2013 Music Nova Scotia Award Nominees Announced: Classified, Jenn Grant, and Erin Costelo Each Receive Seven Nods; Gordie Sampson to Host Songwriters Circle


(September 5, Halifax, NS)  Hip Hop sensation Classified, prolific pop songwriter Jenn Grant and vocal powerhouse Erin Costelo lead the pack with seven Music Nova Scotia award nominations. Both artists received nominations in major categories, including Recording of the Year and Entertainer of the year. The awards will be presented Sunday, November 10th during Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week festivities in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
Other artists receiving multiple nominations include Matt Mays with six, and Old Man Luedecke and The Stanfields with five nominations. 
All current members of Music Nova Scotia are eligible to vote for this year’s Music and Industry Awards which will take place through an online voting system beginning on Thursday, September 5th and closing on Thursday, September 26th at 5pm. Voting instructions will be sent to the membership on September 5th via email. 
Entertainer of the Year Public Vote!
The Music Nova Scotia Entertainer of the Year Award is an online vote open to the public! The nominees are Classified, Jenn Grant, Matt Mays, Old Man Luedecke, Ryan Cook and The Stanfields.  Visit musicnovascotia.ca/entertaineroftheyear and vote for your favourite! Voting closes on Saturday, October 5th and the winner will be announced at the NSLC Gala Awards Show on Sunday, November 10th.
The NSLC Gala Awards Show
The Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion will play host to the NSLC Gala Awards Show on Sunday, November 10 with performances by Jenn Grant, Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac, The Tom Fun Orchestra, Mo KenneyRhapsody Quintet and more to be announced. Entertainer of the Year, Male and Female Artist of the Year, Recording of the Year, Group Recording, Video, SOCAN Songwriter of the Year and New Artist of the Year Awards winners will be announced at the NSLC Gala Awards Show.
Admission is $39.99 + convenience fee and tickets are available through Ticketpro: 1-888-311-9090, online with credit or debit card at nsmw.ca/tickets and the Charlotte Street Pharmasave ticket outlet in Sydney, Cape Breton.
Songs & Stories with host Gordie Sampson
The Boardmore Playhouse will sell out quickly as Cape Breton’s Gordie Sampson brings together Christine Campbell, Dylan Guthro, Heather Green, Jennah Barry, Mike Ryan of The Town Heroes and Tim Crabtree of Paper Beat Scissors for an evening of songs and the stories behind them.
Admission is $29.99 + convenience fee and tickets are available through Ticketpro: 1-888-311-9090, online with credit or debit card at nsmw.ca/tickets and the Charlotte Street Pharmasave ticket outlet in Sydney, Cape Breton.
Showcasing Schedule Released
Music fans and international guests will gather over three nights to take in over 85 performances from Nova Scotian artists in six venues throughout downtown Sydney.  The full schedule can be found here.
Music Nova Scotia wishes to thank everyone who applied and encourage you all to apply again in 2014.  Artists who submitted to showcase but were not selected are entitled to a discounted delegate pass at a rate of $60, available only through Music Nova Scotia.  Passes can be purchased through Lisa over the phone at 902-423-0291 with Visa or MasterCard or in person with any method at the office.
The 2013 Music Nova Scotia Music Award Nominees are:
Entertainer of the Year
Jenn Grant
Matt Mays
Old Man Luedecke
Ryan Cook
The Stanfields
Female Artist Recording of the Year
Presented by Delta Hotels and Resorts
Erin Costelo - We Can Get Over
Gabrielle Papillon - Little Bug
Gianna Lauren - On Personhood
Jenn Grant - The Beautiful Wild
Mo Kenney - Mo Kenney
Ruth Minnikin - The Minnikins’ Photo Album
Group Recording of the Year
Acres and Acres - Truth & Sky
Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac - Seinn
The Barra MacNeils - The Celtic Colours Sessions
Quiet Parade - Old Haunts
The Stanfields - Death & Taxes
The Tom Fun Orchestra - Earthworm Heart
Male Artist Recording of the Year
Presented by Delta Hotels and Resorts
Classified - Classified
David Myles - In the Nighttime
Matt Mays - Coyote
