Young artists open for es­tab­lished per­form­ers in ECMA Sound­waves pro­gram


think a big part of the ECMAs comes down to men­tor­ship and learn­ing in the con­fer­ence and gain­ing knowl­edge,” said Eyk­ing. “ When­ever they can pass along that it’s very ex­cit­ing for the pro­fes­sional artist to be a part of it.”

The per­for­mances by the fi­nal 11 will be video recorded and then eval­u­ated by a jury of mu­sic in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als. The top artists se­lected by the jury will com­pete March 3 at Mem­ber­tou Trade and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre to be­come a fi­nal­ist with win­ners cho­sen in each of the three cat­e­gories — in­stru­men­tal, band, and singer/song­writer.

Those three grand

prize artists or groups will then have the op­por­tu­nity to open for ECMA head­lin­ing acts — singer/ song­write Christina Martin, in­stru­men­tal­ist J. P. Cormier and Cape Bre­ton band, The Tom Fun Or­ches­tra — March 4 at One Big Show at the Savoy The­atre.

Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity will be also award the three winning acts an op­por­tu­nity to record one orig­i­nal track at the Cen­tre for Cape Bre­ton Stud­ies Ro­tary Mu­sic Per­for­mance Room. The songs will be placed on the 2011 Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity Sound­tracks com­pi­la­tion CD.

Sub­mit­ted by Bethany Eyk­ing

Brit­tany Coombs is one of 11 young artists set to per­form as part of the ECMA Sound­waves pro­gram. Coombs will open for Car­men Townsend Feb. 19 at Thomp­son Ju­nior High.

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