2017 Panelists

Allistair Elliott

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International Rep AFM Canada www.cfmusicians.org // www.afm.org

Andree Gracie

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Andrée Gracie owns and operates Grey Sea Artist & Event Management Inc., a full service artist management consulting business and event management company. Andrée has worked in the music industry for over 25 years, receiving ECMA and Music Nova Scotia awards as an Industry Professional. She has been a member of the boards of music organizations and Chaired the ECMAs and Nova Scotia Music Week. She was also the local Event Manager for the Juno Awards when they were held in Halifax. Andrée manages multiple award winning artist John Gracie, actress/singer Samantha Gracie and HipHop artist Jay Mayne. She also does management consulting for HipHop artist A'drian Scott. Gracie teamed up with Melissa MacMaster three years ago to build a stronger HipHop industry in Atlantic Canada, bringing local artists new development opportunities and international exposure.

Angela Fex

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Angela Fex joined FACTOR in April 2014, drawing upon her extensive management and administrative experience from her years at CMRRA, CSI (CMRRA Sodrac Inc.), and ole Media Management. Having started her career in music publishing and licensing, joining the FACTOR team has brought her full circle in proudly assisting and supporting home grown talent.

Ben Anderson

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President/ Festival/ Presenter Prescott Park Arts Festival/ Up, Down & Away Festival, The Wood Barn - Portsmouth, NH, USA www.prescottpark.org www.brightandlyon.com www.thewordbarn.com   Ben Anderson is the President of the Prescott Park Arts Festival which produces over 80 summer concerts, theatre and film events to nearly 250,000 people. A Nova Scotia native, Ben presents a variety of Canadian acts throughout each performance season, and recently created the Up, Down & Away Festival that solely features Canadian musicians. Alongside the Festival, he runs his own 100-seat venue, The Word Barn, and company, Bright & Lyon Productions, producing concerts and overseeing a variety of multi-arts production projects including the creation of four performance venues and one theatre. He is the recipient of a NH Business in the Arts Award, NH Governor’s Arts Award for Distinguished Arts Leadership, and Seacoast Young Professionals Top 10 To Watch.

Bev Burton

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Killer B Music/ Cambridge Folk Festival/ Black Deer/ Wood Festival - London, England, UK Promoter/ Programmer www.killerbmusic.com www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk www.woodfestival.com   Killer B Music has been booking and event managing festivals, events, venues and parties for over 12 years, our portfolio of festivals has included: Hop Farm Music Festival, FIB Benicassim, The Mighty Boosh Festival, Costa de Fuego, Black Deer, Wood Festival, The Cambridge Folk Festival, Desertfest, Wheels and Fins, Zoo Project UK, The Brick Lane Takeover, The Magic Loungeabout, Synergy Live, Parklife (South Africa), Roko Nakyts, Bliuzo Naktys and Galapagai (Lithuania). KB also books and event manages large-scale shows, our last 2 shows were Kings of Leon at Newcastle Football Club and Sarah Brightman and the Chinese Philharmonic Orchestra, in Beijing, China. We take care of bookings for corporate parties, private events and launches. We also work with various brands when they want to align with bands. Bev is also the Head of Music Strategy for the Kemosabe creative agency in London and we consult for Seed Media.

Chuck Wentworth

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Owner/ Producer/ Festival Programmer Lagniappe Productions/ Rhythm & Roots Festival – Wakefield, RI, USA www.rhythmandroots.com Chuck Wentworth owns and operates Lagniappe Productions which has been producing festivals across the USA for the past thirty years. Lagniappe's festivals have ranged far and wide in scope presenting diverse styles of music such as folk, roots, Americana, blues, bluegrass, old time, Cajun, Zydeco, rock, rockabilly, swing, country, jazz, New Orleans, African, Latin, Francophone, Norteno and many other styles, often in the same festival. The 21st edition of the Rhythm & Roots Festival, New England’s hottest festival of music and dance takes place over Labor Day weekend from August 31 - September 2, 2018  4-6 in Ninigret Park in Charleston, Rhode Island.

CodyPartridge

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Supergroup Branding Co. - Toronto, ON Music Supervisor/ Lead Music Coordinator http://www.wearethesupergroup.com   Cody Partridge is a Music Supervisor and Lead Music Coordinator at SUPERGROUP SONIC BRANDING. Being a member since its inception, Cody has been in the Music Licensing world for over Five years working on 100+ projects such as Rookie Blue, Saving Hope, Orphan Black, Letterkenny, Schitt’s Creek, Kim’s Convince, and many other television programs. As well he has been apart of several Feature Films, for example Born To Be Blue, Closet Monster, Gridlocked, Don’t Talk To Irene, Hyena Road, Giants of Africa, just to name a few, and Advertising Campaigns (TD Canada Trust, Telus, Chevrolet, Volkswagen, Classico, Destination Canada, Best Buy, CFL, Fido, DFC, etc) including the incredibly successful Play-A-Coke campaign. Working in a world that blends Music and Visual media is a dream come true for this Ontario native, and there is nothing else he could imagine himself doing. Be Passionate, Keep it Authentic, We Are The Supergroup.

Dan Seligman

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Pop Montreal - Montreal, QC Creative Director popmontreal.com   Daniel Seligman has been active in the Montreal music scene since 2000. He has managed Stars, The Unicorns and Socalled. In 2002 Seligman started POP Montreal and remains the festival's creative director. In 15 years the fest has worked with such acts as Yellowman, Patti Smith, Arcade Fire and Malajube. Most recently, he co-founded the record label Club Roll Music. In 2013 Club Roll released records by AroarA, Jef Barbara, Karneef and in 2015 Club Roll released the new record by Katie Moore.

Daniel Ledwell

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Daniel Ledwell is an acclaimed music producer living in Lake Echo, Nova Scotia. For a decade he’s been busy making award winning albums for musicians across Canada and beyond. Ledwell has won a handful of awards from the ‘East Coast Music Awards’, ‘The Canadian Folk Music Awards’, and produced some multi ‘Juno’ nominated albums in the past several years. Tom Power, host of CBC Radio Q says 'It's quite amazing how many of the best songs I play on Radio, I look at the producer credit and it’s produced by Daniel Ledwell. He is truly one of the greatest up and coming producers in this country right now - he makes you sound legitimate, while pushing your creative boundaries. His ears should be bronzed”

David Silbaugh

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Summerfest - Milwaukee, WI, USA Talent Buyer https://summerfest.com   David Silbaugh is best known as a Talent Buyer for Summerfest, "The World's Largest Music Festival", in Milwaukee, WI. The 11 day festival books over 800 artists in nearly all genres, featuring international headlining artists as well as emerging artists. He also produces the noted Emerging Artists Series for the festival. Silbaugh is also currently serving as an A&R Consultant for GMR Marketing, having previously spent 4 years in that role for Banshee Music under the GMR Marketing umbrella. Banshee Music was a “sonic branding” agency, creating custom music for sports teams, sporting events, and brands. With a diverse background in music and the music business, David is also a voting member of The Recording Academy (GRAMMYs) and currently serves on The Recording Academy Advocacy Committee (Midwest), the Board of Directors for Sing Me A Story, and the Advisory Board for FestForums.  

Dwayne DJ Slim Marcial

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First African-Canadian in New Brunswick to co-own/manage a venue and it became the only establishment in the city of Saint John, NB to bring in big name artists, DJs and bands. He’s been promoting since 2004 with over 32 shows in NB and The Maritimes in 4 years. Notable shows include: Grammy Award winners Naughty By Nature, Oscar winning duo Three 6 Mafia, Lil Kim, Xzibit from MTV’s hit show Pimp My Ride, Skribble Jamz Champion & Redbull Threestyle Champion DJ Skratch Bastid, DJ Matt The Alien, Grammy award winning Drake with his Official DJ, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Masta Ace, J-Bru, Classified, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Obie Trice. He has booked great bands like, Jimmy Swift Band, Caravan, Somethin Good, Scientist Of Sound, Slowcoaster, Wintersleep In 2015, Dwayne Marcial secured a distribution deal with The Orchard/Sony for his NB based label Muzik Iz The Motive Entertainment. He also became 1 of 3 Canadians who are the only members from Canada of the Nerve DJ’s DJ coalition from Ohio in the United States. He currently does a radio show on Nerve Dj’s radio. His company Musik Iz The Motive signed a direct licensing deal with Sirius XM in September 2016. He has stayed very active in the music industry for 2016 attending Canada Music Week, SXSW, Midem and AI2M. Dwayne also took part in two tours with Def Jam A&R Big Heff across the west coast and the Midwest. 2017 Dwayne DJ Slim Marcial signed a new distribution deal with Believe Digital and also attended Canada Music Week. He recently booked two artists he manages from Ontario and Edmonton, Dizzy and Cash Dough for the Midem showcase in Cannes, France June 2017 and Dizzy for his second appearance at New Skool Rules in Rotterdamn, Netherlands happening in May 2017.

Don-E Coady

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BIZ GUY: Founding partner and Creative Director of Dc Design House Inc., an award-winning advertising and design company in St. John's, NL; Featured in EntrepreneurNL, a six-episode lifestyle-documentary series about life in business and community in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador appearing on NTV, Rogers TV, Eastlink and streaming channels. VOLUNTEER: Two-term President of the Business Association of Newfoundland and Labrador; Director with the St. John's Board of Trade; Co-founder of Mental Health Advocacy group It's Mental; Board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs St. John's Committee member of R.E.A.L. Program; Board member of grassroots not-for-profit Unpossible NL; Futurepreneur Canada Mentor; ACOA Mentor; CSC Coach; Entrepreneurs Network (E3) Mentor; St. John's Board of Trade's Connector Program participant; Marketing partner and host of TEDx St. John's yearly event; Co-founder of TheDesigners, a media-arts community-building event-based organization. AWARDED: St. John's Board of Trade Volunteer of the year; MusicNL Volunteer of the year; ECMA nominee for Media Designer of the Year; Rotary Northwest Aidan Maloney's Young Professional of the Year; 21Inc. Top 40 under 40 emerging leaders in Atlantic Canada 2016; Governor General's Canadian Leadership Program 2015 Participant; PERFORMER: Host of Out of the Fog - a local matters weekly show on Rogers and Eastlink networks across NL; Singer/songwriter, musician, performer; Event Emcee; LOOKING FORWARD: Dc is forever looking forward to creating, contributing and communicating big ideas that help make our city and province great!

Glenn McMullen

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SOUND OF POP INC. Founded in 2001 and currently based in Wolfville,Nova Scotia, Sound of Pop (SOP) Inc, is an award winning music publishing & master recording/sync licensing company. SOP currently represents over 800 songs in a one-stop capacity for sync representation and/or publishing including NL based artists Chris Kirby, Brianna Gosse, Kat McLevey, London Above, Everglow, RocketRocketShip, Lady Brett Ashley, and Happy Beats.

Heidi Baird

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Larlee Creek Hullabaloo Festival - Perth Andover, NB Founder/ Artistic Director www.larleecreekmusic.ca   Heidi Baird is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Larlee Creek Hullabaloo music festival. The Larlee Creek Hullabaloo is a not-for-profit organization run by local volunteers. The five-day multi-genre festival has a strong commitment to local and East Coast artists who make up the majority of their programming, with a dash of national and international acts. The 2018 Hullabaloo festival will take place from August 8-12.

