#ECMWMNB2014 Profile : Gary Sappier Blues Band

Depending on the day, Gary Sappier might perform any number of roles. he’s the nation’s first-call Aboriginal ambassador, a futuristic technology advocate, a dedicated educator, and of course, a Canadian music luminary. A multi-instrumentalist whose music is a unique combination of Aboriginal flavoured rythms and soulful blues. Since 2003, the Aboriginal bluesman has produced three albums and garnered four ECMA nominations and is a solid fixture in Canada’s East Coast music scene. Gary has represented Canada in many countries such as United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands, Afghanistan and the United States.

APTN First Nations Showcase
Saturday, April 5 – 10 PM (The Rodd – 75 Kent)

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#ECMAMNB2014 Artist Profile : Becka DeHaan

beckadehaan2Becka deHaan’s style is described as “a traditional yet soulful, spirited sound.” Blending her classical background with black and bluesy influences such as Eva Cassidy, Patty Griffin and Maria Maldaur, and country-pop influences such as Susan Ashton, she produces a unique offering of both original and cover material on piano and voice, on flute and harmonica–an offering that has moved audiences to tears and roused them to standing ovations. Becka was playing piano before she could walk and singing as early as age four; a toddler photograph reveals her sitting, totally still, by a stereo, listening intently. Now performing under her mother’s maiden name of deHaan, she was born Rebekah Joy Thiessen in Winnipeg, three months prematurely on July 11, 1984, depriving her of all eyesight but light perception at two months.

Her parents moved to St. Stephen, NB in 1985, where they raised her, along with her two younger siblings. Upon high school graduation in 2002, Becka received her certificate of Grade 10 Piano from the Toronto-based Royal Conservatory of Music, and in 2006, she graduated from Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Biblical and theological studies and minoring in English. She returned to New Brunswick and from there has carried out her career: After performing for National Child’s Day at the Senate in Ottawa in the fall of 2008 and at a Canadian Social Forum in Calgary the following spring, she went on to win the Canadian National Institute for the Blind’s first annual national iFactor competition, earning her the opening slot for Juno nominee, Terry Kelly, in concert in Winnipeg, in the fall of 2010. From 2008 to 2011, she was also keyboardist and lead female vocalist for Fredericton’s showband, Vinyl2Bits.

March 2010 saw the release of her debut, full-length album, “Wait for the Wind”—an album showcasing deHaan’s many talents as a vocalist, instrumentalist, composer and lyricist. It has earned nominations for 2010 Spiritual Recording with Music New Brunswick, for a 2010 Covenant Award–Inspirational Album of the Year–with Gospel Music Association Canada, and for a 2011 East Coast Music Award-Gospel Recording of the Year.

Her second album, “Long-Awaited, Unexpected,” was released in October, 2012–a Christmas album highlighting her development in performance, writing and arranging, with original reflections and arrangements of traditional carols. It received an award nomination with Music New Brunswick (Roots/Folk Recording) and two 2013 Covenant Award nominations with Gospel Music Association Canada (Seasonal Album of the Year, and the record’s closing track, “The Baby on the Hay,” for Seasonal Song of the Year). She continues to write and performs regularly throughout New Brunswick and beyond.

6 avril/April 6 – Gospel Brunch – 12:30PM/ 12 h 30

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Profil #ECMWMNB2014 : La Virée #ECMW2014

Depuis ses débuts en novembre 2001, le groupe acadien La Virée a fait swinger des dizaines de milliers de personnes ! Le groupe s’est promené un peu partout à travers le pays et a traversé plus d’une fois l’océan Atlantique pour chanter en France où il a un fan club bien établi.LaViree

C’est à l’été 2004 que le groupe a connu ses plus grands succès grâce à sa participation au Festival Interceltique de Lorient, en France, où pendant un marathon de 18 spectacles en neuf jours, les gars ont fait chanter et danser des dizaines de milliers de personnes venues de tous les coins de la France pour franchir les portes du Pavillon de l’Acadie.

La musique traditionnelle acadienne est la base du groupe La Virée, mais les musiciens visitent souvent le folklore et en font ressortir une saveur de folk contemporain. Outre ses propres compositions, le groupe propose un répertoire varié d’airs connus de la chanson acadienne, parfois québécoise et bretonne, de la musique qui bouge. À ce joyeux mélange s’ajoutent quelques reels de violon. Le succès de vos soirées sera assuré par des musiciens généreux qui vous feront danser, sauter, virer et même chavirer au son de leur musique ! Y’a pas de doute là-dessus…

Samedi 5 avril – 15 h : Canadian Music. East Coast Style. Export Buyers Showcase (Delta Ballroom – 18 Queen)
Samedi 5 avril – 20 h 25 : Soirée Franco Est (The Rodd – 75, Kent)

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