2020 Panelists

Adam ForanTo top

Adam Foran has been scoring television shows (Soccer Shrines, Save My Pet, etc..) advertisements (Johnson Insurance, NOIA, NL Tourism, Oceans Ltd, etc..) and short films (Ten Days, Buoyancy, Infanticide, etc..) for over a decade.  His out recent work has "Incredible Violence” has been getting attention from the local film industry, and is now set for export. On May 13, 2018 the film was screened at the Cannes Marché des Films in France for a select group of international buyers.

Allistair ElliotTo top

As International Representative from Canada, Allistair is the liaison between the AFM’s 25 Canadian Locals, and Federations National Offices in the US and Canada. Much of his time is spent working with local offices for the purposes of training local officers and performing operational compliance reviews. Allistair also represents musicians' interests in government, presently working with the Canadian Government, Transport Canada and canadian airlines toward better conditions for musicians when travelling by air with their instruments as result of Bill C49 The Passanger Bill of Rights.   Allistair continues his passion as a trumpet player and vocalist. His past credits include performances with The Blues Brothers Official Revue, The Drifters, The Temptations, R&B legend, Lou Pride, England's jazz giant, John Dankworth, and The Supremes, just to name a few. He has shared stages with jazz legend Joshua Redman, and Saturday Night Lives’ Lenny Pickett, and rock legends, Honeymoon Suite. He is an award winning musician and composer, working with ESPN soundtracks for World Cup Soccer and Wimbledon Tennis themes, and NFL segments. Allistair is currently working on two new projects to be released early next year.

Amelia CurranTo top

Amelia Curran is a Juno-Award winning singer-songwriter from St. John’s. Curran has self or co-produced eight albums and over a decade of international touring. Her work has been the recipient of 7 Music NL Awards, 3 Canadian Folk Music Awards, 2 East Coast Music Awards, 1 Juno Award, 1 SOCAN Award, and twice on the Polaris Prize List. Curran is the founder of It’s Mental, a grassroots organization that focuses on community solutions for mental healthcare reform in Canada. She also directed the film “Gone” a documentary for CBC television, exploring art and suicide, which has formed the basis of recent speaking engagements in schools and music conferences across Canada. She currently sits as the Honorary Chair for the St. John’s Status of Women Council and Advocacy Advisor to North in Focus - a youth-run organization that leads mental health promotion workshops to decrease suicide in Northern Canadian communities. Curran has gone off-road and is, at this moment, writing something new.

Bill RoachTo top

Bill Roach brings his passion for music that spans generations and his love for quirky everyday oddities to life as host of the popular Maritimes’ show, Weekend Mornings, each Saturday and Sunday on CBC Radio One. Bill also showcases music from across the Atlantic region on the Saturday afternoon performance show, East Coast Music Hour. Prior to this, Bill worked on CBC Radio One’s afternoon show for mainland Nova Scotia, Mainstreet. Growing up all over Cape Breton, Bill developed a keen interest in radio. His passion for classic radio dramas of the '50s took Bill on a path of discovery leading him to find radio greats like Peter Gzowski and Garrison Keillor. After helping build a closet-sized radio station in his high school at the age of 15, Bill landed a gig with CIGO radio in Port Hawkesbury. Bill went on to attend the Radio and Television Arts program at NSCC Kingstec in Kentville and  taught at the School of Journalism at the University of King's College for four years. Bill joined CBC in 2001, first working in Edmonton, then returning to CBC Halifax in 2008. Useless music trivia fills a big space in Bill's head. But it comes in handy for the multi-genre offerings on Weekend Mornings. His music collection contains everything from Rita MacNeil to Metallica – and he has a soft spot for Broadway musicals and fiddle music.

Bob Paterson - Export DelegateTo top

www.bpa-live.com Bob has been a booking agent for nearly 20 years and set up BPA Live in 2005. He books mostly American and Canadian acts in the UK. He co-founded the Americana Music Association in the UK in 2012 and it is this genre he feels most passionate about. He is also an A-rated sponsor licensed to issue Certificates of Sponsorship for musicians touring the UK and is able to issue them for acts not necessarily on his agency roster. He lives in East Anglia with his young family. This will be his first visit to Canada since 2013 and he is looking to expand his Canadian roster.

Chala SpecialeTo top

Chala Speciale is a Social Media Strategist, Brand Specialist (but most importantly, an ARTIST!). She is the Co-Founder of Super Social which is a remote digital creative agency specializing in social media marketing and branding solutions for businesses and individuals all over the world. Chala really understands and connects with artists because she is one herself. She has created a customized social media workshop specifically for musicians and artists who are looking to launch their social presences online, Chala's focus is on helping artists learn to brand themselves by providing them with valuable tools and methods to easily manage and grow their social media presences while being authentic. Chala has taught her workshop at Canada's Music Incubator's Artist Entrepreneur Program as well as their Artist Manager Program and also with TEMPO Educates.

Chris Greencorn - Export DelegateTo top

www.stanfest.com Chris Greencorn is an ethnomusicologist, musician, and emerging music industry professional. After 5 years on staff, 10 years volunteering, and a lifetime of observation, Chris is stepping into the role of Artistic Director at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival. Now in its 23rd year, Stanfest presents dozens of domestic and international artists every July in Canso, Nova Scotia, and is a pillar of the East Coast music scene. The 2019 Stan Rogers Folk Festival takes place July 25-28.

Chris LeDrewTo top

Chris LeDrew started playing pedal steel guitar in 1999 and since that time has played on over 50 east coast albums. As a member of the 8-Track Favourites and other groups, Chris has performed at least 500 shows as a pedal steel guitarist. Chris has played at steel guitar shows in Calgary, Dallas, and St. Louis, and has attended workshops and networked with some of the best pedal steel guitarists in the world. His passion for this instrument is on par and sometimes exceeds his love of songwriting, which was his main focus for the first half of his music career.

Cynthia MacLeod - Export DelegateTo top

smallhalls.com Cynthia MacLeod is the Artistic Director for the PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls (2018 Music PEI Event of the Year recipient & 2018 ECMA Event of the Year nominee). This annual event takes place from June 9-23, 2019 in small rural halls and community venues across Prince Edward Island. Performers in the genres of roots/traditional, folk, bluegrass, gospel, blues, storytelling, and dance headline a variety of events including concerts, storytelling circles, workshops, children’s shows, and late night events.

Dan RubinTo top

Dan is a composer, songwriter, music producer and arts manager who moved to Newfoundland about fifteen years ago. Before that he performed, toured and recorded in Western Canada. He has released twelve albums of original music. He currently performs with Dave Panting as Tanglecove and as a member of the folk trio Atlantic Union. Dan ran a concert series in St. John's for several years and served as president of our local of the musicians' federation for another six years. He is the owner of the arts management company Second Stage and operates a record label, Blue Islands Records. For more than a decade he has been providing support for other artists to help them build their careers. He has been involved in musical rights administration, copyright and the changing landscape of music royalties for four decades, and has become a strong advocate for improving royalties for digital music use.

Dana WarrenTo top

Based in St. John’s, NL, Dana WarrenBSW, MSW, RSW is a certified life coach, counsellor, and the clinical team lead counsellor at The Women’s Centre Right Here Right Now Drop in Counselling Program. While her main focus is a person-centred therapeutic service, she also tailors customized seminars and workshops that address issues like communication, productivity, mental health and wellness. A veteran in film, marketing, and advertising, her catalytic, empowering style stirs people and supports her reputation as a motivating force with a passion for being useful. Her therapeutic coaching practice, DMW Coaching, was founded in 2011. www.dmwcoaching.com

Danielle ButtTo top

NTV and OZFM’s Danielle Butt has had a dedicated broadcasting career for the past 28 years, starting in radio back in 1990. Danielle, born and raised in Carbonear, is the Creative Director for NTV and works closely with sale account executives and their clients. Danielle is also host of the weekly feature Made Right Here on the NTV Evening Newshour every Monday night and hosts many NTV productions such as the Janeway Hospital Telethon, the Downtown Santa Claus Parade and helps ring in the New Year with live coverage on NTV’s New Year’s Eve Countdown. Danielle’s charming, distinctive voice can be heard every Saturday and Sunday morning hosting the ever popular Jigs and Reels Show on OZFM. Danielle has also graced the cover of the Newfoundland Herald numerous times over the years, highlighting everything from St. Patrick’s Day to featuring some of her very own Christmas recipes. Danielle wishes all MusicNL artists the best of the luck at the 2018 awards show.

David Smallwood - Export DelegateTo top

Degrees from MUN and Universify of London, England. Founded Academy Canada in 1982. Vice President, Friends of the Games/Marketing, 1999 Canada Winter Games. Event Chair ECMA, Corner Brook, 2009. Founded, with the late Tina Dolter, the Rotary Arts Centre in Corner Brook in 2014. Currently it’s Board Chair and CEO. Awarded the Order of Newfoundland Labrador 2018  

Don-E CoadyTo top

Don-E Coady (Dc) – Artist (Graphic Designer; Web Developer; Copywriter) by heart, business by brain; Founding partner and Creative Director of Dc Design House Inc., an award-winning advertising and design company in St. John’s, NL; Two-term President of the Business Association of Newfoundland and Labrador; Director with the St. John’s Board of Trade; Co-founder of Mental Health Advocacy group It’s Mental; Board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs St. John’s; Mentor; Marketing partner and host of TEDx St. John’s; St. John’s Board of Trade Volunteer of the year; MusicNL Volunteer of the year; Rotary Northwest Aidan Maloney’s Young Professional of the Year (‘15); 21Inc. Top 40 under 40 emerging leaders in Atlantic Canada (‘15); GGCLC Alumni; Host of Out of the Fog – a local matters weekly show on Rogers and Eastlink networks across NL; Singer/songwriter, musician (709); Event Emcee; Starred in EntrepreneurNL, a six-episode lifestyle-documentary series about life in business and community in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador appearing on NTV, Rogers TV, Eastlink and streaming channels. Dc is forever looking forward to creating, contributing and communicating ideas and energies that help make our city and province great!

Dylan Hankey - Export DelegateTo top

Dylan Hankey is a Program Coordinator at Navy Pier, a mission-driven cultural destination and world-class public space that celebrates and showcases the vitality of Chicago, while providing for the year-round enjoyment of locals and visiting guests. Hankey joined the Navy Pier team in 2013 as an Event Manager before transitioning into a full time role in the Arts, Culture and Events team – in 2017. Over the course of his career at the Pier, he has helped develop, produce and execute hundreds of events and programs, including the popular annual Live on the Lake! and Sequence Ch!cago music series, the Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest, and the first annual Chi-Soul Fest and LatiNxt presented by Sol. Prior to Navy Pier, he worked a professional musician. A Chicago area native, Hankey attended the Arts, Entertainment and Media Management School at Columbia College Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Business.

Eleanor DawsonTo top

Eleanor Dawson is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has been involved in the cultural community of Newfoundland and Labrador for the past thirty years in a variety of production, administrative and managerial roles. From 2000 – 2015, Eleanor worked with the provincial Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation as Director of Arts where she was developed numerous cultural projects throughout the province.  She currently works as a consultant in the arts, heritage and tourism sectors. Past President of both the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society and the Newfoundland Historical Society, she currently sits on the Boards of: Business and Arts NL; Winterset in Summer Literary Festival; Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, Fogo Island Arts and the Atlantic Film Festival. In 2016, Eleanor was awarded the Industry Builder Award by MusicNL.  

Erin Barnhardt - Export DelegateTo top

Erin Barnhardt a multi-disciplinary arts presenter based in St. John’s. She is currently the Programming Manager for Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s provincial Arts and Culture Centre division with centres in St. John’s, Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor, Corner Brook, Stephenville and Labador City. In this role, she manages the touring and presentation programming across the centres. Prior to her work with the Arts and Culture Centres, she worked at the Canadian Arts Presenting Association, Folk Music Canada, Folk Music Ontario and in music education at the National Arts Centre.

Geoff StairsTo top

Geoff joined FACTOR’s client services department in the autumn of 2016 after four years spent in the worlds of artist management and grant writing. Hailing originally from New Brunswick, he previously co-founded – and acted as lead programmer for – a successful regional arts and music festival in the Upper Saint John River Valley.

Jay Pilzer & Rachel Yellin - Export DelegatesTo top

Record Label Shelburne, NS https://www.maritimesmusic.ca/ Maritimes Music is owned by Jay Pilzer and Rachel Yellin.  Pilzer has a background as an author, business man, guitar player, and professor.  Yellin has a background in administration and visual arts.  Their company, Maritimes Music, is a record label and book publishing company focused on the music from and of the Atlantic Provinces.

Jeff ReillyTo top

CBC producer Jeff Reilly has over 28 years of experience producing thousands of hours of programming. His output includes award-winning radio documentaries, hundreds of concert recordings of classical, jazz, world and contemporary pop music, more studio sessions than he can count, and dozens of CD’s of Canadian jazz and classical music. He is currently the senior producer of music for the Atlantic Region and the producer of the East Coast Music Hour with Bill Roach. He also leads an active life as a musician and composer, most recently receiving a Juno Award nomination in 2016 for the CD Responsio.

Jesse MitchellTo top

Jesse Mitchell has acted as Director of Programs & Live Events at Canada’s Music Incubator since 2012, overseeing the development and execution of all professional development programming while guiding the evolution of CMI’s live events department, the organizations newest service offering which focuses on connecting emerging artists with paid performance opportunities across Canada.  So far in 2018, CMI’s live events department has been able to curate over 250 paid performance opportunities for developing artist all across Canada.   Jesse has worked in the Canadian music industry for over 15+ years with an extensive background in artist management, tour management, and festival management.   Jesse holds a Bachelor of Business Commerce with a minor in Marketing from Ryerson University.  During university, he played for the Ryerson varsity basketball team and produced all the University’s frosh week concerts.

Joanna BarkerTo top

Born and raised in Grand Falls-Windsor, NL, Joanna Barker is a songwriter, musician, performer, arts educator, stage manager and arts programming consultant of mixed settler (Irish) and Indigenous (Mi’kmaq, Innu) heritage. She is the Co-Founder of SWIM (St. John's Womxn In Music) and a founding member of Girls Rock NL. Her 2012 album, February, was nominated for two Music NL awards and shortlisted for the Atlantis Music Prize. Joanna debuted as a Curator at Eastern Edge Art Gallery as part of the Identify Festival in April of 2018, was the guest non-fiction writer in the 2018 Spring Issue of Riddle Fence and a recipient of the 2018 YWCA Women Of Distinction awards. Currently living in St. John’s, NL, Joanna fronts the folk pop rock band, John (upcoming album, Homonyms, funded by Arts NL and The City Of St. John’s), and is a proud member of the all-womxn all-nations drum group, Eastern Owl (upcoming album, Qama'si, funded by Arts NL).

Joe Lopez - Export DelegateTo top

Mjgpro.com Joe Lopez ll has been working with MJG Productions since 2004. Based in LA, he has worked with countless talents from across a vast array of genres. From touring with Collin Hay of Men At Work to collaborations with Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, House of Vibe and many more. Curating the West Side Wednesdays at Harvelle's in Santa Monica, Joe and House of Vibe have worked with artists like Talib Kweli, Supernatural, Res, Citizen Cope and many others. Joe brings 20+ years of music industry knowledge and insight from the eyes of an independent artist and entrepreneur. He has also done a large body of commercial voice over work for clients like Adidas, Burger King, Sprite, Metro PCS and more. Joe has been an inspirational and motivational member of the MJG Productions team, and has left his mark on the upper Midwest over the last 15 years.

Jud HaynesTo top

Jud Haynes is a graphic designer, illustrator, concert promoter and musician from St. John’s, Newfoundland. He has designed over 500 albums, and played on around 10. He has toured throughout Canada, the USA, Europe and the UK a former bass player for the band Wintersleep. Jud has also been involved in many music festivals as their designer, artistic director, or on various board of directors.

Justin NordellTo top

Justin, a perpetual arts & culture junkie, began at the Philadelphia Folksong Society, presenters of the Philadelphia Folk Festival, over a decade ago before leaving to take a job with a recording studio in Texas. Justin returned to Philadelphia, as culturally promiscuous as ever, working with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Film Festival, FringeArts, and even with a pit stop as Director of Business Development for a law firm, before returning to the Philadelphia Folksong Society as Executive Director in 2015. It didn't feel as if he was taking a new job - it felt as if he’d come home. In Justin’s limited spare time, he launched a national LGBT Volleyball League in the United States that has grown to fourteen cities and an annual national tournament. A founding member of Stonewall Sports Philadelphia and the US National Stonewall Sports board, Justin helped to raise over $100,000 USD for LGBT charities in 2017 alone. Justin has also taught sex and sexuality education from the elementary to the doctoral level, and is elated to bring his vast knowledge of all things queer to MusicNL.

Justin Nordell - Export DelegateTo top

pfs.org Justin, a perpetual arts & culture junkie, began at the Philadelphia Folksong Society, presenters of the Philadelphia Folk Festival, over a decade ago before leaving to take a job with a recording studio in Texas. Justin returned to Philadelphia, as culturally promiscuous as ever, working with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Film Festival, FringeArts, and even with a pit stop as Director of Business Development for a law firm, before returning to the Philadelphia Folksong Society as Executive Director in 2015. It didn't feel as if he was taking a new job - it felt as if he’d come home. Following an incredibly well received “Newfoundsongs of Newfoundland” workshop Justin presented at the 2017 and 2018 Philadelphia Folk Festivals, he is looking forward to continuing to introduce his members and patrons to NL’s rich musical soundscape.

Kyle Merkley - Export DelegateTo top

www.arpix.com As Director of Music and Technology at Arpix Media, Kyle Merkley's music supervision credits include Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Frankie Drake Mysteries (CBC), Remedy (Global), Pure (CBC), Carter (CTV/Bravo) and more. Kyle is also a musician having written and performed with top-24 Canadian Idol contestants, produces music under the name Burgah, and has appeared on Entertainment Tonight: Canada and MuchMusic's disBAND.

