Contract Employment Opportunity: ECMA Marketing & Communications Manager

Employer: East Coast Music Association
Position: Marketing and Communications Manager
Location: Halifax, NS
Full-Time Contract Position: Immediately until May 1, 2015

Since its inception in 1989, The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) has been a regional collaboration of participants within the music industry. The ECMA is a registered non-profit association whose mission is to foster, develop, promote and celebrate East Coast music, its artists and the music industry locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. The annual East Coast Music Week is the most comprehensive and exciting international music event in Atlantic Canada.

Position Summary

This position has overall responsibility for managing marketing and communications for ECMA’s annual awards and conference event, Eastlink East Coast Music Week (ECMW). The challenge of this position is to effectively position the event and the association with the media and the general public, often in a high-pressure environment. This position works under minimal supervision in a team environment and is accountable for ensuring appropriate messaging is communicated through the media, social media, and other sources. Occasional overtime is required to accommodate daytime and evening activities. Some travel is required within Atlantic Canada to attend meetings, conferences, and festivals.

This job description is a guideline only and the incumbent may be required to perform other duties, on an ad-hoc or permanent basis.

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Nova Scotians Anne Janelle and Gypsophilia to Perform at Mundial Montreal

(November 19, 2014, Halifax, NS) The 4th annual Mundial Montreal festival will feature two of Nova Scotia’s most interesting folk and jazz acts, as cellist-turned-songwriter Anne Janelle and gypsy jazz collective Gypsophilia will perform on Wednesday, November 19 and Thursday, November 20, respectively.
 
Mundial Montreal is North America’s premier world music showcase event. Taking place annually, Mundial operates as a springboard for some of the most exciting world music talent emerging from Canada and beyond.
 
Music Nova Scotia Executive Director Scott Long believes these showcases could prove to be an important opportunity for both acts.
 
“Mundial Montreal is becoming one of the best festivals to showcase world music in Canada, and the networking and business opportunities for our Nova Scotian artists cannot be understated,” says Long. “The festival also allows us to demonstrate the diverse range of quality music coming out of our province today.”
 
Anne Janelle is a classically trained cellist who writes songs steeped in the rich traditions of folk, pop and jazz. She will be performing tonight at the Café/Petit Campus at 6:00pm ET. 
 
Gypsophilia is a group of seven young performers whose music straddles the jazz and indie worlds. They will be performing on November 20 at the Divan Orange at 4:20pm ET. 
 
For more information on Mundial Montreal, visit here.
 
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For more information please contact: 
 
Jeff Lawton
Marketing Coordinator
Music Nova Scotia
902-423-6271 ext. 108

Surviving The Yukon - Cud Eastbound Converted His Old Van Into A Strawbale Hobbit House

Cud Eastbound came into the new office on Gottingen a few times before he put his record out; this is what he's been up to since:

Cud Eastbound's '77 Dodge Camper has seen a good deal of North America, but it's about to spend a winter doing something completely new. Luckily, the vintage van, who is fondly referred to as "Night Danger" by its owner, doesn't have to worry about navigating icy roads or starting its engine in the frigid morning air.

 
No, all "Night Danger" has to do is keep Cud and his pup warm throughout an entire Yukon winter. While that's no easy task, it's safe to say that "Night Danger" has some help. After two months of traveling through Canada, it will take an extended rest stop in Dawson City, Yukon, and team up with a wood stove and some serious straw insulation to keep its inhabitants from freezing.

 

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A Chat with Dionne Osborne, the Vocal Coach Who Changed Drake's Style

via Jezebel:

Drake is the type of artist whose technical abilities make a noticeable jump with every release. When in late October he dropped three new tracks, a few members of Jezebel staff noted that Drake was sounding like a properly impressive R&B vocalist: comparing "Days In The East" to 2009's "Best I Ever Had," for example, you can hear a real increase in control, depth, ease and decisivenesswhile his distinct, diffuse vocal texture remains.

We surmised that perhaps a mastermind vocal coach was behind this improvement, and we found Dionne Osborne, who's been working with Drake for more than four years.

 

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2014 Music Nova Scotia Award Winners Presented at the Music & Industry Awards Brunch

(November 9, 2014, Truro, Nova Scotia) Forty-nine Music Nova Scotia Awards were handed out on Sunday, November 9 at the Music & Industry Awards Brunch at the Holiday Inn and Conference Centre Truro. 
 
