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.

 

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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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Media Accreditation For NSMW is Now Open

Members of the media who return this completed accreditation form will be assessed and notified by October 22nd. Your Media Pass will give you access to the showcases and conference November 6-9, the opening and closing receptions and the late night stages. You can also make a ticket request for the Music Nova Scotia Industry Awards Brunch and Blue Rodeo at the RATH Eastlink Community Centre on Sunday. Freelance media must be sponsored by a recognized news agency and provide a letter of assignment. This information has been requested on a voluntary basis and will be used to determine whether or not you are eligible to obtain accreditation. Should you refuse to respond, accreditation will not be granted. Forms must be received no later than Friday, October 17th at 5:00pm.

Apply here.

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Need some funding? The lowdown on applying for a grant.

OCTOBER 2, 2014

by Lily C

Based on interview with President of FACTOR, Duncan McKie.

You’ve written a great song that you’re ready to share with the world. For many songwriters, the next step is to record a demo or album. This could mean getting a second job and/or applying for funding from FACTOR, the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings. We chatted with FACTOR president Duncan McKie, who shared a few tips and in- sights. Good luck on your next application!You’ve written a great song that you’re ready to share with the world. For many songwriters, the next step is to record a demo or album. 

Read the full article here.

Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

If you’re a Grooveshark user, you should probably start backing up your collection.  In a decision released Monday, the United States District Court in Manhattan has found Grooveshark guilty of massive copyright infringement based on a preponderance of internal emails, statements from former top executives, direct evidence from internal logs, and willfully deleted files and source code.

Read the full story on this interesting case here on Digital Music News:

http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2014/09/29/breaking-grooveshark-found-guilty-massive-copyright-infringement

NSMW 2014 - Update #5

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.    

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 beginning Friday, September 26.

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:  

Berry's Motel  
Best Western Plus Glengarry  
Comfort Inn  
Rainbow Motel  
Super 8 Truro  

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 2014 Conference Details Announced: Peter Jenner Returns to Give Keynote Address, Bryan Potvin to Host Songs & Stories

(September 24, 2014, Halifax, NS) Music Nova Scotia is excited to announce conference details for the upcoming Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW), to be held from November 6-9 in Truro Colchester, Nova Scotia. This year’s conference partner is the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA).

Music Nova Scotia has invited industry professionals from around the world to attend NSMW asinternational guest delegates. This year’s International Buyers Program will specifically focus on our neighbours to the south, the USA. 

This year also marks the return of noted speaker and band manager Peter Jenner, who has worked with such legendary groups as Pink Floyd, T. Rex and The Clash. The response to Jenner’s keynote presentation at last year’s NSMW was enormously positive, and he left delegates wanting more. 

Music Nova Scotia Executive Director Scott Long anticipates this year’s conference will be the best yet, and believes there will be value for all of the attending delegates. 

“We are bringing in some of the most accomplished and connected industry professionals from around the world. From networking events and expert presentations to roundtable sessions and interactive workshops, this year’s NSMW conference will have something for everyone. ” says Long. “We’re really excited to welcome back Peter Jenner. His stories and insights about working with rock music legends were incredible last year, and we knew we wanted him back to finish the keynote. Last year we ran short on time and only managed to get to his days just prior to working with The Clash. Peter will pick up from there and continue to his present day work”.

The NSMW conference will feature presentations, panels, meetings and workshops that focus on four key tracks, including Export Training, Business Academy, Creative Lab and the Domestic Buyers Summit. These tracks will examine current topics in music, and will give exporting and emerging artists the opportunity to make invaluable connections and gain insight into current trends in the music industry. Pre-registration is required for many of the conference components at this year's Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week. Go here for more information and to fill out the pre-registration form. The deadline to register is October 17, 2014. 

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, please register here.

This year’s Songs & Stories showcase 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 BaldwinKim HarrisIan JanesChristina MartinSamantha Power and John Campbelljohn performing and telling the stories behind some of their best tunes. Songs & Stories will take place on Sunday, November 9 at the Elm/Oak Ballroom in the Holiday Inn and Conference Centre.

The 2014 Music Nova Scotia Awards will be given out during the Music and Industry Awards Brunch, held on November 9 at the Holiday Inn and Conference Centre. Brunch tickets go on sale Friday, September 26 and can be purchased by visiting www.nsmw.ca/tickets. If you are a 2014 Music Nova Scotia Award nominee, go here to pre-register for a NSMW delegate pass.

To view the full conference schedule, visit here. Access to the conference is available with a NSMW delegate pass, which also grants access to all showcasing venues, the opening and closing ceremonies, the Songs & Stories showcase, and more. Delegate passes are on sale now atwww.nsmw.ca/tickets.

For more information on NSMW 2014, visit www.nsmw.ca.
 

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For more information contact:

Matt Charlton
Publicist
Pigeon Row 
902-240-4928
matt@pigeonrow.com

Jeff Lawton
Marketing Coordinator
Music Nova Scotia
902-423-6271 ext. 108
jeff@musicnovascotia.ca

 

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National Presenters Conference Comes to Halifax

The 27th Annual CAPACOA Conference Takes Place in Halifax, NS From January 21-24

The 27th Annual CAPACOA Conference takes place in Halifax, NS from January 21 to 24, 2015 at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. Celebrating The Culture of Convergence, the event features keynote speaker Richard Evans and an intimate 'Artist Voice' interview with Natalie MacMaster. This is the first time the conference will take place in Halifax and just the second time it will have been on the East Coast in the association’s history.

Richard Evans is the President of EmcArts, where he directs program design, research, and strategic partnerships that place a particular emphasis on innovation, adaptive organization change, and effective ways that the arts and culture field can respond to the demands of a new era.

Award winning Cape Breton musician, Natalie MacMaster, began her fiddling career at 16 when she released her debut album, Four on the Floor. Her musical venture now spans over three decades, completing 11 albums, performing thousands of shows and collaborating with a multitude of world renowned artists. 

A four-day gathering of Canada’s national presenting and touring sector, the CAPACOA conference is an opportunity for industry professionals to reconnect with colleagues and make new connections from coast to coast to coast. With more than 250 International and Canadian presenters, agents, managers, artists and other performing arts professionals in attendance, participants can expect new networking opportunities, informative sessions and peer meetings as well as nightly theatre, music and dance performances and showcases throughout the city.

Registration is now available. This includes registration for The CAPACOA Exhibit Hall, an area where exhibitors can rent tables to promote their services. It's open several times throughout the conference and also includes areas for networking and meetings. Click HERE for more information. 

Interested participants are invited to submit an application to pitch during the 2015 CAPACOA Conference. Pitches are open to agents, producing/ touring organizations, and artists who wish to promote tour-ready work that is new/innovative and that is not part of a regular roster or work that has toured extensively before. Click HERE for more information. 

Sponsorship opportunities are currently available offering premier visibility while supporting innovation and excellence in the presenting and touring sector. For more information, contact Judy Harquail (jlharquail@gmail.com | 416-949-7312) or Amy Theriault (amytheriault@yahoo.com).  

For more information on travel and accommodations during CAPACOA, click HERE

The Canadian Arts Presenting Association/l'Association canadienne des organismes artistiques (CAPACOA) serves the performing arts presenting and touring industry through its commitment to integrate the performing arts into the lives of all Canadians. CAPACOA takes initiative in providing leadership, professional development and advocacy on behalf of its members and within the arts presenting community. Since it’s founding, in 1985, CAPACOA has fostered a pan-Canadian network of presenters, presenter networks, artist managers/agents and other stakeholders in the sector.  

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