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Monday, June 13, 2011

NSMW Showcase Submission Deadline is TODAY

get on that!

Posted By on Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 10:32 AM

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Hey guys - if you're looking to apply for a showcase submission for Nova Scotia Music Week 2011 - taking place November 3 - 6 in Yarmouth - the deadline is TODAY! At 5PM!! Run, don't walk! Or rather, start typing your damndest, since they only accept online submissions.

First, check out the showcase guidelines manual here. Then visit www.musicnovascotia.ca/nsmw-showcaseapplication. The showcase submission fee is $25.00 CAN (HST included). Submissions can be paid for through PayPal, cheque, at the office by any method (debit, cash, etc.), or over the phone with Visa or MasterCard. To pay over the phone, please contact Finance Administrator Lisa Stitt at 902-423-6271 ext. 7. The final deadline for submissions (including payment) is June 13, 2011 at 5 p.m.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

NSMW: Third Time's the Yarm

why mess with a good thing?

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 3:20 PM

let's throw some furniture in that shit, mess it up a little
  • let's throw some furniture in that shit, mess it up a little

Today Music Nova Scotia announced today that Nova Scotia Music Week will once again be happening in Yarmouth. This is the third time the town has hosted the awards week. In a release, executive director Scott Long said "Of the bids received for music week, the Yarmouth bid was the only bid that could meet our requirements, not to mention the outstanding track record the community has for hosting our hallmark event.” That low heaving sound you hear, just faintly on the sea winds, is every member of Yarmouth's hotel service staff, sighing heavily. The week will happen November 3-6 this year.

In celebration, here's an old chestnut from Death from Above 1979, who will be reuniting in time for Coachella in April. And what does this have to do with Nova Scotia Music Week happening in Yarmouth again? Well, both of these happy events show that if something is working well, obviously you should keep doing it, instead of trying to create new magic music with your headbands and your half-beard and your garbage glamor project and then you show me your butt crack when you bend over on stage. Don't mess with a good thing.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Nova Scotia Music Week Award Winners

great job!

Posted By on Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 2:27 PM

beagle pleased with hims medals!
  • beagle pleased with hims medals!

Awards presented at the Gala Awards Show:

Bell Aliant Entertainer of the Year: The Trews
Album of the Year: Amelia Curran — Hunter, Hunter
Female Artist Recording of the Year: Amelia Curran — Hunter, Hunter
Group Recording of the Year: Wintersleep — New Inheritors
Male Artist of the Year: David Myles — Turn Time Off
Music Video/DVD of the Year: Tanya Davis — How to Be Alone
New Artist/Group Recording of the Year: Three Sheet — In Circulation
SOCAN Songwriter of the Year: Amelia Curran — Hunter, Hunter

Awards Presented at the Music and Industry Awards Brunch:

Music

Alternative Artist/Group Recording of the Year: The Stanfields — Vanguard of the Young and Restless
Blues Artist/Group Recording of the Year: Thom Swift — Blue Sky Day
Country/Bluegrass Artist/Group Recording of the Year: Laura Merrimen — Love Letters for Lonely Hunters
Digital Artist of the Year: Tanya Davis
DJ of the Year: Skratch Bastid
Folk Artist/Group Recording of the Year: David Myles — Turn Time Off
Francophone Artist/Group Recording of the Year: Radio Radio - Belmundo Regal
Hip-Hop Recording of the Year: Three Sheet - In Circulation
Inspirational Artist/Group Recording of the Year: Chelsea Nisbett - Anchored Roots
Jazz/Electro/Acoustic Artist/Group Recording of the Year: Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews - Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews
Loud Artist/Group Recording of the Year: Black Moor - The Conquering
Musician of the Year: Ian Sherwood
Pop/Rock Artist/Group Recording of the Year: Wintersleep — New Inheritors
Traditional/Roots Artist/Group Recording of the Year: Colin Grant Band - Fun for the Whole Family
Urban Artist/Group Recording of the Year: Chelsea Nisbett - Anchored Roots

