Cameron Carpenter is our go-to guy for all things Toronto; he curates the industry guestlist for our CMW Tiki event every year. Here's an article of his that's making the rounds, from all the way back in 1978.
I was just getting over my dreaded hamburger assignment when the phone rang. “Got another sorty for ya Scoop!” What would it be this time: Hot Dogs? Pizza? Subs? The voice returned "I want you to go to about a dozen bars and do a report on them." I grabbed my age of majority card and hit the streets.
For the last couple of months I’ve been in places I never thought I would be seen in. I’ve drunk drinks I never even knew existed, and thrown up in alleys even dogs avoid. It's been quite an experience and here, in no particular order, is the lowdown on Toronto’s hottest rock’n’roll bars.
The Music Nova Scotia office will be closed Wednesday, July 1st for the Canada Day holiday. We will re-open on Thursday, July 2nd.
Deadline: July 27, 2015, 5:00 p.m. ADT.
(June 30, Halifax, NS) Music Nova Scotia is now accepting applications for music and industry award nominations for the 2015 Music Nova Scotia Awards until Monday, July 27 at 5:00 p.m. ADT. No extensions will be given so all applications must be in on time. You must be a Music Nova Scotia member in good standing at the time you apply. To submit an application for an award nomination for any category, please visit http://nsmw.ca.
Please click the following link to read the 2015 Music Nova Scotia Awards Manual and ensure your submission(s) fulfill the criteria required for your nominee. The cost to submit is $30, HST included. Submissions can be paid online through PayPal, which will accept a PayPal account or a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Discover). You do not need to have a PayPal account to pay with a credit card. Once you make your PayPal payment, you will be given a PayPal transaction ID number which will give you access to the online submission form. If you cannot use PayPal, please contact our Member Relations / Operations Manager Lisa Stitt (902.423.0291) to pay by cheque, in the office with any method (debit, cash, etc.) Once you make your payment, Lisa will provide you with access to the nomination form which will bypass the PayPal submission form.
Music Nova Scotia may present awards in fifty (50) categories.
Music Awards (29 categories)
All Nova Scotian artists who are members in good standing and have released recordings between January 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 are eligible to submit for the 2015 Music Nova Scotia Awards. There are eight (8) categories that do not require a recording: Aboriginal Artist of the Year, Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year, African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year, DJ of the Year, Electronic Artist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Musician of the Year and Digital Artist of the Year. You are not eligible to be nominated for the same recording two years in a row.
Industry Awards (21 categories)
The Music Nova Scotia Industry Awards recognize the achievements and contributions of our industry professionals and leaders from across Nova Scotia over the past year. These awards celebrate the people and companies who are working to build a strong and vibrant Nova Scotia music industry. All Music Nova Scotia members in good standing are eligible to submit.
The final Music and Industry nominees will be decided upon by a peer jury of esteemed local professionals with expertise in the music industry of Nova Scotia. Music Nova Scotia staff are not members of this jury, and do not contribute to the selection of the final ballot for nominees.
Nominees who are members of Music Nova Scotia will receive a complimentary delegate pass to Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week 2015 (NSMW), which offers access to all showcases (subject to capacity), the conference and the Late Night Stage, as well as the special NSMW delegate rate from our hotel partners (see www.nsmw.ca for details).
If you are not currently a member you can purchase a Discounted Delegate pass through Lisa Stitt. (email@example.com, 902.423.0291) If you become a member of Music Nova Scotia you will receive a complimentary delegate pass for your nomination.
The nominees in each category will be announced on September 1, 2015. Voting for all awards will also open on this date. Only current members are eligible to nominate and vote. Update your Music Nova Scotia membership now.
Winners will be announced at Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week in Yarmouth, NS, November 5-8, 2015.
For more information on NSMW, please visit www.nsmw.ca.
For any other submission enquiries, please contact:
Event and Member Training Manager
Music Nova Scotia
While many may envisage the life of a touring musician to be that of a glorified jetsetter, the reality is far from idyllic. A recent study by charity Help Musicians UK found that over 60% of musicians have suffered from depression or other psychological issues, with touring an issue for 71% of respondents.
