Back Home: A Music Nova Scotia Podcast - Episode 16

On this episode Dana talks to Charlie A’Court about his new scholarship opportunity and welcomes Post Script into the Village Sound Studio Basement! Also featured are songs from Kirsten Olivia, Hillsburn, The Stanfields, Quake Matthews, and TJ King.


If you like what you’re hearing and want to support Back Home, you can over at our Patreon page by pledging to Patreon you get the chance to win free tickets and passes to concerts and free merch from some of the great Nova Scotia acts we feature.

We’re always looking to feature new and old NOVA SCOTIAN music and musicians. If you want to submit your own music to the podcast you CAN at this link: attach a song file to the bottom of the form!

Make sure you’re following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @BackHomeMNS
And check out our Patreon page
And on Youtube

Back Home: A Music Nova Scotia Podcast is now also available through an app for both iOS and Android. Download your copy today: 

Charlie A’Court - @charlieacourt
Post Script - @postscript902
Kirsten Olivia - @kirstenolivia
Hillsburn - @hillsburnband
The Stanfields - @TheStanfields
Quake Matthews - @quakematthews
Reeny Smith - @iamreeny
TJ King - @tjkingmusic
Tallin Music Week - @TlnMusicWeek


April 1 - Mary Beth Carty - The Anchor (CD Release Party)
April 7 - Mo Kenney - The Union Street
April 8 - Sleep Shaker, Bury Me At Sea, Chamber and Rosewood Annie - Pro Skates
April 10 - Andrew Mackelvie - 1313 Hollis St.
April 13 - Port Cities - Casino Nova Scotia (Album Release) 
April 14 - Dub Kartel - The Marquee 
April 14 - Carry The Lost, Old Blood and Hatchett Lake - New Glasgow
April 14 - Adam Baldwin - The Union Street
April 14 - Century Egg, Fake Buildings, and Rabies! - The Seahorse
April 20 - Bill & Joel Plaskett - The Rebecca Cohn
April 20 - Mauno, Jon McKiel and Heat - The Seahorse 
April 21 - Erin Costelo - The Union Street CMW 

April 20 - 22 with the MNS Tiki Stage at the Rivoli in Toronto, with Hello Delaware, The Town Heros, Owen Meany’s Batting Stance, and more. ECMA’s are in Saint John 

April 25 - 30. We’re excited to be represented by all our MNS members and artists during the week!  Check us out on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@backhomemns). 

We’re running an online contest to win tickets to see Joel and Bill Plaskett April 20 at the Rebecca Cohn put on by Sonic Concerts. Post a photo of “Where you listen” to instagram with the hashtag BackHomeMNS! We’ll draw for a pair of tickets to the show, Tuesday April 18. 

Summer Gig Opportunity

(February 28, 2017, Halifax, NS) Are you a Celtic, Acadian, Folk, or Traditional act looking for a summer gig?  Bay Ferries is in search of a solo or duo act to set sail on The CAT throughout the summer season. With numerous dates from June to September, playing on board the ferry between Nova Scotia and Maine could be your summer job. 

To be eligible for this gig you must be a solo or duo act, who performs either Celtic, Acadian, Folk, or Traditional music. Bay Ferries is offering the chosen act $300 a day (solo or duo and includes HST), plus $20 in CAT Cash (for food onboard The CAT) per person (max of $40). Accommodations may also be arranged based upon the agreement. 

The gig requires the chosen act to be available for most of the following dates:

  • June - 10,17,24, 30
  • July - 1,7,8,14,15,21,22,28,29
  • August - 4,5,11,12,18,19,25,26
  • September - 1,2,9,16,23,30

To apply please click HERE


Musicians must register their instruments with Canadian Border Services Agency prior to beginning work on The CAT (one time). A work permit for the USA is not required as you will be performing on international waters. However, Musicians must register their instruments with Canadian Border Services Agency prior to beginning work on The CAT (one time). Musicians must have a valid Canadian passport and must clear Customs Border Patrol each crossing.


Applications must be submitted no later than Monday, March 20th, 2017 at 5:00pm.



For more information please contact:

Blaise Theriault

Events and Marketing Manager

Music Nova Scotia

(902) 423-6271 ext. 103

Music Nova Scotia Brings You the CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest

PotashCorp Country Music Week® 2017, being held this year in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from September 7-10 is just around the corner – and we want to help you get there.

Music Nova Scotia is once again running a contest in tandem with the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) for your chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play alongside Canada’s brightest country music stars and most cherished legends during the Canadian country music industry’s largest annual event.


How It Works

Each province has been asked to select one country music act/artist (Act) to represent their province in the annual “CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest” (National Contest).

Once all the participating provincial Acts from across Canada are chosen for the National Contest, the selected Acts will be highlighted via an online poll (which will not be administered through a social media platform, but rather a stand-alone URL), set to go live on June 7, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. ET. That’s the time for Nova Scotia to shine! Each province will promote their Act and encourage the public to vote. Each voter can only place one (1) vote for whom they would like to see perform during PotashCorp Country Music Week (only one vote per IP address will be accepted).

The National Contest will run for 10 days, and will close on June 16, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The Act that receives the most votes on the poll by the time the National Contest closes will win a performance spot at a public, official CCMA-sanctioned event during PotashCorp Country Music Week 2017. The winner of the CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest will be announced on June 23, 2017.


Acts that are interested in representing our province on this National Contest are required to apply by clicking HERE. All submissions must be in no later than May 1st, 2017.


Submission Requirements

To submit your Act for the CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest, please email the following:

  • A website where your latest music can be streamed
  • Biography (no more than 50 words)
  • One (1) professional publicity photograph (high resolution, JPEG file format required)
  • Social Media Platforms (please include links to social media outlets you use (i.e., links to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)

Submissions will be juried by Music Nova Scotia, and one successful Act will be selected to move on to the National Contest for their chance to win a performance spot during PotashCorp Country Music Week® in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, at a public, official CCMA-sanctioned event.


National Contest Winner Prizing

There is only one (1) prize awarded, which goes to the National Contest Winner. The prize consists of:

  • One (1) performance spot at a public, official CCMA-sanctioned event during PotashCorp Country Music Week 2017
  • One (1) CCMA membership (one-year duration)
  • One (1) MIA membership to the association the Winner qualified through (one-year duration)
  • One (1) complimentary delegate pass to PotashCorp Country Music Week 2017 (non-transferable)
  • One (1) hotel room for four (4) nights of accommodation during PotashCorp Country Music Week 2017 (the evenings of September 7-10) at the Holiday Inn in Saskatoon
  • Transportation (economy class) to and from the Winner’s hometown to Saskatoon (up to a maximum of $1,000 CDN)


Note: In the case that the winner is a duo or band, the CCMA will review the prize package on a case by case basis.


Best of luck to all contestants!




For more information please contact:

Blaise Theriault

Events and Marketing Manager

Music Nova Scotia

(902) 423-6271 ext. 103




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