Industry

Booking Agent of the Year: Troy Arseneault
Community Presenter of the Year: Little River Folk Society
Company of the Year: Diminished Fifth Records
Corporate Sponsor of the Year: Delta Hotels and Resorts
Educator of the Year: Waye Mason
Event of the Year: Halifax Pop Explosion
Industry Professional of the Year: Jonny Stevens
Manager of the Year: Sheri Jones
Media Professional of the Year: Stephen Cooke
Producer of the Year: Joel Plaskett
Production Company of the Year: Tour Tech East
Promoter of the Year: Sonic Concerts
Publicist of the Year: Matt Charlton
Radio Program of the Year: Atlantic Airwaves — CBC
Radio Station of the Year: CKDU
Recording Studio of the Year: Echo Chamber
Studio Engineer of the Year: Charles Austin
Technician of the Year: Steve “Snickers” Smith and Carl Gosine
Venue of the Year: The Carleton Music Bar and Grill
Visual Artist of the Year: Chr!s Sm!th
Volunteer of the Year: Josh White

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Stranded Stanfields

help bring them back home in time for NSMW

Posted By on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 12:50 PM

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Last Wednesday, while most of us were partying it up at GWAR, New Pornos et al, The Stanfields were staring at a broken-down van in the middle of the Kamloops, BC mountains. They were mid-way on their first cross-country tour when their engine blew. While lead singer Jon Landry is hitching a ride with tourmates The Birthday Boys to complete the tour as an acoustic act, the rest of the band is still stuck in BC and are trying to figure out how to make it home somehow before Nova Scotia Music Week starts November 4 (they’re nominated for six awards.) However, their repair bill is a whopping $7,658 and they are turning to their fans and supporters in the Nova Scotian music community for help. If you find the prospect of raising 8 grand in a week as horrific as I do, visit http://thestanfields.ca/bringushome/ and make a donation to help ensure their safe passage back home. In thanks, the band plans to play a special secret show for their benefactors after the awards week.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Music Nova Scotia Music and Industry Nominations Announced

Posted By on Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Congrats to all. Not to brag but we'd like to point out that the Coast's Sue Carter Flinn has been nominated for Media Professional of the World. I mean, year. Woot woot Suzay. Complete list of nominees below. Awards will be presented during Nova Scotia Music Week.


Bell Aliant Entertainer of the Year — Public Vote
Presented by Bell Aliant
Rose Cousins
David Myles
Dave Gunning
John Campbelljohn
The Stanfields
The Trews

Album of the Year
Presented by MacDonald Chisholm Trask Insurance
Amelia Curran — Hunter, Hunter
Wintersleep — New Inheritors
The Stanfields — Vanguard Of The Young And Reckless
The Trews Acoustic — Friends &Total Strangers
Radio Radio - Belmundo Regal

Alternative Artist/Group Recording of the Year
Presented by Aberdeen Paving
The Town Heroes — Birds And Fear
The Sorrys — Neanderthal Cell Phone
The Stanfields — Vanguard Of The Young And Reckless
Ruth Minnikin and Her Bandwagon — Depend On This
Glory Glory Man United — Zombies!!!

Blues Artist/Group Recording of the Year
The Hupman Bothers — The South Mountain Swamp Rock Opera
John Campbelljohn — Good To Go
Kim Dunn — Take This Hammer
Ken Ward — Living With A Saint
Thom Swift — Blue Sky Day

Country/Bluegrass Artist/Group Recording of the Year
Ashley Condon — Come In From The Cold
The Keats — Good To Be Home
Grassmarket — Port City
Moonshine Ramblers — Moonshine Ramblers
Laura Merrimen — Love Letters For Lonely Hunters

Digital Artist of the Year
Ghettosocks
Jon Bryant
Dave Carroll
The Stanfields
Tanya Davis

DJ of the Year
DJ IV
R$ $mooth
DJ T-Woo
Skratch Bastid
DJ Y-Rush

Female Artist Recording of the Year

Presented by Delta Hotels
Chelsea Nisbett — Anchored Roots
Rose Cousins — The Send Off
Amelia Curran — Hunter, Hunter
Ruth Minnikin and Her Bandwagon — Depend On This
Laura Merrimen — Love Letters For Lonely Hunters

