2018 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.

Atlantic Disc and DVD

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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!

Elling Lien

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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.

Hip Waders

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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.

It Could Be Franky

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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.

 

Jason Whelan - The Sound Solution

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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.

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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

Victoria and the LyricistTo top

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!

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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.

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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.