Announcing The 2017 Music Nova Scotia Award Winners
Fifty Music Nova Scotia Awards in Forty-nine categories were handed out on Sunday, November 5 at the Music Nova Scotia Awards Celebration at the Holiday Inn Truro.
Port Cities won five awards, including Entertainer of the Year, Digital Artist of the Year, Group Recording of the Year, Pop Recording of the Year, and Recording of the Year. Jules Bangsworth and Rose Cousins walked away with two awards each. Rose Cousins won Americana Recording of the Year and Solo Recording of the Year, and Jules Bangsworth won DJ of the Year and Electronic Artist of the Year. Quake Matthews also received two awards which, include SOCAN Songwriter of the Year and Hip Hop Recording of the Year for his project “The Search” with Kayo. On the industry side, Sonic Entertainment group won two awards, Company of the Year and Promoter of the Year. CKDU also received two industry awards for Radio Program of the Year and Radio Station of the Year.
Delta Halifax & Delta Barrington Entertainer of the Year: Port Cities
Solo Recording of the Year (presented by Cody Custom Guitars): Rose Cousins - "Natural Conclusion"
Group Recording of the Year (presented by Boston Pizza): Port Cities - “Port Cities”
Music Video of the Year (presented by Vintage Mouldings): Jessie Brown - "DEBT (We Ain't Got No Money)" Director: Gavin Maclean
New Artist Recording of the Year (presented by O'Healthy Market): Hello Delaware - "My Mistake"
Recording of the Year (presented by My Home Apparel): Port Cities - "Port Cities"
SOCAN Songwriter of the Year (presented by SOCAN): Quake Matthews - "Confessions (featuring Neon Dreams)” (Songwriters: Matthew Arab, Gordie Sampson, J Wellington)
Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year (presented by Grant Thornton): Maxim Cormier
African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year (presented by Town of Truro Diversity Advisory Committee): Reeny Smith
Alternative Recording of the Year (presented by Culinary Creations by Ellen): Walrus - "Family Hangover"
Americana Recording of the Year (presented by Masstown Market): Rose Cousins - "Natural Conclusion"
Blues Recording of the Year (presented by Belly Up BBQ & Grill): Caribou Run - "Something Organic Will Happen"
Children’s Artist of the Year (presented by CARSTAR Express): Keith Mullins
Classical Recording of the Year: Scott Macmillan - "Currents of Sable Island" and Symphony Nova Scotia - "Schubert"
Country Recording of the Year (presented by Best Western Glengarry Plus Hotel): Makayla Lynn - "On a Dare and a Prayer"
Digital Artist of the Year (presented by HAF Skate and Tattoo/ Jimolly's Bakery Cafe): Port Cities
DJ of the Year: Jules Bangsworth
Electronic Artist of the Year (presented by Ticketpro): Jules Bangsworth
Folk Recording of the Year (presented by The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse): Bill & Joel Plaskett - "Solidarity"
Hip Hop Recording of the Year (presented by Cobequid Dance Academy): The Search (Quake Matthews & Kayo) - "Lost and Found”
Indigenous Artist of the Year (presented by Millbrook First Nation): City Natives
Inspirational Recording of the Year: Nova Scotia Mass Choir - "Immanuel"
Jazz Recording of the Year (presented by Sugar Moon Farm): The Blue Lane - "Blind EP"
Loud Recording of the Year (presented by Noyes Records): Oceanic - "Trappist"
Musician of the Year (presented by Sea Shell Design): Ron Hynes
Pop Recording of the Year (presented by Open Hearth Park): Port Cities - "Port Cities"
Rock Recording of the Year (presented by Aggregate Equipment): Like A Motorcycle - "High Hopes"
Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year (presented by Warner Music Canada): Cassie and Maggie - "The Willow Collection"
Booking Agent of the Year (presented by CBDC NOBL): Jason MacIsaac
Community Presenter of the Year (presented by MacQuarries Pharmasave): The Pavilion
Company of the Year (presented by Burchell MacDougall LLP): Sonic Entertainment Group
Corporate Sponsor of the Year (presented by Hampton Inn & Suites): TD
Educator of the Year: Craig Mercer
Event of the Year (presented by Events Truro Colchester): Halifax Jazz Festival
Industry Professional of the Year (presented by Ticketpro): Mike Campbell
Live Technician of the Year: Trevor DeSouza
Manager of the Year: Melanie Stone
Media Professional of the Year: Stephen Cooke
Producer of the Year: Erin Costelo
Production Company of the Year: groundSOUND
Promoter of the Year (presented by Truro Mall): Sonic Concerts
Publicist of the Year: Trevor Murphy
Radio Program of the Year: Halifax Is Burning (CKDU-FM)
Radio Station of the Year (presented by Theriault Financial): CKDU-FM
Recording Studio of the Year: Codapop Studios
Studio Engineer of the Year: Michael "Sheppy" Shepherd
Venue of the Year (presented by CMW): The Carleton Music Bar & Grill
Visual Artist of the Year: Abracazebra Productions
Volunteer of the Year (presented by Local Love Truro): C.J. Hill
Music Nova Scotia’s board and staff wish to thank all of the individuals that helped make this event a success, including but not limited to performers, delegates, sponsors, committees, fans, family, and the entire Truro community.
