Voting closes on October 26th at 5:00 PM (AST). Votes are limited to one vote per IP address, per day. If you are trying to vote from a household from which other people are voting, you may not be able to do so.


David Myles

Nattily dressed in a suit and tie, wearing his trademark specs, he looks like Buddy Holly transposed to an after-hours supper club. But Myles’s music conveys a populist appeal that leaves no one lacking. – No Depression

Rock ’n’ roll’s diverse, electrifying roots dig deep into David Myles’ tenth album, Real Love. You can hear them in the old-school Johnny Cash shuffle and lightning-in-a-bottle twang of “Night And Day.” They pull you by the hand and dance slowly to the swingy drums and ‘50s-era, Roy Orbison croon of “Easy.” With the rousing orchestral thrill of “Night After Night,” they sprawl out into simmering soul as Myles seethes at a lover who’s been running around with another. Over Real Love’s 13 tracks, written as razor-sharp as Myles’ signature suits, those roots grow into a spectacular family tree of American musical tradition—with all its blood, sweat, and tears—that’s as endlessly entertaining as it is riveting.


Hillsburn is a powerhouse. Their songs are timeless, their sound every bit as anthemic as Florence + The Machine’s, but with soaring three-part harmonies thrown in for good measure. After touring extensively in support of their award-winning debut in Canada and the US, the band released a follow-up, The Wilder Beyond, on February 2, 2018.


Makayla Lynn

Named “one to watch” by Rolling Stone Magazine, Makayla Lynn has already earned herself ECMA’s and Music Nova Scotia’s country album of the year before she was even old enough to drive. Hundreds of shows a year and millions of youtube video views has Makayla splitting her time between Nova Scotia and Nashville.


Mo Kenney

With her third album, The Details, Mo Kenney traces her own strange, devastating, and ultimately hopeful trip through the trials and tribulations of booze-fuelled breakdowns, clouds of depression, and disintegrating relationships. On each of its 14 tracks, she unflinchingly confronts her annihilation and eventual redemption, leaving nothing out. The concept album is her most personal and cohesive work to date—combining elements of bruising rock ’n’ roll, vivid psychedelia, and haunting, left-of-the-dial pop, Kenney navigates the darkest waters in her life with self-deprecation, genuine soul-baring, and typical black humour. It opens with a calm before the storm as the eerie sadness of “Cat’s Not a Cake”—about splitting a beloved pet in half as a relationship falls apart—provides a deceptively gentle beginning to a ride that swiftly steers into self-destruction.


Reeny Smith

Whether she is playing with a full band, as a trio with her backup singers or solo on the keys, Reeny delivers magic every time, lighting up the room. Her extraordinary vocals, confident stage presence, and energetic live show make for a truly unforgettable, entertaining experience.


T. Thomason

With over a decade of experience in the music industry at 23 years old, T. Thomason is a force to be reckoned with in the Canadian music scene.

Thomason has garnered multiple ECMA and Music Nova Scotia nominations, placements on Degrassi, songwriting awards and recognition as one of Canada’s Top 25 Under 25 by CBC Music. T. has shared the stage with The Trews, Joel Plaskett, Gord Downie, Collective Soul, Fefe Dobson, Dragonette, and Carly Rae Jepsen, to name a few. Most recently, Thomason has been named Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence for 2018.

Nova Scotia Music Week 2018 Conference Schedule Announced

The Nova Scotia Music Week 2018 conference theme, Building Stronger Music Communities, will focus on three globally trending topics: the monumental rise of urban music genres, music synchronization, and the night-time economy 

With 60+ visiting guests from around the world, delegates will have the opportunity to have discussions about the current state of the industry, influencing positive change, education, international export, career development, and nurturing strong music ecosystems.

Check Out the Complete NSMW Conference Schedule Now

Get to Know the NSMW 2018 Delegates 

Music synchronization is a constantly expanding and evolving segment of the music industry, that has the ability to provide a significant source of additional revenue to artists. Hear from some of the best and most active professionals in the field of sync, on challenges and opportunities, do’s & don’ts, and how to succeed in the highly competitive world of syncArtists will also have the opportunity to Pitch ‘n Sync directly to music supervisors, sync managers, and publishers attending NSMW, they’ll receive constructive feedback on the spot.

NSMW is inviting the management and staff of live music venues, festivals, and music hosting establishments to attend a FREE training session with emerging leader in nightlife safety Vancouver’s Good Night Out team. This session will cover the following topics: statistics about sexual misconduct, legal context of harassment and assault in Canada, identifying risks for perpetuation in your space, strategies for mitigation, policy and procedure, navigating disclosures/documentation and bystander intervention. RSVP is required and is now open. 