Singer Alanna McArdle recently announced her departure from Cardiff punk band Joanna Gruesome for mental health reasons, her statement hinting that the strain of touring may have been a factor in her decision to quit.And when Zayn Malik broke the hearts of millions by pulling out of One Direction’s tour of Asia – leaving the boy band shortly after – a source close to the band told the tabloid press: “Zayn went because he’d had enough. Have you ever been on the road for four years? ”
“The classic image of a touring musician would seem counterintuitive to all we know about well-being,” says Isabella Goldie of the Mental Health Foundation. “Drinking in moderation, avoiding drugs, getting sufficient amounts of sleep, and having a support base of close friends and family nearby. These are the bonds that help keep you grounded ... It’s no surprise that some musicians struggle.”
June 25, 2014 (Toronto, ON) – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) unveiled today that Tim Hicks, Brett Kissel, and Dallas Smith will perform on the 2015 CCMA Awards Show, as will special international guests, Florida Georgia Line. These are the first acts announced to take the stage as part of the 2015 CCMA Awards Show, which will broadcast on CBC-TV at 8 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. NT) with an encore airing on CMT (Canada) at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Sunday, September 13.
Taking place in Halifax, Nova Scotia for the first time in over 30 years, the CCMA is thrilled to be bringing both Country Music Week and the 2015 CCMA Awards Show to Atlantic Canada this fall. “This year’s CCMA Awards Show will have a whole new look and feel compared to years passed,” said Don Green, President of the Canadian Country Music Association. “Awards shows, just like country music, are constantly evolving. We think country music fans new and old, and viewers both at home and in the stands will all take memorable moments away from this year’s big event. For fans who plan on attending the 2015 CCMA Awards Show in-person: get your tickets now! We anticipate a sold-out crowd for this unforgettable event.”
Two time JUNO Award nominee and 2014 CCMA Award winner for Rising Star, Tim Hicks has cemented his status as one of the biggest breakout Canadian country music acts seen this decade. Hicks boasts five Top 10 singles, nearly 4 million YouTube hits, two JUNO Award nominations, and a fourth Gold-certified single fueled by the anthem, “Here Comes The Thunder”. In 2013, Hicks became the highest selling digital
Alberta’s Brett Kissel took home the 2014 CCMA Awards for CMT Video of the Year and Interactive Artist of the Year. He also won the 2014 Canadian Radio Music Award for Country Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and was the first country artist to be awarded the Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2014 JUNO Awards in 17 years. With countless sold out shows across North America, Kissel was primed for his major label debut album through Warner Music Canada, Started With A Song, which saw a total of five Billboard Canada Top 10 singles, including “Raise Your Glass”, “3-2-1”, “Tough People Do” and “Something You Just Don’t Forget”. Kissel’s current single, “Airwaves”, was released earlier this month, and is the first single from his forthcoming second album.
Hot on the heels of a successful 2014, Dallas Smith is showing no signs of slowing down this year. Smith won the 2015 JUNO Award for Country Album of the Year, and was chosen by SiriusXM as Country Artist of the Year at the 2015 Indie Awards. Named by Mediabase as 2014’s most played Canadian country artist at radio, Smith is the only male Canadian artist to spend multiple weeks at the top of the Country Airplay Chart in the Nielsen BDS era for his single “Wastin’ Gas”. Additionally, the Gold-certified #1 track broke the record for the highest one-week spin total at country radio in Canada ever. His latest album, Lifted, reunited Smith with prized producer Joey Moi (Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen) and was followed by the sold out 2015 headline Tippin’ Point Tour.
The CCMA could not be happier to be welcoming special guests, the supremely popular Florida Georgia Line (FGL), to the CCMA Awards Show this year. Fueled with three scorching consecutive #1 hits – Gold-certified “Sippin’ On Fire”, “Sun Daze” and 2X Platinum-certified “Dirt” – FGL radiates with their Gold-certified sophomore album,Anything Goes. This latest album soared to a #1 debut on the all-genre Billboard 200 and Billboard Top Country Albums charts with music critics and fans alike embracing the superstar duo’s fresh sound. FGL has skyrocketed to stardom becoming the only artists in history to join Brooks & Dunn in achieving four back-to-back, multi-week #1 singles; breaking the record for the longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and selling over 21 million tracks worldwide off their 2X Platinum debut Here’s to the Good Times, and Anything Goes. The talented duo is currently taking their signature show across North America with their headline Anything Goes Tour 2015, making a special stop in Halifax for the 2015 CCMA Awards Show.
The 2015 CCMA Awards Show will see eight CCMA Awards presented, will highlight a number of special performances and will include appearances by a collection of Canadian personalities and country music acts. This year’s show will be produced by Bristow Global Media Inc. Tickets are available at all Ticket Atlantic locations, by phone at 1-877-451-1221 or online at ticketatlantic.com, with prices ranging from $60.00 to $106.00, plus service charges and fees. Additional CCMA Award Show performers and presenters will be announced throughout the month of August.
