2017 Panelists

Jamie Johnson  |    |  Kerry Anne MacDougall  |  Luther Mallory  |  Mickey Quase  |  Rob Wells  |  Shobha
Jamie Johnson

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Currently working at Bumstead Productions (The Trews, The Lazys, The East Pointers, Tim Chaisson), Jamie New Johnson is a Toronto-based artist manager, published author, managing editor, and music business mentor.  Previously, Jamie has managed touring and recording artists from varying genres in Western Canada, including female pop artist Jocelyn Alice, launching her into national success.  Beginning her music business career in 2011, Jamie as also worked for the Music Managers Forum Canada, Alberta Music, Music Calgary, RGK Entertainment, TopCountry.ca and more. In April 2016, Jamie saw the release of her first published e-book, “The Music Business for Artists Managers & Self-Managed Artists: All you need to know to get started, get noticed, and get signed”, in which she interviewed and included advice from over 30 music business experts. Smartbandmanagement.com Instagram.com/SmartBandMgmt

KERRY ANNE McDOUGALL

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Kerry Anne MacDougall is a passionate speaker and entrepreneur recognized regionally and nationally for her skills in branding and marketing. In 2007 Kerry Anne made her dream of becoming an entrepreneur a reality when she launched her first business Insight Studio. Relying primarily on social media to help her break into the competitive market and make a name for herself, Kerry Anne soon found her place in helping others identify, live and brand their authentic selves online. Today Kerry Anne and her team of designers, videographers, online marketers and brand managers continue to work with professionals across the country, effectively growing their brands both online and off. www.insightstudiopei.com

Luther Mallory

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Luther Mallory is a live music producer, 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 them 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.

MICKEY QUASE

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Mickey became the first music development officer for Nova Scotia in 2005, running funding programs and creating partnerships to leverage export opportunities for local artists. Over the years, the position evolved, and in 2013 Mickey joined the new Film & Creative Agency, which lasted two years. This was followed by one year as programs manager at Music Nova Scotia, and recently, Mickey became the senior advisor to the creative industries, managing the new Creative Industries Fund for Communities, Culture & Heritage. Passionate about professional songwriting through international collaboration opportunities and mentorship of young writers  through songcamps, with particular interest in music placement, Mickey has worked in traditional music and contemporary songwriting for over 20 years as an artist manager all over the English speaking world with marquee artists. Mickey believes that through collaboration one can build strong teams internationally to create ongoing commerce. Years of extensive international touring, showcase facilitation and conference work have afforded Mickey the opportunity to build a large network of friends and colleagues in all facets of the business, worldwide. Over the span of his career, he has worked as a musician, booking agent, promoter, artist manager (Blackpool, Rankin Family, Danu, Slainte Mhath, etc), tour manager, educator, consultant, and more. He has been an active member of the ECMA International Committee since its inception and a co-conspirator in the conception of the Export Readiness Training Program.

Rob Wells

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Rob Wells is an award- winning producer/songwriter based in Toronto. He has worked with numerous multiplatinum selling artists, with songs landing on millions of award-winning records. His work has appeared in major release films, network TV shows and video games worldwide. Rob has appeared as a music producer on E!’s “House Of Carters” & YTV’s “The Next Star”. Awards include first place in numerous songwriting competitions, SOCAN #1 awards, gold, platinum & multiplatinum certifications. Wells has written or produced for Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Adam Lambert, Nick Lachey, Katherine McPhee, Big Time Rush, Miranda Cosgrove, Backstreet Boys, Paloma Faith, Cyndi Lauper, Olivia Newton John, Corey Hart, Daisy Dares You, Kiana Brown, Rachel Crow, Boyzone, Mika, Matt Dusk, Victoria Duffield, Keshia Chante, MarieMai, Shiloh, RyanDan, Amie Miriello, Ry Cuming, and Clement Marfo & The Frontline

Shobha

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At a time when much of the music we hear is devoid of integrity and merely entertains us, there is at least one emerging artist rooted in the good soil of conviction and passion. The soothing tone, reflective lyrics and fluid melodies of Halifax-bred,Toronto-based singer/songwriter Shobha could not have arrived on the music scene at a better time. Born of Indian descent, her interest in musical "flavors" drew her to diverse sounds from Jamaica to the Bronx. Within her family, her father enjoyed writing poetry, directing plays and composing songs in many different languages native to India; her mother studied and taught Sanskrit, a sacred language rich in poetry, music and philosophy. This deep "worldview" laid the groundwork for what would become her sound.

2017 Nominees

Adam Baxter  |    |  Adrian House  |  AE Bridger  |  Alex Byrne  |  Amy Wilson  |  Andrew McCarthy  |  Another North  |  Beauwater  |  Cabbages & Kings  |  Chris Kirby  |  Christopher K. Daw  |  Citadel House  |  Corey Pike  |  Dan Rubin  |  Dave Panting  |  Dave Whitty  |  David Picco  |  Dean Stairs  |  Duane Andrews  |  Earle & Coffin  |  Everglow  |  Ewan Dobson  |  Fairgale  |  Fortunate Ones  |  Freedom's Note  |  Gary & Whit  |  Gary Mitchell  |  Glenn Pardy  |  Green & Gold  |  Greg Smith  |  Hot x Proxy  |  It Could be Franky  |  Jason Whelan  |  Jessie Meyer  |  Jud Haynes  |  Kellie Loder  |  Kyle McDavid  |  Lady Brett Ashley  |  Land of the Lakes  |  Laura Madonna Murray  |  Lawnya Vawnya  |  London Above  |  Long Distance Runners  |  Lookalike  |  Matt Cooke  |  Matthew Barrett  |  Michael Kinsella  |  Michelle Noftall  |  Mick Davis  |  Peter Daniel Newman  |  Peter Willie Youngtree  |  Pilot to Bombardier  |  Quote the Raven  |  Rachel Cousins  |  Rafiki  |  Repartee  |  Rozalind MacPhail  |  Rum Ragged  |  Rum Ragged  |  Scott Gilbert  |  Second Stage Creative  |  Sound Solution  |  Stephen Green  |  Stephen Lawrence  |  Tara Thompson  |  The Analog Age  |  The Kubasonics  |  The Monday Nights  |  Todd Scott  |  Vey & Reynolds  |  Warren Gordon  |  Waterfront Fire  |  Young Manics
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Citadel House recording artist, Adam Baxter, is a powerhouse of energetic, explosive creativity. With the aggressiveness of a Rock and Roller and the sensibilities of a Folk musician, Adams’ music stretches across multiple genres to provide a compulsive mix of high energy and sweet longing. Adam has been nominated for MusicNL, Male Artist of the year (2015) and has been awarded two MusicNL, Music Educator of the Year Awards (2014 and 2015). While living in St. John’s, studying for his Bachelors of Music (composition) degree, Adam was not content to let opportunity pass him by. So, he organized and hosted one of the most successful and longest running singer/songwriter showcases in St, John’s, NL. For over four years his Epic Song Writers Series has showcased some of the fastest rising Canadian singer/ songwriters of this generation, and nurtured much young talent. Raised in Nova Scotia and developed in Newfoundland, Adam Baxter is poised to release his debut studio album, Clean Hands. He’ll be bringing his unique brand of dynamic and thoughtful music to your area this year. Bring your dancing shoes to the show and return home with Clean Hands. “Listening to Adam Baxter’s music is like shooting a Double Expresso (dark roast) while reading a letter from home.” Dean Stairs, Chair, East Coast Music Association
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Adrian House, a native of St. John’s, has been writing songs and playing guitar since the age of 15.  He has performed Newfoundland music on tour boats, and performed solo and in bars from St. John’s to Toronto. He is a unique singer-songwriter and solo performer. In 2013 Adrian released Too Strong, which received 3 nominations at the 2013 Music NL Awards, including Songwriter of the Year. The next year Adrian band The Connexions earned a nomination for Alternative Artists of the Year. In February 2014, the title track from Too Strong was selected to appear in a short film, Catherine Adelaide, sponsored by the Newfoundland Arts Council. Adrian began writing songs for a new solo album, Love a Man, in 2015. The album is an eclectic collection of songs showcasing the diversity of Adrian’s influences, from rock to blues and even a french cabaret song. With guest appearances from Sherry Ryan, Mark Wilson and Sharleen Simmons, It is set to be released in September, 2016. Among other projects, he is also excited about leading The Crazy Hearts, a Hank Williams tribute band featuring some of St. John’s’ best musicians. Adrian House is a unique, exciting artist with a rich musical background who continues to hone his songwriting craft.

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Since returning home to the foggy music mecca of St. John's after a five-year stint living in Montreal, AE Bridger has toured Eastern Canada with St. John’s troubadour Steve Maloney, performed at POP Montreal and East Coast Music Week and opened for The Burning Hell at Lawnya Vawnya festival. Montreal music fans voted AE Bridger as one of the “Weirdest Montrealers” in CultMTL’s 2015 Readers Poll. The Overcast named AE Bridger “St. John’s Most Unique/Original Songwriter” in December 2015. AE's fifth solo record Sculpin XO, described by Quick Before It Melts as "not the kind of record you put on for a casual listen," was nominated for 2015 MusicNL Alternative Recording of the Year. His sixth album, "Museum," was released on July 8th, 2016, with a featured album launch event as part of the Sound Symposium festival in St. John's, NL.

Alex Byrne

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  Alex Byrne is a DJ/Producer from St John's, Newfoundland Canada. He has been DJ'ing in the local club scene for over seven years and held residencies at the most famous clubs across the province. Alex has had the opportunity to open up for famous International acts such as TJR, Jump Smokers, DVBBS, Hatiras, Bombs Away, DJ Dan and Felix Cartel. Due to his hard work in the studio he has experienced success just over a short period of time. His collaboration "Don't Give Up" with Bad Nelson reached #12 on the Beatport Progressive Charts in early 2015. He also scored a Beatport #94 Progressive hit with "Savage" in 2014 under his alias Rockafellers. Some of his more recent music has been supported by the house music legend Tiesto (Considered to be the best in the world) and played on his worldwide radio show for millions to hear. Other established DJs/Producers in the industry to support his music include W&W, F Tampa, VINAI, Tritonal, Yves V, Lucky Date, DJ BL3ND, Lazy Rich and many more. With much more music in the works and interest from various labels around the globe he is sure to put a staple on the Electronic music scene.  