Jay Mayne

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Rapper, Skateboarder, and WESC activist - Jay Mayne, a multiple music award nominee/winner is one of the Eastern Canada’s most popular hip-hop artists, he consistently drops the best music and never disappoints his loyal followers. Adria Young of The Coast, Halifax’s alternative news weekly, says Jay Mayne brings soul-styled, golden-era, west-coast beats that feel more Green Ova than anything OVO, which is an important distinction since Mayne is still one of the region’s most underground hip-hop artists. In 2016, he dropped his 15 th mixtape, #StillChopTrees, a continuation of his Chop Trees brand that has taken his music to an international audience. In October, for the second time, he had the opportunity to showcase his talents at A3C Festival and Conference, the biggest HipHop conference in North America. Seeing him live -it’s hard not to be a Jay Mayne fan, his talent is evident, his vocals, his beats, and the lyrics are powerful He exudes personality and charm- he is super chill, real and naturally connects with his audience. He is the “one to watch” in the coming year.

Jeff Andrusyk

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JMA Talent - Dartmouth, NS President/ Booking Agent http://jmatalent.com   JMA Talent is a full-service entertainment agency proudly representing a diverse variety of award winning artists in all genres ranging from Folk, Blues, Celtic, Rock, Family Entertainment, and beyond. Over 6 years, Jeff Andrusyk has successfully built JMA Talent into one of Canada's premier entertainment agencies.  His current artist roster includes an all-star lineup of Canada's most celebrated artists including Heather Rankin, Barra MacNeils, Susan Aglukark, Rik Emmett of Triumph, Valdy, and Harry Manx.

Jenn Grant

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Grant's voice and songwriting has been celebrated all over the world by critics and industry alike. After the success of 300 shows and multiple-JUNO-nominated album Compostela, Grant retreated to the secluded studio by her home in Lake Echo, Nova Scotia. What emerged was Paradise, an album that sees a new dimension in Grant's songwriting with new depths of sonic beauty and melodic landscapes, touching upon balladry, R*B, and electronic music along the way. Described as one of the "best singers in the world" by her ongoing collaborator, Buck 65 (CA), "captivating" by The Line of Best Fit (UK), a "work of a painter born in paradise" by The Sydney Morning Herald (AU) and critical acclaim from the host and tastemaker of KEXP Radio in Seattle, John Richards, says "Galaxies is one of the best songs of the year".

Jennifer Campbell 2017

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P.E.I. Mutual Festival of Small Halls Executive Director http://www.smallhalls.com   Jennifer Campbell is the Executive Director of Small Halls Inc., a not for profit in PEI. Small Halls Inc. produces The PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls as well as Fall Halls. Both festivals are built around the concept of shining a spotlight on small rural communities across PEI.   The Festival of Small Halls is now a fourteen-day, traditional music, dance, workshop and storytelling festival held in June of each year. In 2017, the Festival presented over 50 events in 45 venues in 40 communities across Prince Edward Island. Fall Halls is a multi-genre music festival highlighting authentic talent, tastes and traditions in the fall season on PEI.

Joanna Barker

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St. John’s Womxn in Music (SWIM) is a community arts organization dedicated to breaking down barriers that womxn identified, two-spirited and non-binary folk in the music industry face through education, partnership, and programming in our city and beyond. SWIM was founded in 2016 by co-directors Joanna Barker and Kate Lahey. Originally from Grand Falls-Windsor, Joanna is of Innu, Mi'kmaq, Irish and British ancestry and a member of Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation. Joanna is a singer, songwriter, musician, childcare provider, Program Director at Girls Rock NL and a research assistant with Dr. Jocelyn Thorpe at the University of Manitoba. 

JOSH HOGAN

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We're so looking forward to having you!

Josh is a jack-of-many-trades and depending on the time of day or night he is a concert promoter, artist manager, marketing strategist, small business consultant, vocalist, event planner, volunteer and board of director (he currently sits with the halifax pop explosion, music nova scotia and the east coast music association).

 

No stranger to sharing his thoughts, he has spoken at organizations and conferences such as the halifax pop explosion, noctis metalfest, music nova scotia week, the ecma conferences and the nova scotia community college.

 

His efforts in the music community lead to him being named in the chronicle herald's "top 20, 20-somethings" to watch and he has been featured in such publications as canadian musician, the coast, here[nb] magazine and the ryerson review of journalism. When not working, josh enjoys whiskey, craft beers, buying local and long walks on the beach.

Justin Nordell

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Philadelphia Folk Song Society - Philadelphia, PA, USA Executive Director www.pfs.org Justin, a perpetual arts & culture junkie, began at the Philadelphia Folksong Society, presenters of the Philadelphia Folk Festival, over a decade ago before leaving to take a job with a recording studio in Texas. Justin returned to Philadelphia, as culturally promiscuous as ever, working with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Film Festival, FringeArts, and even with a pit stop as Director of Business Development for a law firm, before returning to the Philadelphia Folksong Society as Executive Director in 2015. It didn't feel as if he was taking a new job - it felt as if he’d come home. Following an incredibly well received “Newfoundsongs of Newfoundland” workshop Justin presented at the 2017 Philadelphia Folk Festival, he is looking forward to continuing to introduce his members and patrons to NL’s rich musical soundscape.

Kate Horodnyk

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Kate Horodnyk joined the Canadian Music Publishers Association as its Communications & Social Media Specialist in April 2016. In this role, she assists with creating business opportunities for the association’s members and promotes their interests and those of their song writing partners through advocacy, communication, and education. Canadian Music Publishers Association initiatives include: the Canadian Music Café, CMPA Create, Inside the Song, CMPA Music Tech Summit, among others. Prior to this position, she worked in the Canadian film industry as a member of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival team. She is a Media Studies and Arts Management graduate with a huge love of music, languages, and visual arts.

Kelly Symes

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Festival of Small Halls Ontario / Ottawa Bluesfest/ CityFolk - Ottawa, ON General Manager thefestivalofsmallhalls.com www.ottawabluesfest.ca cityfolkfestival.com   Kelly Symes is the General Manager of the Ontario Festival of Small Halls. The festival presents over 30 concerts in rural community halls across Eastern Ontario for 12 days in September. Building off the success of the fall festival, this December the organization will produce a series of Hall-iday concerts featuring artists from the Atlantic provinces. In addition to Small Halls, Kelly also oversees the local program for both Ottawa Bluesfest (July 5-15, 2018) and Ottawa CityFolk Festival (September 12-16, 2018).

Liana White

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Executive Director, CFM www.cfmusicians.org // www.afm.org

Linda Fahey

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Folk Alley - Saranac Lake, NY, USA Senior Director of Content www.folkalley.com   Linda Fahey has been working as a music industry professional in the US for the last 17 years. She spent time as Associate Producer for the long-running public radio show ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ and at Red House Records, the independent record label based in St. Paul, MN, before joining up with Folk Alley. As Folk Alley’s Senior Director of Content, she serves as music director for the service’s 24-7 internet radio stream; curator/editor for the In Folkus Blog; and producer for the weekly nationally syndicated radio show and for Folk Alley Sessions – Folk Alley’s in-studio video series and podcast. She is also an occasional contributor to NPRMusic.org and has served on the Board of Directors for Folk Alliance International as well other local arts organizations in Saranac Lake, NY where she resides. In addition to her work at Folk Alley, she currently books a concert series at BluSeed Studios, an intimate venue and community arts center in Saranac Lake.

Lisa Schwartz

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Philadelphia Folk Festival - Doylestown, PA, USA Festival and Artistic Director https://pfs.org   Lisa is a vibrant and dynamic individual with a passion for great music who serves as the Festival Director and Artistic Director for the world renowned Philadelphia Folk Festival. The 57th annual event is slated for August 16-19 and will feature approximately 100 acts on eight stages and will welcome upwards of 35,000 patrons.  Known to showcase superstars and rising stars alike, the Philadelphia Folk Festival is the seminal music event of the summer.   With a love for nonprofit service and leadership, Lisa also serves as the Vice President for the Board of Folk Alliance International and was the president of the Philadelphia Folksong Society for more than eight years. She also loves to use her strategic marketing and branding skills to consult with artists to position them for career growth.   Not content to always be behind the scenes, Lisa has also been a member of the Savoy Opera Company performing on stage at the famed Academy of Music in Philadelphia.

Liz Scott

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Mariposa Folk Festival - Orillia, ON Artistic Director www.mariposafolk.com   Liz Scott is Artistic Director at the iconic Mariposa Folk Festival, taking place every July in Orillia, Ontario. In its 57th year, the festival's mandate is the "preservation of folk art in Canada through song, story, dance and crafts." Liz is also a concert promoter, house concert presenter, tour manager, and agent at her home-based business, Serendipitous Music. She has been a Juno judge, Folk Alliance mentor, and sits on the Folk Music Ontario board of directors. The Mariposa Folk Festival 2018 takes place July 6-8.

Lizzie Evans

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EvansAbove PR - London, England, UK Owner/ Publicist http://www.evansabovepr.com www.avelinerecords.com Lizzie Evans is the director and founder of EvansAbove PR; an innovative music and entertainment company that specialises in national, regional and online PR in the UK. The company provides promotional services for an eclectic mix of signed and unsigned artists/bands, single and album releases, tours, live events and festivals.   With unrivalled enthusiasm and a passion for live music, Lizzie and her team have built strong relationships with record labels, management teams and the artists she works for in the UK as well as Canada the US, Sweden and Denmark.  EvansAbove’s client base ranges from Alt-Country, Roots and Blues to Indie, Folk and Soul. EvansAbove PR  has helped launch and promote many successful live events over the years including the Greenwich Comedy Festival, Maverick Festival (2013/14/15/16/17) and the London Remixed Festival (2014/15/16/17), as well as securing a Later…with Jools TV performance for US artist Chastity Brown. Current clients include: Chastity Brown (US), Mo Kenney (CA), Miranda Lee Richards (US), Benjamin Folk Thomas, Ani DiFranco (US), Terra Lightfoot (CA), Ned Roberts (UK). Lizzie, along with Immy Doman (Green Note) and Ian Blackaby (Ardent Music) started UK record label Aveline Records, which in the past year has released records by Ruth Theodore, The Goat Roper Rodeo Band, Linah Rocio, Ned Roberts and Ani DiFranco.

Louis Robitaille

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Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival – Lunenburg, NS Program Committee Chair/Festival   www.folkharbour.com   The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society will be celebrating its 33rd annual Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival (August 9 - 12, 2018) and also programs fall, spring and summer Concert Series in Lunenburg. Folk Harbour presents folk, traditional, blues, singer-songwriters, world and gospel featuring local, national, and international acts.   Louis is an Executive Staff Officer of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union with responsibility for research, and governance and policy. He has volunteered for the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society in many roles since 2001. Louis is a long-serving member of the Program Committee, having worked on the Committee since the fall of 2003 and has chaired the committee for what will soon be nine festivals. Currently, Louis is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society.

PERFORMANCE PRODUCER/ARTIST - TORONTO, ON

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Welcome back Luther!