The Town Heroes won five awards, including Devonian Coast Wineries - Jost Vineyards Entertainer of the Year, Digital Artist of the Year, Group Recording of the Year, Music Video of the Year, and Rock Recording of the Year. Kim Harris won three awards, including Female Artist Recording of the Year, New Artist Recording of the Year, and SOCAN Songwriter of the Year. Carleton Stone and Adam Baldwin also walked away with two awards each. Artist management and record label GroundSwell Music took home 11 awards in total, shared between the company’s artists and management. 
 
The complete list of winners are as follows:
 
Devonian Coast Wineries - Jost Vineyards Entertainer of the Year: The Town Heroes
Female Artist Recording of the Year: Kim Harris - Only The Mighty
Group Recording of the Year: The Town Heroes - Sunday Movies 
Male Artist Recording of the Year: Adam Baldwin - Adam Baldwin
Music Video of the Year: The Town Heroes - “Holdin’ Up Grants” (Director: Dillon Garland)  
New Artist Recording of the Year: Kim Harris - Only The Mighty
Recording of the Year: Carleton Stone - Draws Blood
SOCAN Songwriter of the Year: Kim Harris - “The Weight Of It All”
 
Music:
 
Aboriginal Artist of the Year: Angelo Spinazzola and the First Nations Songwriting Sessions
Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year: Maxim Cormier
African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year: Cam Smith
Alternative Recording of the Year: Willie Stratton & The Boarding Party - Deserter
Americana/Bluegrass Recording of the Year: The Modern Grass - City Ghosts
Blues Recording of the Year: Chris Martin Trio - Young Blood
Country Recording of the Year: Jimmy Rankin - Back Road Paradis
Digital Artist of the Year: The Town Heroes
DJ of the Year: Jules Bangsworth
Electronic Recording of the Year: Joshua Van Tassel - Dance Music: Songs For Slow Motion
Folk Recording of the Year: The Stanfields - For King and Country
Hip Hop Recording of the Year: Ambition - Man of the Year
Inspirational Recording of the Year: Christina Martin - Remember Me
Jazz Recording of the Year: Gypsophilia - Horska
Loud Recording of the Year: Like A Motorcycle - #motorpool EP
Musician of the Year: Adam Baldwin
Pop Recording of the Year: Carleton Stone - Draws Blood
Rock Recording of the Year: The Town Heroes - Sunday Movies
Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year: Còig - Five
Urban Recording of the Year: Cyndi Cain - Soul Food
 
Industry:
 
Booking Agent of the Year: Stephanie Purcell, LimeLight Group
Community Presenter of the Year: Deep Roots Music Cooperative
Company of the Year: SpinCount
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: Ian McKinnon, GroundSwell
Live Technician of the Year: Georgia Richards
Manager of the Year: Ian McKinnon
Media Professional of the Year: Stephen Cooke, The Chronicle Herald
Producer Of The Year: Joel Plaskett
Production Company of the Year: Tour Tech East
Promoter of the Year: Mike Campbell
Publicist of the Year: Matt Charlton, Pigeon Row
Radio Program of the Year: Halifax Is Burning, CKDU 88.1 FM
Radio Station of the Year: CKDU 88.1 FM
Recording Studio of the Year: The Sonic Temple 
Studio Engineer Of The Year: Charles Austin
Venue of the Year: The Carleton Music Bar & Grill
Visual Artist of the Year: Mat Dunlap
Volunteer of the Year: Heather Doran
 
Music Nova Scotia’s board and staff wish to thank all of the individuals that helped make this event a success, including but not limited to performers, delegates, sponsors, committees, fans, family, and the entire Truro/Colchester community. The 18th annual Nova Scotia Music Week will be held in Yarmouth, NS, November 5-8, 2015.
 
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For more information contact:
 
Matt Charlton Publicist 
902-240-4928
 
Jeff Lawton
Marketing Coordinator
Music Nova Scotia
902-423-6271 ext. 108
 
  
 

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Where to Eat in Truro

We know that Nova Scotia Music Week performers and attendees are going to be hungry and thirsty when they show up to Truro, so we've put together a list of restaurants and cafés around town to solve that problem.

Below are a few places to get some food and drink in Truro:

Bistro on Prince (at the Holiday Inn and Conference Centre Truro - host hotel)

"The Bistro on Prince, conveniently located off the lobby of the Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Centre, Truro, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily."

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Bistro 22 (16 Inglis Place)

"Bistro 22 welcomes you to the heart of Nova Scotia. Enjoy the warm hospitality of our restaurant, offering an upscale-casual dining experience that highlights fresh, local ingredients, in an intimate setting in downtown Truro, N.S."

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Jimolly's Bakery Café (41 Inglis Place)

Coffee, baked goods and homemade sandwiches.

