Conference Registration Now Open
Ian Janes and MAJE added to Awards Celebration
The Mellotones to Play Closing Reception

Women in Music and urban music genres will be in the spotlight during the Nova Scotia Music Week 2017 conference. The conference will also explore the UK market and the opportunities it holds for Nova Scotian musicians. Nova Scotia Music Week 2017 will take place in Truro from November 2-5.

The Women in Music conference programming will celebrate the successes and examine the challenges faced by women in the music industry. It will provide the opportunity to network, participate in mentorships, and hear from some of the most influential women in the international music industry.

Men are encouraged to attend the panels and key discussions. One-on-one mentoring sessions are exclusive to the female and female identifying community.

Urban music genres have been on the radars of millions of musicians and fans alike for decades, but despite the massive international commercial reach and success, artists, companies and entrepreneurs in the urban genres are often underrepresented when it comes to institutionalized music industry support and allocation of resources.
The NSMW spotlight on urban genres is designed to better serve the urban music community and to facilitate the growth of urban music in Nova Scotia.

The Urban Genre Spotlight will give Nova Scotia’s up and coming urban artists the chance to learn about how to run a successful hip-hop career, beat production, and network with hip-hop festival buyers from around the world.

For the full NSMW 2017 conference schedule click HERE.

For the full list of guest delegates click HERE.

Conference Registration Now Open
NSMW 2017 conference registration is now open. All of the following must register to receive their pass and to participate in conference events that require pre-registration:

  • Showcasing Artists
  • Industry Delegates
  • Award Nominees
  • Partners/Sponsors
  • Community Presenters
  • Discount delegate pass purchase for artists who were not selected to showcase but wish to attend

To Register click HERE.

Music Nova Scotia Awards Celebration and Closing Party
Multiple Music Nova Scotia Award nominees Ian Janes and MAJE will perform at this year’s Awards Celebration taking place at the Holiday Inn Truro at 7:00 PM on November 5th. The awards recognize the accomplishments of Nova Scotia’s best performers and industry professionals from the past year.

After the awards are handed out there will be a closing party featuring one of Nova Scotia’s favourite dance bands, The Mellotones. To purchase delegate passes and festival tickets click HERE.

For more information about Nova Scotia Music Week (#NSMW2017) visit

Upcoming Music Nova Scotia Investment Program Deadline

If you are a client of the Music Nova Scotia Investment Program, don't forget about the September 15, 2017 (tomorrow's) deadline for the following MSNIP components:

  • Live Performance - Tour Support (for applicants designated "Export Ready")
  • Live Performance - Tour Support (for applicants designated "Developing Artist Level II") 
  • Live Performance - Showcase Support
  • Marketing Support (for applicants designated "Export Ready")
  • Marketing Support (for applicants designated "Developing Artist Level II")
  • Mentorship

For more information about these programs, please visit the Music Nova Scotia Investment Program website.



The 2017 Music Nova Scotia Award Nominees Are…

Jenn Grant Receives 7 Music Nova Scotia Award Nominations. Port Cities and Rose Cousins follow with 6 nominations.

Wintersleep added to NSMW
Artist announce #3
NSMW festival schedule now online

(September 12, 2017 Halifax, NS) Jenn Grant leads the way with seven Music Nova Scotia award nominations with Port Cities and Rose Cousins close behind with six. All received nominations in major categories such as Entertainer of the Year and Recording of the Year. The Music Nova Scotia awards will be presented on Sunday, November 5th at Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW) in Truro, Nova Scotia.

All current members of Music Nova Scotia are eligible to vote for this year’s Music and Industry Awards. Voting will take place online through the Music Nova Scotia website. Voting is now open and will close on Friday, September 29th at 5:00 PM. Music Nova Scotia members will receive voting instructions via email. The public will also get the chance to vote for the Entertainer of the Year Award. Voting for Entertainer of the Year will open on Friday, October 6th and close on Friday, October 27th. Stay tuned for more details.

The Music Nova Scotia Awards Celebration and Closing Party will take place on Sunday, November 5th at the Holiday Inn Truro. All awards will be presented at the celebration which will begin at 7:00 PM.

