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September 4-10, 2019

Funding Deadline Approaching

Applications for the following Music Nova Scotia grants are almost due:

Tour Support
Showcase Support

Deadline: September 15

The next round of Artist Development grant submissions will be due in March.
Read on to learn more about Music Nova Scotia's grant opportunities and how you can apply for funding!

Dinuk Wijeratne - DIAMORA concert, opening act Son Latino

Dinuk Wijeratne, piano | Nick Halley, percussion | Joseph Petric, accordion

Dinuk’s music/collaborative work embrace his international background and influences. Prismatic's thrilled to bring Dinuk back to Halifax to perform at Prismatic 2019.

Tuesday September 10, 6:30pm
Halifax Central Library - Paul O'Regan Hall

Jay Pilzer will give a talk on his new book, "The Fans Went Wild" at 7:00 pm at the Halifax main library.

The book looks at how fans react when musicians or genres take a shift in direction.

Pilzer uses examples from Jazz, Folk, Hip-Hop, Rock, and more to illustrate the concept of "fan ownership."

Wednesday September 11, 7:00pm
Halifax Central Library

NEON DREAMS will join platinum-selling artist Tyler Shaw on the majority of his “The Wanted Tour” later this fall. The Halifax hit-makers are currently on the road supporting their new album "Sweet Dreams till Sunbeams.” They will also be joining Juno award winners LOUD LUXURY on select dates in November.
Neon Dreams kicked things off in St. John's, Newfoundland on Aug 16  and will spend a solid month driving coast to coast. A career highlight for the duo was headlining Chevy Music Indie Friday this past week in Toronto at Dundas Square. The free outdoor concert in the heart of the City was the perfect setting for Neon Dreams to unveil their new live show they had been working on this past year. 

Headline dates:
Aug 30 - Squamish, BC @ The Knotty Burl
Aug 31 - Richmond, BC @World Music Festival
Sept 05 - Calgary, AB @ The HiFi Club
Sept 06 - Edmonton, AB @ Station on Jasper
Sept 07 - Saskatoon, SK @ Louis
Sept 08 - Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theater
Sept 19 - Hamburg, DE @ Reeoperbahn
Sept 21 – Ottawa, ON @ Beau's Oktoberfest
With Tyler Shaw:
Oct 23 - Meaford, ON @ Arts and Culture Centre
Oct 24 - Belleville @ The Empire Theatre
Oct 25 - Richmond Hill, ON @ Centre for Performing Arts
Oct 26 - Oshawa, ON @ The Music Hall
Nov 05 - Sarnia, ON @ Imperial Theatre
Nov 10 - Montreal, PQ @ Petit Campus
Nov 13 - Fredericton, NB @ The Capital Complex
Nov 15 - Moncton, NB @ Tide And Boar
Nov 16 - Charlottetown, PE @ Beer Garden
With Loud Luxury:
Nov 26 – Halifax, NS @ Cunard Centre
Nov 27 - St. John's, NL @ Mile One Centre

Caribou Run & Guests at the Chester Playhouse Theatre
Saturday, October 5th, 7:30 PM

Enjoy an evening of Folk-Blues & Country music from Caribou Run
& Special Guests: Laura Merrimen/Mojo Martin/Kenneth Voita

Caribou Run is a 6-piece neofolk band based in Mahone Bay NS. Their songs are catchy and anthemic with lyrics that provoke emotion and thought in the listener. Their live performance is a dynamic experience that is a roller coaster of sing-alongs and foot stomps.

Laura Merrimen's lyrics are bona fide and captivating. A new dawn in her career brings radical cognizant songwriting from a provoked spirit. Her eerie roots style is tendentiously supported by what some may perceive as a T-Rex Crazy Horse love child.

Mojo Martin: For the last decade, guitarist Chris Martin has been hard at work ensuring that the spirit of blues, swing and rockabilly is alive and well in eastern Canada.

Kenneth Voita is a singer-songwriter currently living in Riverport Nova Scotia. His original songs reflect a focus on intricate lyrical prose, coupled with melodies influenced by his love of early country, blues, and folk music.

Tickets available online:



We would love to have you join the NSMW 2019 Volunteer Team!

Volunteering has a lot of great benefits, such as a NSMW volunteer t-shirt, an identification badge, access to all showcasing venues throughout the weekend (subject to capacity), and the opportunity to hear some of the very best music Nova Scotia has to offer!!


We have made a few small changes to our investment programs to make them more in line with FACTOR's programs and to increase the skills and knowledge of our applicants in the Music Business.
For More Information Please Click Here


Tour Support - Sept 15, 2019, Dec 15, 2019
Showcase Support - Sept 15, 2019, Dec 15, 2019
Business Travel - Rolling
Community Presenters - Rolling
Artist Development - March 15, 2020
Business Development - March 15, 2020
Marketing - Sept 15, 2019, Dec 15, 2019
Mentorship - Sept 15, 2019

FACTOR  - Rolling Deadlines
FACTOR – Business Travel 
Submit at least one day prior to the start of the trip.
FACTOR – Live Performance
Submit by 1 day prior to the trip.


Celtic Remixer, Shreem announces the release of his new single, “Bridges” feat. Jeremiah Sparks & Chrissy Crowley off his forthcoming EP, 'Full Circle’ due for release on Sept. 13th. ‘Bridges’ is a song written to promote unity, not only among people but also among genres! Written with a diverse cast of East Coast [of Canada] artists, it endeavours to relay the message: “Everybody has their times, both the highs & lows and it is important that who we are, what we look like and what life brings us, doesn’t separate us.”
Playlist of the Week:
Music Nova Scotia at Reeperbahn!

