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New-look ECMAs will have a tip of the hat to St. John's

Nominations for the 2020 East Coast Music Awards were announced in St. John's Feb. 6. Host Mary Walsh and St. John's Mayor Danny Breen were among those attending..
In this Feb. 6, 2020 file photo, Mary Walsh addresses the audience as nominations for the 2020 East Coast Music Awards are announced. Walsh will be host of what will be a broadcast-only event on July 11. — SaltWire Network File Photo

Event was to have been held at Mile One Centre in the spring; instead it will consist of a pre-recorded broadcast on July 11

A pre-recorded broadcast of the East Coast Music Association awards will hit the airways Saturday, July 11.

The two-hour special will air at 9 p.m. on CBC and streaming on Gem.

Comedian Mary Walsh is hosting the show in St. John’s.



Performers will include:

  • Tim Baker
  • Rose Cousins
  • Wintersleep
  • Damnhait Doyle
  • Matt Mays
  • Neon Dreams
  • Motherhood
  • Eastern Owl
  • Zamani
  • Jacobus
  • Shanneyganock

There will also be a tribute to Ron Hynes to celebrate his induction into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. The tribute will feature members of his backing band Shaye, Joel Hynes and Lennie Gallant.

This year’s ECMAs were scheduled for April 29-May 3 but were cancelled due to COVID-19.


The late Ron Hynes, shown in this file photo, will be honoured during this year's ECMAs. — File photo/Contributed
The late Ron Hynes, shown in this file photo, will be honoured during this year's ECMAs. — File photo/Contributed

 


"We were devastated to cancel our week of events in St. John’s this Spring in the wake of the pandemic, including our much anticipated awards show at Mile One Stadium,” says Andy McLean, CEO of the ECMA in a news release. "However, we knew from that moment we wanted to find a unique way to celebrate our local talent and the well-deserving winners of this year’s East Coast Music Awards. Over the past several weeks, our team has worked hard to tape incredible performances and put together a wonderful show so that — across the Atlantic provinces and now across the whole country — we can come together to champion the vibrancy and resiliency of the East Coast music community, and tip our hats to the beautiful city of St. John’s."

The nine awards to be handed out on July 11 include:

  • Album of the Year
  • Bucky Adams Memorial Award
  • Francophone Recording of the Year
  • Indigenous Artist of the Year
  • Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year
  • Solo Recording of the Year
  • Songwriter of the Year
  • Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year
  • Fans’ Choice Video of the Year

The remaining award winners will be announced Friday, July 10 on social media.

To see a full list of ECMA 2020 nominees, click HERE.


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