After a nearly decade-long hiatus, the Dixie Chicks are finally ready to tour the US once again. On Monday, the country supergroup announced an American leg of their upcoming jaunt, which will kick off next year in Europe and arrive in Cincinnati, Ohio, on 1 June for a run of more than 40 dates in North America. The Dixie Chicks – Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, and lead singer Natalie Maines – have performed sporadically at various events over the past few years, but this tour marks their first string of headlining shows in the US since 2006, when they hit the road in support of their album Taking the Long Way, a collection recorded in the wake of Maines’s comments about George W Bush and the Iraq war, which put the women at the center of a massive political firestorm.
(November 8, 2015,Yarmouth, Nova Scotia) Forty-eight Music Nova Scotia Awards were handed out on Sunday, November 8 at the Music & Industry Awards Brunch presented by Freshco at the Rodd Grand Hotel Yarmouth.
Mo Kenney shone with four award wins this year including Music Video of the Year, Pop Recording of the Year, Solo Recording of the Year and Recording of the Year. The Recording of the Year category was a tie with Gabrielle Papillon also winning the award. Joel Plaskett won Web.com’s Entertainer of the Year and Producer of the Year awards. SOCAN Songwriter of the Year went to Ria Mae for “Clothes Off”. Gypsophilia, Trevor Murphy (Pigeon Row), Keith Mullins, groundSOUND, CKDU 88.1FM and Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound all walked away with two award wins.
The complete list of winners are as follows:
Web.com Entertainer of the Year: Joel Plaskett
Solo Recording of the Year: Mo Kenney – “In My Dreams”
Group Recording of the Year: Gypsophilia – “Night Swimming”
New Artist Recording of the Year: Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound – “Don’t You Know”
Recording of the Year (Tie): Gabrielle Papillon "The Tempest Of Old" and Mo Kenney – “In My Dreams”
SOCAN Songwriter of the Year: Ria Mae - "Clothes Off" (Ria Mae, Luke Boyd, J Mullan)
Music Video of the Year – Mo Kenney – “Telephones” (Director: Nathan Boey)
Aboriginal Artist of the Year: City Natives
Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year: Maxim Cormier
African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year: Reeny Smith
Alternative Recording of the Year: In-Flight Safety – “Conversationalist”
Americana/Bluegrass Recording of the Year: Old Man Luedecke – “I Never Sang Before I Met You”
Blues Recording of the Year: Charlie A’Court – “Come On Over”
Country Recording of the Year: Jen Miller – “Can’t No One Bring Me Down”
Digital Artist of the Year: The Town Heroes
DJ of the Year: Ryan Hemsworth
Electronic Recording of the Year: Rich Aucoin
Folk Recording of the Year: Jenn Grant – “Compostela”
Hip Hop Recording of the Year: Quake Matthews – “Rap Music”
Inspirational Recording of the Year: Erika Kulnys – “Angel On The Road”
Jazz Recording of the Year: Gypsophilia – “Night Swimming”
Loud Recording of the Year: Old Blood – “Black Budget Science”
Musician of the Year: Keith Mullins
Pop Recording of the Year: Mo Kenney – “In My Dreams”
Rock Recording of the Year: Jessie Brown – “Act II: Decisions”
Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year: Keith Mullins – “Island Sol”
Urban Recording of the Year: Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound – “Puppet”
Booking Agent of the Year: Jason MacIsaac, The MacIsaac Agency
Community Presenter of the Year: Glasgow Square Theatre
Company of the Year: Sonic Entertainment Group
Corporate Sponsor of the Year: Casino Nova Scotia
Educator of the Year: Erin Costelo
Event of the Year: Halifax Pop Explosion
Industry Professional of the Year: Trevor Murphy, Pigeon Row
Live Technician of the Year: Trevor DeSouza, groundSOUND
Manager of the Year: Ian McKinnon, GroundSwell Music Inc.
Media Professional of the Year: Stephen Cooke, The Chronicle Herald
Producer Of The Year: Joel Plaskett
Production Company of the Year: groundSOUND
Promoter of the Year: Mike Campbell, The Carleton Music Bar & Grill
Publicist of the Year: Trevor Murphy, Pigeon Row
Radio Program of the Year: Halifax Is Burning (CKDU 88.1FM)
Radio Station of the Year: CKDU 88.1FM
Recording Studio of the Year: New Scotland Yard
Studio Engineer Of The Year: Thomas Stajcer, New Scotland Yard / Echo Chamber
Venue of the Year: The Carleton Music Bar & Grill
Visual Artist of the Year: Mat Dunlap
Volunteer of the Year: Tanya Beers
Music Nova Scotia’s board of directors and staff wish to thank all of the individuals that helped make Nova Scotia Music Week a success, including the performers, delegates, sponsors, committees, fans, family, and the entire Yarmouth community.
