NSMW 2015 Artist Showcasing Submissions Now Open

(May 29, 2015, Halifax, NS)  Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week 2015 (NSMW) heads back to Yarmouth as the festival will take place in from November 5 to 8. With over 100 artists playing on multiple stages, NSMW is one of the largest music festivals in the region. 
 
Artist showcasing submissions to play NSMW 2015 are now open. Artists interested in performing during the festival can click here to review the showcase manual for eligibility requirements, and here to apply to showcase. Showcasing submissions will close Friday, June 19 at 5:00 p.m. (Complete the application early, and we won’t have to have an awkward conversation at 5:01pm on the deadline day.)
 
You must be a member of Music Nova Scotia in good standing to apply. If your membership is not up to date by 5:00 p.m. on June 19 your submission will not be considered eligible. 
 
The cost to submit is $30 CAD and is payable via PayPal or credit card over the phone (contact Lisa Stitt by phone 902.423.0291). You can also pay with debit/cash by visiting the Music Nova Scotia office at 2169 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS.
 
For more information on NSMW and to keep up-to-date on the event, please visit www.nsmw.ca.
 
#NSMW2015
 
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For more information contact:
Events & Member Training Manager
902.423.4153
 

Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence Program Finalists Announced

 

(May 26, 2015, Halifax, NS) – Casino Nova Scotia is excited to announce the finalists for Artist in Residence 2015.  Jurors made the selection following interviews last week. Five stellar candidates, plus a wild card pick will move onto the performance round of the selection process June 12.

Finalists are (in alphabetical order):

·       Arsoniste – Halifax – electronic/pop

·       Kyle Mischiek – Sydney, Cape Breton – pop

·       Wild Card Pick: Like a Motorcycle – Halifax – alternative/rock

·       Samantha Power – Timberlea – country

·       Shannon Quinn - Halifax – Celtic/folk/roots

·       Reeny Smith – North Preston – pop/R&B

“This is an exciting line-up,” states Ken Murray, Assistant General Manager of Casino Nova Scotia.  “We are very pleased to have received strong presentations from artists from a variety of musical genres, as it highlights the diverse interests and talents of artists in Nova Scotia. There’s such a great mix of genres that really highlight the amazing talent of emerging artists from our province.” As we were reviewing the applications and interviewing the artists, we were blown away by the incredible talent, direction, and passionate determination from such young musicians.”

Music Nova Scotia Executive Director, Scott Long reported that the jury, which also includes: Asif Ilyas, Carmen Townsend and Ian McKinnon unanimously agreed based on very strong artist submissions and interviews to add the wild card pick, Like a Motorcycle. The live showcase will help the judges make their final assessment.

The Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence program will provide the selected musician or group with $20,000 in funding to assist with developing their career through recording, marketing, and live performance opportunities.  Music Nova Scotia is working with Casino Nova Scotia to administer the program.

Music lovers and fans will have their chance to vote from June 1 – June 5 during the online voting, which counts towards the selection of the finalist.  Go to www.musicnovascotia.ca to vote. The public is welcome to come to the Showcase on June 12 at Casino Nova Scotia. Free admission. Must be 19+.

Finalists Showcase:
Friday, June 12 at 8pm
Schooner Showroom, Casino Nova Scotia
Free admission must be 19+
#CasinoNSAiR

For more information on Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence Program go to:

www.casinonovascotia.com/air/ or www.musicnovascotia.ca

 

More information on the 2015 Artist in Residence finalists:

Arsoniste (Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Arsoniste (pronounced: arson - east) is a synth-pop duo from Halifax, NS consisting of Rachel Sunter and Alex Meade. This emerging duo combines Sunter’s melancholy vocals with a pop-inspired palate of synthesizer, guitar and electronic drums. Sunter and Meade first crossed paths when they shared the stage as members of ECMA nominated pop-rock band SoHo Ghetto. When Sunter decided to depart SoHo to focus on her own project, she enlisted the help of Meade as producer and engineer. The two began performing as a duo in the summer of 2014.