In 2017 hip-hop surpassed rock as the most popular genre in the US, for the first time ever. The NSMW urban conference track is designed to facilitate the growth of the urban music genres in Nova Scotia. The urban conference track will give Nova Scotia’s up and coming artists the chance to learn how to run a successful career, global trends, and network with festival buyers and industry professionals from around the world.

In addition to these 3 highly topical tracks, NSMW will be offering one-on-one meetings, 5 minute pitch sessions, and interactive social media workshops.  

Delegate Passes Available Now 

Hillsburn Receives Six Music Nova Scotia Award Nominations Garrett Mason, Jodi Guthro, Port Cities and POSTDATA Added to Festival Lineup


It’s finally time to start speculating: we’ve rounded up all of the Nova Scotia Music Award nominees to showcase the best musicians and industry players the province has to offer. Hillsburn leads the way with six nominations in this year’s Music Nova Scotia Awards, including nods in major categories Entertainer of the Year and Recording of the Year. David Myles, Gabrielle Papillon, Matt Steele & The Corvette Sunset and Mo Kenney all follow with four nominations each. The Nova Scotia Music Awards will be presented on Sunday, November 4 at Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW) in Truro, Nova Scotia.

All current members of Music Nova Scotia are eligible to vote for this year’s Music and Industry Awards, and can head over to the Music Nova Scotia website to do so. Voting opens today and will close on Friday, September 28 at 5:00 PM ADT. Music Nova Scotia members will receive voting instructions via email. But members aren’t the only ones who are allowed to participate—the public will get the chance to vote for the Entertainer of the Year Award, voting opens Friday, October 5, and closes on Friday, October 19. Stay tuned for more details.

The Music Nova Scotia Awards celebration and closing party will take place on Sunday, November 4 at the Holiday Inn Truro, all the winners will be revealed and awards presented, the celebration kicks off at 7:00 PM.

Check out the complete list of music and industry award nominees below.

In the days leading up to the Sunday night award celebration, music fans will have the opportunity to see the absolute best in Nova Scotia music, with more than 100 performances featuring over 80 different artists. Garrett Mason, George Canyon, POSTDATA, Erin Costelo, Port Cities, Reeny Smith, Christine Campbell, and Hillsburn make up only a fraction of the exceptional acts playing November 1-4 in downtown Truro.

You can check out the complete artist lineup here, and the full schedule on the NSMW websiteWristbands and delegates passes are available now.

Your 2018 Music Nova Scotia Music Awards nominees:

Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year
Comté de Clare
Mary Beth Carty
Maxim Cormier
P’tit Belliveau

African Nova Scotia Artist of the Year (presented by the Town of Truro Diversity Advisory Committee)
Ced, Marty & Dave
Jay Mayne
Julia Tynes
Reeny Smith

Alternative Recording of the Year
Beach Bait – “Beach Bait”
Designosaur – “Seattle of the North”
June Body – “Life from Underneath”
No, It’s Fine. – “No, It’s Fine.”
Pat LePoidevin – “Captain Myles & The SPR”
POSTDATA – “Let’s Be Wilderness”

Americana/Bluegrass Recording of the Year
David Myles – “Real Love”
John Gracie – “Hollow Street”
Mama’s Broke – “Count The Wicked”
Museum Pieces – “Plain Sight”

Blues Recording of the Year (presented by the Belly Up BBQ & Grill)
Dan Doiron – “Livin’ Centre Stage”
Elise Besler – “Truth”
Myles Goodwyn – “Myles Goodwyn & Friends of the Blues”
Shirley Jackson & Her Good Rockin’ Daddys – “Things Keep Lookin’ Up”
Wayne Nicholson and The Eastenders – “Diggin The Dirt”

Children’s Artist of the Year (presented by McDonald’s)
Ashley Moffat
Matt The Music Man
Razzmatazz for Kids

Classical Recording of the Year
Con Spirito Duo – “Introducing the Con Spirito Duo”
India Yeshe Gailey – “Lucid”
Jeff Reilly – “To Dream of Silence”

Country Recording of the Year (presented by the Best Western Glengarry Plus Hotel)
Cameron Nickerson – “Detours”
Lisa Richard – “Tangled Up (EP)”
Ryan Cook – “Having A Great Time”
Witchitaw – “The Ride”

