With 350 musicians, 48 events, and 18 venues Eastlink East Coast Music Week (ECMW) begins this Wednesday, March 06, running until Sunday, March 10. The event features a four day Industry Conference with key-note speaker Seymour Stein, standout events such as CBC Presents A Sound Celebration with Symphony Nova Scotia featuring artists such as Lennie Gallant and Rita MacNeil, and The Eastlink Presentation of The Chronicle Herald East Coast Music Awards Gala hosted by Rose Cousins and David Myles.

Eastlink ECMW Red Bull Tour Bus Kick Off Concert starts the week with a free show featuring performances from Ashley MacIsaac, The Stanfields, Jenn Grant, and Heather Green in Grand Parade on Thursday, March 7 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The Canadian Red Bull Tour Bus is a refurbished and customized 1970s GM Transit bus that features a live stage and a full-featured JBL sound system. Bringing exciting concerts to unique locales, from coast to coast, this is its first time in Atlantic Canada.

CBC Presents A Sound Celebration with Symphony Nova Scotia takes place on Saturday, March 9 at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorum. The evening features solo and collaborative performances by Symphony Nova Scotia under music director Bernhard Gueller and resident conductor Jonathan Govias with special guests Rita MacNeil, Lennie Gallant, Cindy Cain, Radio Radio, Ian McKinnon, and Ennis.

East Coast Music Week’s 2013 Industry Conference, celebrating ‘25 Years Pure – Our Music Means Business,’ has much to offer every member of the music industry. It brings together some of the industry’s best minds, as they lead four days of seminars, workshops, showcases, and business meetings.

The 2013 Industry Conference begins with the Eastlink East Coast Music Week 25th Anniversary Keynote address given by industry icon and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Seymour Stein. The event is free and open to the public and takes place Thursday, March 7 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm in the Bluenose Room in Delta Halifax.

Hosted by Rose Cousins and David Myles, The Eastlink Presentation of The Chronicle Herald East Coast Music Awards Gala takes place on Sunday, March 10 at Halifax’s Cunard Centre (961 Marginal Road). Starting at 8pm AST (doors at 7pm), the event features performances from Ashley MacIsaac, The Barra MacNeils, Charlie A’Court, Christina Martin, Classified, The Dardanelles, Dave Gunning, David Myles, Jenn Grant, Mary Jane Lamond, Natalie MacMaster, Paper Lions, Radio Radio, Repartee, Rich Aucoin, and Rose Cousins. The event is broadcast nationally on Eastlink TV (Rogers TV in New Brunswick and Newfoundland).

In January, CBC Music and CBC Radio One's Atlantic Airwaves asked the public to nominate their favourite East Coast songs to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the East Coast Music Association (ECMA). The resulting 10 songs will be performed in a concert countdown that will be broadcast live on CBC Radio One's Atlantic Airwaves from the Spatz Theatre in Halifax on Saturday, March 09 at 4:30 p.m. The concert will feature performances from George Canyon ("Let Me Fish Off Cape St. Mary’s" and "Working Man"), Jenn Grant ("Nowhere with You" and "Snowbird"), Ben Caplan ("When It Comes My Turn" and "I’m Movin’ On"), Jimmy Rankin ("Fare Thee Well Love" and "Farewell to Nova Scotia"), and Maureen Ennis ("Sonny’s Dream" and "Peter's Dream").

The complete schedule for Eastlink East Coast Music Week is available here: http://www.ecma.com/ecmw/schedule

The complete schedule for the 2013 Industry Conference is available here: http://www.ecma.com/connect/conference

The ECMA app is now available. Developed by MindSea Development, the app is vailable now for iPhone and Android. Discover East Coast artists and their music and fully plan your Eastlink ECMW experience. You can search by day, venue, artist, toggle between conference and festival, and build it all into your device calendar. Connect with the organization and artists on social media with a tap of your finger. Download now on the App Store or in Google play or at www.ecma.com/app.

The 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. The ECMA's 25th Anniversary event takes place in Halifax, March 6-10, 2013.

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