Tunes at Noon Summer Concert Series Call for Submissions

Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC), in partnership with Music Nova Scotia, will once again present Tunes at Noon, a summer concert series featuring Nova Scotian performers of all genres of music on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from July 3 to August 22, 2019.

 “Tunes at Noon is entering its 12th year,” said Paul MacKinnon, DHBC Executive Director. “Downtown workers, visitors, and tourists in the area look forward to the concert series every summer. The performers bring Grand Parade alive and the music creates a welcoming, summertime atmosphere for Downtown Halifax.”

 The call for submissions seeks musicians available to perform a full hour-long concert in July and August. The Tunes at Noon concerts will be held on July 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31, and August 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, and 22, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm in Grand Parade in Downtown Halifax. Potential rain dates are August 28, 29, and 30. This call is open to all genres of music. Performances will be solo acts, duos, and trios and 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, 1 instrument mic, 4 DIs and cables
  • Sound engineer
  • Flat rate of $250 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 at

  • 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 above, when the artist would not be available to perform
  • Stage plot
  • Contact information (phone number, email address, and mailing address)
  • Name to make cheque payable to

Deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm on Friday, May 24, 2019.

 About Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC):

Downtown Halifax Business Commission represents over 1,600 businesses located in the central business district of Halifax, Nova Scotia. DHBC strives to make Downtown Halifax a better place to live, work, and play by: improving business conditions; promoting economic development; supporting members’ common business interests; and fostering a positive image of the Downtown area. For more information, visit


For more information, please contact:

Ivy Ho, Director of Communications
Downtown Halifax Business Commission
Tel: (902) 428-5433


Music Nova Scotia's 2019 Annual General Meeting and Call for Nominations

Music Nova Scotia’s Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 at the Music Nova Scotia office at 2169 Gottingen Street. The meeting will go from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM. All Music Nova Scotia members in good standing are invited and encouraged to attend.  


Music Nova Scotia is holding its annual election for its board of directors. There are s (7) incumbents re-offering and nine (9) positions in total to fill.  

Music Nova Scotia members are encouraged to nominate anyone who, in their opinion, would be a good candidate for the Music Nova Scotia board of directors. We also invite anyone interested in being nominated to declare their interest by contacting Music Nova Scotia Nominations Committee Chair James Stewart.  

Nominations open May 13, 2019 and close on May 27, 2019 at 5:00 PM.  

In each case, contact will be made with each nominee to ensure that we have the permission of the nominee to let his/her name stand.  

To be eligible for consideration, a candidate must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a Music Nova Scotia Member in good standing (you may sign up and then be nominated) –
  • Have sufficient time to devote to doing the board’s work
  • Believe in the mission, vision, and work of the Society
  • Comprehend and accept the fiduciary duties and responsibilities associated with the actions of the Society
  • Understand the job of a board member
  • Possess the skills needed by the Society

Before May 27, 2019 the candidate must deliver to the Nomination Committee:

  • A completed web form available here.
  • Three (3) letters of support from Music Nova Scotia members in good standing
  • 200 word bio for the ballot
  • Photo

All nominees must provide three letters of support from members in good standing and must be willing to participate in an interview conducted by the Nominations Committee in person or via telecommunications.  

Nominations must be submitted via the web form.  

Please direct all inquiries and questions to James Stewart.  

*Music Nova Scotia board of directors positions are two (2) year terms.  

The Music Nova Scotia Nominations Committee will prepare a list of nominees. The election will be conducted electronically through from June 3rd through June 24th, 2019.  Details on voting procedures will be forwarded to the membership on June 3rd.  


Voting Eligibility 
All members in good standing are eligible to vote with the exception of honorary members. Student members are not entitled to a vote.  


All Music Nova Scotia members are encouraged to vote online for the Board of Directors, who will act as guidance for all Music Nova Scotia activities. All members are also welcome to attend the 2019 Annual General Meeting, where the results of the election will be announced.  

AGM Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: Music Nova Scotia, 2169 Gottingen Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia  

AGM Agenda Considerations:

  • Minutes of preceding general meeting;
  • Consideration of the annual report of the Directors;
  • Consideration of the financial statements, including balance sheet and operating statement and the report of the auditors therein;
  • Election of Directors for the ensuing year;
  • Appointment of Auditors  


Call to Reoffer: April  30, 2019
Reoffer Closes: May 7, 2019
Call for Nominations: May 13, 2019
Nominations Close: May 27, 2019
Candidates Notified: May 29, 2019
Candidates Right to Withdraw: May 31, 2019
E-Voting Opens: June 3, 2019
E-Voting Closes: June 24, 2019
Results: June 25, 2019


For more information:
Lisa Stitt
Interim Executive Director
Music Nova Scotia
(902) 423-0291


Music Nova Scotia Job Opportunity - Canada Summer Jobs

Digital Marketing Coordinator
Deadline for Applications: June 3, 2019. 5pm ADT. 
Start date July 2 - End date August 23rd. 30hrs/wk
Pay - $17/hr


Music Nova Scotia is currently seeking a like-minded, enthusiastic, and results driven digital marketing coordinator to join our team. The successful candidate will be responsible for aiding in strategy, execution, and performance monitoring of innovative marketing initiatives across multiple digital platforms.The ideal candidate will excel in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment and will be able to pivot quickly. To be successful in this role, you must possess strong communication skills, organizational abilities, demonstrate passion and commitment on a daily basis, and be an excellent team member. 

Digital Marketing Coordinator Responsibilities: 
Supporting marketing initiatives.
Creating and managing mailing lists.
Editing and distributing marketing material.
Analytics reporting and analysis. 
Website management and editing. 
Create and manage marketing campaigns on multiple digital platforms.
Researching market trends.
Coordinating marketing events.
Developing and sourcing content for digital platforms.
Building a strong SEO & SEM strategy and tweak on an ongoing basis.
Social media assistance, planning, and monitoring.

Digital Marketing Coordinator Requirements: 
Demonstrated interest in marketing, advertising, or equivalent.
Active and comfortable on social media.
Knowledge of CMS.
Excellent copywriting and copy editing skills.
Highly organized.
Strong computer literacy.
Project management experience.
Strong attention to detail.
Knowledge of web analytics.
Strong presentation skills.

Familiarity with the following tools: 
SEO and SEM campaign tools (Google Adwords, etc)
Email marketing campaign software (MailChimp, Constant Contact, etc)
Content management systems (WordPress, etc)
Social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, etc)
Social media management software (Sprout Social, etc)

Eligibility Criteria

The Youth Employment Strategy (YES) is the Government of Canada’s interdepartmental initiative that seeks to help young people aged 15 to 30 years gain the skills, abilities and work experience they need to find and maintain quality employment. Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) is delivered by Employment and Social Development Canada and falls under one of the Youth Employment Strategy program streams (Summer Work Experience).

CSJ 2019 includes new expanded eligibility to include all youth aged 15 to 30, which means youth who are not students are eligible. This change has been made to complement the Government's renewal of the Youth Employment Strategy (YES), announced in Budget 2018. A modernized YES will be implemented over five years to ensure that youth, including those who face unique barriers, achieve their potential in an evolving labour market.

To be eligible, participants must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment;
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

International students are not eligible participants. International students include anyone who is temporarily in Canada for studies and who is not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada.

Apply through the application link only. Please attached your resume in PDF when applying. 

If you have any questions please contact:
Interim Executive Director
Lisa Stitt
Direct: 902 423 0291


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