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Tune-up that radio dial - its Radio ECMA the podcast! Hosted by Chris Batstone in St. John’s, NL the Radio ECMA podcast is produced by the East Coast Music Association and recorded by Imaging by Guido. Learn about the stories behind the songs and something new about the fantastic artists we have based on the East Coast of Canada. Chris Batstone is a 30-year veteran of radio with a passion for stories behind the music and voice over artist with an international clientele. Hailing from Grand Falls/Windsor, NL he has also been in ECMA nominated bands Drive, The Punters, and Kelly Russell & The Planks. Chris also operates Imaging By Guido (IBGrocks.com) which makes marketing materials for entertainment events.The East Coast Music Association develops, advances, and celebrates East Coast Canadian music, its artists, and its industry professionals throughout the region and around the world. We advocate for our members to ensure they can sustain music careers while based in Canada’s Atlantic region.Proudly sponsored by the SOCAN Foundation that strives to expand Canadian music creation and the value of music. Background music by Cassie Mann
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Episode 9 is here to show you Pop is alive and well on the East Coast! Although the pop sound is not as common as say, the fiddle, those who are doing it are doing it well. In this episode Chris chats with breakout artists Kelsey Mae Crawley from Whitney Pier, Nova Scotia and Nikkie Gallant from Summerside, PEI.We'd also like to welcome our new sponsor, TD Bank!"Friends Don't Dance Like This" Kelsey Mae Crawley"Free(I Remember)" Nikkie GallantAbout the artists:Kelsey Mae CrawleyFacebookInstagramTwitterNikkie GallantWebsiteFacebookInstagramTwitter
Episode 8 the one you've been waiting to discover! New artists experience the industry in unique ways. In this episode Chris chats with breakout artists Terra Spencer from Nova Scotia and Bridget & Dahlia from Newfoundland. "Feels Like Home" Terra Spencer "Dream of Blue" Bridget & Dahlia About the artists: Terra Spencer Website Facebook Instagram TwitterBridget & DahliaWebsite Facebook Instagram
Ready to have some big fun? In this episode of the Radio ECMA Podcast Stephen Lewis of Stephen Lewis and the Big Band of Fun discusses how a successful showcase created connections, friendship and business! Focusing on positivity and good energy is the focus of all that Stephen Lewis and the Big Band of Fun do, from a beginning in looping to now a successful career with a full band Stephen Lewis has lots of knowledge to share. Listen to this episode to learn how you can succeed at one-on-one meetings and showcases by being your authentic self. ECMA Showcasing applications for the 2021 East Coast Music Awards: Festival & Conference are now open at ecma.com until October 23rd, 2020. Song Features:“I Like the Way Live at Harvest Jazz & Blues”“Today Ain’t My Day” Stephen Lewis looping solo Be sure to follow Stephen Lewis and the Big Band Of Fun:https://www.instagram.com/p/CGLqBK0j1gi/https://www.facebook.com/StephenLewisAndTheBigBandOfFun/https://www.youtube.com/user/bigbandofone/videoshttps://www.bigbandoffun.com
On this special three part series of the Radio ECMA Podcast we discuss the importance of Orange Shirt Day, indigenous culture and music within Atlantic Canada. September 30th has been declared Orange Shirt Day annually, in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to children's sense of self-esteem and well being, and as an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters. Host Chris Batstone is joined by Trevor Sanipass, Indigenous Liaison as they interview artists. Also in this special series Cheryl Copage-Gehue, Indigenous Community Engagement Advisor for HRM and Manager of Protocol & Culture for the North American Indigenous Games talks with Trevor and Chris about her knowledge of this important day and Indigenous culture.For more information on Orange Shirt Day visit:https://www.orangeshirtday.orghttps://www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca/blogs/post/orange-shirt-day-honouring-indigenous-residential-school-survivors/https://www.aptn.caThank you to our episode sponsor the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) for their continued support of Indigenous artists and the East Coast Music Association. About Alan Syliboy & Hubert FrancisAlan Syliboy was born and raised in Truro and lives at Millbrook First Nation. He looks to the indigenous Mi’kmaq petroglyph (stone etchings) tradition for inspiration, and developed his own artistic vocabulary out of those forms. Alan’s band, The Thundermakers,  are  Guitarist/Vocals Hubert Francis star of Brookes Diamond production, “Drum” from Elsipogtog First Nation, Lead guitarist Evan Syliboy formerly with Alan’s band Lonecloud, composer, vocals & percussionist - Julianne Syliboy,  vocals & percussionist - Joanne Hatfield, and bassist, composer, sound designer, video/sound editor,  Lukas Pearse of Halifax NS, plus group leader, percussionist/spoken word artist Alan Syliboy. The show consists of songs, spoken word and stories accompanied by multi-media art film and live performance. Although this is the core group, Alan frequently calls upon other musicians and dancers to enhance his live performances.Website- http://www.alansyliboy.caFacebook- https://www.facebook.com/Alan-Syliboy/Twitter- https://twitter.com/AlanSyliboyYoutube Channel- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp7Vp5C32DI2GTRtmtHoEHAYoutube links to live performances.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8FPeuoZ5CM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAwVuofbKF8 
