Gala awards show lineup finalized
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.