It was a slow start to the day, but after getting everything back on track, I was out the Hotel doors by 8pm ready for one last night of what had been an amazing ECMA weekend.
8pm - I made my way to Satellite Gala party and after a brief stint in the media room got into the actual show in time to catch an amazing performance by David Myles followed by Hey Rosetta!
11pm - Off to the Delta to see whos still standing and catch great energetic performances by Haywire, Tom Fun Orchestra, and Chris Kirby & the Marquee, by the time the last band is done we've all been sufficiently riled once again and need some place to dance. Thank heavens the considerate folks at the ECMA's were thoughtful enough to have a DJ set up playing in the lobby until 4am.
4am - I attempt to sneak off and get to bed early so as to be fresh for the drive home the next day, but I'm not kidding anyone. When your hotel room sports a banner whos tag line reads "it Feels Good to party" your not getting to bed at the reasonable hour of 4am. A party must be hosted, so hosted it shall be.
1pm Monday - Im rested enough to get back on the road. For some reason the drive seems to have doubled in length and distance on the way home. Einstein's theory of relativity supports this sensation.
In conclusion, The show of Maritime culture and spirit at the ECMA's are something to be marveled at. Charlottetown was an amazing host perfectly centralized, and is much more vibrant then my memories of going to the island for speedskating competitions when I was a lad. All the ECMA crew were fantastic, very helpful folk who were having as much fun as we were. However, the schedule needed some work on the comprehension side of things. Yes it was laid out in the Gig guide, but have some pity on us musically inclined folk, if its not color coordinated and organized in the most simple fashion, were probably not going to figure it out right away. I did wind up finding a handy app through PEI's BUZZ magazine which was much more geared to todays ADHD generation. Once stumbling upon that I was whisked away on a magical ride of nonstop music and fun. Thank goodness for living in the Maritimes. We got a pretty swell thing going here.
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