ECMA nominee Ria Mae – February 17

Ria Mae creates slick pop songs with universal themes of longing, love lost and hearts found. Her debut, full-length album, Under Your Skin, is produced by Asif Illyas (MIR) and is nominated for a 2012 East Coast Music Award for Pop Recording of the Year. 

For the release of Under Your Skin on August 30, 2011, Ria went on tour with Melissa Ferrick and opened for her 17 dates in the US and in Canada. Ferrick is a Boston-based singer-songwriter with two decades of experience, 16 albums (Atlantic Records, W.A.R.?, Right On Records, MPress Records) and a rapid fan base. From Massachusetts to New York and Nashville, Mae and Ferrick made one stop in Toronto at The Horseshoe Tavern for the only Canadian date. Back in Halifax, Ria performed a sold-out CD release show and debuted a music video for the title track “Under Your Skin.”

Ria is the 2011 International Winner at the Mountain Stage New Song Contest in New York City and was invited to showcase at CMJ in October 2011. 2012 will see her performing showcases at Folk Alliance in Memphis, Tennessee, Canadian Music Week in Toronto, Ontario and at the ECMA Festival and Conference in Moncton, New Brunswick on the Rising Star stage. Ria has toured with Rose Cousins, shared stage with Juno award-winner Amelia Curran, Jenn Grant and in the US with Keaton Simons and Arthur Alligood.

A versatile artist, Ria performed the supporting lead role “Emily,” a renegade homeless musician in Snow, a film written and directed by Rohan Fernando. Ria Mae’s on-screen performance premiered at California’s Cinequest Film Festival, won Best Score at the 2011 Atlantic Film Festival and will be in theatres across Canada in 2012.

Details: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 @ 8 PM (there will be 2 sets with a break in between; cds will be available for sale)

$15 per person

Please RSVP via email (mleblanc.patchwork@gmail.com) or by calling 434-8355.   A reminder will go out a couple of days before that will include directions.

Non-alcoholic beverages will be offered.  You are invited to take along any wine/beer/etc. that you wish to enjoy.  There will be a selection of munchies at the break.  Contributions to the munchies table will be graciously accepted and appreciated although not required.

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