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Music has been the centre of Amy's life for as long as she can remember. She is from the cozy, supportive town of Dunville, Newfoundland and now lives in St. John's. Amy graduated from UPEI with a Bachelor of Music Education with a major in voice and is returning to school in September to complete a Masters of Education degree in Counselling Psychology. Amy teaches, performs, writes, directs and acts. Her musical style is influenced by pop, folk and musical theatre while her lyrics are inspired by her eclectic lifestyle. Amy spent the winter of 2015 writing and recording and was happy to release her debut album, "On Repeat" on June 1, 2015. Amy performed for WAM's Wake Up to the ECMAs at the Rocket Room last spring, was one of ten regional finalists for NL in CBC's Searchlight Competition 2015 and was interviewed on CBC's Crosstalk. Amy was nominated for two 2015 MusicNL awards: "Female Artist of the Year" and "Folk/Roots Recording of the Year". During MusicNL week in 2015, she performed at the Singer/Songwriter showcase and for CBC's On the Go. Amy's music is also featured on an episode of "Club One New Releases" on Bell On Demand with live performances and an extensive interview. You can hear Amy perform her music in a newly formed trio called All Dressed Up in which she is backed by two very talented musicians, Andrew Small on drums and Cullam Bruce-Lockhart on keys. With her folky-pop music, Amy aspires to touch her listeners, one relatable, catchy, shower-singing worthy song at a time.

Andrew McCarthy

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AN_HoriztAnother North is a band focused on exploration. During the writing process they delve into many different influences and topics - with the intent of allowing the sentiment of a song to define its direction. As a result they have developed a widely diversified catalog of original music, a collection of which is available on their MusicNL nominated record; 'Nomadic' (released Aug. 5th, 2014).
 
Another North’s current line-up consists of Aaron Morgan (vocals and guitar), Justin Hickey (vocals, bass), Joe Tucker (lead guitar), and Brad Wells (drums). Their moniker was taken from a piece Aaron had penned before the band formed. Lyrically the song resonated with the band, and represented what they hoped to; pursue their love of music, their passion for creativity, and to do it without being tethered to a particular genre. Their approach has produced a wide variety of tunes, ranging from pop-rock (Live Like Bear, You Ain’t Got Mine) and folk-pop (Chapter 2), to indie (Oh My Electrician) and progressive rock (Malthus).
 
With melodic, accessible music, and relatable lyrics, Another North have been performing their high energy stage show to a growing fan base in the St. John's area - expanding their reach into the East Coast with Atlantic Canadian Tours during the summer of 2014 and fall of 2015. Another North are in preparation for their next recording project, and are excited to share their evolving sound with the world
Beauwater

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BIO   Fuzing modern hard rock with vintage blues, Beauwater’s sound is not easily forgotten. Based out of St. John's, Newfoundland, the group delivers a top-notch, high-energy performance both on the stage and in the studio. Bringing with them a plethora of original material ranging from the groovy to the eerie, Jonathon Reid, Greg Newhook, and Michael Maddox incorporate the influence of decades of blues and rock into a cutting-edge sound that holds its own amongst today's popular music. In March of 2011, Beauwater released its debut full-length album, Movin' On. During that same year, the trio earned much praise and exposure, including three MusicNL nominations - Rising Star of the Year, Album of the Year, and Alternative Album of the Year. In 2012, Beauwater opened for The Novaks, The Trews, and Third Eye Blind. After a successful opening slot at George St. Fest 2012, Beauwater was invited back in 2013 to open for local indie-rock celebs, Hey Rosetta. Most recently, the band showcased to a packed house at the 2014 MusicNL awards & conference weekend in Corner Brook. Beauwater is currently recording their upcoming album, Lovers, Fools, & Kings, with producer/songwriter Chris Kirby. The album will be released summer of 2016.   SHORT BIO Raw, bluesy, groovy and authentic. These are the characteristics behind the unique blend of Rock that Beauwater strives to deliver with every performance. Based in St. John’s, NL, the trio has been a staple of the local music scene since their debut album ‘Movin On’’ in 2011. Now, in 2016, they prepare to launch the follow-up 5 years in-the-making, “Lovers, Fools and Kings”. With the guidance of Producer Chris Kirby, Jonathon Reid (Guitar/Vocals), Greg Newhook (Bass) and Michael Maddox (Drums/Percussion) have crafted a sound that incorporates a myriad of influences, but still remains unmistakably their own.   PRESS   Feature in The Scope (Oct 2011) http://thescope.ca/music/hear/the-road-by-beauwater   Feature on VOCM (2013) https://soundcloud.com/paul-brace/new-found-music-beauwater   Feature in The Telegram (2011) http://www.thetelegram.com/Living/2011-10-07/article-2769529/Fresh-Tracks%3A-Beauwater/1   Interview and performance on Out of the Fog (2011) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkG_Kjg-4GI   ADDITIONAL DETAILS   2011 - Released Debut Album 'Movin On' 2011 - 'Movin On' nominated for three MusicNL Awards 2011 - Performed at MusicNL Week Rising Stars Showcase in St. John's 2012 - Opened for Third Eye Blind at the Annual George Street Festival 2012 - Opened for the Trews at Club One 2013 - Opened for Hey Rosetta! at the George Street festival, w/ Repartee 2014 - Performed at MusicNL Week Showcase in Corner Brook 2015 - Began production on second album 'Lovers, Fools and Kings' 2015 - Performed at MusicNL Week Alternative Showcase in St. John's 2016 - Completed work on second full-length album 'Lovers, Fools and Kings'   Album/single details (where was it recorded? when? etc.): The 9 song full-length album 'Lovers, Fools and Kings' began early pre-production with Producer Chris Kirby in late 2014. Recording for the album commenced in January 2015 at Groove Den Studios, St. John's, NL, with engineer Mike Kirby. Recording continued throughout 2015, with vocal and additional tracks being recorded at Dipole Productions, St. John's, NL. Mixing commenced in early 2016 with engineer Scott Hammond at the Blue Room, Stephenville, NL, and finished in June 2016. Mastering was completed in July 2016 with J. Lapointe at Archive Mastering in Halifax, NS. The album features guest performances by Kelly Hoppe of Big Sugar (Harmonica), Emilia Bartellas (Fiddle), Leanne Keane (Vocals), Chris Harnett (Horns) and Chris Kirby (Keyboards)   Songwriter Information: "Ain't It A Shame, Alone Tonight, Better Off, Joker, Lines Upon A Page, Whiskey" written by Michael Maddox / Greg Newhook / Jonathon Reid "Dollar Signs, I Tried To Forget You, Long Run" written by Chris Kirby / Michael Maddox / Greg Newhook / Jonathon Reid   Management/Publicity/Booking/Label support, etc: All booking/publicity information to be directed through info@beauwater.ca and www.beauwater.ca  

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Newfoundland’s own Cabbages & Kings are anything but your average rock band. The group, comprised of Michael Kirby (Bass/Vocals/Keys), Joshua Noble (Guitars, Vocals) and Brandon Hopkins (Drums, Vocals) have enjoyed success even while still in the very early days of the band. In 2014 Cabbages & Kings released their self produced, full length record earning them a MusicNL award. The success of this album continued to to spread with a nomination though the East Coast Music association and multiple showcase opportunities. After releasing several self-produced music videos to support the debut album, Cabbages & Kings made a move to leave the capital city of St John’s. They built a new studio in a more remote location in central Newfoundland and leave only to tour. The band released their much anticipated sophomore record, Vale in Jan 2016 and continue to gain traction with their videos. Cabbages & Kings are making a name for themselves on the east coast of Canada and beyond as they continue to spiral down the rabbit hole - with no signs of slowing down.

Chris Kirby

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Chris is a multi-award winning songwriter, artist and producer with 5 full length solo albums to his credit and many cowrites with the likes of Eddie Schwartz, Colin MacDonald (The Trews), Stephen Fearing, Shaun Verreault (Wide Mouth Mason) and Tim Chaisson. His primary artistic focus is classic R&B/Soul music, but Chris can also be found songwriting/producing across many genres including Pop-Rock & Country.  

Christopher K.Daw

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Since returning to NL in 2012  Christopher K. Daw  through Music for Good has helped various Charities' and musicians by producing and co-producing eight  benefits shows for such Organizations as  R.I.A.C., Oxfam Canada, Canadian Red Cross, Filipino International Newfoundland Association, CMHA-NL . In 2015 /2016 Christopher Daw has Voluntarily produced and promoted four benefit shows.These benefit shows featured such artists as the Rolling Kings, Sherri Breen, Brianna Gosse, Kat Mclevey in Venues such as The Ship ,Rockhouse, and Cochrane Street Church. Music for Good is a non-profit network of volunteers with the goals of promoting emerging musical talent in our community while  helping to raise funds & funding for local and international charities . The focus of fundraising has been to help families and children in nee d as well as promoting local music programs for the underprivileged. With the help of volunteers , local musicians and Music NL, I hope to continue raising awareness and appreciation of Newfoundland and Labrador talent while helping for the less fortunate.

Dean Stairs

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BIO   Citadel House is a full service company within the Music Industry. Dean and Stevie Stairs offer a live venue, a state of the art recording facility, and a boutique manufacturing service. As a live venue, Citadel House draws Grammy and Juno winning performers from as far away as San Diego CA, as well as an audience of dedicated music lovers from within an 80 km radius of Lewisporte, NL.  The core of Citadel House continues to be producing music for a client base that stretches from Johannesburg, South Africa to Vancouver BC, with a concentration on customized services for specific Newfoundland artists. In 2015, Citadel House launched Citadel House Records and is proud to provide label representation to uniquely talented Newfoundland Artists such as Adam Baxter and Earle and Coffin.   SHORT BIO Citadel House is a full service company within the Music Industry. Dean and Stevie Stairs offer a live venue, a state of the art recording facility, and a boutique manufacturing service. As a live venue, Citadel House draws Grammy and Juno winning performers from as far away as San Diego CA, as well as an audience of dedicated music lovers from within an 80 km radius of Lewisporte, NL.  The core of Citadel House continues to be producing music for a client base that stretches from Johannesburg, South Africa to Vancouver BC, with a concentration on customized services for specific Newfoundland artists. In 2015, Citadel House launched Citadel House Records and is proud to provide label representation to uniquely talented Newfoundland Artists such as Adam Baxter and Earle and Coffin.   PRESS HIGHLIGHTS http://www.lportepilot.ca/Community/2016-03-09/article-4459736/Citadel-House-hosts-successful-Open-Stage-for-the-Underage-concert/1 http://www.lportepilot.ca/News/Local/2015-03-03/article-4063401/Get-ready-for-a-special-collaboration/1 http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2688238695   FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Citadel-House-398116290215124/?fref=ts WEBSITE: http://www.thecitadelhouse.com/

Corey Pike

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Born March 1, 1982, in St. John's, NL, Corey inherited to the gift of music from his father Wayne Pike. Given his first guitar at age 8, Corey quickly began to learn lots of classic rock through his father, and future bandmates and friends of family Mike Sullivan and Frank Warren.  Corey also has a strong backround of music from his days in school choir at St. Bonaventure school, and had his vocal limits at a young age pushed by a major influence in Susan O' Brien. After a long hihaitus from music through his late teens and early 20's, Corey once agian picked up the guitar , and this time he would not put it down. This is all owed to his now wife Ashley Pike, who pushed Corey to inspire his way back to music. In the winter of 2008, Corey and long time family friends Mike and Darrly Sullivan, Frank Warren and Andrew Carey began to jam for fun, which began the birth of Lovemotor. As frontman of Lovemotor, they would go on to release two studio albums, get lots of radio play inside and outside NL, guest appear on local T.V. many times and rock out almost every venue in the city. Along with his love for rock, Corey always had a softer more vocal driven side to his music passion. So after a couple years with Lovemotor, Corey decided to also start to play some solo shows . After lots of success as a solo act through local radio and T.V. and having hosted many shows as a solo and shared the stage with most of this provinces biggest names including Ron Hynes, Sean Mccann, Amelia Curran, Terry Rielly, Sean Panting and more, along with a few well know canadian acts like Sam Roberts and Chocliar. After lots of solo shows and with lovemotor having to cancel a show due to drummer Brad Hoban moving out of province, Corey played the show as a solo act rather then Cancel the show. This is the night he would meet producer Ward Pike. Ward showed a huge interest in Corey, expressing a big interest in wanting Corey to record his own full length debut solo album, Ward was willing and did help in everyway he could including Co- Writing, major- production, playing guitar, bass, piano, even as much to help Corey Gig to pay off the album. So with that Corey Pike- Help Me Believe was born. After spending nearly 10 months ( Over 500 hrs ) recording at Comfort Cove Sound along with having some major names in  the bussiness overseeing the album, they finally came to what we call our own masterpiece. Hope you enjoy.  