Leonard Podolak - Export DelegateTo top

www.homeroutes.ca Known as the founder and band leader of The Duhks, Leonard Podolak is an innovator and folk music contributor, touring music festivals throughout the world. Frequently making visits to North America, Europe and Australia with The Duhks, Leonard has shared styles of music from the string traditions of Appalachia, Ireland, Scotland, England, Quebec, and Louisiana, while bringing in influences of Gospel, Blues, Rock, Afro-Cuban, and African traditions. Leonard’s current projects include the duet band Matt Gordon & Leonard Podolak, the quartette band Dry Bones & record producing of the Juno nominated CD Aupres du Poele from PEI band, Ten Strings and A Goat Skin. Recently Leonard has become the Executive Producer of Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous, a non -profit based in Winnipeg, which has added greatly to the infrastructure of Folk Music in Canada, with a network of of House Concerts, and acoustic concerts in small rooms. He is extremely excited about the organizations recent expansion to the east coast, as canèt wait to make new collaborations with stakeholders in the east coast music scene, and discover new talent as well.

Liana WhiteTo top

Liana White is the Executive Director of the Canadian division (CFM) of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. For over 20 years White has provided any array of assistance to professional musicians, ranging from general advice to contract protection; most specifically White’s vast artist-immigration knowledge is often relied upon by mainstream media and the Canadian music industry.

Louis Robitaille - Export DelegateTo top

www.folkharbour.com The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society will be celebrating its 34th annual Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival (August 8 – 11, 2019) and also programs fall, spring and summer Concert Series in Lunenburg. Folk Harbour presents folk, traditional, blues, singer-songwriters, world and gospel featuring local, national, and international acts. Louis is an Executive Staff Officer of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union with responsibility for research, and governance and policy. He has volunteered for the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society in many roles since 2001. Louis is a long-serving member of the Program Committee, having worked on the Committee since the fall of 2003 and has chaired the committee for what will soon be nine festivals. Currently, Louis is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society.

Luther MalloryTo top

Luther Mallory is a Live Music Producer and a 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 the artist 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 and 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.

Mary Beth WaldramTo top

While working full-time in the music industry for the past eleven years, Mary Beth Waldram has organized and supervised large-scale events, created successful grant proposals, and helped artist’s both in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Mary Beth is a graduate of Memorial University’s School of Music and NSCC’s Music Business Program. Afterwards going to on to work with many Atlantic Canadian music festivals including Halifax Pop Explosion and Lawnya Vawnya. Mary Beth currently resides in St. John’s Newfoundland and recently started her own company Bakeapple Productions. Bakeapple Productions encompasses Mary Beth’s festival contract work, grant writing, artist consultation and tour bookings, working with many artists across the island.

Matt GormanTo top

Matt is a Halifax-based lawyer and owner of Ocean Town Music, a consulting group that specializes in music industry contract drafting/review and general legal advisory for artists and businesses in the music industry. Matt is a frequent speaker on music related legal issues. Aside from practicing law, Matt plays drums and performs with various east coast bands/artists. For an overview of the legal basics associated with topics like copyright, publishing and recording, check out Matt’s Legal Guide for Musicians (2017). Email: matt@oceantownmusic.ca Instagram: mc_gorman Facebook: Legal Guide for Musicians – Matt Gorman

Matthew BarrettTo top

Matthew Barrett is a well respected and in demand musician in his home town of Happy Valley Goose Bay, Labrador. A graduate of St. Francis Xavier, he is a member of Silver Wolf Band, Manager of the Lawrence O’Brien Arts centre, past chair of the Melville Music Festival Committee, 2-time MusicNL nominated music educator for teaching piano, a member of the Atlantic presenters Association, Atlantic Moves and devoted husband and father. He’s Indigenous and enjoys hunting and going off on the land in his spare time.

Melissa TobinTo top

Melissa Tobin is a broadcast journalist and avid music fan from St. John's, NL. She fell in love with live music as a teen, going to shows in the local scene back since 1997 (her first show was Glueleg and I Mother Earth at the Thomas Student Centre). She co-organized the all-ages music festival, SlabFest, in Gander in June 2016 featuring MusicNL artists Kat McLevey, Briana Gosse, Everglow, London Above, Cabbages & Kings, and Hear/Say. Melissa has been a MusicNL board member since 2016, representing central Newfoundland.

Micah Davidson - Export DelegateTo top

midwoodentertainment.com Established in 2015, Midwood Entertainment is quickly becoming one of the leading Talent and Event Agencies in the Southeast. Led by Founder Micah Davidson, Midwood offers a diverse roster of musicians as well as producing many events around the country. Midwood Entertainment handles talent buying & festival production for many events around the country including North Carolina Brewers & Music Festival, Deep Roots Mountain Revival, Homegrown Music & Mountain Sports Festival, Amplify Decatur Music Festival, Music in the Mill Concert Series, Live on the Green at First Ward Park Concert Series, Beech Mountain Ski Resort Winter and Summer Concert Series, Funky Farm Day, and Academy Center for the Arts Winter Series.

Mikaila Simmons - Export DelegateTo top

instinctentertainment.ca Mikaila is a media addict with a Spiritualized tattoo and a love of all things Radiohead. She has worked with instinct entertainment for over four years, supervising and licensing music for TV (Mary Kills People, Diggstown, Condor, Vikings, The Handmaid’s Tale S1) and film (The Grizzlies, Seven In Heaven, HEVN). Her talents include reciting Austin Powers in its entirety and eating Thai food in excess.

Mike Kaiz - Export DelegateTo top

strategictouring.com Mike Kaiz founded Strategic Touring in 2018 after participating in the ECMA Export Buyer Program in Halifax. A key goal for Strategic Touring is to build a bridge for export artists to develop a live music career in the United States. Mike served in the role of Lead Agent at Blue Sun Entertainment for 3 years before starting Strategic Touring. His artists have seen continuous growth as a result of his goal-oriented approach to building an act's touring schedule. Prior to focusing on the agent career path, Mike was an internationally published music journalist and a festival/event publicist. Mike makes his home in Chicago, IL where he enjoys a good cup of coffee or a day at the city's marvelous museums.

Polly Bolton - Export DelegateTo top

stradamusic.com Polly Bolton joined the Strada (formerly Adastra) team as an agent shortly after leaving university, having graduated in theatrical design and production. Polly has spent the past few years building a large roster of traditional and contemporary folk acts from across the UK as well as from further afield including Germany, France, Spain and the USA. Polly is a working musician herself and brings an already extensive knowledge of the business from the field. A mandolin player and singer with several groups, Polly has toured nationally and internationally in various guises for almost 10 years.

Rodney MurphyTo top

Rodney Murphy is the Director, A&R for SOCAN. He has been working on behalf of songwriters, music publishers and AV composers with SOCAN for the past 15 years providing creative support and music industry knowledge in an effort to maximize the performance royalties and career opportunities for SOCAN members. Before joining SOCAN Rodney has worked for Sony Music Canada, BBC Radio 1 in London, UK and CKCU FM in Ottawa. Rodney is based in Toronto.

Rozalind MacPhailTo top

Gemeinhardt International Touring Artist, Rozalind MacPhail is one of the world’s most buzzed-about flutists. An innovative leader in flute looping and live film scoring, this classically-trained flutist explores new ways to combine image and sound, in works that speak honestly of place, person and the human experience. MacPhail combines live loops with recorded, manipulated sounds as she performs her emotive songs to contemporary silent film through Ableton Live. She recently took home an East Coast Music Award for “Electronic Recording of the Year” and is nominated for four MusicNL Awards. MacPhail is producing her seventh album, GET YOUR FLUTE ON, to be released in 2019. Based in St. John's, Newfoundland, MacPhail is an active performer, film composer, session player, music educator and Executive Director of AFM/CFM Local 820. Visit: www.rozalindmacphail.com

Sarah Chipon - Export DelegateTo top

www.atomicmusicgroup.com Heading the Canadian offices for Atomic Music Group since late 2016, Sarah Chipon (or as some prefer to call her, ‘Chippy’) brings a diversified artist roster to AMG that reflects her nomadic upbringing with exclusive clients such as Andy Kim, Ashley MacIsaac, Aveva, Jully Black, Peter Katz, Suzy Bogguss, amongst many more. With her main focus in the Performing Arts department, Sarah uses her 6-year experience at TAG/UTA, global knowledge of the arts, cultures, and languages (EN, FR, SP, and GER) to book tours and events for her world-class Artists in N. America and beyond.

Tim Hardy - Export DelegateTo top

soundofpop.com Tim Hardy is the co-owner of Sound of Pop, an ECMA award-winning music publishing & master/sync representation company. Sound of Pop Publishing, an active member of the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA), currently represents a 3000+ song catalogue world-wide in a one-stop capacity for sync representation and/or publishing. The SOP roster is comprised of artists from Canada, the US and Europe, including current & former Music NL award winners and nominees Chris Kirby, Quote the Raven, Fairgale, Chris Ryan, Brianna Gosse & Happy Beats. 2018 saw SOP nominated for “Company of the Year” at the East Coast Music Awards and receive its very first national Top 30 charting radio hit. Sound of Pop published tracks have now crossed well over 1.5 million streams on Spotify and were recently nominated by Music Nova Scotia for the 2018 “Company of the Year” award at the upcoming Nova Scotia Music Week Conference. Tim also operates an independent rights management / music consulting company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia and previously worked with SOCAN for over 22 years.

Tom AlteenTo top

Tom Alteen, M.B.A., B.Voc.Ed., grew up in Corner Brook and developed his passion for drums at an early age.  Tom played for the local bands Red Eye, Crosstown Traffic (http://alteen.homeip.net/crosstown/, Cadillac, and the Three of Clubs.  He is currently the drummer for Prosser's Rock (http://www.prossersrock.com) and plays djembe with Dunungbe (http://www.dunungbe.com), a West African djembe and doundoun performance ensemble; both groups are based in St. John's.   Tom has certificates in Drum Circle Leadership and Primary Health Care Collaboration.  Tom also completed Village Music Circles’ East Coast Facilitators Intensive Training in 2018.   He is a member of the Drum Circle Facilitator’s Guild (http://www.dcfg.net/about/), a professional association of drum circle facilitators; Business & Arts NL (https://businessandartsnl.com/catalogue/drumming-up-business/), established to strengthen the relationship between business and the arts; and MusicNL, existing to address key issues affecting the Newfoundland and Labrador music industry.  Tom has many years of working, teaching, and drumming experiences.   Tom Alteen became involved in the community/recreational drumming movement in 2011 and founded Musubi Drum Circles (http://www.musubidrumcircles.com) in 2014 in an effort to share his love of drumming with others.  ("Musubi" is a Japanese term that means "tie" or "knot." Musubi Drum Circles' mission is to connect people by facilitating drum circles in the community as meaningful, entertaining, rhythmic, and relaxing social forums.)

Vel OmazicTo top

Vel Omazic has been Canada’s Music Incubator’s executive director since co-founding the not-for-profit organization in 2011. CMI’s mandate is to provide customized and ongoing mentorship to artists and managers across all genres of music. He has worked in the Canadian music industry for over two decades having served as vice-president, national promotion and media relations for Sony Music Canada for 10 of those years. Vel got his start in the music industry in the national promotion/publicity department at PolyGram Records. Prior to starting CMI, Vel was VP marketing & communications at Green Living Enterprises, an environmental consulting, marketing and events agency. He is also the executive director and co-founder of the TEMPO Educates Foundation, a registered charity he also helped co-found in 2011, which is dedicated to music business education, creative entrepreneurship and financial literacy at the high school level.

2020 Nominees

41st Annual Newfoundland Folk Festival  |    |  Aaron Bishop  |  Adam Baxter  |  Adam Baxter - Music Educator  |  Alex Byrne  |  Andrew Boyd  |  Anita Best  |  Arlene Churchill  |  Atlantic Disc and DVD  |  BakeApple Productions  |  Brad Tuck  |  Brett Vey - The MusicBox  |  Canadian AV  |  Captains Pub  |  Carolina East  |  ChessClub  |  Chris Ryan  |  Dave Mundy & The Best Kind  |  Dave Whitty  |  Dean Stairs  |  DeeDee Lannon  |  Dillon Collins  |  Earle & Coffin  |  Fairgale  |  Feile Seamus Creagh (Irish Newfoundland Traditional Music Foundation)  |  Florian Hoefner  |  Fortunate Ones  |  GAME BOY  |  Garrick Theatre  |  Gene Phillips  |  Glen Collins  |  Greg Smith  |  Ian Foster  |  It Could Be Franky  |  Jason Richard Lacour (J-Lac)  |  Joel Thomas Hynes  |  Jordan Harnum  |  JYAY  |  Kellie Loder  |  Kilbride Music  |  KT Creative  |  Kyle McDavid  |  Land of the Lakes  |  Lawnya Vawnya  |  Lee Fitz  |  LeRiche  |  Mallory Johnson  |  Maria Cherwick  |  Mark Bragg  |  Mary Beth Waldram  |  Melanie O'Brien  |  Michael Hanrahan  |  Michelle Robertson  |  Mick Davis & Thin Love  |  Mike Sixonate  |  Newspaper Fashion Show  |  Olivia Jones  |  Ouroboros  |  Paul Brace  |  Property  |  Quote the Raven  |  Rachel Cousins  |  Ralph O'Brien  |  Reggie Morales  |  Robert Buck  |  Roger Lockyer  |  Rosemary Lawton  |  Rotary Arts Centre  |  Rozalind MacPhail  |  Rube & Rake  |  Rum Ragged  |  Rum Ragged - Christmas Album  |  Shanda Hopkins  |  Sherry Ryan  |  Silver Wolf Band  |  Spare Time  |  Streel  |  Tanglecove  |  The Black Sheep  |  The Citadel House  |  The Combine  |  The Ennis Sisters  |  The Kubasonics  |  The Labrador Creative Arts Festival  |  The Newfoundland Herald  |  The Ship Pub  |  The Swinging Belles  |  Tom Cochrane  |  Trails Tales Tunes Festival  |  Wade Tarling  |  Wade Tarling - Music Educator  |  Wallace Hammond  |  Waterfront Fire  |  Weary  |  Wendy Rose  |  Woody Point Heritage Theatre  |  Youngtree and The Blooms
41st Annual Newfoundland Folk Festival

41st Annual Newfoundland Folk FestivalTo top

The 41st Annual Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival is spread out over three exciting days, the Festival is the coming together of community and culture. Our province is renowned for its contributions to the musical fabric of Canada and we do all we can to wave that flag high and proud. Presented by The Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Arts Society with a host of volunteers, sponsors and partners, the Festival is a summertime tradition that has been shared by thousands. Attendees enjoyed a weekend of celebrating Newfoundland & Labrador’s unique culture with great traditional music, interactive workshops where they learned a dance, a tune, and a tale. This is a friendly festival that attracts people from all over the world, it is heralded as one of the province’s premiere cultural events.

Aaron BishopTo top

Aaron Bishop is a graphic design artist from Paradise, Newfoundland. A graduate of CNA’s graphic design program, Aaron has a deep connection with the arts community in Newfoundland and connects the lines between visual and musical art. Now a freelance artist, Aaron has worked under the tutelage of some of the province’s best artists including award-winners Jud Haynes, Krista Power, and Don-E Coady of DC’s design house. Aaron has notably worked on album artwork, posters, and websites for some of the province’s top groups including the Combine, Rum Ragged, Waterfront Fire, and Weight of the World. His most recent works include album cover artwork for pop/rock band Fairgale and folk/roots duo Quote the Raven. Notable achievements: - MusicNL 2017 graphic designer of the year nomination - 3 IABC Pinnacle awards of excellence - 3 IABC Pinnacle awards of merit - 2nd place at Skills Canada provincials - NLCRT logo design contest winner

Adam BaxterTo top

Citadel House recording artist and multi-award winner, 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. His newest album, Domestic, is an atmospheric exploration of relationships and the complexities of life. This album takes a turn from previous projects. Adam steps into a new phase of songwriting, combining his punk, folk, and classical roots into a new and ambitious sound Residing in Central Newfoundland, Adam Baxter is enjoying the success of releasing four albums in four years while teaching music at Lewisporte Intermediate and Lewisporte Collegiate schools. He also volunteers his time leading two local jazz ensembles and two local choirs “Listening to Adam Baxter’s music is like shooting a Double Espresso (dark roast) while reading a letter from home.” Dean Stairs, Chair, East Coast Music Association

Adam Baxter - Music EducatorTo top

Though Adam Baxter works as a high school band director in the classroom, his dedication to arts and education extend well beyond the classroom. He currently teaches instrumental music at two schools: Lewisporte Intermediate (7-9) and Lewisporte Collegiate (10-12). He is also the director for all extra curricular Jazz Band and Choir ensembles at both schools. During his non classroom time, he can be found helping young musicians develop through private lessons and songwriting mentorship focusing on music theory and individual instrumentalist progress. He is the host of the "Open Stage for the Underage" initiative at the the Citadel House in Lewisporte, NL. Each week, Baxter engages over 300 students in the music setting; all playing an instrument in an ensemble. The senior concert band at Lewisporte Collegiate lead by Baxter is one of the biggest high school concert bands in Newfoundland with over 120 members! Baxter and his ensembles have found great success at local music festivals winning gold standards, rose bowls and other Kiwanis Music Festival awards such as best performance by a concert band and best performance by a choir. Baxter is a three time MusicNL Music Educator of the year winner and was a finalist for the Memorial University Arts in Education award.

Alex ByrneTo top

Alex Byrne is a DJ/Producer from St John's, Newfoundland Canada. He has been DJ'ing in the local club scene for over eight years and held residencies at the most famous clubs across the province. He currently has a residency at the very popular Konfusion Nightclub on George Street. He is recognized as one of the leading up and coming DJ/Producers in the province and across Atlantic Canada. His music has been supported by the most famous DJ’s in the world including Tiesto, Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, W&W, Quintino, F Tampa and VINAI just to name a few. Alex was nominated for Dance Recording of the year at the 2017 East Coast Music Awards. He was also nominated for Urban/Electronic Artist of the Year for both the 2016 and 2017 Music NL Awards. Over the years Alex has acquired a collection of popular charting releases on various record labels around the world and has grown a very supportive fan base.