See below for a complete list of award nominees.

Wintersleep added to NSMW line up
Juno Award winners Wintersleep have been added to the 2017 NSMW festival line-up. They will perform on Thursday, November 2nd at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 26 - Truro. Individual tickets for this show will go on sale Friday, September 15th.

Artist Announce #3

To see full artist line up click HERE

Showcasing Schedule Released
Nova Scotia Music Week features more than 100 acts over 4 days from across the province. The full schedule is now available by clicking HERE. The conference schedule will be released Tuesday, September 19th.

Tickets On Sale September 15th
Individual show tickets go on sale on September 15th. These tickets guarantee entry to individual shows. Wristbands and delegate passes are on sale now. To purchase tickets click HERE. Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 1-888-311-9090, or in person at all Ticketpro outlets including MacQuarries Pharmasave, the Marigold Cultural Centre or the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro.


The 2017 Music Nova Scotia Music Awards nominees are: 

Delta Halifax & Delta Barrington Entertainer of the Year
Cassie and Maggie
Jenn Grant
Neon Dreams
Port Cities
Reeny Smith
Rose Cousins

Solo Recording of the Year 
Christine Campbell - "Roller Coaster"
Ian Janes - "Yes Man"
Jenn Grant - "Paradise"
Owen Meany's Batting Stance - "Owen Meany's Batting Stance"
Rose Cousins - "Natural Conclusion"
Stewart Legere - "Quiet the Station"

Group Recording of the Year 
Cassie and Maggie - "The Willow Collection"
Century Egg - "River God"
Like A Motorcycle - "High Hopes"
Neon Dreams - "To You"
Port Cities - "Port Cities"
Walrus - "Family Hangover"

Music Video of the Year 
Dave Sampson & Port Cities - "Trouble" (Director: Mat Barkley)
Jenn Grant - "Galaxies" (Director: Adam Goldhammer)
Jessie Brown - "DEBT (We Ain't Got No Money)" (Director: Gavin Maclean)
MAJE - "Smile" (Director: Keke Beats)
Pretty Archie - "We Don't Live Forever" (Director: Matt Ingraham)
Rose Cousins - "Chains" (Director: Nathan Boone)

New Artist Recording of the Year (presented by O’Healthy Market)
Aquakultre - "Water Temple"
Hello Delaware - "My Mistake"
MAJE - "*Insert Flame Emojis Here*"
Owen Meany's Batting Stance - "Owen Meany's Batting Stance"
Stewart Legere - "Quiet the Station"

Recording of the Year (presented by My Home Apparel)
Ian Janes - "Yes Man"
Jenn Grant - "Paradise"
Like A Motorcycle - "High Hopes"
Port Cities - "Port Cities"
Rose Cousins - "Natural Conclusion"
Walrus - "Family Hangover"

SOCAN Songwriter of the Year (presented by SOCAN)
Ian Janes - "Can't Remember Never Loving You" (Songwriters: Ian Janes & Byron Hill)
Jenn Grant - "Lion With Me" (Songwriter: Jenn Grant) 
Makayla Lynn - "Sweet Simon" (Songwriter: Makayla Lynn)
Quake Matthews - "Confessions (feat. Neon Dreams)" (Songwriters: Matthew Arab, Gordie Sampson & J Wellington)
Rose Cousins - "Chains" (Songwriters: Rose Cousins, Jeffrey Bowman, & Andrew Combs)
Stewart Legere - "Dig into the Dirt (feat. Rose Cousins)" (Songwriter: Stewart Legere)

Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year 
Mary Beth Carty
Maxim Cormier
Nicole LeBlanc
Ronald Bourgeois
Selby Evans

African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year (presented by the Town of Truro Diversity Advisory Committee)
Ced Marty & Dave
Jody Upshaw
Reeny Smith
Shevy Price

Alternative Recording of the Year (presented by Culinary Creations)
Century Egg - "River God"
Kestrels - "S/T"
Matthew Pickup - "Kiss All Your Enemies"
Not You - "Misty"
Owen Meany's Batting Stance - "Owen Meany's Batting Stance"
Walrus - "Family Hangover"