Dan Rubin

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Dan Rubin is an arts manager, performer, composer and songwriter who has been active in Newfoundland and Labrador for the past ten years as a manager, publicist, concert promoter and studio producer.    He has become concerned about the ways in which local artists are not accessing the revenue streams to which they are entitled.  As a result he has organized workshops, meetings, a new website for the musicians' association and convened an international conference to focus attention on this.   He has directly advised and assisted local performers to help develop their careers and build audiences for their music, both locally and internationally.   After organizing and presenting an acoustic concert series in St. John's he has worked as a publicist, promoter and tour organizer for Amelia Curran, Jill Porter, Mopaya, Tanglecove and other artists.   He recently returned from a visit to Nashville where he represented more than a dozen local performers at a trade conference connecting Canadian provinces with the Southeast United States.  

Dave Panting

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A multi - instrumentalist, singer, composer and producer who hails from St. John's, NL., Dave has four decades as a fulltime professional musician under his belt. Over the years he has been called upon to play many genres of roots music: Celtic, Newfoundland traditional, Folk and Country, Blues, Rock, Reggae and Greek among others. His creative gifts have enabled him to combine all these influences into his own unique style and he continues to work on new songs and instrumental music on a daily basis. A long time AF of M, and SOCAN member as well as being a member of Music NL, Dave plays acoustic and electric guitar, members of the mandolin family, banjo and bass as well as Greek bouzouki, durass and baglamas. Among many other accomplishments, Dave is a founding member of the influential Newfoundland folk band Figgy Duff, an artistic driving force and song writing engine behind Atlantic Canada's award winning multi genre group Rawlins Cross [7 ECMA awards, 8 albums, 8 videos and a concert DVD]. For five years he was a member of the Irish Descendants, Juno award winners and one of Newfoundland's longstanding musical mainstays. He has toured all over Canada as well as in the UK, Ireland, USA, Europe and Scandinavia, Mexico and South America, as well as playing thousands of live performances he has participated in scores of TV, radio and recording engagements.  

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Dave Whitty has been a member of the music scene in St. John's, Newfoundland since age 17. He got his start playing solo sets of original music, recording a couple small demos, and generally trying to learn the craft and flow of how the music community worked. If you listen to Dave’s music, it won’t take long to figure out the hardcore pride he has for his home province and all the good times and beauty it brings. Sticking to his musical roots, Dave writes and sings about actual events and classifies his style as folk/rock with descriptive lyrics of friendship, love, and tales of growing up. Dave released a solo album in 2011 that he completely funded and produced himself called ''Let it Rest'. Again, looking for more out of his songwriting, he reached out to other artists (and Newfoundlanders) with their own following at home and beyond - James Wright, Matt Cooke, and Jason Howard joined him in his pursuit, at which point, the Dave Whitty Band was born. In the spring of 2015, Dave, hired Robert Kelly, to produce and engineer his first full length album. With the help of some of St John's best musician's the self-titled record was released in July 2015, and features 11 new songs with full backing band. The album is written with the same style and approach that Dave has always taken, but takes on new life with fuller sounds, catchy melodies, clever lyrics and for the first time Dave was nominated for a MusicNL award in 2015 for Folk/Roots Recording of the Year and awarded a Showcase at the MusicNL awards in St. John's.

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David Picco's 4th album "Start Again" finds the former Jetset Motel frontman exploring a wider range of material moving from stark, introspective numbers to psychedelic dirges and straight-ahead rockers all the while keeping one foot rooted in the present. Picco's return home to St. John's, Newfoundland after 12 years of making music and touring out of Toronto sets the stage for this more eclectic rock sound and underscores the overarching theme of entering a new phase of life. Co-produced by Chris Picco, recorded and mixed by Krisjan Leslie, and backed by his new band featuring some of St. John's finest musicians, the album showcases Picco's guitar work more than past releases while maintaining the songwriting focus of previous efforts that has garnered him positive reviews and national radio play over the past decade. "Start Again" will be officially released in Toronto at The Dakota on Nov. 5th and in St. John's at The Fat Cat on November 21st.

Dean Stairs

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BIO   Citadel House is a full service company within the Music Industry. Dean and Stevie Stairs offer a live venue, a state of the art recording facility, and a boutique manufacturing service. As a live venue, Citadel House draws Grammy and Juno winning performers from as far away as San Diego CA, as well as an audience of dedicated music lovers from within an 80 km radius of Lewisporte, NL.  The core of Citadel House continues to be producing music for a client base that stretches from Johannesburg, South Africa to Vancouver BC, with a concentration on customized services for specific Newfoundland artists. In 2015, Citadel House launched Citadel House Records and is proud to provide label representation to uniquely talented Newfoundland Artists such as Adam Baxter and Earle and Coffin.   SHORT BIO Citadel House is a full service company within the Music Industry. Dean and Stevie Stairs offer a live venue, a state of the art recording facility, and a boutique manufacturing service. As a live venue, Citadel House draws Grammy and Juno winning performers from as far away as San Diego CA, as well as an audience of dedicated music lovers from within an 80 km radius of Lewisporte, NL.  The core of Citadel House continues to be producing music for a client base that stretches from Johannesburg, South Africa to Vancouver BC, with a concentration on customized services for specific Newfoundland artists. In 2015, Citadel House launched Citadel House Records and is proud to provide label representation to uniquely talented Newfoundland Artists such as Adam Baxter and Earle and Coffin.   PRESS HIGHLIGHTS http://www.lportepilot.ca/Community/2016-03-09/article-4459736/Citadel-House-hosts-successful-Open-Stage-for-the-Underage-concert/1 http://www.lportepilot.ca/News/Local/2015-03-03/article-4063401/Get-ready-for-a-special-collaboration/1 http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2688238695   FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Citadel-House-398116290215124/?fref=ts WEBSITE: http://www.thecitadelhouse.com/

Duane Andrews

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The music of Duane Andrews is the product of a great ear, an adventurous spirit and a love of music that is beyond category. This is clearly reflected in his latest release, Conception Bay, which dissolves the lines between folk, jazz and classical music. Arranged for guitar and string quartet, this album brings together elements of Russian folk music via the controversial classical composer Igor Stravinsky with the jazz manouche of master improvisor Django Reinhardt all while being firmly rooted in the musical traditions of Duane's home province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Earle Coffin

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BIO   Joe Coffin and Nick Earle are young emerging blues artists from St. John's, NL. 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 paired with blow your mind guitar solos are just two of the descriptions that come to mind when watching these two execute their skills. Earle and Coffin have already performed with many of Newfoundland's top roots and blues musicians and have learned to demonstrate the utmost professionalism and style. When the pair are not performing as a duo act they are jamming electric blues, roots and rock with Newfoundland & Labrador's best dressed blues/roots band, Stompbox   SHORT BIO   Joe Coffin and Nick Earle are young emerging blues artists from St. John's, NL. Adopting a distinctive style which is well beyond their years, they draw inspiration from blues greats such as Robert Johnson.  When the pair are not performing as a duo act they are jamming electric blues, roots and rock with Newfoundland & Labrador's best dressed blues/roots band, Stompbox   PRESS HIGHLIGHTS   http://www.thetelegram.com/Living/Entertainment/2016-04-20/article-4504114/Teenage-bluesmen-Nick-Earle-and-Joe-Coffin-release-soulful-new-album/1   ADDITIONAL DETAILS   Showcase MusicNL 2015 Released "Live At The Citadel House" 21-April-2016 Signed with Citadel House Records 21-April-2016 Featured in the NL Herald May 2016 Featured in Telegram Newspaper May 2016 Performed at Trails Tales and Tunes Festival May 2016   Album/single details (where was it recorded? when? etc.): Live At The Citadel House was recorded live in concert at The Citadel House, August 28, 2015. It was mixed and mastered by Dean Stairs for The Citadel House. Tracking was engineered by Ryan House.   Songwriter Information: The album is a collection of Blue standards ranging from Muddy Waters, BB. King to Robert Johnson   Management/Publicity/Booking/Label support, etc: Nick Earle and Joe Coffin are booked through The William Short Agency. This project was recorded as an independent release. Label support is now provided by The Citadel House.  

Everglow

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  Award-winning producer/songwriter duo Gordon Huxter and Jon Pike are shaking things up in their hometown of St. John’s. Bringing a fresh blend of alt pop with radio ready production as well as a “but have you seen them live??” concert performance, Everglow is making a name for themselves as a band to watch across Canada since their inception in March of 2014. The pair took home their first East Coast Music Award, for Fan’s Choice Video of the Year, in April of 2016, for their music video for “Feel Your Heart” which has over 45 thousand views on Youtube. “Feel Your Heart” also peaked at #93 on Canadian CHR in December of 2015. Passionate about charitable work Everglow spent eight months touring across Canada with Live Different, performing in high schools nation wide in the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016. Having showcased for ECMW and CMW 2015, as well as coverage from The Telegram, the Overcast, The Newfoundland Herald, CBC’s Searchlight, and the Children’s Wish Foundation, Everglow is making waves on and off the island. This duo is a group on the rise as they raise the bar for self-produced recordings and thrilling live performance. Engaging fans on social media, releasing radio-ready tracks, and bringing high quality content both on the stage and online (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube), it’s clear that the future is bright for Everglow.  

Ewan Dobson

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  Ewan Dobson has established himself as one of Canada’s most accomplished guitarists, having won first prize in many guitar competitions across the country.  His list of credentials includes taking first place in both the Burlington Rotary Fall Music Festival and the Pickering Rotary Music Festival.  In the summer of 2009, Dobson was crowned the Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Champion at the 5th annual Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition.  That same year he placed 3rd at the International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition in Winfield, Kansas and 1st place at the Montreal Guitar Grand Prix.   The development of Ewan Dobson into the artist that he is today has been an eclectic journey to say the least.  Starting out play heavy metal and hard rock on his first electric guitar, Dobson has expanded his repertoire to include Bluegrass, Metal, Canadian folk, Techno, etc..  The culmination of all of these diverse influences has fuelled his musical creativity and succeeded in making him the captivating artist he is today. Among his lengthy list of achievements include guest appearing on Marty Friedman's (ex-Megadeth) latest album "Inferno," racking up over 30 million YouTube views including the viral video "Time 2" which is approaching 22 million views, and releasing over 10 albums of diverse instrumental guitar music in less than 10 years.  

