2016 Music Hall of Fame Inductees Announced at Brand New Sydney Hall of Fame Location

(June 16, 8:30pm, Halifax) Casino Nova Scotia and Music Nova Scotia announced the newest slate of inductees into the Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame tonight in its second and newest location at the Casino in Sydney.  The Music Hall of Fame recognizes 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.  Each year one representative from each of the Atlantic Canadian Provinces is inducted with one additional industry builder representative inducted as well.

“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 Chris Roberts, Executive Director of Casino Nova Scotia. “We created the Hall of Fame as a legacy project in celebration of 20 years of being a long-time supporter of east coast music and culture.  We are very excited to be announcing this year’s inductees in our newly created Hall of Fame space in the Sydney Casino.  Last year’s induction ceremony was an amazing tribute to the inaugural inductees Rita MacNeil, John Allen Cameron, Portia White, Anne Murray, and Brookes and Fiona Diamond.”
This year’s inductees:

·         Natalie MacMaster, Nova Scotia

·         Ken Tobias, New Brunswick

·         Harry Hibbs, Newfoundland

·         Gene MacLellan, Prince Edward Island

·         Joella Foulds, Nova Scotia (Industry Builder)

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 two casinos is a natural fit as the casino is a leading entertainment industry partner. This year’s inductees capture the history of our music, and the contributions our musicians and industry professionals have made to establish our region’s reputation nationally and internationally.”

The Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame is funded by Casino Nova Scotia with locations at the casinos’ properties in both Halifax and Sydney. Music Nova Scotia, along with the three other music industry associations from Atlantic Canada, identifies the people who will be inducted into the Music Hall of Fame ensuring the process is industry-driven.  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, Raylene Rankin, Rita MacNeil, Sloan, The Trews, Matt Mays, Matt Minglewood, Joel Plaskett, Carmen Townsend, Dutch Robinson, Ronald Bourgeois, and Measha Brueggergosman to name a few.

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For information on Casino Nova Scotia                                                            
Contact: Sean Coyle
Phone: 902-430-7170
Email: scoyle@casinonovascotia.com

For information on Music Nova Scotia
Contact: Scott Long
Phone: 902-423-6271, ext. 101
Email: scott@musicnovascotia.ca
 
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