Office Closure

We will be closing the office at 3pm today. We will re-open at noon tomorrow, pending conditions.

Nova Scotia Music Week Returning to Truro in November

(February 2, 2016 Halifax, NS) Over 1,000 musicians and music industry professionals will return to the Truro/Colchester area for Nova Scotia Music Week, which will take place November 3-6, 2016. This will be the second edition of the event to be held in Nova Scotia’s hub community. The provincial music festival and conference was last held in Truro in November 2014.
“Given the central location, excellent accommodations and venue infrastructure, Truro is an ideal host community for our signature event”, says Scott Long, executive director of Music Nova Scotia. “ The 2014 edition of music week in Truro was our most successful to date in terms of audience participation and local community engagement. The people of Truro are some of the most enthusiastic and hospitable music fans in the province. We are very excited and honoured to be welcomed back”.
Music Nova Scotia estimates the music festival will attract over 7,000 local and visiting music fans and result in a $2 million economic spin off for the province with an approximate $1.1 million direct benefit to the host community. 
The host hotel for the event is the Holiday Inn Truro and many venue locations from 2014 will be participating again along with new venues and events to keep Nova Scotia Music Week appealing to local audiences. More announcements on venues and events will be made in the spring.
The Nova Scotia Music Week 2016 business conference will feature an international spotlight on Poland with several music industry professionals coming to Truro from Poland and Eastern Europe. The conference portion of the event will also see guest delegates attending from the USA, the UK and Canada, with the largest number of music professionals invited from across Canada to date.
Tickets for Nova Scotia Music Week 2016 Truro/Colchester will go on sale in April. 
For more information and media requests contact:
Executive Director
Music Nova Scotia
902-423-6271 Ext. 101

Take It To The Tiki Round 4 postponed, Round 4 and Finals to be held February 5th

Due to inclement weather, we're postponing Round 4 of Take It To The Tiki until next week, Friday February 5th. Round 4 will begin at 8pm that night, and after the winner of that round is determined, we'll go right into the finals to find out who will win the grand prize CMW showcase and accompanying $2000 cash prize.

CMRRA takes legal action against eOne

The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) has commenced legal proceedings against Entertainment One (eOne) to enforce what the Agency terms “both a prior legal settlement agreement and a mechanical licensing agreement.”


Read the full story on FYI Music News here.

7 Canadian musicians' worst live show experiences

more from AUX.TV today:

A wise oracle once declared “It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll.”

Those words were true when one Ronald Belford “Bon” Scott first uttered them 40 years ago and they’re still true now. Especially if you’re a hard-touring act who criss-crosses the Canadian Shield each year to rock the stages and, occasionally, burrito restaurants across this country.

AUX spoke to seven Canadian musicians about their most pathetic live show performances. If there’s any commonality to the pathetic musical experience, it usually involves some combination of a) long travel, b) an untraditional venue, c) poor to no pay, and/or, d) a shitty to non-existent PA system.

Click here to read the full article.

Music publicist resigns following sexual assault allegations

From AUX TV:

On the night of January 18, musician Amber Coffman (best known for her work with the band Dirty Projectors) shared a story of sexual harassment from prominent music publicist Heathcliff Berru of the Los Angeles and New York-based Life or Death PR firm. She said many women had similar “scary stories” and was “tired of sketchy ass dudes and sexual predators getting a pass from their ‘bros.’ Grow a spine and hold your friends accountable.”

Other musicians have since come forward with claims against Berru, including Best Coast’s Bethany CosentinoTearist’s Yasmine Kittles, and Roxy Lange, who was 21 at the time of her harrowing assault story.

Click here to read the full story.

The New Technics Turntable Will Reportedly Set You Back $4000

from Mixmag:

The world rejoiced when Panasonic unveiled the new Technics SL-1200 turntableat the CES convention in Las Vegas earlier this week. Spirits might not be so high at the price revelation of the Grand Class version however.

What Hi-FI? is reporting that the Grand Class SL-1200G will cost $4000 a pop, meaning that if the pricing is consistent in UK currency then buying a pair will set you back over £5000. It looks like Technics are making an entry into the luxury sector of the turntable market.

Click here for the full article.

Back Home: A Music Nova Scotia Podcast is Back!

Welcome to Back Home: A Music Nova Scotia podcast. We are back after a brief hiatus with your new host Scott Long.

Coming up on episode 5 we will hear new music from 14 year old Halifax native Maura Whitman. Tracks from Mo Kenney, Certified, a throwback to The Super Friendz and more.

Scott chats with former host Laura Simpson and Halifax band Mardeen. Gabriel Minnikin interviews Joel Plaskett in his next installment of Creative Construction and even a bit of holiday music from Seven Nations. 

Back Home: A Music Nova Scotia Podcast brings you original and unique content from the music makers, movers and shakers of our beautiful province. Hear stories, performances and interviews you can't find anywhere else.

The monthly podcast is produced in partnership with Village Sound.

Subscribe via iTunes by clicking here.   

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To submit your songs for the podcast, please fill out this web form.



Holiday Office Closure

Our office will be closed from Friday, December 18th - Monday, January 4th.  The board and staff would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

Take it to the Tiki Battle Launches January 8th, 2016

Submissions close Friday December 18, 2015 at 5pm AST
Take it to the Tiki is a five week battle that will see the winning band travel to Toronto to showcase on the Music Nova Scotia Tiki stage at Canadian Music Week in May 2016. 
The Tiki Stage during Canadian Music Week provides Nova Scotian artists the opportunity to perform for a targeted audience of influential music industry professionals, including national and international talent buyers, booking agents, managers, and media. 
Music Nova Scotia is calling all eligible bands to submit an application to the 2016 edition of the annual Take It to the Tiki contest. Contestants will be selected from the submissions received to compete during the preliminary rounds Friday, January 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2016 at the Harbourfront Lounge, Casino Nova Scotia. The semi-finalists from each preliminary round will then compete for the grand prize in the final round on Friday, February 5. A panel of Nova Scotia music industry professionals will determine the winners of each round, including the grand prize winner.
The winner of the final round will receive a prize package consisting of:
  • Showcasing performance on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at The Rivoli during Canadian Music Week
  • Canadian Music Week 2015 Delegate Passes for the performers
  • 1 night hotel accommodations in Toronto (Saturday, May 7, 2016)
  • Travel assistance cash prize of $2000
Runner-up prizes for the semi-finalists consisting of:
  • 1st runner-up: cash prize of $700
  • 2nd runner-up: cash prize of $500
  • 3rd runner-up: cash prize of $300
To apply for Take It To The Tiki 2016, log in to your profile account at and click "Apply to Take It To The Tiki 2016" in the "My Projects" block on the left-hand side. Please be sure to read the contest rules and regulations.
Submissions open Wednesday, December 9, 2015. Submissions close Friday December 18, 2015 at 5pm AST.


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