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Hailing from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and described by The Newfoundland Herald as "One of Newfoundland's must-see live attractions", Fairgale formed in late 2014 and performed their debut show in December 2014. Since that debut show, they have gone on to win the inaugural Rock the Block competition in which they earned the opportunity to open for Canadian rock icons Trooper during George Street Festival 2015, and released their debut album "Own the Light" on Dec. 12th, 2015. Fairgale is Andrew Rodgers (Guitar, Vocals), Stephen Green (Guitar, Keys, Vocals), Brad Tuck (Drums, Vocals), and Gary Powers (Bass).

Fortunate Ones

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Fortunate Ones is a Juno nominated, Canadian Folk Music and East Coast Music Award winning folk-pop duo made up of singer/pianist/accordion player Catherine Allan and singer/guitarist Andrew James O’Brien– endearing audiences with wide-eyed energy, pragmatic optimism, and an earnest mission for connection.  

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Freedom's Note are Donny Synard, Danny Fewer, Mark Stewart and Trevor Lethbridge. Hailing from Newfoundland and residing in Fort McMurray, Freedom's Note are burgeoning masters in the art of creating a complex bouquet of sound consisting of a hint of Alberta hardwork blended with authentic Atlantic undertones and a splash of bright Spanish colours. Freedom's Note brings an explosion of timbral flavour once casked in an obviously well-travelled, battle-tested barrel that has traversed the ages with pure heart and soul at its very core. The influence of their journey in life is fascinatingly unique and is perhaps the secret ingredient that gives them the broad, genre-transcending appeal that they have experienced to date with any listener that gives their music a chance unanimously agreeing that they exhibit the rare magic that gives them that one-in-a-million "it" factor.

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Gary & Whit are a duo in every sense of the word. Comprised of husband and wife, Gary and Whitney French, they are the perfect blend with their romantic harmonies and candid lyrics. Gary is also known for his work as an award winning solo artist while Whitney is an award winning visual artist. With Gary on acoustic guitar/vocals and Whitney on vocals, they marry each of their passions to become Gary & Whit. Taking cues from the folk and inspirational genres, this singer-songwriter duo creates honest songs with the ability to inspire. In October of 2015, they released their debut album, Matches, receiving much acclaim both provincially and nationally. Gary & Whit are from Goose Bay, NL and are now based on the west coast of the island in Corner Brook.

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Glenn Pardy

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BIO Graduate of The Harris Institute for The Arts. Diploma in Recording Arts Management. Graduate of Lawrence College. Diploma in Graphic Design/Communications. Was Personnel Manager for Coalition Entertainment which represent: Our Lady Peace   SHORT BIO Administrator for NL Live Events which promotes Newfoundland musicians and artist. I have reached 50,000 post views for NL Artist. I am an active Factor juror.   FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/NLLiveEvents/ WEBSITE: http://www.cansellasong.8m.com/

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Green & Gold have proved themselves as one of St.John's' most loved and followed bands in recent years. After releasing their debut album The Body Knows in the fall of 2013 they have shared the stage with Hey Rosetta!, July Talk, Dan Mangan, Bahamas, Rich Aucoin, In-Flight Safety and several other highly touted Canadian acts. They have played George Street Festival, Harbourage, Hey Rosetta!'s annual Christmas show, Lawyna Vawyna and countless bar shows in St. John's, and have completed 5 tours of Canada's East Coast. They've been nominated for 4 MusicNL awards, and won 5 awards in The Overcast's 2014 Reader's Choice poll. They released their Sophomore album And Then The New Crow Came in the Spring of 2016.

Greg Smith

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BIO   Greg Smith is a radio announcer and producer with multiple stations under the Steele Communications banner. He hosts a variety of shows, largely ones with local music & artists being showcases. He is the host of the highly popular VOCM Saturday Morning Irish Newfoundland Show, KIXX Country's Potluck & Homestyle on the VOCM Radio Network. Greg is also the host of the 710 VOCM Morning show covering the Clarenville/Bonavista regions.   Greg MC's many shows each year lending his support to many local mucisians looking to make their mark     Aside from his on air promotion of local musicians Greg serves as a director on the NL Folk Arts Society Board and chairs the Programming of the Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival.     SHORT BIO Radio Announcer on VOCM & Kixx Country.   Board Member of NL Folk Arts Society.   Programming Chair of NL Folk Festival.   FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/RadioGregSmith

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Formed in January of 2014, Lucas “The Codeman” Coady, Chris “Hot Jupiter” Hynes, Jamie “Jimmy Noise” Noseworthy, and newest, old member, Jason “Jase of Bass” Adams and have been hard at work developing a snazzy brand of over-the-counter, stick-in-your-teeth rock designed to make a dance floor shake and devil horns rise to the sky. Being children of the 90’s and having jammed with each other in various separate capacities over the years, the band draws from similar core influences spanning various genres. Their music aims to add new musical twists to old rock tricks. This has led to a strong repertoire of groovy, hooky, driven rock songs that sound great over a keg of beer at a pool party on a hot summer day.

It Could be Frankly

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BIO   Danielle Hamel has spent over a decade writing music with her partner, Matthew Thomson, in several successive musical projects, most recently in the MusicNL nominated indie rock group, Land of the Lakes. Her project, It Could Be Franky, is her first foray into writing music as a solo artist. A departure from her familiar environment of physical instruments, ICBF is about taking musical departures, exploring new genres, and experimenting with loops, soft synths, and drum machines. It gives Hamel a chance to savour her love of minimalism (the name It Could Be Franky comes from an opera by Philip Glass), the repetitive simplicity of 80s computer music, quirky pop songs, and the performative and theatrical nature of synth pop. And she just really likes having dance parties.   SHORT BIO   Electronic Dance/ Synth Pop solo project from Land of the Lakes' member Danielle Hamel. Minimalism meets computer music with indie pop sensibilities for your living room dance parties.   PRESS HIGHLIGHTS   Editor’s Pick at The Overcast for 2016 RPM http://theovercast.ca/2016-rpm-editors-picks-part-2-of-4/   Finalist for DanceNL/MusicNL/CBC On The Go’s Most Danceable Song 2016 Contest http://theovercast.ca/dance-nl-looking-for-your-vote-on-most-danceable-song-of-2016/   ADDITIONAL DETAILS   Editor’s Pick at The Overcast for 2016 RPM Finalist for DanceNL/MusicNL/CBC On The Go’s Most Danceable Song 2016 Contest   Album/single details (where was it recorded? when? etc.): Written, recorded and engineered at [insert name here] productions during the month of February 2016 as part of the 2016 RPM Challenge. All songs written, recorded, produced, and arranged by Danielle Hamel. Additional engineering by Matthew Thomson. Mixed and mastered by Matthew Thomson.   Songwriter Information: All songs written and arranged by Danielle Hamel.   Management/Publicity/Booking/Label support, etc: Danielle Hamel   FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/itcouldbefranky/ WEBSITE: https://itcouldbefranky.bandcamp.com/releases YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCalg1ubF_kS93fKxmdbYDDw

Jason Whelan

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BIO Jason has been operating the Sound Solution now since 1995. A recording studio and mastering facility, Jason has been involved in nearly 50 cd projects, and has mastered well over 50 releases, including works from Ennis, Shanneyganock, The Once, Sean McCann, The Dardanelles, Matthew Byrne, Rum Ragged, The Freels, Aaaron Collis and Emilia Bartellas, and many others. Jason has worked in various capacities, as arranger and producer, as technician, or as audio mastering expertise on many well known local releases, including ECMA and MusicNL nominees and winners. The studio is a comfortable place to work, near many amenities,  and is  constantly updated by  re-investment in technology and equipment. The Sound Solution has garnered a fine reputation with top artists, with most returning for multiple projects; this network of the best studio musicians and technical talent is without equal in the province. A quick look at many local releases will likely show the Sound Solutions involvement.   Jason, has been performing locally and has toured internationally since 1991 and has played with an extensive list of local acts, as well as releasing two solo CD's (2003's Blur and 2016's Connection). Often called on in diverse roles such as producer, technician or session musician, Jason can take on many roles. He has an extensive network of industry contacts and can facilitate complicated projects through experience and co-operation with others in the local music industry. Jason's reputation is well regarded among his peers and the local music industry in general, and is seen as a professional, competent and talented industry professional now for over 20 years.   SHORT BIO   The Sound Solution is a recording and mastering facility operated by Jason Whelan in St John's for over 20 years. It has been involved in many, if not the majority of, top local releases for many years. The client list is extensive and growing. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/The-Sound-Solution-76196547894/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel WEBSITE: http://www.jasonwhelan.com/

Jessie Meyer

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BIO   Raised by an artist and a musician, Jessie Meyer is no stranger to artistic expression. Since high school, she has shown an interest in graphic design and art. It began as a supplement to her passion for writing, a way to add color and life to the characters she developed in a series of short stories. After more than 5 years of frivolous Photoshop projects, she realized her creative focus had shifted from the written word to a more visual medium, which prompted her to attend College of the North Atlantic’s program in graphic design.   She used that program to hone her skills and graduated at the top of her class in 2013. During this time, she won several IABC Awards and received a gold medal at the Skills Canada National Competition held in Vancouver.   Since graduating, Jessie has been working in St. John’s as a freelance designer, building a client base that includes the Newfoundland and Labrador NDP, Opera on the Avalon, Neighbourhood Dance Works, and The Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland & Labrador. She has had the opportunity to team up with some amazing and established members of the local design and marketing community, while working with such agencies as Ray Creative Agency and Perfect Day.   Jessie is moved by the different ways that people communicate and sees design as a collaborative way to be creative. She loves experimenting with different styles and techniques, and is constantly looking for new ways to work and be inspired.   SHORT BIO   Jessie is based out of St. John's, Newfoundland and graduated from the graphic design program at College of the North Atlantic in 2013. She won a gold medal for graphic design in the Skills Canada National Competition held in Vancouver in 2013, as well as several IABC awards for design projects.   With 6 years of graphic design experience under her belt, she has a wonderful eye for detail and an even better sense of how things should look from a big picture perspective. She is very articulate (this might have something to do with her life-long obsession with reading) and has a very defined point of view, which helps make every her work shine from every angle. When Jessie isn’t designing or reading, she focuses her creative energy on fun Photoshop projects.   WEBSITE: http://jessiejmeyer.com/  

