Three people, three backgrounds, three awards. A College of the North Atlantic (CNA) student, alumna and faculty member will be contending for awards at the East Coast Music Association (ECMA) annual awards presentation, taking place in Saint John, New Brunswick this April.
Leading by example, Michelle Robertson, an instructor for both the Sound Recording & Production and Music: Performance, Business & Technology programs, has been nominated in the Management/Manager of the Year category as an Associate with Kilbride Music, while Jordan Coaker, currently in his second semester of the Sound Recording & Production program, has been nominated with his Waterfront Fire bandmates for the Rising Star Recording of the Year award. Graphic Design alumna, Tara Thompson, has been nominated for Graphic/Media Artist of the Year. Both Coaker and Thompson were award winners in the similar categories at the MusicNL Awards Gala held in October 2016.
The East Coast Music Association is a regional collaboration of music industry professionals in Atlantic Canada. The primary activity of the association is the annual East Coast Music Week, an event that attracts industry professionals, talent buyers, media, and record labels from around the globe.
Each year the ECMA offers a dynamic array of musical showcases, seminars and industry-centred gatherings. Music Week 2017 will involve an awards show, Song Writers Circle, various showcases, Export Buyers Stage performances and a Big Ticket Show.
Brenda Tobin, CNA’s Dean of Academics, Applied Arts & Tourism, says College of the North Atlantic representatives continue to shine in the entertainment industry.
“Each year we witness the outstanding achievements of those who have studied at the college or worked in the classrooms to share their knowledge,” Tobin said, noting she that it is so exciting to see such a diverse selection of nominees representing CNA at this year’s event.
“All three nominees have already accomplished great things in their careers – I wish them the best of luck at the awards show this spring and want to congratulate them on their nominations. It would be great to see them come home with even more recognition.”
East Coast Music Week will be held in Saint John, New Brunswick from April 26-30. The gala event will be held at the Saint John Trade & Convention Centre on April 29. Additional information on the East Coast Music Awards can be found at www.ecma.com.
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