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Every week Damhnait's column is printed in St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador's 'The Telegram'. This page will be updated as often as possible to include those columns. If you have any comments about anything you see here, feel free to drop Damhnait a line on her MySpace.

FEBRUARY 11, 2008

Damhnait Doyle's regular column is being pre-empted this week for a special report from the 20th anniversary of the ECMA's from Fredericton, NB by special correspondent (and desperate manager), Sheri Jones.

The city of Fredericton turned out in full force to host a fantastic event. Volunteers were everywhere and looked after everything from ground transportation to registration. They were incredibly hospitable and great fun all the way around.

Newfoundland artists, photographers, designers and industry were out in full force and made a big impact on both delegates and Fredericton audiences. Duane Andrews was, as usual, everywhere. He brought the house down at the CBC taping of "The Shift" (their afternoon drive show) and played to a sold out house at the Concert Series. Hey Rosetta went over in a big way with the international delegates - with rumours of an upcoming Australian tour and release. Dolan's was the official Music NL venue and was jammed every night with performances that truly showed the versatility and breadth of Newfoundland artists - with everyone from exceptional newcomers Trailer Camp to the godfather of Newfoundland music, Ron Hynes.

On the visual side, Chris Smith (FunkFactor) had a showing in the Delta which featured amazingly compelling and innovative photographs of some of east coast music's leading lights. Designer mainstay Jud Haynes was greatly missed this year but his cd covers graced many award winning recordings and his design flair was evident in a lot of the delegates promotional material.

Ex pats were also in attendance with Damhnait Doyle promoting the release of her new recording "Lights Down Low" and Patrick Boyle flying in from Toronto not just to play all of Duane's shows but also to accompany buzz act Meaghan Smith for her performance on the ECMA Anniversary Show.

As usual, Denis Parker was furthering the cause at every opportunity and Randy Follett was busy spreading his Newfoundland charm amongst the international delegates in support of NL artists. Unfortunately, ECMA past chair, Glen Tilley, had to cancel his trip due to illness and was greatly missed by all. Corner Brook representatives spent the week promoting next year's event - not a difficult task as everyone always looks forward to returning to NL for the ECMA's as one of the highlights of the rotation cycle.

The weekend ended on Sunday night with the industry awards and music awards. Charlotte Story of Landwash took home the Record Company/Distribution/Indie Label of the Year Award, beating out major label, Warner Music and The Ducats were awarded a Stompin Tom Awards for their influence on the east coast music scene. The ECMA Music Awards Show was hosted by the hilarious Mark Critch - we all know awards shows can drag on a bit but Mark kept it interesting and funny from beginning to end. All of the performances were great but it was the proud and powerful performance of Shanneyganook that struck the strongest east coast chord.

As this piece is being written a storm rages outside, delaying flights and closing roads so the weekend festivities may not be over.

NOTE
When last seen, Damhnait was jumping up on stage with Lennie Gallant and Bruce Guthro in the Delta Pub for an impromptu performance. If you spot her back in St. John's this week, give this writer a call!

2008:
+ February 11, 2008
+ February 4, 2008
+ January 28, 2008
+ January 21, 2008
+ January 14, 2008
+ January 8, 2008

2007:
+ December 31, 2007
+ December 17, 2007
+ December 10, 2007
+ November 26, 2007
+ November 5, 2007


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