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

NSMW Update #8

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.     
 
Matt Mays Added to NSMW 2014 Lineup:
 
Nova Scotian rocker Matt Mays has just 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.
 
Entertainer of the Year Voting Now Open:   
 
Voting for the 2014 Music Nova Scotia Awards Entertainer of the Year (presented by Devonian Coast Wineries-Jost Vineyards) is now open to the public. Voters can head to musicnovascotia.ca/entertaineroftheyear to choose their favourite Nova Scotian act of the past year. The online vote will close on October 27, 2014.  
 
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. 
 
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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Matt Mays Added to NSMW 2014 Lineup

(October 23, 2014, Halifax, NS) Music Nova Scotia is excited to announce that Nova Scotian rocker Matt Mays has just been added to this year’s Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW) festival lineup. NSMW heads to Truro Colchester from November 6-9. Mays joins a showcasing lineup that already includes 100 of the province’s best musical acts, as well as a Super Show headlined by country-rock legends Blue Rodeo
 
Mays, a previous JUNO and Music Nova Scotia Award winner, will be performing on the Live 105 Stage at the Royal Canadian Legion (Upstairs) on November 8. He will be showcasing that night following performances by Like A Motorcycle, Jessie Brown & The Black Divine, The Town Heroes and The Stanfields. Doors open at 8:00pm.
 
Festival Super Passes, wristbands, delegate passes, and Blue Rodeo Show Show tickets are on sale now at nsmw.ca/tickets.
 
For more information on NSMW, visit nsmw.ca
 
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For more information please contact:
 
Matt Charlton 
Publicist 
902-240-4928 
 
Jeff Lawton 
Marketing Coordinator 
Music Nova Scotia 
902-423-6271 ext. 108 

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What's Your Business Strategy for NSMW?

Coming as an industry professional to drum up some business for your artist? Here are pro tips from some Nova Scotia Music Week veterans to make the most of your trip.

Sheri Jones (President – Jones and Co.) Manages David Myles, Joel Plaskett, Mo Kenney and more

1. How do you prepare for your meetings at NSMW?

Research and prepare to promote! I represent several artists and I have an ongoing strategy for all of them – in Canada, and often beyond – so I know what I’m looking for. I research incoming delegates to determine what the right fits might be for each of my artists. I prepare notes/questions for each delegate I’m targeting and I prepare promotional materials for my meetings and for the promotion of my artists' showcases.

I try to keep the materials succinct so they know immediately what I’m pitching. I normally start the meeting by asking questions for two reasons:

  • To gain additional insight into their market, and

  • To determine what the delegate is interested in.

There’s no point in wasting their time or mine. I then use that information to try to pique their interest and get them out to the appropriate showcases. If I end up in a situation with a delegate where I realize that what I am selling is not something that he/she is interested in buying, I try to suggest other artists at the conference that may be of interest.

2. What is the best outcome you've had from NSMW?

NSMW 2013 was very successful for Mo Kenney.  She ended up with an agent/promoter for GAS (Germany/Austria/Switzerland), the Reeperbahn Festival and Waves Vienna. As a result, Mo has just come back from a three week tour of Germany around the independent release of her first record. The advantage to the strategic way that Music Nova Scotia and ECMA put together their international delegations is that you can put several pieces of the puzzle together – rather than walking away with one festival in Germany, an interested agent in England, etc.

3. What advice would you give to artists/industry professionals who haven't done a music business conference before?

Be prepared – do your research and prepare your promotional materials. If you are an artist, build and rehearse your show in a way that showcases your strengths. Whether you are a new industry member or a new artist, be professional, friendly, and informed. Make sure that you are clear about what you are looking for, be able to describe your audience, give them background on your past successes, and explain your future plans. Follow up promptly - these people attend a lot of conferences so two months from now, they may not even remember who you are.


Tiffany Spencer (Co-Founder - Let’s Riot! Music) Manages Chris Martin Trio, E.B. Anderson & the Resolutes

1. How do you prepare for meetings at NSMW?         

My first step in preparing for a meeting at NSMW is to understand the market in which I am pitching. I follow the delegates as they are announced by Music Nova Scotia and send a brief introduction email to the ones who are most relevant to our goals.

2. What is the best outcome you've had from NSMW?

During NSMW 2013 we met John Cloud from Playground Music. Within a few short months we signed a partnership with Playground Music and its partnered label “Rockabilly Roads”. Our labels’ artists have released albums to the Scandinavian market, and are now touring in that region.

