Stuart Jolliffe was the GM of the Westin Harbour Castle hotel in Toronto but his passion outside his business life was music and the musicians who made it. Stuart was a past board member of Music Nova Scotia, co-chair of the host committee for the Junos in Halifax, heavily involved in the East Coast Music Awards and a big supporter of Unison. His generosity to artists was unsurpassed.

Stuart’s family would like to honour his legacy by requesting that in lieu of flowers, a tribute donation be made to the Unison Benevolent Fund.


Tunes at Noon Summer Concert Series Call for Submissions

Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC), DaVinci College, and Music Nova Scotia will once again present Tunes at Noon, a summer concert series featuring Nova Scotian performers of all genres of music Wednesday to Friday, from July 4 to August 17, 2018.

“Tunes at Noon is entering its 11th year,” said Paul MacKinnon, DHBC Executive Director. “Downtown employees as well as visitors to the area look forward to the concert series every summer. The performers bring Grand Parade alive and the music creates a welcoming atmosphere for Downtown Halifax.”

The call for submissions seeks musicians available to perform an hour-long concert in July and August. The Tunes at Noon concerts will be held on July 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and August 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm in Grand Parade in Downtown Halifax. 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, 4 DI’s 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, when the artist would be unavailable to perform
  • Stage plot
  • Contact information (phone number, email address, and mailing address)
  • Name to make cheque payable to

Deadline for submissions is Friday, May 4, 2018, by 12:00 noon.

For more information, please contact:
Ivy Ho, Director of Communications
Downtown Halifax Business Commission
Tel: (902) 428-5433

Casino Nova Scotia Announces Fifth Annual Artist in Residence Program - $20,000 to support the winner’s career!

Submissions for the Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence Program are now closed. Good Luck!

Casino Nova Scotia is calling on emerging Nova Scotian musicians to compete for the fifth annual Artist in Residence program. The $20,000 prize will provide an emerging Nova Scotian musician or group with financial, career training and showcase performance support through Casino Nova Scotia and partner Music Nova Scotia. 

“The inherent talent of east coast musicians is well known across Canada, but to watch it blossom before your eyes is a privilege,” said Chris Roberts, Executive Director of Casino Nova Scotia.  “The Artist In Residence program is all about giving local talent a leg-up. We’re honoured to have played a small role in the development of what are sure to be future stars.”

Applicants can apply online HERE. Submissions are open now and will close on Monday April 30th, at 5:00PM. To download and review the rules and regulations please CLICK HERE.

The evaluation process will be conducted by an esteemed panel of industry professionals (to be announced soon) and will include an assessment of artists’ goals and career path, demos and an interview with selected applicants. 

The contest will culminate with a live performance of the finalists at the Casino Nova Scotia Schooner Showroom on Friday, June 15 featuring the current Casino Nova Scotia artist in residence Devarrow

The Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence program will provide the winning musician/group with $20,000.00 to assist with developing their career through recording, marketing, and live performance opportunities. Music Nova Scotia is administering the program on behalf of Casino Nova Scotia and will provide career path support and exciting industry showcase opportunities such as Nova Scotia Music Week and Canadian Music Week. 

For more information or to apply to Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence Program please CLICK HERE


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