Should CMW and NXNE merge into one "superfestival"?


...that is the question posed by The Toronto Star's Ben Rayner. Given the common ground both festivals cover, and the fact they are now closer than ever in the scheduling, some have been suggesting that it is high time the two entities combine their clout to create a music industry super fest. Read more about what Canadian music industry insiders think about the possibility of a merger here:

The Brood Takes the Title of Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence










(June 7, 2014, Halifax, NS) Halifax-based band The Brood won the title of Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence and the $20,000 in funding for career development. Music Nova Scotia received over 50 applications from artists around the province. Judges narrowed it down to ten for interviews, six for the performance and one for the residency.

“I didn’t believe it when our name was announced. I had to hear it again to know it was really happening,” stated keyboardist Siobhan Martin. As for plans with the funding from Casino Nova Scotia, bassist Billy Taylor-Habib stated, “Our plans over the next year are to record an album, develop promo materials, build our fan base, and do some touring.”
The Brood is:
Seamus Erskine – Vocals, Guitar
Billy Taylor-Habib – Bass, Vocals
Joel Ryerson – Drums
Siobhan Martin – Keyboards
“Tonight was an amazing entertainment experience. There is so much musical talent in Nova Scotia and it was well represented on stage.  It was an extremely difficult decision based on the quality of talent and we hope to see many of the candidates perform at our venue in the future.  Casino Nova Scotia has always been very supportive of local entertainment and is taking that support to the next level with our Artist in Residence program. The Brood is a great fit to the entertainment experience we provide to our customers, employees, locals and visitors to the province. We are going to have a lot of fun working with The Brood over the next year,” stated Helen MacMillan, Regional Vice President and General Manager, Casino Nova Scotia.
Over the next year, The Brood will have performance opportunities at Casino Nova Scotia Halifax and Sydney as well as the $20,000 in funding to assist with developing their career through recording and marketing. Music Nova Scotia will provide career path support and exciting international showcase opportunities such as Canadian Music Week, The Great Escape, South by Southwest, and Reeperbahn Festival.
For more information on Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence Program:
See more about The Brood here.
For information on Casino Nova Scotia:
Contact: Emily Richards
Marketing Specialist
1983 Upper Water Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-496-6659
For information on Music Nova Scotia:
Contact: Scott Long
Executive Director
2169 Gottingen Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-423-6271, ext. 101


Music Nova Scotia Announces 2014/2015 Board of Directors

(Tuesday, June 3, 2014) Music Nova Scotia is pleased to announce its Board of Directors for 2014/2015. All incumbents that re-offered have won by acclamation. 
Board Members (re-offered, won by acclamation):
  • Andrea Dawson Thomas 
  • Christine Buiteman
  • Jason Michael MacIsaac
  • Jonny Stevens
  • Jamie Robinson 
  • Kris McCann
  • Krista Keough 
These members join the following Board of Directors:
  • Bill Appleby 
  • Brian Doherty 
  • Ian McKinnon 
  • Kimberly Sinclair 
  • Mike Campbell 
  • Tiffany Spencer 
  • Troy Arseneault 
Executives for the Board of Directors will be determined during the Annual General Meeting on Thursday, June 19, 2014 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.
For more information, please contact:
Lisa Stitt
Member Relations/Operations Manager
Music Nova Scotia
(902) 423-0291


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