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Spotlight on Nova Scotia at Milwaukee Irish Fest

(August 14, Halifax, NS)  The spotlight is on Nova Scotia at the world's largest celebration of Irish music and culture with nine Nova Scotian artists scheduled to perform at Milwaukee Irish Fest this weekend. The festival draws over 130,000 music fans and dozens of Celtic festival organizers from across the United States.  The 2013 Nova Scotia Showcase is a partnership between the Province of Nova Scotia, Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation, FACTOR and Music Nova Scotia. The partnership serves to promote the export of Nova Scotian music and showcase the province as a music tourism destination.

Artists taking part in the Nova Scotia Showcase this weekend were selected by Milwaukee Irish Fest talent bookers attending Nova Scotia Music Week last November in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. Artists selected include Buddy MacDonald, Cassie & Maggie MacDonald, Dave Gunning, Evans & Doherty, Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac, Old Man Luedecke, Sprag Session, The Barra MacNeils and The Modern Grass.

In addition to the Nova Scotia Showcase, representatives from Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative, Cape Breton Island: The Celtic Heart of North America and Music Nova Scotia are attending to participate in various business-to-business cultural trade and training opportunities. Music Nova Scotia university co-op Blaise Theriault has been selected to participate in the Milwaukee Irish Fest Festival Experience Program. The program provides a 10 day training platform for young adults from Ireland, Northern Ireland and Nova Scotia who are interested in working in the cultural industries with an opportunity to experience the planning and presentation of one of the largest festivals in the world.

Music Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization that has worked since 1989 with a mandate to encourage the creation, development, growth and promotion of Nova Scotia’s music industry. Music Nova Scotia exists to grow and nurture the Nova Scotia music industry, to retain our own natural resource and promote investment, by:

  • Providing education, information and resources to our membership
  • Acting as the advocate for the industry to all levels of government and private enterprise
  • Supporting membership in the promotion of the export of Nova Scotia music regionally, nationally and internationally

For the full festival schedule and bios visit http://musicnovascotia.ca/content/milwaukee-irish-fest-2013

Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week 2013 Showcase Festival Performers Announced

More than 80 musical performers will converge in Sydney, Cape Breton November 7-10 for music fans and industry executives from around the world. Festival wristbands and tickets will go on sale Thursday, September 5th. Tickets will be available online by visiting www.ticketpro.ca, calling 1-888-311-9090 or in person at the Charlotte Street Pharmasave in Sydney.


The 2013 showcasing performers are:


AA Wallace Acres and Acres Alan JeffriesAlana Yorke Alert The Medic Andrea EnglandAshelin Asia & NuGruv Banded Stilts Ben Caplan Bill Stevenson Billie Dre & The Poor Boys Black Moor Breagh Mackinnon Cam Smith Carleton Stone Charlie A'Court Chrissy Crowley Crowdis Bridge Cyndi Dance MovieDark for Dark Erin Costelo FloodlandGabrielle Papillon Gianna Lauren Glory GloryGloryhound Gypsophilia Ian Sherwood In-Flight Safety Jenn Grant Jennah Barry Jessie Brown John Campbelljohn/Dwayne Cote Kim Harris Kim Wempe Kirsten Olivia Kuato Kyle Mischiek Like A Motorcycle Magnolia Mark Cameron Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac Matthew Hornell Mo Kenney Molly Thomason Muzik Over Matter NaDaSiMusikNicole Ariana Orchid's Curse Paper Beat Scissors Quiet Parade Ragged Mane Rain Over St. Ambrose Rhapsody Quintet Ria MaeRicochet Ruth Minnikin Ryan Cook Scientists of Sound SoHo Ghetto Sprag Session Steven MacDougall Take Part Taryn Kawaja The Brass Taxxx The Brown The Caravan The Modern Grass The Rockabillys The StanfieldsThe Tom Fun Orchestra The Town Heroes The Will Be Gones This Sound Will Save You Thom Swift Three Sheet Willie Stratton and the Boarding Party Young River Zac Crouse



For more information on Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week (#NSMW) and the showcasing performers visit www.nsmw.ca.




For media inquiries please contact:

Lisa Stitt

Member Relations and Operations Manager

Music Nova Scotia

(902) 423-6271 ext. 102






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