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ECMA Confirms East Coast Music Week is Still Happening, Reveals Festival Lineup

The East Coast Music Association affirmed on March 12th that it still plans to hold East Coast Music Week in St. John’s, NL from April 29th to May 3rd.

“We have no plans to cancel the 32nd ECMAs. Canada has one of the most robust health plans in the world in place to deal with an outbreak. Past experience in dealing with SARS puts Canada at the forefront of preparedness. ECMA will continue to take the advice from Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr Theresa Tam, that the risk to Canadians remains low,” the association says in its statement released online. “There are no cases of COVID-19 in [Newfoundland] and the City of St. John's has to date, not expressed concern about the upcoming event.”

The City of St.John’s also released a statement, adding: "Public health and information related to COVID-19 is a provincial and federal matter - Eastern Health, the Provincial Department of Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada are the lead for information and public updates. The City’s role in this event is the protection of our staff, maintaining essential services, and if required, cancelling public programs to reduce transmission. Officials continue to monitor the situation."

Festival schedule and Songwriter’s Circle lineups revealed

In other East Coast Music Week news, the ECMA has released the full festival schedule and the lineup for the Songwriter’s Circle.

this year’s event includes showcase performances from Adam Baldwin, Adyn Townes, Andrew Waite, Aquasocks, Awolk, The Backstays, Beauts, Braden Lam, Bridget & Dahlia, The Brood, Burry, Cameron Nickerson, Carolina East, Catherine MacLellan, Chris Kirby, City Natives, Còig, The Combine, Cory Gallant, CRaymak, CY, Damhnait Doyle, Dave Sampson, Dead Horse Beats, Del Barber (BOW), Dischord, Dumpster Mummy, Dylan Menzie, Eastern Owl, Ethan Ardelli, Florian Hoefner, Gabrielle Papillon, Heather Bambrick, Hillsburn, Ian Sherwood, Inn Echo, It Could Be Franky, Izra Fitch, Jacobus, Jacques Surette, Jason Benoit, Jenina MacGilvary, Jenn Grant, Jody Upshaw, Jon Hines, Jon Samuel, JYAY, Karate Kactus, Keith Mullins, Kellie Loder, Kelsey Mae Crawley, Kilmore, Kim Harris, Leanne Hoffman, Lennie Gallant, Les Fireflies, Little You Little Me, Madison Violet, Mallory Johnson, Mark Bragg, Matchstick Mike, Matthew Byrne, Mike Biggar, Mike McKenna Jr, Motherhood, Neon Dreams, Nick Earle, Nikkie Gallant, Ouroboros, Paul Tynan, PINEO & LOEB, Property, Quote the Raven, Rachel Beck, Rachel Cousins, Rayannah (BOW), Rey D, Rozalind McPhail, Rum Ragged, Ryan Cook, Sam Wilson, Selby Evans, SHiFT FROM THA 902, Sirène et Matelot, Soap Opera, Sorrey, Sparkee, Spirit of the Wildfire, Spoutnique, Steven Bowers, T. Thomason, Tachichi, Tara MacLean, Terra Spencer, Thomas Stajcer, Villages, Wintersleep, and ZAMANI.

More artists and shows may be added to the lineup in the coming weeks and some shows may change as the festival approaches.

As previously announced, Tim Baker, Rose Cousins, Wintersleep, Damnhait Doyle, Matt Mays, Natalie MacMaster, Neon Dreams, Motherhood, Eastern Owl, Zamani, Jacobus, and Shanneyganock are the acts performing as part of the 2020 East Coast Music Awards Show. Hosted by Mary Walsh, the show takes place on Thursday, April 30 at Mile One Centre.

A perennial favourite, the ECMA Songwriters’ Circle presented by Rogers takes place this year on Sunday, May 3rd at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Ballroom in St. John’s. Rose Cousins, Tim Baker, Jenn Grant, and Frank Kadillac perform in circle one, while Fortunate Ones, Matt Mays, Irish Mythen, and Amelia Curran perform in circle two. Tickets are now on sale HERE.

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.
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