3. What advice would you give to artists/industry professionals who haven't done a music business conference before?

Make sure you have your press kit up to date and in good order, and have a one sheet, website, social media presence, current video, new release, and marketing plan. You can’t do without any of these things. Be a friendly, sociable person in your meetings, and show enough of an interest in what the delegates do by researching their industry role in advance.


Josh Hogan (Red Tentacle/Diminished Fifth) Black Moor, Death Valley Driver

1. How do you prepare for your meetings at NSMW?

The first step is RESEARCH. Find out who is coming in advance and make sure they're a good fit for you before investing time and effort into meeting with them. The second step is to be prepared with a list of goals/targets you hope to accomplish from the conference and festival.

2. What is the best outcome you've had from NSMW?

In addition to making some fantastic friends, I've been able to connect with music supervisors who've placed music I work with in television and film as well as agents who have placed bands I work with on key tours, gigs, etc.

3. What advice would you give to artists/industry professionals who haven't done a music business conference before?

  • Be prepared! (again, do your research)

  • Be well rested and hydrated! (multi-day festivals can take their toll)

  • Be smart! (realize that most of the delegates have been pitched to all day long and many are overwhelmed and/or tired. Try and build a good friendship/personal relationship, talk to them about non-business things and then get their business card so you can keep in touch and do actual business the week after the festival when the dust settles)


Adam Warren (Glory Glory)

1. How do you prepare for your meetings at NSMW?

I try to prepare a solid elevator pitch to describe my band's sound, so that when a delegate asks, I don't end up rambling and not answering their question or, even worse, losing their interest entirely. I also spend time looking at the delegate list and contacting people I'm interested in meeting. My friend, James Boyle (Executive Direcot of HPX), suggested this approach years ago, and I think it's really good advice: even if you don't end up doing business with people at the event (or ever), now they are aware you exist and that you are organized enough to get in touch before the conference. It can also help build buzzzz.

2. What is the best outcome you've had from NSMW?

Our band was invited to play The Great Escape in Brighton this past May, after their bookers saw our set at NSMW last year. With the help of Music Nova Scotia, we ended up doing a ten-day tour of the UK, playing Liverpool Sound City and some dates in London. This led to another invitation, this time to play c/o Pop festival in Cologne, Germany.

3. What advice would you give to artists/industry professionals who haven't done a music business conference before?

I can only speak from the artist perspective, but please, learn from my mistakes:

  • If you're showcasing, plan a killer set. Try to remember that this is an industry event, and play your best songs (by "best", I mean the songs that get the best response, every show - you don't have to play the most challenging prog epic your band has ever composed at every show, and certainly not at this one). You might also want to avoid the fun or ironic cover that worked so well at a club show two weeks ago, it just looks like you don't understand why you're there - to showcase YOUR music. That being said, HAVE FUN on stage. Everyone likes that.
  • If you're not showcasing (been there!), check out the bands that are. Put your ego aside, and try to learn from the bands that are playing. Pay attention and think critically about your own show while you're watching theirs. Or, just have fun and meet people.

  • Check out the delegate list, and make contact in advance. I think it's also really important to have a clear idea of what you need from the people you're meeting with, and how they can help you achieve your goals. Otherwise, a "meeting" becomes just hanging out - which may be great, but is kind of a wasted opportunity. 

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The worst gig we ever played: musicians on their on-stage lows

Dodgy sound, dodgy bass players, hostile crowds, no crowds, flying bottles – every band has had bad gigs. Paul Lester asks musicians about the worst gigs they ever played.

 

Click here to read the full article.

NSMW Update #7

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.    
 
Entertainer of the Year Voting Now Open:
 
Voting for the 2014 Music Nova Scotia Awards Entertainer of the Year (presented by Devonian Coast Wineries-Jost Vineyards) is now open to the public. Voters can head to musicnovascotia.ca/entertaineroftheyear to choose their favourite Nova Scotian act of the past year. The online vote will close on October 27, 2014. 
 
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. 
 
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
 
Pre-Registration for Awards Nominees: 
 
If you are nominated for a 2014 Music Nova Scotia Music or Industry Award and plan to attend NSMW in Truro Colchester, please complete the pre-registration form here. The deadline is October 17, 2014.
 