Twitter: @arsoniste

 

Kyle Mischiek (Hometown: Sydney, Cape Breton)

In 2012, Kyle Mischiek was a fun-loving 16 year-old who entered a local Sydney, Cape Breton talent contest as a lark. Today, Kyle has two studio EPs and a single release to his credit, is a confident live performer, has collaborated with such stellar songwriters as Gordie Sampson, David Myles, Donovan Woods, and Mo Kenney, and has over 200,000 views on YouTube. No easy feat, considering when he entered that contest, he did not play an instrument, had never written a song, and had never stepped foot on a stage. Kyle finished his last year of school in 2013, taking audio recording production, film, and video, and graduated with a certificate in radio television broadcasting. But, it was music that consumed his every waking moment. Kyle was performing at any opportunity, honing his stage skills, gaining confidence with every show.

Twitter: @kylemischiek

 

Like a Motorcycle (Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Like A Motorcycle is a punk rock band based in Halifax. The band formed in January of 2011 and quickly began playing shows in the Halifax area. In September 2011 they released their first EP, Dress Decent, in correlation with their first Maritime tour. Recently converted from 3 piece to 4 piece, Like A Motorcycle released a new single, 'Hands,' along with an award winning video in partnership with the Atlantic Film Festival 10x10 program. During the fall they played Gobble Fest in Sydney and opened for Against Me! at Halifax Pop Explosion. They opened for Matt Mays at NSMW in Truro where they were nominated for two Nova Scotia Music Awards and took home Loud Recording of the Year for #Motorpool.

Twitter: @likeamotorcycle

 

Samantha Power (Hometown: Timberlea, Nova Scotia)

Samantha Power is a Country Music singer/songwriter 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, Samantha has been focussed on performing and writing for her upcoming album. Samantha sees every new day as a special chance to learn, grow and draw on the beauty around her. This perspective gives her the ability to write and perform in an authentic way. She seeks to genuinely relate with every fan through her music, giving her a special connection to the world around her. Samantha is influenced by the greats. She draws from artists such as Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Jewel, Alison Krauss and Martina McBride.

Twitter: @SamanthaPMusic

 

Shannon Quinn (Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Shannon has been performing as a fiddler/vocalist for the past 16 years. She achieved her music degree from the renowned ‘Humber College’ in Toronto. For the past two years she has been touring internationally with the award winning Scottish group, The Paul McKenna Band. This has included many international performances in Canada, the United States, England, Scotland, Germany and the Netherlands. Shannon has performed at Walt Disney World’s ‘Epcot’ in the United Kingdom Pavilion. In 2008 she released a solo album (The Irwin Lake Sessions) and now after a few years performing and touring she is releasing her second album in July 2015 entitled ‘If All the Young Ladies’. This album features Shannon primarily as a vocalist as well as a fiddler.

Twitter: @sionanq17

 

Reeny Smith (Hometown: North Preston, Nova Scotia)

Reeny has been singing and playing the piano since the age of five. She credits her inspiration for music from time spent with family and friends at her local church, Saint Thomas Baptist, where she plays piano and is a member of three choirs. Her roots in music stem from an incredible gene pool of family musicians. Both Reeny's father and grandfather, Wallace Smith Sr. and Jr., are former members of one of Canada’s Premier Gospel bands, The Gospel Heirs. Her uncles Carson and Murray Downey of the Carson Downey Band are also testaments of the great music legacy that she has to inspire her. Reeny was selected for the Portia White Award for Excellence in Vocal Performance in 2011, along with a scholarship from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust recognizing her outstanding musical attributes.

Twitter: @iamREENY

 

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For information on Casino Nova Scotia
Contact: Emily Richards
1983 Upper Water Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-496-6659
 
 
For information on Music Nova Scotia
Contact: Scott Long
2169 Gottingen Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-423-6271, ext. 101
 

                                                                      

About Casino Nova Scotia

Through business and community partnerships we work to build and nurture the economic and cultural health of our community. In 2013 we contributed over $27 million 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, 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 beneficial for 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.

 

 

CCMA Songwriters’ Series: The Road to Halifax Regional Showcases

 

May 26, 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 today the CCMA Songwriters’ Series: Road to Halifax regional showcases. Set to take place in Truro, Yarmouth and Membertou in June and July, these songwriter showcases will be headlined by established Canadian country music artists/songwriters with support from emerging artists/songwriters from Nova Scotia and the local community the events are set to take place in.

