25 episodes

Tune-up that radio dial - its the Radio ECMA Podcast presented by TD! Hosted by Chris Batstone in St. John’s, NL the Radio ECMA podcast is produced by the East Coast Music Association and recorded by Imaging by Guido. From songwriting to stage, we discover what makes music happen in Atlantic Canada. Chris Batstone is a 30-year veteran of radio with a passion for stories behind the music and voice over artist with an international clientele. Hailing from Grand Falls/Windsor, NL he has also been in ECMA nominated bands Drive, The Punters, and Kelly Russell & The Planks. Chris also operates Imaging By Guido (IBGrocks.com) which makes marketing materials for entertainment events.The East Coast Music Association develops, advances, and celebrates East Coast Canadian music, its artists, and its industry professionals throughout the region and around the world. We advocate for our members to ensure they can sustain music careers while based in Canada’s Atlantic region.The Radio ECMA Podcast with host Chris Batstone is produced by the East Coast Music Association, recorded at Imaging by Guido in St. John’s, IBGrocks.com, supported by TD, Music by Cassie Man, for more information on upcoming episodes head to ECMA.com or find us on socials at east coast music. Join us monthly. Thanks for listening.

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Tune-up that radio dial - its the Radio ECMA Podcast presented by TD! Hosted by Chris Batstone in St. John’s, NL the Radio ECMA podcast is produced by the East Coast Music Association and recorded by Imaging by Guido. From songwriting to stage, we discover what makes music happen in Atlantic Canada. Chris Batstone is a 30-year veteran of radio with a passion for stories behind the music and voice over artist with an international clientele. Hailing from Grand Falls/Windsor, NL he has also been in ECMA nominated bands Drive, The Punters, and Kelly Russell & The Planks. Chris also operates Imaging By Guido (IBGrocks.com) which makes marketing materials for entertainment events.The East Coast Music Association develops, advances, and celebrates East Coast Canadian music, its artists, and its industry professionals throughout the region and around the world. We advocate for our members to ensure they can sustain music careers while based in Canada’s Atlantic region.The Radio ECMA Podcast with host Chris Batstone is produced by the East Coast Music Association, recorded at Imaging by Guido in St. John’s, IBGrocks.com, supported by TD, Music by Cassie Man, for more information on upcoming episodes head to ECMA.com or find us on socials at east coast music. Join us monthly. Thanks for listening.

    STARCROSSED: THE FUTURE OF FOLK WITH ALAN DOYLE & THE GILBERTS

    STARCROSSED: THE FUTURE OF FOLK WITH ALAN DOYLE & THE GILBERTS

    We’re back with another Starcrossed Series episode and this week it’s all about the Future of Folk! Host Chris Batstone sits down with veteran folk artist Alan Doyle (NL) and rising sibling singer-songwriters The Gilberts (NS). Alan Doyle talks about his new album, Here, Tonight (Live), shares his thoughtful piece of advice for emerging artists, and emphasizes the importance of enjoying every moment. While on the other end, The Gilberts discuss their musical upbringing, how east coast artists influence them today, and their take on how the internet is one of the most powerful tools for an artist these days. An episode full of great advice for all listeners.


    We’re Gonna Love Tonight - Alan Doyle
    Not Always - The Gilberts


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    • 43 min
    INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY WITH MALLORY JOHNSON & JODY UPSHAW

    INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY WITH MALLORY JOHNSON & JODY UPSHAW

    Happy International Women’s Day! In this week’s episode, host Chris Batstone sits down with country singer/songwriter Mallory Johnson (NL) and R&B artist Jody Upshaw (NS) to chat about how we can #BreaktheBias. The two discuss their respective experiences as young women within the Atlantic Canadian music industry, how it influences their art, and how they feel they can serve as role models to other females. Mallory chats about the story behind “Wise Woman”, and Jody shares how her song became recently featured on HBO’s Euphoria. An honest and inspiring episode for all.


    Featured songs:
    “Wise Woman” Mallory Johnson
    “Evil” Jody Upshaw


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    • 52 min
    Starcrossed: R&B and it's Future in Canada with JRDN & Ife Alaba

    Starcrossed: R&B and it's Future in Canada with JRDN & Ife Alaba

    Introducing our Starcrossed series, where we chat with an artist veteran and an emerging artist within the same genre! In this week’s episode, it’s all about R&B. Host Chris Batstone sits down with established JUNO-Award winner JRDN (Nova Scotia) and rising singer-songwriter Ife Alaba (Newfoundland). JRDN discusses his various early influences that shaped him to be the R&B musician he is today, while Ife Alaba touches upon her upbringing, and what led her from Nigeria to South Africa and all the way to Memorial University.


    Featured songs:
    “Mrs. Right Now” JRDN
    “Go Slow” Ife Alaba


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    • 47 min
    NEW YEAR NEW IDEAS WITH ALFIE & CEO OF SIDE DOOR LAURA SIMPSON

    NEW YEAR NEW IDEAS WITH ALFIE & CEO OF SIDE DOOR LAURA SIMPSON

    Tune into the debut episode of a brand new season! Host Chris Batstone chats with R&B singer/songwriter Alfie (Nova Scotia) and Side Door’s CEO and co-founder Laura Simpson (Nova Scotia). With an emphasis on building community both on and off the screen, Alfie discusses how a move to Toronto has inspired him to begin establishing an “incubator” of artist collaborations in the East Coast, while Laura shares what inspired her to create a platform for artists, hosts, and audiences alike to collaborate anytime, anywhere for sake of live entertainment. 


    Looking to learn more about Side Door? Visit www.sidedooraccess.com.


    Featured Songs:
    “Options” Alfie
    “Troubled Mind” Dan Mangan 


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    • 46 min
    STATE OF THE BLUES…WITH JON HINES & ECBS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CATHY PROTHRO

    STATE OF THE BLUES…WITH JON HINES & ECBS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CATHY PROTHRO

    In this episode, host Chris Batstone talks about the STATE OF THE BLUES in Atlantic Canada with musician Jon Hines and East Coast Blues Society (ECBS) Executive Director Cathy Prothro. A small but mighty community, Blues has a strong and rich history. Everywhere you go, across Canada and the world, there is a Blues Venue and a host of musicians and fans to go along with. Chris finds out why Blues is so strong and what ECBS is doing to keep that going. 


    A big thank you to Radio ECMA sponsor, TD, for supporting this episode. 
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    • 40 min
    THE ECMA MENTAL WELLNESS INITIATIVE WITH ERRIN WILLIAMS FT. MUSIC BY ERIN COSTELO & MATT STEELE & THE CORVETTE SUNSET

    THE ECMA MENTAL WELLNESS INITIATIVE WITH ERRIN WILLIAMS FT. MUSIC BY ERIN COSTELO & MATT STEELE & THE CORVETTE SUNSET

    In this episode, host Chris Batstone talks with licensed clinical therapist and social worker Errin Williams. Exploring the importance of mental wellness, specifically within the music industry, they cover topics such as loneliness, addictions, and the glorification of the “tortured artist”. Errin highlights her experience of working in the industry for many years and how she is working with ECMA to present the ECMA Wellness Initiative. 


    To learn more about the ECMA Wellness Initiative, or to reach out to Errin Williams, please visit https://www.ecma.com/health-wellness/ . 

    The "Help From My Friends" Peer Support Program is a  project proudly funded by the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.

    https://www.mentalhealthns.ca/



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    • 43 min

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