DELTA HALIFAX & DELTA BARRINGTON ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR VOTING NOW OPEN
As part of an ongoing effort to increase engagement and support for underrepresented music communities and genres, Music Nova Scotia has
Voting for the Delta Halifax & Delta Barrington Entertainer of the Year is now open to the public. Voters can head to www.musicnovascotia.ca/entertaineroftheyear2017 to choose their favourite Nova Scotian act of the past year. The winner will be announced at Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW), held in Truro from November 2-5. The online vote will close on Friday, October 27th at 5:00 PM.
Note: Voters may only vote once a day per IP address.
For a full list of the 2017 Music Nova Scotia Music Awards nominees, CLICK HERE.
For a full list of the 2017 Music Nova Scotia Industry Awards nominees CLICK HERE.
The Music Nova Scotia Awards will be handed out during the 2017 Music Nova Scotia Award Celebration, which will take place on Sunday, November 5th at 7:00 PM in the Elm/Oak Ballroom at the Holiday Inn Truro.
MUSIC NOVA SCOTIA FORMS PARTNERSHIP WITH URBAN MUSIC ADVISORY BOARD
NSMW 2017 Urban Music Spotlight Conference
NSMW 2017 Hip-Hop Showcase
As part of an ongoing effort to increase engagement and support for underrepresented music communities and genres, Music Nova Scotia has entered into an exciting new partnership with a collective of local urban genre artists and industry professionals. The Urban Music Advisory Board provides Music Nova Scotia with the necessary advice to better serve the urban music community.
The Urban Music Advisory Board will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, input and advice on the challenges and opportunities facing urban music artists and entrepreneurs in Nova Scotia via a designated seat on the Music Nova Scotia Board of Directors.
Members of the collective include DJ IV, Kayla Borden, J-Bru and Shevy Price among others. J-Bru (Jason Bruce) has been appointed to the Music Nova Scotia board of directors to represent the collective.
According to J-Bru, "The Urban Music Advisory Board is crucial for the scene in Nova Scotia. As an urban artist, I've struggled to gain relevance in the music community in our province due to lack of resources and also lack of knowledge on my part. As a member of the Urban Music Advisory Board, I hope to use my almost 20 years of experience in the music scene to help out younger urban artists and give them a shot at some great opportunities that just were not there for me when I first started out."
Music Nova Scotia executive director Scott Long adds, “Music Nova Scotia has been increasing our efforts in advancing urban genres in Nova Scotia but requires partners directly in the community to assist us with this mandate. We recognize the need for more outreach and resources to improve the promotion and advancement of underrepresented music communities and genres and our partnership with the Urban Music Advisory Board is one of many new initiatives to come to improve on this front.”
NSMW 2017 Urban Music Spotlight ConferenceUrban music genres will be in the spotlight during the Nova Scotia Music Week 2017 conference. Nova Scotia Music Week 2017 will take place in Truro from November 2-5.