On this special three part series of the Radio ECMA Podcast we discuss the importance of Orange Shirt Day, indigenous culture and music within Atlantic Canada. September 30th has been declared Orange Shirt Day annually, in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to children's sense of self-esteem and well being, and as an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters. Host Chris Batstone is joined by Trevor Sanipass, Indigenous Liaison as they interview artists. Also in this special series Cheryl Copage-Gehue, Indigenous Community Engagement Advisor for HRM and Manager of Protocol & Culture for the North American Indigenous Games talks with Trevor and Chris about her knowledge of this important day and Indigenous culture.For more information on Orange Shirt Day visit:https://www.orangeshirtday.orghttps://www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca/blogs/post/orange-shirt-day-honouring-indigenous-residential-school-survivors/https://www.aptn.caThank you to our episode sponsor the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) for their continued support of Indigenous artists and the East Coast Music Association. About SHiFT FROM THA 902SHiFT FROM THA 902 is an up and coming hip hop artist with a hard raw style driven flow. His destinctive voice and honest lyrics draw inspiration from his youth growing up in Wekoqmaq First Nation , Nova Scotia a small reservation in Cape Breton Island.Website- https://shiftfromtha902.bandcamp.comFacebook- https://facebook.com/shiftfromtha902
On this special three part series of the Radio ECMA Podcast we discuss the importance of Orange Shirt Day, indigenous culture and music within Atlantic Canada. September 30th has been declared Orange Shirt Day annually, in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to children's sense of self-esteem and well being, and as an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters. Host Chris Batstone is joined by Trevor Sanipass, Indigenous Liaison as they interview artists. Also in this special series Cheryl Copage-Gehue, Indigenous Community Engagement Advisor for HRM and Manager of Protocol & Culture for the North American Indigenous Games talks with Trevor and Chris about her knowledge of this important day and Indigenous culture.For more information on Orange Shirt Day visit:https://www.orangeshirtday.orghttps://www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca/blogs/post/orange-shirt-day-honouring-indigenous-residential-school-survivors/https://www.aptn.caThank you to our episode sponsor the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) for their continued support of Indigenous artists and the East Coast Music Association. ----About Deantha Edmunds Canada’s first and only Inuk professional classical singer and recording artist, Deantha Edmunds, has performed on stages across the world. A proud resident of Newfoundland and Labrador, Edmunds is a laureate of the prestigious Hnatyshyn Foundation REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards.Edmunds’ solo EP, “My Beautiful Home” was nominated for the 2020 East Coast Music Award ‘Indigenous Artist of the Year.’ It features three beloved songs from Newfoundland and Labrador that marry her identity as an Inuk with her training and passion for classical music.In February 2020, Edmunds performed at the Arctic Inspirations Prize 2020 award ceremony in Ottawa where she debuted an original song with string quartet. She was also a featured cultural performer at the Northern Lights 2020 conference and showcase.2019 operatic performances included the world premiere of “Shanawdithit” with Tapestry and Opera on the Avalon in Toronto and St. John’s, and the Indigenous (Cree and Sami) double-bill “Two Odysseys” in Toronto with Soundstreams, Signal Theatre and The Sámi National Theatre Beaivváš. Both of these operas were nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards 2020, and the ensemble for “Two Odysseys” won the award.https://www.facebook.com/InukSoprano/https://www.instagram.com/inuksoprano/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHn4zGHU58XnULFrOKyuxlQhttps://deantha.ca
