ECMA 2014 Will Head to PEI

Posted: March 11, 2014

East Coast Music Week a Signature Event for the PEI 2014 Celebrations

Halifax, NS - The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) is pleased to announce that Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island has been awarded the opportunity to host Eastlink East Coast Music Week 2014, April 2-6.

Eastlink East Coast Music Week returns to Charlottetown earlier than anticipated to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference in 2014. Charlottetown most recently hosted East Coast Music Week in 2011 to universal acclaim.

The ECMA’s annual Music Week usually follows a regular regional rotation in Atlantic Canada.  From time to time the schedule may be interrupted and the prospect of sharing in the PEI 2014 celebrations made this a desirable opportunity.

Scott Burke, ECMA Executive Director“The East Coast Music Association is delighted to return to Charlottetown for 2014,” said Scott Burke, ECMA Executive Director. “We have recognized the importance of the 2014 celebrations, not only to our region but also to our nation, and are thrilled to bring Eastlink East Coast Music Week to join the fun.”

“East Coast Music Week and PEI 2014 are a perfect fit,” said PEI Tourism & Culture Minister Robert Henderson. “In 2014 we will be showcasing our Island talent and culture as we celebrate PEI’s role in the building of Canada and we are inviting all Canadians to joins us.”

Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee"The City of Charlottetown is ecstatic to be hosting the Eastlink East Coast Music Week in 2014,” said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee.

“Music and culture play an important role within our community and the City will come alive with all of the featured venues and events. 2014 is going to be an exciting year for the City of Charlottetown."

"We’re proud to be celebrating 150 years as the Birthplace of Confederation, and we’re pleased that this cultural event will be included in our 2014 celebration calendar.”

Eastlink East Coast Music Week 2014 in Charlottetown follows the 25th Anniversary of Music Week, celebrated in Halifax March 6-10. With 350 musicians performing at 48 events over five days, Eastlink East Coast Music Week 2013 was a rousing tribute to 25 years celebrating the best and brightest talent of Atlantic Canada.

Complete list of 2013 East Coast Music AwardsThe East Coast Music Association (ECMA) is a regional collaboration of people in the music industry of Atlantic Canada that fosters, develops and celebrates East Coast Music and its artists locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. The ECMA annually produces one of the top music industry events in Canada, East Coast Music Week, which includes awards, a festival, industry conference and the International Export Buyers Program. ECMA and its programs are generously funded by the Government of Canada through the International Business Development Agreement (represented by Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and Industry Canada), the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund), the four provincial governments in Atlantic Canada, the Consulate General of Canada Sydney Australia and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, MUSICACTION, FACTOR and Canada’s private radio broadcasters. ECMA recognizes the support from the Province of Nova Scotia and the Halifax Regional Municipality. Major corporate sponsors of Eastlink East Coast Music Week 2013 include Eastlink, The Chronicle Herald, CBC, NewCap Radio, Molson Canadian, Sennheiser Canada and Chester + Company.

In 2014, Canadians will mark the 150th anniversary (Sesquicentennial) of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference, which paved the way to Confederation. PEI 2014 Inc. is facilitating the planning, promotion and implementation of the Sesquicentennial.  PEI 2014 events and activities will honour the past, celebrate the present, and plan a bold tomorrow.

The City of Charlottetown is a flourishing community of more than 34,000 people located on the south shore of Prince Edward Island. Charlottetown is the capital city of PEI, and is called the “Birthplace of Confederation” after the historic 1864 Charlottetown Conference, which led to Confederation.

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