Deric Ruttan, 2014 CCMA Award winner for the category of Songwriter(s) of the Year for the song, “Mine Would Be You”, will headline the first CCMA Songwriters’ Showcase in Truro at the Marigold Culture Centre on Saturday, June 13. Ruttan will perform alongside emerging Nova Scotian artists/songwriters JD Clarke, Amanda Riley and Makayla Lynn.

Michelle Wright, who was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011, will headline a CCMA Songwriters’ Series showcase in Yarmouth at the TH’YARC Playhouse and Arts Centre on Saturday, June 27; and Carolyn Dawn Johnson, a multiple CCMA Award winner who is currently part of the Miranda Lambert tour, will headline the final CCMA Songwriters’ Series showcase on the road to Halifax in Membertou at the Membertou Convention Centre on Tuesday, July 28. Emerging artists/songwriters for the Yarmouth and Membertou showcases will be announced soon.

“The core strength of country music is the art of its storytelling,” said President of the Canadian Country Music Association, Don Green. “To have the opportunity to bring some of Canada’s biggest names in country music to the communities surrounding Halifax, while showcasing the region’s finest up-and-coming country songwriters, is the perfect way to not only bring attention to the calibre of artists that can be found in Atlantic Canada, but also generate excitement for what’s to come this September during Country Music Week in Halifax.”

"‎Nova Scotia is already world renown for its music, and this event will give our talented country artists the chance to shine on the national stage," said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. "The event will not only benefit our artists now, it will help strengthen the entire industry in our province for years to come."

Doors for each of the three CCMA Songwriters’ Series: Road to Halifax showcases will open at 7:00 p.m., with show time commencing at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the June 13 showcase go on sale Friday, May 29 at 10:00 a.m. AT and will be available online via ticketpro.ca, by phone at 1-888-311-9090 or in-person at the Marigold Box Office, MacQuarries Pharmasave (179 The Esplanade and Truro), or any Ticketpro outlet.

More information on the artists performing and sharing their songwriting stories at the Truro CCMA Songwriters’ Showcase at the Marigold Culture Centre on June 13:

Deric Ruttan
Deric Ruttan’s songs have been recorded by Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Gary Alan, Jason Blaine, Doc Walker and dozens of others. He has been recognized by the Canadian music industry with a number of SOCAN Awards, a JUNO nomination for Best Country Record for 2010’s Sunshine and multiple CCMA Award wins and nominations –  he took home the 2014 CCMA Award for Songwriter(s) of the Year for his co-write on “Mine Would Be You”.
Facebook: facebook.com/dericruttan | Twitter: twitter.com/DericRuttan

JD Clarke
JD Clarke grew up in the rural community of West Gore, nestled in the Rawdon Hills of Nova Scotia. It was against this backdrop that Clarke learned to write songs and play guitar. Clarke’s years of personal passion and real life experiences (both good and bad) can be heard on such songs as the country-rock anthems, “What You’ve Got” and “All That Matters” to the Eagles-tinged, “Wouldn’t That Be Nice” and “Losing You”, to the power ballad “Heaven and Earth” – all of which Clarke co-produced, provided vocals for and performed most instruments on. He has already garnered 5 ECMA Award nominations, including the categories of Rising Star and Country Recording of the Year and has performed for audiences across Canada and parts of the US.
Facebook: facebook.com/JDClarkemusicchannel | Twitter: twitter.com/jdclarkemusic

Amanda Riley
With the release of her debut album, It Coulda Been Me, Amanda Riley is bringing her Nova Scotian-grown country sound to audiences from coast to coast. The album’s first two singles, “Summertime With You” and “Take the Country Road” introduced this talented young artist to Canadian country fans and earned her a nomination for Music Nova Scotia Country Recording of the Year. Hailing from Chester, Nova Scotia, Riley gained nationwide popularity on CMT’s Big in a Small Town and as a Halifax finalist on Canada’s Got Talent.
Facebook: facebook.com/amandarileysmusic | Twitter: twitter.com/amandariley22

