMA

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Two wins in. Joel Plaskett answers question from the media after being presented with the East Coast Music Award for Male Solo Recording of the Year. - Photo by Ashley Fitzp

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Catherine MacLellan of Prince Edward Island holds her East Coast Music Award for Folk Recording of the Year. The category was filled with talent, said MacLellan, who gave cr

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Post-poem reading (Joel Plaskett created a rhyming ditty he then read on stage), the multi-award winner (left) poses for photos with regular collaboration artists of The Eme

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New Brunswick's The Divorcees took home the 2010 East Coast Music Award for Country Recording of the Year for their album "Last of the Free Men." - Photo

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Presented with the Director's Special Achievement Award, members of The Rankin Family stop for a photo with their latest East Coast Music Award statuette. - Photo by Ashley

While Newfoundland and Labrador musicians might not have picked up much hardware at the 2010 East Coast Music Awards, the weekend (March 5,6, and 7, 2010) held plenty of opportunity by way of showcases and conference events - including private one on one sessions with national and international industry delegates.
Artists from The Once to the Baytown Connection, The Navigators to Ron Hynes were the centre of attention in one room or another. The Telegram collected samplings of buzz performances by: Ashelin, Chris Kirby, Sherman Downey, Amelia Curran and Mercy, the Sexton.
As for conference events outside of the musical showcases, they held back and forths on the music business today as well as opinions on the future of the CD.
The musicians' business model is sure to continue to be a hot topic as the East Coast Music Awards roll into Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in 2011.

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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