Downtown Truro Partnership Entertainer of the Year Award Voting Now Open



(October 9, 2019 Halifax, NS) Voting for the Downtown Truro Partnership Entertainer of the Year Award is now open to the public. The nominees are (in alphabetical order): Alan Syliboy & The ThundermakersAQUASOCKS (Aquakultre & Ghettosocks)Erin CosteloJenn GrantT. Thomason, and Willie Stratton.

All Music Nova Scotia Award winners will be announced during the 2019 Music Nova Scotia Award Celebration on Sunday, November 10th at 7:00 PM in the Elm/Oak Ballroom at the Holiday Inn Truro. This celebration is part of Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW), held in Truro next month from November 7-10. 

Click Here to vote for Entertainer of the Year

Voting closes on Friday October 25th at 5:00 PM (ADT). 

The Music Nova Scotia Entertainer of the Year Award is presented by the Downtown Truro Partnership

Alan Syliboy & The Thundermakers

Alan Syliboy was born and raised in Truro and lives at Millbrook First Nation. He looks to the indigenous Mi’kmaq petroglyph (stone etchings) tradition for inspiration, and developed his own artistic vocabulary out of those forms.

Hubert Francis star of Brookes Diamond production, “Drum” from Elsipogtog First Nation, Lead guitarist Evan Syliboy formerly with Alan’s band Lonecloud, and bassist, composer, sound designer, video/sound editor,  Lukas Pearse of Halifax NS, plus group leader, percussionist/spoken word artist Alan Syliboy. The show consists of songs, spoken word and stories accompanied by multi-media art film and live performance.

Although this is the core group, Alan frequently calls upon other musicians and dancers to enhance his live performances.

AQUASOCKS (Aquakultre & Ghettosocks)

AQUASOCKS is the highly anticipated musical collaboration between Halifax mainstays, Ghettosocks (Juno Award Nominee and ECMA & MNS Award winner), and up-and-coming, Aquakultre (CBC Searchlight Award winner). These two artists fuse and intertwine their distinctive lyrical stylings on the 10 track debut full-length album, HOLOS, set to a jazzy and vibrant musical backdrop. The rhymes are witty and poetic touching social commentary, concepts of community, and social justice – without coming across as didactic. AQUASOCKS is a rap group whose members’ friendship can be felt throughout the songs.


Erin Costelo

Erin Costelo mines the truth - through writing, arranging, producing and masterful live performance. With a voice unlike any other in Canada she has the ability to successfully float between genres and stages, her unwavering vision continuously offering the best sound and voice to a feeling, idea or story. She’s had the opportunity to open for Mavis Staples, Dr. John and Bettye Lavette and has recently performed with Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Band.

Erin Costelo’s multi-award winning album, Down Below, The Status Quo, was short listed for the 2017 Folk Music Ontario ACTRA RACS Recording of the Year Award, made the Polaris Prize 'longer' list and awarded an East Coast Music Award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year. Her music has been streamed over half million times, viewed hundreds of thousands of times online and landed on !earshot "Most Played of 2016" chart.

Jenn Grant

Jenn Grant is a multi-award-winning Canadian artist. Consequence of Sound called out Grant’s “majestic vocals" on her latestrelease "Love, Inevitable." Stereogum noted she created “something that’s both a bit familiar and a little otherworldly.” Jenn has has numerous Juno Award nominations and is widely regarded as one of the finest songwriters to come out of Canada. 


T. Thomason

T. Thomason is a pop artist living between Halifax and Toronto. Winner of CTV's hit music reality show “The Launch”, T. has impressed fans with his emotional and highly energetic live performances throughout his 11 year career. 

T. released his self-titled album this past September. Described by Halifax’s The Coast as “equal parts scar tissue and sparkles”, Thomason’s latest release is deeply vulnerable and honest. A must-hear for anyone who has wondered who they are, and what’s to come. 

Willie Stratton

Willie Stratton is a tall drink of water from Halifax who sings both ballads for wide open spaces, and ripping numbers for honky tonkin' at the saloon. Joined by a rotating cast and crew of musical cronies, Willie's honky tonk revue is always fresh and exciting  - and surely not to be missed!

NSMW Conference Schedule Announced

NSMW Conference Schedule Announced

Day Passes Now On Sale!


The Nova Scotia Music Week 2019 conference tracks, Professional Wellness and Developing & Export Artist Training, will focus on how to achieve success as an artist, and what to do to maintain your health and happiness once you get there.   

With 50+ visiting guests from around the world, delegates will have the opportunity to have discussions about business psychology, mental health management, strategies to do better business while taking better care, making room for creative growth, leadership, stress management, and personal and professional balance.

#NSMW2019 Complete Conference Schedule Now Available 

A full three days of the Basic Training program will be delivered during the festival, offering delegates the chance to further educate themselves on a broad range of topics from marketing to accounting, royalties to social media, career development, and many more.

The #NSMW2019 conference, presented in part by the Canadian Independent Music Association, includes peer-to-peer support, one-on-one meetings, mentorships, receptions, and various networking opportunities.

To encourage open discussion, interactive sessions, and long-term relationship development, several of these sessions require prior registration. 

Pre-Registration is NOW OPEN and closes on October 21, at 5pm ADT.

