Leader of the pack
Mainland Nova Scotians lead ECMA nominations list with 44
Mainland Nova Scotia far and away the most nominated region at this year’s East Coast Music Awards.
SYDNEY — Mainland Nova Scotia is far and away the most nominated region at this year’s East Coast Music Awards.
With 44 different nominees, and the top three most-nominated acts, the southern portion of the province certainly has lots to cheer about heading into the upcoming awards. Joel Plaskett is tops with eight nominations, with fellow Haligonians Classified and In-Flight Safety following closely with six apiece.
In-Flight Safety’s John Mullane said artists throughout the entire province of Nova Scotia, including Cape Breton, benefit from extremely supportive communities and an organized, professional local music industry.
“It’s a testament to Music Nova Scotia and how well they do at doing advocacy for their artists. It’s just an amazing organization. There are other music industry associations that are doing well too but Nova Scotia seems to be really leading the pack,” he said.
In-Flight Safety — featuring Mullane, Brad Goodsell, Glen Nicholson and Daniel Ledwell — will be riding the success of their latest album, We Are an Empire, My Dear, into the ECMAs and are excited their work is being recognized in such a big way at the 2010 event.
“We were over the moon,” said Mullane, of their six nominations. “We were really thrilled and surprised.”
In-Flight Safety has a busy few months coming up — they’re off to perform at several Olympic entertainment venues later this week, they have a string of shows around the Maritimes over the next month, will tour Ontario at the end of March, and then head out on a cross-country tour in April. But they’re also fitting the ECMAs, taking place in Sydney March 4-7, into their busy schedule and will perform at two different events on March 4 — one at Cape Breton University and another at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion.
“This will be our sixth or seventh (ECMAs), and ... we’re really looking forward to performing and hanging out with friends, and have no expectations other than that,” said Mullane. “I’m just looking for- ward to playing Sydney. It’s been a couple of years since we played Sydney so we’re excited.”
Also in the extremely strong Nova Scotia contingent headed to Sydney in March are The Hupman Brothers, who are nominated for blues recording of the year for Countin’ Quarters. It’s the first nomination and first chance to showcase at the ECMAs for blues brothers Scott and Ryan Hupman of Wolfville, and the rest of their band — Mike Carroll on drums, Bob Federer on keyboard, and Caleb Miles on electric guitar.
“I expect it’s going to be a great conference,” said Scott Hupman. “And I expect to hear a lot of really good music and that’s what we’re going for. We’re going to showcase what we can do and hopefully it will lead to more venues for us to play at and we’ll meet lots of other interesting people that we can connect with and you never know who you can meet at one of these places that you might connect with in a songwriting way.” The Hupman Brothers will appear on the ECMA discovery stage March 4 at the Capri Cabaret at 5:20 p.m., and on the Dutch Mason blues stage which will run during the ECMA weekend. “ They’re going to probably hear a variety of song styles,” said Scott, of what music fans should expect from The Hupman Brothers. “ We’re nominated in the blues category and we do play a lot of blues-influenced tunes but we’re probably going to mix it up quite a bit for our showcases.”
John Mullane, seated left, Glen Nicholson, back, Daniel Ledwell, seated right, and Brad Goodsell, front, make up In-Flight Safety, which is up for six ECMAs this year.