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Roadside Willies (27 Jennifer Drive)

"Our extensive menu features tastes from around the world. Enjoy incredible salads, appetizers, sandwiches, seafood, smokehouse favorites, pastas, gourmet pizza, desserts and more. We smoke our ribs and chicken in-house, over real hickory wood."

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Calabay Café (535 Prince Street)

"Cozy coffee house that serves fair trade coffee and all day breakfast. Daily lunch specials."

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Hub Grub (239 Queen Street)

"Our burgers are 100% ground beef raised on grasses and grains grown in Nova Scotia. Each burger is hand formed into all beef patties and served on a fresh bun, baked just down the road in Bible Hill. We serve our combos with fresh hand-cut fries."

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The Nook and Cranny

"Eat, Drink and Enjoy Local! One incredible menu with two distinct dining experiences focused on maritime craft beer and local producers."

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NovelTea Café 

"Hot drinks, cool books"

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KFC (242 Robie Street)

"Fast food chain known for its buckets of fried chicken"

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NSMW 2014 - Update #10

Music Nova Scotia will be sending updates with news and information leading up to Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week 2014 (NSMW), to be held in Truro Colchester from November 6-9, 2014.         
 
For more information on NSMW, visit www.nsmw.ca.   
 
Bring Identification to NSMW:
 
Everyone who is attending NSMW 2014, including performers, must bring identification if they plan on attending showcases (excluding all-ages showcases). You will be asked to present ID at all venues.
 
Conference Information:
 
Information has been sent to those who have pre-registered for the NSMW 2014 Conference. Please review the spreadsheet carefully. If you have any questions please contact Laura Simpson - laura@musicnovascotia.ca.
 
NSMW 2014 App Now Available:
 
Our NSMW 2014 App is now available for both iOS and Android. 
 
 
 
Tickets on Sale:      
 
Super Passes (which includes a ticket to Blue Rodeo), festival wristbands, delegate passes and Super Show tickets are all on sale now.       
 
Tickets are available online, by phone - 1-888-311-9090, and at MacQuarries Pharmasave, the Marigold Cultural Centre, the Rath Eastlink Community Centre, and all Ticketpro outlets.  
 
Matt Mays Added to NSMW 2014 Lineup:
 
Nova Scotian rocker Matt Mays has been added to the NSMW showcasing lineup. He'll be playing at Truro's Royal Canadian Legion (Upstairs) on November 8. Doors open at 8pm.
 
Gordie Sampson Songcamp Circle:
 
The lineup for the Gordie Sampson Songcamp Circle at NSMW has been announced. Many of Nova Scotia's best songwriters will take part, including Steven MacDougall, Dylan Guthro, Dave Sampson, Breagh MacKinnon, Dana Beeler, Kyle Mischiek, Carleton Stone, Molly Thomason, Seamus Erskine, Rankin MacInnis, Elijah Wohlmuth, Barb Cameron, Nicole Ariana, Jenny MacDonald and Natalie Lynn.
 
The show takes place on November 7 - doors open at 4:30pm.
 
Volunteer Schedule:
 
The shift schedule for NSMW volunteers is now available. All volunteers should check their emails to view their shift assignments.
 
Discounted Delegate Passes for Non-Showcasing Artists Who Applied:      
 
Because of the great interest from artists to attend NSMW 2014 we have decided to discount delegate passes to all non-showcasing artists who submitted to showcase at the event this year to $65 ($95 value).       
 
These discounted delegate passes are available for purchase at the registration desk during NSMW at the Holiday Inn in Truro - November 6-9th. 
 
Conference Schedule:   
 
The conference schedule for NSMW 2014 has been announced. Peter Jenner, noted speaker and former producer and manager for such bands as Pink Floyd, T. Rex and The Clash, returns this year to finish his keynote address. View the full conference schedule here
 
Songs & Stories:    
 
The Songs & Stories showcase at NSMW will be hosted by Nova Scotia resident and Music Nova Scotia member, Bryan Potvin, of the acclaimed Canadian band The Northern Pikes. The showcase will also feature artists Adam Baldwin, Kim Harris, Ian Janes, Christina Martin, Samantha Power and John Campbelljohn performing and telling the stories behind some of their best tunes.    
 
The show takes place on November 9 - doors open at 3:00pm. 
 
Music Nova Scotia Awards Nominees:      
 
The nominees for the 2014 Music Nova Scotia Awards have been announced. Kim Harris and Adam Baldwin lead the pack with six nominations each, while Carleton Stone and The Town Heroes have five each.     
 
