Gala awards show lineup fi­nal­ized

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT -

SYD­NEY — The renowned Rankin Fam­ily and fid­dling sen­sa­tion Ashley MacIsaac will de­liver spe­cial per­for­mances at the 2010 East Coast Mu­sic Awards gala at Cen­tre 200 in Syd­ney, March 7.

The evening will hon­our the is­land’s rich mu­si­cal past. Grammy award-winning artist Gordie Samp­son will be among those per­form­ing in a trib­ute to hon­our Scotty Turner, the evening’s re­cip­i­ent of the Dr. He­len Creighton Life­time Achieve­ment Award. MacIsaac, along with fel­low Cape Bre­ton mu­si­cians Chrissy Crow­ley, J.P. Cormier, Colin Grant, Hilda Chiasson and more, will pay trib­ute to late Cape Bre­ton fid­dler Jerry Hol­land. Both Hol­land and Turner died in the last year.

The Rankin Fam­ily, who will re­ceive the pres­ti­gious Di­rec­tor’s Spe­cial Achieve­ment Award, will per­form dur­ing the gala. Other mu­si­cal guests will in­clude Joel Plas­kett, Classified, Fiona MacGil­livray, Chris Kirby, Gary Beals, Gyp­sophilia, Gordie John­son, Karla Pil­grim, Madi­son Vi­o­let, Faith Nolan, Jes­sica Rhaye, Kim Dunn, Kim Wempe, Old Man Leudecke, Molly Rankin, Pas­cal Le­je­une, Sons of Mem­ber­tou, Three Sheet, The Grass Moun­tain Ho­bos, The Once, and The Stan­fields. Ac­claimed Cape Bre­ton mu­si­cian Mary Jane La­mond will also be on hand to lend her sto­ry­telling tal­ents to the show’s nar­ra­tive.

“ The di­ver­sity of ECMA artists per­form­ing at this year’s gala is im­pres­sive,” said Su Hutchin­son, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the East Coast Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion. “Cross­ing all gen­res of mu­sic, they will gather to present an en­ter­tain­ing roadmap to the his­tory of mu­sic in Cape Bre­ton. Construction is un­der­way on two heart­felt tributes, to hon­our Scotty Turner and Jerry Hol­land, es­sen­tial con­trib­u­tors and sorely missed char­ac­ters on Cape Bre­ton’s mu­sic scene.”

Gala awards tick­ets are on sale at the Cen­tre 200 box of­fice, or on­line through www.reser­vat­ech.net or www.tick­et­pro.ca.

For those un­able to go in per­son, the gala will also be broad­cast live on­line at www.bel­laliant.net/ecma.

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