Evening Showcases

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

7:30 PM

Location: Various Venues



1. Onelight Theatre

Chess with The Doomsday Machine

A Onelight Theatre production

Presented by Prismatic Arts Festival

Alderney Landing

7:30 PM

“truly awed… unlike any play I've seen… Brilliant. Breathtaking. Heartbreaking… pure magic” The Coast Magazine

“Powerful, nothing else like it” Media Co-Op

“a beautiful, lyrical journey… intimate, disturbing and deeply affecting” Chronicle Herald

Imagine that your hometown is attacked by an enemy army; how would this change the city and the people who live there? Chess with the Doomsday Machine is an intimate, entrancing play that examines the challenges faced by a young soldier as he balances his duty to defend his home with the need to protect a band of misfits who have stayed in the city.

Developed as an international co-production with artists in Iran and Canada, Chess with the Doomsday Machine, is an original adaptation of Iranian author Habib Ahmadzadeh’s novel of the same name.


2. Paquin Artists Agency

The Carleton

8:00 PM

Kim Harris

Kim Harris’ oceanic voice is vast, and ever changing. She emits rich colours, and textures with her award winning fulllength debut album, Only The Mighty, a shoreline of metallic moods and airy effervescence. Inspired by love, darkness, and particles of light, Only The Mighty is a testament to resilience. Originally from Newfoundland, and now based in Halifax, Harris is quickly becoming one of the brightest new artists on the east coast. In November 2014, Harris was presented with three Music Nova Scotia Awards including New Artist Recording of the Year, Female Artist Recording of the Year, and SOCAN Songwriter of the Year. This past fall also gave Harris the chance to perform alongside two of her biggest musical influences highly acclaimed Canadian artists, Jenn Grant and Amelia Curran, as the supporting act on their most recent album release tours On her debut release, Harris brings truth, nature and wonder with producer Dale Murray. Only The Mighty is a record of intrigue and heart. Harris’ impeccable voice blends with lush instrumentation and artful arrangements.She invites listeners to hear the whispers, and roaring of it all. “The Mighty are the smallest parts of ourselves, as strong as diamonds, that show themselves when they are needed most. It is a massive explosion of love. It is about finding a place you are supposed to be and a purpose you are meant to fulfill. Sparkles and feathers everywhere.”

Laila Biali

Award-winning Canadian Jazz pianist, vocalist and songwriter Laila Biali has toured with Chris Botti, Paula Cole and Suzanne Vega, and recorded with and supported Sting. Her accolades include "SOCAN Composer of the Year" and "Keyboardist of the Year" at Canada's National Jazz Awards. She takes the best of pop, rock, classical, world and soul, informs it with her expertise in jazz, and weaves it into her musical arrangements and original songs. Laila has presented her music at prestigious venues spanning five continents including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo's Cotton Club, Peru's El Festival Internacional de Lima, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Her 2011 studio recording, Tracing Light, received a JUNO nomination for "Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year", and Live in Concert was named one of the Best Albums of 2013 by DownBeat Magazine. This year, Laila will release a pop-oriented project co-produced with her husband, Ben Wittman, which features original songs fitted for a vast range of instruments from gospel choir to brass quartet, bass clarinet, Haken Continuum and string orchestra. The new album, House of Many Rooms, also highlights collaborations with various singers Laila has worked with over the years including Lisa Fischer (20 Feet from Stardom, The Rolling Stones, Luther Vandross), Jo Lawry (Sting, Paul Simon), Alan Hampton (Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Glasper) and the Toronto Mass Choir. Laila is also a member of the all-female New York based neo-Classical crossover quartet, Rose & the Nightingale, whose members tour with Grammy award-winner Esperanza Spalding. She currently divides her time between New York City and Toronto.

Fortune Ones

Fortunate Ones is a Newfoundland-based Folk/Pop duo made up of singer/guitarist Andrew James O’Brien and singer/pianist/accordion player Catherine Allan – endearing audiences with wide-eyed energy, pragmatic optimism, and an earnest mission for connection. Fortunate Ones' debut album THE BLISS, produced by multi-ECMA winner Daniel Ledwell, will be released on JUNO award winning songwriter Rose Cousins’ record label Old Farm Pony Records on February 10, 2015. The album features guest appearances by East Coast favorites Jenn Grant, Don Brownrigg, and Kinley Dowling.

3. ECMA '100% East Coast’ in partnership with Music/ Musique NB, Music NL, Music NS, CBMIC, Music PEI

The Carleton

10:15 PM

Duane Andrews & Craig Young

An evening with Duane Andrews and Craig Young will take you from the traditional music of Newfoundland and Labrador, down through the Appalachian mountains into the land of bluegrass and country music and across the ocean to French cabarets filled with gypsy and swing music. These two consummate guitar players complement their enchanting guitar styles with an occasional song from Craig’s rich repertoire.

Contact: Duane Andrews, info@duaneandrews.ca


Caroline Savoie

A ray of sunshine, genuine, sparkling, dazzling, brilliant, a rare find … these are but a few of the praises bestowed by the public, the media, and peers from the music industry on this insanely charismatic 20-year old Acadian artist. Caroline Savoie seduces you with the warmth of her powerful voice, her distinctive tone and timbre, her great vocal control, and her disarming naturalness that are all part of her unique signature.

Contact: Carol Doucet, caroldou@nbnet.nb.ca


Ten Strings and A Goat Skin

Multiple nominees for the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards, ECMA’s & Music PEI Awards, the trio Ten Strings And A Goat Skin, a polished, barrel-drum-tight, rhythmically innovative and wildly entertaining bilingual traditional music powerhouse, create a contagious and unique sound that now tours throughout Canada, the US & Europe. 

Contact: Mark Gallant, tenstringsandagoatskin@gmail.com


Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac

Whether it's the mesmerizing Gaelic vocals of Mary Jane, or the superb musicianship of Wendy on the fiddle, these ladies have been making their mark with traditional audiences worldwide for over two decades. Mary Jane and Wendy have both been recognized internationally for their solo music careers, and Wendy has been Mary Jane's steadfast comrade in the presentation of her music for many years. It seems only natural that these two impressive talents come together to create a true partnership, which combines their strong Celtic roots and their colourful personalities.

Contact: Sheri Jones,sheri@jonesandcompany.ca



Gypsophilia’s original instrumental music is a raucous mash-up of gypsy-jazz, funk, klezmer and world rhythms. Their killer live shows and danceable, genre-bending sound have made this stylish Halifax septet an audience favourite in Canada and abroad. Their hotly anticipated fourth LP is slated for release in May of 2015.

Contact: Ross Burns, ross@gypsophilia.org


The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

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