Funny thing happened as 2012 wrapped up, missed blogging about the last 2 NFL weekends. Funny because last Sunday’s blog was done and written. Somehow got home Sunday morning and forgot to post it. Time I realized that was Sunday night so too late to post.
Last week of the season didn’t have much intrigue as usual. AFC playoff teams were all set in stone, just playing for seeding. Redskins/Cowboys was the marquee match, and that wasn’t till Sunday night. Thought about doing Week 17 and with me working over the holidays decided to take a break. I worked December 21st through 25th, so got done with work Boxing Day around 7am. Christmas flies by when that happens.
Happy to say my Redskins won, and a season I had written off in the pre-season as “this will be a season for Robert Griffin III to learn”. Playoffs weren’t on my mind. First NFC east title since 1999? A pleasant surprise over the holidays.
2012 was the year I returned to the east coast. Hit Moncton for ECMA 2012. I still didn’t write a blog post about it. Finally getting the pics together from the trip. Might just post the pictures as a blog post. Trying to write about a trip that involved me riding a train from Kingston to Moncton and back along with ECMA week would be a long story. Just pictures might work better.
Happy New Year to everyone. Lucky ’13.
Quiet on the blog lately, good reason for it with the trip to the ECMA’s coming up. Last time I was in New Brunswick was around 1995. So it’s been quite a while.
Getting things ironed out with the trip took up a lot of time. Didn’t realize till a couple of weeks ago I’m traveling on Easter Monday. I thought it be a quiet trip anyway but it could be even less busy. Take the train to Montreal, then switch to the Ocean. That is the overnight train that goes from Montreal to Halifax. Moncton is a stop along the way.
Might not get time to write a blog while I’m there, I’ll have time on the train back to write something. However I’ll update on Twitter during the week for those interested.
So as a result the next 2 radio shows are taped/reruns. Good Friday is this week and I’m working so that will be a rerun. Week after I’ll be in Moncton, therefore the next new episode will be mid-April after I get back.
Quickly we will get to May which is the 5 year mark of the show being on CFRC. I’ll have to do something during that month for the half-decade anniversary.
Stay tuned for an email interview I did with Stephanie Beaumont from SeaandBeScene.com, that will be up in a day or two.
The end of the NaBloPoMo with a blog post everday in November. I still don’t know how I wrote every day. Start off with the news involving a trip I should be making in April.
Things coming along as planned but with life you never know when something strange comes up. Just the last week in sports shows me that. The Houston Texans and their horrible luck. Never made the playoffs and on a roll this season. Starting QB goes down to injury. That is why you have a backup QB in Matt Leinart in case this happens. Who in his first game breaks his collarbone and is also out for the season. That’s almost comical bad luck. Going to the third string quarterback with playoffs a month away. I will cross my fingers that kind of luck doesn’t happen to me in the new year.
The trip would be going to ECMA Week in Moncton this coming April. Begins on Wednesday April 11th and wraps up with the East Coast Music Awards that Sunday night. How this came to be was an online survey of all things. After a couple of years of doing the show I joined the East Coast Music Association. Been able to vote on the awards and we got an email asking if we would partake in an online survey. I thought “of course”. There was something about a draw for a grand prize awarded to those of us who would fill it out. Honestly, I would have filled it out anyway. How often do you think you will really win a prize in a draw? If you are like me not often. So I filled it out and didn’t think about the prize aferwards.
Get an email a couple of months ago that I won it. Part of it was two compilation CD’s arrived at my door which I have played on the show. The other part of the prize is a Delegate Pass to ECMA Week in 2012. Which means I get into everything during ECMA Week. Should be a fun week. I’m thankful ECMA’s got moved from February to April last year. Makes it easier on people like me who will be traveling.
So in the New Year I should have a lot more updates as things get closer. Usual thing for today is NFL picks, just doing Thursday’s game in this post. Picking Seahawks over the Eagles, in a game most of you can skip.
Thus ends the month of blogging every single day. Can’t see many people checking in every single day but now you can go back and read the entire month’s worth of posts. Some long, some not so much.
Back in live on Friday night with the radio show, might be first live episode in almost a month. I will be in town over the holidays so expect new episodes the rest of the year. Which is only 5 episodes. 2012 is sneaking up on me. Lot of new music on Friday since I’m backed up with things I’ve gotten in November. Will make for some easy shows the next few weeks as I catch up.
