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East Coast Music Association Announces 2011 Honourary Award Recipients

January 24, 2011

The East Coast Music Association is proud to announce the recipients of its 2011 Honourary Awards. This year’s winners are Haywire – Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award; and Elliott Wight – Stompin’ Tom Award.

“As we eagerly await East Coast Music Week 2011 in Charlottetown, ECMA is pleased to recognize two Island-based artists who have had a profound impact on the music industry in Atlantic Canada,” says Michael Kennedy, board chair of the East Coast Music Association. “Haywire showed the region, country and globe that East Coasters know how to rock – and in the process, inspired countless ECMA artists to achieve success.”

Kennedy adds that the ECMA is also very pleased to honour Elliott Wight with the Stompin’ Tom Award for his tireless contributions to East Coast music.  “For over 60 years, he has entertained party-goers, dancers, and even a former Prime Minister.”

The Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual or individuals who have had a profound and lasting effect on the Atlantic Canadian Music Industry. The award was renamed after Dr. Helen Creighton when Dr. Creighton received the award in 1991.

The Stompin’ Tom Award was conceived in 1993 when Stompin’ Tom Connors was presented with the Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement award. Instead of accepting the award, he requested that an award be created to honour musicians who have made long-term contributions to the East Coast music industry and paved the road for many successful East Coast artists today.  The award goes to one individual or group from the host province.

The Stompin’ Tom Award will be presented at this year’s Industry Awards Brunch on Saturday, April 16th, at the Delta Prince Edward. The Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented during the ECMA Awards Gala in the Homburg Theatre at the Confederation Centre of the Arts on Sunday, April 17th. For more information on the artists, please see enclosed bios.

East Coast Music Week 2011 will take place in Charlottetown, PEI, from April 13-17.  The event is part of the ECMA’s mandate to foster, promote and develop East Coast music.

The East Coast Music Association would like to acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s private radio broadcasters.

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