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Kellie Loder is a Juno Award Nominated singer and songwriter from Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada, and no stranger to the NL music scene. She is quickly becoming recognized as one of the province’s best songwriters because of the depth, dynamic, and thoughtful, lyrically driven content she brings to each song. Her inspiration comes from her own personal growth and life experiences, as well as stories shared by others. In her early career, Christian music was her genre of focus, but recently has transitioned into the Folk/Pop realm. Just recently, she was caught opening the show for Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsy’s at this year’s George Street Festival. In November 2015, Kellie opened for Northern Ireland’s song writing sensation, Paul Brady, at the Holy Heart Theatre, and also shared a stage with The Fortunate Ones, Sherman Downey, Alan Doyle, and Shannygannock at Shaun Majumder’s “The Gathering”. She has been a featured/showcasing artist at both the ECMAs and MUSIC NL Award weeks, and was named a top ten finalist (#1 in her province) in the 2015 National CBC Searchlight Competition. Following this, Kellie was given the opportunity through Bell Media/Music NL artist selection to write with and be mentored by award-winning songwriter and producer Justin Gray (98 Degrees, John Legend, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Mariah Carey, Joss Stone, Hillary Duff, Amy Winehouse and more) whom is now co-producing her upcoming album. Currently, Kellie’s focus is on creating a record to showcase the artist she has become and to build a larger fan base inside and outside of the province.  Kellie’s songs have been played regularly on various radio stations, both locally and across the country.  Specifically, her song “Raise You Higher”, the single from the sophomore album, was selected for several song countdowns, reaching a high of #2 on CT20.  With two albums (“The Way” in 2009 & “Imperfections & Directions” in 2010) in Loder’s back pocket, she holds a great track record and her fans have been receptive to her change in direction. Loder declares. “The things that have changed and continue to change are my life and the world around me, and therefore a change in my music will be reflected and heard, because whatever my life is, my music is”.

Kyle McDavid

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  Kyle McDavid is a music educator and the founder and co-Artistic Director of Best Kind Productions (most recently directing all-child/teen casts in shows such as Honk!, The Pirates of Penzance, Alice in Wonderland, Freckleface Strawberry). Kyle has been teaching voice/piano students for the past 16 years and teaches weekly acting and musical theatre classes.  He is also an alumnus of Up with People (touring North America and Europe with their production Roads in 1999-2000), which fueled his belief in the powerful combination of performing arts and community service.   As a performer, recent credits include Sister Act as Joey (Atlantic Light Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (TaDa! Events), Monty Python's Spamalot as Bedevere/Knight Who Says Ni (Atlantic Light Theatre), The Addams Family as Fester (Peter MacDonald Productions), and more.  Kyle is also an accompanist, a freelance graphic designer, and is currently writing and composing a new musical, Impresario, based on the life of St. John's-born Broadway legend, John Murray Anderson.  

Lady Brett Ashley

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Lady Brett Ashley is a lady-led indie rock band from the East Coast of Canada. Their debut album, Fault Lines, earned them considerable praise and landed them showcases at Music NL week, East Coast Music Week and the Lawnya Vawnya Festival. With a single premiere on The Strombo Show on CBC, and opening slots for Alvvays, Jeremy Fisher, Long Distance Runners, Coyote, and many more, they are a motivated, determined young act to watch.  

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Matthew J Thomson & Danielle R Hamel (aka Land Of The Lakes) are a husband and wife duo that hail from St. John's Newfoundland, but spent much of their music career in Montreal before moving back home. They have been writing and playing music together since 2002 under a number of different monikers. In addition to being a songwriter and a musician, Matthew is also a recording engineer and producer, an audio post engineer for television and film, and a location sound recordist. He has worked on a number of projects from TV commercials, television shows and feature length films. He has recorded and produced a number of recordings including his solo work, Matthew and Danielle's music, and their old band Open Fields. Danielle and Matthew together have released four full length albums, an EP, and a Christmas album. Danielle is an analytical music listener with an academic background for studying the theory and socioeconomics of popular music. Her Masters thesis focused on the phenomenon of the Halifax Sound in the early 1990s with Sloan and the Halifax Pop Explosion. One of her hobbies includes film photography, collecting new and vintage cameras and experimenting with different kinds of film. The duo's album art regularly feature her film work. The albums Sea Warrior and their latest release, the self titled Land Of The Lakes, were recorded as a part of the Newfoundland RPM challenge in February of 2013 and 2015, respectively. Matthew and Danielle generally play all the instruments on their records, with exceptions on certain songs, and play live with a full 6 piece band.

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Laura Madonna Murray has been delivering award-winning performances as a pianist for over a decade. She holds a Masters degree in music and has remarkably brought Classical art music out of the concert hall by creatively pairing segments with folk/rock favourites: "When she takes her seat in front of the piano, one never knows what to expect." Her worldly travels, international performances, and universal conscience have left her more aware of audience energy and often serve as a basis for her original songs; it's also how she became known as the 'Traveling Piano Playing Yogi.' Her one-woman show features standards and originals, some of which include classical masterpieces seamlessly intertwined with popular songs. Murray entertains with her distinct voice, technical command of the keyboard, and charming wit while interpreting songs representative of jazz, folk, rock, pop, singer-songwriter, soul, and blues styles. Her sound and presence has been compared to Carole King, Annie Lennox, and Janis Jopin; Laura cites her inspirations and influences as Nina Simone, Fats Waller, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Amelia Curran, and Ben Caplan. Having been broadcast on CBC, Eastlink TV, K-Rock, Radio St. Pierre, and ECMA Radio, and having played stages from Thailand to London, rural France to rural Newfoundland, Laura Madonna Murray is growing her audience base as a fresh and unconventional performer. Check out her debut album, Solo/So High, released in June, 2016.
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Lawnya Vawnya: An Exposition of Independent Art & Culture is a non-profit music and art festival that merges some of the province's strongest artistic talent with national and international acts. We support local artistic endeavors, particularly music, and are involved in facilitating the exchange of skills and knowledge between artists and audiences through performances, workshops, panel discussions and cultural events in diverse environments.

London Above

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London Above is a three-piece alt-rock band from St. John's, Newfoundland who blend the commercial hooks of The Killers and Blink 182, with the adventurous musicality of Coheed and Cambria. They connect with their audience through lyrics that are both tongue-in-cheek and socially relevant. London Above creates short bursts of musical energy that combines pop, punk, and progressive rock in an accessible package, and delivers it with efficient intensity.  

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From their home port of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Long Distance Runners humbly explore new stereophonic territory with their latest and third release, Elements (October 9, 2015). With Elements, the band confidently lays to tape its own hybrid alchemy of psychedelic, rock ’n roll, and country influences (Berlin-trilogy Bowie, Velvet Underground, Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones). The album’s 11 memorable tracks are emotionally charged, with fog-drenched and sun-soaked songs about yearning, love and hope. The Long Distance Runners have been embraced by the East Coast music scene since forming in 2009. With multiple MusicNL and ECMA nominations, and several tours from Newfoundland to Ontario under their belt, the band is a veteran of the scene. They have performed with Wintersleep, Rich Aucoin, Gloryhound, Jim Cuddy Band, Said The Whale, Rah Rah, and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, and their songs have been featured on CBC’s Republic of Doyle and CBS’s Golden Boy.

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Lookalike-LA-DesertShoot-Feb2016-29Lookalike is a new dance pop duo based in St. John’s, NL. Born from the ashes of the Music NL award wining and ECMA nominated pop rock group RocketRocketShip (2009-2016), vocalist Matt Dines and bassist David Shears have joined forces for what’s set to be their most ambitious project yet. Lookalike blends influences from modern pop with hints of electro pop, 80s pop, and indie to form an interesting and diverse sound that’s crafted equally for radio as it is for live performance. The duo is joined by a guitarist and drummer for an exciting live show, which already has hometown fans dancing and wanting more. Lookalike are currently recording their debut record with producers Greg Alsop (Drummer, Tokyo Police Club), Justin Gray (Mariah Carey, 98 Degrees, The Summer Set), and Chris Kirby (RocketRocketShip, Charlie A'Court, Brianna Gosse).

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  Matt Cooke first began playing at a very young age at a local church, which may explain where he gets his soulful sound. After rooting in rock and jazz guitar through his teenage years, he joined forces with other Conception Bay musicians to form Baytown, a staple on the St. John's local scene. Years of accolades, tours, showcases and recordings later, Matt Cooke releases his own brand of alt-country blues, Crystal Caves, from the music hub of Toronto, ON. A frequent flyer, Matt has managed to be a regular session musician and performer in both cities for years, never loosing touch with his east coast roots.  

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Michael Kinsella

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  Singing and playing the 5-string banjo for the past twelve years with local Traditional Newfoundland group Tarahan, Michael (Mike) Kinsella has released his first solo album. Mike was born a ‘townie’ but was always said to “belong to” Tilting, Fogo Island. Spending every summer in the remote town, Mike became immersed in the culture and place where both his parents grew up. Like many from the area, his father, Joseph Kinsella and uncle, Leo Kinsella, have always been prolific writers, each with a collection of lyrics and poems written over the last 50 years and inspired by life in Tilting. For Mike, this album has been about bringing his father’s and uncle’s words to life, preserving oral history and sharing the stories and songs of his family. It has enabled Mike, Joseph and Leo to come together and pay tribute to the culture, time and place that inspired the album. The album also brought together a group of musicians who are from Fogo Island or who had a personal connection to the place. Although the recording process was often interrupted with stories about life there, the final product was that much more genuine. Mike currently lives in Outer Cove, NL with his growing family and still spends time in Tilting on a regular basis. He continues to perform regularly with Tarahan and has pursued some solo performances at various venues around the St.John's and Fogo Island areas.  

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Singing and playing piano since the age of four, Michelle was an active performer in her hometown of Bay Roberts, acquiring several certificates for voice and piano in the Kiwanis Music Festivals and Royal Conservatory. Michelle went on to attend MUN, where she completed a Bachelor of Music (2001) and a Bachelor of Education (2003). After teaching in the primary classroom with Eastern School District for 10 years, Michelle has decided to return to her musical roots. She has recently joined the team at Musically Inclined in CBS to offer voice and piano lessons to adults and children. Michelle released her debut Christmas CD this November,  “Songs for a Winter’s Night” with very successful release shows in St. John's and CBS, where she resides with her husband and two children. She continues to teach, perform and advocate for music education.She has also founded the non profit organization, Elevato, which provides financial assistance to families in order to offset the cost of private music education.  

