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ECMA '07 Awards TV Show Adds More Performers
Tributes to John Allan Cameron, Denny Doherty & Dutch Mason
By John Gavin, Tuesday, February 6, 2007




The 2007 EAST COAST MUSIC AWARDS GALA roster keeps getting bigger and better! A Canadian Idol, and tributes to a Canadian rock and roll icon, as well as a Canadian blues legend have been added to this year’s lineup of performers.

The 2007 Gala Awards broadcast, hosted by the Trailer Park Boys - Julian, Ricky and Bubbles, will feature some top east coast performers, including Joel Plaskett Emergency, In-Flight Safety, Classified, Jill Barber, Ron Hynes, George Belliveau, The Divorcees, and Measha Brueggergosman.

Additional performers will now include:

Multi ECMA and JUNO winner - and five-time 2007 ECMA nominee - George Canyon will be joined on stage by friends Dave Gunning and Doris Mason to perform a very special tribute to a rock and roll legend, Denny Doherty. Doherty was the amazing tenor of the 60’s group The Mamas and the Papas, and later in life became the beloved Harbour Master for CBC Television’s Theodore Tugboat.

Rex Goudie has just released his second solo album and will perform his new single live on the ECMA stage.

Two-time Grammy nominee and multiple ECMA winner Gordie Sampson, and Fiona MacGillivray of the Cottars join JP Cormier, Ashley MacIsaac, The Barra MacNeils, Shaye, and Stuart Cameron in their tribute to the Godfather of Celtic Music – John Allan Cameron.

Nova Scotia’s best-known bluesman, and hailed as the Prime Minister of The Blues - the celebrated Dutch Mason - will be honoured in song by sensational blues guitarists JP LeBlanc and Charlie A’Court, accompanied by Angelo Spinazzola on blues harp.

Banjo songster Old Man Luedecke, who sings his songs accompanied by his loving five strings, foot stomps and the occasional yodel, brings uniqueness to centre stage as he performs alongside contemporary singer-songwriters Rose Cousins, David Myles and Catherine MacLellan.

The 2007 ECMA Gala revs up at 6:00 pm with the pre-show and a band that’s not easily labeled: the eclectic alternative rockers Mars Hill from PEI will surely bring down the house. Dubbed the “buzz band” of the Rock, Newfoundland’s hey rosetta! will create a sound like only they can, moving between a meditative calm and a shaking intensity; and Cape Breton’s own Andrew White brings his soulful sounds and hair-raising guitar-playing to the stage. On the softer side, New Brunswick’s singer-songwriter Jessica Rhaye performs a song from her acclaimed sophomore album, and Nova Scotian jazz musician Jamie Gatti brings his versatile musical style back home to the Metro Centre.

The 2007 EAST COAST MUSIC AWARDS gala will be broadcast live from the Halifax Metro Centre on CBC Television Sunday, February 18 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) in all time zones. The awards show is produced by Geoff D’Eon and Michael Lewis for CBC Television, and Jac Gautreau for ECMA, in association with The East Coast Music Association. Fred Nicolaidis is the Creative Head of TV Variety for the CBC English Television Network.

Only 4,000 tickets for this televised event have been made available for the general public and are moving very quickly. Purchase tickets for the Gala Awards Show and Molson ECMAfest Official Stages by calling 902-425-ECMA (3262) or visit

The Trailer Park Boys appearance is courtesy of Showcase. Season Seven of Trailer Park Boys will premiere on Showcase in April 2007.