Urban music genres have been on the radars of millions of musicians and fans alike for decades, but despite the massive international commercial reach and success, artists, companies and entrepreneurs in the urban genres are often underrepresented when it comes to institutionalized music industry support and allocation of resources. The NSMW 2017 spotlight on urban genres is designed to better serve the urban music community and to facilitate the growth of urban music in Nova Scotia. It will give Nova Scotia’s up and coming urban artists the chance to learn about how to run a successful career, access funding, beat production, and network with festival buyers from Croatia, the Netherlands and the United States.
NSMW 2017 Urban Music Spotlight Conference Programming and Guest Delegates
The NSMW 2017 Urban Music Spotlight conference programming will give Nova Scotia’s up and coming urban artists the chance to network with and learn from some of the urban music industry’s key figures including: D.O. Gibson (Northstarr Entertainment), Henca Maduro (Epitome Entertainment/New Skool Rules), DJ Phat Phillie (Fresh Island Festival/Blackout Entertainment), Yusuf Muhammad (A3C Festival), Craig MacMillan (Move Right Music), and Joe Clark (The Feldman Agency).
The NSMW 2017 Urban Music Spotlight program includes, one minute beat pitches to guest industry professionals, live beat production workshops along with panels on FACTOR funding, building a successful hip-hop team, urban music festivals, and a session with the newly formed Music Nova Scotia Urban Music Advisory Board.
For the full NSMW 2017 Urban Music Spotlight conference schedule click HERE.
On Saturday, November 4th at 7:00 PM Music Nova Scotia presents the Hip-Hop Showcase at the Belly Up BBQ & Grill. Music Nova Scotia Award nominees Thrillah, MAJE, Shevy Price and City Natives will be joined by EPDMC, Mitchell Bailey and Jay Mayne, alongside the night’s hosts DJ IV and J-Bru.
Other urban genre artists performing at NSMW 2017 include Ced Marty & Dave, Cyndi Cain, Jody Upshaw, Keonté Beals, Nicole Ariana, One8tea, Quake Matthews, Reeny Smith, Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound, The Mellotones and the Working Class Band.
For the full NSMW 2017 festival schedule click HERE.
NOVA SCOTIA MUSIC WEEK CONFERENCE TO SPOTLIGHT WOMEN IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY AND URBAN MUSIC.
Wintersleep added to NSMW
Conference Registration Now Open
Ian Janes and MAJE added to Awards Celebration
The Mellotones to Play Closing Reception
Women in Music and urban music genres will be in the spotlight during the Nova Scotia Music Week 2017 conference. The conference will also explore the UK market and the opportunities it holds for Nova Scotian musicians. Nova Scotia Music Week 2017 will take place in Truro from November 2-5.
The Women in Music conference programming will celebrate the successes and examine the challenges faced by women in the music industry. It will provide the opportunity to network, participate in mentorships, and hear from some of the most influential women in the international music industry.
Men are encouraged to attend the panels and key discussions. One-on-one mentoring sessions are exclusive to the female and female identifying community.
Urban music genres have been on the radars of millions of musicians and fans alike for decades, but despite the massive international commercial reach and success, artists, companies and entrepreneurs in the urban genres are often underrepresented when it comes to institutionalized music industry support and allocation of resources.
The NSMW spotlight on urban genres is designed to better serve the urban music community and to facilitate the growth of urban music in Nova Scotia.
The Urban Genre Spotlight will give Nova Scotia’s up and coming urban artists the chance to learn about how to run a successful hip-hop career, beat production, and network with hip-hop festival buyers from around the world.
For the full NSMW 2017 conference schedule click HERE.
Conference Registration Now Open
NSMW 2017 conference registration is now open. All of the following must register to receive their pass and to participate in conference events that require pre-registration:
Discount delegate pass purchase for artists who were not selected to showcase but wish to attend
Music Nova Scotia Awards Celebration and Closing Party
Multiple Music Nova Scotia Award nominees Ian Janes and MAJE will perform at this year’s Awards Celebration taking place at the Holiday Inn Truro at 7:00 PM on November 5th. The awards recognize the accomplishments of Nova Scotia’s best performers and industry professionals from the past year.
After the awards are handed out there will be a closing party featuring one of Nova Scotia’s favourite dance bands, The Mellotones. To purchase delegate passes and festival tickets click HERE.
For more information about Nova Scotia Music Week (#NSMW2017) visit www.nsmw.ca.