Makayla Lynn
Named one of Reverbnation's top new artists, Makayla Lynn is a fresh face in the industry with the vocals, songwriting ability and stage presence that many call unprecedented for her age. With more than a half million video views from over 17,000 social media fans, Makayla Lynn is quickly becoming a household name. She has penned over 50 songs and recently released her album, Daydream, that has already seen 4 major award nominations and a single released across Canada with great success.  She has shared the stage and opened for some of country music's biggest names in front of crowds as large as 30,000 and in some of the most iconic venues.
Facebook: facebook.com/musicalmakayla | Twitter: twitter.com/musicalmakayla

 

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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.

Media Contact
Michele Charlton
Halifax Host Committee, Country Music Week 2015
micheleelizabethcharlton@gmail.com
902-403-5628

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.

 

Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame to launch 2015

  

 

For Immediate Release

(May 20, 2015, Halifax) Casino Nova Scotia and Music Nova Scotia announced today their latest collaboration – the Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame. The Music Hall of Fame will recognize the contributions of east coast musicians and industry movers and shakers who have had an impact on the development and promotion of Canada’s East Coast culture and music.  

“Since opening in 1995 we have embraced and supported our east coast culture. Live music featuring local artists has been a significant part of the entertainment experience for our guests, including tourists, as well as our employees,” said Gary Moore, Interim General Manager of Casino Nova Scotia. “We are celebrating 20 years in operation this year so we decided to create a legacy project. The Music Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates our region’s rich cultural and musical heritage. As a long-time supporter of east coast music and culture this is an investment we are excited to make.”

Over the last 20 years Casino Nova Scotia has provided a stage for many of Atlantic Canada’s rising stars as well as many popular performers such as Bruce Guthro, Alan Doyle, Lennie Gallant, Matt Andersen, Jimmy Rankin, Heather Rankin, Ralyene Rankin, Rita MacNeil, Sloan, The Trews, Matt Mays, Matt Mingelwood, Joel Plaskett, Carmen Townsend, Dutch Robinson, Ronald Bourgeois, and Measha Brueggergosman to name a few.

Scott Long, Executive Director of Music Nova Scotia notes, “Music is a significant part of our culture. When people from outside of the region think of the East Coast, it is often our great musical artists that come to mind. Our region is understood through our music, which reflects the history and experience of the people. We are fortunate to have a corporate patron that recognizes the importance of promoting east coast culture and music as a vital resource. Having the Music Hall of Fame located at the casino is a natural fit as the casino is a leading entertainment industry partner. Establishing a Music Hall of Fame will capture the history of our music, and the contributions of our musicians and industry professionals have made to establish our region’s reputation nationally and internationally.”

The Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame will be funded by Casino Nova Scotia with locations at the casinos’ properties in both Halifax and Sydney. The Halifax site is scheduled to open this fall. Sydney will follow in 2016. Music Nova Scotia will curate memorabilia and identify the people who will be inducted into the Music Hall of Fame, ensuring the process is industry-driven.

The first inductees to the Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame will be announced in June. A Gala celebrating East Coast music and the inaugural inductees will be held on Thursday, October 15 in the Schooner Showroom. Stay tuned for announcements in the coming weeks – tickets will be made available to the public in the future. Music Nova Scotia will work with other provincial music industry associations to engage their membership in selecting inductees and providing memorabilia.

Casino Nova Scotia and Music Nova Scotia have been working together over the last four years to create innovative ways to promote Nova Scotia’s musicians. In 2011 they developed the Friday Night Live program which provides Music Nova Scotia members with paid performance opportunities, while keeping the events free and open to the public. In 2014 they developed the Artist in Residence program designed to provide emerging Nova Scotian musicians with $20,000 in funding to assist with developing their career through recording, marketing, and live performance opportunities. The Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame is the next step forward for this exciting and innovative partnership.