Mick Davis

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BIO MICK DAVIS- Biography   Nearing 20 years in business, Mick Davis is a music veteran with oodles of touring, writing, producing & recording experience. His fans include former Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham, Bruce Springsteen's right hand man Steve Van Zandt, Canadian guitar hero Gordie Johnson & legendary screen actress Kim Novak.   Mick's 2015 album HELLO AGAIN is currently MusicNL's POP/ROCK Recording of the Year. This, along with 2014's LEARNING THE GAME  & Mick's latest, COATS & BADGES, were all released in under two years, all three written, produced & performed entirely by Mick.  His live outfit dubbed THIN LOVE debuted at the 2014 George Street Festival with The Wallflowers, and also appeared at the first Harbourage Festival with Hey Rosetta!   Mick has fronted NL's premier rock act The Novaks since 2002, touring Canada, the US & England, including dates with Queens of the Stone Age, White Stripes & KISS.  The Novaks are multiple Music NL & ECMA award winners. Their records are available in Canada on Sonic/Warner. Their classic self-titled debut is available in the US 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.   Mick can also be heard  through his distinctive singing and guitar playing as session player on records by Matt Mays, Mark Bragg, Jill Porter, Colleen Power, Sherry Ryan & Andrew James O'Brien. O'Brien's Fortunate Ones have included Mick's popular "I'd Wait For Anyone Who Would Wait For Me" on their album "The Bliss", and the song is a staple in their set list.   Sherry Ryan's hit Christmas single & video "I'll Come First This Christmas" (which Mick contributed guitar & vocals) lead Mick to filmmaker Roger Maunder and the release of  his first solo video and single "Don't Say Goodnight" in February 2014.   Mick's other endeavors include  '50's tribute act Mick Davis & His Skinny Jims, and playing bass with legendary blues artist Denis Parker. Mick produced Parker's latest album DENIS PARKER & THE MODERN SAINTS.   Mick has also joined Canadian favorites Big Sugar, The Trews, & Sloan live on stage as a guest singer/guitarist.   SHORT BIO MICK DAVIS- Biography   Nearing 20 years in business, Mick Davis is a music veteran with oodles of touring, writing, producing & recording experience. His fans include former Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham, Bruce Springsteen's right hand man Steve Van Zandt, Canadian guitar hero Gordie Johnson & legendary screen actress Kim Novak.   Mick is the recipient of MusicNL's 2015 Pop/Rock Recording of the Year Award for HELLO AGAIN & 2014's Male Artist Of The Year Award for LEARNING THE GAME- both albums written, produced & performed entirely by Mick.   Mick has fronted NL's premier rock act The Novaks since 2002, touring Canada, the US & England, including dates with Queens of the Stone Age, White Stripes & KISS.  The Novaks are multiple Music NL & ECMA award winners. Their records are available in Canada on Sonic/Warner. Their classic self-titled debut is available in the US 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.   Mick's latest solo recording is COATS & BADGES, released on November 5, 2015. Mick lives & performs regularly in St. John's, Newfoundland.   Awards   Pop/Rock Recording of the Year, Music NL (2015) Male Artist of the Year, Music NL (2014)   With The Novaks: Sirius Satellite Rock Recording of the Year, ECMA (2010) Molson Pop/Rock Artist/Group, Music NL (2009) CBC/Galaxie Rising Star, ECMA (2006) CBC/Galaxie Rising Star, Music NL (2005)   PRESS HIGHLIGHTS   http://theovercast.ca/coats-and-badges-reflects-mick-daviss-eclecticism/   ADDITIONAL DETAILS   Awards   Pop/Rock Recording of the Year, Music NL (2015) Male Artist of the Year, Music NL (2014)   With The Novaks: Sirius Satellite Rock Recording of the Year, ECMA (2010) Molson Pop/Rock Artist/Group, Music NL (2009) CBC/Galaxie Rising Star, ECMA (2006) CBC/Galaxie Rising Star, Music NL (2005)   Mick plays 150+ gigs a year. 19,000+ plays on SoundCloud. 5,000+ plays of "Don't Say Goodnight" on YouTube.   Album/single details (where was it recorded? when? etc.): COATS & BADGES was recorded by Mick at Mick's Diner, St. John's, NL, April-October, 2015 & released on November 5, 2015.   Songwriter Information: All songs by Mick Davis (SOCAN), except "I Got a Feeling" by Trevor Davis (SOCAN).   Management/Publicity/Booking/Label support, etc: Independent.  

Peter Daniel Newman

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BIO   Peter Daniel Newman is a producer and songwriter who has worked with country legend Clint Black and has published songs with Blacktop Publishing, Ole, Union Street Records and Spring Hill Publishing.  Peter has written for Nashville artists and has produced a record featuring many Nashville worship artists including Grammy winner Michael W. Smith. Peter has won and placed in the International Song Competition, the Gospel Music Association, and the Song of the Year competitions. He has worked with many provincial artists such as Gary and Whit, Blair Lane, Angie Rogers, Christina Bishop and Stephen Green. Peter’s work for the Secrets has won a MusicNL award and his work for Kellie Loder has been nominated for a JUNO.   SHORT BIO   Peter Daniel Newman is a producer and songwriter who has worked with country legend Clint Black and has published songs with Blacktop Publishing, Ole, Union Street Records and Spring Hill Publishing.  Peter has written for Nashville artists and has produced a record featuring many Nashville worship artists including Grammy winner Michael W. Smith. Peter has won and placed in the International Song Competition, the Gospel Music Association, and the Song of the Year competitions. He has worked with many provincial artists such as Gary and Whit, Blair Lane, Angie Rogers, Christina Bishop and Stephen Green. Peter’s work for the Secrets has won a MusicNL award and his work for Kellie Loder has been nominated for a JUNO.   PRESS HIGHLIGHTS   2015/2016 Gary and Whit "Matches" - National airplay for Matches and Water Under the Bridge.   Blair Lane "My Whole World" - 73 on Canadian Country Radio Ally Kearley "Wishful Thinking" - 128 Canadian Country Radio PDN "Broken Hallelujah" - National CBC radio play   FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Peter-Daniel-Newman-1513638398865506/ WEBSITE: http://peter-newman-cezr.squarespace.com/hkgek0kuk9poypk5no6s8qt6cyhxwp

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BIO   Peter Willie Youngtree was raised in a family of Celtic folk musicians, exposed to brilliant live music from the womb onward. A stint as a vagabond landed him in Nashville in 2009, where he was inspired by a vibrant music scene to carve out a career as a songwriter and performer. Based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Peter Willie blends old country, American folk, and pop; his introspective, sometimes philosophical songs are filled with hefty helpings of romantic poetry. He has toured eastern Canada playing festivals, clubs and cafes, as well as abroad, traveling as far as Ireland to perform. His music has garnered acclaim locally and nationally, with Exclaim! Magazine describing his "vividly written songs that recall classic Country-Rock figures like Gram Parsons" and NL magazine The Overcast declaring his debut record Country Hymns "one of the better, more interesting local albums of the year" and long-listing it for the Borealis Music Prize. The album has made Top 10 and Top 30 lists on Earshot! Campus and Community Radio Charts eight times since its release. He most recently performed with his band “The Blooms” at Lawnya Vawnya Festival in St. John's, sharing the stage with modern Canadian Folk icon Jennifer Castle, and is currently touring in support of Country Hymns, while steadily crafting its follow-up release.   SHORT BIO   Peter Willie Youngtree has done over 40 performances during three tours in Canada since September 2015. His debut album 'Country Hymns' (released Sept. 24, 2015) has made Top 10 and Top 30 lists on Earshot! Campus and Community Radio charts was eight times, was long-listed for the Borealis Music Prize, and was called one of the best Newfoundland albums of the year by Overcast Magazine. Since then, he has released two b-side singles from the album: "Cornfields" and "Light Years." His May 2016 performance at Lawnya Vawnya festival, sharing the stage with modern Canadian folk icon Jennifer Castle, was reviewed by Exclaim! magazine, describing his "vividly written songs that recall classic Country-Rock figures like Gram Parsons." Together with his band "The Blooms," Peter Willie Youngtree is beginning to make waves in the local and Canadian music scene. He is currently doing his third tour of Eastern Canada and crafting his sophomore release.   PRESS HIGHLIGHTS http://exclaim.ca/music/article/peter_willie_youngtree_and_the_blooms-the_rocket_room_st_johns_nl_may_5   http://theovercast.ca/country-hymns-might-crown-peter-willie-youngtree-as-nls-new-king-of-country/   http://theovercast.ca/the-overcasts-2015-borealis-music-prize-longlist/   http://folkrootsradio.com/events_shows/peter-willie-youngtree-the-interview   http://exclaim.ca/music/article/downtown_music_crawl_with_peter_willie_youngtree_ginger_snaps_jon_mckiel_susie_asado_painful_shivers-various_venues_st_johns_nl_april_26   ADDITIONAL INFO   FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/peterwillieyoungtree YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/pwyoungtree WEBSITE: http://www.pwyoungtree.com/

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With an alt-country feel and a penchant for haunting harmonies, Pilot to Bombardier writes and performs songs that are both “suave and sophisticated.” (Salty Ink) Influenced by such music greats as Ryan Adams, Gram Parsons and Jason Molina, Pilot to Bombardier’s songs speak to the heart of the listener.  With insightful musical observations on love and loss, explorations into our sense of place and our understanding of self, they are armed with music to captivate their audience.

Quote The Raven

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  Quote the Raven, consisting of Jordan Coaker and Kirsten Rodden-Clarke, is a 60's inspired folk/pop duo, with beautifully haunting harmonies and infectious melodies. Drawing influence from a vast range of musicians including The Civil Wars, The Mamas and the Papas, The Fortunate Ones, and many other vocally driven groups, the duo uses their perfectly blended vocals to perform both unique covers of classic songs as well as their own catchy originals.

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_I9A9819Rachel Cousins has been singing since the tender age of two and at five she told her parents she wanted to be a singer and actress for the rest of her life. Ten year later, she has performed alongside Serena Ryder in St. John’s, acted in a Newfoundland tourism national television campaign, performed in front of full houses at Hugh’s Room and the Hard Rock Café in Toronto and performed two slots on Radio ECMA in Sydney, NS in April 2016. She recently released a three-song demo and continues to perform in and around St. John’s while working on material for her first recording.

Rafiki

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Rafiki-_ROBOTRafiki started making noise back in the glorious summer of 2015. Between cold swims, hikes up Fort Amherst and beach fires in Torbay; this is how Rafiki managed to find each other in the small coastal city of St.John's, NL, with the singular mission of making people dance. It was a tall and important task, but we knew that with the right kick drum, catchy bass line and harmonizing guitar riff, anything is possible! Matthew and Jordan Shears (brothers from the north) got to writing the most danceable songs they could make come out of a bass and guitar. There was one rule: if it doesn't make you move, IT'S OUT! Luckily, guitar whiz and GF-W celeb Stephen Finn could appreciate the serious lack of "get you on your feet" live indie downtown, and started crafting a huge, harmonious tone that would take Rafiki straight to the tingly part of your ear holes. Here was the problem: a band who needed the kind of rhythm to make you shake was without a drummer. That was until a young Irish chap by the name of Jack Bishop appeared on the shore, and was on the lookout for a group that would rock, pop, and “four on the floor” fast enough to keep up with him. It was a match of indie rock legend. Before long, Rafiki was being asked to take their songs to the stage. Show after show, more and more people couldn't help but move to those catchy beats. A month residency at the Levee, headlining shows around town, a top finalist in the 2016 BOTB, taking home DanceNL’s “Most danceable song of 2016” award for their single “Rivers”; everything seemed to be sliding into place for Rafiki! The next logical step was to get those songs into homes and hearts everywhere. The people needed to dance, so Rafiki needed an album! We enlisted the help of one of Rafiki's favourite downtown staples, the multi-talented Georgie Newman. With a couple of demos on tape, Rafiki is now ready and excited to meet you all and make the absolute best debut album we can muster! Now please, enjoy one of our singles, come join us for a show, and feel free to say hello between your toe taps. We can't wait to see you out there!