Here is the full list of winners from the East Coast Music Awards. This year they gave them out during the entire 5 day event as opposed to holding them till the Sunday night gala. Last year’s telecast online ran over 4 hours. A bit on the long side as you can imagine. Kudos to them for trying new things. As a result the results trickled in over the last few days. Think I have them all together now.
David Myles who I’ve interviewed twice in the last year was an early winner for his CD ‘Turn Time Off’. Played here in Kingston with Joel Plaskett earlier in the month. Matt Anderson who has played Kingston twice in the last couple of years won for ‘Piggyback’. Also congratulation to Kimberly Sinclair. She won Industry Professional of the Year. Also Spincount won Independent Company of the year so congrats to Kim and Kevin for that. They’ve helped me out with my show in the last couple of years. Pointed me towards David Myles CD when it came out for example. Worked out well.
Full list of winners, both music and industry. This year I can look at the winners and say the show has played a vast majority of them.
Entertainer of the year: Chris Colepaugh and the Cosmic Crew
Recording of the year: Wintersleep, New Inheritors
Male solo recording: Matt Andersen, Piggyback
Female solo recording: Rose Cousins, The Send Off
Group recording: The Once, The Once
Rock recording: Chris Colepaugh and the Cosmic Crew, Missed a Page
Gospel recording: Chelsea Nisbett, Anchored Roots
Classical Recording: Measha Brueggergosman, Nights and Dreams
Folk recording: David Myles, Turn Time Off
Roots/traditional group: Ennis, Lessons Learned
Roots/traditional solo: Dave Gunning, A Tribute to John Allan Cameron
Instrumental recording: Gypsophilia, Sa-ba-daOw!
Loud recording: Fed Pennies, Brain Disaster
Rap/hip hop single: Gettosocks, Don’t Turn Around
Rock recording: Chris Colepaugh & The Cosmic Crew, Missed a Page
Alternative recording: Slowcoaster, The Darkest of Discos
Country recording: Meaghan Blanchard, Chasin’ Lonely Again
Jazz recording: Dwayne Côté & Duane Andrews, Dwayne Côté & Duane Andrews
Pop recording: Meaghan Smith, The Crickets Orchestra
Blues recording: Matt Andersen, Piggyback
Francophone recording: Lennie Gallant, Le Coeur Hanté
Stompin’ Tom Award: Elliot Wight
Musicians Achievement Award: Chas Guay
Blues Recording of the Year: Matt Andersen – Piggyback
DVD of the Year: The Trews – The Trews Acoustic – Friends & Total
R&B/Soul Single Track Recording of the Year presented by BMO: Chelsea Nisbett – Anchored Roots
World Recording of the Year: The Idlers – Keep Out
ECMA 2011 Industry Award Winners
Broadcast of the Year: Atlantic Airwaves
Event of the Year: Halifax Pop Explosion
Independent Company of the Year presented by Nessya’s Gems & Jewels: SpinCount
Industry Professional of the Year presented by Midland: Kimberly Sinclair
Live Sound Technician of the Year: Carl Gosine
Manager of the Year presented by Delta Hotels Atlantic: Shelley Chase
Media Person of the Year presented by Metro Credit Union: Doug Gallant
Producer of the Year presented by Shoppers Drug Mart – Dave Gunning
Radio Station of the Year: The Coast 89.7
Record Company/Distributor/ Independent Label of the Year: Sonic Records
Studio Engineer of the Year presented by OIART: Jamie Foulds
Venue of the Year: The Company House
Studio of the Year: The Sonic Temple
Visual Artist of the Year: Chr!s Sm!th
A few weeks from the 4th anniversary of the show as well. No plan as of yet. Maybe just cram as many artists into one show as I can.
Next week an interview with Allison Crowe will air. Just taped it last week. She’s doing some dates out east in the coming weeks. Hitting Fredericton, Halifax and St. John’s. As I spoke to her it was snowing in Corner Brook. The interview will air this Friday and I will replay it the following week. Main reason since it’s Good Friday coming up. So I’m sure some regular listeners will be away from the radios [or computers] and enjoying a long weekend. Therefore told Allison I would play it twice. Just made sense.