Andrew BoydTo top

Andrew Boyd is the Founder/President of Rock Eden Media and a musician with St. John’s band Waterfront Fire. Writer, photographer, videographer, interviewer, radio host, web designer, social media manager and acting editor of all these things are just a few of the things Andrew does to promote the local arts community through Rock Eden. He has personally interviewed touring artists such as Sam Roberts and The Philosopher Kings, and coordinated interviews with The Sheepdogs, Our Lady Peace. In the past 2 years he has also arranged interviews and features with over 100 local artists, shot/edited live performance videos, and established himself as an excellent concert photographer. His focus for Rock Eden is to highlight artists living in and touring Canada's East Coast to ensure that artists in his home province of Newfoundland and Canada’s East Coast are getting the media coverage they deserve. LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS: -Nominated ECMA 2018 Media Outlet of the Year (Rock Eden) -Awarded MusicNL 2017 Industry Person of the Year -Awarded MusicNL 2017 Company of the Year (Rock Eden) -Nominated MusicNL 2017 Media Person of the Year -Nominated MusicNL 2017 Volunteer of the Year -Recorded video interview with Our Lady Peace -Personally interview Sam Roberts -Recorded video and personally interviewed The Philosopher Kings -Recorded video interview with The Sheepdogs -Recorded live performance video of July Talk at Fred’s Records -Featured over 100 artists local artists in the past 2 years via CHMR radio, live performance videos, interviews, album reviews and web features. -Photographed many local bands & festivals as well as more established bands such as Blue Rodeo, Sloan, The Sheepdogs, The Arkells, Wintersleep, Alvvay, The Novaks, and July Talk.  

Anita BestTo top

Anita Best has spent a lifetime exploring, cataloguing and celebrating the rural Newfoundland lifestyle and culture. In the process she has become one of the province's most prominent traditional singers. Born on Merasheen Island in Placentia Bay (since abandoned under the resettlement program), Best has worked as an educator, archivist, folklorist, broadcaster and singer. A particular interest in oral history - songs and stories passed down through generations - lead to her performing career. She has toured extensively as a storyteller and singer, made numerous television and radio appearances and added her voice to several Newfoundland recordings. She is best known for two albums: The Colour Of Amber, a collaboration with Pamela Morgan, was released in 1993. Crosshanded, a collection of twelve songs for solo voice, followed a few years later. In these recordings and in her performances, Best tends to forego the standard Newfoundland repertoire in favour of the lesser known songs and stories collected from around the province.

Arlene ChurchillTo top

Arlene is not only a strong support of local music but she takes in head on by being one of the many faces and voices behind the scenes. A long time volunteer with the NL Folk Arts Society many acts would recognize her as the one heading up the registration tent at the annual NL Folk Festival in Bannerman Park or taking the cover at the Ship on Folk Nights. She also lends her hand to musicians she's made friends with at a variety of their shows throughout the year. She's a strong advocate for new and older talents in the province in the pubs and the theatres and online through her twitter account.

Atlantic Disc and DVDTo top

Robert Buck has been an active player in the East Coast music scene for over 25 years. Robert is currently the owner operator of Orion Entertainment inc. which is also the parent company of Atlantic Disc and DVD and Orion Artist Management. He has been the VP of Operations of a number of Atlantic Canadian distribution companies as well as a past board member of the Music Industry Association of Newfoundland & Labrador and he has server for two years as the 2nd Vice chair of the East Coast Music Association. Most recently he has become the full time artist manager for Rum Ragged; an exciting up and coming musical quartet steeped in Newfoundland tradition music. Rum Ragged Under his guidance has risen to become one of the most promising new acts from the region. He holds a masters degree in business and is also an active musician his own right as the drummer with the popular St. John’s party band Station Road.

BakeApple ProductionsTo top

While working full-time in the music industry for the past ten years, Mary Beth Waldram has organized and supervised large-scale events, created successful grant proposals, and helped artist’s both in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Mary Beth is a graduate of Memorial University’s School of Music and NSCC’s Music Business Program. Afterwards going to on to work with many Atlantic Canadian music festivals including Halifax Pop Explosion and Lawnya Vawnya. Mary Beth currently resides in St. John’s Newfoundland and recently started her own company Bakeapple Productions. Bakeapple Productions encompasses Mary Beth’s festival contract work, grant writing and artist management. She currently manages St. John’s groups Ouroboros andRube and Rake and New Brunswick's Adyn Townes. Other artists worked with (contract based): Dave Whitty (album release, grant writing and tour booking) Melanie O'Brien (tour booking) Sherry Ryan (Tour booking) Streel (submission help & grant writing) Fairgale (grant writing) RENDERS (grant writing) Kira Sheppard (grant writing) Rozalind MacPhail (grant writing and tour booking) Cordeen (grant writing) Festivals: Lawnya Vawnya - hospitality and volunteer coordinator Newfoundland Folk Festival - programming committee

Brad TuckTo top

From a very young age Brad developed a love for music. Growing up in Hant's Harbour, NL, he quickly began performing locally at various events. Since then he has collaborated with plenty of musicians, dabbling in various musical genres, but recently he rediscovered his love of traditional music and realized it was time for him to return to his roots. Aside from his drumming duties for Fairgale & Shanneyganock, Brad's inaugural solo album, "On These Waters" was released on May 25th, 2018. The album has been featured on local radio, receiving airtime on K-Rock, VOCM & OZFM.

Brett Vey - The MusicBoxTo top

The MusicBox is a Private Music School, Recording Studio, Production Company (Film and Theatre) owned by Brett and Crystal Vey in Conception Bay South. The company also networks musicians for private functions such as weddings, choirs, fundraisers, etc. The MusicBox first opened it's doors in 2003 and since has taught 100's of students, recorded over 30 albums and well over 100 demos. Organized countless performances and grew various ensembles throughout the community of CBS. Adding to the list are 4 original full length theater productions and a Christmas pageant. Many awards over the years have been linked to The MusicBox such as students and instructors being recognized through the Royal Conservatory, Community Pride and Partnership award from CBS and volunteer awards for fundraisers. This past season has been very exciting for The MusicBox. Highlights of past year are listed below: Theatre/Film: *This year one of Brett Vey's full length musical's "Legends of Broken Rock: Fiddle" is being made into a full feature film and is currently in production. *Brett Vey was co writer of a Christmas Pageant titled "The Only Gift She Had" performed at Topsail United Church featuring Courage Choir, Inspiration Band and some of The MusicBox instructors. Recording: *Spare Time released their album titled "What if?". *Demos and singles released by Ten Strings, Kobrell, Electric 5andBox, Vey and Reynolds, Brett Vey and Newfoundland Advocate. *Full Musical score for "Legends of Broken Rock: Fiddle" produced. *Scored and recorded all original music for Easton's Treasure: Pirateer short film School: *6 instructors, many students. *Highlighted student opportunities. *Ensembles include: Musical Theatre Group, Courage Choir, Inspiration Band and Rap Class. *New accordion method developed with great results. *Keyboarding group classes. www.themusicboxstudio.com

Canadian AVTo top

Our pro-audio services and our professional audio technicians will highlight every word, intonation or musical note with impeccable sound. Doing concerts for the Mile One Center, Folk Festival, and Music NL, our full in-house concert production has proven to surpass our competitors. Additionally, we are proud to be the official AV supplier for all concerts and events on the world renowned George Street! Canadian Audio Visual knows how to captivate your audience, let us show you how! We have worked with some of the biggest names in the

Captains PubTo top

Unwind at Captain’s Pub with a local beer on tap – try the famous QV Iceberg Beer, a cocktail or glass of wine.  Enjoy a house-made pizza or pub food, such as our legendary kettle fried nacho chips. Bring friends and enjoy live entertainment with Mike Sixonate and friends from Monday to Saturday night. The Captain does nightly screech-ins of those visitors who wish to become “honorary Newfoundlanders” – and leave with the certificate to prove so!

Carolina EastTo top

Carolina East grew up in Labrador before her family moved to South River, Newfoundland, a small town near St. John’s. She started singing at sixteen and very soon after that she was performing in venues in the capital city. Beginning with Newfoundland traditional tunes, she moved into classic rock, rhythm and blues and country styles. By the time she was twenty, she was singing professionally on a full-time basis. In 2005 she learned from an uncle that she had roots in the Mi’kmaq community, through relatives in St. George’s Bay, an important area for indigenous culture here in Newfoundland. While digging into this history, she learned of the long-standing tradition of music in her family. She finally felt like she belonged, and while this knowledge helped resolve her longing for deeper identity, it also helped make sense of her pull toward music. Now, she says, “When I sing I feel like I am going home. It’s where I feel the most like myself.” Carolina is a self-taught musician whose voice conveys natural warmth and honesty as well as amazing vocal power. She doesn’t question this anymore, and her enthusiasm and dedication have continued to draw support from others. The music teacher who originally encouraged her when she was sixteen has now been joined by professional musicians, music producers and financial supporters. Dr. Brian Ramjattan, family physician and medical researcher and inventor, has become a financial partner in support of her career. After hearing Carolina sing at Greensleeves on George Street, he waited for more than an hour to speak with her, then offered to help her in any way he could. Two years later, he provided the funds needed for her to travel to Toronto to work with Rob Wells and Shobha Lee of The Fourth Floor. Her working relationship with Rob and Shobha, whose professional expertise and accomplishments dovetails perfectly with Carolina’s instincts as a songwriter and performer. Their partnership now spans songwriting, production and recording, music management and promotion. This has resulted in a very impressive EP of six co-written original tunes that they have produced and distributed. Audience response to the six tracks, as evidenced by international downloads, physical sales and live-streaming of her music clearly demonstrates the future potential for this artist and her partners to launch a major career in mainstream music markets. In the past eighteen years, Carolina has been onstage as a performer more than one thousand times. This has given her the opportunity to fine tune her strong stage presence. Her goal each time is to interact with the audience and communicate with them on a deeply emotional level. She has performed in concert with Alan Doyle, The Secrets and Theo Tams, among other acts, while appearing at the George Street Festival, Killigrew’s Soiree, the Supermarket in Toronto as well as clubs and soft seat venues in Newfoundland and across Canada. She recently appeared in three showcases at MusicNL Week, and will be attending the East Coast Music Awards in Halifax in May where she has been nominated for Indigenous Artist Of The Year and has been selected to showcase on the Indigenous Stage. She will also be a participant in the Indigenous Music Awards where her album has been nominated for Country Album of the Year and was selected to perform at the opening ceremonies as well as the Indigenous Music Awards Sessions which will find her recording a live music video that will launch worldwide. Carolina will also be attending Canadian Music Week in Toronto. And is also a top ten finalist in The Canadian Songwriting Competition in the “Undiscovered” category. In May, a provincial tour with nine dates, all soft seat venues, across the island of Newfoundland with fellow songwriter Damien Follett will take place. A regional tour of the Maritimes is being organized for late Summer and early Fall. There is no doubt, once regional and national audiences hear her in concert, that they will agree that Carolina East is an artist to be reckoned with.

ChessClubTo top

Hip Hop has not traditionally thrived in St. John’s, Newfoundland, but for the individual members of ChessClub (Andrew Lahey, Matthew Murphy, James Piercey and producer Adrian Gagnon), who grew up there, hip-hop is how they found each other. The four-piece now call Toronto home, and with fifteen years of collective writing, musings, and perhaps a few rebirths, ChessClub are all too ready to release their sophomore album, These Flowers Are For You. In 2014 ChessClub premiered their first self-titled album with Vice magazine’s online music publication, Noisey, and earned themselves an East Coast Music Award (ECMA) nomination. The group are passionate about performing live, and often opt to perform alongside a full band. Throughout their career they have shared the stage with notable acts such as Pharoahe Monch, Shad, Camp Lo, Pete Rock and CL Smooth, The Beatnuts, Slaughterhouse, Belly and RA The Rugged Man. ChessClub’s blend of traditional and contemporary style carries into These Flowers Are For You, with defined growth and evolution. You can expect layers of rich, textured, modern sounding production, married with dense, introspective lyricism, in both traditional rap and melodic vocals. Thematically, the album explores a full range of emotions through the particular lens of each member. ChessClub probes questions about the tension of post-material modern life, and the relationship between growth and decay. Their sophomore album "These Flowers Are For You" was released via URBNET in February 2018 and is now available on limited edition vinyl LP and CD. Their highly anticipated single “Amelia Earhart” was released Friday December 15th as a digital single and a music video, directed by Matt Power and Starring Karena Evans.

Chris RyanTo top

Hailing from St. John’s Newfoundland, Chris Ryan has been entertaining crowds for over a decade. With his gritty voice, stellar guitar playing and high energy stage presence, Chris has become a mainstay in the Atlantic Canadian entertainment scene. Since the release of his self titled debut album, Chris has caught the attention of the East Coast music industry, playing showcases during East Coast Music Week and Music Nfld. & Labrador Week, along with receiving nominations for "Country Recording of the Year" and "Songwriter of the Year".  Chris has performed at the prestigious Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival and the Halifax Urban Folk Festival, as well as share the stage with country music legends Toby Keith and Deana Carter, Canadian music royalty Blue Rodeo, Great Big Sea's Alan Doyle and Canadian folk favorites Fortunate Ones. Chris signed a publishing deal with Canadian publishing company Sound of Pop in the Spring of 2018 and was recently announced as an East semi-finalist in the 2018 SiriusXM-CCMA Top of the Country Project.  Chris’ song “Lucky Heart” was added to the "Down Home Country" official playlist on Spotify Canada in the summer of 2018 and numerous singles from his debut album continue to receive regular rotation on commercial and college radio stations in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia & Ontario.  Chris has been hard at work writing & co-writing songs for his follow-up album to be released in 2018 and is currently on the road in Canada with Nfld. and Labrador artist Carolina East.  

Dave Mundy & The Best KindTo top

Savage guitar solo’s jump out of a tasty memphis groove, BAM. That poor harmonica being relentlessly squeezed for every ounce of soul. When a bass player and a drummer have been playing together for 25 years, magic. And who doesn’t like a well crafted song? Catchy, heartfelt and ridiculously easy to dance to, this band is a bonafide good time. Dave Mundy was nominated for Best Blues Recording in 2015 by MusicNL. For more information please visit: www.davemundymusic.ca

Dave WhittyTo top

Dave Whitty has been a member of the music scene in St. John’s Newfoundland since age seventeen. He got his start playing solo sets of original music and recording a couple small demos while trying to learn how the music community worked. As Dave’s talent developed so did his focus. After three years of solo work Dave formed At Ships End with a couple friends. The Celtic/Folk/Rock group soon gained notoriety in the St. John’s music scene playing everything from Christmas kitchen parties to the infamous George Street Festival. Dave decided after three years with the band to move on and pursue something different. Since then Dave has been playing gigs around St. John’s building his already loyal following including a few weekly George Street residencies. During the other days of the week Dave can be found in other venues booked to open for touring acts as well as booking and promoting his own shows. Dave has always worked hard to build his fan base in addition to creating and maintaining relationships with professionals thus broadening his knowledge of the industry. If you listen to Dave’s music it won’t take long to hear the pride he has for his home province capturing Newfoundland’s joie de vivre and beauty. Dave writes and sings about real life experiences; his folk/rock style tells stories woven through playful lyrics and infectious melodies about his relationships and his unique perspective. One minute Dave is cracking the audience up with tales of misadventures with friends and the next he’s can conjuring profound feelings of nostalgia or pain with stories of love friendship and the things that make Newfoundland special. With over a decade of experience playing live shows he has molded a one-of-a-kind vibe. His songwriting combines a distinctly east coast sound with modern themes that resonates with audiences.  Dave released his first solo album in 2011 which he completely funded and produced himself. “Let it Rest” has been for sale in many record stores selling nearly 1 500 hard copies in addition to over 5 000 online. Again seeking to improve his craft he reached out to other artists (and Newfoundlanders) with their own followings at home and beyond. James Wright Curtis Peckham and Jason Howard help make up what is known as The Dave Whitty Band. With the new band Dave took his bare-bones acoustic style and added more depth sculpting his songs in ways he couldn’t before. In the spring of 2015 Dave hired Robert Kelly to produce and engineer his first full-length album. It features the full backing band as well as some of St. John’s most sought-after session and live musicians. The self-titled record was released in July 2015 to a sold out audience at The Rockhouse in St. John’s and shows a new more controlled and refined approach to his songwriting. The band welcomed a MusicNL nomination in 2016 for Folk/Roots recording of the year. It has sold over 2 500 hard copies and has done extremely well through online sales and services such as Apple Music Spotify etc. In the winter of 2018 Dave teamed up with producer Peter Green and started in on his 3rd studio album Talkin’ Back Fool. A 9 track record that shows a more mature side of the songwriting and catchy arranging. Dave spent a full year travelling performing & writing and came home to find the right people to get this album recorded. Featuring the full band as well as several key performers the album was tracked in St. John’s over the whole month of February and is released on June 10th at the historic LSPU Hall. A 20+ Eastern Canadian tour to Ontario and back to directly followed and promoted the CD Launch in the month of June. In 2017 the group has toured extensively throughout Newfoundland and self-booked tours around the east coast of Canada. They have been asked to play the George St. Festival on a few different occasions in St. John’s opening for The Sheepdogs Cuff the Duke and Great Big Sea as well as being invited to showcase at Canadian Music Week in 2014 and 2015 in Toronto. They were asked to open up back-to-back shows for The Matt Mays Band in 2016 as well as hosting and promoting their own shows in and around St. John’s. As much as Dave puts into the band there is that much more that goes into his solo work. He has taken what was once a hobby into a full-time profession. He works tirelessly booking shows and gigs, writing songs and managing his social media accounts as well as his website. He manages and coordinates rehearsals, rentals, recording tim,e recording personnel and arranges all songs. Dave has been booked to play all across Canada. He has made a second home base in Toronto for several years where he worked wrote and booked shows at places like Lee’s Palace The Horseshoe Tavern & Rancho Relaxo. There has been two separate 30+ self-booked theatre show tours in Western Canada. He regularly books gigs across Newfoundland has done shows in USA as well as Ireland. For the last six years Dave has taken the months between January and April and held a residency in downtown Puerto Vallarta Mexico and has toured through Western Mexico on several occasions. He has hosted east coast themed events in Dominican Republic a handful of times in 2017 and 2018.