For a full list of music nominees visit here, and for industry nominees visit here.     
 
Showcasing Artists:      
 
This year's NSMW will feature 100 showcasing artists performing on eight stages across town. 
 
To view the full schedule, visit here.      
 
Blue Rodeo Headlines Super Show:      
 
Canadian country-rock legends Blue Rodeo will headline a Super Show taking place on Sunday, November 9 at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. Nova Scotians Adam Baldwin and Carleton Stone will also perform.      
 
This Super Show replaces the awards gala, and Music Nova Scotia Awards will now be handed out during the Music and Industry Awards Brunch.           
 
Accommodations:         
 
Accommodations with special NSMW delegate rates in Truro Colchester include the following:  
 
 
The host hotel for NSMW 2014 is the Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Centre Truro (rooms are currently sold out).

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NSMW 2014 - Update #9

Music Nova Scotia will be sending updates with news and information leading up to Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week 2014 (NSMW), to be held in Truro Colchester from November 6-9, 2014.         
 
For more information on NSMW, visit www.nsmw.ca.   
 
NSMW 2014 App Now Available:
 
Our NSMW 2014 App is now available for both iOS and Android. 
 
 
  
Music and Industry Awards Brunch Tickets:   
 
Tickets for the Music Nova Scotia Music and Industry Awards Brunch are on sale now. The Music Nova Scotia Awards will be handed out during the brunch. Head here to purchase tickets. 
 
Matt Mays Added to NSMW 2014 Lineup:
 
Nova Scotian rocker Matt Mays has been added to the NSMW showcasing lineup. He'll be playing at Truro's Royal Canadian Legion (Upstairs) on November 8. Doors open at 8pm.
 
Gordie Sampson Songcamp Circle:
 
The lineup for the Gordie Sampson Songcamp Circle at NSMW has been announced. Many of Nova Scotia's best songwriters will take part, including Steven MacDougall, Dylan Guthro, Dave Sampson, Breagh MacKinnon, Dana Beeler, Kyle Mischiek, Carleton Stone, Molly Thomason, Seamus Erskine, Rankin MacInnis, Elijah Wohlmuth, Barb Cameron, Nicole Ariana, Jenny MacDonald and Natalie Lynn. 
 
Volunteer Schedule:
 
The shift schedule for NSMW volunteers is now available. All volunteers should check their emails to view their shift assignments.
 
Discounted Delegate Passes for Non-Showcasing Artists Who Applied:   
 
Because of the great interest from artists to attend NSMW 2014 we have decided to discount delegate passes to all non-showcasing artists who submitted to showcase at the event this year to $65 ($95 value).    
 
These discounted delegate passes are available for purchase by contacting Lisa Stitt at 902-423-0291 or at the registration desk during NSMW at the Holiday Inn in Truro - November 6-9th.   
 
Conference Schedule:   
 
The conference schedule for NSMW 2014 has been announced. Peter Jenner, noted speaker and former producer and manager for such bands as Pink Floyd, T. Rex and The Clash, returns this year to finish his keynote address. View the full conference schedule here
 
Songs & Stories:    
 
The Songs & Stories showcase at NSMW will be hosted by Nova Scotia resident and Music Nova Scotia member, Bryan Potvin, of the acclaimed Canadian band The Northern Pikes. The showcase will also feature artists Adam Baldwin, Kim Harris, Ian Janes, Christina Martin, Samantha Power and John Campbelljohn performing and telling the stories behind some of their best tunes.    
 
Music Nova Scotia Awards Nominees:      
 
The nominees for the 2014 Music Nova Scotia Awards have been announced. Kim Harris and Adam Baldwin lead the pack with six nominations each, while Carleton Stone and The Town Heroes have five each.     
 
Award nominees can purchase one discounted ticket for $20 for the Music and Industry Awards Brunch on November 9 (regardless of number of nominations or band members). Tickets can be purchased through Lisa Stitt (lisa@musicnovascotia.ca, 902.423.0291) and additional tickets can be purchased at full price ($30, plus convenience fees) online.   
 
For a full list of music nominees visit here, and for industry nominees visit here.     
 
Showcasing Artists:      
 
This year's NSMW will feature 100 showcasing artists performing on eight stages across town. All showcasing artists will receive a delegate pass.      
 
To view the full schedule, visit here.      
 
Blue Rodeo Headlines Super Show:      
 
Canadian country-rock legends Blue Rodeo will headline a Super Show taking place on Sunday, November 9 at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. Nova Scotians Adam Baldwin and Carleton Stone will also perform.      
 
