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The Cape Breton Post – Rankin, MacIsaac will host ECMA Gala in Sydney

SYDNEY — The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) announced today that Ashley MacIsaac and Heather Rankin will be hosts for the 2016 East Coast Music Awards Gala, taking place on Thursday, April 14 at Centre 200 in Sydney.

“It’s about time! What a blast it’s going to be hosting live from Cape Breton Island,” said MacIsaac of the hosting opportunity in a press release. “The ECMA has helped me profoundly and is a constant thread to a career that began at their events over 20 years ago. I’m indeed honoured to host alongside an important artist such as Heather Rankin — a giant in a gem’s figure.”

“After almost 20 years, I’m excited and honoured to be returning as host of the ECMA Gala this year with fellow Cape Bretoner, Ashley MacIsaac. I’m looking forward to getting up to a little trouble with him,” added Rankin in the release.

“The ECMA has played a significant role in fostering East Coast musicians of all genres for almost three decades now, providing a platform for up and coming performers to showcase their talent while honouring those who have achieved success here and outside the region. The Rankin Family was no exception.”

Eastlink East Coast Music Week (ECMW) is returning to Cape Breton for the first time since 2010, and will take place in Sydney, from April 13-17, 2016.

Early bird Gala tickets, early bird wristbands, and early bird festival passes are now on sale at For a limited time, Gala tickets are $39.50, wristbands are $65, and festival passes are $160. VIP Passes are also on sale for $350. All prices include tax and fees.

Special Awards Gala tables will also be available for sale. If you are interested please contact Andree Gracie at

Performers for the Awards Gala will be announced soon. The Gala will once again be broadcast live on Eastlink TV.