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.


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.