CBMIC and the CBRM Host an Evening of Diverse, Local, Emerging Talent.


Have you ever sat back and thought, “Hey, I could really go for an evening of Pop, Hip-Hop, Country, Bluegrass, Traditional, Modern Rock, or 60′s/70′s inspired Folk music”?

If the answer is yes, consider yourself in luck.

The Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative (CBMIC) and Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) Recreation present the ‘Discovery Stage’, a concert event set for Friday, April 17th, at the Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay. The event will present some of the best emerging musical talent based in the CBRM, providing a platform for the artists to increase their local profile with staff from CBRM Recreation, CBMIC, and local community organizations in attendance.

The event will consist of a reception in the studio space at 6pm with complimentary snacks, followed by performances in the theatre beginning at 7pm.

Our performers include,

Gillian Head (New Waterford – Celtic/Traditional)
Jofo (Glace Bay – Pop/Hip Hop)
Black and Gray (Membertou – Modern Rock)
Jordan Musycsyn Band (Sydney – Country)
Blair Lucas and the Apple Corps (Sydney – Folk/Rock)
Pretty Archie (Glace Bay/Sydney – Bluegrass/Folk)

Tickets are $10 (service fees included) and are available at Savoy Theatre box office (902 842-1577) and online at http://tickets.capebreton.ca

*Please note: If you are a talent buyer, please email jwcostello@cbrm.ns.ca to arrange for a complimentary ticket.


11 East Coast Music Awards Awarded to Cape Breton Artists during ECMA week 2015.

Congratulations are in order for a number of our hardworking Cape Breton based musicians today. We’re pleased to announce that over one third of the music awards presented at this years East Coast Music Week in St. John’s Newfoundland were given to artists from the island.

Award Winners include,

Angelo Spinazzola & The First Nations Songwriting Sessions-  Children’s Recording of the Year
“First Nations Songwriting Sessions with Angelo Spinazzola Volume 2”

Kirk MacDonald-  Jazz Recording of the Year

Wendy MacIsaac- Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year
“Off the floor”

Còig- Roots/ Traditional Group Recording of the Year

The Town Heroes- Group Recording of the year
“Sunday Movies”

Carleton Stone- Solo Recording of the Year
“Draws Blood”

The Town Heroes- Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year

The Town Heroes- Fan’s Choice Video of the year
“Holdin’ Up Grants”

City Natives- Aboriginal Recording of the Year
“Red City”

Jimmy Rankin- Country Recording of the Year
“Back Road Paradise”

Local producer, Mike “Sheppy” Shepherd, also took home an Industry Award for Studio Engineer of the Year.

We’re pleased to announce that our Cape Breton Embassy Showcase at St. John’s MartiniBar was a major success. We’d like to thank all of the performers, (Jordan Musycsyn, Dave Sampson, Port Cities, Còig, and the Town Heros) for their exceptional professionalism, and for the wonderful evening of music.

Many thanks also go out to the East Coast Music Association, Music NL, Music Nova Scotia, Music PEI, Music/Musique NB, all of the performers, venues, volunteers, techs, music enthusiasts, and of course the great city of St. John’s, NL. See you next year in Cape Breton for East Coast Music Week 2016, April 13-17.


Cape Breton International Music Export Program accepting application for East Coast Music Week 2015

Applications are now open for travel assistance to the East Coast Music Week Awards and Conference to be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland 8th-12th April, 2015.

Applicants should be focused on developing new markets internationally and taking part in ECMA’s Export Buyers Program or other export focused initiatives.

Please review the program guidelines and phone CBMIC’s Operations Manager, Albert Lionais (902.549.2221), to discuss your project before applying.

For artists looking to confirm funding before ECMAs, please submit your application by 31 March, 2015. Applications can be made online by clicking here.


Ice Breaker – A Fundraising Concert

2015 Fundraiser PRINT


(Sydney, NS) It’s been a long, cold, frosty winter, but on Saturday, March 21, the Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative (CBMIC) is set to break the ice and welcome spring with a fundraising concert featuring some of the best emerging artists to come out of Cape Breton in a generation. Sponsored by Protocase, Membertou Trade & Convention Centre, Vibe Creative Group, NovaStream, and the Cape Breton Post, CBMIC’s Ice Breaker will include a special celebration for Cape Breton artists nominated for East Coast Music Awards this year.