For more information go to www.casinonovascotia.com or www.musicnovascotia.ca

 

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For information on Casino Nova Scotia                                                                     
Contact: Emily Richards                                                                                                  
Phone: 902-496-4661
 
For information on Music Nova Scotia
Contact: Scott Long
Phone: 902-423-6271, ext. 101

 

About Casino Nova Scotia

Through business and community partnerships we work to build and nurture the economic and cultural health of our community. In 2013 we contributed over $27 million 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 invest over $1,000,000 in entertainment annually.  Casino Nova Scotia is a tourism driver and supporter. Each year we welcome over one million visitors, 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.

 

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

•                Supporting membership in the promotion of the export of Nova Scotia music regionally, nationally and internationally

 

 

 

Canadian Country Music Association Announces Top Six Finalists for the 2015 CCMA Discovery Program – Atlantic Canada

 Canadian Country Music Association Announces
Top Six Finalists for the 2015 CCMA Discovery Program – Atlantic Canada

May 12, 2014 (Toronto, ON) – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) is pleased to unveil the top six finalists for the 2015 CCMA Discovery Program – Atlantic Canada. The finalists are: Jason Benoit (NL), Kevin Davison (NS), Tyler Deveau (NB), TJ King (NS), Katie McGarry (PEI) and The Secrets (NL).

The CCMA, in association with the four Atlantic Canada Music Industry Associations (MIAs): Music New Brunswick, Music Newfoundland & Labrador, Music Nova Scotia, Music Prince Edward Island and the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, developed this pilot program as an offshoot of the successful national CCMA Discovery Program.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the CCMA Discovery Program to Atlantic Canada,” notes Don Green, President of the Canadian Country Music Association. “The East Coast is brimming with musical talent, especially in the country genre. I’m confident our six finalists will savour the insights and experiences they’ll gain during Boot Camp Week. It’s been a pleasure working with our industry partners and regional Musical Industry Associations to bring this programming together.”

“The Discovery Program is a great way to shine a light on the amazing emerging talent in our region,” says Stacey Jones-Oxner, Chair of the Host Committee for Country Music Week 2015 in Halifax. “Our host committee is excited to leverage Country Music Week to create growth opportunities for our country music artists and industry leaders, and we are thrilled to work with the CCMA and Music Industry Associations to bring this important program to Atlantic Canada.” 

The 2015 CCMA Discovery Program – Atlantic Canada finalists will come together in Halifax for Boot Camp Week, June 8 through 11. During their time together the finalists will learn, in-depth, about the music business and artist development through industry-led panels and seminars; will have the opportunity for performance training; and will perform at an exclusive stakeholder showcase. All six finalists will also travel to Cavendish Beach Music Festival in Cavendish PEI, from July 10 to 12 to participate in a public showcase.

One finalist will be chosen as the winner of the 2015 CCMA Discovery Program - Atlantic Canada Award at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, and will receive the opportunity to perform at Country Music Week 2015, among other prizing.  

More information on the 2015 CCMA Discovery Program – Atlantic Canada finalists:

Jason Benoit (Hometown: Fox Island River, Newfoundland)
Since exploding onto the country scene last year with his rendition of Armin Van Buuren’s dance hit, “This is What it Feels Like” and nearly breaking the Top 40 on the Billboard Country Music Charts and iTunes Canada, singer/songwriter Jason Benoit is showing no signs of slowing down. In 2014, Jason inked his very first label deal with newly formed JV Records/SONY MUSIC CANADA and shortly thereafter broke into the Top 30 on the Canadian Country Billboard Chart with “Crazy Kinda Love”. His third single, “Gone Long Gone” is climbing the charts and has already achieved Top 30 status. Jason is currently recording his first album which is expected to be released in early 2016.

