Casino Nova Scotia Announces Jury for Artist in Residence Program

(May 13, 2014, Halifax, NS) – Casino Nova Scotia is thrilled to announce the jury for the Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence program. The jury will be led by Dartmouth-based music sensation Joel Plaskett.
“I was happy to be asked to help judge the Artist in Residence program applicants. There is so much great music in Nova Scotia that I don’t always get to hear, and this helps bring me up to speed. The Artist in Residence program provides a great opportunity for a young artist or band to really focus on their music and to accelerate their development,” said Plaskett.
 “We thought the Artist in Residence program would be well-received, but I don’t think we were entirely prepared for the buzz this program is generating!” says a beaming Helen MacMillan, Regional Vice President and General Manger of Casino Nova Scotia. “Everyone we speak with recognizes how transformational the Artist in Residence program will be for the successful candidate. Casino Nova Scotia has been a long-time supporter of the music industry. We love the music from this region and feel so lucky to live in a province with such a rich pool of talent. This program highlights our community leadership and support beyond what our guests, employees, and public might expect.”
Casino Nova Scotia worked with Music Nova Scotia, program administrator, to recruit music industry leaders from across the province to form the jury that will select the Artist in Residence. The chosen jurors bring a wide range of expertise to the selection process. Helen MacMillan and Joel Plaskett are joined by people who, while largely unknown to the public, work behind the scenes to make the music industry in Nova Scotia so vital.
•    Louis Thomas, President and owner of Sonic Entertainment Group (SEG) 
•    Sheri Jones, President and founder of Jones & Co. Artist Management 
Applications closed on April 30. The next phase of the evaluation process includes an interview for the shortlisted candidates, a fan vote, and a live performance. 
Music lovers should plan to be at Casino Nova Scotia on June 6 for the finalists’ showcase at 9 pm in the Harbourfront Lounge. Admission is free. Must be 19+. 
Casino Nova Scotia is pleased to offer free music every Friday and Saturday in Halifax. Casino Nova Scotia Sydney has free outdoor entertainment on June 30th with the Andrew Doyle Band and Kintyre for Canada Day celebrations and on August 3rd with the Andrew Doyle Band and Matt Minglewood, in celebration of Casino Nova Scotia Sydney 19th Anniversary. Ticketed shows featuring some of the most popular national and international artists are also offered at both properties.
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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

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Nova Scotian Artists Play The Great Escape and Canadian Music Week This Weekend

(May 8, 2014, Halifax, NS) Nova Scotia music will be on full display on both sides of the Atlantic this weekend, as some of the province’s most exciting artists will play The Great Escape and Canadian Music Week festivals. The Great Escape (TGE) takes place in Brighton, UK from May 8-10, and Canadian Music Week (CMW) will be held in Toronto from May 6-10.
Jenn Grant, Glory Glory and Gianna Lauren are travelling to TGE to play the Nova Scotia Music Week stage in Brighton on Friday, May 9. TGE is a music festival that showcases emerging artists from all over the world. Over 400 up and coming bands play in 35 venues. The event is attended by music industry professionals who are looking to find the next big thing. 
Delta Hotels and Resorts is presenting the Tiki Lounge at CMW on May 10. Nova Scotian artists who will be showcasing at this event include Kim Harris, Chris James, Cyndi Cain, Christine Campbell, Carleton Stone, Gloryhound, Ria Mae, Adam Baldwin, Jessie Brown & The Black Divine, and Neon Dreams (with special guest Cam Smith). Now in its 32nd year, CMW is one of the premier music festivals in North America focusing on the business of music. The CMW festival spans five nights of performances, with 1,000 showcasing bands at more than 60 live music venues in downtown Toronto.
On having Nova Scotian artists represented at both festivals, Music Nova Scotia Executive Director Scott Long says: “It is incredible that both the national and international spotlights will shine on Nova Scotian artists at the same time. It goes to show the reach of our province’s talent, and the opportunities that are available for our artists. I am thrilled knowing that they will be having invaluable experiences and meeting the music industry’s best on both sides of the Atlantic.”
Both festivals allow Nova Scotian artists not only to perform for music industry heavyweights, but also to network and promote themselves throughout the weekend. Jessie Brown plans on making the most out of her time at CMW: “We're really excited to be showcasing on the Tiki stage for our first time this year with such great company! It's wonderful that within a Nova Scotian stage there is so much variety, yet there is still such a strong community,” says Brown. “We're grateful to have the chance to showcase in front of a room full of industry professionals and we couldn't ask for a better opportunity to meet some potential collaborators in the areas of management, booking, publicity and licensing.”
For more information on The Great Escape, click here.
For more information on Canadian Music Week, click here.
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For more information, please contact:
Jeff Lawton
Marketing Coordinator
Music Nova Scotia


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