NEWS RELEASE | February 1st, 2006

THE 2006 EAST COAST MUSIC AWARDS GALA, HOSTED BY THE TRAILER PARK BOYS, SHOWCASE THE HOTTEST TALENTS IN CANADA ON CBC TELEVISION, FEB. 27

It’ll be standing room only at the Charlottetown Civic Centre for the 2006 EAST COAST MUSIC AWARDS GALA as CBC Television and the East Coast Music Association bring the best in east coast music to the stage. The awards celebrate the diversity and richness of musical talent from Atlantic Canada. It telecasts on Monday, February 27 at 8:00 p.m. (live in Atlantic Canada, 8:30 NT, 8 p.m. across the country.)

The Trailer Park Boys’ Bubbles, Julian and Ricky host an evening of great entertainment starring George Canyon, Matt Mays & El Torpedo, Lennie Gallant, Mary Jane Lamond, The Novaks, Wintersleep, The Chucky Danger Band, Christian “Kit” Goguen, J.P. Cormier, Matt Andersen and Sko-Shun Tiez.

Fiddling sensation Natalie MacMaster pays tribute to her beloved uncle, legendary Cape Breton fiddler Buddy MacMaster, who is the recipient of the East Coast Music Award (ECMA) 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award. The Gala also features highlights of a presentation to Sarah McLachlan who receives a special achievement award.

The all-star line-up includes George Canyon, who has won a JUNO and four Canadian Country Music Awards. With three ECMA’s also to his credit, he is nominated this year for two more. Nova Scotia natives Matt Mays & El Torpedo have quickly become one of Canada’s premiere live acts. Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Lennie Gallant, a native of Prince Edward Island, has numerous awards and six albums to his credit. With 13 East Coast Music Awards, he is second only to Great Big Sea (18) in the list of all-time ECMA multiple winners.

Mary Jane Lamond’s latest recording Storas is a beautiful interpretation of some of the Scottish Gaelic songs that have become part of Nova Scotia’s Gaelic tradition. Cape Breton guitar wizard and four-time ECMA nominee J.P. Cormier is joined on stage by New Brunswick blues sensation Matt Andersen, who is a two-time ECMA nominee this year.

Hailing from Newfoundland, The Novaks, who have two 2006 ECMA nominations, have a devoted following that has grown to include the avid support of international music insiders such as Stevie Van Zandt and Andrew Loog Oldham. Other performers include Halifax indie quartet Wintersleep, The Chucky Danger Band, bass player and actor Christian “Kit” Goguen, and Sko-Shun Tiez is the newest trendsetter in Atlantic hip-hop.

The 2006 EAST COAST MUSIC AWARDS GALA is directed by Shelagh O’Brien and produced by Geoff D’Eon and Michael Lewis for CBC Television, and Jac Gautreau produces for East Coast Music Association.