Dean StairsTo top

Dean Stairs is an award winning musician with a top tier record of Production Engineering and Musicianship. He has worked in the Music Industry for over 30 years and has established a reputation as a collaborative force through effective networks and a strong clear vision. He has been recognized within Newfoundland through the MusicNL Industry Builder Award. As of Sept 2015 he is the Chair of Board of Directors for the East Coast Music Association. Together with his wife Stevie they have built The Citadel House into a recognized brand within the Creative Industries by identifying and developing new talent within the framework of Atlantic Canada. Dean is known to be a mentor and trusted individual in the music industry in Newfoundland and the East Coast. He has been working with Adam Baxter Christian Howse Earle and Coffin and more under the Citadel House label over the last three years as well as working with multiple award winning artists from across Newfoundland East Coast of Canada and into the international market. Dean has been helping increase the reach of the music industry in Newfoundland most recently by expanding the team at Citadel House Inc. to include Communications and Marketing and Artist Representation. Dean Stairs owns and operates the Citadel House in Central Newfoundland. The Citadel House is both a unique live venue and a state of the art recording facility that operates out of the original Salvation Army Citadel in Lewisporte NL. Dean collaborates with musicians from all over the world to produce content that is heard in every major international market. He is a Beta Tester for both Waves Audio Inc from Israel and WaveLab from Belgium to produce cutting edge software for today's musician. His work has garnered many nominations and awards for his artists as well as himself over the years. Dean is passionate about getting it right and works to a very high tolerance. He has played live music since early 1980 and I started recording in 1981. In 1983 he was accepted to Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee to study Music Business with an emphasis in Recording. It was only after he arrived in Nashville that he was made aware of the difference between in state and out of state tuition. He spent the rest of the 80’s playing in clubs and working in the studio as a session player as well as an engineer. He detoured a bit in the early 90’s when he joined the Canadian Forces. The detour was pretty soon back on track as his training was in the technical side of audio transmission and recording. He began to work again as a Live Sound Engineer while he was posted in Germany. The last few years that he spent in the Forces were in San Diego working with the US Navy as lead for a Research and Development Cell specializing in audio analysis and transmission via the Internet. He was posted by the Canadian Forces to Gander NL in 1993 and started looking for a place to buy almost immediately upon arrival. He wanted someplace big enough for his family as well as a recording studio. In 1995 Dean purchased the building that is now The Citadel House. Dean and family have been living in NL and working in the Music Industry of NL full time since 2001. In that time they have been part of several MusicNL and ECMA nominated productions and a few MusicNL Award winning projects. For the past five years Citadel House has been operating a small live venue. The building is the original Salvation Army building and has fantastic acoustics. He often explains to folks that working in the music industry in Newfoundland and Labrador is like prospecting for gold and the nuggets are just lying on the ground everywhere.  Dean considers himself very fortunate to be working in this industry in this part of the world.

DeeDee Lannon

DeeDee LannonTo top

DeeDee Lannon is an avid volunteer who can be found helping out at the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, MusicNL Week, Festival 500, the ECMAs, Jazz Fest and much more. Not limited to just music, DeeDee also volunteers for the Arthritis Society, the Janeway Telethon, and Girl Guides of Canada just to name a few.

Dillon CollinsTo top

Dillon Collins has been a staff writer at The Newfoundland Herald since the fall of 2013. Beginning as a freelancer, Collins became a valued full time staffer following his graduation from Memorial University's Bachelor of Arts program, majoring in English with a minor in History. Since joining the 70-plus year provincial institution, Collins has interviewed and profiled the who's who of Newfoundland and Labrador's music scene including various MusicNL award winners and industry professionals. Collins' work specializes in the spotlighting of local talent, regardless of genre or medium, from folk and trad to heavy metal and hip hop. He is a former juror of both the MusicNL and East Coast Music Awards and has a well-rounded and varied education and of the Atlantic regions' music culture. In addition to his work The Newfoundland Herald, Collins has freelanced for a wide variety of entertainment mediums including Rock Eden, Refined, and The Muse. Nationally and internationally, Collins' work has been featured in outlets including and not limited to Outburn Magazine, Brave Words, Metal Injection and Metalheads Forever. Collins has covered numerous high profile events and festivals including George Street Festival, Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, Salmon Festival, Eastbound Hoedown and nationally acclaimed music festivals Osheaga and Heavy Montreal. He has likewise been commissioned to compile bios and one-sheets for local artists including Chris Andrews, The Combine and Quote The Raven. Some of his more prominent and noteworthy interviews within the music landscape include John Fogerty, Vince Neil, Gordon Lightfoot, Judas Priest, Chris Jericho, Megadeth, Cradle of Filth, James Taylor, Maroon 5, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Flo Rida, Ghost, Corrosion of Conformity, Richard Marx and Rex Brown, while high profile interviews outside of the medium include numerous political figures past and present, actors Jason Momoa and Jason Priestley, and sports stars including hockey players, Olympians and professional wrestlers. A selection of articles and editorials including artist interviews and columns can be found at this link: https://nfldherald.com/author/dillonc/

Earle & CoffinTo top

National award winning duo Nick Earle and Joe Coffin from St. John’s, NL are two young bluesmen you should definitely get to know! Earle and Coffin’s debut album “Live at The Citadel House” is a collection of the duo’s favorite blues standards recorded live in concert, ultimately earning them the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performers, as well as ECMA and MusicNL nominations. Reviving old blues is just one of the projects these guys have been working on, in February 2017 Earle and Coffin released their sophomore album “Wood, Wire, Blood and Bone”. This “potluck” of electric blues, rock, and be-bop inspired originals and classic blues standards earned them the 2017 MusicNL Jazz/Blues Artist of the Year Award and multiple other MusicNL nominations. Most recently Earle and Coffin were nominated for the 2018 ECMA Blues Recording of the Year. “A Day in July” is the newest project released under the Citadel House label. This acoustic EP was recorded live off the floor and features three acoustic versions of originals from “Wood Wire Blood & Bone”, as well as three brand new unreleased originals written during the summer of 2017. To add to the accolades, the duo won the 2017 Maritimes to Memphis International Blues Challenge in the solo/duo category and in January 2018 Earle and Coffin proudly represented Atlantic Canada at the coveted International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, advancing to the Semi-Finalist Round. In addition to making great music and winning awards these 18-year-old blues men have been getting around touring festivals and showcases throughout Canada and the US, most recently showcasing at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, MO. In April 2018 the duo started recording their next album and is set to release in mid-2018. Earle and Coffin are soulful vocalists, brilliant guitar players and blessed with engaging personalities experienced beyond their years.

FairgaleTo top

Mixing pop rock elements with captivating harmony vocals, Fairgale is a mix of Oasis & Kings of Leon with 3-part harmonies that soar like The Eagles. Two lead vocalists with distinctly different voices allow for a fresh sound from one song to the next. Fairgale won the inaugural George Street 'Rock the Block' competition in 2015 and followed that up by releasing their Music NL nominated debut album 'Own the Light' in December of that year. Fairgale were nominated for Group of the Year at 2016's MusicNL Awards, and were chosen as a Regional Finalist in CBC's Searchlight competition. They have toured Atlantic Canada and shared the stage with acts such as Trooper, Sloan and Yukon Blonde. Fairgale released their sophomore album, "Pillars" in May of 2018. They've received radio play across Canada and are preparing for a busy summer/fall that includes opening dates for The Arkells and Coleman Hell.

Feile Seamus Creagh (Irish Newfoundland Traditional Music Foundation)To top

Féile (festival) Séamus Creagh is a festival of Traditional Music and Song from Newfoundland and Ireland. It is named in memory of the late fiddle master Séamus Creagh. The festival features top performers, and indeed, tradition bearers from both the Newfoundland musical tradition, and its forebear, the Irish musical tradition. Over the years, the festival has allowed Newfoundland and Irish artists to showcase and explore their musical connections. The result has been the formation of traditional groups, continuing opportunities in Ireland for our local musicians to showcase their talents, and the return of Irish performers to tour Newfoundland with local artists being heavily involved. The event also has a weekend of instruction in traditional instruments and dancing, lectures on various aspects of the Newfoundland and Irish music tradition, along with a performance / question period with school children in the local area. Feile Seamus Creagh is ran by a volunteer board of directors and is not for profit. The festival began in 2009 and will celebrate its 10th anniversary in Sept 2019.

Florian HoefnerTo top

Born and raised in Germany, trained in New York City and now based in Canada, jazz pianist and composer, Florian Hoefner, draws from a myriad of influences that cumulate in his unique brand of modern jazz. Praised as a “composer-bandleader of insightful resolve” by the New York Times and a “harmonically daring pianist […] reaching toward new sonic territory” by Downbeat, Florian Hoefner has made his mark as an inventive creator and performer of exciting contemporary Jazz. With the Florian Hoefner Group, he has released 3 albums on Origin Records that have received rave reviews around the globe. “Luminosity,” his latest release, has been described as a “starkly picturesque album [...] that makes profound statements from quiet moments” by Downbeat, as “the real deal” by Jazz Journal (UK) and as a “total experience” by the New York Jazz Record. Featuring tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake, this record has been his most ambitious project so far. It has been nominated as Jazz Recording of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards 2017. With the quartet, he maintains a busy touring schedule that has included over 100 performances in Europe and North America to date. After their performance at the Montréal Jazz Festival 2015, Hoefner was awarded the Stingray Rising Star Award. In September 2017 he released “Coldwater Stories” (Origin Records), his first ever solo piano album with 10 original compositions and improvisations. Exploring a new process that interleaves composed with freely improvised sections it has been described as “sublimely evocative music” by The WholeNote Magazine. As a member of the Germany-based collective, Subtone, he has released 4 critically acclaimed albums on labels including ENJA Records and performed on 4 continents including festivals such as Jazz Baltica (Germany), ACACIA Jazz Festival (Ethiopia), Jazz in Situ (Ecuador) and Tremplin Jazz d’Avignon (France) where the group was awarded the jury and audience awards. Florian’s work as a sideman has led to numerous additional CD releases including a collaboration with guitarist, Kurt Rosenwinkel on Fresh Sounds Records. He has shared the stage with the likes of Joe Lovano, Seamus Blake, Rich Perry, John Riley, trumpet virtuoso Jens Lindemann, and New York Philharmonic clarinetist, Mark Nuccio. A two-time winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, Hoefner’s compositions and arrangements can be heard on many commercial albums by artists including Till Brönner, Jasmin Tabatabai and Peter Fessler. His big band compositions have been performed by the New York Jazz Orchestra, the Lucerne Jazz Orchestra, the German Youth Jazz Orchestra and the DanJam Orchestra. Florian initially began his musical studies in Bavaria, where he played the trumpet and accordion, in addition to piano. After obtaining his first degree in jazz piano from the University of Arts in Berlin, he was granted a Fulbright Scholarship to complete a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City where he studied with Jason Moran, Dave Liebman, and Garry Dial. Since July 2014 Florian is a resident of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, where he now serves as adjunct professor for Jazz at Memorial University.

Fortunate OnesTo top

Catherine Allan and Andrew O’Brien know a lot about what it takes to make a good partnership. Their debut album, The Bliss was nominated for a JUNO Award, garnered two #1 singles on CBC Radio 2’s Top 20, won the 2016 “Rising Star” ECMA, the 2015 “Vocal Group” Canadian Folk Music Award, and four 2015 Music Newfoundland and Labrador Awards. Over the last five years they have played over 400 shows together and have even garnered the attention of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when he singled out a track from their 2016 Christmas EP All Will Be Well, as one of his favourite listens for the holidays. With the whirlwind that has been the band’s first 5 years it seems apt that the first track on this record, “Northern Star” calls on listeners to reflect, stay strong, and move forward. “There’s a quickening of the blood / Inside the hammer of your heart / To know where you are going / You’ve got to find out where you are” Catherine was moved to write the chorus of “Northern Star” after hearing stories of refugees moving to Canada, and imagining what that journey must be like… The loss of one’s home, having to uproot after trauma. The song reflects the need for some kind of compass, guidance and purpose on an uncertain path. When Andrew wrote the verses separately, not knowing the point of her inspiration, the chorus and verses aligned in a way that was surprising and exciting. On that path to find home, we are certain to be tested, and Hold Fast is rich with songs about the trials and tribulations that one may face on the way. The title track, for example, creates a mantra of overcoming insecurities that hold us back. “Don’t be weighed down by the past / Or fooled by the seedlings / Of that greener grass” Hold Fast also celebrates friendship and partnership. The song “Steady As She Goes” is dedicated to all those affected by the Fort McMurray wildfire of 2016, especially the first responders. Inspired by a true story, it speaks to how one person relies on another in the face of loss and insurmountable challenge. “I still have you beside me / I still have hope inside me now / And I won’t quit riding on / No I was born to ride it out” Fortunate Ones were supported by a remarkable array of collaborators on Hold Fast, including songwriters Alan Doyle (Great Big Sea), Tim Baker (Hey Rosetta!), and Meg Warren (Repartee). Musically, the cast here includes Jim Bryson, Good Lovelies, Alexa Dirks (Begonia), Kinley Dowling (Hey Rosetta!), and the multi-talented Ledwell who produced the album at his studio in Lake Echo, Nova Scotia. This collective effort has yielded songs from a band whose humility and quiet dignity belies a roaring artistic heart, which has been captured beautifully on the yearning Hold Fast.


GAME BOY started recording and releasing music in 2017. GAME BOY was proud to release his debut album "Press Start" on March 1st, 2017. Since that album's release music lovers from many different walks of life that have given his music a chance have been enthralled with its sublime mixture of EDM with melodic Chiptune nostalgia. The debut albums success culminated in being named as a finalist for the 2017 MusicNL Electronic Artist of the Year Award. GAME BOY's second album "Give Me Five More Minutes!" was released on February 28th, 2018, it was received with an even larger amount of critical and commercial success than his debut album. It has been praised for showing how much GAME BOY has improved since his debut, special notes often appreciating the newest electronic sub genre to join GAME BOY's repertoire, Electro Swing. The songs feature a mixture of Video Game, Pop Culture & Newfoundland references, and if you give any of them a chance you will be greeted with something wholly unique.

Garrick TheatreTo top

Garrick Theatre is a multi-use cultural facility located in the heart of Bonavista. Owned and operated by the Bonavista Historic Townscape Foundation, the Garrick boasts comfortable theatre seating for 200, full digital cinema, state-of-the-art sound and lighting, and exceptional acoustics ... and that’s just the beginning. Cross the lobby and you’ll find the Annex - a beautifully furnished bar, eatery and intimate performance space. Head upstairs, and you’ll discover our soon-to-be completed conference/event space with room for 100. From Opera to open mic, the Garrick offers a diverse, year-round program of mainstream and indie films, live music, theatre, public lectures, and special events. But The Garrick is more than a cultural and entertainment venue. It’s also a place to go and gather, and to meet friends, old and new.

Gene PhillipsTo top

Gene Phillips’ Bio Gene Phillips has been writing and performing his own songs all his life. While initially a drummer, he branched out to play guitar, bass and piano. He has taken private instruction in voice, drums, guitar and piano. In recent years he performed at venues such as the VOCM Happy Tree Concert at the Arts and Culture Centre Dec. 2015, Co-host at Open Mic at The Ship May 2017, Colliers Folk Festival July 2016 and various fundraisers. Gene’s musical influences are diverse. As a child he was enamored with the local band The Fables and their traditional song Heave Away. In his teens it was Finger Eleven, Big Wreck, Johnny Cash, Tea Party, Collective Soul, Ron Hynes, Merle Haggard, Gordie Sampson, Foo Fighters and some Tenacious D. Currently, Gene spends his time in his studio and attending classes at the CNA Music Program: Performance, Business and Technology. He plays with 2 bands, Civilized Animals and Lies with Wolves. He has co-written, recorded, engineered and produced songs for both bands. He has started his own business, Gene Phillips’ Recording and Publishing and has embarked on a solo debut album released in December, 2017. Gene plays all instruments and sings all songs himself. He was featured on the popular 97.5 K-Rock Under the Influence World Album Premier show with Jlac in March 2018. He has recently been invited to be a guest on the Rogers Community Channel program NL Now to showcase his talents. He was featured on CBC radio’s First Listen with Jamie Fitzpatrick on June 3, 2018. He gets radio play on local, national and international radio stations. Gene is a member of Music NL and is anxious to share his new tunes with the province and the world at large.

Glen CollinsTo top

Glen Collins is an award winning composer, producer and one of the most sought after guitarists from St. John's, Newfoundland Canada. For the past 25 years he has performed, produced, recorded and toured with many of Newfoundland's top musical artists, and has appeared on over 30 local releases. In both 2015 and 2016 Glen won the coveted Arts and Letters Awards for Senior Division Music composition and just released his debut CD 'Curry' in May 2018. Glen has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows and music he has created and/or produced was featured on 3 seasons of 'Majumder Manor', CBC Radio's Fisheries Broadcast (theme music) and in several television documentaries. His guitar work can be found on multiple MusicNL and ECMA award winning releases from Janet Cull, Kelly Anne Evans, Dana Parsons and many others. Glen remains an in demand pit musician for many NL based theatre companies such as TaDa!, Theatre St. John's, Beothuck Street Players and is a first call guitarist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (performances include The Once, Alan Doyle, Eleanor McCain, Mark Murphy, Jody Richardson, Ennis, Linda Boyd, Jonathon Munro, Keith Power, Rajaton, Krystin Pellerin). Theatre performances include Hairspray, Mama Mia, Rock of Ages, Jesus Christ Superstar, Mary Poppins, All Shook Up, Footloose, Grease, Annie, Tommy, High School Musical, Evita, Chicago, Cabaret, Cats, Rocky Horror Show...and many others.

