2017 Board of Directors Nominees

Brian Doherty

Brian is currently President of Music Nova Scotia and has served on the Board of Directors since 2003. Brian owns and operates four restaurant/bars in Eastern Canada (The Old Triangle) and is a member of the musical duo Evans & Doherty who this year celebrate their 33rd Anniversary. Brian is President of Eastern Entertainment Agency, a management company, a production company, a convention planner and promoter of concerts. Brian serves as Canadian Observer to the International Fund for Ireland along with representatives of the governments of the US, Australia, New Zealand, the EU, Great Britain and Ireland. Brian is presently the Honorary Consul General of Ireland in Nova Scotia.



Darryl Smith

Darryl Smith has over 10 years of experience in the music industry as an artist, manager, tour manager and music director. Furthermore, as a long-time staff member at CKDU 88.1FM, he is well versed in the landscape of not-for-profit societies here in the province and has extenesive experience working with a Board of Directors. Darryl currently works with emerging artists Walrus and Devarrow in a management capacity, helping these artists develop their careers in a sustainable way. Outside of the music sector, Darryl also has several years of law experience, and - through his work with Phoenix House here in Halifax - he is also equipped with strong communication, conflict resolution, and interpersonal skills.


Doug Taylor

Doug Taylor is the owner of Codapop Studios in Halifax. Over the 10 years since its inception, Codapop has garnered several nominations for Music Nova Scotia Recording Studio of the Year, in addition to nominations and awards won for records produced in the studio. In 2017, Doug co-founded Full Chisel Music Publishing to help address a gap in the offerings available to songwriters and artists in Nova Scotia. Doug has served on the Board since 2014, including a time as Co-chair of the Fundraising Committee. He is a staunch supporter of the local music scene. When he is not promoting house concerts, he is often seen at one of the several fine live music venues in Halifax.



Heather Frantsi

Since beginning her tenure in the music business in 1998 with Brookes Diamond Productions, Heather has gained extensive experience in artist and event management, concert promotion and National and International touring. Clients have included Feist, Great Big Sea, Matt Mays & El Torpedo, Measha Brueggergosman, Natalie MacMaster, The Rankin Family, The Stanfields and Celtic Colours International Festival. 2017 finds Heather engaged as the Production Manager for Aboriginal Day Live, to be broadcast on APTN in June 2017, continuing to work with Ben Caplan & the Casual Smokers, and returning to This Hour Has 22 Minutes as a Production Assistant in the Fall. Heather has supported many not for profit causes and industry associations including the ECMA, Chisholm Services for Children/Blind Date with a Star and currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors at Music Nova Scotia.


Ian McKinnon

Ian McKinnon is president and owner of GroundSwell Music, a Halifax, Nova Scotia-based artist management company, record label and festival producer. GroundSwell’s roster features some of the leading talent on Canada’s East Coast including The Stanfields, Rawlins Cross, The Town Heroes, Like a Motorcycle and The Mike Bochoff Band. GroundSwell artists have collectively achieved national and international success and won a plethora of East Coast Music Awards, Nova Scotia Music Awards and Juno nominations. McKinnon won the 2014 and 2015 NS Music Awards for Manager of the Year. GroundSwell has partnerships with a number of global music businesses including Believe Digital (global distribution), FKP Scorpio (live performance booking in Europe) and Rookie Records (Europe). McKinnon’s educational background is in the arts. Following the completion of a Bachelor of Arts with honours at St. Francis Xavier University he earned a Master of Arts degree in Folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland. In the wake of his studies, McKinnon immersed himself in a music career on a full-time basis as a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Celtic Rock group Rawlins Cross. In the early days of Rawlins Cross, McKinnon established GroundSwell Music to support the business of the band as well as other East Coast Canadian artists. In recent years McKinnon has scaled back his performing and recording with Rawlins Cross to focus on the management of other artists.


Jason Bruce (J-Bru)

J-Bru is one of the most charismatic figures in Canadian Hip Hop. The award winning MC has spawned a lengthy career as an outspoken lyricist who touches on many topics, painting pictures with his words, with every release he puts out he portrays stories through his music that will have the listener relating in some way, shape or form. Highly considered a veteran MC, J-Bru commands crowds and will have you listening to his every word, he has great strength in using the power of music to allow his voice and his message to be heard.



Josh Hogan

Josh is a jack-of-many-trades and depending on the time of day or night he is a concert promoter, artist manager, small business consultant, vocalist, event planner, volunteer and board of director (he currently sits with the Halifax Pop Explosion, Music Nova Scotia and the East Coast Music Association). When not working, Josh enjoys whiskey, craft beers, his cat Rosie, buying local and long walks on the beach.







Michael S. Campbell

Mike has been in the music industry his entire working life – in record retail, record companies, independent promotion, television, talent booking, artist management, event production - and is now the owner/talent booker of The Carleton Music Bar & Grill (Music Nova Scotia’s Venue of the Year for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and the Venue of the Year from the ECMA in 2012, 2013 and 2015, as well as the 2017 Small Venue of the Year at the Canada Live Music Awards) in Halifax. He is also the music curator of the Halifax Urban Folk Festival (HUFF), which runs annually in the last week of August through the Labour Day weekend. Mike worked for MuchMusic for 18 years as host of Mike & Mike’s Excellent X Canada Adventures, MuchEast and Going Coastal. He’s lived in Halifax for 24 years. Since leaving MuchMusic in 2002 he has continued to remain close to the action on the East Coast. Some highlights include programming the pop/rock talent for the National Arts Centre’s Atlantic Scene festival in 2003, booking the Marquee Club (Halifax’s largest venue at the time) in 2004/5 and producing JunoFest in Halifax in 2006. Until he opened The Carleton, he was also a member of Joel Plaskett’s management team. Mike has done work over the years – in many capacities - with the ECMAs, CARAS, FACTOR and has been a director on the board of Music Nova Scotia for well over a decade and is responsible for its annual “Tiki” showcase event during Canada Music Week in Toronto. He also served on the original board of the newly created Unison Benevolent Fund, a charitable organization founded to help musicians and music industry professionals in times of need. Mike has won a number of personal awards from Music Nova Scotia and the East Coast Music Awards (including a special Industry Builder honour at the the 25th anniversary ECMAs) as well as receiving the second annual Scene Builder award from the Halifax Pop Explosion.


Stephen MacDougall

I was first elected to the Music Nova Scotia Board of Directors in 2015, and it’s been my pleasure to work with the Music NS staff and other board members over the last two years. I’m a born and raised Cape Bretoner now residing in Halifax. I work as a Producer with Global Halifax where I promote Global’s local programming and produce segments for Global News Morning including booking artist performances and interviews. I have been involved in the music industry in various capacities for the past 13 years or so. I spent several years living in Charlottetown and served on both the ECMA and Music PEI Board of Directors between 2012 and 2014. I’ve worked for the East Coast Music Awards, Music PEI Week, Showcase PEI, and the Festival of Small Halls in the areas of communications, marketing, and stage management. I’m also a musician and vocalist, as well as a part-time actor and voice over artist. I’d be honoured to serve another term on the Music Nova Scotia Board of Directors and represent the membership to the best of my ability.


Troy Arseneault

Troy Arseneault has been a Board of Director of Music NS for nearly a decade. Currently the owner of The Anchor located on Dutch Village RD in the Fairview area of Halifax NS. Before opening this new restaurant/venue he was the bookings and promotions manager for The Seahorse Tavern for 10 years. He is also preparing for the release of his fourth album with Alert The Medic as well as a board member for Spatz Theatre in Halifax.