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This St. John's, NL four-piece has been doggedly fighting to carve a place for themselves in the music world for the last few years. Initially started by Warren, Repartee became fully formed in 2012 with the additions of Robbie Brett (guitars), Nick Coultas-Clarke (drums) and Josh Banfield (keys). Having criss-crossed Canada multiple times in recent years, Repartee have shared stages with the likes of Tegan And Sara, Lights, Dragonette and Mother Mother and the band's efforts haven't gone unnoticed. In 2012, they won five MusicNL Awards and in 2013 they were nominated for an ECMA for Rising Star. Painstakingly crafted through multiple recording sessions in 2015-16, Repartee worked with a number of notable producers to create All Lit Up, the band's debut Sleepless Records album. Adam King (Jill Barber, Good Lovelies) worked on "All Lit Up" and "Carelessly, Carelessly" at Canterbury studios, Matt DeMatteo (Hey Rosetta!, Danko Jones, Hawksley Workman) helmed four tracks — "Die B4 U," "Electric Every Day," "Nice Girls" and "Fall Apart" — at Graduate Studies, Alex Bonenfant and Howard Redekopp (Tegan And Sara, New Pornographers) did "Miracle" at Dreamhouse, and Young Wolf Hatchlings (Fall Out Boy, Thomas D'Arcy) worked on "Dukes," also at Dreamhouse. The fighting spirit displayed on "Dukes" and throughout All Lit Up is no accident. Shining a light to combat the darkness is very much a theme that runs through the record. "'All Lit Up” is about basically being there for somebody when they’re going through a hard time," says Warren. "There was a specific catalyst. I basically wrote it about my partner. There’s a line in the song, 'like a beacon I'll be all lit up, you can follow me out of the dark.' So there's definitely a visual connotation of lightness and darkness."  

Rozalind MacPhail

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  A classically trained flutist, Rozalind MacPhail fled the boundaries of classical music to create unique fabrics of sound, blending flute, voice, omnichord and electronics, and has created music for film and live performance as well as releasing several albums of original work. Uniquely placed in the St. John’s music scene, she explores new ways to combine image and sound, in works that speak honestly of place, person and the human experience. HEAD FIRST, MacPhail’s collaborative audio-visual project was nominated for an ECMA and a MusicNL Award. She recently collaborated with celebrated Canadian director, Ingrid Veninger, improvising a live score of original music for her award-winning feature film, HE HATED PIGEONS which has screened at film festivals worldwide. MacPhail’s  audio-visual project, FROM THE RIVER TO THE OCEAN premieres at Gros Morne Summer Music this summer.     FACEBOOK:https://www.facebook.com/rozalindmacphail YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/mysteryflutegirl WEBSITE: http://www.rozalindmacphail.com/

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Rum Ragged is a folk band based in St. John's, Newfoundland whose spirited performances have captivated audiences across the island. The members of Rum Ragged draw on their collective influences from life in rural Newfoundland to create a dynamic rendering of the province's music; infusing traditional songs and more contemporary local compositions with energetic jigs and reels to create a sound all their own

Rum Ragged

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BIO Rum Ragged is a folk band based in St. John's, NL that infuses elements of traditional Newfoundland tunes and songs to make it their own. Members Mark Manning and Aaron Collis draw on their collective influences from growing up in rural communities across the province. While Rum Ragged is only just emerging as a group, Aaron and Mark have been heavily involved in the Newfoundland music scene for the past decade- performing either independently or with other groups.   On lead vocals and guitar, Mark Manning has been performing around the province for the better part of a decade. He has made his mark on the St. John's scene with his unique take on folk and traditional songs. Mark has had the opportunity to perform his music not only across the province, but also at the Irish Connection Festival in South East Ireland and Disney Music Days in Florida, USA.   Multi-instrumentalist Aaron Collis has been performing around the world for the past 7 years with The Dardanelles, traveling across Canada and as far afield as Scotland, the United States, and Australia. Aaron is a sought after session musician and has recorded and performed with numerous Newfoundland acts, including The Irish Descendants, The Once, Amelia Curran, The Ennis Sisters, Kim Stockwood and Alan Doyle.        In their short time performing together, Rum Ragged has excited and captivated audiences all across Newfoundland. The have performed at The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, The Brimstone Head Festival, George Street Festival, and Roots Rants and Roars- just to name a few. This band is not to be missed.   SHORT BIO   Rum Ragged is a folk band based in St. John's, Newfoundland whose spirited performances have captivated audiences across the island. The members of Rum Ragged draw on their collective influences from life in rural Newfoundland to create a dynamic rendering of the province's music; infusing traditional songs and more contemporary local compositions with energetic jigs and reels to create a sound all their own.      ADDITIONAL DETAILS   Performed at NL Folk Festival, Brimstone Head Festival (Fogo), George Street Festival, Roots Rants and Roars (Bonavista).   Album/single details (where was it recorded? when? etc.): Recorded at The Sound Solution, St. John's, NL between January and May 2016. Produced, Recorded and Mixed by Billy Sutton Mastered by Jason Whelan   Songwriter Information: Barque in the Harbour (Trad.) St. John's Train (David Francey) Father's Ship ( Trad.) Ghost in the Fog (Bob Porter) Salt in His Veins (Gerard Hamilton) A Dose of White Owls (Trad.) The White Hare/Float the Ice (Aaron Collis) Save Your Money (Trad.) Living in Alberta (Dave Gunning) Gay Roving Young Fellow (Trad.) All Through the Beer (Trad/Aaron Collis/Mark Manning)   Management/Publicity/Booking/Label support, etc: Kilbride Music   FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/RumRagged WEBSITE: http://www.rumragged.com/ YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDRWO08RC7oXjN2Zi1HhCBg  

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Living in Greens Harbour Newfoundland, you learn a thing or two about beauty and hardship. A million miles from anywhere, Greens Harbour is a hidden gem, perched on the edge of the earth. As a ships officer, hard work is something Scott takes pride in. He spends half his year on the ocean travelling from country to country. While on the ocean, he spends his evenings playing music with his shipmates and composing songs. Scott’s narrative-driven writing cuts through the soul, blending blues, rock and country encompassed in total honesty. Scott Gilbert is a storyteller. He takes listeners on a journey though his life around the world from Newfoundland to Scotland to South Africa. His songs range from quiet and haunting, to edge biting rock. Recorded in Rock Island Studios in Greens Harbour Savage Mugup is a journey of love, loss and freedom. Take a listen. Scott’s intimate soulful songs are captivating.

Second Stage Creative

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BIO   Dan Rubin is a prolific Canadian composer, songwriter and recording artist who moved to Newfoundland in 2003.  Before that he toured and performed across Canada and internationally with a series of bands, and released ten albums of original music.   Since arriving he has been active as a performer, manager, publicist, concert promoter and studio producer, while supporting other local artists.    He launched Second Stage Creative Arts Management Services more than ten years ago, with funding from the provincial and federal governments.   The concert series that he organized and sponsored at the Gower St. United Church featured a wide range of local folk performers as well as visiting international artists.   He has produced albums for Ed Kavanagh, John Cossar, Ariel Rubin, Tanglecove, Atlantic Union and other groups, while working closely with the staff of Record Time Productions.   He has also used his experience in the studio to master albums for local artists.   As a publicist, promoter and supporter of local music he has written articles for Canadian Composer and Songlines Magazine, obtained funding for albums and organized touring promotion for Amelia Curran, Jill Porter, John Cossar, Jim Dorie as well as funding for a cross-Canada tour in 2015 by Tanglecove.   In 2008 while serving as president of the provincial musicians' association he organized an international conference Our Future in Music to explore how musicians can deal with the transition to digital media.   His record label, Blue Island Records, is one of the few local labels actively releasing traditional and creative acoustic artists.   He has been a showcase host at the East Coast Music Awards and Contact East and has served on music juries for the ECMAs and the NL Arts Council.   He was on the executive board of the Writers Alliance of NL and served as president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Musicians Association for six years, after helping to relaunch that group.   He travelled to Nashville, Tennessee in May as a member of a trade delegation representing Newfoundland and Labrador entertainment artists at a conference linking our province with the Southeast US.   He continues to work to strengthen the local music industry while supporting a wide wide range of acoustic artists.  He believes that reaching untapped international markets should be a primary goal for local musicians.   SHORT BIO   Dan Rubin is an arts manager, performer, composer and songwriter who has been active in Newfoundland and Labrador for the past ten years as a manager, publicist, concert promoter and studio producer.    He has become concerned about the ways in which local artists are not accessing the revenue streams to which they are entitled.  As a result he has organized workshops, meetings, a new website for the musicians' association and convened an international conference to focus attention on this.   He has directly advised and assisted local performers to help develop their careers and build audiences for their music, both locally and internationally.   After organizing and presenting an acoustic concert series in St. John's he has worked as a publicist, promoter and tour organizer for Amelia Curran, Jill Porter, Mopaya, Tanglecove and other artists.   He recently returned from a visit to Nashville where he represented more than a dozen local performers at a trade conference connecting Canadian provinces with the Southeast United States.      PRESS HIGHLIGHTS   http://www.thetelegram.com/Living/2008-08-18/article-1455949/Music-conference-dissects-live-performances-future/1   http://www.thetelegram.com/Living/2010-08-10/article-1664181/Introducing-the-musicians-association/1   http://www.signalblog.ca/?p=8125   https://wreckhouse.wordpress.com/2010/06/25/sweet-music-to-my-ears-music-organization-representatives-talk-all-about-musicians’-rights-and-royalties/   http://www.homeroutes.ca/artists/dave-panting-dan-rubin-tanglecove/   http://www.atlanticunion.net/telegramjuly05/telegram.html   http://www.cbc.ca/onthego/episodes/2013/09/20/tangle-cove/   ttps://plus.google.com/112471648293472885359/posts/Jpp1pkSqf7J WEBSITE: http://www.blueislandrecords.com/

Sound Solution

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BIO Jason has been operating the Sound Solution now since 1995. A recording studio and mastering facility, Jason has been involved in nearly 50 cd projects, and has mastered well over 50 releases, including works from Ennis, Shanneyganock, The Once, Sean McCann, The Dardanelles, Matthew Byrne, Rum Ragged, The Freels, Aaaron Collis and Emilia Bartellas, and many others. Jason has worked in various capacities, as arranger and producer, as technician, or as audio mastering expertise on many well known local releases, including ECMA and MusicNL nominees and winners. The studio is a comfortable place to work, near many amenities,  and is  constantly updated by  re-investment in technology and equipment. The Sound Solution has garnered a fine reputation with top artists, with most returning for multiple projects; this network of the best studio musicians and technical talent is without equal in the province. A quick look at many local releases will likely show the Sound Solutions involvement.   Jason, has been performing locally and has toured internationally since 1991 and has played with an extensive list of local acts, as well as releasing two solo CD's (2003's Blur and 2016's Connection). Often called on in diverse roles such as producer, technician or session musician, Jason can take on many roles. He has an extensive network of industry contacts and can facilitate complicated projects through experience and co-operation with others in the local music industry. Jason's reputation is well regarded among his peers and the local music industry in general, and is seen as a professional, competent and talented industry professional now for over 20 years.   SHORT BIO   The Sound Solution is a recording and mastering facility operated by Jason Whelan in St John's for over 20 years. It has been involved in many, if not the majority of, top local releases for many years. The client list is extensive and growing. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/The-Sound-Solution-76196547894/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel WEBSITE: http://www.jasonwhelan.com/

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Stephen Green was born and raised in Head of Bay d’Espoir, NL. He graduated with a BA Music from Acadia University in 2006 and has since established himself as a prominent entertainer, producer and singer/songwriter in St. John’s. Stephen’s reach can be felt beyond performance, also co-writing with local writers including MusicNL Award Winner Chris Kirby, Nashville veteran Peter Daniel Newman, Juno nominee Kellie Loder, and Everglow frontman Jonathan Pike, to name a few.  Stephen is also a member of the recently formed band Fairgale, which in 2015 saw major coverage and an opening slot for Trooper at the 2015 George Street Festival.  Stephen's debut solo album "Thirty" was released in late Fall 2015.