Greg SmithTo top

Greg Smith is a name that many associate to the local music scene. He is the host of numerous radio shows including: VOCM's Irish Newfoundland Show, KIXX Country's Potluck and Big Land FM's Homebrew. Greg is also a co-host on the VOCM Morning show. Greg has been with VOCM his entire professional broadcasting career, spending time in Marystown and St. John’s. Greg has strong ties to the community from its music to its non-profit organizations. He served a two-year term on the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society Board and in the time chaired the programming of the annual NL Folk Festical. Greg still supports the Folk Arts Society as the producer and host of their seasonal radio show Folkus, which is a highlight of the festival and folk arts in the province. Greg has been recognized with the MusicNL Media Person of the Year award and has been recognized by several non-profit groups, including being the recipient of the 2017 Aidan Maloney Young Professionals Award by the Northwest Rotary Club.

Ian FosterTo top

Ian Foster is an award-winning Canadian songwriter music producer and filmmaker. He’s a road worn troubadour who has been described as having a keen poetic sense in his writing. CBC’s Bob Mersereau described him as being “a fine example of what a 21st century folk performer should be doing.”

It Could Be FrankyTo top

Computer music meets 90s dance music in this minimalism-infused synthpop project with arpeggiators and quirky vocals by Danielle Hamel (Land of the Lakes) based out of St. John’s, NL. After playing in indie rock bands for over a decade, Danielle released her first solo album in March 2016, an electronic album entitled Your Friends Don’t Buy It At All. It Could Be Franky won the 2016 MusicNL Urban/Electronic Artist of the Year award, was nominated for 2016 MusicNL Female Artist of the Year, was longlisted for the 2016 Borealis Music Prize, voted the People’s Choice Award for Electronic Artist of the Year for two years in a row with The Overcast (2016 and 2017), nominated for a 2017 ECMA Award for Electronic Recording of the Year and for a 2017 MusicNL Award for Music Video of the Year for the video Always.

Jason Richard Lacour (J-Lac)To top

Jason Richard Lacour (J-Lac) Radio Host On 97.5 K-Rock Local radio Station in St. Johns. His description of himself would be: Dad, Singer, Radio host, cook, GI Joe owner. He is a very down to earth local celebrity, who does great things for the local music community. He uses all platforms (radio, social media, and word of mouth to promote local bands. His own segment on K-rock (under the influence) is where most bands get their feet wet when it comes to radio interviews, even airtime for their music. The show features a full hour of local music and their influences. which is a good way to have people hear you. He also does special tribute versions of under the influence where he has had groups like Fairgale cover Fleetwood mac, Earl and coffin cover Dennis parker, Mick Davis cover Tom Petty, Waterfront fire Cover Guns N Roses, Even my own band Beauwater Cover The Rolling Stones. These tribute shows often attract listeners to the groups they hear and lead them to the bands original material. He also has a large social media following (via K-rock) and when he has a band on the show, their social media numbers see immediate impact.  

Joel Thomas HynesTo top

Joel Thomas Hynes, the voice and songwriter behind the album Dead Man’s Melody, is perhaps better known as a novelist, screenwriter and actor. His fiction has been celebrated internationally, translated into numerous languages, and adapted to the big screen and stage alike. His most recent novel, We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night, won the 2017 Governor General’s Award for Fiction. Hynes is also the creator, executive producer and star of the hit CBC comedy series Little Dog, which premiered to rave reviews in March of 2018. But aside from writing books and making movies and guest starring in TV shows like Orphan Black, Frontier and Mary Kills People, he’s also been working hard over the years as a singer-songwriter. He’s broken up a few bands, toured and wrote songs with his late uncle, acclaimed folksinger Ron Hynes, and has had his music featured in numerous films and TV shows. His song Boot Heels and Shine was a national finalist for the 2015 CBC Searchlight Competition. In 2015 he also released a four song EP of original music – JTH Live at the LSPU Hall. Dead Man’s Melody, his first full length studio album, liberally exploits Hynes’s vast experience as a storyteller and actor and can be described as a theatrical, character-driven, roots-rock album that spins a brazen tale of doomed love and murder which culminates in a SWAT Team standoff with bullhorns blaring and choppers in the air.

Jordan HarnumTo top

Jordan Harnum is a true son of Newfoundland. Born and raised in New Harbour, he learned the power and tradition of song and story from a young age. Jordan has always felt a deep spiritual connection with the act of performing on stage or on screen. Jordan’s debut record “The Boys Around The Bay” was produced and written-in-part by Glenn Simmons (The Fables) (Wonderful Grand Band) and released in the fall of 2017. Since then, Jordan and his All-Star Band have been showcasing the album and their talents throughout his home in Newfoundland.

JYAYTo top

Newfoundland Music Award winning rapper JYAY is building quickly. He has rocked shows across 8 countries with internationally renowned rappers like Merkules, Evil Ebenezer, Ghettosocks, and Joseph Rose. JYAY’s songs and music videos have received over 750,000 streams, and his music has been added to multiple playlists curated by Spotify. Commercial Top 40 radio station 99.1 Hits FM in St John’s retired JYAY’s single “No Way” with champion status after it won their “Battle of the Beats” competition 4 times in a row, garnering a substantial amount of airplay for months. Support for JYAY from both new fans and the Industry is growing, with JYAY also performing at the 2017 Newfoundland Music Awards gala and receiving showcasing opportunities and grants from the MusicNL industry association. JYAY is on the rise!

Kellie LoderTo top

There is something truly extraordinary about Juno Award–nominee Kellie Loder. It’s there in her immensely poignant lyrics, which are set against dazzling, melodic folk/pop. And it’s there in the singer/songwriter’s electrifying live shows which simultaneously inspire profound emotion in listeners while cracking them up with sparkling anecdotes. If Loder isn’t breaking your heart, she’s splitting your sides. Those contrasting yet somehow complementary sensibilities doubtless stem from Loder’s native Newfoundland and Labrador, a rugged and remote place steeped in storytelling tradition and where comedy and tragedy are twin markers for successfully navigating life, a point documented by legions of legendary artists from the region. Loder is poised to ascend those rarefied ranks. For proof, witness her brilliant and emotive third album, Benefit of the Doubt, which elevates whatever subject Loder happens to be highlighting, from intoxicating love (the mesmerizing ballad "Playground") to the exquisite pain of growing apart (the downcast "Boxes," already a radio hit and winner of the 2017 MusicNL Video of The Year Award). Whatever the theme, each song on Benefit of the Doubt soars on Loder’s skilful piano, guitar, and especially on her radiantly soulful voice. That Loder also co-produced eight of Benefit of the Doubt’s 10 original tracks “makes me feel more connected to this project than any other I've done before,” she confirms. “To some degree all these songs came relatively easy because I knew what I wanted to say. I could probably write five songs a day,” she howls, “but that would take up all my time and brain power.” Indeed, the scope and skill of the songs on Benefit of the Doubt also handily demonstrate why Loder is fast-emerging as a sought-after songwriter both at home and Stateside among marquee collaborators including — but not limited to — Justin Gray (John Legend, Mariah Carey, Amy Winehouse), Ari Rhodes (Ryan O’Shaughnessy, Michelle Treacy), and acclaimed fellow Newfoundlanders Damhnait Doyle and Jerry Stamp. Anyone who has heard Loder or watched her perform knows one thing is certain: she is a towering talent about to explode on the world stage. “I feel like I am writing songs all the time,” Loder says. “I have about a million little ideas recorded on my iPhone. But the process is never the same way twice. I can overhear something when I am out. Or I can wake up and just start singing into my phone". “With this album, I really want to get people talking,” she adds, specifically citing the song “Molded Like a Monster.” Cut in Los Angeles with Justin Gray (who produced the track at his studio), the arresting lyric-driven “Molded” questions our tendency to judge others, often about things beyond people’s control, like gender or even occupation. “That song kind of fell into my lap as I was driving in St. John’s,” Loder explains. “I had just seen the movie American Sniper which I found very impactful. There were so many different kinds of people in that movie and none of them got to choose who they were, to choose their mold. They were just born into it. I was in the bathtub of my parents’ house, of all places, when the chorus came to me. And it was boom, done!” More than just underscoring Loder’s deep disavowal of intolerance, “Molded Like a Monster” also signals her move towards more secular subject matter. “I am still a very spiritual person, still a believer,” says the native of tiny Badger, Newfoundland (population 900), whose 2012 album Imperfections & Directions netted a Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year Juno nod. Her debut, The Way, dropped in 2009. Loder continues: “But I felt limited as to what I could write about when I was a Christian artist. Now I feel like I have more freedom to express myself the way I want to and to become the songwriter and performer I want to become.” New single “Telescope” is a handy snapshot of Loder at her most persuasive. Written with several others and also cut in Los Angeles with Gray (the balance of Benefit of the Doubt was recorded in St. John’s with co-producers Ian Foster and Daniel Adams), the propulsive, super-catchy “Telescope” is a knock-kneed love song for the ages, framing Loder’s vivid lyrics with an almost conversational vocal delivery. Despite her love of performing — at which she is exceptionally gifted, gliding effortlessly between keyboard and guitar while enthralling audiences with those priceless, above-mentioned anecdotes — Loder admits, “I really, really want to be a songwriter who is sought-after, someone people line up for months to write with. That’s the ultimate goal.” To that end, Loder recently inked a worldwide publishing deal with Pandyamonium Music Publishing where she plans to fully explore co-writing opportunities, building on a sterling CV that already includes penning music for tour operators Ocean Quest Adventures, and being covered by rising star Rachel Cousins, among others. “Co-writing for me is like showing up at someone’s house to paint a picture but they have different colours than I have,” she says. “There is another perspective to see, and I think co-writing makes songs even better". “I remember sitting in a session with Ari Rhodes and thinking, ‘How did I get here?’ I am from a tiny town in Newfoundland and he’s really good.’ And it dawned on me that I must be really good, too, in order to be here. That was a powerful experience. “Someone once told me that songs are never finished,” Loder says. “At some point, you just have to stop because there are so many ways you can go about creating a song. For me a song is finished when it feels right; when I have painted the picture, said what I wanted to say the way I want to say it. And that’s how this album feels to me. It feels… complete.”

Kilbride MusicTo top

Managers, Bob Hallett and Michelle Robertson, work tirelessly in establishing emerging artists and advancing the careers of those already established. Kilbride Music offers career- building strategies & guidance, grant writing, and access to a vast network of industry professionals across North America, the United Kingdom, and beyond. Over the past 7 years, Kilbride Music has facilitated the release of 10 chart- topping records; built multiple successful marketing campaigns for our clients; and planned and executed countless tours in Canada, United States, Europe, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Kilbride Music currently manages The Swinging Belles, The Dardanelles, and consults for a multitude of up-and-coming acts in Newfoundland & Labrador. Company HIghlights: - Secured well-over $500,000 in funding for our clients - Aided roster in achieving over 2-dozen awards (Canadian Folk Music, ECMA, MusicNL, NLAC), countless nominations, and most notably, two JUNO nods - Signed The Once to major label, Nettwerk - Secured many showcasing opportunities across North America - Kilbride Music earned nominations for ECMA Management of the Year (2014/2015/2016) - Previous sponsors of MusicNL’s NewFound Talent Contest - Bob provided the keynote address at 2014 MusicNL conference brunch - Michelle represents NL’s elected seat on the ECMA board and was quickly appointed Executive Secretary

KT CreativeTo top

Kevin Tobin started KT Creative 4 years ago after a 25-year career in advertising. KT Creative designed Mallory Johnson's self-titled EP launched this spring 2018. The loose watercolour illustration of Mallory on her EP cover and back cover is to tie in with previous paintings KT Creative produced in collaboration with Mallory for each song on the album. Over the past two years, these pulp cover-inspired paintings were included on iTunes with the release of each single as a build-up to Mallory's recently launched EP. Kevin has also designed CDs for NL artists/musicians like the Sons of Erin, Simani, and The Cormiers. He also illustrated and published two children's books based on the songs of entertainers Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers.

Kyle McDavidTo top

Kyle McDavid is a music, theatre, and graphic design educator and the founder and co-Artistic Director of Best Kind Productions (most recently directing James & The Giant Peach, Honk!, The Pirates of Penzance, [title of show], and music directing Red Rock, Fun Home, Urinetown, Avenue Q). Kyle is also a freelance graphic designer (clients include Shallaway, NSO, NSYO, and more), a 2-time nominee for MusicNL's Educator of the Year award (2016, 2017) and Graphic Designer of the Year award (2017). He is the writer/composer of the original musical, Impresario, based on the life of St. John's-born Broadway legend, John Murray Anderson, which premiered in May 2017 at the LSPU Hall in St. John's, Newfoundland. Recent writing projects include Red Rock with Dan Lasby, and How Do You Get To Jellybean Row?, which premieres in the summer of 2018 at the Bowring Park Amphitheatre. Some recent performance credits include All Shook Up as Dennis (Quidi Vidi/Rennie's River Development Foundation), 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), Anything Goes as Moonface Martin (PMP), Spelling Bee as Panch (BKP), The Complete Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Shakespeare by the Sea), Bedtime Stories, and more. He has directed/performed in theatre productions in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Ontario, and is an alumnus of Up with People (touring North America and Europe for a year with their production Roads in 1999-2000.)

Land of the LakesTo top

Land of the Lakes is the indie rock husband and wife duo of Matthew Thomson and Danielle Hamel from St. John's, NL. Having carefully honed their sound with a decade and a half of writing music together, they play a combination of orchestral indie pop and alt rock shoe-gazer with fuzzed out guitars and dreamy melodies. Eager to introduce their two kids to the ways of indie rock, as a follow-up to their 2015 self-titled album, they released a rock album for kids entitled Pink Rabbit in February 2017. This year, their stop motion music video for Zamboni was an official selection at the Nickel Independent Film Festival in St. John's, NL. Directed by Danielle Hamel, it earned her the award for 2018 Emerging Filmmaker of the Year. Land of the Lakes were nominated for 2017 MusicNL Awards for Pop/Rock Group of the Year and Music Video of the Year. In 2015, they were nominated for MusicNL Awards for Alternative Artist of the Year and Rising Star of the Year, and were longlisted for the Borealis Music Prize. Land of the Lakes’ song On These Days is currently the theme song for Unis TV’s webisodes for Hors Circuits. In 2015, they were chosen by Grant Lawrence as a Top 10 Standout across Canada in CBC’s Searchlight competition. They've shared the stage with some of Canada's hottest acts including Land of Talk, Repartee, By Divine Right, Monomyth, Kelly McMichael & The Gloss, Fog Lake, The Pathological Lovers, The Long Distance Runners, En Riet, and Isle of Ease. Land of the Lakes perform live as a six-piece band. The members are Paddy Byrne (bass), Adam Hefferman (guitar), Dave Noseworthy (drums), and Hilary Thomson (keys, percussion).

Lawnya VawnyaTo top

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 endeavours, 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. We present multidisciplinary and collaborative artistic experiences focused on new independent music; produce a multi-day festival of music and art each spring in downtown St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador; showcase a vibrant music and arts community; and aim to further position St. John's on a national and international cultural map. Lawnya Vawnya gets its name from an old Newfoundland expression meaning “to have a good time at a dance or a party with plenty to eat.” It is a good time by the sea.

Lee FitzTo top

Lee Fitz Has been writing recording and performing Hip Hop for almost 20 years. Suave Roulette Vol 2 is the 2nd instalment in an on going EP series. Lee Fitz is also working on a full length album, a Tragically Hip hip hop tribute mix tape as well as Suave Roulette Vol 3.

LeRicheTo top

"Touching on the swelling sentiments of an accidental reunion, it’s an emotive indie-stirrer from the singer-songwriter" ~ Digital High Blog "We’re crushing hard on LeRiche" ~ idobi Radio "Bloody lovely troubadouring" ~ Fierce Panda LeRiche is a young alternative indie singer-songwriter from Port aux Basques, Newfoundland and Labrador with a heart full of song. He’s on a mission with no end in sight, but the goal to continue learning, connecting and sharing all of life’s experiences through soulful melodies. His passion for music stemmed from an early age, stretching his fingers out on a six-string at the eye-opening age of one, and has since pushed to explore every boundary of his musical limitations. While the guitar has, and always will be, Brad’s foretay, he has experimented with the piano, bass, and drums, and eventually discovered his joy for singing and song writing. He earned his first diploma from the College of the North Atlantic in Music Industry and Performance, before achieving a second in Recording Arts. After seven years of gigging at local bars around Newfoundland, LeRiche has been recognized provincially, winning the NL Battle of the Bands with his previous group, and even internationally, when he was chosen to represent Canada at Global Village 2012 in Qatar.

Mallory JohnsonTo top

“The girl can sing!”, says Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum entertainer, Sammy Kershaw, in an interview with Nashville Country Club. “Her pitch is so good, she has country soul, her phrasing is great and the way she breathes in the song, it’s unbelievable that she has been sitting out there.” That was the response multi-talented singer/songwriter, Mallory Johnson, received shortly after winning the “Next Country Star” 2015 talent contest in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Raised on Music Icons like Dolly, Merle, George, Shania, Mallory has a true love for music, including artists like Kacey Musgraves, Jason Isbell, and The Dixie Chicks. “I grew up on the legends of Country music because that’s what my parents are fans of. My mom used to tour all the time playing country music, so my love for the genre is deep-rooted.” As the recent winner of the 2017 CCMA Spotlight performance contest, Mallory is no stranger to the stage and has been performing in front of audiences for as long as she can remember. As early as eight years old, she was the youngest ever to perform both Canadian and American National Anthems at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto for an NHL game. She has shared the stage with many great artists, like Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Serena Ryder, Cory Hart and Dean Brody. As a former, leading member of the six-time MusicNL award-winning and ECMA nominated Celtic family group “The Cormiers”, Mallory has recorded four albums while traveling throughout the U.S., Canada and Scotland performing at theatres and festivals. Adding to her many talents, Mallory has also been very busy in musical theatre. She’s performed with The Spirit of Newfoundland, Theatre St. John’s, Peter MacDonald Productions, Best Kind Productions, TaDa Events, and many others, with some of her favorite roles being “Frenchy” in Grease, “Amber” in Hairspray, “Serena Katz” in Fame and “Dolly Parton” in Smoky Mountain Songbird (The Music of Dolly Parton). Soon after winning the “Next Country Star”, Mallory travelled to Nashville and Muscle Shoals to record new music, produced by Sammy Kershaw. The first track, “Tupelo”, written by hit makers Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson and Steve McEwan, was released in December, 2015 and skyrocketed to #6 on the Canadian Country iTunes Top Songs List on its first day of release! The music video was aired on Great American Country (GAC) and featured on CMT.com. Mallory's debut self-titled EP was digitally released on May 18th, 2018. "These songs have been a part of my live show, my family's playlists, and my heart for a while now. I have grown so much as an artist, a writer, and a person, and I'm just as excited about these songs now as I was when I stepped into the recording studio. There's sass, heartbreak, and a little humour, and I believe this collection of songs best represent me as an artist today."