Folk Artist/Group Recording of the Year
Rose Cousins — The Send Off
Amelia Curran — Hunter, Hunter
David Myles — Turn Time Off
Dave Gunning — We’re All Leaving
Kev Corbett — Son Of A Rudderless Boat
Postdata — Postdata

Francophone Artist/Group Recording of the Year
Radio Radio — Belmundo Regal
Joseph Edgar - Y'a un train qui s'en vient...
Simon et Andre — J’l’Essayreng

Group Recording of the Year
Presented by Rudder’s Seafood Restaurant and Brew Pub
Black Moor — The Conquering
Alert The Medic — We, The Weapon
Wintersleep — New Inheritors
The Stanfields — Vanguard Of The Young And Restless
Glory Glory Man United — Zombies!!!

Hip-Hop Recording of the Year
Presented by Coastal Financial
Ghettosocks — Treat Of The Day
The Caravan — Emerald City
Three Sheet — In Circulation
Radio Radio — Belmundo Regal

Inspirational Artist/Group Recording of the Year
Through His Grace — His Story
Chelsea Nisbett — Anchored Roots
Elizabeth Deveau — The True Vine
Jon Bryant — Two Coasts For Comfort
Marko Simmonds — Marko Presents

Jazz/Electro/Acoustic Artist/Group Recording of the Year
Presented by Stayner’s Wharf Pub & Grill
Daniel Matto — I’m Old Fashioned
Jeff Torbert — This Weather Honest
Swingology — Under Paris Skies
Emmy Alcorn — Unveil
Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews — Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews

Loud Artist/Group Recording of the Year
Presented by Symphony Nova Scotia
Black Moor — The Conquering
Obsydian — The Grotesque Presage
Last Call Chernobyl — Drowning Beneath The Sound Of Change
Big Game Hunt — Goliath

Male Artist Recording of the Year
Presented by Delta Hotels
Ghettosocks — Treat Of The Day
Colin Grant Band — Fun For The Whole Family
David Myles — Turn Time Off
Dave Gunning — We’re All Leaving
Thom Swift — Blue Sky Day

Musician of the Year
Presented by Ticketpro
Jordi Comstock
John Campbelljohn
Keith Mullins
Kim Dunn
Ian Sherwood

Music Video/DVD of the Year
Presented by Atlantic Film Festival
Ghettosocks — Out For Treats
Caledonia — We Are America
The Stanfields — The Dirtiest Drunk
Gypsophilia — Hietzing/Battery Life
The Trews — Highway Of Heroes
Tanya Davis — How To Be Alone

New Artist/Group Recording of the Year
Presented by Grant Thorton
Black Moor — The Conquering
Ria Mae — Between The Bad
The Town Heroes — Birds And Fear
Last Call Chernobyl — Drowning Beneath The Sound Of Change
Jon Bryant — Two Coasts For Comfort
Three Sheet — In Circulation

Pop/Rock Artist/Group Recording of the Year
Presented by Coastal Financial
Alert The Medic — We, The Weapon
Molly Thomason — Through The Static
Dwight Deon — Anthems For The Restless
Wintersleep — New Inheritors
Gloryhound — Leave It Alone

SOCAN Songwriter of the Year

Presented by SOCAN
Rose Cousins
Amelia Curran
David Myles
Dave Gunning
Steve Poltz

Traditional/Roots Artist/Group Recording of the Year

Presented by The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse
Colin Grant Band — Fun For The Whole Family
HAWP — Storm And Calm
Fleur Mainville — My Rare One
Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews — Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews
Chrissy Crowley - The Departure

Urban Artist/Group Recording of the Year

Chelsea Nisbett — Anchored Roots
Marko Simmonds — Marko Presents
Gary Beals — The Rebirth Of
Electric City Underground - All Means Necessary