Facebook: jasonbenoitcountry| Twitter: JBenoitcountry | Instagram: jasonbenoitcountry
Website: reverbnation.com/jasonbenoitcountry
 

Kevin Davison  (Hometown: New Minas, Nova Scotia)
Jumping into the music scene with both cowboy-booted feet in 2009, Kevin Davison found himself in Nashville within a year in recording sessions with some of the best musicians in North America. Since then, he has shared performance bills with other Canadian country greats such as Jason Blaine, Doc Walker, Gord Bamford and Paul Brandt, to name a few. This past winter, Kevin celebrated the release of “When Those Sirens Are Gone” his single from his album, Only Human, with a performance on Canada AM. As a paramedic himself, Kevin was moved to pen the tribute to PTSD and first responders. The rough video for “When Those Sirens are Gone” has had over 21,000 YouTube views and over 120,000 Facebook views to-date, and continues to reach and resonate with people around the world.
Facebook: Kevidavisonmusic| Twitter: kevindavison11 | Instagram: kevindavisonmusic
Website: kevindavisonmusic.wix.com/kevindavsionmusic

Tyler Deveau (Hometown: St. George, New Brunswick)
Following a trip to Edmonton for Country Music Week 2014, emerging artist Tyler Deveau, from Charlotte County, New Brunswick, has been focusing on honing his songwriting skills. Having recently made connections in Nashville that have afforded him the opportunity for writing sessions with songwriters who have cuts by country music heavyweights such as Luke Bryan and Cole Swindell, Tyler looks forward to recording his first single this June – currently set for a July release date.
Facebook: tylerdeveaumusic | Twitter: tdeveaumusic | Instagram: tylerdeveau94
Website: reverbnation.com/tylerdeveau

TJ King (Hometown: Mount Uniacke, Nova Scotia)
TJ King is a fireball for music and performance. A crowd pleaser, he delivers his brand of country rock with energy and enthusiasm. Growing up in the small community of Mount Uniacke, Nova Scotia, TJ was influenced and encouraged from a very young age by friends and family alike. He’s worked hard to refine his musical talents of singing, guitar playing and songwriting. TJ released his first recording in 2013, a self-titled EP. He was one of six finalists, and the only country artist, in Casino Nova Scotia’s 2014 Artist in Residence Program. TJ received a 2014 Music Nova Scotia Award nomination for Country Recording of the Year.
Facebook: tjkingmusic | Twitter: tjkingmusic| Instagram: tjkingmusic
Website: tjkingmusic.com

Katie McGarry (Hometown: Charlottetown, P.E.I.)
Singer/songwriter Katie McGarry has a country/Americana feel to her music and smooth vocals to wash it down. Her latest album, Waiting On, has received four 2015 Music PEI Award nominations, including Country Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Her first album, My Side of Town, was nominated for two Music PEI Awards. Katie was also the 2011 Music PEI recipient of the Lynn Grishko Bursary, which is awarded annually to a deserving up and coming female singer/songwriter from PEI.
Facebook: katiemcgarrymusic | Twitter: KatieMMcgarry Instagram: katiemcgarrymusic
Website: katiemcgarrymusic.com

The Secrets (Hometown: St. John’s, Newfoundland)
Country-folk trio The Secrets, comprised of Karla Pilgrim, Terri Lynn Eddy and Renée Batten, all three accomplished singers and solo musicians in their own right, officially launched in 2010 and have been taking their music across the country since 2012. The Secrets recorded their debut album, Break Even, in Nashville with producer/co-writer, Peter Daniel Newman at the helm. The release of Break Even was followed by a summer tour which included main stage performances at the World Pride Festival in Toronto and a coveted spot at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival in PEI, among others. The trio also opened three sold out shows for Tim McGraw in Newfoundland. Break Even was nominated for a 2015 East Coast Music Award in the category of Country Recording of the Year.
Facebook: thesecrets3 | Twitter: TheSecrets_ca| Instagram: thesecretsshow
Website: thesecrets.ca

 

The CCMA will be heading to Halifax, NS for its 39th edition of Country Music Week, September 10 to 13, 2015. The CCMA Discovery Program – Atlantic Canada, created through a partnership with the local Country Music Week host committee, the Province of Nova Scotia and generously supported by the Government of Canada through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), aligns with the CCMA goal of introducing programs that educate, elevate and celebrate country music.

For more information about the CCMA Discovery Program - Atlantic Canada or Country Music Week, visit ccma.org.

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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. Local sponsors of the CCMA Discovery Program – Atlantic Canada include the Province of Nova Scotia, the City of Halifax and the Government of Canada through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

Media Contacts
Sonya Koson
Communications Lead, CCMA
skoson@ccma.org
416-947-1331 x210

Michele Charlton
Halifax Host Committee
micheleelizabethcharlton@gmail.com
902-403-5628

 

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.

