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.

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