Maria CherwickTo top

Maria Cherwick is a passionate young musician with interests in many genres of music. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Brandon University, and a Master of Music from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Throughout her studies, she has premiered countless contemporary composition, performed as a soloist with the Brandon University orchestra, and taught a number of academic courses. Maria currently enjoys her work as a Teaching Artist with Strong Harbour Strings and the Strong Harbour Strings Collective. Maria is an accomplished fiddler, and has performed from Victoria to St. John's, as well as throughout Europe as a folk musician. She has played with a number of ensembles, in styles ranging from Celtic, to Old Time, to Eastern European thrash polka. In addition, she also studies, performs, and has a passion for improvisation and jazz. Maria can be seen frequently performing fiddle music in and around St. John's. She also gigs with many groups, including her Ukrainian band The Kubasonics, The Old Contemporaries, Flower Hill, The Forgotten Bouzouki, and Luke & John. She has also explored her passion for orchestral music while touring and holding leadership positions in the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, National Academy Orchestra of Canada, and Brandon University Orchestra. Currently, she is a member of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Maria lives in St. John's, Newfoundland, where she plans to continue performing and blending the styles of fiddle, jazz, classical and world music.

Mark BraggTo top

Mark Bragg doesn’t need much of an introduction in his home town of St. John’s, Newfoundland, where he’s as much a music establishment himself as say, Fred’s Records or The Ship Inn Pub. His Newfoundland fanbase has long been drawn to the tragic-hero protagonists he sings about, and the wild-eyed persona that takes the stage to sing about them. But for the rest of us, after seeing Bragg play live for the first time, we might wonder which kind of oddball inhabits the character on stage in front of us: is it the harmless socks-with sandals sort of madcap, or the locked in the trunk of a car variety? While Bragg’s catalogue is full of dark humor and Southern Gothic flavor, his 2018 album “Winter” hosts a subtler cast of characters, making it his most accessible album to date. There’s a renewed calmness, a clarity, the words measured to be heard and felt. It’s still unmistakably Mark Bragg though: squinting sideways at the heartbreak and violence of life, somehow with a grimace and a grin and a tear in his eye all at once. Fans might miss the manic persona and frenetic energy of the Bragg they know and love, but there’s a maturity that makes the songs on “Winter” some of Mark Bragg’s finest. Mark Bragg is currently in his Corner Brook home, booking small concert venues, working on his piano chops, and walking his dog. I guess socks with sandals it is

Mary Beth WaldramTo top

While working full-time in the music industry for the past ten years, Mary Beth Waldram has organized and supervised large-scale events, created successful grant proposals, and helped artist’s both in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Mary Beth is a graduate of Memorial University’s School of Music and NSCC’s Music Business Program. Afterwards going to on to work with many Atlantic Canadian music festivals including Halifax Pop Explosion and Lawnya Vawnya. Mary Beth currently resides in St. John’s Newfoundland and recently started her own company Bakeapple Productions. Bakeapple Productions encompasses Mary Beth’s festival contract work, grant writing and artist management. She currently manages St. John’s groups Ouroboros andRube and Rake and New Brunswick's Adyn Townes. Other artists worked with (contract based): Dave Whitty (album release, grant writing and tour booking) Melanie O'Brien (tour booking) Sherry Ryan (Tour booking) Streel (submission help & grant writing) Fairgale (grant writing) RENDERS (grant writing) Kira Sheppard (grant writing) Rozalind MacPhail (grant writing and tour booking) Cordeen (grant writing) Festivals: Lawnya Vawnya - hospitality and volunteer coordinator Newfoundland Folk Festival - programming committee  

Melanie O'BrienTo top

Imagine a team of scientists spliced the DNA of Dolly Parton and Brandi Carlisle and created a dramatic fiery haired chanteuse who could make you laugh and cry all in the same song. That would be Melanie O’Brien. The St. John’s singer, songwriter and theatre performer trained at Sheridan College in Ontario where she became a triple threat and also began songwriting. In just her second year at the school Melanie was awarded the Prime time radio scholarship for outstanding achievement in commercial performance for her original material. After graduating with Honours, Melanie returned home to St. John’s and quickly cemented herself in the local music and theatre scenes regularly performing in musical theatre productions (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Alice and Wonderland, Our Divas Do Christmas) and performing club gigs both solo and as part of her duo band, The Duds with Philip Goodridge. In 2009 Melanie opened her own vocal coaching company and has taught such performers as Rachel Cousins, Andrew Pike, Julianne Meaney, Ally Noseworthy and more! In 2015 she was awarded the Artist Development grant from MusicNL to record her debut album of original music. Melanie released her first record; “Shining in the Blue” (produced by award-winning musician and producer Ian Foster) in November 2016. Her music has since been featured on several CBC Radio programs, K-Rock, VOCM and NTV with articles in The Overcast, The Telegram, The Newfoundland Herald, Sea and be Scene and more. Melanie also garnered three MusicNL nominations in 2017: Female Artist of the Year, Rising Star of the Year and Music Educator or the Year. Melanie took home the Music Educator award and was also selected to showcase her music at The Rockhouse as part of MusicNL Week 2017. Melanie is currently performing solo and as one half of the stylized duo “The Duds.". She is very excited to be writing new material and has already begun pre-production for her second album.

Michael HanrahanTo top

Michael Hanrahan is one of Newfoundland’s most inventive vocalists and instrumentalists. A former member of the Juno-award winning Irish Descendants for seven years, Michael’s innovative take on folk manages to both honour the past, while being very much of the present. A prolific multi-instrumentalist, Michael is known for his considerable contributions to a number of Newfoundland and Labrador artists (both performance and on record), but with the release of his third solo album, “Mild Mannered Child” he is moving firmly into his own spotlight. “Mild Mannered Child” is a beguiling, haunting work of an artist hitting his peak form. The three original songs, and carefully curated covers speak to Michael’s transformative powers as a musician. It is an album that sonically seems to harmoniously occupy many spaces at once: past and present; traditional and imaginative; intricate and unassuming. The “back to basics” approach to recording highlights the warm strength of Michael’s voice and his impeccable instrumental abilities, with arrangements whose apparent simplicity belies their powerful complexity. This is an album that speaks intimately to the listener, with an impact felt long after the last note is sounded; like the lingering trace of sea air on the breeze. Michael has released two previous solo albums, “Tie Me Down” (2005), and “Freeing Loneseome Tune” (2009). “Tie Me Down” featured the title track duet with mentor and friend Dermott O’Reilly (Ryan’s Fancy), while he track “All Our Hearts” (from “Freeing Lonesome Tune”) was selected by mvyradio.com for its Local MuiscCafe - with worldwide mp3 downloads of the enormously popular show in the hundreds of thousands. Michael has also appeared as a member of the Irish Descendants on four albums, “Across the Water”, “The Gift”, “Southern Shore” and “Blooming Bright Star”. Mike has recorded and performed with Banshee, The Ennis Sisters, Shanneyganock, Jim Fiddler, The Monday Nights, Janet Cull and many others. Michael has performed at many of North America’s greatest folk festivals, will be heading back onto the festival circuit in 2018 to promote “Mild Mannered Child”. Hanrahan has also appeared on Canada AM, The Juno Awards (with Great Big Sea), The East Coast Music Awards CBC Show and performed in Trafalgar Square with The Ennis Sisters in as part of the official World War 1 Commemorations for Beaumont Hamel.

Michelle RobertsonTo top

Michelle Robertson is an artist manager, entrepreneur, and music industry educator. As a young prairie girl growing up in Manitoba, Michelle’s affinity for Newfoundland and its musicians began in 1995 when she received Great Big Sea’s Up. Fast-forward 20 years and here she is working alongside Bob Hallett at Kilbride Music, managing Newfoundland’s next generation of musicians. Kilbride Music has been nominated for ECMA’s Management of the Year (2015 & 2016) and MusicNL’s Outstanding Company of the Year for the team’s work with The Once, The Swinging Belles, The Dardanelles, and other talented acts. Since 2014, Michelle has been steadily growing Feedback Music Consulting - an artist development company servicing local, regional, and national artists. Services include career consulting, conference strategizing & representation, grant-writing, and more. She has been a conference panelist for MusicNL and Lawnya Vawnya, and a regular juror for FACTOR. Michelle has also facilitated workshops for MusicNL’s membership on such topics as ‘How To Write a Marketing Plan,’ and ‘Grantwriting Tips & Tricks.’ For the past 12 years, Michelle has also been studying the people, music, and culture of Newfoundland both informally while attending CNA’s Music Industry & Performance and Recording Arts programs, and formally as a graduate of Memorial University’s Folklore program. Michelle has recently completed her masters’ degree in ethnomusicology – for which her major research project centered on Newfoundland’s own Hey Rosetta! and the production of heritage. In 2016, Michelle’s academic pursuits came full circle when she joined College of the North Atlantic as an instructor for the very same industry programs from which she graduated in 2006. Most recently, Newfoundland & Labrador’s music community elected Michelle to represent the province on the ECMA board of directors; she was quickly appointed Executive Secretary and Chair of the Awards & Stages Committee. In February 2018, Michelle was one of only 12 participants chosen nation-wide for the inaugural Passport: Export Music Summit - an invite-only conference that took place in Halifax. Client List (Past & Present): - Another North (NL) - Beauwater (NL) - Dave Gunning (NS) - Dylan Menzie (PE) - The Ennis Sisters (NL) - Erin Costelo (NS) - Fairgale (NL) - Fortunate Ones (NL) - Gavin Simms (NL) - Hot x Proxy (NL) - Ian Foster (NL) - Jason Benoit (NL) - London Above (NL) - Matthew Byrne (NL) - Panicland (MB) - Peter Willie Youngtree (NL) - Repartee (NL) - Sherman Downey (NL) - The Dardanelles (NL) - The Kubasonics (NL) - The Once (NL) - The Secrets (NL) - The Swinging Belles (NL) - Two Shine County (AB) - Waterfront Fire (NL)

Mick Davis & Thin LoveTo top

Mick Davis is a singer, songwriter, guitarist & producer from St. John's, Newfoundland, who earned international acclaim with his group the Novaks. Now a prolific solo artist, Mick plays over 150 gigs a year, releasing albums regularly, with 5 independent releases since 2014. Mick is the recipient of MusicNL's Male Artist of the Year award (2017). He lives in his hometown with his wife Tracy & their cat, Tom Petty.

Mike SixonateTo top

Mike is a true entertainer, an avid songwriter, an advocate for the arts, and an all around artist. He has built a reputation of excellence on stage and is highly revered by his colleagues. His determination in the music industry shines with his commitment to always providing a memorable show. He has worked very hard to make sure his audience takes away something positive from their experience. He played over 100 shows from May to September in 2017 and will be playing over 100 shows in those same months in 2018. Mike has been an entertainer for over a decade and has toured all over the vast country of Canada as well as Ireland. His original compositions and lyrics are a reflection of his creativity and vision. His command of a room is something that is not asked for but rather demanded when he speaks into a microphone. His original and unconventional style of guitar playing leaves many wondering how he can make the guitar sound as if two people were playing at once. Through his career Mike has operated several promotions companies as well as creating and producing many events that showcase talent from across the Island of Newfoundland. His most memorable and flagship event was called poets and pickers and featured many Music NL, ECMA, and Juno nominated artists. He is always available to help other fellow musicians book shows and keeps his ears open for new talent constantly. With an impressive active catalog of over 80 original songs and 60 covers Mike can entertain audiences for many hours and across several genres. He has been an ongoing studio musician and composes music for many areas of the industry including commercials for businesses, short web ads, radio jingles, session work, and anything else he can be a part of. Mike has no intentions of slowing down and is excited to promote the new 2018 release Rant & Rave.

Newspaper Fashion ShowTo top

Based out of St. John's NL, Newspaper Fashion Show (Jacob Quinton, Jeremy Gillam, John Purchase, Arron Beswick and Zakk Sullivan) is a five piece Indie rock/pop band that bring high-energy performances to the stage while still keeping lyricism and songwriting at the forefront of their creative process. The Band's debut full length release, "A Rope Against the Sun" was recorded with the always efficient and innovative Georgie Newman of GNaudio. On the record, NPFS provide catchy and danceable hooks, rhythms and guitar licks that allow them to deliver their thoughtful songwriting with pop sensibilities. However, while many songs often follow common pop structures this is not to say that the band is scared of pushing the envelope sonically. This can be seen on non-single cuts from the album like "Lesions" and "Miraculous" which have instrumental compositions do not in any way conform to the sounds of mainstream, guitar-driven rock. Since the release, Newspaper Fashion Show have garnered a large fan base in St. John's, playing to multiple sold out crowds at The Ship and The Rockhouse consisting of fans from many different cohorts of the town. Newspaper Fashion Show's vision is to create fun, guitar driven rock music that simultaneously delivers insightful commentary on what it's like to be young and a Newfoundlander in modern day Canada and the emotions that this often evokes. A Rope Against The Sun is just the tip of the iceberg for Newspaper Fashion Show as they are constantly working to refine and change their sound in order to push the boundaries of what it means to be a guitar-driven rock band in Newfoundland.

Olivia JonesTo top

Olivia Jones is a 15 year old Singer/songwriter from St. John's Newfoundland. She's been singing and playing piano since age 6, and started writing her own music when she was 11 years old. She's won the junior singer/songwriter category of NL Arts and Letters in 2017 and 2018, placed third in the Statoil music competition at folk fest in 2017, and has been featured on CBC Radio with Ted Blades. She spends most of her time singing and playing at coffee shops, bars, and open mics around town, as well as writing songs at her piano. Her debut EP, Drifting Away, was released on July 26th, 2018.

OuroborosTo top

Ouroboros is a band with an unconventional make-up and an undeniable entertainment factor. With an arsenal of horns, drums and vocals, these award-winning musicians deliver a dynamic new spin on world and jazz traditions. From carnival-esque originals to Klezmer party jams, the band explores folk influences from West Africa, Eastern Europe and their home of St. John’s, Newfoundland, with a thrilling improvisational synergy. At home in concert halls, clubs and outdoor festivals, Ouroboros is versatile musical force, captivating jazz festival crowds and accompanying international circus artists. Together, Greg Bruce, Susan Evoy, Nicole Hand, Chris Harnett and Andrew McCarthy write, arrange and perform some of Canada’s most creative and engaging instrumental music.

Paul BraceTo top

Paul Brace has been very much involved in the music industry for the past decade as a Radio Producer, Studio owner and Musician. Last year Paul had a very busy music NL week. He won the Media Person of the Year award for his work with Classic Hits Coast 101.1 and showcased with his bands Hot X Proxy and Waterfront Fire. Almost immediately after such an amazing week of music,  Paul was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and his world was turned upside down. One of the things that became so important to Paul (with the exception of his amazing support group made up of family and friends) was time. For the first time in his life, the clock was ticking and things needed to be done. Paul decided to take the 6 months during treatment and make a solo record. Any day he felt well enough, he tracked, produced, arranged and composed with help from his amazing band mates and friends. Liars & Actors is a concept album about life and death and what comes after. Its positive, emotional, inspiring and touches on a wide range of musical styles. Paul is very excited to step out in centre stage and finally have a band back up his music.

PropertyTo top

PROPERTY is a 3-piece angular-pop band local to St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Since their 2016 release of demo style songs, they’ve played with bands such as TO’s July Talk, Alvvays, and Dilly Dally, and Peterborough’s The Burning Hell. Their sound has been described by the CBC as “edgy pop music with intricate musicality and thoughtful lyrics.” Property’s first official release, Privacy, was recorded in Montreal in February 2017 and released December of that same year. Property was voted runner up for Best New Band in 2017 and runner up for Best Pop/Rock band in 2018 by readers of St. John’s alternative paper The Overcast.

Quote the RavenTo top

To listen to Newfoundland folk pop duo Quote The Raven’s athematic debut album Golden Hour is to attempt something presumptuous. Upon early introductions to the self-titled opener and the haunting yet cinematic “Laser Beam”, one might presume in ignorance that the pairing of Jordan Coaker and Kirsten Rodden-Clarke have been crafting smooth and melodic folk since diapers and play-dough transitioned to startup acoustics and walkmen. This is a duo firing far beyond their artistic age, one whose complexities and depth are only complimented by their effortless syncing of styles and personalities. Beginning their musical partnership back in 2011, Coaker – frontman for award-winning Newfoundland alternative rock group Waterfront Fire – and the soon-to-be-discovered hidden gem of Atlantic Canada’s songstresses in Kirsten Rodden-Clarke, made an immediate and lasting impression with their 2016 debut EP Misty Mountains. Prominent showcases for MusicNL in 2016 and 2017 and a successful island tour followed, paired with MusicNL nominations in both the Rising Star and Folk/Roots Recording of the Year Categories, cementing Quote The Raven as a band on the rise in Atlantic Canada. The duo’s 2018 studio debut Golden Hour is the physical embodiment of right place, right time, right people. Crafted with the help of their publisher Sound of Pop, alongside virtuoso producer Chris Kirby, and featuring an embarrassingly high caliber of Canada’s songwriting elite – Gabrielle Papillon, Ian Janes, Charlie A’Court, Keith Mullins, Chris Kirby, Stephen Green, Aaron Green, and Dwight D’eon – Golden Hour is as much a statement piece as it is a tremendous artistic achievement. “It feels like we’re here to stay,” explains Coaker. “It is the perfect opportunity for us to go to the next level, whatever that next level is.” Whatever that next level is, Quote The Raven have barely scratched the surface of seemingly unlimited potential. There’s a new major player in Canada’s music landscape, ready to graduate from unknown prospect to household names. For Quote The Raven, this is their Golden Hour.

