Photos: Saturday (Night II) – Mightypop/Music NL/Musique NB

PEI’s Al Tuck had already started by the time I arrived around 11:30pm while Ryan Cook and Sunny Acres had started the evening off. After taking in a few of The Superfantastics‘ songs, I headed across the street to the Music NL stage. The Idlers…

Photos: Saturday (Night II) – Music Nova Scotia Stage

Saturday night started off heading to the Music Nova Scotia venue at Union Station with Alert The Medic who replaced Tomcat Combat’s opening slot. Share took the stage next (below) with Andrew Sisk on vocals/guitar. Carmen Townsend blew me away with her wall of sound….

Words with multi-ECMA award winners, Hey Rosetta!

Ross Mair (The Scope), Josh Ward, Tim Baker (Hey Rosetta!) RM: How essential do you think funding is to the process, so it can give you guys the time to focus on your music without a 9 to 5? JW: Absolutely essential. I can’t stress…

ECMA Gala Awards Show – Quotes

Gordie Sampson’s mom, after accepting an award on her son’s behalf: “Gordie is Gordie. His two feet are on the ground, and hopefully they always will be. He’s a good boy” The Grass Mountain Hobos, on why they got into bluegrass: “Girls” Matt Mays, regarding…

Friday Night: The Recap

Enough with the rambling blog posts, typos and all. Time to wrap this up. Where was I? Friday night. Right. The Monday Nights. The Novaks. Hey Rosetta! The end. I’d love to tell you more, but I’ve got to move on. (Yes, it was a…

ECMA 2009 winners list

* = NL artist THE MUSIC CATEGORIES Entertainer of the Year: Joel Plaskett Emergency Recording of the Year: Into Your Lungs (and around in your heart and on through your blood) (Hey Rosetta!) * Female Solo Recording of the Year: Chances (Jill Barber) Male Solo…

Friday Afternoon: Recap

Arrived back in town last night, Sunday, to St. John’s coated in a glittering sheet of ice. By this morning you probably heard that Hey Rosetta! cleaned up with three ECMA awards: Group Recording of the Year, Recording of the Year and Alternative Recording of…

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Interview: Matt Mays

Photo by Mark Bennett Matt Mays Acoustic – 1pm Black Thorn Stick Cafe – MightyPop No Case Dana Cooper: You played the Gordon Lightfoot song, “Steel Rail Blues.” Why did you choose that one? Matt Mays: I really like that song. Gordon Lightfoot was the traveling…

Side Missions

I know, these blog posts have been few are far between but the interweb is at a premium out here and near impossible to find… Spent the last two days eating a late lunch out of this place called Jennifer’s. Now, normally that isn’t something…

The Last Day of February (Yes!)

In-DEED! So what happened in my world on this most glorious of days, the final day of effin’ February? Well, I went down to the media centre, and got kicked out when they closed up shop to move it all up to the awards show…

Sunday morning

Back on the bus soon. Didn’t make it out Saturday night. Done in by Friday night. A few housekeeping notes: The Satans van broke down, apparently, so they never made it out. A local folk player is talking with a UK promoter about gigs. The…

Friday Night Is The Night

So last night was a half-success. Tonight, I decided, was going to be different. Then I thought, “Frig tonight, let’s get a grip on this afternoon and see how we go.” 430pm, Roots Room, Pepsi Studio: Gypsophilia. After talking these guys up in the most…

Holiday Snaps: Corner Brook

This is such a pretty town. Check out the view from my cousin’s place, a few streets up from Broadway. The giant plume of steam and smoke is the Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Mill. I pass this next place on the walk downtown. Talk…

Photos: Friday (Night I)

I drove out with Krista & Jud from Mightypop as they made a few last minute calls to get ready for Friday night’s venue opening. Maggie Meyer & Brad Power (above) from Maggie and the Marsupials start off the Music NL Showcase at Night Sounds with the…