CBRM announces Canada Day Concert Series

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality has announced a stunning Canada Day line up spanning over several communities in within the municipality. All shows are free-to-the-public and offer a wide array of activities for children, seniors and anyone in between.

Below is a list of when and where you can catch some of the islands best musical entertainment this Canada Day.

Whitney Peir 9:00am- 12:00pm 
Neville Park, Jamieson Street
DJ Jimmy M.

New Waterford 12:00pm-4:00pm
Coillery Lands Park, Ellsworth Avenue
Razzmatazz for kids
Rock it
Tony McQuaid and the Yeti
The Pub Boys

Glace Bay 12:00pm- 3:00pm 
Queen Elizabeth Field, York Street 
Jordan Musycsyn Band
Full Circle

Westmount 1:00pm- 4:30pm
Peters Field Park, Westmount Road
The privateers
Other acts TBA

Dominion 1:00pm- 5:00pm 
Hawks Field, Beech Street
Razzmatazz for kids
Broken Road
Highway 125

Louisbourg 2:00pm- 5:00pm 
S&L railway museum, main street 
Kintyre Lite

North Sydney 4:30pm- 1:00am 
Emera Center Parking Lot, King Street 
Port Cities
Kyle Mischiek
John Campllejohn live
Dinky Cameron
Andrew Doyle
Alter Ago

Sydney 6:00pm- 10:00pm
Sydney Ports, Esplanade
The Barra MacNeils
Jordan Musycsyn Band
Razzmatazz for kids




MusicNS Export Development Program Application Deadline June 15th.


Non-repayable grants are available for export ready and emerging Nova Scotian musicians with up to $75,000.00 available for marketing, travel and tour support, up to $5,000.00 available for international showcases, and up to $2,500.00 available for showcase support.

Eligible Projects are, but not limited to:

  • Travel to a Music Nova Scotia recognized event or conference as a showcasing artist/band or delegate
  • Tours or promotional appearances outside of Nova Scotia
  • Marketing projects, including marketing a tour, an album, viral videos or websites
  • Client-driven market research
  • Travel for musicians and industry professionals to Nova Scotia for business and collaborations with Nova Scotian artists or industry professional

If you’re not yet ready to apply for the export program, keep in mind that the next application for funding deadline is September 15th, 2015.

Anyone interested is encouraged to visit the link below to review the Export Program Guidelines, and to contact  Music Nova Scotia with any questions regarding the Export Development Program.



4th Annual Soundpark Songwriting Master Class Announced

For the fourth year in a row ECMA winning music producer/ recording engineer Jamie Foulds, of Soundpark Studio, is hosting a weekend-long songwriting master class.

This years featured songwriter is Cape Breton Songwriting powerhouse, Keith Mullins. Mullins is a multi-award winning artist who is well known throughout Canada and the world for his high quality musicianship. Having written with artists such as Lennie Gallant, Gordie Sampson, Matt Anderson and more, Mullins’ is sure to provide an incredible learning experience for any aspiring songwriter.

The weekend will also focus on demo production with award winning sound engineer, Jamie Foulds. With over 20 years in the music industry Foulds has produced and/ or engineered recordings for many of Cape Bretons most well known artists, including Rita McNeil, J.P. Cormier, Bruce Guthro, The Rankin Family and countless others. Master class participants will get first hand experience working with a professional sound engineer and will record demos of the songs written on day one with Mullins and fellow participants.

The master class will take place on June 19th and 20th from 12:00pm to 8pm. Registration is currently open, and with only 20 spots available for the weekend any individual interested in participating is encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Follow the link below to sign up for this excellent weekend!



CBMIC Announces Annual General Meeting and Call for Nominations

The Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative will host its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, July 28th at 7:00 PM. The meeting will take place in the New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation’s Lounge which is located at 37 Nepean Street in Sydney, Cape Breton. New and existing members are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

For those interested in taking an active role in the governance of CBMIC, nominations are now open.  Please email info@cbmic.ca with NOMINATIONS as the subject line. Be sure to include a short bio, photo and a brief paragraph on why you would be an asset to the Cooperative’s Board of Directors.  You will receive an email back confirming receipt of your nomination.


Deadline for Casino NS Artist in Residency Program Fast Approaching

Attention musicians!

For the second year in a row, Casino Nova Scotia is prepared to select one lucky emerging musician or group to receive financial and professional support through performance opportunities with both MusicNS and Casino Nova Scotia. The application process is very straight foreword and we highly encourage any and all emerging artists from Cape Breton and the rest of Nova Scotia to apply online through

The evaluation process includes review of online application, demos, interviews with selected applicants, and concludes with a final performance in the Casino Nova Scotia Schooner Room on Friday, June 12th. The successful applicant will receive $20,000.00 in funding, along with exciting industry performance opportunities, including Nova Scotia Music Week.

Get your demo’s ready!


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.