JENN GRANT RECEIVES 7 MUSIC NOVA SCOTIA AWARD NOMINATIONS.
PORT CITIES AND ROSE COUSINS FOLLOW WITH 6 NOMINATIONS.
Wintersleep added to NSMW
Artist announce #3
NSMW festival schedule now online
(September 12, 2017 Halifax, NS) Jenn Grant leads the way with seven Music Nova Scotia award nominations with Port Cities and Rose Cousins close behind with six. All received nominations in major categories such as Entertainer of the Year and Recording of the Year. The Music Nova Scotia awards will be presented on Sunday, November 5th 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. Voting will take place online through the Music Nova Scotia website. Voting is now open and will close on Friday, September 29th at 5:00 PM. Music Nova Scotia members will receive voting instructions via email. The public will also get the chance to vote for the Entertainer of the Year Award. Voting for Entertainer of the Year will open on Friday, October 6th and close on Friday, October 27th. Stay tuned for more details. The Music Nova Scotia Awards Celebration and Closing Party will take place on Sunday, November 5th at the Holiday Inn Truro. All awards
will be presented at the celebration which will begin at 7:00 PM.
Wintersleep added to NSMW line up Juno Award winners Wintersleep have been added to the 2017 NSMW festival line-up. They will perform on Thursday, November 2nd at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 26 - Truro. Individual tickets for this show will go on sale Friday, September 15th.
Showcasing Schedule Released Nova Scotia Music Week features more than 100 acts over 4 days from across the province. The full schedule is now available by clicking HERE. The conference schedule will be released Tuesday, September 19th.
Tickets On Sale September 15th Individual show tickets go on sale on September 15th. These tickets guarantee entry to individual shows. Wristbands and delegate passes are on sale now. To purchase tickets click HERE. Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 1-888-311-9090, or in person at all Ticketpro outlets including MacQuarries Pharmasave, the Marigold Cultural Centre or the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro.
SECOND WAVE OF ARTISTS ANNOUNCED
NOVA SCOTIA MUSIC WEEK FESTIVAL DISCOUNT GUIDE
Our audience can be your customers! Join the NSMW Festival Discount Guide and maximize your reach to over 1100 music industry professionals and 7000 music fans participating in NSMW 2017 happening November 2-5 in Truro.
The NSMW Festival Discount Guide provides the opportunity to provide and promote discounts and other sales incentives to NSMW festival wristband holders and delegate pass holders. Participating businesses will receive the following support from NSMW to promote any special discounts, incentives or offers:
- Business profile at nsmw.ca - logo, location, URL, one social media URL, and hours of operation - Details of your discount/incentive/offer - Inclusion of discount/incentive/offer in the NSMW weekly e-news update (non-exclusive) - One exclusive post on Music Nova Scotia and NSMW social media channels - Multiple non-exclusive posts on Music Nova Scotia and NSMW social media channels - A NSMW Festival Discount Guide window decal for your physical location
WOMEN IN MUSIC CONFERENCE PROGRAM - FIRST WAVE OF INTERNATIONAL GUEST DELEGATES ANNOUNCED
Women working in the music business will be the centre of attention during Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW) this November 2-5 in Truro, Nova Scotia. The 20th annual music festival announced today a conference program track dedicated specifically to women and female identifying people entitled Women in Music (WIM). The WIM program will celebrate the successes and examine the challenges faced by women in the music industry.
Women In Music will give women and female identifying people the opportunity to network with key industry figures and to hear from some of the music industry’s most influential women, including: Louisa Rainbird (The Music Sales Group), Alison Lamb (Prolifica), Sofia Ilyas (FLOAT PR), Vivian Barclay (Warner/Chappell Music), Stefanie Purificati (United Talent Agency), Vanessa Cito (Coalition), Steph Marziano (Producer/Mixer) and many more.
The WIM program includes, peer to peer mentoring, one-on-one sessions with guest industry professionals along with workshops in production, social media, artist development and public speaking and pitching for women. WIM will also address conversations on building safe spaces, diversity, inclusiveness and how to ensure our female artists and industry professionals are numerous and influential on the world stage.
Men are encouraged to attend the panels and key discussions. One-on-one mentoring sessions are exclusive to the female and female identifying community.
