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

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, 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




For media inquiries please contact:

Lisa Stitt

Member Relations and Operations Manager

Music Nova Scotia

(902) 423-6271 ext. 102



We are Moving - Temporary Location Effective August 1st

In response to the rapid growth in membership and the increase in staff size over the last four years Music Nova Scotia is relocating to better serve our members’ needs. Music Nova Scotia’s new long term home will be located at 2169 Gottingen Street in Halifax. Construction of the new facility is ongoing. In the meantime, Music Nova Scotia will be temporarily located at 2157 Gottingen Street, Halifax (above Eye Level Gallery) effective Thursday, August 1 as we wait for completion of our new customized office space.  We anticipate an approximate eight week transition period in the temporary location.

Member Services Disruption on Wednesday, July 31st

The move to the temporary location at 2157 Gottingen Street will take place on Wednesday, July 31st. Our regular member services will not be operating on this day.  Photocopying services will be down starting at 3:00 pm Tuesday, July 30th. We apologize for the inconvenience. Member services will be back up and running on Thursday, August 1st at the temporary location located at 2157 Gottingen Street above the Eye Level Gallery.

About Our New Home

Music Nova Scotia’s new permanent home at 2169 Gottingen Street will serve as a dynamic business incubator for the creative industries in Nova Scotia. Making the move and sharing the eco green space with us will be the Halifax Pop Explosion. Music Nova Scotia and Halifax Pop Explosion will occupy 2000 square feet providing street front exposure in Halifax’s most culturally dynamic and up-and-coming neighbourhood. Also occupying the new building will be Centre for Art Tapes, Leave Out Violence,  a new day nursery “A Tiny Lab for Early Learning”, and residential studio lofts.

Music Nova Scotia’s new home is a perfect example of New Urbanism, combining workspace for the creative industries with residential lofts, all housed in an energy efficient makeover of an existing turn-of-the-century building.  There are five loft style apartments each with 20 foot ceilings, timber frame mezzanines, harbour views and large walkout patios. The lease negotiation is cooperative and needs based.

This building includes innovations like a “lightwell” courtyard, thermally-modified, custom-made wood windows with low-E argon filled triple glazing, in-floor radiant heat in commercial spaces, a rainwater collection system supplying water for all toilets and exceptionally high levels of insulation. The exterior shell has an R-50 roof system with SIPS panels and locally made steel roofing, combined with an R-40 exterior insulated walls clad largely with thermally modified shiplap siding and R-20 under the ground floor concrete slab. This is the first building in the world to use Carbon Cure concrete blocks. These concrete blocks are produced in Halifax and absorbed more carbon dioxide in their manufacture than they produced, which combats global warming.

The creative industries is an ecosystem that is central to the architecture of our communities. This new development is a major contributor to the revitalization of the Gottingen Street business district. Music Nova Scotia looks forward to joining our new community and improving facilities and service for our members which includes more workstations, new computers and open concept networking space.


  • Music Nova Scotia is relocating to a temporary office while we wait for construction to be completed on our new long term home
  • Temporary location - 2157 Gottingen Street, Halifax (above Eye Level Gallery)
  • Moving date - Wednesday, July 31st
  • Member service disruption on Wednesday, July 31
  • Temporary location opens and regular member services resume Thursday, August 1
  • Approximate eight week stay in temporary location
  • New long term home - 2169 Gottingen Street, Halifax


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