Pre-Registration for Special Conference Components: 
 
Pre-registration is required for many of the conference components at this year's NSMW. Please ensure you read and fill out this form in order to fully take advantage of the conference and your pass. Preference will be given to exporting or export-ready artists and showcasing artists. The deadline is October 17, 2014
 
Domestic Buyers Pre-Registration:
 
Domestic buyers who are members of the Atlantic Presenters Association, the Canadian Organization of Campus Activities or Bringin’ It Home are entitled to one delegate pass per organization. Any domestic buyers who wish to take part in the Domestic Buyers Summit at NSMW, please register here. The deadline is October 17, 2014. 
 
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).    
 
Volunteer Submissions:      
 
Volunteering at NSMW provides a great opportunity to meet new people and gain valuable skills and experience. It also provides rewards in exchange for your time and efforts, including the chance to hear great music made in Nova Scotia.      
 
If you want to volunteer for NSMW and be a part of this award-winning event, applications are now open. Click here to apply, or for more information contact Volunteer Coordinator, Cathy von Kintzel or Volunteer Manager, Alanna Swinemar

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NSMW Update #6

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.    
 
Entertainer of the Year Voting Now Open:
 
Voting for the 2014 Music Nova Scotia Awards Entertainer of the Year is now open to the public. Voters can head to musicnovascotia.ca/entertaineroftheyear to choose their favourite Nova Scotian act of the past year. The online vote will close on October 27, 2014. 
 
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. 
 
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
 
Pre-Registration for Awards Nominees: 
 
If you are nominated for a 2014 Music Nova Scotia Music or Industry Award and plan to attend NSMW in Truro Colchester, please complete the pre-registration form here.
 
Pre-Registration for Special Conference Components: 
 
Pre-registration is required for many of the conference components at this year's NSMW. Please ensure you read and fill out this form in order to fully take advantage of the conference and your pass. Preference will be given to exporting or export-ready artists and showcasing artists. 
 
Domestic Buyers Pre-Registration:
 
Domestic buyers who are members of the Atlantic Presenters Association, the Canadian Organization of Campus Activities or Bringin’ It Home are entitled to one delegate pass per organization. Any domestic buyers who wish to take part in the Domestic Buyers Summit at NSMW, please register 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. All nominees can pre-register for a delegate pass here
 
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:  
 
Best Western Plus Glengarry (sold out Friday and Saturday) 
 
The host hotel for NSMW 2014 is the Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Centre Truro (rooms are currently sold out).    
 
Volunteer Submissions:      
 
Volunteering at NSMW provides a great opportunity to meet new people and gain valuable skills and experience. It also provides rewards in exchange for your time and efforts, including the chance to hear great music made in Nova Scotia.      
 
If you want to volunteer for NSMW and be a part of this award-winning event, applications are now open. Click here to apply, or for more information contact Volunteer Coordinator, Cathy von Kintzel or Volunteer Manager, Alanna Swinemar

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Music Nova Scotia Awards 2014 Entertainer of the Year Voting Now Open

(October 7, 2014, Halifax, NS) Beginning today, October 7, voting for the 2014 Music Nova Scotia Awards Entertainer of the Year will be open to the public. Voters can head to musicnovascotia.ca/entertaineroftheyear to choose their favourite Nova Scotian act of the past year. The winner will be announced at the 2014 Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW), held in Truro Colchester from November 6-9. The online vote will close on October 27, 2014.
 
This year's nominees include Carleton Stone, David Myles, Kim Harris, Mo Kenney, The Town Heroes and The Trews. For a full list of the 2014 Music Nova Scotia Music Awards nominees, head here.
 
Music Nova Scotia Executive Director Scott Long believes this year yields one of the strongest groups of nominees he has seen in this category.
 
"This year’s list of nominees for Entertainer of the Year is very impressive, with exciting up-and-coming acts sitting alongside established Nova Scotian heavyweights. This award truly showcases the range of talent coming out of our province today,” says Long. “It’s important for us to include the fans’ voice in the Music Nova Scotia Awards. That said, they’re going to have a hard time choosing with such a strong group of nominees.”
 
The Music Nova Scotia Awards will be handed out during the 2014 Music Nova Scotia Music and Industry Awards Brunch, to be held at the Holiday Inn and Conference Centre Truro on Sunday, November 9. Brunch tickets can be purchased here.
 
To purchase festival passes or for more information on NSMW, head to www.nsmw.ca.
 
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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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