Americana Recording of the Year
Jordan Musycsyn - "Old State of Mind"
Lynnea Rose - "Rocking Chair"
Pretty Archie - "Sing Alongs and Love Songs"
Rose Cousins - "Natural Conclusion"
Willie Stratton - "Della Rosa"

Blues Recording of the Year (presented by Belly Up BBQ & Grill)
Caribou Run - "Something Organic Will Happen"
Curtis Matheson - "Lust, Love & Broken Hearts"
Elise Besler - "Lean In"
Ken Ward - "We Held a Wake for the Cat Last Night"

Children’s Artist of the Year
Ashley Moffat
Jamie Junger
Keith Mullins
Razzmatazz for Kids
The Little Ditties

Classical Recording of the Year 
Helios Vocal Ensemble - "An Illuminated Christmas"
Maureen Batt - "Lady of the Lake"
Maxim Cormier - "Maxim Cormier Plays J.S. Bach"
Scott Macmillan - "Currents of Sable Island"
Symphony Nova Scotia - "Schubert"

Country Recording of the Year (presented by Best Western Glengarry Plus Hotel)
Amanda Riley - "Whiskey Kisses"
Andrew Frelick - "When I Was Little"
Cassie Josephine & Gabriel Minnikin - "Flower Country"
Catahoula Brown - "The Broad River Sessions"
Elsie Morden - "Elsie Morden"
Makayla Lynn - "On a Dare and a Prayer"

Digital Artist of the Year
Christina Martin
Dave Sampson
Jenn Grant
Makayla Lynn
Port Cities

DJ of the Year 
Dj Fadzwa
Jules Bangsworth

Electronic Artist of the Year 
Jules Bangsworth
Kin Crew

Folk Recording of the Year (presented by The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse)
Anne Janelle - "I Didn't Want to Break It"
Coco Love Alcorn - "Wonderland"
Don Ross - "A Million Brazilian Civilians"
Bill & Joel Plaskett - "Solidarity"
Stewart Legere - "Quiet the Station"
The Barrowdowns - "Come What May Come"

Hip Hop Recording of the Year 
Ghettosocks - "Diamants en cendres"
MAJE - "*Insert Flame Emojis Here*"
Shevy Price - "REPNT"
The Search (Quake Matthews & Kayo) - "Lost and Found"
Thrillah - "Thrillville 3"

Indigenous Artist of the Year (presented by Millbrook First Nation)
Alan Syliboy & The Thundermakers
City Natives
Don Ross
Jade Bennett
L'Nu JoKeR
Shift From Tha 902

Inspirational Recording of the Year 
Dave Bartlett - "Be A Dream For Me"
Nova Scotia Mass Choir - "Immanuel"
One8Tea - "Reverance"

Jazz Recording of the Year 
Arrhythmia - "Arrhythmia"
Blue Spirits - "Liquid Courage"
The Blue Lane - "Blind EP"
Will Paynter & The Hardbop Collective - "Wise Guy"
Zoe Leger - "The Girl From Yesterday"

Loud Recording of the Year (presented by Noyes Records)
Dali Van Gogh - "From Ashes"
Oceanic - "Trappist"
Sleepshaker - "Things Are Different Now"
The Royal Volts - "Enough is Never Enough"

Musician of the Yea
Andrew Sneddon
Anna Wedlock
Micah Smith
Owen "O'Sound" Lee
Ron Hynes
Tori Cameron

Pop Recording of the Year (presented by Open Hearth Park)
Hello Delaware - "My Mistake"
Ian Janes - "Yes Man"
Jenn Grant - "Paradise"
Neon Dreams - "To You"
Port Cities - "Port Cities"
The Mike Bochoff Band - "Distractions"

Rock Recording of the Year (presented by Aggregate Equipment)
Christine Campbell - "Roller Coaster"
Like A Motorcycle - "High Hopes"
Matt Minglewood - "Fly Like Desperados"
Matt Steele - "Songs For Catherine Anne"
T. Thomason - "Sweet Baby"

Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year (presented by Warner Music Canada)
Cassie and Maggie - "The Willow Collection"
Còig - "Rove"
Kyle MacDonald - "Kyle MacDonald"
Mary Beth Carty - "Les Biens-Nommés"
Ragged Robin - "Deep in the Tangled Wood"
Scott Macmillan & Colin Grant Duo - "GOOD2GO"

The 2017 Music Nova Scotia Industry Awards nominees are: 

Booking Agent of the Year
Jason MacIssac
Stephanie Purcell
Val Denn 
Wayne O’Connor

Community Presenter of the Year (Presented by MacQuarries Pharmasave)
Cecilia Concerts
Glasgow Square Theatre
The Marigold Cultural Centre
Strathspey Performing Arts Centre
The Pavilion
The Town of Port Hawkesbury

Company of the Year
GroundSwell Music 
Jayo Productions and Promotions
Leaf Music
Rocking Horse Road Productions
Sonic Entertainment Group
Village Sound

Corporate Sponsor of the Year
Holiday Inn Truro
Molson Coors Canada
NuStar Energy 

Educator of the Year
Craig Mercer 
Elise Besler
Jody Lyne
Krista Keough
Maxim Cormier
Shannon Quinn

Event of the Year 
Celtic Colours International Festival
GroundSwell Music Festival 
Halifax Jazz Festival
Halifax Pop Explosion 
In The Dead Of Winter Festival
Obey Convention

Industry Professional of the Year 
Dana Beeler
Erin McGuire
Kayla Borden
Mike Campbell
Sarah Atkinson 
Stephanie Purcell

Live Technician of the Year
Alex Ford
Blaine Fraser
Georgie Dudka
Jonathan Cornwall
Kailyn MacDonald
Trevor DeSouza 

Manager of the Year 
Alyssa Gallant
Jon Landry 
Kayla Borden
Marc Perry
Mark Cwajna
Melanie Stone

Media Professional of the Year
Heidi Petracek
Hillary Windsor
James Bennett
Mitch Cuzner
Stephen Cooke 
Tara Thorne

Producer of the Year
Alex Meade
Daniel Ledwell 
Erin Costelo
Jon Landry 
Jordan Metro
Keke Beatz

Production Company of the Year
Bernie's Audio
Holland Audio Productions
Rockbound Productions
Sound Source Pro Audio

Promoter of the Year 
C.J. Hill - Timber Lounge
GroundSwell Music 
Jayo Productions and Promotions
Jeff Pineau - The Seahorse
Mike Campbell - The Carleton
Sonic Concerts

Publicist of the Year
Dana Beeler
Grace Russell
Kimberly Sinclair
Hassan King
Sarah Atkinson 
Trevor Murphy

Radio Program of the Year
East Coast Countdown 
East Coast Rising (The Hawk)
Halifax Is Burning (CKDU-FM)
Maritime Centre Stage (FX-101.9)
Route 104 (Q104 FM) 
Smooth Grooves (CKDU-FM)

Radio Station of the Year (Presented by Theriault Financial)
101.5 FM The Hawk
Big Dog 100.9 FM
CBC Radio 1 (Halifax)
CIOE 97.5
Q104 FM

Recording Studio of the Year
Centreline Studios
Codapop Studios 
Lakewind Sound Studios
The Old Confidence Lodge
The Sonic Temple
Village Sound

Studio Engineer of the Year
Alex Meade
Darren Van Niekerk
Jason Jenkyns 
Jordan Metro
Michael "Sheppy" Shepherd
Scott Ferguson

Venue of the Year 
Alteregos Cafe
Codapop Studios 
The Carleton Music Bar & Grill
The Marigold Cultural Centre
The Pavilion
The Seahorse 

Visual Artist of the Year
Abracazebra Productions
Alyssa Gallant
Darren Pyper
James Bennett
Jeff Miller
kt Lamond 

Volunteer of the Year (presented by Local Love Truro)
C.J Hill
Jack Murtha 
Kayla Borden
Lauren Nickerson
Matthew Waterman

For more information on Nova Scotia Music Week 2017 (#NSMW2017) please visit


For festival or media inquires please contact:
Blaise Theriault
Events and Marketing Manager
Music Nova Scotia
(902) 423-6271 ext. 103


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