I will make a podcast episode out of the interview as well. Can pass along the stats I now can see from the Libsyn website about the podcast downloads. A big chunk of downloads lately in Texas of all places. Few transplanted Canadians there? That’s my guess.
April already? Time flies by. Back in the chair every Friday night live on the radio show. All of March was on tape, which was a bit strange. Hopefully people in Kingston got to see Jenn Grant and the Joel Plaskett/David Myles concerts.
Hockey season is K-Town is over as well. Voyageurs lost in 7 games in the OJHL Semi-final. Great job to them on their winning ways. Wish it had gone further but playoffs are always tough. Fan support has been great with a bus of fans going down to Oakville for Game 7.
Meanwhile the Frontenacs had their usual 1st round exit. Nuff said.
Been spending more time on Twitter lately since there hasn’t been that many big things going on I felt the need to blog about. Twitter a fun place to chat with people. And people you wouldn’t think of talking to.
Had replies on Twitter lately from Robin Meade, Jeri Ryan, Patty Sullivan [TVO Kids], Natalie Thomas, Kim MacDonald and a producer BJ Stewart from the Weather Network, Michael Kinney, Adam Forsythe, Caroline Frolic and old CFRC sports comrad Matt Bisson. Fun way to spend some time online, especially working midnights.
This month I’ll bring in my Vinyl copy of Hey Rosetta!’s new album ‘Seeds’ to play on air. They’re in Australia right now and will be doing a few dates in Canada this summer. A few festival shows I believe.
Time to go for now, remember the East Coast Music Awards are this month in Charlottetown. I’ll post the winners here when they get announced.
First off, some great news from Sunday. Really tired during the weekend so woke up after a few hours sleep to watch NTV Sunday Evening Newshour. Those who saw it know why I tuned in.
Congratulations to Toni Marie Wiseman and Kenny Butler as they’re expecting a baby girl in July. I can now say I’ve known for a while. I didn’t say anything on the radio or blog out of respect of her wishes. Toni wanted to keep it quiet till she was a few months along and things were going smoothly. She joked about having her first child later than most and Larry said “25?”. That was funny. At the end he said something along the lines of “goodnight from me and them” pointing to Toni Marie. That is correct now.
I did find out something new last night. I didn’t know if it was a boy or a girl. Now I do. Great news for both of them. Known Toni Marie for years so I can attest how thrilled she is. Kenny is extremely happy as well and looking forward to July. Congrats again to them.
Onto the ECMA’s. After my lack of sleep and catching Toni talk about the good news I crashed and fell asleep. Combine that with working Sunday night and I missed the awards. Not archived yet but I read it will be. By all accounts it was a LONG show. Kevin Kelly of the Newfoundland Herald on Facebook said it was 4 hours and 17 minutes! Couldn’t show that much on TV. Although Patrick Molloy on Facebook also said that almost half of the crowd had left by the end of it. That’s a long haul for anyone. Lots of music from the reports. 4 hours is a marathon especially since most of the crowd has probably seen other musicians during the previous few days.
Still wish it had some TV exposure this year. Only big East Coast fans would’ve found it online. Not even mentioning the scheduling against the Oscars. That was bad timing. ECMA’s scheduled it before the Oscars released their date so I can’t complain about that. Oscars are same town, same theatre every year. So they don’t need to plan that far ahead. For instance there is no date for the 2011 Oscars. ECMA’s just got hit with some bad luck this year. Next year Charlottetown hosts the awards, but in April. On one hand it is hard for people to travel to these things in February/March. April does raise other problems as acts are starting to tour across the country with the nicer weather. We’ll see how the change affects things. That month is also when CBC gets taken over by NHL Playoffs. So not sure if the TV situation will get better next year.
Onto the awards. First industry night on Friday. Reports today saying Joel Plaskett won 6 ECMA awards this weekend. Wrong. He won 1 on Friday along with 6 on Sunday, so that’s 7.