Old Man Luedecke - Tender Is The Night
Ryan Cook - Wrestling With Demons
Thom Swift - The Fortunate Few
Music Video of the Year
Classified - Inner Ninja, Directed by RT!
Heather Green - Sweet Little Something, Directed by Krista Davis
Jenn Grant - The Fighter, Directed by Jason Levangie
Matt Mays - Indio, Directed by Michael Maxxis
Old Man Luedecke - Little Stream of Whiskey, Directed by Noah Pink
The Stanfields - Death & Taxes, Directed by Aram Kouyoumdjian
New Artist of the Year
Presented by Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage
Alan Jeffries - Coffee ‘til Midnight
Breagh Mackinnon - Where The Days Went
Christine Campbell - Christine Campbell
Dark for Dark - Warboats
Mo Kenney - Mo Kenney
The Chronos Band - Boots the Cat
Recording of the Year
Presented by Krista Keough Creative Communications
Classified - Classified
Erin Costelo - We Can Get Over
Heather Green - Your Last War
Jenn Grant - The Beautiful Wild
Matt Mays - Coyote
Old Man Luedecke - Tender Is The Night
SOCAN Songwriter of the Year
Presented by SOCAN
Classified - Inner Ninja, Written By: Luke Boyd, David Myles, Mike Boyd & Mark Pellizzer
Erin Costelo - Oh Me Oh My, Written by:  Erin Costelo
Gabrielle Papillon - Go Into The Night, Written by: Gabrielle Papillon
Jenn Grant - I’ve Got Your Fire, Written by: Jenn Grant
Matt Mays - Take It On Faith, Written by: Matt Mays
Mo Kenney - Sucker, Written by:  Mo Kenney
Alternative Recording of the Year
Dance Movie - Interlopers
Hermitofthewoods - Land of the Lotus Eaters
Quiet Parade - Old Haunts
Ruth Minnikin - The Minnikins’ Photo Album
The Odd Socks - Weekday Blues
The Tom Fun Orchestra - Earthworm Heart
Blues Recording of the Year
Charlie A’Court - Triumph & Disaster
Dan Doiron - From Deep Inside
Glenn Parker MacNeil - Guitar Man
Shirley Jackson & Her Good Rockin’ Daddys - When The Money’s All Gone
Thom Swift - The Fortunate Few
Working Class Band - Restless
Children’s Recording of the Year
Basinview Rocks - Music Is Our Playground
Jamie Junger - Fishin’ For Pickles
Little Miss Moffat - Wild About Nature
The Little Ditties - The Little Ditties
Country/Bluegrass Recording of the Year 
Alan Jeffries - Coffee ‘til Midnight
Amanda Riley - It Coulda Been Me
Dana Beeler - The Long Goodbye
Grassmarket - You are for the Ocean
Pretty Archie - Steel City
Ryan Cook - Wrestling With Demons
DJ of the Year
AA Wallace
DJ Dollar
Jules Bangsworth
Ryan Hemsworth
Skratch Bastid
Digital Artist of the Year
David Myles
Jenn Grant
The Caravan
The Stanfields
Zac Crouse
Electronic Recording of the Year
AA Wallace - (disambiguation)
Doug Barron - My Ghost in the Bush of Life
Electric City Underground - Migration
Joshua Van Tassel - Dream Date
Scientists of Sound - Electric Scissors
Folk Recording of the Year
Acres and Acres - Truth & Sky
Dave Gunning - No More Pennies
Gabrielle Papillon - Little Bug
Old Man Luedecke - Tender is the Night
Willie Stratton - The River EP
Zac Crouse - Paddle to the Ocean
Francophone Recording of the Year
Maxim Cormier - Maxim Cormier
Nicole LeBlanc - Entre deux portes
Yvette d’Entremont - La voix de la mer
Hip Hop Recording of the Year
Cam Smith - Ocean Blue
Classified - Classified
J-Bru - Stranger in my Hometown
Quake Matthews - Corrado
The Caravan - The Caravan
Inspirational Recording of the Year
Dave Bartlett - Songs of Dave Bartlett
Elizabeth Deveau - Everything’s Changed
Matt Brouwer - Till The Sunrise
Through His Grace - From Genesis to Revelation
Jazz Recording of the Year
Daniel Matto - Groovin’ With The DMQ
Eileen Joyce - Life Is Too Short
Swingology - Taking a Chance
The Chronos Band - Boots the Cat
Loud Recording of the Year
A Sight for Sewn Eyes - Alone Together
Black Moor - Lethal Waters
Orchid’s Curse - Words
Musician of the Year
Presented by Soundpark Studios
Darren McMullen
Erin Costelo
Jamie Gatti
Keith Mullins
Thom Swift
Zach MacLean
Pop Recording of the Year
Erin Costelo - We Can Get Over
Gianna Lauren - On Personhood
Heather Green - Your Last War
Jenn Grant - The Beautiful Wild
Mo Kenney - Mo Kenney
This Sound Will Save You - Let the Night Lead You
Rock Recording of the Year
Air Traffic Control - Tear The House Down
Jessie Brown - Jessie Brown
Lead Mule - Lead Mule
Matt Mays - Coyote
Rain Over St. Ambrose - Truth For News
The Stanfields - Death & Taxes
Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year
Presented by The Old Triangle
Chrissy Crowley - Last Night’s Fun
Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac - Seinn
Maxim Cormier - Maxim Cormier
Prairie Sea - Prairie Sea
Rachel Davis - Turns
The Barra MacNeils - The Celtic Colours Sessions
The 2013 Music Nova Scotia Industry Award Nominees are:
Booking Agent of the Year
Bruce Morel - Music Marketing International Inc.
Jason MacIsaac - JJ Bookings
Shimon Walt - Walt Music
Stephanie Purcell - LimeLight Group
Tiffany Spencer - Let’s Riot! Music
Community Presenter of the Year
Presented by New Dawn Enterprises
Chester Playhouse
Evergreen Theatre
Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women & Song
Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society
Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre
Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre
Company of the Year
Acadian Embassy
Forward Music Group
GroundSwell Music
Marcato Digital
Pigeon Row Public Relations
Sonic Entertainment Group
Corporate Sponsor of the Year
Casino Nova Scotia
Marcato Digital Solutions
Molson Coors Canada
Rogers - Lite 92.9 and News 95.7
The Cape Breton Post
Educator of the Year
Presented by Halifax Pop Explosion
Carol Coutts
Craig Mercer
Erin Costelo
Greg Simm
Keith Mullins
Shimon Walt
Event of the Year
Celtic Colours International Festival
East Coast Rockabilly Riot
Full Circle Festival
Halifax Pop Explosion
Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women & Song
In The Dead of Winter Festival
Industry Professional of the Year
Don Brownrigg
Ian McKinnon - GroundSwell Music
Josh White - Halifax Pop Explosion
Kimberly Sinclair - SpinCount Music & Promotions
Stephanie Purcell - LimeLight Group
Trevor Murphy - Acadian Embassy
Manager of the Year
Ian McKinnon
Jason Burns
Josh Pothier
Myke Bulley
Sheri Jones
Tiffany Spencer
Media Professional of the Year
Jen Ochej - Sea Legs Collective
Jill Chappell - Global News
Jimmie Inch - East Coast Countdown
Stephanie Johns - The Coast
Stephen Cooke - The Chronicle Herald
Trevor Murphy - Halifax Is Burning
Producer of the Year
Craig Mercer/Colin Crowell
Daniel Ledwell
Erin Costelo
Fred Lavery
Jamie Foulds
Tim Feswick
Production Company of the Year
Christie Lites
Sound Source Pro Audio
II Eleven Backline Rentals
Sound Systems Plus
Promoter of the Year
Ashley Moran
Mike Campbell
Mark Horton
Nick Dugas
Tiffany Spencer
Trevor Murphy
Publicist of the Year
Grace Russell  - Jones & Co.
Josh Hogan - Red Tentacle
Kimberly Sinclair - Spincount Music & Promotions
Matt Charlton - Pigeon Row
Peggy Walt - Cultural Affairs Consulting & Promotion
Wendy Phillips - Phillips Public Relations Ltd.
Radio Program of the Year
The East Coast Countdown - Syndicated
East Coast Rising - 101.5 FM The Hawk
East Coast Road Trip - East Coast FM 94.1
Halifax Is Burning - CKDU 88.1 FM
Meet The Music - The Coast 89.7
Sounds Atlantic - 98.9 XFM
Radio Station of the Year
Presented by Theriault Financial
101.5 FM The Hawk
Lite 92.9 Today’s Lite Rock
Recording Studio of the Year
Codapop Studios
Echo Chamber Audio
Lakewind Sound Studios Ltd.
Soundpark Studios
The Old Confidence Lodge, Studio & Stage
The Sonic Temple Recording Studio
Studio Engineer of the Year
Charles Austin 
Daniel Ledwell
Darren Van Niekerk 
Diego Medina 
Jamie Foulds 
Michael Shepherd 
Technician of the Year
Brad Stevens
Danny Thomas
Georgia Richards
Kirstan Moore
Stephen “Snickers” Smith
Trevor DeSouza
Venue of the Year
Cape Breton Fudge Company
Governors Pub & Eatery
Gus’ Pub & Grill
Michael’s Bar & Grill
The Company House
The Seahorse Tavern
Visual Artist of the Year
Presented by Vibe Creative Group
Daniel Ledwell
Jeff Clairmont
Justin MacPherson Wiles 
Margot Durling
Mat Dunlap
Scott Blackburn
Volunteer of the Year
Dana Beeler
Errin Williams-Spidle
Heather Gillis
Mary-Beth Waldram
Stephanie Muise
Music Nova Scotia would like to acknowledge the support of Molson Canadian, The Province of Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, FACTOR, SOCAN Foundation, CBMIC, Cape Breton Post, The Coast 89.7FM, The NSLC, Cape Breton University - Shannon School of Business, Holiday Inn Sydney Waterfront, Marcato Digital, Ticketpro, Canadian Country Music Association, Canadian Independent Music Association, Music Managers Forum, FéCANE and SOCAN.


