As expected Matt Mays and El Torpedo came away the big winner at last night's East Coast Music Awards show which was broadcast live on CBC. Those crazy Trailer Park Boys were the hosts and in fact Bubbles performed his famous song "Liquor and Whores" which brought down the house ;D. I was happy to see my personal fav East coast performer Joel Plaskett take home 2 awards, this guy is amazing, even better when he plays with his band,The Joel Plaskett Emergency, as opposed to his solo act. Anyway, here's a link with the list of winners just in case anyone gives a shit: www.cbc.ca/story/arts/national/2006/02/27/ecma-awards.html
Nice to see Matt get the recognition he deserves - MM&ET are a great band. I saw him play at Brock and I got the chance to talk with him a bit after and he was suuuuper nice.
Of course bombz, he's a Nova Scotian, we're all nice guys ;D Next up down here is the Junos, in Halifax....hosted by Pamela Anderson . Rumor of an all NS concert as part of the week-end festivities:MM&ET, JPE, and,The Trews...can't confirm this unfortunately .
I can't believe I completely missed the fact that the ECMAs happened a week ago. Where the hell was I?
Anyway, I'm glad that the ECMAs have changed in the last few years. It used to be that you only won awards if you were a real "East Coast" celtic band or if you sold like gangbusters (i.e. Sarah Maclachlan).
I'm glad Matt Mays & El Torpedo cleaned up at the awards show. They deserved it. "Cocaine Cowgirl" was one of my favourite songs of the year. The album was really good, but I think The Novaks' album was stronger. I'm glad to see Joel Plaskett and The Novaks get some recognition too.
I will say that I think Matt Mays & El Torpedo are the most entertaining band to catch live, but I think Joel Plaskett is a stronger song writer and his Emergency albums are some of the best stuff around. And Buck 65 is the best solo performer. He has an incredible stage presence. He is something to be seen.
Although, my favourite record by an Atlantic Canadian band is Thrush Hermit's "Clayton Park." That record rocks my socks off. I urge everyone to go look for it. It might be hard to find. Although, if you live anywhere near Hamilton, your best bet is to find it at Sonic Unyon, as the album was recorded at Sonic Unyon (the record label associated with the record store).
Yeah, Rocky, I know the Junos are right around the corner. I hear Coldplay is going to be in Halifax for the Juno awards. I don't like Coldplay, myself, but that doesn't stop me from recognizing that having them in town is a huge deal. They are the new biggest band in the world (next to U2), so that's a big deal for Halifax.
I just found out about the Juno Awards contest the other day where you can win 1 of 5 trips to the Juno Awards (and a chance to present the People's Choice Award ro whatever it is called). All you have to do is vote for your favourite artist/band of the year and you get your name entered in the contest. You can go back and get extra chances to win every day. The link is www.ctv.ca/mini/junos2006/static/fanchoice.html for anyone who is interested.
I, personally, could care less about attending the Juno Awards and presenting an award on national television. I only entered the contest because I want to go home for the weekend.