Episode 3 of The Radio ECMA Podcast has gone to the kids! Join host Chris Batstone for an enlightening discussion of the children’s music industry. Child educators and talented musicians the Swinging Belles began around the kitchen table sharing songs of earthworms and weather. Erin Power, Laura Winter, and Duane Andrews focus on fun, engaging their audience and playing music that helps to nurture audiences of the future. You may even learn some scientific facts about harmonies 🤓About the Swinging Belles:The Swinging Belles, a JUNO award-winning swing band for kids from St. John’s, NL,share how they intend on getting both kids and adults to kick up their heels and have a swinging good time with the whole family!The Swinging Belles feature child educators and performers Laura Winter and Erin Power joined by guitarist extraordinaire Duane Andrews. This show is all about getting kids and parents out to have a dance and enjoy some swing country and jazz…kid style. As primary school teachers, both Laura and Erin know first hand the joy that kids feel when they can boogie to some good time music, and as parents, Duane and Erin know the importance of enjoying the music that our kids are listening to! The show is packed with music, interactive storytelling and dancing…lots of dancing!Featured Songs: "Attitude of Gratitude" 2015"Old York Road" 2020More about the Swinging Belles:Website FacebookInstagram
The new artist experience, what do they get off the ground and get established? Host Christ Batstone has an in-depth discussion with Zamani and Selby Evans. Singer, songwriter, producer – Zamani won the 2019 Atlantic International Film Festival (FIN) Award for Best Atlantic Original Score. The winning score “What’s So Great About Him” was written for a ten minute short film titled Cockblock,  directed by Halifax filmmaker Tamar Dina and stars musicians/actors Kirsten Olivia Taylor and Samm Reid, along with actor Ryan Willis.   The award was announced and presented at the Linda Joy Media Arts Society FIN Awards Luncheon on September 19th, 2019.  This award comes on the heels of Zamani’s recent success in capturing the 2019 TD International Jazz Festival Stingray Rising Star Award receiving a $3000 cash prize from Stingray Music.Zamani began singing with her family at community events at age 12.  Versed in many Black music genres, Zamani became inspired to expand her repertoire of R&B, Urban Jazz and Pop after receiving praise from the late veteran vocalist Sharon Jones who caught her performance- while then only 14 – with her jazz guitarist father Harvi Millar at the TD Halifax International Jazz Festival. In 2018 Zamani received ANSMA’s Portia White Youth Music Award and the Jongleur Youth Arts Award. In 2018 she received ANSMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award and released her first self-titled EP Mix Tape shortly after.  In 2019 Zamani mae her first international appearances performing at New Skool Rules Festival in Rotterdam, and opening for R&B veterans Maya and Genuwine and Pop artist UB40, at the Caribbean Roots and Soul Festival in St. Lucia. More about Zamani. Selby Evans is a young bilingual emerging artist currently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Having recently graduated from Dalhousie University with a degree in music, Selby quickly garnered attention with the release of his first bilingual EP Emmène-moi, in December 2015. He has performed in numerous prominent concerts over the last year, most notably, with Symphony New­Brunswick for seven sold out shows last fall in La Vallée des Possibles, and in the Francofête en Acadie as well as several other french music festivals. Two singles from the EP are receiving considerable radio play, Emmène-moi and Dis-moi encore, with the latter projected to enter the ARCANB top ten chart. An english single, On your Own has also received play on local radio. Further, Emmène-moi was listed in the top ten sales for Distributions Plages, in both March and April 2016, and digital sales (Itunes) continue to do well.To produce this first EP, Selby surrounded himself with several notable collaborators, including trumpet player and multi­-instrumentalist Sebastien Michaud who co­produced the album, poet Hermenegilde Chiasson who contributed lyrics on L'ettre D’amour, as well as drummer and engineer Danny Bourgeois, to name only a few. These prominent session musicians form an important part of Selby’s team going forward. The release of this self ­funded debut EP was not only an important first step in terms of career development, but also provided many important lessons and insights about product development, live performance, marketing and the music industry more generally.
The first episode of the Radio ECMA podcast features the self-proclaimed reggae ambassador Jah’Mila. In this episode we discuss her origin story of Kingston, Jamaica where she began her career sharing international stages with the likes of The Wailers, Groundation and Grammy Award winning reggae band Black Uhuru with Sly and Robbie. Jah’Mila shares her new song “Chant Their Names” inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement and her upcoming debut album. To learn more about Jah’Mila visit https://jahmila.bandcamp.com/.Featured songs:“Chant Their Names” (released June 10, 2020 and produced by NULO) “Reggae Soul” (released March 9, 2016) Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/JahmilaMusic/Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/jahmilasings/Youtube- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPYFTUkNIQ3CHCpMh72HyDASoundcloud- SoundCloudBandcamp- https://jahmila.bandcamp.comMedia: Halifax, meet Jah'Mila | Feature | Halifax, Nova ScotiaHalifax Reggae Artist Jah'Mila Asks Listeners to "Chant Their Names" in Powerful New VideoJah'Mila releases reggae rallying call to end police brutality
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