Archive for April 2014
Students and instructors in Holland College’s Welding Fabrication program in Georgetown donated time and the materials to make decorative coat racks for the 2014 Easter Seals Campaign Auction held at the Prince Edward Island Brewing Company recently. The unique coat racks were a real hit at the auction, raising $500 at the event.
By Kayla Woodside
Journalism student/Communications intern
Music Performance students Evan McCosham and Bruce Rooney fell back into the rhythm of exams and classes after a series of exciting performances during East Coast Music Week in Charlottetown recently.
The two are members of the popular local pop-rock band Coyote. Bass player McCosham and lead guitarist Rooney started off the week with a performance at the kick-off party for the Sound Waves Program in Stratford, and then performed at Hunter’s Ale House on Wednesday.
“ECMAs is like second Christmas. It’s awesome, we look forward to it every year,” Rooney said.
The two students played with their five-piece pop-rock band Thursday at the Guild for their last show, followed by tapings and acoustic performances throughout the rest of the week.
“We were happy to have as many performances as we’ve had despite not having an album out,” McCosham said.
Rooney said they had a lot of good buzz through the week for Coyote.
“It’s good because it’s a little bit different than your regular show. If you buy tickets just to see a regular band they’ll come and play anywhere from 45 minutes to two and a half hours. With the ECMAs, it’s nice because it’s just a about showcasing,” Rooney said.
Rooney said they were lucky to have finished their sets early so they could see the other bands playing.
“Next year will be a little bit more of a champion year for us because we’ll have our new album out and we’ll be submitting it for nominations,” Rooney said.
Details for the release are still being worked out, but the students expect to release it this summer.
Although the ECMAs have come to an end, Coyote still have a packed schedule in front of them. They plan on playing in a number of festivals through the summer, Evolve included, as well as performing in Toronto, Sudbury and Montreal.
“We’re looking at having a pretty full summer. We’re going to be a part of the anniversary celebrations here in Charlottetown, there’s going to be a show in Victoria Park which will be a free show outdoors,” Rooney said.
The band’s biggest performance will be their own album release in Charlottetown.
McCosham said being in Holland College’s Music Performance program has helped his music career.
“You can be a talented musician and write some great music, but without knowledge of how to make that music accessible to a wide audience it could be very difficult to forge a career,” he said.
McCosham said he has many mentors from the program, including lead instructor Alan Dowling, and the course instructors.
“That guidance will aid our progress throughout our careers and the rest of our lives”
Journalism student/Communications intern
As East Coast Music Week leaps into action with busy artists, staff and volunteers a few recognizable faces will be helping to create an explosively successful week at the Delta in Charlottetown.
Holland College students are helping with ECMW as part of their class projects.
First year Marketing and Advertising Management student Bhreagh Gentile is working with the ECMW social media team. She and classmates will be tweeting live at the shows and taking photos.
“We’re tweeting the artists coming up, if our venues are at capacity, just sort of the goings on and taking crowd photos, photos of the performers and just genuinely capturing the whole essence of East Coast Music Week,” Gentile said.
The class will be sending their information out to the public through the ECMW accounts.
“We’re really providing instant coverage of things that are happening around town,” said Michelle MacNeil, who is also in the Marketing and Advertising Management program.
MacNeil is from Cape Breton and said she’s always excited to see what the artists from her area are doing.
Journalism students will also be at the venues capturing video, photos, and organizing interviews to share personal stories with the Island.
Deserie Murphy is working on the broadcast side of journalism and said she’s excited to be a part of the project.
“For today, it’s the first day of ECMW and I’ve just been working on getting footage of the set up and all the stages and seeing how everything is being put up,” she said.
Murphy was scouting out the rooms at the Delta Prince Edward, one of the many venues for ECMW events, to see where she wants to take her piece for the project and what angle she wants to tell her story from.
“We’re just working right now on the groundwork for the rest of ECMW so it should be a great show. A lot of video is being taken, a lot of b-roll and that’s just today – we’re just getting started,” she said.
The journalism students will be posting their work on the Holland College Surveyor as well as directly through the ECMA sites.