Rachel CousinsTo top

Rachel Cousins is a 17 year old singer/songwriter. She has performed alongside Canadian icons Serena Ryder, Dave Marsh, Andrew Scott & Luke McMaster to name a few. She has acted in NL Tourism International TV commercial (Iceberg Alley) She has performed in front of full houses at Hugh’s Room and the Hard Rock Café in Toronto. Rachel has taken workshops with Eric Alper, Tom Jackson & Rick Barker (Taylor Swift’s former manager) to name a few. She performed on Radio ECMA in Sydney, NS. She has attended Music NL week for two years and had showcases at both. Rachel performed on over 40 stages in 2016 and for 2017 has already performed on 65+ stages. She has been featured on many TV and radio programs over the last few months as well. Her song “July” was semi finalist in an international songwriting competition and it was also the song she chose for her first music video. Rachel has also been nominated for Music NL awards Female Artist of the Year and Rising Star. Recipient of the 2017 Dr. Peggy Allen Armstrong Bursary She released her debut album “This Fire” in August 2017. She released her single “Let Go” in February 2018

Ralph O'BrienTo top

In 1967, Ralph O’Brien immigrated to Canada from his hometown of Dublin, Ireland. Like many of his countrymen he left home to seek more opportunities in North America. He came as a tradesman, having worked in Dublin as an electrician. However, shortly after arriving in Canada his focus turned to music. In 1968, Ralph along with three other young men from Dublin started to get together to play music from their homeland. These informal gatherings resulted in the formation of the Sons of Erin. The original lineup consisted of Fergus O’Byrne, Dermot O’Reilly, Gary Kavanagh and Ralph. Fergus and Dermot eventually left the group to join a band called Sullivan’s Gypsies. Dennis, Fergus and Dermot eventually got together and formed the group Ryan’s Fancy. This group went on to commercial success and popularity and received the Helen Creighton award from the ECMAs. Of the Ryan’s Fancy time with the Sons of Erin, only Dennis Ryan recorded with the band. This was their self-titled album Sons of Erin which came out in 1971.   Ralph continued to recruit new members, tour and record more albums. In the early 1970’s, Ralph settled down in St. John’s NL and the Sons of Erin had found a permanent home. The band continued to record and maintained a busy tour schedule throughout North America. On the local music scene, the nights at the Strand Lounge (St. John’s) were legendary. Ryan’s Fancy, Sons of Erin and other groups would play the “Strand” on a regular basis making it one of the premier live music venues in Atlantic Canada.   The 80’s started with the release of one of the band’s most popular albums called “Pleasant and Delightful”.  This recording featured Ron Hynes’ Sonny’s Dream which was a hit for the band. The 1980s also ushered in the band’s own TV show on Newfoundland Television (NTV). The band performed each week and invited special musical guests from Newfoundland such as Harry Hibbs. Former premier Joey Smallwood also made an appearance on the show! The show also featured the comedy of Bob O’Donovan. Although the series ran for a few seasons, it continues to be played regularly on NTV on Sunday mornings. The Sons of Erin were also featured on CBC’s “A Time for St. Patrick”, a musical documentary focusing on the connections between Ireland and Newfoundland.   During the 1980s, Ralph personally recruited a shy a teenager from Bay de Verde in Newfoundland by the name of Darcy Broderick. Following his time with the “Sons” Darcy went on to form the Irish Descendants which is a multi-award winning ECMA and Juno award winner.   In 1986, everything changed for Ralph. Having always wanted his own pub, he opened Erin’s Pub on Water Street in St. John’s. To say the first Irish Pub in downtown St. John’s was a success is an understatement! The lineups were around the block. Ralph brought in Atlantic Canadian acts such as Barra McNeils as well as Irish acts such as Paddy Reilly and Barley Corn. Erin’s Pub’s weekly talent nights provided a venue for young traditional folk singers to perform. The “pub” also became the home of the Sons of Erin. Having spent almost 20 years touring, Ralph decided it was time to cut back on the travel schedule.   In 1991 the band released back to back albums “At it Again” and “Alive and Kicking”. This ushered in the CD format and the resurgent in Celtic music popularity. The band was now made up of Newfoundlanders, all except for Ralph. In 1998, Ralph was invited by Gary O’Driscoll to participate in a Christmas Album he was putting together. The CD, titled “Christmas in the Harbour” became one of the best-selling Newfoundland Christmas recordings. It featured the Punters, Corey Tetford, Darcy Broderick etc. Ralph’s recording of Silent Night in both English and Gaelic became an instant classic.   Erin’s Pub was the first Irish Pub in downtown St. John’s. It led the way for the Blarney Stone, Shenanigans, O’Reillys Irish Pub, Bridie Molloy’s and Shamrock City. Erin’s was a launching pad for groups like the Irish Descendants, Great Big Sea, Shanneyganock etc. Today, it’s hard to imagine St. John’s without Irish Pubs, but it all started with Ralph and Erin’s Pub. Throughout that time Ralph was a part of Erin’s Pub, he provided a supportive environment for young and upcoming musicians. He mentored and encouraged countless. Chris Andrews and Mark Hiscock joined together as a result of Erin’s Pub. They were double booked and were encouraged by Ralph to do the gig together. Andrews and Hiscock formed Shanneyganock which are one of Newfoundland’s most popular bands.   In 2001, the band recorded “Its Good To See Ya” to fan and commercial success. This reinvigorated the group resulting in more performances and touring. The band featured Canadian songwriters such as Spirit of the West and John Prince. However Ralph’s voice was prominent on ballads such as “Scorn not his simplicity”, “Only our Rivers Run Free” and “Mary Skeffington”. Both Fergus O’Byrne and Darcy Broderick joined the band in the recording studio. Erin’s Pub was evolving as well. Featuring non-traditional musical acts while hosting one of the St. John’s most popular traditional music sessions.   In 2012 a major change came to Ralph’s professional and personal life. He sold Erin’s Pub to Chris Andrews (Shanneyganock) and Bob Hallett (Great Big Sea). This story is captured in a wonderful short documentary called “That Little Room”. Given his long time commitment to Erin’s Pub, Ralph wanted the right people to take over the establishment. In his mind, Chris and Bob fit the bill. Erin’s Pub has changed but it continues to be an important live music venue in St. John’s. It currently features not only traditional music but also country and other styles of music. In 2016, Erin’s Pub celebrated its 30th year anniversary.   In 2013 Ralph released his first solo CD, appropriately called “About Time”. The recording, produced by Kevin Evans, represented a departure from Ralph’s recordings with the Sons of Erin. It was a collection of songs Ralph had carried with him since childhood.   This year Ralph is embarking on a major milestone. The Sons of Erin will be celebrating 50 years. In that, Ralph also celebrates 50 years in the music industry. The current Sons of Erin line up consists of Jason Simms, Joe Thompkins, Steve Best and John Barella. Ralph and the Sons of Erin still play as a band at various venues.   Ralph currently lives with his wife Jodie on a hobby farm in Portugal Cove with mini horses, cats and ducks. He enjoys playing with the band and is still a mentor, supporter and friend of local musicians.   In closing

  • In 2018, the Sons of Erin celebrates their 50thanniversary years.
  • Over the years, the band alumni have included award winning musicians and legends in their own right. This included the members of Ryan’s Fancy and individuals like Darcy Broderick
  • Ralph opened the first “Irish Pub” in St. John’s. Under Ralph’s guidance, Erin’s became a launching pad for several successful musical acts including Shanneyganock.
  • Ralph has recorded albums/cds in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2001s and 2010s.
  • Ralph has been a mentor and supporter of local musicians for almost 50 years.
  • Ralph has never received any formal awards or recognition for his contribution to Atlantic Canada’s music scene.

Reggie MoralesTo top

Reggie Morales, born Michael Paul Moyst, is a Canadian hip hop artist and music producer who lives and works in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Reggie started playing guitar when he was 7 years old. However, it wasn’t until the age of 19 when he developed a passion for hip hop music, and began creating his own. Under his former moniker, “Moyst,” he has released three solo projects, and two joint projects with longtime friend and producer, AKOGOLD. He has released three projects with fellow artist, Steffi, and is currently producing her debut mixtape. He has produced, recorded, and guest-featured on tracks from local artists such as Dope Piece, Mak11, and Antics. Reggie has performed as a solo act and also frequently performs with fellow producer and hip-hop artist, g_sm00th. He has received praise from fans and other local musicians on the originality of his work and captivating live performances. Some Reggie Morales performance highlights include opening for touring artists such as Tech N9ne, Machine Gun Kelly, SonReal, and R.A. the Rugged Man. In 2017, g_sm00th and Reggie Morales released the album, Van Buren Boys. This collaborative project was well received by the local hip hop community. In his most recent performances, Reggie has brought the Van Buren Boys from CD to stage with a live band. The Van Buren Boys band is comprised of Reggie, g_sm00th and Steffi, along with musicians Shaun McCabe, Griffin Simpson, Don Mackey and Liam Ryan. Van Buren Boys won the MusicNL Battle of the Bands in April of 2018 and will be performing at the Halifax Pop Explosion Festival in October. Reggie recently graduated from the Music: Performance, Business & Technology program at CNA. He has been accepted to return to CNA in September to complete the Diploma of Sound Recording and Production to enhance his solo production skill set. Meanwhile, Reggie has been completing his album, "Rogue Wave," which will be released in July of 2018.

Robert BuckTo top

Robert Buck has been an active player in the East Coast music scene for over 25 years. Robert is currently the owner operator of Orion Entertainment inc. which is also the parent company of Atlantic Disc and DVD and Orion Artist Management. He has been the VP of Operations of a number of Atlantic Canadian distribution companies as well as a past board member of the Music Industry Association of Newfoundland & Labrador and he has server for two years as the 2nd Vice chair of the East Coast Music Association. Most recently he has become the full time artist manager for Rum Ragged; an exciting up and coming musical quartet steeped in Newfoundland tradition music. Rum Ragged Under his guidance has risen to become one of the most promising new acts from the region. He holds a masters degree in business and is also an active musician his own right as the drummer with the popular St. John’s party band Station Road.

Roger LockyerTo top

Roger Lockyer has been active in the Newfoundland music scene for over a dozen years, promoting shows and serving as a booking agent and manager to several prominent acts. After returning to his home province after a decade in Ontario, Roger joined the board of directors of the Folk Arts Society in 2007. The following year he began assisting in the programming of the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival and in 2010 assumed the role of the festival's Artistic Director which he held for 2 more years. During that time Roger developed a strong network of contacts throughout North America and took and even stronger interest in how the music business works. In 2012 he formed Foleymore Entertainment, a concert promotion and talent agency based in St. John's. Roger has always had a passion for the spoken word traditions in Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2013, Roger helped establish From Stage to Stage, an all recitation troupe that has since gone on to release two successful spoken-word performance albums and have toured throughout the province. Roger began managing the career of Matthew Byrne with the release of his 2014 album Hearts and Heroes. In support of that album Roger began booking tours for Matthew across Canada and the United States, helping establish him as a prominent voice on the traditional scene and further strengthening his own skills in the music booking and talent management arenas. In 2015 he welcomed singer-songwriter Sherman Downey to his roster and along the way has lent assistance to acts such Gary & Whit, Dave Penny, and Allan Ricketts. Roger has always had a strong desire to help establish small market venues in Newfoundland as viable tour stops for visiting and local artists. Working with venues like The English Harbour Arts Centre , Freshwater Concerts, and Citadel House, among others, Roger has assisted acts like Nuala Kennedy, The Spinney Brothers, and Murder Murder make successful appearances in rural Newfoundland. He also helped establish The Winter Island tour which sees Matthew Byrne and Sherman Downey pair up for an annual duo tour of the province that has seen them perform in more than a dozen venues around the island. 2017-2018 has seen Roger continue to both develop the careers of his artists and present quality shows in Newfoundland. - He is once again assisting with the programming of the Newfoundland and Labrador folk festival. - To support the release Matthew Byrne's 3rd album Horizon Lines Roger planned a 27 date tour of Canada that saw the artist travel from Vancouver to a hometown release show at George St. United church. Through relationships built at music conferences around the continent, Roger has expanded Matthew's team to include a US booking agent, publicists in the US, Canada,and the UK as well as a UK record deal. - Christmas 2017 saw Sherman Downey and From Stage to Stage team up for an 11 date Christmas tour around the province that saw them travel from Labrador city to two sold-out shows at the LSPU Hall in St. John's. The tour is slated to be repeated in 2018, again under the auspices of the Arts and Culture Centres. - In April of 2017 Roger also promoted two sold out shows at the Hall featuring Juno award winner David Francey with another show from British folk icon Martin Simpson just around the corner. Roger continues to be fascinated by the music business relishes every opportunity to learn, and to continually move his artists forward.

Rosemary LawtonTo top

A recent graduate of Memorial University with a focus in Violin and true fiddle player at heart, Rosemary Lawton has played in a number of local groups including the Derina Harvey Band, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, the MUN Chamber Orchestra, the Celtic Fiddlers, The Hugh Scott Band, Open Highway, and more. Because of these strong associations with both traditional and classical music, Rosemary’s music takes on a “fusion” of both genres, with a constant hint of classical in her traditional arrangements and compositions. Her voice is reminiscent of the high soprano celtic singing of Ireland but with a punch. Her brand new EP “Painted Glass” takes on a classical tinge of traditional Newfoundland, Scottish and original tunes creating a blend of old and new.

Rotary Arts CentreTo top

The Rotary Arts Centre opened its Theatre doors in the summer of 2014 and since then has hosted a variety of musical performances.  From Traditional artist Pamela Morgan and Matthew Byrne, to Sherman Downey and Mark Bragg, to up and coming Rock Acts like Rough Hands and Waterfront Fire. The RAC provides an intimate listening room for artist and patron alike.  With full technical support and professional equipment and staff the RAC hopes to continue its support of the Music Industry of Newfoundland and Labrador for many years to come.

Rozalind MacPhailTo top

Innovative Gemeinhardt Touring Artist/Clinician, ROZALIND MACPHAIL recently took home an East Coast Music Award for Electronic Recording of the Year and MusicNL’s Female Artist of the Year. One of the world’s leaders in flute looping and live film scoring, this classically-trained flutist blends effected flute, electronics, voice, omnichord, field recordings and silent film through Ableton Live. MacPhail creates music for film and live performance and has released several albums of original work. She explores new ways to combine image and sound, in works that speak honestly of place, person and the human experience. MacPhail is the first-ever Canadian artist sponsored by the Gemeinhardt family, one of the music industry’s largest exclusive manufacturer of flutes and piccolos. Gemeinhardt President & CEO, David Pirtle says, ”Gemeinhardt is thrilled to sponsor the creative artistry of Canada’s looping flutist, Rozalind MacPhail. She is a dynamic and gifted performer who inspires through her lively audio-visual performances and interactive music workshops.”

Rube & RakeTo top

To call Canada your home can be a very vague statement. From the Rockies, all the way to the eastern shores of the Atlantic, there are many places one can lay their head. It’s not only the sheer distance between the two coasts, it’s the cultural differences that exist within them. Rube & Rake’s debut album, Back and Forth, explores this theme with a subtle grace, giving space in their arrangements to explore the issues they sing about. By performing as a two-piece, they’ve found a way to put an emphasis on their lyrical delivery. Whether a song is performed with a four-piece string band, or just a banjo and a guitar, the duo has stories to tell. Every song has a story behind it. Whether it’s the acceptance that there are loved ones you will never see again, the memories you make having to hitchhike on highways with no town in sight, or a series of natural disasters, there is a definite stamp of “Canadiana” on this album. Using these subjects as muses have helped set a tone to their live show. Often described as a darker Simon and Garfunkel, Rube & Rake’s performances engage audiences with a mixture of stories, intricate guitar work, and rich vocal harmonies. After working together for the past 5 years out of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Josh Sandu and Andrew Laite have fused an intimate musical cohesion that is only achieved through getting to know each other’s tendencies. Their music is an exercise in creating something beyond the sum of their parts.

Rum RaggedTo top

Few traditional Newfoundland bands have risen as quickly in the ranks as Rum Ragged. Formed by singer/guitarist Mark Manning and singer/accordion player Aaron Collis along with with Anthony Chafe on bodhran and Michael Boone on bass and banjo. Rum Ragged has garnered respect from a loyal, ever-growing fan base as well as their musical peers. From spirited instrumentals to heartfelt ballads, they pay homage to the greats that came before them while carving out a fresh, unique sound of their own. Rum Ragged released their debut album in the summer of 2016. In the Fall of 2017 they released their hugely successful Rum Ragged At Christmas. Rum Ragged will be releasing their much anticipated third studio album entitled The Hard Times on July 31st, 2018. Rum Ragged can deliver the full traditional spectrum in a live context, whether it is an intimate pub show or a spirited festival stage. Rum Ragged have performed from coast to coast, into the Caribbean and the UK.

