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East Coast musicians rock downtown Windsor at EMCA Songwriters Tour launch


WINDSOR, N.S. - Five versatile East Coast musicians visited Windsor this week to launch the ECMA Songwriters Tour.

The eight-day tour, which features songwriters Mike Biggar (New Brunswick), Jordan Musycsyn (Cape Breton), Jon Pyke a.k.a. Bridges (Newfoundland), Ian Sherwood (Truro) and Andrew Waite (Prince Edward Island), kicked off Feb. 10 at Mermaid Theatre.

 

The eight-day tour, which features songwriters Mike Biggar (New Brunswick), Jordan Musycsyn (Cape Breton), Jon Pyke a.k.a. Bridges (Newfoundland), Ian Sherwood (Truro) and Andrew Waite (Prince Edward Island), kicked off Feb. 10 at Mermaid Theatre.

 

Nova Scotian Ian Sherwood, a well-known saxophonist in the Toronto music scene, entertained the audience who braved the winter weather to catch the inaugural East Coast Music Association's Songwriters Tour.

“As an East Coast singer-songwriter it's an amazing opportunity to be offered the chance to take part a tour like this,” said Biggar in a press release announcing the tour. “I am very honoured and downright thrilled to share the stage with four other wonderful performers and share our songs and stories with audiences around the regions we each call home.”

Mermaid Theatre's general manager, Lisa Gleave, said in an interview prior to the tour that it was an excellent way to introduce people to some quality performers they may not be aware of.

“It's so sad that people around here aren't aware of the talent and the amazing musicians that we have in our own backyard,” she said, emphasizing the importance of encouraging and supporting these artists as they find their way through the music industry.

The tour is being presented by the Atlantic Presenters Association, the East Coast Music Association and SOCAN.

According to a press release, the artists, which represent a variety of genres, were selected using a multi-tiered process that started with an open call for submissions for the SOCAN Song House. After a jury reviewed the submissions, one performer from each ECMA region was selected.

“This tour expands on the SOCAN Song House experience by providing these five musicians the opportunity to collaborate on their song-writing and feature the work during each show,” the press release reads.

Gleave said Mermaid Theatre was proud to be part of the project, and hopes the tour becomes an annual event.

“(We hope it) is going to be a yearly thing that people come to see... because it's a new crop of emerging songwriters that they're getting to see before they're off into the world.”

Islander Andrew Waite, who is based in Charlottetown, brought his gutsy roots-rock sound to Windsor, Nova Scotia Feb. 10.

The songwriters, some of whom were strangers before the tour, will be in New Glasgow Feb. 11; Saint John, N.B., Feb. 15; Fredericton on Feb. 16 and Riverview, N.B., on Feb. 17. They will travel to Summerside, Prince Edward Island, on Feb. 18, head to Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, on Feb. 22 and wrap up the tour in Yarmouth on Feb. 25.

“This tour is the perfect way for music fans in our Atlantic region to discover up and coming songwriters from right in their own backyards and get a taste of what it is like to attend the ECMAs.” Gleave said in the press release.

More details on the remaining tour dates can be found at http://www.atlanticpresenters.ca.

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