The 25th anniversary of Eastlink East Coast Music Week showed the world that when it comes to putting on a show, Nova Scotia is a big winner. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra congratulated the organizers, volunteers, performers and award winners today, March 11, on a successful event. “East Coast musical talent is putting our region on the map and this year’s week of activities for the silver anniversary of the awards beautifully highlighted the achievements of our singers, songwriters and musicians,” said Mr. Preyra. “Today’s performers carry on the long and proud tradition of music that shapes our unique culture in this part of Canada.” Since 1989, Eastlink East Coast Music Week has provided a stage to celebrate the very best of the region’s musicians, performers and songwriters as they share their incredible talents with a global audience. “Nova Scotia’s volunteers continue to showcase our province as one of the best spots in Canada to host events,” said Mr. Preyra. “Congratulations and thank you to all of the volunteers who made East Coast Music Week a success.” Major Nova Scotia winners at this year’s awards included The Stanfields and Matt Mays. Raylene Rankin was honoured posthumously with a Directors’ Award and the late Bucky Adams received the Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award. A long list of Nova Scotian artists, including Natalie McMaster and the Barra MacNeils, gave special 25th anniversary performances. More information about Eastlink East Coast Music Week is available at www.ecma.com .