This Super Show replaces the awards gala, and Music Nova Scotia Awards will now be handed out during the Music and Industry Awards Brunch.       
 
Tickets on Sale:      
 
Super Passes (which includes a ticket to Blue Rodeo), festival wristbands, delegate passes and Super Show tickets are all on sale now.       
 
Tickets are available online, by phone - 1-888-311-9090, and at MacQuarries Pharmasave, the Marigold Cultural Centre, the Rath Eastlink Community Centre, and all Ticketpro outlets.      
 
Accommodations:         
 
Accommodations with special NSMW delegate rates in Truro Colchester include the following:  
 
 
The host hotel for NSMW 2014 is the Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Centre Truro (rooms are currently sold out). 

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What’s Your Showcasing Strategy for NSMW?

Looking to make the most of your showcase at NSMW 2014? Here are pro tips from some Nova Scotia Music Week veterans to help you perform to the best of your abilities. 


Josh Pothier (Kuato, Quiet Parade, Dance Movie)

1. What do you do differently to stand out in a showcase performance that you might not do in a regular performance?
 
I think the best way to stand out is to just perform in a concise, professional manner and put your best foot forward always. I wouldn't suggest doing something "different" to stand out at a showcase because then you're not representing the act in its proper form, and people might sign on for something and not get what they were expecting - which can in turn be worse for your career. If you're showcasing then that means your music and live show are at a point where people felt it was ready to be seen, and you should really focus on getting that across, rather than trying to come up with a gimmick that might make you stand out. If your songs are killer and your live show is solid you will stand out, I promise.
 
2. What advice would you give to emerging artists who are showcasing at NSMW for the first time?
 
For God's sake go for the whole week, go to the conferences, make an effort to meet people and just be natural when engaging with delegates. Don't be too pushy with your music or your projects; make the relationship first then follow up with the material. If you're a 5 piece band, everyone should be there hanging and having a presence at the festival. NSMW is unique because unlike NXNE or CMW or similar fests, there are not thousands of people running all over the place. It's a small community and you encounter a lot of the same people over the course of the week. There's a chance to make a real relationship with some pretty influential people. If you're going to be one of those bands that rolls in, plays and rolls out, you're wasting both your own and everyone else's time. 
 
3. How do you survive the busy schedule of NSMW to be ready for your show(s)?
 
Red Bull, mapping out a schedule beforehand and being goddamn good at my job.
 

Cam Smith

1. What do you differently to stand out in a showcase performance that you might not do in a regular performance?
 
For me personally I don't do anything differently. Whether it’s a showcase like last year’s NSMW, which was packed from wall to wall, or a show with only 10 people in the audience, every show is a chance for me to show what I have to offer. I don't take that lightly, I try my hardest to impress at every show. I love bringing energy to the stage. My music is meant to make you move. At the shows I try my hardest to get the crowd’s participation. I want the fans to jump around and have a good time. I don't necessarily want to stand out at a show; I want to fit in. By that I mean you as an audience member should be having as fun as a time as I am on stage. In return this motto has allowed my shows to stand out and create some buzz.  
 
2. What advice would you give to emerging artists who are showcasing at NSMW for the first time?
 
Don't be afraid to be you! I remember the first time I walked out on stage. I was timid and shy and this made the crowd act the same. I performed songs and they sat back and watched. Even though I'm a very fun, energetic young man, it took me a while to let these qualities show when I was on stage. If you want the audience to have a good time then you have to have a good time too. Don't be afraid to crack a joke, or dance to your own tunes. This is going to let the crowd know that it's ok for them to do the same. If you can walk out on that stage and have a blast the crowd will too.  
 
3. How do you survive the busy schedule of NSMW to be ready for your show(s)?
 
Write everything down! If you can plan out your week, it's going to make things so much easier. You'll never miss a meeting, or a show and you'll schedule in some time to do that important last practice before you hit the stage. Manage your time wisely so you can meet all the delegates, make new fans and have a killer show.

 

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Music creator group CIAM calls for balancing of streaming royalty split between rights holders

A new report launched last week at a congress organised by the International Council Of Creators Of Music, or CIAM, called for a more equal distribution of streaming royalties between the respective music rights owners. It’s a formal demand for an overhaul of the streaming royalty system that’s been a long time coming, and a rally call that’s only likely to get louder as streaming becomes an ever bigger part of the music rights pie. 

See more at: http://www.completemusicupdate.com/article/music-creator-group-calls-for-balancing-of-streaming-royalty-split-between-rights-holders/#sthash.cRa1TpKx.dpuf

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