For more information, please visit nsmw.ca or contact:
Lisa Stitt
Member Relations / Operations Manager
Music Nova Scotia
nsmw.ca /@musicnovascotia #NSMW

More Than Words - Songwriting Workshops with Tom Wilson, Willie Nile, Alejandro Escovedo and Robyn Hitchcock

The NSLC's Halifax Urban Folk Festival (HUFF), in association with Music Nova Scotia and SOCAN, present More Than Words, a songwriting workshop with Tom Wilson (Junkhouse, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Lee Harvey Osmond), Willie NileAlejandro Escovedo and Robyn Hitchcock.

This is an amazing opportunity to learn about the art and nature of songwriting from four talented, internationally recognised and accomplished songwriters and performers.

Two educational sessions, hosted by SOCAN's Tim Hardy, will take place at The Carleton Music Bar & Grill, 1685 Argyle St., Halifax, N.S. The sessions will provide information on the art of music composition, lyric writing, and the business of songwriting. Due to the overwhelming demand at last year's sessions, these workshops have been moved into the back half of the main dining room at the Carleton.

1st Session: Saturday, August 31st. Featuring Tom Wilson and Willie Nile1pm

2nd Session: Sunday, September 1st. Featuring Alejandro Escovedo and Robyn Hitchcock1pm

The workshop series is free and open to the public. There are only 40 spots available in each session, so please RSVP as soon as possible to rsvp@musicnovascotia.ca with the subject line “HUFF”. Spots will held for those who RSVP, and will given out on a first come, first served basis on the day of the workshops, should any remain. RSVP’s must be received no later than Friday, August 30th. You may attend both sessions, but please indicate clearly which session(s) you want to attend.  Only two names per RSVP email please.

For more information, please contact:

Serge Samson
Event and Member Training Manager
Music Nova Scotia
off: +1 902 423 6271 x 103
direct: +1 902 423 4153
mob: +1 902 499 9880

Special thanks to Jay Smith for the title.

"Maritimes to Memphis" International Blues Challenge Competition

Submissions are now open for the inaugural edition of the East Coast Blues 
Society "Maritimes to Memphis" International Blues Challenge competition.
All Blues bands from The Maritimes are eligible to compete.
Submission deadline is Midnight Wednesday September 8th, 2013
Winning band and solo/duo act from the local competition will compete in 
Memphis, TN in January 2014 for prizes and recognition.
What is the IBC?
The world's largest gathering of Blues acts representing an international 
search by The Blues Foundation and its Affiliated Organizations for the 
Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Act ready to take their act to the 
international stage.
The IBC is a judged "Battle of the Bands" in which 
competitors take the stage and play a short set for a panel of judges. The 
acts are judged based on an established set of criteria. Each Affiliate of 
The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and solo/duo act to 
represent the organization at the IBC in Memphis, TN. Affiliates are 
required to stage a regional preliminary IBC competition, where the winner 
of that competition earns the right to represent the Affiliate at the 
Memphis international competition.
In 2013, 125 bands and 80 solo/duo acts 
entered, filling the clubs up and down Beale Street for the quarter-finals 
on Wednesday and Thursday, the semi-finals on Friday and the finals at the 
Orpheum Theater on Saturday. The 2014 International Blues Challenge will be 
the 30th year of Blues musicians from around the world competing for cash, 
prizes, and industry recognition.
Full details can be found here


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