The East Coast Music Awards (ECMAs) were handed out via two virtual shows, on Thursday and Sunday night. The spoils were divided quite equally, with Classified, Les Hay Babies, Maxim Cormier, Rich Aucoin, and Rose Cousins winning two trophies apiece. The Thursday evening event included live performances and a special tribute to Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, the late Rita MacNeil, as part of a show livestreamed on the ECMA’s social media platforms. The remaining Awards were handed out last night, during a virtual Music & Industry Awards Show presented by TD, hosted by Heather Rankin, and streamed via the ECMA’s YouTube channel.
The 2021 ECMAs were initially scheduled to be held in Sydney, but the ongoing pandemic lockdown forced the event to go virtual. Next year’s ECMA awards will be held in Fredericton — returning to the New Brunswick capital for the first time since 2008.
In a press release, ECMA CEO Andy McLean stated: "We would like to express our sincere gratitude to each and every artist and industry professional, as well as our staff, contractors, and partners, who adapted to each change along the way with positivity and perseverance. We’d also like to thank all those who participated in the preparation of this show, those who tuned-in, and to Sydney and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality for their inimitable hospitality over the past year.”
See the full slate of winners here.