June 24, 2015 (Toronto, ON) – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®), in association with Music Nova Scotia and the Country Music Week 2015 Halifax Host Committee, announced the final showcase in the Road to Halifax, CCMA Songwriters’ Series, headlined by multi-CCMA Award winner, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, will feature multi-ECMA Award winner Bruce Guthro, as well as local artists/songwriters The Ryan Sisters and Jordan Musycsyn.
Tickets for the Tuesday, July 28 showcase, taking place at the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre, go on sale this Friday, June 26 at 10:00 a.m. AT. Ticket prices are $33 (includes all taxes and fees) in advance, and $38 (includes all taxes and fees) at the door; and can be purchased via the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre box office online (CLICK HERE), by phone (902-539-2300) or in-person (50 Maillard Street). Box office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Doors for the Membertou showcase open at 7:00 p.m. on July 28, with the event commencing at 7:30 p.m.
The Road to Halifax showcase taking place in Yarmouth, featuring Michelle Wright, Mark Cameron, Samantha Power and Jason Price takes place this Saturday, July 27 at the Th’YARC Playhouse and Arts Centre. Tickets are still available. For additional showcase and ticket information, CLICK HERE or visit ccma.org.
Profiles on the artists/songwriters taking the stage in Membertou:
Carolyn Dawn Johnson (Hometown: Deadwood, Alberta)
Carolyn Dawn Johnson remains a staple in the country music industry nearly 20 years after setting out to pursue her dreams in Nashville. Johnson scored her first chart-topping hit as a songwriter when Chely Wright took “Single White Female” all the way to No. 1. The success then led to publishing deals and cuts with many other notable artists. Her critically-acclaimed debut album, Room with a View, spawned the Top 5 smash, “Complicated”, as well as other hit singles such as “Georgia” and the Top 10, “I Don’t Want You to Go”. During that time, Johnson criss-crossed the country on many high-profile tours as the opening act for the likes of Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban. Her albums to follow included Dress Rehearsal in 2004, her independently released Love & Negotiation in 2006 and Love Rules in 2010. Besides laying down vocals for her own albums, Johnson’s angelic voice can also be heard on several outside projects with Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Jana Kramer, Johnny Reid, Blake Shelton, Dan+Shay, Kenny Rogers, Loretta Lynn, and Patty Loveless. Johnson’s unique way of expressing words has made her a writer in Nashville that aspiring newcomers hope to shape their own careers after. Through it all, the multi-talented Johnson continues to chip away at her own craft, while spending time throughout the year on the road singing background vocals for Miranda Lambert on her Platinum tour, in between doing her own headlining dates within the U.S. and Canada.
Bruce Guthro (Hometown: Cape Breton, Nova Scotia)
Bruce Guthro is an artist who has captivated audiences around the world with his honest, straight-to-the-heart songwriting and live performances that are as engaging and personal as the man himself. Troubadour and storyteller, Guthro's music gets to the heart of the matter, and his success can be attributed to his ability to connect with his audience. His songs cross the boundaries of pop, folk, and jazz and showcase the vast abilities of the songwriter to put into words many diverse experiences, as though he has lived them all. On top of being a gifted musician, Guthro has been seen by national audiences on CBC-TV, acting as host of Songwriters' Circle. After all his achievements, Guthro remains as down-to-earth as when he first appeared on the Canadian music scene, writing truthfully and passionately about the world around him while leaving his audiences always wanting more.
The Ryan Sisters (Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia)
The Ryan Sisters have been impressing people with their heartfelt performances for many years. Maria and Lauretta have opened up for America's #1 Success Coach and best-selling author of the Chicken Soup For The Soul series, Jack Canfield, at the Success Symposium in Moncton, NB; have sang at the VIP reception for Dr. Wayne Dyer at his I Can See Clearly Now event in Halifax, NS and were the opening act for Oprah’s Law of Attraction expert Michael Losier. The Ryan Sisters just completed their full length CD entitled, I Can Breathe, which takes listeners on an inspiring journey of songs written by the sisters on the power of love, forgiveness and living your best life. The title track to the album, “I Can Breathe”, was co-written by Country superstar Johnny Reid.