A not-for-profit organization developed to grow and support Cape Breton’s music industry, CBMIC realizes that the music industry in Cape Breton is a sustainable one. Fundraisers like Ice Breaker go a long way toward CBMIC realizing its vision, not only by raising the money it needs to help keep operating, but also by supporting Cape Breton talent, whether through its very successful Cape Breton Music Export Programs, showcasing Cape Breton artists at festivals and events like Showcase Scotland during Celtic Connections in Glasgow and the annual East Coast Music Awards, or presenting Cape Breton artists to Cape Breton audiences with events like Ice Breaker.

“CBMIC has taken a leading role in the development of the music industry within Cape Breton since its inception in 2008,” says Chairperson Jennifer Currie. “We’ve been able to put well in excess of $500,000 into the local industry here in the past 5-years and we’ve done it on a shoestring budget.  Our fundraisers help us to continue to operate the organization and offer programming vital to the success and development of our talent here in Cape Breton.”

CBMIC puts its money where its mouth is, so to speak, by being active in the industry.

“We believe that fundraisers can be mutually beneficial for both our organization and those supporting the industry by purchasing tickets,” Currie continues. “You certainly won’t be disappointed by the line-up for this show that features some well-established, international touring acts like Sprag Session and the Beaton Sisters Band and hot new acts like Port Cities and the Jordan Musycsyn Band.”

Since coming together as Sprag Session three years ago—Jason Roach (piano), Darren McMullen (mandolin, guitar, banjo), Colin Grant (fiddle), Merlin Clarke (drums) and Donnie Calabrese (bass)—have shed the persona of the Colin Grant Band to take the Celtic/traditional music world by storm with performances at major festivals in Europe, the UK, and North America, a critically acclaimed and hugely popular recording, and a sound, according to Tim Readman of Penguin Eggs magazine, “…that loses none of its traditional power as it is blended with very funky contemporary rhythms.” Joella Foulds, Executive Director of the Celtic Colours International Festival echoes this assessment saying Sprag Session is “…the whole package: superb musicianship, excellent compositions, unique arrangements; a band that exudes energy and virtuosity, a stage presence that connects with their audience.”

For Dawn and Margie Beaton, traditional music has been a huge component of their lives from day one. Growing up in Mabou with a musical heritage of fiddlers, dancers and singers, it was natural to learn both step dancing and the violin at an early age. Within the last few years, The Beaton Sisters, with band-mates Jason Roach on piano and Kenneth MacKenzie on pipes and fiddle, have traveled to Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales, France, Central Canada and the United States to perform at festivals like Celtic Connections and Fesitval-Interceltique in Lorient, France. Dawn and Margie also received an East Coast Music Award for Roots/Traditional Group/Duo of the year for their first recording, Taste of Gaelic.

Stellar songs, dynamic vocals, and superior musicianship mark the emergence of Port Cities. An exciting new group from Cape Breton, Port Cities brings together the award-winning talents of Carleton Stone, Breagh Mackinnon, and Dylan Guthro. The trio began writing together when they met at the Gordie Sampson Songcamp and developed a strong friendship and ongoing collaboration as they each released and toured solo albums. Making music reminiscent of the best of The Civil Wars, Fleetwood Mac and Crosby Stills Nash, Port Cities promises a rootsy pop sound with an emphasis on powerful harmonies, outstanding songs, and an engaging camaraderie onstage and off. The band is currently working with mentor and friend Gordie Sampson (Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rhymes, Rascal Flatts), writing and recording for their debut release, anticipated for release later this year.

Jordan Musycsyn is a classic songwriter and his band—Mike LeLievre (bass), Glen Bourgeois (keyboards), Jordan Bruleigh (drums), P.J. Confiant (guitar)—creates just the right country-folk fusion to take his songs to the next level. These musicians met through countless run-ins on the local music scene and decided to work together towards a common goal of good music, resulting in their debut album The Pitch, which has drawn wide-spread praise. A masterful storyteller, Musycsyn writes songs about life and love with pathos and humour. Drawing on his own life experience, Musycsyn has the ability to take his audience from laughter to tears and back again.

