Leader of the pack

Main­land Nova Sco­tians lead ECMA nom­i­na­tions list with 44

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY LAURA JEAN GRANT lj­grant@cb­post.com

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.”

Sub­mit­ted by Matt Charl­ton

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.

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