 

 

Young Guru Is the Most Influential Man in Hip-Hop You’ve Never Heard Of

from The Wall Street Journal:

On a cool, rainy afternoon in Austin, Texas, Young Guru—Jay-Z’s personal sound engineer for the past 16 years—was giving a master class on recording and mixing techniques at Dub Academy, a music school and studio east of downtown. Lanky and lithe, the former high school basketball star radiated a quiet authority at the front of the room, befitting his nickname. While his disquisition ranged from best practices for setting sound levels to navigating life on the road, the audience—which included everyone from gee-whiz interns to producer Mannie Fresh, who mentored Lil Wayne—hung on his every word.

That’s because Young Guru, 41, is the most famous and successful engineer in the history of hip-hop, the man in charge of soundboard operations for many of his generation’s legendary recordings. He was on the ground floor of both Sean Combs’s Bad Boy Records and Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella Records. He recorded Eminem and 50 Cent early in their careers. You name them, he’s been in the studio with them: Beyoncé, Drake, Rick Ross, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg. “He asks producer questions, which lead us to talking about engineering,” says Ernest Dion Wilson, aka No I.D., who produces for Kanye West and Jay-Z and is known as the godfather of Chicago hip-hop. "I ask him engineering questions, and we end up talking about production. There are not too many people with whom I trust that conversation." It's a sentiment echoed by the dozens of artists he's worked with. "He invigorates me," says the rapper Common, who was nominated for a Grammy this year for his album Nobody’s Smiling, which Young Guru mixed. "When I get around him, I feel like we can accomplish things, because he has that type of energy."

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Office Closure - May 8th

The office will be closing at 3:30 today for Canadian Music Week. Tomorrow night we're at The Rivolihttp://musicnovascotia.ca/content/music-nova-scotia-showcase-cmw-2015

Music Nova Scotia's 2015 Annual General Meeting and Call for Nominations

Music Nova Scotia’s Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 at the Music Nova Scotia office at 2169 Gottingen Street. The meeting will go from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. All Music Nova Scotia members in good standing are invited and encouraged to attend.

 
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
 
Music Nova Scotia is holding its annual election for its board of directors. There are six (6) incumbents re-offering and seven (7) positions in total to fill.
 
Music Nova Scotia members are encouraged to nominate anyone who, in their opinion, would be a good candidate for the Music Nova Scotia board of directors. We also invite anyone interested in being nominated to declare their interest by contacting Music Nova Scotia Nominations Committee Chair James Stewart.
 
Nominations open May 5, 2015 and close on May 19, 2015.
 
In each case, contact will be made with each nominee to ensure that we have the permission of the nominee to let his/her name stand.
 
To be eligible for consideration, a candidate must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a Music Nova Scotia Member in good standing (you may sign up and then be nominated) – http://www.musicnovascotia.ca/join
  • Have sufficient time to devote to doing the board’s work
  • Believe in the mission, vision, and work of the Society
  • Comprehend and accept the fiduciary duties and responsibilities associated with the actions of the Society
  • Understand the job of a board member
  • Possess the skills needed by the Society

Before May 19, 2015 the candidate must deliver to the Nomination Committee:

  • A completed web form available here
  • Three (3) letters of support from Music Nova Scotia members in good standing
  • 200 word bio for the ballot
  • Photo

All nominees must provide three letters of support from members in good standing and must be willing to participate in an interview conducted by the Nominations Committee in person or via telecommunications.
 
Nominations must be submitted via the web form
 
Please direct all inquiries and questions to James Stewart.
 
*Music Nova Scotia board of directors positions are two (2) year terms.
 
VOTING
 
The Music Nova Scotia Nominations Committee will prepare a list of nominees. The election will be conducted electronically through votenet.com from May 26th through June 11th, 2015.  Details on voting procedures will be forwarded to the membership on May 26th.
 
NOTE: ALL VOTING FOR BOARD POSITIONS WILL TAKE PLACE ONLINE. NO VOTING WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE AGM.
 