Luther Mallory is a Live Music Producer a Performance Coach for bands and artists specializing in what he calls “Stage Psychology”. He doesn’t spend time with artists designing "moves" or "moments" or helping a singer plan out when to jump kick. Luther works to determine what is going on in the judgment- obsessed mind of the artist and then gives the artist tools to feel confident in taking risks on stage to become a better performer. "All an audience wants to see is someone cooler than them do something cooler than they are capable of doing." That requires a performer to have guts to be fearless in showing the audience who they really are. That's when you get fans. As an artist, Luther has been on stage nearly 1000 times as a singer in his former band, Crush Luther. He has run an indie label, managed, and produced artists. As a Live Music Producer, Luther has worked with more than 200 artists over the last 3 years. Artists from Sony, Universal, Maple, The Junos, RISE Edutainment, UNITY Charity, and Canada's Music Incubator.      

Melissa MacMaster

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Melissa started her career in the music industry by teaching business skills to an emerging group of young artists through the Artpreneur 2.0 program. Falling in love with the local Nova Scotia hip-hop scene, Melissa took her passion for business and music and founded 902HipHop. Today, Melissa works with the top upcoming hip-hop artists and producers in Nova Scotia, acts as a liaison between artists and non-profit and government organizations and is a major influence in building the Halifax hip-hop scene. Through her company 902HipHop, Melissa has been creating one of a kind opportunities for Nova Scotian hip-hop artists and producers both nationally and internationally. Melissa strongly believes in the talent that exists in Atlantic Canada and is determined to develop a strong hip-hop scene that brings attention from the outside to give these artists the opportunity and connections they deserve to launch their careers in the music industry.

Michele & John Law

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Kingsville Folk Festival - Kingsville, ON Founders/ Producers kingsvillefolkfest.org   The Kingsville Folk Music Festival, celebrating its 5th anniversary August 10-12, 2018, was founded by John and Michele. The Laws are award-winning folk-grass singer songwriters who settled in southwestern Ontario after 17 years touring throughout North America and Australia. The Laws wanted to bring a world-class folk festival to their area and have modelled KFMF after some of Canada’s finest. There is an emphasis on Canadian talent both at the festival and throughout the year at the Road to FolkFest Concert Series. www.kingsvillefolkfest.org

Michelle Conceison

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Michelle Conceison runs Nashville-based artist management and marketing firm Market Monkeys (founded in Boston 2004).  She manages Fortunate Ones and Rose Cousins, and runs Rose Cousins' record label Old Farm Pony Records. She's on the board of Folk Alliance International (past President). She has a MBA and teaches music business at Middle Tennessee State University and arts administration at Northeastern University.  Her background is in digital media and brand marketing, having led teams at major global advertising agencies prior to music.

Natalie Neri

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instinct entertainment - Toronto, ON Music Supervisor instinctentertainment.ca   Natalie is a Music Supervisor at instinct entertainment in Toronto. She has supervised and coordinated music for a number of television series such as Good Witch (Hallmark Channel), Degrassi: Next Class (Netflix/Family Channel), and films such as Love Jacked, On My Way Out, Cool Daddy, & We Forgot To Break Up.   In addition to supervising, Natalie also provides creative consultation and licensing support for SOCAN, Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF), Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) and the newly opened National Music Centre in Calgary.   A graduate from the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University with a specialization in audio production and digital media, Natalie is a self-professed media junkie with a deep love for all things music/television/film.

Nigel Jenkins

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Nigel Jenkins is an artist manager and entertainment lawyer based in Halifax, NS. He currently manages Hillsburn, has worked with Classified, Heather Rankin, and Ben Caplan, and sits on the boards of the Halifax Pop Explosion Music Festival and Halifax Urban Folk Festival. Nigel was nominated for the 2017 East Coast Music Award for Artist Manager of the Year, and the 2016 Nova Scotia Music Week Award for Artist Manager of the Year.

Phill McIntryre

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  New England Celtic Arts - East Dixfield, ME, USA Director/ Presenter http://www.necelticarts.com   Phill McIntyre is director of New England Celtic Arts in South Carthage Maine. Over the past 15 years he has developed a network soft seat venues and house concerts opportunities for touring artists already traveling through Maine and New England to fill in the midweek dates. Newfoundland artists are no strangers to Phill's efforts in Maine.   Although Phill has retired from full time presenting he is still working with many venues and festivals in the New England region and will host over 90 events this year predominantly with East Coast musicians. He is very interested in talking with any artists who are willing to recognize the potential of mid-week concerts.

Quake Matthews

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Quake Matthews is a hip-hop artist who first made a name for himself in the underground battle rap scene in his early teens. Harnessing the raw energy and competitive spirit found in that arena, he was able to transcend into the multi layered artist he is today. His raspy voice and unfiltered emotion have given him a signature sound, creating a captivating listening experience for his audience. The award-winning emcee released his fourth studio album, Rap Music, in 2015 which earned him a #4 spot on the iTunes Hip Hop Charts as well as coverage from a host of major outlets such as The Source, All Def Digital and Funk Master Flex's 'Indie Spotlight.' Rap Music also took home Hip Hop Recording of the Year at Music Nova Scotia Week as well as the East Coast Music awards. After wrapping up a successful tour in Europe this past May, Quake is currently promoting the release of his 5th studio album 'Celebrate the Struggle.' Independently, The album climbed to #3 on the iTunes Hip Hop Charts.  The first single, 'Confessions' also earned him a spot on Prime Minister Trudeau's summer Spotify playlist. At the age of 28, with the knowledge of a veteran, the ambition of a rookie, and a career that has been on a steady incline, Matthews shows no signs on slowing down any time soon.

Rob Nosworthy

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Nozstock: The Hidden Valley Festival - Herefordshire, West Midlands, UK Creative Producer/ Festival Programmer http://nozstock.com Robert is one of the creative producers of Nozstock, working with his sister Ella and father Peter 'Noz' on the founding and building of Nozstock The Hidden Valley. The festival celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018 and hosts 12 stages of multi -genre live and electronic music and arts.   Together the family curate an event to meet all tastes, from experimental family programming, seasoned comedians on the Edinburgh Festival circuit, emerging talent such as Jake Bugg and Two Door Cinema Club, to established acts like De La Soul and Seasick Steve. Robert's eye is firmly focused on skilled, quality music, across multiple genres and he has a distinctive vision for Nozstock, that encompasses theatrical wow-factor with burgeoning ability. The bar is set high. Outside of his programming responsibilities, he has also performed on stage as a bassist, so has a true understanding of the musician's experience as well as the trials of being a festival booker.

Rodney Murphy

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Rodney Murphy is the Director, A&R for SOCAN. He has been working on behalf of songwriters, music publishers and AV composers with SOCAN for the past 14 years providing creative support and music industry knowledge in an effort to maximize the performance royalties and career opportunities for SOCAN members. Before joining SOCAN Rodney has worked for Sony Music Canada, BBC Radio 1 in London, UK and CKCU FM in Ottawa. Rodney is based in Toronto.

SarahChipon

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Atomic Music Group - Toronto, ON Booking Agent www.atomicmusicgroup.com   Formerly with UTA, Sarah Chipon joined Atomic Music Group earlier this year to head the PAC division. Chipon brings a diversified artist roster to AMG that reflects her cultural upbringing and life experience with clients such as Ashley MacIsaac, Jully Black, Peter Katz, Suzy Bogguss, and many more. Sarah uses her global knowledge of the arts, cultures, and languages (English, French, Spanish, and German) to book tours and events for world-class artists in North America and internationally.  

Steve Butler

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Paquin Artist Agency - Toronto, ON Booking Agent www.paquinentertainment.com   Hailing from St. John's, Newfoundland, Steve is a formally trained musician having studied Classical Music at Memorial University (NL) and Jazz studies at St. Francis Xavier University (NS). Steve joined Paquin Artists Agency in 2006 to oversee North American Performing Arts and festivals as well as the development of some of the finest singer-songwriters, world and roots artists from around the world.

Terri Dollar

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Artsplosure/First Night® Raleigh/Arts Alive Raleigh - Raleigh, NC, USA Program Director artsplosure.org   Terri Dollar has served as the Program Director for Artsplosure for the past 20 years. The prestigious award-winning festivals she produces bring over 150,000 people to downtown Raleigh, North Carolina each year. With a finger on the pulse of her audience, Terri is a creative and passionate arts leader who enthusiastically presents all genres of music and art. Artsplosure is celebrating 39 years as one of the leading arts festival organizations in the Southeastern US.   With a career in the entertainment industry spanning over 25 years, Terri serves as a consultant and board member to a number of other festivals, special events, and arts organizations. She is also the owner of Actors Unlimited Talent agency that represents over 300 working actors in film and television. Terri is especially passionate about introducing and presenting amazing East Coast musicians to her North Carolina audiences.

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Tim Hardy worked with SOCAN in a variety of positions within their Licensing & Membership Departments in both its head office in Toronto and its Atlantic Canadian office in Halifax, Nova Scotia for over 22 years. Tim is currently a partner in Sound of Pop Music Publishing, Business Development Manager with Dave Carroll (Big Break Enterprises) and operates an independent music consulting company (Aspenway Music) based in Halifax.

Troy Greencorn

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Stan Rogers Festival/ deCoste Entertainment Centre - Pictou/ Canso, NS Artistic & Executive Director www.stanfest.ca www.decostecentre.ca   Troy Greencorn is the founding Artistic Director of the Stan Rogers Folk Festival, now into its 22nd year. "Stanfest", as it has come to be known, is an international songwriter's festival that presents over 40 accomplished songwriters/acts from a wide range of genres. The event, hosted in Canso, Nova Scotia is a 4 day, 5 stage festival. Troy is also the Creative Director of the deCoste Performing Arts Centre in Pictou, Nova Scotia, a 400 seat facility that presents 100+ events each year. The deCoste’s presents a rich mix of shows, predominantly music, but also including dance, theatre, comedy, film and variety.

2017 Nominees

Aaron Bishop  |    |  Adam Baxter  |  Adam Jenkins  |  Alex Byrne  |  Andrew Boyd  |  Atlantic Disc and DVD  |  Betty Fitzgerald  |  Bev Allen  |  Bryan Power  |  Category VI  |  Chris LeDrew  |  Christian Howse  |  Clare Follett  |  Colleen Power  |  Cordeen  |  Darren "Boobie" Browne  |  Dave Penny  |  Don-E Coady  |  Doug Dorward  |  Earle & Coffin  |  Elling Lien  |  Fretboard Journey  |  GAME BOY  |  Gavin Simms  |  Glen Collins  |  Greg Smith  |  Happy Beats  |  Hip Waders  |  Ian Foster  |  Informants  |  It Could Be Franky  |  Janet Cull  |  Jason Whelan  |  JYAY  |  Kellie Loder  |  Kilbride Music  |  Krista Power  |  Kyle McDavid  |  Land of the Lakes  |  Lawnya Vawnya  |  Lee Fitz  |  Luke Tremblett  |  Maria Cherwick  |  Mary Barry  |  Mary Beth Waldram  |  Matthew Byrne  |  Melanie O'Brien  |  Michelle Robertson  |  Mick Davis  |  Paul Brace  |  Rachel Cousins  |  Robert Buck  |  Rock Eden  |  Rough Hands  |  Rozalind MacPhail  |  Rum Ragged  |  Shirley Montague  |  Steve Maloney - Room with a View  |  Steve Maloney - The Memory Game  |  Tara Thompson  |  The Kubasonics  |  The Novaks  |  The Once  |  The Sound Solution  |  Tony Delicious  |  Town House  |  Vicki Doyle  |  Victoria and the Lyricist  |  Waterfront Fire  |  Weight of the World  |  Young Manics
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Born in Paradise, Newfoundland, Aaron Bishop was raised by two very creative parents. His father has worked in painting and carpentry his whole life while his mother has worked in interior decorating in one form or another for most of hers. He started drawing as soon as he could hold a pencil and by age nine had illustrated his own comic series. In 2004 he got his hands on a copy of Macromedia Flash 4, and after forcing himself day after day to learn the program he eventually turned many of his comic characters into animations, which then turned into games. Eventually he started using the program to design logos, complex illustrations and even magazines. In 2011, he attended a two year course at College of the North Atlantic for Graphic Design. There he absorbed every piece of knowledge he possibly could from the excellent instructors and classmates. Since then he's had the opportunity to work with some fantastic people on some great projects including Waterfront Fire, Quote the Raven, Weight of the World, Rum Ragged, Allie Duff & the Happy Campers, The Combine.Aaron Bishop 1

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"Do Things Differently" is the adopted motto of 2017 for Campbellton, NL resident. Having released two albums in eleven months (Clean Hands July 2016, Different But Polite June 2017), this Citadel House recording artist has never had any troubles embodying being a little different. Combining, relatable lyrics and a unique folk/pop styling, he has has spent most of 2017 in the studio, in the classroom and performing both onstage and online. Baxter has taken a different road by giving regular performances by establishing the #EpicWednesdayLive Concert Series via Facebook Live to audiences all over the province and country, which has racked up over 500,000 viewers since its inception in late 2016. Adam was also an artist in residence at the inaugural COTTAGE Collaborative Arts Festival in Norris Point, NL. Doing things a little differently has been making 2017 a great year, Baxter already has his sights set on another album to be released in December 2017 and having an even more different 2018.