If you have any questions concerning the #NSMW2019 schedule or pre-registration please contact Special Projects & Conference Manager Dana Beeler at


Day Passes Now On Sale

The Nova Scotia Music Week Day Pass provides single day access to all conference and festival programming. The day pass includes access to conference tracks and sessions, keynotes, one-on-ones, festival shuttle service, and all showcasing venues subject to capacity. The day pass is only valid for the one specific day of programming that has been selected, and is non-transferable.


MAJE wins 2019 Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence

MAJE wins 2019 Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence 

(September 20, 2019, Halifax, NS) After a rigorous judging and evaluation process, Halifax-based MAJE has won the title of Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence, including $20,000 in funding for career development. Music Nova Scotia received 27 applications from artists across the province, judges narrowed it down to ten for interviews, five for the performance, and only one for the 2019 artist in residency winner.

MAJE stated “I'm overwhelmed with happiness! It's been a journey, and I'm very thankful for this opportunity”. As for plans with the funding from Casino Nova Scotia, MAJE has big plans. "I plan to launch a debut album with a radio single".

Ashlea Barr, Business Development Manager of Casino Nova Scotia, says “Year after year we are lucky to have so many amazing artists compete for this title and showcase the talent we have in Nova Scotia. Tonight was certainly no exception and we congratulate all of the finalists on an amazing job tonight and throughout the competition." Ashlea continues, "All of us at Casino Nova Scotia are proud to have MAJE represent us as our 2019-20 Artist in Residence and we are thrilled to help support the career of such an amazing young artist.”

"Nova Scotia is home to world class musical talent", says Lisa Stitt, Interim Executive Director of Music Nova Scotia. "It is my pleasure to congratulate MAJE on becoming this year's Artist in Residence, he's joining an impressive alumni group. On behalf of Music Nova Scotia, I would like to thank Casino Nova Scotia for continuing to invest in Nova Scotian musicians."

Over the next year, MAJE will have performance opportunities at Casino Nova Scotia Halifax and Sydney as well as $20,000 in funding to assist with career development through recording, marketing, and professional development opportunities. Music Nova Scotia will provide career path support and exciting international showcase opportunities such as Canadian Music Week, The Great Escape, and the Reeperbahn Festival.


Michael Alexander Jerome Earle (born October 31, 1991) is a Canadian songwriter, performer, and entrepreneur. MAJE gained recognition in 2015 when he entered and won a songwriting competition put on by Music Nova Scotia-based on the black activist Viola Desmond. In the final round of the competition, he beat out Nova Scotian heavyweights Erin Costello, Cindy Cain, and Neon Dreams. 10,000 dollars was awarded to MAJE and his collaborators SammSplash and Ashley Burke.

This victory opened the doors to a halftime performance at the Scotiabank Centre during the AUS basketball tournament in 2015. In early 2016 the MAJE founded the group "Gentlemen Mafia" successfully executed a school tour in Dartmouth and Halifax accompanied by Cunny Ross, Kxng Wooz, and DJ RS Smooth. While touring he released a music video for the Cunny Ross collaboration record "Smile" which was much appreciated because it shone a light on black fathers spending quality time with their daughters. The video was entered in the CBC Searchlight competition and made it to the top 10 in the region. Following the tour, he was nominated by ANSMA for the award Rising Star. In August of 2016, he released his heavily anticipated short film "Outhome". Based on where he was raised (East Preston) the film includes the previously released record ETTG, and vivid descriptions of his current emotion and career direction.

In May of 2017, he was one of 10 Canadian artists chosen to attend the SOCAN Songwriting camp as a part of the ECMAs award weekend. In that same month he covered The Coast magazine to highlight his performance at OBEY. MAJE also received 6 nominations from The CoastBest of Halifaxawards including best solo artist and most likely to make it big`. On June 29th he released his first digital release mixtape Insert Flame Emojis Here on Soundcloud and it has since been nominated for 2 awards including video of the year by Music Nova Scotia.


For information on Casino Nova Scotia:
Contact: Ashlea Barr
1983 Upper Water Street, Halifax

For information on Music Nova Scotia: 
Contact: Lisa Stitt
2157 Gottingen Street, Halifax
Phone: 902-423-6271, ext. 101
About Casino Nova Scotia:
Through business and community partnerships we work to build and nurture the economic and cultural health of our community. In 2013 we contributed over $27 million to the Province of Nova Scotia and its programs. As an entertainment destination we are proud to showcase Atlantic Canadian, national, and international talent and invests over $1,000,000 in entertainment annually. Casino Nova Scotia is a tourism driver and supporter. Each year we welcome over one million visitors, many of whom arrived from outside the province. Ensuring we have a positive impact on the quality of life in our province is important to us. With a focus on the arts, culture and entertainment we support organizations and events that help make our province a vibrant place to live.
About Music Nova Scotia:
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 Nova Scotia’s natural resource and promote investment, by: Providing education, information and resources to members. 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.
About the Artist in Residence Program: 
Casino Nova Scotia is working with Music Nova Scotia to continue to build the profile of our local music industry. The Artist in Residence program will increase the opportunities for the development of emerging artists in Nova Scotia as well as beneficial for the continued development of our music industry. Casino Nova Scotia is contributing $20,000 to this program to provide a local emerging musician or group with support and opportunities to develop their career. Music Nova Scotia is responsible for administering the fund.


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