Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence Program Announces 2018 Finalists

After interviews, examinations, and deliberation, Casino Nova Scotia is proud and delighted to announce the five finalists for the 2018 Artist in Residence program. Jurors made the selection last week after careful consideration, the final candidates will move onto the performance round of the selection process, June 15th, at the Schooner Showroom, Casino Nova Scotia. 

Finalists are (in alphabetical order):

  • Elijah Will - Enfield, Nova Scotia - R&B/Pop

  • Jah’Mila - Halifax, Nova Scotia - Reggae Soul /Jazz/Roots Reggae

  • Jodi Guthro - Halifax, Nova Scotia - R&B/Pop

  • Owen Meany’s Batting Stance - Halifax, Nova Scotia - Folk

  • T.Thomason - Halifax, Nova Scotia - Singer-Songwriter 

“We’re thrilled about this line-up” states Chris Roberts, Executive Director of Casino Nova Scotia. “We received very strong applications from a wide range of musical genres, highlighting the diverse talent here in Nova Scotia. Narrowing down the applicants was a difficult task, we were endlessly impressed by the determination and skill of all the artists. We encourage everyone to come and see this amazing talent live at the June 15th performance and show their support for the incredible five final contestants”

The contest will culminate with a live performance that will help judges make their final assessment. The performance will feature all five finalists, as well as the current Casino Nova Scotia artist in residence Devarrow.  Music Nova Scotia Executive Director, Scott Long reported that the jury includes: Ashlea Barr - Business Development Manager - Casino Nova Scotia, Jason Bruce (J-Bru) - Artist, Louis Thomas - Sonic Entertainment Group, and Sheri Jones - Jones & Co. Artist Management.

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 May 28 – June 14th, at 5pm, which counts towards the selection of the finalist.  Go to to vote.

The public is welcome to see the final five perform, and the current Casino Nova Scotia artist in residence Devarrow on Friday, June 15 at Casino Nova Scotia. Free admission. Must be nineteen years of age or older. 

Finalists Showcase:

Friday, June 15 at 8pm

Schooner Showroom, Casino Nova Scotia

Free admission. Must be 19+


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