Adam Jenkins

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My name is Adam Jenkins, I am a singer, songwriter, recording artist and multi instrumentalist from Mount Pearl, Newfoundland. I started singing when I was 4 years old, and started playing instruments at 7. After discovering this was a strong passion of mine, I began investing my own money into studio and recording equipment. I then spent time learning the art of music production and recording as well as releasing my own projects through online platforms such as SoundCloud and BandCamp. While focusing on my studies at Memorial University I began collaborating with other like-minded individuals to form Belated Entertainment. Aside from music and event promotion, Belated also doubled as an apparel brand; providing branded merchandise such as hoodies, shirts, hats and toque's. While working with my team I created a full length 13 track album from start to finish titled Showcase. Aside from producing, recording and mixing the music, we also designed all cover art for the project and reached out to local manufacturer Atlantic Disc and DVD to provide us with physical copies of the album, which were then distributed through local music outlets such as Fred's Records. Through our efforts I've received over 35,000 streams online, played sold out shows at venues such as The RockHouse, been called upon to open for artists like Royce Da 5'9 and SonReal, as well as headlined Jibfest. I am currently working on my second project and have plans to move to Toronto in September to gain more opportunities and further my career.

Alex Byrne

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He is recognized as one of the leading up and coming DJ/Producers in the province and across Atlantic Canada. His music has been supported by the most famous DJ’s in the world including Tiesto, Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, W&W, Quintino, F Tampa and VINAI just to name a few. Alex was also nominated twice under Dance Recording of the Year at the 2017 East Coast Music Awards and for Urban/Electronic Artist of the Year at the 2016 Music NL Awards. Over the years Alex has acquired a collection of popular charting releases on various record labels around the world and has grown a very supportive fan base.

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Rock Eden is a non-profit digital music magazine created by Andrew Boyd to promote the talented artists from Newfoundland and Labrador as well as artists touring our province. The magazine focuses primarily on web features as well as live performance videos and radio.

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Robert Buck from Mount Pearl Newfoundland has gained a wealth of knowledge that positions him at the top of his field. He has spent over 22 years in independent distribution and manufacturing, Robert has gained unparalleled insight into the industry as it has grown and developed. Robert has worked with thousands of Atlantic Canadian artists to help bring their recordings to fruition. He is an MBA graduate and owns several other non music related businesses. Currently Robert is the managing director with Atlantic Disc & DVD and is the manager for local traditional group Rum Ragged. He also performs regularly as a drummer/percussionist.

Betty Fitzgerald

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Bev Allen

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Singer-Songwriter-Recording Artist, from Corner Brook, NL, with a passion for songwriting and entertaining. Just released third original album, Book of Dreams, June 2, 2017. The single, Back On The Rock, was released spring 2016. The Screech-In song and video released on February, 2017, garnered more than 400,000 views on Bev Allen Music Facebook page and YouTube Page to date. All ten songs on Book of Dreams are fun, inspiring, down to earth and right at home. At a more traditional level, these songs are sure to resonate with our fellow Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The track, Bring It On Canada, is a tribute to Canada150. This song reached top 25 in the Canadian 2014 Singer-Songwriter Mentor Experience Contest with Luba. First album, Do It For Your Mother, was released in 1996. The title track, Do It For Your Mother, captured the hearts of many fans and years of airplay. All twelve songs are down home country songs from the heart. It's Our World, released 2000, include ten uptempo country, uptempo pop and new world songs.These ten songs have been sent around the world while pitched to various artists or the opportunity to co-write. Four tracks earned several awards from songwriting contest submissions and three Music NL nominations since 2000. The I'll Get By, also earned a spot on a compilation of12 Newfoundland Songwriters. Been playing at bars, venues, concerts, showcases, (Music NL and ECMA Discovery Stages)and private functions as a solo act or a 2, 3 and 4 piece act over the past twenty years. Simply love to entertain and perform my originals wherever I can. Whether at a campfire, solo, band or concert, the passion is equal.

Bryan Power

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Bryan Power is the Artistic Director of Lawnya Vawyna Music Festival and the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival in St John's Newfoundland. In 2017 he launched Wonderland Music Co, a music management service for Newfoundland musicians. Artistically, he is a singer/songwriter and the motor behind alt-folk band Pilot to Bombardier. He has worked with the Wreckhouse Jazz Festival, Mile One Centre and countless film and television productions. He is a juror for ECMA, FACTOR and MusicNL.  

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Hailing from the misty shores of the northeast Avalon, Category VI formed in early 2010. The band brings something new to the local Newfoundland metal scene as they are the only female-fronted melodic metal band in the province! Category VI has performed live in St. John’s actively since 2010 with other local hard rock and metal bands as well as with touring bands Including NAIL and ANVIL and to date have released two full length albums.

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Singer-songwriter Chris LeDrew hails from the culturally-rich Canadian city of St. John's, Newfoundland, where he has spent much of his life honing a busy and successful music career. He has released two award-winning and critically acclaimed solo albums as well as one with the band Brothers in Stereo, which was nominated for three East Coast Music Awards and took home the 2003 CBC Galaxie Rising Star award. LeDrew's music has received widespread international radio play, and he has performed all over North America in clubs, concert halls, arenas, and on national radio/television shows. In August 2016 he recorded his third solo album Art of the Confessor in Nashville with producer Joshua Grange, who currently plays steel guitar with Sheryl Crow's band and has worked with artists such as the Dixie Chicks, Dwight Yoakam, and KD Lang. The album was released to critical acclaim in November 2016. LeDrew has spent the first half of 2017 touring in support of his latest album and bringing this offering of songs to a fresh, new audience.

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Growing up listening to a wide range of music, Christian is a multi-instrumentalist, playing instruments including the banjo, accordion, mandolin, clarinet, and guitar. Influenced by the technical guitar work of Jon Gomm, and the raw, honest lyricism of artists such as Against Me! and the late Erik Petersen, Christian brings a powerful performance to the stage. Drawing from the genres of punk, folk, and math-rock, he has developed a unique brand of percussive finger style guitar. After signing a multi-year recording deal with The Citadel House, Christian released his debut EP, “Cardiac”. With a passion for storytelling, and a love for telling it how it is, Christian illustrates a very raw and real depiction of the greatest fears, darkest feelings, and most beautiful revelations that we all come to feel, to some extent, throughout our lives. These songs are sure to leave you looking inward, seeing a bit of your hidden self in every word.

Clare Follett

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A 15-year-old singer songwriter from St. John's, N.L., Follett is a multi-instrumentalist with a knack for performing catchy pop songs. Indeed, she has already gained a bit of fame through her online endeavors, covering the entire discography of Marianas Trench on her YouTube channel and gaining the attention of the band in the process. But in her split-screen video [for "Amy"], Follett shows that she's far from a novelty cover act, showing her impressive proficiency as a vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist and promising all-around performer. -Del Cowie, CBC Music http://www.cbcmusic.ca/posts/18130/searchlight-2017-best-one-person-band-acts-you-sho http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/marianas-trench-super-fan-covers-every-song-1.3924094 http://www.thetelegram.com/living/entertainment/2017/1/2/mount-pearl_s-clare-follett-posted-52-marianas-trench-songs-in-2.html

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Colleen Power is a creative force in both the Newfoundland rock and folk music scenes. Her debut album ‘Lucky You Are’, released in 2000 introduced her powerful voice and witty songwriting. She comfortably embraces multiple styles in both French and English with lyrics ranging from heartfelt to comedic, political to personal.

Always engaging, Colleen embraces country, folk, rock, punk, reggae and more. She has been a Newfoundland Francophone ambassador at festivals and events around Canada since the release of her debut French recording ‘Terre-Neuvienne’ in 2006.

A regular on CBC Radio One, she is often commissioned to write satirical songs about current events. With multiple awards and a breadth of experience, Colleen Power is going strong with her 10th studio album, released on January 1, 2017. 'Raised on This' is a collection of traditional Irish, Newfoundland and Celtic songs that are close to Colleen’s heart.

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Four centuries after the first Irish immigrants set foot on the shores of Newfoundland, a group of talented musicians came together under the name of their beloved instrument: Cordeen, from Irish cairdín, the native term for the button accordion those pioneering players brought with them from the old world to the new. Each of the band’s members brings a unique style of playing deeply influenced by the rhythms of their towns and villages, echoing the journeys they have taken to mastery. Waterford’s Benny McCarthy, founding member of iconic traditional music group Danú, is a soft-spoken player with a dry wit and a twinkle in his eye. Hailing from the rich musical heartland of Sliabh Luachra, Conor Moriority is an All-Ireland Accordion champion who learned to play at the knees of great players like John Brosnan and Jimmy Doyle. Graham Wells, previously of the renowned band The Irish Descendants, is a true blue Newfoundlander from St John’s whose grandfather passed down the art of the box by taking him to play at parties and dances across the island. Also from Newfoundland is Billy Sutton of popular trad/rock group The Fables- not only a master accordionist but a prodigious talent on the bouzouki, fiddle and mandola!

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Darren "Boobie" Browne has been central to Newfoundland music for decades. His extreme talent across multiple instruments and genres has made him one of the most desired musicians in the province. He has played with many successful local acts, as well as bands from other regions, from Duane Andrews to Amelia Curran, Sherry Ryan, The Burning Hell, Al Tuck, Andrew James O'Brien, Peter Willie Youngtree, The Kubasonics, and countless others. Indeed, to call him a "side" musician would not do him justice; Darren lives and breathes music day in, day out and takes the craft beyond the realm of vocation, making it a Way of Being. In this year alone, he has toured Europe three times with two different bands, represented Newfoundland and Labrador at the ECMA's and in Trinidad & Tobago, and recorded on multiple local albums. Darren's sound and dedication to the craft have indeed helped shape the Newfoundland & Labrador music scene into what it is today.

