Tunes at Noon Summer Concert Series Call for Submissions

Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC), in partnership with daVinci College and Music Nova Scotia, is once again seeking submissions from performers for the 10th Annual Tunes at Noon, a summer concert series featuring Nova Scotian performers of all genres of music on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from July 5 to September 1.

"Tunes at Noon is celebrating its 10th anniversary," said Paul MacKinnon, DHBC Executive Director. "Downtown employees as well as visitors look forward to the concert series every summer. The performers bring Grand Parade alive and the music creates a welcoming atmosphere for Downtown Halifax. We're proud we've been able to provide this opportunity for the past 10 years."

The call for submissions seeks musicians available to perform a full, hour-long concert. Tunes at Noon concerts will be held on July 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, August 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, and September 1, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm in Grand Parade in Downtown Halifax. This call for submissions is open to all genres of music. Performances will be 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 (tax included) 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 Helen Wright at

  •  A short bio
  •  Artist website (may consist of Reverbnation, Bandcamp, Sonicbids, YouTube, SoundCloud, official artist website, etc.). Any website is acceptable, but it must house music that can be easily found and played for the selection committee.
  •  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, mailing address)
  •  Name and address to make cheque payable to

Deadline for submissions is Friday, May 19, 2017, by 12:00 noon.

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

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Nova Scotia Music Week Returning to Truro 2017, 2018, 2019

Festival and Conference Celebrates 20 Years in 2017

Early advance delegate passes and festival wristbands go on sale Friday, March 31 at 10:00 AM. 

(March 29, 2017 Halifax, NS) The Truro/Colchester region will be the home of Nova Scotia Music Week for the next three years. The annual music festival and conference has typically moved around the province each year but after two very successful editions of the event held in Truro in 2014 and 2016, Music Nova Scotia has reached a deal with the local host committee to keep the event in the Truro area for an extended stay.

“Truro has been very successful for us”, according to Scott Long, executive director of Music Nova Scotia. “The central location, close proximity to the airport and venue infrastructure compliment the incredibly supportive residents and music fans in the Truro area. Hosting the event in Truro for the next three years allows us to concentrate on the next phase of strategic growth for the festival.”

This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the event. The dates for NSMW 2017, 2018 and 2019 are as follows:

NSMW 2017 - November 2-5
NSMW 2018 - November 1-4
NSMW 2019 - November 7-10

More announcements on venues, events and programming will be made in the coming weeks.

Music Nova Scotia estimates the music festival will attract over 8,000 local and visiting music fans and result in over $2 million in economic spin offs for the province with an approximate $1.5 million direct benefit to the host community. 

Early advance delegate passes and festival wristbands go on sale Friday, March 31 at 10:00 AM. 

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit

For more information and media requests contact:

Scott Long
Executive Director
Music Nova Scotia
902-423-6271 Ext. 101


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