Broadcast of the Year presented by Atlantic Tractors : Atlantic Airwaves
Event of the Year presented by Cape Breton University: Halifax Pop Explosion
Independent Company of the Year presented by Sampson McDougall : Sonic Entertainment Group
Industry Professional of the Year presented by CARAS : Darren Gallop
Manager of the Year presented by Gillis Home Building Centre : Heather Gibson
Media Person of the Year presented by Tim Hortons : Doug Gallant
Producer of the Year by Shure : Joel Plaskett
Record Company/Distributor/Independent Label of the Year : Sonic Records
Studio of the Year presented by Bay Music : The Sonic Temple
Studio Engineer of the Year sponsored by OIART (Ont. Institute of Audio Recording Technology) : Mike “Sheppy” Shelfpherd
Venue of the Year presented by Casino Nova Scotia : The Company House
Visual Artist of the Year presented by Marcato Digital Solutions : Chr!s Sm!th
Stompin’ Tom Award presented by Jim Sampson Motors : Billy and Cornelia MacLeod
FACTOR Industry Builder Award : Stephen “Beak” MacDonald
Musician’s Achievement Award : Dave McKeough
Atlantic Lottery Volunteer of the Year Award : Marie Doyle and Margie MacNeil
Onto Sunday night’s awards. Where Joel cleaned up. Other artists I’ve played on the show.
Entertainer of the Year: Joel Plaskett.
Female Solo Recording of the Year: Catherine MacLellan – “Water In The Ground.”
Group Recording of the Year: In-Flight Safety – “We Are an Empire, My Dear”
Male Solo Recording of the Year: Joel Plaskett – “Three”
Recording of the Year: Joel Plaskett – “Three”
Rising Star Recording of the Year: Kim Wempe – “Where I Need To Be”
Single of the Year: Joel Plaskett – “Through & Through & Through”
Songwriter of the Year: Joel Plaskett – “Through & Through & Through”
Video of the Year: The Tom Fun Orchestra – “Throw Me to the Rats”
Aboriginal Recording of the Year: Forever – “Reborn”
Alternative Recording of the Year: In-Flight Safety – “We Are an Empire, My Dear”
Bluegrass Recording of the Year: The Grass Mountain Hobos – “ZOOT!”
Blues Recording of the Year: The Hupman Brothers – “Countin’ Quarters”
Country Recording of the Year: The Divorcees – “Last of the Free Men”
Folk Recording of the Year: Catherine MacLellan – “Water In The Ground”
Francophone Recording of the Year: BLOU – “Noel Blou”
Gospel Recording of the Year: The Ascensions – “No Greater Love”
Instrumental Recording of the Year: Andrea Beaton – “Branches”
Jazz Recording of the Year: Gypsophilia – “Sa-ba-da-OW!”
Loud Recording of the Year: The Motorleague – “Black Noise”
Pop Recording of the Year: Joel Plaskett – “Three”
Rap/Hip-Hop Single Track Recording of the Year: Classified – “Anybody Listening”
Rock Recording of the Year: The Novaks – “Things Fall Apart”
Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year: Lennie Gallant – “If We Had a Fire”
Roots /Traditional Group Recording of the Year: Dawn and Margie Beaton – “Taste of Gaelic”
R&B/Soul Single Track Recoding of the Year: Jamie Sparks – “All I Need – Remix”
Fan’s Choice Video of the Year: The Motorleague – “Hymn For The Newly Departed”
Fan’s Choice Artist/Group of the Year: Samantha Robichaud
Director’s Special Achievement Award: The Rankin Family
Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award: Scotty Turner
Last thing for today is I’m going to interview Con O’Brien from The Irish Descendants tomorrow morning. If everything falls into place. They play Kingston a week from Tuesday.
Cape Breton holding the East Coast Music Awards this weekend. More than just an award show with a lot of musicians playing all weekend along with conferences and meetings. Bit of bad timing with some movie award going on Sunday night. And the ECMA’s aren’t on TV at all this year. Just online. Although the last 2 years it hadn’t been the best TV coverage. Last year was only 1 hour tape delayed late night on CBC. Year before nothing on Sunday night only a taped hour long thing weeks later with Stephen Page, still of Barenaked Ladies at the time.
So check the websites on Sunday.
Radio ECMA is also broadcasting all weekend. Visit the website for The Coast 89.7 FM. People stopping by.
After all the Olympic blogs didn’t feel up to following it with much this week. My energy petered out more quickly than I thought. Was going to watch some video I missed but haven’t watched a second. I’ll try next week leading to the Paralympics.