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Dave Penny has been a steady presence on the local folk scene as an accordion player and composer of songs that are truly unique to Newfoundland and Labrador. He has been a key figure in resurgence in popularity of Newfoundland recitations, along the way contributing popular pieces like "Johnny Chrome" and "A Townie Courted a Bayman’s Daughter" to the local folk repertoire. Dave’s second and most recent recording—All Turned Around—promises to further strengthen his position as one of Newfoundland and Labradors most fun and diverse entertainers, with its razor-sharp commentary on songs like "Chase The Ace" and" #darkNL" and driving accordion tunes.

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BIZ GUY: Founding partner and Creative Director of Dc Design House Inc., an award-winning advertising and design company in St. John’s, NL; Featured in EntrepreneurNL, a six-episode lifestyle-documentary series about life in business and community in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador appearing on NTV, Rogers TV, Eastlink and streaming channels. VOLUNTEER: Two-term President of the Business Association of Newfoundland and Labrador; Director with the St. John’s Board of Trade; Co-founder of Mental Health Advocacy group It’s Mental; Board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs St. John’s; Advisory Committee member of R.E.A.L. Program; Board member of grassroots not-for-profit Unpossible NL; Futurepreneur Canada Mentor; ACOA Mentor; CSC Coach; Entrepreneurs Network (E3) Mentor; St. John’s Board of Trade’s Connector Program participant; Marketing partner and host of TEDx St. John’s yearly event; Co-founder of TheDesigners, a media-arts community-building event-based organization. AWARDED: St. John’s Board of Trade Volunteer of the year; MusicNL Volunteer of the year; ECMA nominee for Media Designer of the Year; Rotary Northwest Aidan Maloney’s Young Professional of the Year; 21Inc. Top 40 under 40 emerging leaders in Atlantic Canada 2016; Governor General's Canadian Leadership Program 2015 Participant; PERFORMER: Host of Out of the Fog – a local matters weekly show on Rogers and Eastlink networks across NL; Singer/songwriter, musician, performer; Event Emcee;  LOOKING FORWARD: Dc is forever looking forward to creating, contributing and communicating big ideas that help make our city and province great!

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Doug Dorward is a fiddle player from Liff, Scotland. He was inspired to pick up the fiddle at an early age by his uncle, Scottish fiddler Iain Fraser, his grandfather and his sister. Doug was taught by Gill Simpson, and grew up playing music with family and friends. His enthusiasm for the Scottish fiddle was fuelled by regular trips to Alasdair Fraser’s Sabhal Mòr Ostaig fiddle course on Skye, and two visits to the Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School in California. In his teenage years Doug was a member and then leader of youth fiddle group Tayside Young Fiddlers. In 2014 Doug moved to St. John’s, Newfoundland. He became a part of the lively Newfoundland traditional music scene and incorporated the style and tunes into his own playing. Doug’s experiences in Newfoundland inspired him to record his first album Waves, which combines the traditional music of Scotland and Newfoundland. Waves was nominated for "Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year" at the 2017 East Coast Music Awards.

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National award winning duo Nick Earle and Joe Coffin are emerging blues artists from St. John's, NL. Earle and Coffin released their debut album “Live at The Citadel House”, earning them the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performers of the Year, 2017 East Coast Music Award nomination for Blues Recording of the Year and a 2016 MusicNL nomination for Jazz/Blues Recording of the Year. Adopting a distinctive style which is well beyond their years, they draw inspiration from blues greats such as Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton and Muddy Waters. Rich soulful vocals and exceptional guitar playing are just two of the descriptions that come to mind when watching these two execute their skills. Earle and Coffin have performed with many of the region’s top roots and blues musicians and have learned to demonstrate the utmost professionalism and style. Reviving old blues is just one of the projects this duo has been working on, in February 2017 Earle and Coffin released their sophomore album “Wood, Wire, Blood and Bone” recorded at the Citadel House in Lewisporte, Newfoundland. Already receiving great reviews and national airplay this “potluck” of electric blues/rock inspired originals and standards features a full band with a big sound that will surely satisfy your taste!

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Making machine music since 1998, these days Elling Lien’s production has a restless style that moves between the meditative calm of ambient music to the frenetic, syncopated push of footwork and UK bass. Put his phone on shuffle and you’ll hear his current musical influences, including Rustie, Four Tet, and Philip Glass. In addition to making his own music, he is passionate about encouraging others to create through his work as founder of Unpossible NL, regional coordinators of the RPM Challenge, the Stand-Up Challenge, and Math Circles.

Fretboard Journey

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  Fretboard Journey features four of Newfoundland and Labrador’s finest guitarists, Duane Andrews, Craig Young, Sandy Morris and Gordon Quinton who will take you down the line from Western Swing to Newfoundland Jigs with all stops in between. Fretboard Journey…ride along with these home-grown axe masters on a trip you won’t soon forget. Their debut recording sparkles with individuality, camaraderie and the love of all things guitar. From the swinging groove of Wes Montgomery’s “Four on Six”, the bluegrass sparkle of “Blackberry Blossom” plus the beauty of the theme from “Land and Sea” and the Ron Hynes penned Newfoundland anthem “St. John’s Waltz” this disc is a must have for any fan of guitar playing and sure to be a local favourite for years to come.

GAME BOY

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GAME BOY started recording and releasing music earlier this year as a purely creative venture for a science and technology focus individual. After a hard RPM month GAME BOY was proud to release his debut album Press Start. Since the Album's release music lovers from many different walks of life that have given his music a chance have been enthralled with its sublime mixture of EDM with melodic Chiptune nostalgia. One Such media member even stated that the music is like if "Deadmau5 possessed your video game console and commanded you to dance". GAME BOY doesn't yearn for the admiration or affection of fans, but simply wants to share his music with the world and serve as an example to his family that anything is possible if you put your all into it.

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Gavin Simms is singer-songwriter from the south coast of Newfoundland. He released his debut album in the spring of 2013 and has since made a name for himself as one of the province’s most thoughtful and original new voices. He's toured the east coast a few times now and has shared the stage with artists such as Jim Bryson, Sherman Downey, Joel Hynes and Ilia Nicoll.

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Glen Collins is one of the most sought after guitarists in Newfoundland. He has performed, produced, recorded and toured with many of Newfoundland's top musical artists, and has appeared on over 30 local releases, many of which were MUSIC NL and ECMA nominated/award winners. Recent projects include… Vince Collins: Over Home (producer, recording, mixing/editing, multi - instrumentalist) Dana Parsons: Within the Dark (guitar/co-writer) Ashley Fayth: Wonder Wonder and Superpickers! Blues on the Ceiling (recording, mixing/editing, guitars) - performed and co-produced with Newfoundland music icons Sandy Morris and Peter Narvaez, was released in 2011 to great reviews, Multiple Music NL nominations and is considered a tour-de-force of great guitar picking! Glen is also a first-call guitarist for many prominent musical theater companies and regularly performs with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 and 2016 Glen won the coveted Arts and Letters Award for Senior Division Music composition and is currently recording his debut CD entitled 'Curry'.

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Greg has become a trusted and known name in radio throughout NL. Weekdays he's the host of VOCM's Drive Home, broadcast Island Wide, featuring the newsmakers, community leaders, artists, and volunteers that make Newfoundland & Labrador such a vibrant place to live. On the weekends you'll find him on several stations playing & highlighting the music of NL. Greg hosts the VOCM's Irish NL show, Kixx Country's Potluck & Folkus and Big Land FM's Homebrew. Greg is involved in promoting new and upcoming talent on air all the while persevering our province's music history. Greg's a active volunteer having spent time on the NL Folk Arts Board of Directors, chaired the programming of the NL Folk Festival and working along side Easter Seals NL, the Kidney Foundation and more.

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Happy Beats is a solo electronic project by recording artist/producer Michael Kirby. Based on simple drum beats overlaid with catchy synth and guitar melodies, happy beats is all about creating a mood of relaxation and positive vibes to the listener. Vol .2 is the second full release under the Happy Beats name and is a refreshing break from Michael’s usual work in the rock scene of Newfoundland, Canada.

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Hip Waders formed in 2010 and consist of Wade Tarling on keys, Allan Brake on drums and Jeff Kinsman on bass. Their songs are entirely instrumental, relying heavily on improvisation and an impeccable sense of groove.

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Newfoundland songwriter Ian Foster comes from a place of stories, and he knows how to tell them. He’s a road worn troubadour who has been described as having a keen poetic sense and a searcher’s infinite wisdom in his writing, and yet can make you laugh between songs. He writes in a modern folk style and exudes a love of storytelling. CBC’s Bob Mersereau described him as being “a fine example of what a 21st century folk performer should be doing," and The Overcast Magazine calls him "the model modern Newfoundland songwriter. Fluid in genre, pitch perfect in practice, but still harkening to the raconteur beginnings of the folk tradition.” Often likened to Canadian songwriting icon Bruce Cockburn in both writing and guitar style, Ian’s music has been described as thoughtful, introspective, cinematic, hopeful, atmospheric, and cathartic by critics and fans alike. He has numerous awards, nominations and co-writes to his credit, including SOCAN Songwriter of the year nominations, Lyric finalist for the International Songwriting Competition (Nashville, TN), and a co-write with Canadian songwriting legend Ron Hynes. For the last decade, Ian has toured in Canada, the U.S., Germany, The Netherlands, Austria, and Italy, and has had his music played on radio internationally. He has performed his music for audiences of all ages – from school workshops to seniors’ homes; festivals in Canada, U.S., and Italy; soft seat theatres, churches, pubs and house concerts. Ian is also a music producer, composer for film, and filmmaker, with various accolades and awards associated with projects he has worked on over the last several years. His latest short film, Keystone, was called one of the ten best short films of the year by the Calgary International Film Festival (more information at www.keystonefilm.net).

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Informants officially formed as a band in 2012 when each member returned to the city of St. John’s, Newfoundland and started playing music together again. They began with a few shows and began to grow organically. They played Atlantic Canada’s largest youth conference, YC Newfoundland two years in a row where they built close relationships with some headlining bands and were invited to tour. In 2014, Informants decided to transition their project from just a hobby to a full time profession. 2014 was a very busy and successful year for Informants: they released their highly acclaimed album Ezekiel in October 2014, and they went on two Canadian and two American tours, playing over sixty events, and partnering with major players including worship artist Bluetree, and social justice organizations World Vision Canada and World Orphans USA. In 2015, Informants played at three major Christian conferences in Canada, an International Social Justice project, and embarked on three USA tours. 2016 has not slowed down for Informants by any means as they have two awards (ECMA, GMA) in their portfolio, and now focus their creative energy on a third album. Informants are excited about what the future holds for them.

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Computer music meets 90s dance music in this Electro Synth Pop project by Danielle Hamel (Land of the Lakes) based out of St. John's, NL. After playing in indie rock bands for over a decade, Danielle released her first solo album in March 2016, an electronic album entitled Your Friends Don't Buy It At All. It Could Be Franky won the 2016 MusicNL Urban/Electronic Artist of the Year award, was nominated for 2016 MusicNL Female Artist of the Year, was longlisted for the 2016 Borealis Music Prize, voted the People's Choice Award for Electronic Artist of the Year in 2016 with The Overcast, and nominated for a 2017 ECMA Award for Electronic Recording of the Year.

