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Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence 2017

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Join us in the Casino Nova Scotia Schooner Showroom on Friday, June 23rd for the finals of the 2017 Artist in Residence Program.

Doors 7:30pm
Showtime 8:00pm
FREE admission must be 19+

Here are the finalists for the 2017 Casino Nova Scotia Artist In Residence. 

Devarrow Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Devarrow is the moniker of Graham Ereaux, a singer-songwriter who blends simple folk with sophisticated pop to create music which reflects an isolated upbringing in Moncton, New Brunswick and a subsequent half decade of traveling. In 2015, Devarrow self-released The Great Escape, a collection of eleven songs written in a leaky-roofed apartment while living in Vancouver for a winter. To support the release, Devarrow toured Canada extensively as a one-man-band in 2015 and 2016, focusing on creating an energetic, captivating and intimate live show performed in the raconteur style. Gaining recognition in the Maritimes - including an ECMA nomination - Devarrow moved back East to Halifax, Nova Scotia where he now resides. With a refined focus on lyrics and arrangement, Devarrow will be releasing a new EP and LP in 2017.

Floodland Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Astute and adept, this four piece take their sound and its delivery as seriously as their audience allows. Fluctuating from lyrically thoughtful complex ballads, through furious noisescapes and back to stripped-naked and earnest rockers, Floodland’s body of work is ever-evolving yet consistently unpretentious. From the very first verse, it becomes clear to the listener that Floodland take their inventions, though not necessarily themselves, seriously.

Floodland’s obsession with detail and dynamics have been reaping reward from risk, evident in the effortless stride from the alluringly haunting acoustic of Ampersand (2013) to their latest release, It's The Fire (2015). In collaboration with producer Gavin Gardiner of the Wooden Sky, a new record entitled 'Static Walls' is set for release in the fall of 2017. 'Static Walls' continues the band's tradition of mixing infectious vocal refrains with deft guitarmony, all the while progressing the band's songwriting into catchier, more eclectic realms, backed up with engaging stage presence, four part vocals and committed musicianship. Insistent in their craft, these zealous practitioners of indie rock produce hooks that will pick you out of the surging crowd, follow you home and stay the night.

Jessie Brown Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Luring you in with her powerful and expressive voice, Jessie Brown is a siren perched atop the rocky shores of Halifax, Nova Scotia. With her power trio's dark and moody take on Rock n’ Roll, the band combines vocal wails reminiscent of Freddie Mercury, Robert Plant or Janis Joplin with distorted, saturated bass tones and rounded out by thunderous rhythmic drums. Once described as Aretha Franklin singing for Queens Of The Stone Age, this Doom Soul trio will entice you to shore, crush your expectations, and keep your heart as a souvenir.

A versatile performer, Jessie has performed as a backup vocalist for artists such as Dwight Twilley, Erin Costelo, Asia & Nugruv, Charlie A'Court, Heather Green, Jon Epworth, We're Doomed, Lazarus Project and as lead vocalist with The Mellotones, Rob Crowell, Larry Bjornson, Jeff Goodspeed and Havanafax’s Jorge Chicoy, Silvio Pupo Montero, and Avi Garcia.

T. Thomason Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

With over a decade of experience in the music industry at 22 years old, T. Thomason is a force to be reckoned with in the East Coast Canadian music scene. T. Thomason has garnered multiple ECMA and MNS nominations, placements on Degrassi, songwriting awards and recognition as one of Canada’s Top 25 Under 25 by CBC Music. T. has shared the stage with The Trews, Joel Plaskett, Kim Mitchell, Gord Downie and the Sadies, Collective Soul, Fefe Dobson, Dragonette, and Carly Rae Jepsen, to name a few.

In 2015 and 2016, T. took personal time off to hone his musical direction and develop a series of EPs. T. Thomason emerged in 2017 with the EP, “sweet baby” released on May 12, 2017 on COAX Records, the first of a series of three. “sweet baby” is T. Thomason’s most audibly interesting yet, conglomerate of T. Thomason’s songwriting sensibilities and reverb-y indie rock anthemic choruses, establishing T. Thomason as a Canadian tour-de-force.

Villages Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Villages are a Celtic-leaning indie folk group from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Made up of a group of cousins and influenced by artists such as Fleet Foxes and the Pogues, the group set out to create a sound inspired by their home in the Maritimes. The result is a collection of original songs that feature poetic storytelling over modern and traditional sounds. Working with producer Joel Plaskett, Villages has released a number of singles which have been featured on CBC Radio, BBC Radio and a number of other Canadian radio stations. The group is currently recording their debut album.