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BIO   With over 20 years experience in the music industry, mostly in cover bands both here in Newfoundland and in Alberta. I have always had the dream of recording a full length country album.  After many failed attempts I have finally released a 6 song EP titled "Make You Believe" where the lead single " Far From Where You Are" which was released on March 30th to coincide with the CBC Searchlight competition made it to the top 10 in Newfoundland. I will be going back into the studio in the fall to continue to work on the full album, we have lots of material to choose from and we continue to write more as we go.  Some of these songs were written many years ago and others were written recently or co-written with Jason Pike and/or Ward Pike. Recorded at Comfort Cove Studios Inc. here in St. John's over the past year this EP is only a taste of what we have to come.      SHORT BIO   With over 20 years experience in the music industry, mostly in cover bands both here in Newfoundland and in Alberta. I have always had the dream of recording a full length country album.  After many failed attempts I have finally released a 6 song EP titled "Make You Believe" where the lead single " Far From Where You Are" which was released on March 30th to coincide with the CBC Searchlight competition made it to the top 10 in Newfoundland. I will be going back into the studio in the fall to continue to work on the full album, we have lots of material to choose from and we continue to write more as we go.  Some of these songs were written many years ago and others were written recently or co-written with Jason Pike and/or Ward Pike. Recorded at Comfort Cove Studios Inc. here in St. John's over the past year this EP is only a taste of what we have to come.      ADDITIONAL DETAILS   2016 CBC Searchlight competition regional finalist.   Top 25 in the Rising Country Star Competition in 2005 hosted at Cook County Saloon in Edmonton.   Album/single details (where was it recorded? when? etc.): Titled " Make You Believe" this 6 song EP is just a taste of what we have to come in the future. Should have been named 20 years in the making because that's how long I have been waiting to finally release something. Recorded over the past year at Comfort Cove Studios Inc. here in St. John's. With the lead single "Far From Where You Are" being released on 03/30/2016.   Songwriter Information: Track 1 "Far From Where You Are" Stephen B Lawrence/Jason Pike/R Ward Pike Track 2 "Make You Believe" Stephen B Lawrence/R Ward Pike Track 3 "Gone" Stephen B Lawrence/R Ward Pike Track 4 "Didn't Know" Stephen B Lawrence/R Ward Pike Track 5 "Breathe Again" Stephen B Lawrence/Jason Pike/R Ward Pike Track 6 "Learn to Love Again" Stephen B Lawrence/Jason Pike/R Ward Pike   Management/Publicity/Booking/Label support, etc: Stephen B Lawrence 354A Dogberry Hill Rd St. Philips, NL A1M1C6 (709) 764-1998   FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/StephenBLawrence/  

Tara Thompson

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  Tara Thompson is a freelance graphic designer living in St. John's. At 12 years old she taught herself the very basics of Photoshop so that she could have cool graphics on her MySpace page. Only a few months later, Tara had her first poster publicly displayed at a summer festival that her favorite band was headlining. After trying to the academic side of schooling Tara realized it just wasn’t for her so in 2010 she decided to take her hobby seriously and applied for the Graphic Design program at College of the North Atlantic. She now have over 6 years experience workings as a freelance designer on many different projects. Tara has done work for RocketRocketShip, London Above, East Coast Music Association and RBC and the new local music magazine, Rock Island. While many of her clients are in the music industry she has also worked for non profit groups and clothing companies. Outside of the design world, Tara is a writer for Canadian Beats, a blog focused on spreading the word about Canadian music.  

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New to the streets, The Analog Age have quickly become a frequent and buzzed about musical act in the St. John's music scene. Just six short months since their debut, they have already participated and performed in numerous shows with names like Allan Doyle and Matt Mays. The band has recorded a five track EP, and have begun to gear up for their first tour in the coming fall of 2016. Their charisma, talent and passion displayed during each performance has quickly built this power trio momentum with absolutely no signs of slowing down.

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Kubasonics_Photo_2The Kubasonics are arguably Newdoundland's finest Ukrainian band. This ever-evolving group boldly goes where others fear to tread. Their repertoire takes listeners on a wild ride from exotic folk to garage band rock, from country twang to funk and from punk/ska to good old barn-burning polkas. Their trademark sound combines top-flight musicianship spiced with quirky humour, a dizzying array of exotic traditional instruments, and their eclectic high-energy stage show has something to please all tastes. Before relocating to St John's, The Kubasonics enjoyed many great successes. They’ve produced four CDs featuring their unique mix of traditional and original music that has been broadcast on four continents, and the group’s music has been featured on television, in films and on a number of prestigious compilations. They’ve performed in concerts and Festivals across North America and Ukraine, have collaborated with other performers and ensembles in a variety of exciting projects and have received awards for their innovations in traditional music.

The Monday Nights

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Their debut cd became the sound track for the streetscapes of St. John's, Newfoundland. Every track without exception featured on the wildly successful CBC program Republic of Doyle; which wrapped after 6 seasons, and is syndicated in US markets. The Monday Nights were the fusion of film, theatre, composition and cavalierism. Five musicians who had been in the music scene and trying to escape it for two decades. In the corners of The Ship Pub they became new again. The rhythm section is Mark Neary and Elliot Dicks from The Novaks, keys is Grant King; Brad Power on guitars. Front man Mahoney is the primary songwriter; penning music for a new CBC doc "Ice, Seals and Men" and producing for the film "We Were Wolves" which debuted at TIFF this year. Tours in Dubai, ON and NL, slots with The Sadies and The Wallflowers have peppered their year. Nothing makes us ache like a Monday Night in St. John's.  

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ToddTodd Scott is a singer, songwriter, and musician originally from CBS, Newfoundland, currently showcasing his musical talents on the St. John's music scene. Performing and writing music since the early age of sixteen, Todd's musical style combines qualities of rock, pop, folk, and even country. Todd regularly performs solo shows and as frontman in the band, "The Sleveens," at countless venues, special events, and music festivals across Newfoundland. In April 2015, Todd released his debut full-length studio album; a culmination of his nearly 20 years experience as a working musician, the independently released "Define" features nine of Todd's original tracks.

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A traditional “folk music” duo based out of Conception Bay South consisting of Brett Vey from Sunnyside, NL and Corey Reynolds from Caplin Cove. They seek great songs linking to their own culture and of the traditions that surround them. They offer insightful dialogue with their songs, sprinkled with energy and humor. They can cater to many audiences ranging from children to seniors. Brett Vey, (B.mus) is a multi­instrumentalist who is very accomplished on Guitar, Violin and Piano with talents ranging from composer, recording engineer, teacher and performer. He has performed with many high­profile acts in the province and is known for his co­composition of The Musical “The Black Headed Seagull”. Brett along with his wife Crystal owns The MusicBox which is a music school and recording studio in CBS. From his beard to his bodhran, Corey Reynolds is an Irishman at heart. Originally from Caplin Cove, Corey is a talented singer/songwriter & tin whistle, bodhran and guitar player. Corey is also currently a member of a three­piece Irish/Traditional group known as The Craic.
Warren Gordon

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Warren Gordon is a radio host, blogger and writer. Formerly the host of long-standing program "The Party" on CHMR-FM, Warren has been working closely with media outlets The Muse, Rock Island Magazine and The Telegram while away from home. Warren took the Newfoundland music scene by storm in January 2011 by introducing them to "The Party," a weekly radio show playing host to many local musicians. By showcasing these musicians every week, Warren has helped several artists gain well deserved attention locally, nationally and internationally. Through speciality shows: Songwriter's Circle, The Party Countdown and The Party Awards, Warren has helped boost the confidence of many musicians province wide. Warren continues to work with the local scene in Newfoundland despite being away from home. He will be attending Humber College in Toronto for their radio broadcasting program this fall, and looks to continue to bring Newfoundland music to the attention of the masses. "Having had the pleasure of working with Warren over the past five years, I can gladly say he's one of the most passionate and hard working people in our music community. People like him are the mainstay of the St. John's music scene and his drive and love of music is truly inspiring." - Jon Pike (Everglow) "Warren's radio personality is a great tool for local acts to gain quick recognition and spread their brand. If it wasn't for Warren and The Party my group's reach would have been much shorter. The man is a provincial treasure," - Braeden Pilgrim (Make Mean Everything) "I've discovered lots of great local talent from listening to The Party. By doing The Party, Warren has given these artists awesome exposure to get their music heard," - Ally Farr (long-time listener)  

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Waterfront Fire is a Modern Rock 5-piece. They have shared the stage with bands like Said The Whale, Alvvays and Blue Rodeo; toured Eastern Canada; received a MusicNL award for Alternative Recording of the Year; and were nominated for Group of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. The band has recently represented Atlantic Canada at an International song-writing exchange program in Trinidad & Tobago and showcased at East Coast Music Week. Waterfront Fire continues to grow and captivate audiences with their powerful alternative rock sound and high energy live performances.

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Young Manics are a St. John's NL based Indie/Alternative Rock band formed in 2008 who have been regulars in the St. John’s & Atlantic Canadian music scene ever since. They are three time Music NL award nominees having been nominated in 2013’s Alternative Album of the Year & 2014’s Rising Star and Muisc Video of the Year categories for their debut album Solidarity Songs. The band was named one of Canada’s top 10 independent bands by online music magazine Rokline in 2013.  In Jun 2016 the band released its highly anticipated new album Challenger.  The band is planing its supporting Atlantic Canadian tour and expecting a major breakout in 2016.