Don’t miss Ice Breaker, Saturday, March 21, at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre. Doors open at7pm, showtime at 8pm. Tickets are $22 (fees included) and are available at the Membertou Box Office 902-539-2300 and online at membertoutcc.com. For more information on CBMIC visit cbmic.ca.


Special General Meeting Scheduled for December 9th

On 09 December 2014, the Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative will hold a special general meeting. All existing and new members are welcome.

The meeting will take place at the New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation (Former Holy Angels Convent) in the Chapel at 7:30 PM. Light refreshments will be served.

Please come share your thoughts on how the Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative can better serve your needs and the community.


CBMIC Announces Export Program for 2014-15

Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative to Administer Music Export Fund

 The Cape Breton Music Industry Co-operative (CBMIC) is pleased to again offer the Cape Breton International Music Export Fund.  This fund will benefit Cape Breton based musicians by providing financial support to artists who are pursing career opportunities internationally.

 ”Our organization is delighted to be able to offer this program again. With the help of the International Music Export Program, Cape Breton artists and groups are succeeding in growing new international markets and seeking out new export opportunities. In fact in our most recent program, which finished up last fiscal year, we saw nearly a 300% rise in successful applications over the previous year with thirteen new applicants to the program”

Jennifer Currie, CBMIC Board Chair

 The total cost of this project is $82,500 and Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation (ECBC) has provided an investment of $61,500.  The Cape Breton Music Export Program will provide up to 65% of the total project budget up to a maximum of $7500.

There is no deadline for applications and projects will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis until all funds have been exhausted. All applications for funding will be assessed by a jury of music industry professionals as appointed by CBMIC’s board of directors.

For more information, please contact CBMIC by phoning 549-2221 or by emailing albert.lionais@gmail.com .

CBMIC is a local industry association mandated to further develop the music industry in Cape Breton.  Its goal is to bridge the gap between local musicians and the music industry as a whole.  CBMIC want to assure this industry continues to strengthen and grow within Cape Breton and more importantly, expand on a national and international scale.


Program Guidelines for 2014-15

Application Form

Budget Template

Final Activity Report – IBD Survey



Congratulations ECMA Nominees!

For the third year The Cape Breton Post and The Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative (CBMIC) wish to honour the Cape Breton nominees for East Coast Music Awards.  This year the celebratory event will be held at The Old Triangle in Sydney on Thursday, March 27.

The festivities will kick off with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments at a private reception for nominees and their guests from 5 pm until 6 pm in The Snug, the private area just off the Triangle’s main dining area. Local dignitaries and the media will be invited to help us salute your well-deserved nominations.

The public will be invited to join in the celebrations at 6 pm. At sometime before 7 pm, from the stage in the main room, the nominees will be introduced. This formal part of the event will be short and sweet: nominees will be asked to come forward to be acknowledged by the audience but will not be required to speak.

We sincerely hope your busy schedules will allow you to attend. We are very proud of your nominations and look forward to joining with the public in saluting you and your talent.

Stephen MacDonald  (Event Coordinator)


Anita DeLazzer, The Cape Breton Post

Jennifer Currie, CBMIC

Albert Lionais, CBMIC







Jimmy Rankin

Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year

The Barra MacNeils

Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year

Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year

The Tom Fun Orchestra

Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year

Rock Recording of the Year

The Town Heroes

Rising Star Recording of the Year

Fan’s Choice Video of the Year

Rock Recording of the Year

Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac

Group Recording of the Year

Jamie Foulds

Producer of the Year

Studio Engineer of the Year

Michael “Sheppy” Shepherd

Producer of the Year

Studio Engineer of the Year

Nicole LeBlanc

Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year

Chrissy Crowley

Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year

Maxim Cormier

Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year

Rachel Davis

Rising Star Recording of the Year

Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year

Dan Doiron

Blues Recording of the Year

Keith Mullins

Children’s Recording of the Year

Scientists of Sound


Electronic Recording of the Year


Celtic Colours

Event of the Year

Stephen “Snickers” Smith

Live Sound Engineer of the Year

GroundSwell Music/Ian McKinnon

Management/Manager of the Year

The Coast 89.7

Media Outlet of the Year

Lakewind Sound Studios

Studio of the Year

Soundpark Studios

Studio of the Year




Jay Smith

Musician’s Achievement Award

Flo Sampson

Stompin’ Tom Award

Rita MacNeil

Directors’ Special Achievement Award