Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of the 2012 East Coast Music Awards

OTTAWA, April 16, 2012 - In communities throughout this country, talented artists are proving that our music scene is as rich and diverse as Canada itself. More than 30,000 composers and songwriters call Canada home. Our music industry enriches our lives, creates jobs, and generates economic growth.

Thanks to Canadian creativity, our country has earned itself a special place on the international scene. We rank as the third largest exporter of musical talent in the world, and we are the seventh largest market in the world for recorded music.

Our Government recognizes the importance of the music industry, and we are proud to support our artists who help showcase our culture at home and abroad.

Today we salute the outstanding artists and industry leaders in Atlantic Canada who were honoured during this year’s East Coast Music Week, from April 11 to 15.

Congratulations to the nominees and award winners, including:

  • Group Recording of the Year: Hey Rosetta! for Seeds
  • Solo Recording of the Year: Matt Andersen for Coal Mining Blues
  • Songwriter of the Year; David Myles

On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to commend all the nominees and winners of the 2012 East Coast Music Awards.