Electronic Artist of the Year (presented by Ticketpro)
Smaller Hearts

Folk Recording of the Year (presented by The Old Triangle)
Ben Caplan – “Old Stock”
Caribou Run – “Old Peninsula”
Doug Hawco – “Life On The Water”
Dusty Keleher – “The Way To Grace b/w The Road To Conamara: Songs and Stories in the Old Style”
Ian Sherwood – “Bring The Light”
McGinty – “Till We Meet Again”

Hip Hop Recording of the Year (presented by the Cobequid Dance Academy)
ChanHays – “Here”
J-Bru – “The King’s Home”
Jay Mayne – “Call It What You Want”
Kayo – “Winter In St. Lucia”
Quake Matthews – “Celebrate The Struggle”

Jazz Recording of the Year
The Blue Lane – “Blue Land (Solar/Lunar)’
Jerry Granelli – “Dance Hall”
New Hermitage – “One”
Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington – “Bicoastal Collective: Chapter 5”
Tin Pan Darlings – “Inside a Melody”

Loud Recording of the Year
The Bloody Hell – “The Bloody Hell”
Doom Machine – “Let There Be Doom/ Vol. 4.5”
Dumpster Mummy – “Dumpster Mummy 2”
Kilmore – “Call of the Void”
Spirit of the Wildfire – “Paradisolation”

Pop Recording of the Year (presented by Open Hearth Park)
Christina Martin – “Impossible to Hold”
Gabrielle Papillon – “Keep The Fire”
Hillsburn – “The Wilder Beyond”

Rock Recording of the Year (presented by Aggregate Equipment)
Alert The Medic – “Let Them Have Their Fun”
The Brood – “Transistor”
Jessie Brown – “Keeping Appearances”
Matt Steele & The Corvette Sunset – “Half Girl Half Ghost”
Mo Kenney – “The Details”
The Stanfields – “Limboland”

Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year (presented by Warner Music Canada)
Celtic Rant – “Ornaments”
Dara Smith-MacDonald & Adam Young – “The Lake Sessions”
Gillian Head – “Tidal”
Jeremy Finney – “Tip The Bottle”
Maxim Cormier – “Maxim & Gervais Cormier: Cape Breton Guitar”
Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald – "South Haven"

DJ of the Year
DJ Douvet
DJ Fadzwa

Digital Artist of the Year
Makayla Lynn
Port Cities
Quake Matthews
The Town Heroes

Entertainer of the Year
David Myles
Makayla Lynn
Mo Kenney
Reeny Smith
T. Thomason

Group Recording of the Year (presented by Subway)
Beach Bait – “Beach Bait”
Hillsburn – “The Wilder Beyond”
Kilmore – “Call of the Void”
Matt Steele & The Corvette Sunset – “Half Girl Half Ghost”
No, It’s Fine. – “No, It’s Fine.”
The Stanfields – “Limboland”

Indigenous Artist of the Year
Alan Syliboy & The Thundermakers
Cal Johnson
Devon Paul
Kalolin Johnson

Music Video of the Year (presented by Vintage Mouldings)
Christina Martin – “Always Reminding” (Directed by Ryan Thompson)
Heather Rankin – “Titanically” (Directed by Thom Fitzgerald)
Jessie Brown – “Undertow” (Directed by Gavin MacLean)
Matt Steele & The Corvette Sunset – “Handshake Deal” (Directed by Jeff Miller)
Nicole Ariana – “Act I: Infatuation” (Slowly) (Directed by Nicole Ariana, Edited by Jeff Miller)
Reeny Smith – “Good Girl Swag” (Directed by Loggo Lionel)

Musician of the Year (presented by Koltech)
Damien Moynihan
J.R. Smith
Kyle Cunjak
Leith Fleming Smith
Mike T. Kerr
Tori Cameron

New Artist Recording of the Year (presented by O’Healthy Market)
Beach Bait – “Beach Bait”
Designosaur – “Seattle of the North”
K.U.$.H – “Smoke Signals”
Kilmore – “Call of the Void”
Know Issue – “All Humans Welcome”
No, It’s Fine. – “No It’s Fine.”