Facebook: Ryan Sisters | Twitter: ryan_sisters | Website: theryansisters.com
Jordan Musycsyn (Hometown: Cape Breton, Nova Scotia)
Jordan Musycsyn’s debut album, The Pitch, released earlier this year, was highly anticipated by the East Coast music community. A masterful storyteller, Musycsyn writes songs about life and love with humour and pathos. Whether drawing on his own life experience through humour, or reflecting on the human condition with songs of love and loss, Musycsyn moves his audience from laughter to tears and back again. His band consists of Mike LeLievre of Slowcoaster, Glen Bourgeois, Jordan Bruleigh and Cape Breton picker PJ Confiant on guitar.Musycsyn’s old school brand of folk-country has been compared to the likes of Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty and John Prine.
Facebook: Jordan Musycsyn band | Twitter: JordanMusycsyn | Website: jordanmusycsyn.com
Over the weekend Taylor Swift took on Apple on behalf of all musicians, and she won. Announcing surrender overnight; executive Eddie Cue announced to the multitude that Apple would open its massive vaults to pay artists and labels for streaming music during its 90 day free trials. Over at Joy Of Tech, Nitrozac and Snaggy drew their interpretation of the epic battle.
Did you miss Music Nova Scotia and Casino Nova Scotia's artist in residence finalists concert? No worries. This video makes it seem like you were there. Featuring Reeny Smith, Like A Motorcycle, Kyle Mischiek, Arsoniste, Samantha Power and Shannon Quinn. Courtesy of The Coast.
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(June 15, 2015 Halifax, NS) – North Preston’s Reeny Smith won the title of Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence and the $20,000 in funding for career development. Music Nova Scotia received over 35 applications from artists around the province. Judges narrowed it down to ten for interviews, six for the performance and one for the residency.
“I was the first performer that night – I guess I was lucky number one,” stated Smith. This was an incredible experience. I am happy that I made the decision to pursue what I am truly passionate about.”
“Tonight was an amazing entertainment experience. There is so much musical talent in Nova Scotia and it was well represented on stage. It was an extremely difficult decision based on the quality of talent and we hope to see many of the candidates perform at our venue in the future. Reeny is a great fit to the entertainment experience we provide to our customers, employees, locals and visitors to the province. We are looking forward to working with Reeny over the next year,” stated Ken Murray, Assistant General Manager, Casino Nova Scotia.
Over the next year, Smith will have performance opportunities at Casino Nova Scotia Halifax and Sydney as well as the $20,000 in funding to assist with developing their career through recording, and marketing. Music Nova Scotia will provide career path support and exciting international showcase opportunities such as Nova Scotia Music Week and Canadian Music Week.
Smith will be performing at this summer’s TD Halifax Jazz Festival and the Harmony Bazaar Festival in Lockeport.
About Casino Nova Scotia
Through business and community partnerships we work to build and nurture the economic and cultural health of our community. Casino Nova Scotia contributes on average $28.8 million annually to the Province of Nova Scotia and its programs. As an entertainment destination we are proud to showcase Atlantic Canadian, national, and international talent and invests over $1,000,000 in entertainment annually. Casino Nova Scotia is a tourism driver and supporter. Each year we welcome over one million visitors to our properties in Halifax and Sydney, many of whom arrived from outside the province. Ensuring we have a positive impact on the quality of life in our province is important to us. With a focus on the arts, culture and entertainment we support organizations and events that help make our province a vibrant place to live.
Music Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization that has worked since 1989 with a mandate to encourage the creation, development, growth and promotion of Nova Scotia’s music industry. Music Nova Scotia exists to grow and nurture the Nova Scotia music industry, to retain Nova Scotia’s natural resource and promote investment, by:
· Providing education, information and resources to members.
· Acting as the advocate for the industry to all levels of government and private enterprise
· Supporting membership in the promotion of the export of Nova Scotia music regionally, nationally and internationally
About the Artist in Residence Program
Casino Nova Scotia is working with Music Nova Scotia to continue to build the profile of our local music industry. The Artist in Residence program will increase the opportunities for the development of emerging artists in Nova Scotia as well as the continued development of our music industry. Casino Nova Scotia is contributing $20,000 to this program to provide a local emerging musician or group with support and opportunities to develop their career. Music Nova Scotia is responsible for administering the fund.