The MNS office will be closed for Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week starting Wednesday, November 4th. We will re-open Monday, November 16th.
The Music Nova Scotia office will be closed for the holiday Monday, October 12th. We will re-open Tuesday, October 13th.
From Global News:
CALGARY – It’s the only business of its kind in Canada, and it’s opened up in a quiet community in Calgary.After years of hard work Canada Boy Vinyl is now pumping out records. The only problem now may be keeping up with demand.At first glance, the untrained eye may think the laid back tracks are being played off a record. Look a little closer and you’ll see that the song is actually being cut in to the mold.
In-Flight Safety and Rich Aucoin Lead the Pack with 6 Nominations Each
Other multi-nominees include Christina Martin, Jenn Grant, Alana Yorke, Gabrielle Papillon, Gypsophilia, Mo Kenney and more
First Round of Showcasing Artists Announced
(September 15, 2015, Halifax, NS) The nominees for the 2015 Music Nova Scotia Awards were announced this morning from the Music Nova Scotia headquarters in Halifax. The winners will be revealed during Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW), to be held from November 5-8 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
In-Flight Safety and Rich Aucoin are neck-and-neck with six (6) nominations each. Christina Martin and Jenn Grant each with five (5), followed by Alana Yorke, Gabrielle Papillon, Gypsophilia and Mo Kenney each with four (4) nominations.
Voting for the awards is open to members of Music Nova Scotia. Voting is now open and will close on Tuesday, October 6 at 5:00 PM (Atlantic Time). The general public will have a chance to vote for the web.com Entertainer of the Year award. Online voting for this award will open in October. The Music Nova Scotia Awards will be handed out Sunday, November 8 at the Music and Industry Awards Brunch (presented by Freshco) to be held at the Rodd Grand Hotel Yarmouth.
The festival will feature 100 showcasing artists from throughout the province, playing in six (6) venues in Yarmouth. Coinciding with the showcases will be the NSMW conference, which brings in music professionals from around the world to participate in panels, presentations and workshops that deal with a wide range of topics surrounding the current and future state of the industry.
Performers for the the NSMW Supershow to be held on Sunday, November 8 at the Mariners Centre along with additional festival headliners will be announced on Tuesday, September 22. A complete festival schedule and conference program will also be announced on Tuesday, September 22.
Tickets for NSMW will go on sale Friday, September 25 and will be available for purchase at www.nsmw.ca and in person at the Rodd Grand Hotel Yarmouth.
For the full list of awards nominees, showcasing artists to date and other information, please visit www.nsmw.ca.
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Hope for Wildlife is a show about people helping injured and orphaned wildlife. We use music to help set the tone for happy moments, like when an animal returns to the wild; tender moments like saying goodbye and tense moments like when an animal is in trouble. The show has a strong female voice, but we are happy to hear songs from men as well.
Lyrically, what tends to work for us is big themes: working together, the meaning of life, nature, weather, happiness, sadness or finding peace. What really doesn't work for us is love songs and songs with very narrow and specific imagery.
A lot of music in the show tends to be rootsy, folky or singer-songwritery. Blues has never worked. Rockin' tunes can work. There is no reason urban music wouldn't work - but the show mostly takes place in a rural setting.
From The Guardian:
Many believe the police had it in for the Arches for a long time. Named after the warren of arches it occupied under Glasgow’s Central Station, the venue – which opened during Glasgow’s European city of culture year in 1990 – had hosted Daft Punk’s first UK tour in 1997, the still-talked-about Scottish debut of 2manyDJs, and icons of Scottish indie music, including the Jesus and Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins and Belle and Sebastian.
In early 2014 17-year-old Regane MacColl from Clydebank died at a club night in the venue. There was little argument that the club’s policies and procedures should be reviewed, but what was asked of them was a stranglehold: more security; more searches; reporting of the smallest drug finds; an astonishingly unworkable request to create “periods of calm” in which they stop the music and put the lights up.