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Janet cull is enigmatic. She’s a firecracker, a force to be reckoned with. She has boundless energy, and limitless talent. Her voice is warm and inviting, timeless, smooth, and maybe just a little bit dirty. Just like frigid Northern air, she is edgy, dramatic and larger than the everyday.

Janet has just released a solo album titled Real Tough Love and will be touring it in the fall 2017.

Janet is thrilled to announce that she will be opening for Grammy Award Winner k.d. Lang at Mile One Stadium in St. John’s NL on September 17

In December of 2016 Janet was named the best vocalist of SINGER UNIVERSE based out of L.A. and in November of 2016 Janet Cull’s In The Red opened the pop group Marianas Trench on their Crusade Tour.

Janet has 2 Award Winning records besides Real Tough Love in which she received awards in 2004 for ‘Group of the Year’, ‘Album of the Year’ as well as ‘Galaxie Rising Star of the CBC’. Her 2007 release of People Get Ready earned her an ECMA nomination. Besides being lead vocalist she also co-produced both albums.

Janet tours NL each year. Some of the shows she has co-produced include FOREVER 27, Lowe Profile, ABBA, Fleetwood Mac, a tribute to the Women of Motown and Tina Turner. JANET has also performed in Roy Orbison Tribute, Honky Tonk Angels – A Tribute to the Women of Country Music.

When Janet is not on the road you can see her locally at Spirit of Newfoundland Productions

Miss Cull has also performed in musicals as a principal singer/actor including ‘Hair’, ‘Cats’ ‘DIVAS do Broadway & Christmas and most recently the acclaimed modern version of Jesus Christ Superstar (TADA Events) playing the role of Mary Magdalene.

 

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Jason Whelan has been involved in the music industry in various roles for over 20 years. As a solo artist, sideman, producer, technician and mastering technician, he has worked on over 100 recordings. He plays regularly in bars, concerts, conferences and festivals. He sits on the industry advisory panel for CNA's Music Production and Recording programs. He is a member of MusicNL, SOCAN and AES. Jason has a reputation for reliability, professionalism and deep industry knowledge and is regarded as a subject matter expert in digital audio and video conferencing. His studio is entering its 23rd year of operation, and this is his 28th year as a professional musician.

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  Hip Hop artist and songwriter from St. John's Newfoundland, Canada. Influenced by Hip-hop since he was 12, JYAY has an ability to create an understanding of struggle yet motivate you with his lyrics. His first single featuring Vicki Doyle, “United We Stand", was written during the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire evacuation which surpassed 30,000 views while raising money for the United Way. Official song/video release, July 19, 2016. In May 2017, he released a collaborative EP called Progression which was followed up by a provincial tour. The popular single “No Way” won Battle of the Beats four times in a row on commercial Top 40 radio station 99.1 Hits FM. It was retired with “Champion” status and continued with radio play on regular rotation for five weeks. In June 2017, the official music video for “No Way” was released with 16,000 views in the first 2 weeks. In the same month, award winning artist Joseph Rose and JYAY teamed up for a collaborative single which will be released July 2017 along with a video that was shot in Vancouver. To close out the month of June, JYAY shocked the hip hop community announcing he will be touring with Canadian Phenom Merkules and Joseph Rose on a Six Province Canadian tour in August 2017.

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Kellie Loder is a Juno Nominated singer / songwriter from Newfoundland & Labrador, and very much a part of the vibrant artistic community she grew up in. Loder has a voice, which the NL Telegram describes as “so powerful, yet serene and soulful”.  Loder is quickly becoming recognized as one of the province’s most prolific songwriters bringing honest, dynamic feeling and lyrically driven content to each song. Her melodies never fail to get stuck in the heads of her audience, and are accompanied always by a powerful performance either acoustically or with a band. She has showcased at the ECMA's, Music NL Week, and has shared stages with artists such as Alan Doyle, Paul Brady, and Amelia Curran. Not only is she writing songs for her own recordings but is also writing songs for other artists as well as company advertisements, which led to her signing a world-wide publishing deal with Pandyamonium Music Publishing this past Spring. She released a third full length album in September 2017 titled "                  " and plans to to tour the Canadian East Coast this Fall.

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In this business of music, it’s important to have great tunes, a compelling live show, a solid entertainment product, but above all, exceptional management. Managers, Bob Hallett (Great Big Sea) and Michelle Robertson, work tirelessly in establishing emerging artists and advancing the careers of those already established. Kilbride Music offers career-building strategies & guidance, grant writing, and access to a vast network of industry professionals across North America, the United Kingdom, and beyond. We work with original and energetic artists who can compete with any acts anywhere in the world. Over the past 6 years, we have facilitated the release of 6 chart-topping records; built multiple successful marketing campaigns for our clients; and planned and executed countless tours in Canada, United States, Europe, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Kilbride Music currently manages The Swinging Belles, The Dardanelles, and consults for a multitude of up-and-coming acts. We do this job for the love of local music and we work hard in business out of respect for our provincial arts community. It is our passion to share the music of Newfoundland & Labrador with the rest of the world and we are proud to contribute by any means we can.

Krista Power

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Krista Power is a graphic designer, musician, and co-founder of local concert promotion company MightyPop. She is also a part-time instructional assistant in the design department at The College of the North Atlantic and has recently worked with Ladies Learning Code and led design-focused workshops. Krista illustrates original surface pattern designs that she screen prints in her shared studio called Rehearsals Rehearsals, named after The Clash’s late 70s rehearsal space. You can also catch her performing live in the cover band Thelma and Louise paying tribute to the badass women of Rock or playing keys in Derm and an Incredible Woman.   Krista Power 2           Krista Power 1

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Kyle McDavid is a writer, composer, music and theatre educator and the founder and co-Artistic Director of Best Kind Productions.  He teaches private music lessons in voice and piano, as well as weekly acting classes.  He has directed, music directed, and performed in theatre productions in Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Ontario, and is an alumnus of Up with People (touring North America and Europe with their production Roads in 1999-2000.)  Kyle has also directed and music-directed an annual summer musical production at Bowring Park's amphitheater featuring a cast of over 40 children, ages 8-14.  He is an accompanist with the Kiwanis Music Festival, a freelance graphic designer (clients include Shallaway, Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra, Theatre St. John's, Atlantic Light Theatre, Kittiwake Dance, Peter MacDonald Productions, Spirit of Newfoundland, and more), and was a 2016 MusicNL nominee for Educator of the Year.

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Land of the Lakes is the indie rock husband and wife duo of Matthew J Thomson and Danielle R Hamel from St. John's, NL. They play a combination of indie pop to alt rock shoe-gazer with fuzzed out guitars and dreamy melodies. Their 2015 self-titled album was nominated for two MusicNL Awards, Rising Star of the Year and Alternative Album of the Year, and was longlisted for the 2015 Borealis Music Prize. Eager to introduce their two kids to the ways of indie rock, they released a rock album for kids entitled Pink Rabbit in February 2017.

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Lawnya Vawnya is a non-profit arts organization who’s mandate is to present multidisciplinary collaborative artistic experiences with a strong focus on new independent music; and to produce a multi-day festival of music and art each spring in downtown St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Through our diverse programming we invite our audience to engage with music and art in an inclusive and innovative way. We support artistic excellence of emerging local performers. We look to foster connections between local and visiting artists. We support quality performances and professional development to further their artistic careers. We value volunteerism and community engagement. We showcase an already vibrant music and arts community and help further position St. John’s on a national and international cultural map.

Lee Fitz

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Lee Fitz is a pioneer of Newfoundland Hip Hop. He started rapping in the late 90's and continues to grow and expand as an artist. His latest release, "Suave Roulette" is available for free download at  https://leefitz.bandcamp.com/album/suave-roulette

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Rough Hands is a musical project from the creative mind of singer/songwriter Luke Tremblett. Utilizing vocal harmonies and drifting, catchy melodies, Rough Hands has an intricate sound based around the interconnectedness of carefully assembled indie rock instrumentation. Rough Hands contemplates the good questions, aiming to ignite the thoughts you often hide deep in the back of your mind.

Maria Cherwick

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Maria Cherwick is a passionate young musician with interests in many genres of music. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Brandon University, and a Master of Music from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Throughout her studies, she has premiered countless contemporary composition, performed as a soloist with the Brandon University orchestra, and taught a number of academic courses. Maria currently enjoys her work as a Teaching Artist with Strong Harbour Strings. Maria is an accomplished fiddler, and has performed from Victoria to St. John's, as well as throughout Ukraine as a folk musician. She has played with a number of ensembles, in styles ranging from Celtic, to Old Time, to Eastern European thrash polka. In addition, she also studies, performs, and has a passion for improvisation and jazz. Maria can be seen frequently performing fiddle music in and around St. John's. She also gigs with many groups, including her Ukrainian band The Kubasonics, Flower Hill, and the Forgotten Bouzouki. She has also explored her passion for orchestral music while touring and holding leadership positions in the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, National Academy Orchestra of Canada, and Brandon University Orchestra. Currently, she is a member of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and the MUN Chamber Orchestra. Maria lives in St. John's, Newfoundland, where she plans to continue performing and blending the styles of fiddle, jazz, classical and world music.

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A native of St. John’s, Mary Barry is a nationally acclaimed singer-songwriter who has twice been voted Music NL’s Female Artist of the Year, as well as Jazz/Blues Artist of the Year. A bilingual artist, she is a 4-time NL Arts & Letters award winner, a 2-time recipient of the Factor Publisher/Songwriter Demo Award, and a 3-time ECMA Nominee. Barry took first prize in the CBC Atlantic Song Contest, was semi-finalist in the ISC International Songwriting Competition, and runner up in the CBC/Alcan Jazz Competition (Atlantic Region). Selected performances include the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Festival Acadien, NL Folk Festival, and the Victoria, Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax and St. John’s International Jazz Festivals.

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While working full-time in the music industry for the past six years, Mary Beth Waldram has organized and supervised large-scale events, created successful grant proposals, and helped artist's both in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Mary Beth is a graduate of Memorial University's School of Music and NSCC's Music Business Program. Afterwards going to on to work with many Atlantic Canadian music festivals including Halifax Pop Explosion and Lawnya Vawnya. Mary Beth currently resides in St. John's Newfoundland and recently started her own company Bakeapple Productions.

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Storytelling through song is a fundamental duty of traditional music and Matthew Byrne does this brilliantly with his latest recording, Horizon Lines. Matthew Byrne releases his highly-anticipated third album - Horizon Lines - on August 11, 2017. This newest collection of traditional material explores a unique repertoire of songs from both sides of the Atlantic and continues Byrne’s journey through his own unique musical lineage. A guest appearance by Matthew’s dad (Joe Byrne) makes for a particularly special moment on this recording. Another highlight is an original ballad by Byrne called Adelaide, penned after discovering a fascinating family connection to a beautiful love story - “a traditional song just waiting to be written”, as he describes it. Byrne’s ever-evolving creative partnership with producer Billy Sutton shines throughout Horizon Lines with thoughtful interpretations of traditional songs anchored by Byrne’s polished guitar work and commanding voice. Their treatment of the repertoire shows a mutual sense of when to build (with accompaniment from Newfoundland’s finest players) and when to let a melody and story stand alone. —— Matthew Byrne’s music has traveled well beyond the rugged shores of his Newfoundland home since his 2010 debut, Ballads. Touring as both a solo artist as well as singer with The Dardanelles, he has graced major festival stages worldwide. With his second album, Hearts & Heroes, receiving Traditional Recording of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Byrne has established himself as one of Canada’s most authentic and vital traditional voices.