June 3, 2015 (Toronto, ON) – The talent for the second of three CCMA Songwriters’ Showcases, On the Road to Halifax, was revealed today by the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®), in association with Music Nova Scotia and the Country Music Week 2015 Halifax Host Committee. Performing alongside Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Michelle Wright, in Yarmouth on Saturday, June 27 at the Th’YARC Playhouse and Arts Centre, are Mark Cameron, Samantha Power and Jason Price.
“These regional showcases are providing an exceptional opportunity for some of our brightest emerging singer/songwriters in Nova Scotia. To take the stage alongside Canadian artists who have paved the way for the genre, in their own backyard, is something most artists only dream about,” said Executive Director of Music Nova Scotia, Scott Long.
“One of our goals is to foster growth in our music industry,” said Country Music Week Halifax Host Committee Chair, Stacey Jones-Oxner. “We are passionate about leveragingopportunities across the province for local artists to get in front of audiences, and share their sound and stories.”
Tickets for the June 27 showcase in Yarmouth (doors at 7:00 p.m. AT, show at 7:30 p.m. AT) go on sale this Friday, June 5 at 10:00 a.m. AT and will be available via the Th’YARC Playhouse and Arts Centre (box office phone 902-742-8150; in-person at 76 Parade Street, Yarmouth; open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. AT).
The first of the three showcases is set to take place in Truro on Saturday, June 13 at the Marigold Culture Centre. Tickets for the show, headlined by CCMA Award winner, Deric Ruttan, who has written an array of hit songs for himself and others, with Nova Scotian artists JD Clarke, Amanda Riley and Makayla Lynn, are still available. CLICK HERE for ticket info.
Still to be revealed, the lucky local artists who will take the stage on Tuesday, July 28 in Membertou alongside Carolyn Dawn Johnson, a multi-CCMA Award winner currently touring with Miranda Lambert. Tickets for this event, performed at the Membertou Convention Centre, will go on sale soon.
More information on the performers and their songwriting stories at the Yarmouth CCMA Songwriters’ Showcase at the Th’YARC Playhouse and Arts Centre on June 27:
Since 1990, Michelle Wright has sold nearly two million albums, including two Double Platinum-certified and Gold albums. Michelle has twenty-five Top Ten radio hits, forty major music awards, including five CCMA Awards for Female Artist of the Year, and an America’s Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Female Artist. Michelle is a member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and is currently enjoying the release of her new single, “Laugh A Little”.
Singing and songwriting was always a hobby Mark Cameron kept to himself, until a cross-country trip inspired him to start sharing what he was working on with others. It wasn’t long after that trip that Cameron released his first original song, and lined up shows and festival appearances. From there, he embarked on another journey, this time to Nashville. The result: his 2012 album, Just The Way You Like It. Cameron has now released three national singles and appeared on the CMT Canada series, Big In A Small Town.
Samantha Power is a Country Music singer/songwriter from Halifax, Nova Scotia and has been racking up the travel miles to Nashville since signing with Artist Management Company VMG Entertainment Inc. After receiving a nomination for the 2014 Music Nova Scotia Country Recording of the Year, Power has been focussed on performing and songwriting for her upcoming album. Power is influenced by the greats: she draws from artists such as Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Jewel, Alison Krauss and Martina McBride.
Facebook: Samanthapowermusic| Twitter: SamanthaPMusic| Instagram: Samanthapowermusic
It all started when Jason Price bought a second-hand guitar to teach his kids that if you stick to what you start, you will get better, and be rewarded. In less than a year, he played his first live performance, wrote his first song, performed in a sold-out show and made his television debut on CTV's Christmas Daddies. From there, he began hosting a weekly acoustic open mic night where he continues to hone his skills. He’s now the front man of his own band, has performed at multiple venues and festivals and won both the Canada Day Idol competition in Dartmouth, NS, and the Frank Spinney Talent Show in Wolfville, NS, among other accolades.
Facebook: JasonPriceCountry| Twitter: pricey8799| Instagram: jasonpricecountry
About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA):
Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2015 CCMA Awards include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and The Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund” and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Radio Starmaker Fund, the Province of Nova Scotia, the City of Halifax and Destination Halifax.
About Music Nova Scotia:
Music Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization that has worked since 1989 with a mandate to encourage the creation, development, growth and promotion of Nova Scotia’s music industry. Music Nova Scotia exists to grow and nurture the Nova Scotia music industry, to retain Nova Scotia’s natural resource and promote investment, by providing education, information and resources to members; acting as the advocate for the industry to all levels of government and private enterprise; and supporting membership in the promotion of the export of Nova Scotia music regionally, nationally and internationally.