The first wave of international guest delegates were also announced today with the United Kingdom being the export focus territory this year. To date, a total of 29 guest delegates have been confirmed to attend with 17 attending from the UK. Other delegates will be attending from Germany, the Netherlands, Croatia, the USA and across Canada. For a full list of international guest delegates confirmed to date please visit www.nsmw.ca/guest-delegates.
For more information on Nova Scotia Music Week 2017 (#NSMW2017) please visit www.nsmw.ca.
For festival or media inquires please contact: Blaise Theriault Events and Marketing Manager Music Nova Scotia (902) 423-6271 ext. 103 firstname.lastname@example.org
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Nova Scotia Music Week 2017 (NSMW) is heading back to Truro November 2-5 and Music Nova Scotia is recruiting volunteers for the festival. If you are interested in music and would like to work behind the scenes with one of the fastest growing music festivals in Atlantic Canada this volunteer opportunity is for you. Volunteer Applications Now Open By volunteering with NSMW you not only become part of a growing and internationally recognized event, but you also open yourself up to opportunities for personal development. The festival provides a great opportunity to meet new people and gain valuable skills and experience. It also provides great benefits in exchange for your time and efforts, including the chance to hear some of the best music Nova Scotia has to offer.
With volunteering you also gain a number of benefits such as a NSMW volunteer t-shirt, an identification badge, and access to all showcasing venues throughout the weekend, subject to capacity. This excludes the Opening Reception, Late-Night Suite, Conference and Awards Celebration.
If you are interested in volunteering for NSMW, applications are now open. Click HERE to apply, or for more information contact:
For more information on Nova Scotia Music Week 2017 (#NSMW2017) and the showcasing performers visit www.nsmw.ca.
For media inquiries please contact: Scott Long Executive Director Music Nova Scotia (902) 423-6271 ext. 101 email@example.com
For festival inquires please contact: Blaise Theriault Events and Marketing Manager Music Nova Scotia (902) 423-6271 ext. 103 firstname.lastname@example.org
HOST AN OFFICIAL NSMW RECEPTION, DAY PARTY OR SHOWCASE
Let NSMW source your official festival venue, program your artists, manage your technical requirements, put the word out – whatever you need, we can help. We make it easy to get involved with the festival and host an official NSMW event.
We are excited to share NSMW with you and want you to be a part of it with us! We are always looking for new, creative ways to advertise and promote Nova Scotian artists. If you have an idea for an event, let us help. Some benefits of hosting an official NSMW event include:
- Host your own reception, day party or artist showcase in an official NSMW venue - NSMW schedule listings - NSMW.CA listing - Official Program Guide (7000 copies distributed) - Mobile App - Social media posts - Food/beverage coordination - Turnkey technical production services (lighting/sound/backline/tech)
OFFICIAL NSMW EVENT OPTIONS
OPTION 1 - SIMPLE SOCIAL - $1000 - 60min Day Party/Reception without live music, technical/crew requirements, or hospitality needs Benefits include: - Provision of official NSMW venue - NSMW schedule listings - NSMW.CA listing - Official Program Guide - Mobile App
OPTION 2 - ACOUSTIC AFTERNOON - $1500 - 90min Day Party/Reception with acoustic music, technical/crew requirements, and hospitality needs Benefits include: - Provision of official NSMW venue - NSMW schedule listings - NSMW.CA listing - Official Program Guide - Mobile App - Food/beverage coordination* - Turnkey technical production services† *cost of food/beverages not included †production for acoustic duo/trio acts (limited to 2 acts) - curation of acts available if needed
OPTION 3 - SHOWCASE YOUR ROSTER OR FESTIVAL LINEUP - $2000 - 120min Branded Day Showcases requiring crew, staging, audio, lighting, and venue management Benefits include: - Provision of official NSMW venue - NSMW schedule listings - NSMW.CA listing - Official Program Guide - Mobile App - Inclusion in international delegates itinerary - Food/beverage coordination* - Full turnkey technical production services - Volunteer presence (greeters, stage management) *cost of food/beverage not included
If you have any questions/concerns, or want to discuss the options available, please contact: Scott Long Executive Director Music Nova Scotia email@example.com (902) 423-6271 ext. 101
We are also able to customize your event based on budget and marketing requirements.