Tunes at Noon Summer Concert Series Call for Submissions

Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) , Centre for Arts and Technology, and JG Audio, in association with Music Nova Scotia, will once again present Tunes at Noon, a weekly summer concert series featuring Nova Scotian performers of all genres of music during various Wednesday and Friday dates in July and August.
“Tunes at Noon is entering its seventh year,” said Paul MacKinnon, DHBC Executive Director. “Employees as well as visitors in Downtown Halifax look forward to the concert series every summer. The performers bring Grand Parade alive and the music creates a welcoming atmosphere for Downtown Halifax.”
The call for submissions seeks musicians available to perform an-hour long concert July and August. The Tunes at Noon concerts will be held on July 2, 4, 9, 11, 18, 23, 25, 30 and August 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 27, 29, at 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm in Grand Parade in Downtown Halifax. This call for submissions is open to all genres of music. Performances will be acoustic in nature with no backline provided. Tunes at Noon will provide the following:
  • PA + sound equipment (set-up and tear-down): Mixer (12 analog channels and 14 channels total), 2 main speakers, 2 monitors, 4 mics, 4 stands, 4 DI’s and cables
  • Sound engineer
  • Flat rate of $200 per act
  • Marketing and promotion
  • An opportunity to perform a midday concert in historic Grand Parade
To express interest in this opportunity, performers must send the following to Ivy Ho.
  • A short bio
  • Artist website (may consist of Reverbnation, Bandcamp, Sonicbids, official artist website, etc.) 
  • Any website is acceptable, but it must house music that can be easily found and played for the jury.
  • A list of dates, in the noted time period, when the artist would be unavailable to perform
  • Stage plot
  • Contact information (phone number, email address, mailing address)
  • Name to make cheque payable to
Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 6, 2014, by 12:00 noon.
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For more information, please contact:
Ivy Ho
Director of Communications and Marketing
Downtown Halifax Business Commission
Tel: (902) 428-5433

Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence Program Finalists Announced

(May 20, 2014, Halifax, NS) – Casino Nova Scotia is excited to announce the finalists for the Artist in Residence position.  Jurors made the selection following interviews last week. Six stellar candidates will move on to the performance round of the selection process on June 6, 2014. 
Finalists are (in alphabetical order):
•    Ambition – Halifax – hip-hop
•    Jessie Brown & The Black Divine – Halifax – rock
•    Kim Harris – Halifax – pop/folk
•    Pretty Archie - Sydney – Americana/bluegrass/blues/country/folk/roots
•    The Brood – Halifax – experimental/progressive/rock/jazz
•    TJ King – Mount Uniacke – country/rock
“Each phase of the application process has been exciting and surprising. The excitement is definitely growing as we get closer to selecting an Artist in Residence,” states Helen MacMillan, Regional Vice President and General Manager of Casino Nova Scotia.  “When we first started developing this program, our intention was to have a top five for the performance round. What we discovered as we started reviewing the applications and interviewing the artists is the incredible talent from around the province, and the diversity in genres. Following the interviews we had to include a sixth finalist.”
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.
“Through the Artist in Residence program, Casino Nova Scotia is giving the selected candidate a life-changing opportunity that will nurture their artistry and help them develop the necessary business skills needed to survive in an industry that is competitive and always changing,” states Scott Long, Executive Director of Music Nova Scotia.
Music lovers and fans will have their chance to vote from May 20 – June 6 during the online voting, which counts towards the selection of the finalist.  Go to here to vote. The public is welcome to come to the Showcase on June 6 at Casino Nova Scotia. Free admission. Must be 19+.
Finalists Showcase:
Friday, June 6 
Casino Nova Scotia
Free admission must be 19+
For more information on Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence program go to:
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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


Dave Grohl to Tour Recording Studios in New HBO Show

In an effort to presumably battle Questlove for Busiest Musician title, Dave Grohl will host and produce a documentary show for HBO set to premiere later this year.

Paul Brannigan, author of the Dave Grohl biography This Is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl, announced the news on Classic Rock magazine, noting that the series will find Grohl visiting and recording music at various studios around the world. The Foo Fighters frontman and Hall of Fame inductee will also interview select artists at each studio, including Kiss' Paul Stanley, Heart's Nancy Wilson, the Eagles' Joe Walsh and Fugazi's Ian MacKaye.

Read full article here . . .



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