Listen to this playlist of Nova Scotian artists who will be showcasing at Reeperbahn 2019!

After interviews, examinations, and deliberation, Casino Nova Scotia is proud and delighted to announce the five finalists for the 2019 Artist in Residence program. Jurors made the selection last week after careful consideration, the final candidates will move onto the performance round of the selection process, September 20, at Casino Nova Scotia.

The 2019 AIR Finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Arsoniste - Halifax, Nova Scotia - Alternative/Indie/Pop
Cameron Nickerson - Yarmouth, Nova Scotia - Americana/Country/Singer-Songwriter
Keonté Beals - North Preston, Nova Scotia - R&B/Pop
MAJE - East Preston, Nova Scotia - HipHop/R&B
Tommy Green Jr. - Halifax, Nova Scotia - R&B/Pop

The contest will culminate with a live performance Friday September 20th at Casino Nova Scotia, where the judges with make their final assessment. Music Nova Scotia Interim Executive Director Lisa Stitt reported that the jury includes: Ashlea Barr - Business Development Manager, Casino Nova Scotia; Erin Costelo - Artist; Jamie Hammond - Halifax Pop Explosion; and Shevy Price - Artist. 

The Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence program will provide the selected musician or group with $20,000 in funding to assist with developing their career through recording, marketing, and live performance opportunities. Music Nova Scotia is working with Casino Nova Scotia to administer the program.

Music lovers and fans will have their chance to vote, which counts towards the selection of the finalist. 
Go to to vote (click the link on lefthand side of page)

The public is welcome to see the final five perform on Friday, September 20 at Casino Nova Scotia. Free admission. Must be nineteen years of age or older. 

Finalists Showcase:
Friday, September 20 at 8pm
Casino Nova Scotia
Free admission. Must be 19+

For more information on Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence Program and to read about the finalists, go to:
Music Nova Scotia Basic Training

Training will be held at Common Good Solutions on Cunard St, Halifax NS

September 24 - Conference & Showcasing 4:00 PM
September 28 - Financials - 12:00 PM
September 28 - Live - 3:00 PM

Register Now
Devarrow, Hello Delaware, Neon Dreams, & T. Thomason To Play Reeperbahn 2019

Music Nova Scotia returns to Hamburg and Berlin, Germany this September for the 2019 edition of the Reeperbahn Festival! We're excited to once again be supporting the Nova Scotian artists who will be showcasing this year.
10 Questions for a Music Lawyer

What is a music lawyer and what do they do, anyway? Find out here!

Matt is a Halifax-based lawyer and owner of Ocean Town Music. For any questions, please contact:
Submissions now open!

PASSPORT: Music Export Summit provides custom training and networking opportunities for self-managed artists, artist managers and music companies. This program serves all genres of music, developed and delivered by Manitoba Music, Music Nova Scotia and Canada’s Music Incubator, supported by FACTOR and the Government of Canada. Submissions are now open and have a single deadline of Monday, September 16. For more information and details about the summit, please visit If you have any questions about the program or application, please contact
Application for Residency: Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

In Concert in the 21st Century participants are encouraged to explore new ways to present classical and contemporary music. This 2-Week music program led by Pedja Muzijevic is ideal for musicians & chamber music groups in the process of developing new innovative presentations for the stage.

Concert in the 21st Century  
February 10 - 21, 2020 Application deadline: October 30, 2019
If you want to take a closer look at the existing concert format and explore new ways to present classical and contemporary music, If you are a musician who wants to go beyond the traditional concert experience, this program is an ideal fit. 

Banff Centre's Artists' Fund also provides financial support to artists in many of our programs (see the Fees section on the program page for information about funding available). In addition, for your convenience, we have compiled a 
list of national and international funding opportunities that may help you fund your experience at Banff Centre.

The Osprey Arts Centre in Shelburne, NS is searching for an Executive Director. This is a full time position. Click on the link below for details.

The Canadian Folk Music Awards extends the deadline to accept applications for the 2020 Unsung Hero Award until August 31, 2019. There is no fee to apply for this award.

The Unsung Hero Award is presented annually in recognition of the exceptional contribution of an individual, group, or organization to any aspect of the Canadian folk music scene (performance, promotion, presentation, etc). It is meant to recognize those who work tirelessly behind the scenes for the love of the music who have not been recognized for their contributions.

For complete details and to submit an application, please go to:

Every fall, CBC Music in association with MusiCounts — the charity of the Juno Awards — launches a contest to engage music classes across the country with Canadian music. It's called The Canadian Music Class Challenge. 

There are three goals to this project:

  • We want kids to learn Canadian music in the classroom.
  • We want to draw attention to the exceptional work music teachers are doing with children across the country.
  • We want to reinforce the importance of music in a well-rounded education.

So how do we do this? Each year we pre-approve a list of Canadian songs, then ask music teachers to pick one and teach their classes a cover version. It could be a note-for-note cover, or you can make it something completely your own.

Registration for the 2019 Canadian Music Class Challenge will open on Aug. 27. Video submissions will be accepted starting Oct. 1, 2019. If our celebrity judges pick your performance, your class or school could win amazing prizes for your music program!

CLICK HERE for more information and to view this year's song list.
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