Syd­ney, N.S., meet Syd­ney, Aus­tralia

ECMAs to host Down Un­der con­nec­tion

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT -

SYD­NEY — G’day mate, and wel­come to the East Coast Mu­sic Awards, Fes­ti­val and Con­fer­ence.

The East Coast Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion on Mon­day an­nounced the launch of “Syd­ney Meets Syd­ney,” an ini­tia­tive to fa­cil­i­tate new busi­ness and tour­ing/ex­port op­por­tu­ni­ties for both At­lantic Cana­dian and Aus­tralian artists.

The pro­gram will fea­ture sev­eral col­lab­o­ra­tions be­tween the two Syd­neys. While in Syd­ney, N.S., for the 2010 ECMAs March 4-7, Aus­tralian artists Dead Let­ter Cho­rus and Fergus Brown will team up with Cana­dian artists such as Car­men Townsend for col­lab­o­ra­tions dur­ing the in­ter­na­tional ex­port buyer’s show­case. Dur­ing the con­fer­ence a panel dis­cus­sion called Tour­ing Down Un­der: Syd­ney Meets Syd­ney — A Case Study on Aus­tralia will take place on March 6 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Mem­ber­tou Trade and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

“ We are com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing a mu­si­cal col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Aus­tralia and Canada and we hope that this will mark the beginning of a long­stand­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween our two mar­kets,” said Su Hutchin­son, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the East Coast Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion. “ Just as we strive to show the world the cal­i­bre of our East Coast artists, it is won­der­ful to bring th­ese tal­ented mu­si­cians from across the oceans and ex­em­plify that, re­gard­less of dis­tance, mu­sic is a uni­ver­sal con­nec­tor.”

The col­lab­o­ra­tion doesn’t end when the cur­tain closes on ECMA week­end. From June 1921, East Coast artists Townsend, Two Hours Traf­fic and oth­ers will travel to Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, for a song sum­mit, fea­tur­ing in­di­vid­ual and col­lab­o­ra­tive per­for­mances, along with a Syd­ney Meets Syd­ney re­cep­tion and case study.

“ The syn­er­gies that present them­selves with the Syd­ney Meets Syd­ney part­ner­ship are un­de­ni­able,” said Sally How­land, di­rec­tor of APRA/Song Sum­mit. “Some­times, you stum­ble upon a re­la­tion­ship and a match that is so per­fect, you’d think it had been cre­ated de­lib­er­ately. Both the ECMA and Song Sum­mit are in­no­va­tive mu­sic con­fer­ence/show­cas­ing events that en­sure the writ­ers and creators are at its core. The tim­ing for such a tai­lored cross-cul­tural col­lab­o­ra­tion is ripe and we are ex­tremely pleased to have part­nered with the ECMA in de­liv­er­ing this in­au­gu­ral and unique ini­tia­tive.”

East Coast mu­sic lovers in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, can also watch the spec­tac­u­lar awards gala with Bell Aliant’s live we­b­cast at www.bel­laliant.net/ecma on Sun­day, March 7 at 7 p.m.

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