Voting Eligibility
All members in good standing are eligible to vote with the exception of honorary members. Student members are not entitled to a vote.
 
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2015
All Music Nova Scotia members are encouraged to vote online for the Board of Directors, who will act as guidance for all Music Nova Scotia activities. All members are also welcome to attend the 2015 Annual General Meeting, where the results of the election will be announced.
 
AGM Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Music Nova Scotia, 2169 Gottingen Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
 
AGM Agenda Considerations:

  • Minutes of preceding general meeting;
  • Consideration of the annual report of the Directors;
  • Consideration of the financial statements, including balance sheet and operating statement and the report of the auditors therein;
  • Election of Directors for the ensuing year;
  • Appointment of Auditors

 
TIMELINE
 
Call for Nominations: May 5, 2015
Nominations Close: May 19, 2015
Candidates Notified: May 20, 2015
Candidates Right to Withdraw: May 22, 2015
E-Voting Opens: May 26, 2015
E-Voting Closes: June 11, 2015
Results: June 16, 2015
 
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For more information:
Lisa Stitt
Member Relations/Operations Manager
Music Nova Scotia
(902) 423-0291

 

 

The Buzz Killer: How To Shield Your Bass

from no treble

. . . we’re going to talk about an all too common problem: the humming and/or buzzing you get from radio frequency waves interfering with the electronic signal in your bass.

These waves can be emitted from any number of sources, many of which are common on the stage and in the home. Neon and fluorescent lights, central AC and refrigeration units and old “tube type” computer monitors are just a few examples of the things that will cause audible interference in your signal, thus annoying you and your sound guy, ruining that home recording or just killing the mood when you’re in your favorite practice chair and trying to go to “that place”.

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Casino Nova Scotia Announces 2015 Jury for Artist in Residence Program 1

 

(April 29, 2015 Halifax, NS) – Casino Nova Scotia is thrilled to announce the jury for the Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence program 2015. The jury is a mix of well-known east coast performers and industry professionals including: Asif Illyas, Carmen Townsend, and Ian McKinnon.

“We are pleased with the mix judges for this year. It is very rewarding to know that the industry supports our Artist Residence Program,” states Gary Moore, Interim General Manager Casino Nova Scotia. “The varying musical backgrounds and experience of this year’s panel provides a wide range of expertise, adding value to the selection process. Applicants have an opportunity to have their music heard by top-level professionals, which is a great opportunity.”

Last year’s winners, The Brood, recently finished recording an EP with Joel Plaskett, who was one of the judges from last year’s panel.

Casino Nova Scotia worked with Music Nova Scotia, to recruit music industry leaders from across the province to form the jury that will select the Artist in Residence.

  • Asif Illyas – Singer-songwriter, composer and producer. Founder and owner of The Shire
  • Carmen Townsend, Cape Breton singer-songwriter and musician
  • Ian McKinnon, member of east coast Celtic band, Rawlins Cross. Founder and owner of GroundSwell Music Artist & Label Management

Applications close on April 30. The next phase of the evaluation process includes an interview for the shortlisted candidates, fan vote, and a live performance for the finalists.

Music lovers should plan to be at Casino Nova Scotia on Friday, June 12 for the finalists’ showcase at 9 pm in the Schooner Showroom. Admission is free. Must be 19+.

The Artist in Resident Program was developed by Casino Nova Scotia to help nurture an artist or group’s development to become “export ready”. Working with Music Nova Scotia the Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence receives performance opportunities, and financial assistance to support marketing, recording and more, as well as opportunity to learn more about the “business” of music.

For more information or to apply to Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence Program go to:

www.casinonovascotia.com/air  or www.musicnovascotia.ca

 

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For information on Casino Nova Scotia
Contact: Emily Richards
1983 Upper Water Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-496-6659
 
 
For information on Music Nova Scotia
Contact: Scott Long
Executive Director
2157 Gottingen Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-423-6271, ext. 101

 

Casino Nova Scotia

Through business and community partnerships we work to build and nurture the economic and cultural health of our community. Since 1995 we have contributed over $553 million 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, 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 beneficial for 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.

 

 

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