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Imagine a team of scientists spliced the DNA of Dolly Parton and Brandi Carlisle and created a dramatic fiery haired chanteuse who could make you laugh and cry all in the same song. That would be Melanie O’Brien. The St. John’s singer, songwriter and theatre performer trained at Sheridan College in Ontario where she studied performance and became a triple treat. In just her second year at the school Melanie was awarded the Prime time radio scholarship for outstanding achievement in commercial performance. After graduating with Honours, Melanie returned home to St. John’s and quickly cemented herself in the local music and theatre scenes performing gigs both solo and as part of her stylized duo group, The Duds (with Philip Goodridge).In 2015 Melanie was awarded the Artist Development grant from MusicNL to record her debut album of original music. Melanie released her first record; Shining in the Blue (produced by award-winning musician and producer Ian Foster) this past November. Her music is uplifting and haunting all at the same time. Her voice is sweet yet edgy with an impressive range and rock element. Melanie is already gaining recognition and fans with her Shining in the Blue and there’s more to come! Stay tuned.

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Michelle Robertson is an artist manager, entrepreneur, and music industry educator. As a young prairie girl growing up in Manitoba, Michelle’s affinity for Newfoundland and its musicians began in 1995 when she received Great Big Sea’s Up. Fast-forward 20 years and here she is working alongside Bob Hallett at Kilbride Music, managing Newfoundland’s next generation of musicians. Kilbride Music has been nominated for ECMA’s Management of the Year (2015 & 2016) and MusicNL’s Outstanding Company of the Year for the team’s work with The Once, The Swinging Belles, The Dardanelles, and other talented acts. Since 2014, Michelle has been steadily growing Feedback Music Consulting - an artist development company servicing local, regional, and national artists. She has been a conference panelist for MusicNL and Lawnya Vawnya, and a regular juror for FACTOR. Michelle has also facilitated workshops for MusicNL’s membership on such topics as ‘How To Write a Marketing Plan,’ and ‘Grantwriting Tips & Tricks.’ For the past 14 years, Michelle has also been studying the people, music, and culture of Newfoundland both informally while attending CNA’s Music Industry & Performance and Recording Arts programs, and formally as a graduate of Memorial University’s Folklore program. Michelle has recently completed her masters’ degree in ethnomusicology – for which her major research project centered on Newfoundland’s own Hey Rosetta! and the production of heritage. In 2016, Michelle’s academic pursuits came full circle when she joined College of the North Atlantic as an instructor for the very same industry programs from which she graduated in 2006. Most recently, Newfoundland & Labrador’s music community elected Michelle to represent the province on the ECMA board of directors; she was quickly appointed Executive Secretary and the Chair of NL’s Atlantic Music Fund working group.

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Mick Davis is a 20 year veteran of the St. John's music scene, who earned international acclaim with his group the Novaks. Now a prolific solo artist, Mick plays over 150 gigs a year and is the recipient of MusicNL's Pop/Rock Recording of the Year Award (2015) & Male Artist of the Year (2014). Mick's output in 2016 includes a solo album: Endless Weekend; a long-awaited Novaks release: Eager, Power, Gentle, Fury; plus three numbers appearing on Janet's Cull's Real Tough Love- A tally of 21 original compositions. Mick was born and resides in St. John's, Newfoundland, where he is currently working on his 5th solo album.

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Paul Brace is the host of “The Coast Home” airing Monday to Friday on Classic Hits Coast 101.1. Since joining The Coast, Paul made it his goal to include our music scene as much as possible through artist profiles and one-on-one interviews. When not working for Coast 101.1, Paul is a producer, songwriter, voice actor, musician and owner of Empire Sound , a small studio in his home where he produces local bands and creates jingles and advertisements for businesses. Paul attended school at the Metalwork's Institute of Sound and Music Production, and he won the Songwriters Association of Canada's Most Promising Songwriter in 2009. Last year Paul spent six months in the Mediterranean with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as a Sound Engineer for West End and Broadway calibre productions aboard the beautiful Jewel of the Seas. Paul is also the bass player for local rock group Hot X Proxy.  This original rock group was chosen to travel to Trinidad to take part in a music fusion program and TV show called Club One New Releases this year.

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Rachel Cousins is a 16 year old award winning artist and has been singing since the tender age of two. She has performed alongside Serena Ryder in St. John’s, acted in Newfoundland tourism national television campaign, performed in front of full houses at Hugh’s Room and the Hard Rock Café in Toronto. She performed two slots on Radio ECMA in Sydney, NS in April 2016. She was a part of Bell media’s songwriting Challenge in August and also part of the Club One new Releases show. She also attended Music NL week in Bonavista in October where she had a showcase performance. Rachel performed on over 40 stages in 2016 and continues to grow that number moving ahead in 2017. She has attended many workshops for business, performance and songwriting. Wanting to learn all she can about the industry. Rachel completed her first music video for “July”, an original song that was semi finalist in an international songwriting competition. Her songs receive regular play on several podcasts throughout Canada and the Uk. Two original songs made the top 100 East Coast songs for CIOE, a local station in Halifax. Her first album is scheduled for a late summer, early fall release.

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Robert Buck from Mount Pearl Newfoundland has gained a wealth of knowledge that positions him at the top of his field. He has spent over 22 years in independent distribution and manufacturing, Robert has gained unparalleled insight into the industry as it has grown and developed. Robert has worked with thousands of Atlantic Canadian artists to help bring their recordings to fruition. He is an MBA graduate and owns several other non music related businesses. Currently Robert is the managing director with Atlantic Disc & DVD and is the manager for local traditional group Rum Ragged. He also performs regularly as a drummer/percussionist.

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Rock Eden is a non-profit digital music magazine created to promote the talented artists from Newfoundland and Labrador as well as artists touring our province. The magazine focuses primarily on web features as well as live performance videos and radio.

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Rough Hands is a musical project from the creative mind of singer/songwriter Luke Tremblett. Utilizing vocal harmonies and drifting, catchy melodies, Rough Hands has an intricate sound based around the interconnectedness of carefully assembled indie rock instrumentation. Rough Hands contemplates the good questions, aiming to ignite the thoughts you often hide deep in the back of your mind.

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An innovative multi-instrumentalist, Rozalind MacPhail recently won the 2017 ECMA Electronic Recording of the Year and 2016 MusicNL Award for Female Artist of the Year. A classically trained flutist based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, MacPhail fled the boundaries of classical music to create unique fabrics of sound, blending flute, electronics and field recordings through Ableton Live, and has created music for film and live performance as well as releasing several albums of original work. She explores new ways to combine image and sound, in works that speak honestly of place, person and the human experience. MacPhail’s audio-visual works have been featured at TEDx St. John’s, NewFest, Dawson City International Short Film Festival, The Banff Centre, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Canadian Flute Convention, Cucalorus Film Festival, St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, Nickel Film Festival, TD Soundwaves and more.

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From spirited instrumentals to heartfelt ballads, traditional Newfoundland band Rum Ragged pays homage to the greats that came before them while carving out a fresh, unique sound of their own. Formed by singer/guitarist Mark Manning and singer/accordion player Aaron Collis just two years ago, they have recently expanded to a four-piece with Anthony Chafe on Bodhran and Michael Boone on bass and banjo. Together they deliver the full traditional spectrum in a live context, whether it is an intimate pub show or a spirited festival stage. Hailing from four different outports around the island, Rum Ragged now represents the best that this province has to offer in the traditional genre. With an acclaimed new album and MUSICNL 2016 Roots traditional Artist award already under their belt this year, 2017 is a busy and even more successful year for this dedicated, energetic band. 2016 MUSICNL Roots traditional Artist of the Year 2017 Nominee - ECMA Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year

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  A Newfoundland born and trained musician, Maloney has gained considerable attention for the warmth and depth of his vocals. In March of 2014 a debut album was released called Steve Maloney and the Wandering Kind. This led to multiple tours across eastern Canada, with festival stops including Halifax Pop Explosion, The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, The Sound of Music Festival, Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues Festival, In the Dead of Winter, Writers at Woody Point, and many more. Opening for well respected acts; Wintersleep, The Wooden Sky, Bahamas, By Divine Right, Amelia Curran, Hey Rosetta!, Hawksley Workman, and more along the way. Maloney’s debut went on to be nominated for two ECMA awards, with a short list nomination for the Borealis Music Prize. It was also nominated for five MusicNL awards, taking home the Rising Star of the Year. In addition to this, local arts magazine the Overcast awarded Steve with an armful of “Best Of” local music awards from 2014 onwards, including “Best Folk Act” and “Best Male Vocalist” among others. Along with a multitude of tours around eastern Canada, Maloney and company were also invited to a television shoot and cultural exchange in Barbados (Flow and Bell networks). In January 2017, Steve spent a month in the Yukon as the Dawson City Music Festival’s songwriter in residence. Upon returning, Steve completed his "album in a night" called Room With a View (available via bandcamp). His most recent album The Memory Game was produced by Joshua Van Tassel (Donovan Woods, Amelia Curran, Sarah Slean) featuring The Weather Station, Drew Jurecka, and members of Great Lake Swimmers (August 2017). With another EP in the works, and more recording plans for 2017, Maloney shows no signs of slowing down.

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A Newfoundland born and trained musician, Maloney has gained considerable attention for the warmth and depth of his vocals. In March of 2014 a debut album was released called Steve Maloney and the Wandering Kind. This led to multiple tours across eastern Canada, with festival stops including Halifax Pop Explosion, The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, The Sound of Music Festival, Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues Festival, In the Dead of Winter, Writers at Woody Point, and many more. Opening for well respected acts; Wintersleep, The Wooden Sky, Bahamas, By Divine Right, Amelia Curran, Hey Rosetta!, Hawksley Workman, and more along the way. Maloney’s debut went on to be nominated for two ECMA awards, with a short list nomination for the Borealis Music Prize. It was also nominated for five MusicNL awards, taking home the Rising Star of the Year. In addition to this, local arts magazine the Overcast awarded Steve with an armful of “Best Of” local music awards from 2014 onwards, including “Best Folk Act” and “Best Male Vocalist” among others. Along with a multitude of tours around eastern Canada, Maloney and company were also invited to a television shoot and cultural exchange in Barbados (Flow and Bell networks). In January 2017, Steve spent a month in the Yukon as the Dawson City Music Festival’s songwriter in residence. Upon returning, Steve completed his “album in a night” called Room With a View (available via bandcamp). His most recent album The Memory Game was produced by Joshua Van Tassel (Donovan Woods, Amelia Curran, Sarah Slean) featuring The Weather Station, Drew Jurecka, and members of Great Lake Swimmers (August 2017). With another EP in the works, and more recording plans for 2017, Maloney shows no signs of slowing down.

Tara Thompson

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For Tara Thompson, it all started with MySpace. A self-taught Photoshop guru and avid band forum follower, she first discovered graphic design through the unique signatures and hopping profile pages of early social media. Now, equipped with credentials from the Graphic Design program at College of the North Atlantic and six years of experience as a freelance graphic artist, she prides herself on her ability to capture the essence of each project. She loves that design gives her the opportunity to support people doing what they love, by doing something she loves. Whether she’s working on websites, logos, merchandise, or album covers, Tara collaborates closely with clients to ensure her designs stay true to their vision. Working closely with area musicians, she uses each design as an opportunity to showcase the passion and energy of each client’s endeavours. Her designs are often the visible culmination of their hard work. With her unique creative knack and easy going demeanour, Tara lets her art speak for itself. It’s obvious she’s on the right track, having been recognized both provincially and regionally for her work. Tara won the 2016 MusicNL for Graphic Artist of the Year and was nominated in the same category at the 2017 East Coast Music Awards. When she’s not hard at work, Tara is a music buff. She keeps tabs on her favourite local acts, and can often be found at a show. Alternately, she’s kicked back with a Netflix queue full of true-crime documentaries.    