Recording of the Year
David Myles – “Real Love”
Gabrielle Papillon – “Keep The Fire”
Hillsburn – “The Wilder Beyond”
Jessie Brown – “Keeping Appearances”
Matt Steele & The Corvette Sunset – “Half Girl Half Ghost”
Mo Kenney – “The Details”

SOCAN Songwriter of the Year
Gabrielle Papillon- “When the Heart Attacks” (Gabrielle Papillon)
Hillsburn – “Time of Life” (Paul Aarntzen)
Kayo – “Reckless” (Filbert Salton)
Pat LePoidevin – “Rifle” (Pat LePoidevin)
Reeny Smith – “Good Girl Swag” (Reeny Smith)
The Stanfields – “Afraid of the World” (Jon Landry, Calen Kinney, Dillan Tate, Mark Murphy, Jason MacIsaac)

Solo Recording of the Year
Ben Caplan – “Old Stock”
Christina Martin – “Impossible to Hold”
David Myles – “Real Love”
Gabrielle Papillon – “Keep the Fire”
Mo Kenney – “The Details”
Quake Matthews – “Celebrate The Struggle”

The 2018 Music Nova Scotia Industry Awards nominees are:

Booking Agent of the Year (presented by CBDC NOBL)
Bruce Morel
Jason MacIsaac
Stephanie Purcell
Wayne O’Connor

Community Presenter of the Year (presented by MacQuarrie’s Pharmasave)
Cecilia Concerts
Deep Roots Music Cooperative
Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society
Merigomish Schoolhouse Community Centre
Strathspey Performing Arts Centre
Town of Port Hawkesbury

Company of the Year
Forward Music Group
Jones & Co.
Pigeon Row
Sonic Entertainment
Sound of Pop
The Syrup Factory

Corporate Sponsor of the Year (Presented by Hampton Inn)
Casino Nova Scotia
Jules Chamberlain at Red Door Realty
Molson Coors Canada
TD Bank

Educator of the Year (presented by Dalhousie Agricultural College)
Craig Mercer
Elise Besler
Jody Lyne
Maxim Cormier
Shannon Quinn
Tracey MacNeil

Event of the Year (presented by Events Truro Colchester)
Halifax Jazz Festival
Halifax Pop Explosion
Halifax Urban Folk Festival
In The Dead of Winter Festival
Nova Scotia Mass Choir Presents – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert – The Dream Continues
United Not Isolated Festival

Industry Professional of the Year (presented by The Tweed Suit – Traditional Barbering)
Andree Gracie
Caroline Murphy
Dana Beeler
Erin McGuire
Owen Lee
Stephanie Purcell

Live Technician of the Year
Alex Ford
Blaine Fraser
Lucas Reeves
Ryan Smith
Trevor DeSouza
Wayne O’Connor

Manager of the Year
Alyssa Gallant
Bruce Morel
Kyle Cunjak
Melanie Stone
Nigel Jenkins

Media Professional of the Year
Ana Almeida
Bill Roach
Hillary Windsor
Paul Brothers
Stephen Cooke
Tara Thorne

Producer of the Year
Alex Meade
Daniel Ledwell
Jon Landry
Jordan Metro
Myles Goodwyn
Scott Ferguson

Production Company of the Year
Bernie’s Audio
Tour Tech East

Promoter of the Year
Jeff Pineau (The Seahorse/Marquee)
Mike Campbell
Sonic Concerts

Publicist of the Year
Sarah Atkinson
Kimberly Sinclair
Trevor Murphy
Wendy Phillips

Radio Program of the Year
East Coast After Dark – 97.5, CIOE
East Coast Countdown – Syndicated
East Coast Music Hour, 90.5, CBC
East Coast Rising – 101.5, The Hawk
Route 104 – 104.3, Q104
Sweet Music - 94.1, East Coast FM

Radio Station of the Year (Presented by Theriault Financial)
CFRQ-FM, 104.3, Q104
CIGO-FM, 101.5, The Hawk
CKBW-FM, 98.1, CKBW Radio
CKOA-FM, 89.7, The Coast
CKTO-FM, 100.9 FM, Big Dog Truro

Recording Studio of the Year
Codapop Studios
Echo Lake Studio
Lakewind Sound Studios
New Scotland Yard
The Sonic Temple

Studio Engineer of the Year
Daniel Ledwell
Darren van Niekerk
Jason Jenkyns
Michael “Sheppy” Shepherd
Scott Ferguson
Thomas Stajcer

Venue of the Year (presented by Ticketpro)
Highland Arts Theatre
Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre
The Carleton
The Commune
The Seahorse
The Union St.

Visual Artist of the Year
Glen Leck
kt Lamond
Megan Green
Sara Russell
Scott Blackburn
James Bennett

Volunteer of the Year (presented by Subway)
Christine Latter-Stratton
Eirinn Fraser
Liz Gigi Sdraulig
Miriam MacDonald
Tim Thibault
Zach Glennen


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