Booking Agent of the Year

Talent Source
Eastern Entertainment
Stephanie Purcell (Limelight Communications Group)
Craig Mercer (The Paragon Theatre)
Troy Arseneault (The Seahorse Tavern)

Community Presenter of the Year
Town of Port Hawkesbury
Little River Folk Society
Cobequid Arts Council
Tunes at Noon

Company of the Year
Presented by East Coast Music Association
Diminished Fifth Records
Marcato Digital Solutions
Sonic Entertainment Group
Jones & Co.
GroundSwell Music

Corporate Sponsor of the Year

Denmark Productions
Molson Canadian
Nu Star Energy
Bell Aliant
Delta Hotels

Educator of the Year
Waye Mason
Bruce Aitken
Jonny Stevens
Keith Mullins
Jim Stewart

Event of the Year

Presented by The Seahorse Tavern
Halifax Pop Explosion
Cape Breton International Drum Fest
Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival
In The Dead Of Winter
Riverfest

Industry Professional of the Year

Jonny Stevens
Stephanie Purcell
Kimberly Sinclair
Darren Gallop
Craig Mercer

Manager of the Year

Jason Burns
Adam Lomas
Ian McKinnon
Sheri Jones
Eirinn Fraser
Janesta Boudreau

Media Professional of the Year

Tom Bedell (Q104)
Stephen Cooke (The Chronicle Herald)
Phlis McGregor (CBC Radio)
Sue Carter Flinn (The Coast)
BJ Burke (Q104)

Promoter of the Year
Bruce Aitken
Jeremy McNeil
Sonic Concerts
Craig Mercer
Troy Arseneault

Producer of the Year
Daniel Ledwell
Fred Lavery
Jamie Sparks
Joel Plaskett
Charles Austin

Production Company of the Year
Groundsound
Sound Systems Plus
Christie Lites
Tour Tech East
Advanced Systems

Publicist of the Year
Josh Hogan (Hogan Media Relations)
Wendy Phillips (Phillips Public Relations Ltd.)
Eirinn Fraser (Trisagon Productions)
Matt Charlton (Pigeon Row)

Radio Program of the Year
Halifax is Burning (CKDU)
Route 104 (Q104)
Atlantic Airwaves (CBC)
East Coast Countdown
That East Coast Show (CKBW)

Radio Station of the Year

Presented by Theriault Financial
CKOA-FM The Coast
101.5 The Hawk (CGIO FM)
Q104
Z103.5 The Beat
CKDU
98.9 XFM Antigonish

Recording Studio of the Year

Soundmarket Studios
Lake Wind Sound Studio
Echo Chamber
The Sonic Temple
Codapop

Studio Engineer of the Year

Tim Feswick
Rob Corrigan
Michael Shepherd
Charles Austin
Darren Van Niekerk

Technician of the Year

Dennis Field
Daniel Ledwell
Steve “Snickers” Smith
Ron Anonsen
Carl Gosine

Venue of the Year
Presented by Broken Chord Promotions
The Seahorse Tavern
The Paragon Theatre
Marigold Cultural Centre
The Carleton Music Bar & Grill
The Company House

Visual Artist of the Year

Presented by Argyle Fine Art
Janette Rawding
Daniel Ledwell
Chr!s Sm!th
Nick Brunt
Peter Farmer
Mat Dunlap

Volunteer of the Year
Presented by Sonic Entertainment Group
Josh White
Eirinn Fraser
Emma Lee Stewart
Adriana Afford
Pam Samson

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

MNS Next Big Thing

support yer local acts at yer local tavern

Posted By on Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 3:12 PM

three sheet throw down tonight
  • three sheet throw down tonight

Tonight marks the first preliminary round of Battle of the Bands: HMV Next Big Thing. Tonight No Flyers Please, Three Sheet, Glory Glory Man United, Kristina Trites and Keith Mullins will punch each other with chords and dancing and raps and beatboxing. Whoever is left standing will join the winners of three more rounds (on September 14, 21 and 28) and the four winners will do one final battle royale on Friday, November 5th at Nova Scotia Music Week in Yarmouth. The winner of THAT gets a showcase at an HMV-sponsored Next Big Thing stage in London, England in February of 2011. Got it? Go cheer on your favorite band ever and see that they make their way to the big book of British smiles.