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The Kubasonics have enjoyed many great successes. Their recently released 5th CD “Kubfunland” takes listeners on a wild ride through a variety of musical styles and textures. Their previous four CDs have been broadcast on four continents. The group has been featured on national Radio and TV broadcasts, including a television documentary based on their original song "Giants of the Prairies." Their original song "Billy Mosienko" was played during the opening of Hockey Night in Canada, while other songs have been included on various compilations, most notably the song "Polka from Lviv" on Alberta: Wild Roses and Northern Lights on the Smithsonian Folkways label. The Kubasonics have performed in concerts and festivals in 9 of Canada's provinces or territories. In 2008 they were the first Canadian band to play the prestigious Kraina Mrii festival in Kyiv, Ukraine, followed by a tour of other parts of Ukraine. They are now a favourite among music lovers in Newfoundland, with frequent performances at clubs and festivals. Recently, they were one of 6 acts selected to represent Atlantic Canada in the Club One New Releases program, where they travelled to Trinidad and partnered with Caribbean musicians to develop new collaborative arrangements. The Kubasonics will tour Eastern Europe in August, 2017 with shows in Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia and Romania. The Kubasonics are: Brian Cherwick: accordion, tsymbaly (hammered dulcimer), other Ukrainian folk instruments (lira, bandura, duda, sopilka, telenka, dvodentsivka, drymba) and vocals Maria Cherwick: violin, viola and vocals Jacob Cherwick: drums and vocals Darren Browne: guitar Matt Hender: bass and vocals

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The Novaks are a Rock & Roll band from St. John's, Newfoundland. Established in 2002, the group has toured Canada, the US & England, including dates with Queens of the Stone Age, White Stripes & KISS. Their records are available in Canada on Sonic/Warner. Their classic self-titled debut is available in the USA on Steve Van Zandt's Wicked Cool Records. Their songs have been featured in many television programs including Degrassi: The Next Generation and Falcon Beach. Their song "I'll Give You a Ring" was featured in a 2010 Orville Redenbacher commercial. The groups latest effort, Eager Power Gentle Fury, was released independently on September 17, 2016. The Novaks are multiple Music NL & ECMA award winners.

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With the release of We Win Some We Lose, The Once have delivered a thoughtful and playful assembly of songs soaked with the poetic charm and sunny sadness of the trio’s collective disposition. CBC’s Jeff Reilly said We Win  Some We Lose “leaves [him] in a perpetual state of wistful, anthemic longing. An innocence that nevertheless leaves [him] with the sense that we are flirting with tragedy.”The Once has earned two JUNO nominations for best Roots/Traditional album, the most recent in  acknowledgement of Departures (2014). The  band has collected a trio of Canadian Folk Music  Awards,  numerous  ECMA and MusicNL awards, was named Artist of  the Year by the Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council and most recently were nominated for an International Song of the Year Award for their newest single, We Are Love. Well  known for its haunting interpretations of traditional music, The Once has bloomed a sound that truly represents their up-springing inner artistry while their roots dig ever deeper into their idolized island of Newfoundland.  Mingling musical shadings from Newfoundland and Irish traditional, folk roots, bluegrass, country, americana, chamber pop and modern indie rock, members Geraldine Hollett, Andrew Dale and Phil Churchill have invited a distinctly current sound to sit beside their classic vocal harmony and acoustically rich core.

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Jason Whelan has been involved in the music industry in various roles for over 20 years. As a musician, he was a founding member of Connemara and The Punters and has played with numerous groups since, including sideman to many acts. In July 2016, he performed his original song Trail of The Caribou at Beaumont Hamel in France for the centenary. In Jan 2016, he released his second CD, Connection. He has closed out the NL Folk Festival twice, has appeared on The Juno Awards in Great Big Sea's backup band, and at the Lincoln Center in New York with The Punters. As a studio musician, he has played on over 40 recordings. As a studio owner, he has produced, recorded or mastered over 100 recordings in his studio, The Sound Solution. His client list is extensive, and includes many MusicNL and ECMA winning artists. Recent CD projects: Shanneyganock, The Ennis Sisters, Rum Ragged, Matthew Byrne, Aaron Collis and Emilia Bartellas, Dave Penny, Doug Dorward, Rachel Cousins, Melanie O'Brien, Kelly Loder, Kim Stockwood, Michelle Noftall, Colleen Power, The Blue Drop and many others. In the last year he has mastered Rum Ragged, Kubasonics, Roger Howse, Rachel Cousins, Clare Follett, Big Island Trio, John Jenkins, Shanneyganock, Matthew Byrne, The Ennis Sisters, Doug Dorward, Colleen Power and more than 20 other releases. In 2016-17 Jason has played as sideman with Colleen Power Band, The Sizzle Sisters, and many others. His client list is quite extensive; most MusicNL nominee lists will likely include a project Jason has been involved with.

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Tony Delicious(Cody Winsor) Born June 22nd 1997, began writing at the age of 11. With the introduction to Hip-hop & Rap at an early age through family members he began to develop an intense obsession with the genre and its many different lanes and styles. After 8 years a couple name changes & lots of stylistic development Tony(Cody) focuses on making relatable, enjoyable music for an up & coming generation of Hip-hop,Rap,Trap & overall music fans alike. Using a wide variety of flows , deliveries & word play he brings new age energy and sound as well as keeping the grimy hunger Hip-Hop is known for.

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Town House are a 4 piece post-rock shoegaze band from St. John’s, NL. They formed in November 2015 and released their debut album “Floods” in February 2017. They enjoy experimenting with ambient sounds and consider their main influences to be Daughter, Radiohead, and WILSEN. Their objective when songwriting is to create dynamic melodies that evoke emotion within.

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Victoria and The Lyricist is a unique duo based out of St. John's, Newfoundland. The group is made up of singer/songwriter Vicki Doyle and song/writer Bobby Hogan, both originally from the rural Newfoundland community of Northern Bay. Vicki has been singing and song/writing since the early years of her life, and bobby has always had a passion for writing. The two put their heads together and released their debut full-length studio album "Long Story Short" back in November of 2016. The album is made up of 10 original songs written solely by Vicki and Bobby. Vicki has been performing music in many areas of the province for close to 15 years now, and since the development of Victoria and the Lyricist, along with the release of the album, there have been many new opportunities for this duo. Vicki continues to be a part of sold-out theatre performances, mostly at The Princess Sheila Nageira Theatre located in Carbonear, Newfoundland, and the release of "Long Story Short" has brought much attention to Vicki's talent for performing and also for writing when she teams up with the writing abilities of Bobby Hogan. The duo's first single, "Sing It', went all the way to number one on a radio station in California called "Smokin' FM". Their second single "Broken Mirrors" has also been quite popular. Along with theatre work, Vicki plays a regular gig at The Fat Cat Blues Bar on George Street every Wednesday night. The love and passion for music and writing drive this duo to succeed!

Victoria and the Lyricist

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Victoria and The Lyricist is a unique duo based out of St. John's, Newfoundland. The group is made up of singer/songwriter Vicki Doyle and song/writer Bobby Hogan, both originally from the rural Newfoundland community of Northern Bay. Vicki has been singing and song/writing since the early years of her life, and bobby has always had a passion for writing. The two put their heads together and released their debut full-length studio album "Long Story Short" back in November of 2016. The album is made up of 10 original songs written solely by Vicki and Bobby. Vicki has been performing music in many areas of the province for close to 15 years now, and since the development of Victoria and the Lyricist, along with the release of the album, there have been many new opportunities for this duo. Vicki continues to be a part of sold-out theatre performances, mostly at The Princess Sheila Nageira Theatre located in Carbonear, Newfoundland, and the release of "Long Story Short" has brought much attention to Vicki's talent for performing and also for writing when she teams up with the writing abilities of Bobby Hogan. The duo's first single, "Sing It', went all the way to number one on a radio station in California called "Smokin' FM". Their second single "Broken Mirrors" has also been quite popular. Along with theatre work, Vicki plays a regular gig at The Fat Cat Blues Bar on George Street every Wednesday night. The love and passion for music and writing drive this duo to succeed!

Waterfront Fire 2

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Waterfront Fire’s sound is a distinct blend of modern rock, introspective lyrics, soaring vocals, and progressive arrangements with thematic tendencies similar to that of Pink Floyd, Rush, or Led Zepplin. The band’s captivating live performances compel you to become hypnotized by entrancing melodies, and unmatched energy. In the past two years they have shared the stage with bands like Said The Whale, Alvvays and Blue Rodeo; toured Eastern Canada; received an East Coast Music Award nomination for Rising Star of the Year (2017); received MusicNL Awards for Alternative Recording of the Year (2015 - First Light) and Rising Star of the Year (2016); and were nominated for Group of the Year (twice), Entertainer of the Year, and Music Video of the Year. The band has represented Canada internationally at a song-writing exchange program in Trinidad & Tobago, and their music video is in regular rotation on NTV. Waterfront Fire's music has been played on national radio and has been featured by CBC radio personalities such as Rich Terfry and Jeff Liberty.

Weight of the World 2

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Weight of the World, comprised of Terri Lynn Humber, Justin Hickey and Peter Green, is a marriage of musical styles. Taking stripped down acoustic folk, adding pop style melodies and mixing it with the traditional sounds of their home province are what make Weight of the World unique to the St. John’s music scene. Their songs captivate, all while maintaining a familiarity to Newfoundland.

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Young Manics are a St. John's, Newfoundland based alternative/indie rock band. In fall 2013 the band released their debut LP "Solidarity Songs" which has garnered tremendous critical acclaim for an independent, self-produced, album. Rokline Magazine said of the album; "The newly released debut album Solidarity Songs from YOUNG MANICS is nothing short of a stellar achievement for this alternative rock band from St. John, Newfoundland. These guys are qualified to be rock stars, and by every measure of the rock & roll handbook standards & practices they should be. The songs seethe with punchy, earnest intensity and flow with intricate, melodic layering to create tone, delivering an interesting array of stylistically engaging rock songs that can be listened to repeatedly". At the end of the year Rokline gave it a places in their Rokky Awards and named the band the #4 emerging artists in Canada. The Happiness Kills was a top 10 Vimeo indie videos for 12 weeks in summer 2014 and was named among the top 20 in Canada for the year. Local Monthly, The Scope, said "The album is packed with energy and masterfully produced from start to finish". College arts magazine The Muse gave it the only A+ grade given in 2013. The Album received a 2013 Music NL Alternative album of the year nomination and in 2014 the band received Music NL nominations for Rising Star of the Year and Music Video of the Year. The Manic’s released their sophomore album Challenger in June 2016 which received wide critical praise. Challenger marked a dramatic new turn for the group featuring daring and imaginative songs, weaving guitars and synthesizers, honest lyrics, and a truly authentic feel. The band has spent 2017 performing the album live to ever growing audiences.