More competitions! The DJ Olympics starts tonight. The list of competitors is huge and spans a number of categories and I'm too lazy to link them all, so just look at them here. There's new categories for Club DJs and crews. Tonight is the Mash-up category. You can pick up tickets for free if you come to the Coast offices today!

Because I can't find any good dance crew videos, here's a video of Will Smith dancing to Soul II Soul:

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Nova Scotia Music Week Showcasing Performers

Posted By on Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Announc'd!

Nova Scotia Music Week runs from November 4 - 7 in Yarmouth.

Acres and Acres
Alert the Medic
Andrew Hunter & The Gatherers
Anna Ludlow
Big Game Hunt
Black Moor
Brian Baker
Broken Ohms
Caledonia
Carleton Stone Drives the Big Wheel
Chelsea Nisbett
Chrissy Crowley
Christina Martin
Cyndi Cain
David Myles
Drumlin
Dwayne Cote & Duane Andrews
Dwight Deon
Fleur Mainville
Forever
Ghettosocks
Gianna Lauren
Glory Glory Man United
Gloryhound
Gypsophilia
Hawp
Ian Sherwood
Jason MacDonald
Jay Smith
Jenocide
John Campbelljohn
Jon Bryant
Jon McKiel
Kayo
Kelly Sloan
Kev Corbett
Kim Dunn
Kim Wempe
Last Call Chernobyl
Laura Merrimen
Marko Simmonds
Mike Trask
Molly Thomason
Myles Deck and The Fuzz
Norma MacDonald
Obsydian
Orchid's Curse
Rachel Davis
Radio Radio
Ria Mae
Rich Aucoin
Ruth Minnikin
Ryan MacGrath
Scott MacMillan
Shelter With Thieves
Something Good
Tanya Davis
The Colin Grant Band
The Hupman Brothers
The Jimmy Swift Band
The Modern Men
The Moonshine Ramblers
The Sleepless Nights
The Stanfields
The Town Heroes
Thom Swift
Three Sheet
Tom Fun Orchestra
Carmen Townsend
In-Flight Safety
Telfer
Young River

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Do the Busk-a-Busk

MNS artists get street tough

Posted By on Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Ria Mae will charm you at Backpackers
  • Shannon Webb-Campbell
  • Ria Mae will charm you at Backpackers

Unless there are good sandwiches available, press conferences in general are pretty boring. Even when they involve fun, ostensibly joyful things, everyone seems bored and tense and most likely are wishing they could whip out double entendres and amusing prattle like the Beatles did in 1964.

Music Nova Scotia have chosen a different tack in announcing their 70 showcase artists for Nova Scotia Music Week this November in Yarmouth: they're getting a cluster of MNS artists to spread the news via song, on the streets. This Tuesday, from 11:30-1:30pm, they'll be performing on street corners and cafes all over the city. Well isn't that refreshing! The schedule and list of participating artists is below. Rain date is August 12.

Three Sheet - Queen and Spring Garden - 11:30 a.m.

Something Good - Queen and Spring Garden - 12:00 p.m.

Gypsophilia - Spring Garden Road Library - 11:40 a.m.

Ryan MacGrath - Spring Garden Road Library - 11:40 a.m.

The Town Heroes - Pizza Corner - 11:50 a.m.

Christina Martin Argyle and Sackville - 12:00 p.m.

Glory Glory Man United - Grand Parade (top of stairs) - 12:10 p.m.

Anna Ludlow - Old Triangle (Prince and Bedford Row) - 12:20 p.m.

Ria Mae - Halifax Backpackers (Gottingen) - 12:40 p.m.

Tanya Davis - Halifax Backpackers (Gottingen) - 1:00 p.m.

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Sure Thing Events

  • Genius Child: Portia White at Town Hall feat. Harolyn Blackwell @ St. George's Round Church

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