Rum Ragged - Christmas AlbumTo top

Few traditional Newfoundland bands have risen as quickly in the ranks as Rum Ragged. Formed by singer/guitarist Mark Manning and singer/accordion player Aaron Collis just two years ago, Rum Ragged has garnered respect from a loyal, ever-growing fan base as well as their musical peers. In 2017 Rum Ragged released their Christmas Album "A Rum Ragged Christmas"

Shanda HopkinsTo top

Newfoundland Country Singer/ Songwriter Shanda Hopkins is out to prove that all is not that meets the eye . This city girl has proven that anything is possible if you believe in yourself. Her first debut album Shanda Hopkins Rewind tells her life story as is. Shanda Hopkins is a 32 year old singer/ songwriter from St John’s Newfoundland. She has been writing music since the age of 11 years old. Shanda gives thanks to her songwriting to a special teacher in grade 5 that inspired her . A fellow Newfoundland artist Mark Murphy with the band. “ Billy And The Bruisers”. Shanda spent much of her time as a child singing and writing her own music in school functions and was always involved in the music programs any chance she would get. Things changed for Shanda’s music career when she was 21 years old. She put her dream on hold with her music after her daughter was born with a rare heart defect TAPVR which required a life saving surgery. 9 years later after caring for her daughter and knowing she would be ok Shanda finally got the nerve and started to pursue her music career once again. In 2017 Shanda entered into a singing competition SingNL with Zack Werner and got the wildcard and the front page of the local newspaper “The evening Telegram”. At that very moment Shanda Knew music was her thing to do and it also helped her through those years to cope. So Shanda once again set out and thought she was doing the impossible and recorded her first album. One listen to Shanda Hopkins Country debut album “Rewind ” will reveal that it’s all about the stories and the intimacy she brings to a very personal setting. Ten carefully crafted songs that Shanda has written on this album will speak directly to you . Shanda’s songwriting reaches the depth of her soul . Crafting her lyrics from her innermost thoughts and personal experiences. Intruding the listener even further and relating there own life situations to the ones Shanda has faced. In less than a year Shanda has received radio plays with Halifax radio station CIOE 97.5 “Fresh From The East” as well “East Coast Rising multiple times . As well as Toronto’s 101.9 CFRC and 93.5 CHMR Newfoundland’s community radio just to name a few. Shanda’s is currently working on her new album and she is hoping to release it fall of 2018. Shanda spends her downtime working with Comfort Home-care and raising her young family in Brownsdale Trinity Bay alongside her husband and her 9 chickens and dogs Molly and Maddy . Shanda also donates her musical talents to many local events in the Trinity Bay Area. She enjoys helping her community out any chance she gets whether it’s a Coffee House or a benefit concert.. Shanda first album release is called Rewind it can be found on all major platforms Itunes, Google-play, Spotify, Napster,Pandora just to name a few. It was produced, mixed and mastered by David Fitz of South River Studios. Shanda is currently working on album number 2 and just released a brand new song called Lonely Road that she dedicates to those suffering from mental health..

Sherry RyanTo top

For over 10 years Sherry Ryan has been winning hearts across the country as one of Newfoundland’s finest singer-songwriters. Drifting between country, blues, and folk, Sherry’s songs can lead you down a path of heartbreak, hope, and even humour in the space of a single chorus. Her highly anticipated fourth album, Wreckhouse, takes its name from the song ‘Stop The Trains’; a gem of a tune written by Sherry and her father, Jim. Her instantly recognizable voice radiates on this Newfoundland classic in the making, and the rest of Wreckhouse is no exception. Couple 10 heartfelt songs, with rich vocals, and phenomenal live off the floor performances from her band, and you have Sherry Ryan’s best work yet. She’s earned nation-wide attention, extensive radio play, and multiple music awards and nominations. A talent in the truest sense of the word, Sherry Ryan continues to ring out true and clear with her newest release.

Silver Wolf BandTo top

Silver Wolf Band is a folk-rock trio from Goose Bay, Labrador. They serve up a unique blend of folk and pop inspired rock n roll that is refreshingly simple, yet sophisticated, thanks to Matthew Barrett's piano prowess. Jamie and Justin provide a solid foundation of folk-rock drums and guitar, letting the piano become a defining characteristic of their sound, a perfect complement to the rhythms of the Jackman brothers. "Keyboards play a large part in Silver Wolf Band’s sound – Matthew Barrett’s jazz-influenced piano and organ add an enticing depth and texture..." - Backdrifter, Grayowl Point, 2011 In 2010, Silver Wolf Band released its debut 7-song EP, "Jam the Blues," which featured original tunes described as youthful with mature lyrics that create a positive and enthusiastic vibe. The album was nominated by Music PEI for "Pop Recording of the Year" in 2011 and the band was invited to showcase at the ECMAs in Charlottetown, PEI, that spring. "A sound that reminds the listener of what good sounding pop rock records are all about. These guys get it!" - Lloyd Doyle, Sandbar Music Group Around this time, Silver Wolf Band enjoyed some radio-play, mainly in Atlantic Canada, being featured on such radio shows as Atlantic Airwaves, Mainstreet PEI, Labrador Morning, and Charlottetown's Ocean 100. In addition, they featured in lifestyle publication, Labrador Life Magazine. "...enjoyable sound, strong vocals, and good music!" - Allan Debertan, CHSR-FM, UNB Campus Radio Silver Wolf Band went on hiatus in 2011 for 5 years at which point they underwent a transformation, parting ways with bass player, Dan Clarke, amicably, on account of Jamie, Matthew, and Justin moving back home to Labrador from Prince Edward Island. The band is now a 3-piece made up of Jamie Jackman, who plays guitar and sings, and is also the band's songwriter and lyricist; Justin Jackman, who briefly played with well-known Labradorian singer/songwriter, Jacinda Beals, on drums; and, Music NL's 2-time "Music Educator of the Year" nominee, Matthew Barrett, providing piano, keyboards, and backing vocals. Matthew and Jamie have played with Labrador Folk Legend, Harry Martin, a recipient of Music Newfoundland and Labrador's Lifetime Achievement Award. Members have also played large festivals and conferences such as the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, Expo Labrador, Northern Exposure, Northern Lights Business and Culture Conference and Showcase, Music NL Awards Gala, and a host of conferences, meetings, dinners, and forums of a corporate and political nature. "Very strong emerging band in today's music scene." - Donna Roberts, former director for Music NL and Labrador Outreach Worker at Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Silver Wolf Band is back together and they just released their new album "Pockets Filled With Rocks" on June 16th. They're very excited to follow this release with performances in Labrador and around the rest of the province!

Spare TimeTo top

Spare Time is a singer/songwriter duo consisting of Leo Wall and Brett Vey. They released their debut album in December, 2017. The album consists of 11 original songs recorded at The MusicBox Studio in CBS. The songs contain heartfelt lyrics with catchy country styled melodies. Many songs directly relate to their own personal experiences. Leo Wall, from Harbor Main has a huge collection of original songs that he has written over the years. He has a passion for guitar and writing songs on his spare time. Brett Vey, from Sunnyside holds a music degree from Memorial University. He is a multi instrumentalist that has worked with many artists over the years. He is co-owner of The MusicBox and has produced many albums. He currently is working on his first full length feature film, derived from one of his full feature musicals.

StreelTo top

Streel is a Pop-rock group fronted by singer-songwriter Marquita Walsh, with drummer Jason Howard, bassist-vocalist Justin Hickey, and keyboardist-vocalist Terri Lynn Humber. Each member brings an individual style, creating a unique sound unlike any other in the St. John’s music scene. Known for their catchy hooks, intricate harmonies, and expressive lyrics, the group has successfully built a growing and loyal fan base. The musically diverse members of Streel have come together to create their own style. Influenced and inspired by each other, they are composing original music bursting with honesty and energy.

TanglecoveTo top

Tanglecove is a versatile acoustic duo, based in St. John's NL and made up of two experienced multi-instrumental songwriters, Dave Panting (a long time part of the folk, rock and world music scene on the East Coast) and Dan Rubin (well established as a songwriter, performer and recording artist in BC, now living in Newfoundland. The two met more than ten years ago and began playing and teaching together. Since 2013 they have appeared and recorded as Tanglecove. They have released two albums of original music and are about to release their third. Their discography includes TANGLECOVE: 30 NEW CANADIAN FIDDLE TUNES (2013) which was released as a CD and a book, FACING THE FLAME (2015) a gorgeous collection of original songs in a wide range of styles, and the upcoming HOME ROOTS: TANGLECOVE ON TOUR which will be released in the summer of 2017. The two musicians have been immersed in world and folk music for decades but both are songwriters who integrate blues. rock and classical influences in their original songs and instrumental works. They have each performed hundreds of times over the past forty years. They are essential members of the Canadian music scene because of their prolific works and the many awards they have received. In performance, they combine intimate personal stories with powerful original songs. Between them they play violin, viola, mandolin, octave mandolin, bouzouki, guitar, bass, keyboards and percussion. Their vocal styles, strong harmonies and use of a wide range of musical sounds and textures make them among the most creative and sensitive artists in our province. They have crossed the country as cultural ambassadors, performing for festivals, concerts, dances and receptions. They have appeared internationally, performing in Britain, South America, the United States, Spain, Portugal and Australia. Their music spans a wide range of styles and genres, combining Celtic traditions, world music, blues and rock to create unique musical works. They are acoustic musical masters, whose integration of song and story has enchanted audiences across Canada and around the world. Tanglecove will be touring Ontario this Fall, playing for cruise ships arriving into St. John's harbor and they are actively interested in being invited to appear anywhere people love rich and varied musical expression. For more details, background, recordings and photos, please visit their website, www.tanglecove.ca

The Black SheepTo top

The Black Sheep opened in September 2014 and has live music 7 nights a week! We have some of the best in Newfoundland music: Mick Davis winner of 2017 Male Artist of the Year from MusicNL, Darrel Power of Great Big Sea fame, Singer/songwriter Andrea Monro, Aaron Collis host Trad Sessions, Peter McGuire open mic host and many, many others!

The Citadel HouseTo top

Citadel House Records is an independent record label working primarily with Newfoundland artists to bring their unique talent to a broader audience. The Citadel House is both a unique live venue and a state of the art recording facility that operates out of the building that was the original Salvation Army Citadel in Lewisporte, NL and is rapidly gaining a reputation as a premier venue in Central Newfoundland for warm, intimate concerts with a fantastic sounding room and a music-loving audience. Citadel House is also expanding into music publishing and artist representation and is really looking forward to this new growth.

The CombineTo top

Metal music is a genre ripe with imitators, fads, throwbacks and retreads. Sifting through the noise is a task among endless cacophony, but St. John’s, NL based prog-metal quartet The Combine offer a reprieve, a break from convention. Taylor Roberts, Mike Mercer, Matt Ball, and Chris Reid form a group that draws influence from past and present greats of the genre. Acts like Mastodon and Opeth can be compared to them, but make no mistake, The Combine is a band that defies imitation, unleashing a sonic footprint entirely all their own. With thick, slicing, and at times sinister riffs, swift and sweeping grooves, and the all pomp and pageantry you’d expect, The Combine’s sophomore studio album Void and Vessel meets and surpasses the benchmark set by their landmark debut, Witness. The band has shape-shifted from tireless ghosts of pubs and music halls to an anomaly and rarity of the modern-artist age, one whose live performances meet spectacle and required-viewing status. Stints performing alongside the likes of Protest The Hero and Cancer Bats have provided invaluable experience to pair with their MusicNL and ECMA award nominations. The time for stretch-marks and growing pains is nearing an end, as the band is poised to break out with a fury in 2018. The Combine have honed a sound that is complex without being coded, layered yet not overstuffed, and artful without pretension. The future of heavy music is slick and sophisticated, while never sacrificing in bark or bite. You’ll find The Combine at the apex of that curve, raging far above the static noise.

The Ennis SistersTo top

In our fast paced, technologically driven world, today’s audiences have a hunger for music that is direct, honest and real. The Ennis Sisters provides relief to that hunger with a live performance that is powerful, compelling and, above all, as clean and fresh as the wind and waves that wash over their home shores of Newfoundland. The response to their performance at the Summerfolk Festival in Owen Sound reflects the sense of connection that The Ennis Sisters establishes with audiences. Experienced concert presenter Liz Scott of Irish Mountain Music had this to say: “Their performance of the song “I Will Sing You Home” was the most magical, real, human experience that I have ever seen at a live music event. The energy of the crowd shifted to a palpable, emotional energy. It was profound.” In an iTunes review, concert attendee James Morgan said: “These sisters from Newfoundland, Canada, grounded in traditional Irish music, use that style to create music whose themes are totally contemporary. Their harmonies are close and precise; their music is impeccable. I first heard them at Summerfolk in Owen Sound, Ontario, where they brought the house down. The audience simply would not stop their applause. In my 30+ years of attending such festivals, I have never experienced such enthusiastic support for performers...” The Ennis Sisters are an original group with a unique contemporary voice flavored by deep roots and Celtic traditional Newfoundland influences. Maureen, Karen and Teresa are powerful, interesting and humorous story tellers with a broad mix of Maureen's accessible original songs and uniquely interpreted tunes and ballads. The Ennis Sisters conjure legacy with their latest offering, Keeping Time. As a collection of 11 songs, Keeping Time is a concept album that honours and preserves our most precious gift – time, and what we do with it. “It’s about the passing of time, the loss of traditions, the things we do to hold on to what matters most,” says Maureen Ennis. “At the end of our lives, when the edges of our memories are fraying, and we are falling in and out of time, hopefully, looking back we’ll feel we lived our lives to the fullest with little regret.” With 10 albums and inclusion on countless compilation CD’s, the group has toured the Middle East, Ireland, the UK, every Canadian Province and 90% of the United States, accumulating their own gold record, plus two compilation gold records along the way. In addition to sharing stages with Joanie Madden and Cherish the Ladies, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Chieftains, Mary Black and Jann Arden, career highlights include a Juno Award, a SOCAN Award, and multiple ECMAs and Music Newfoundland awards and nominations. Touring highlights include the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Mariposa (Ontario), The Strawberry Music Festival (California), Merlefest (North Carolina), The Cleveland and Pittsburgh Irish festivals. They have also played Canada Day events on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and Trafalgar Square in London, England. In 2012, they performed at the Woodford Folk Festival (the largest festival in Australia with over 120 000 people in attendance) and got a special mention in the Australian national newspaper as a festival highlight. Without doubt, The Ennis Sisters have established themselves as a world class act. Fiercely proud of their Newfoundland roots, these sisters who were born to sing, have been bringing their music to the stages of the world for nearly 2 decades and show no signs of slowing down.

The KubasonicsTo top

The Kubasonics are arguably Newfoundland's finest Ukrainian band. Winners of three 2017 MusicNL Awards (Group of the Year, Folk/Roots Artist of the Year, The Overcast Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year), their trademark sound combines top-flight musicianship spiced with quirky humour, a dizzying array of exotic traditional instruments, and an eclectic high-energy stage show. They have appeared across Canada, and in March 2017 they performed and recorded in Trinidad as part of the Club One New Releases program. In summer 2017 they completed a three-week tour of Eastern Europe, with concerts in Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia and Romania. Their 2018 tour will take them to all parts of Canada, including performances at the Mariposa Folk Festival, Stanfest, Kingsville Folk Festival, Summerfolk and the NL Folk Festival, along with club and theatre dates. The Kubasonics’ most recent CD “Kubfunland” takes listeners on a wild ride through a variety of musical styles and textures. The repertoire draws on a wealth of Ukrainian traditional material ranging from centuries old chants, ritual dance melodies, songs of love and troubled relationships, toe-tapping party music, and even a set of Newfoundland dance tunes. All are given a refreshingly new interpretation in the Kubasonics’ arrangements. “Kubfunland” was selected to the short list for the 2017 Borealis Music Award. The Kubasonics have been featured on national Radio and TV broadcasts, including a television documentary based on their original song "Giants of the Prairies." Their original song "Billy Mosienko" was played during the opening of Hockey Night in Canada, while other songs are included on a variety of compilations, most notably the song "Polka from Lviv" on Alberta: Wild Roses and Northern Lights on the Smithsonian Folkways label.

The Labrador Creative Arts Festival

The Labrador Creative Arts FestivalTo top

The Labrador Creative Arts Festival celebrated its 42nd festival in November 2017. The festival is took place from November 15th-22nd, 2017 at the Lawrence O'Brien Arts Centre in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL.
"Vision" is the theme of this years Labrador Creative Arts Festival! It was a vision of collaboration, sharing of ideas and bringing together communities that inspired the founders of the festival to use the arts as a lens through which to view the world. That vision is once again activated in this festival as we celebrate the increased interest in seeing the world through multiple lenses, particularly through the world view of Indigenous artists and of youth, groups whose voice can be better heard when their vision is increasingly represented. Workshops in all disciplines that encourage participants to identify their own visions, and to treat the literal and figurative meaning of the term, will contribute to the festival's aim of seeing our own world more clearly, and sharing that view with others. When children are given the opportunity to create and celebrate their communities, culture and their creativity they are more than dreamers: they are visionaries.

The Newfoundland HeraldTo top

For 72 years, The Newfoundland Herald has been a provincial institution in Newfoundland and Labrador. On May 12, 1946, The Sunday Herald made its debut, selling 10,000 copies in just two hours. The rest, as they say, is history. For the first five years of The Herald's existence, it was practically a one man show. Geoffrey William Stirling wrote The Herald from cover to cover, sold the advertising, printed it, and even did door-to-door deliveries. More than 70 years later The Herald is still on newstands and in households all across the province, making it Newfoundland's #1 Magazine. Today, The Newfoundland Herald has emerged from tabloid and television guide to hub of all things entertainment and Newfoundlandia. The names that have graced the cover of The Newfoundland Herald (as the song so famously quips) reads like a who's who of our cultural greats and legends. In recent years, The Newfoundland Herald staff have prided themselves on featuring hundreds of local artists and musicians for in-depth and informative 'music and artist spotlights'. Everyone from trad staples Alan Doyle, Shanneyganock and Fergus O'Byrne, to emerging folk stars Fortunate Ones and The Once, to indie darlings Town House, Dame Nature and heavy metal staples Devastator, Winterhearth and The Combine have graced the pages of The Herald. Additionally, The Newfoundland Herald's web and social media presence has grown leaps and bounds in recent years, with promotion of local events and artists showcase and growing priority. The Newfoundland Herald is proud to continue a 70 year legacy of excellence in our province, and open up new doors and avenues for the promotion and betterment of both local artists and the local music industry as a whole. For an extensive list of articles and interviews visit nfldherald.com

The Ship PubTo top

Enter through a plain red door along a nearly hidden alleyway to discover a space where some of Canada’s most celebrated musicians hang out and perform. You’re in The Ship Pub, the bastion of art and culture in the city of St. John’s for almost forty years. St. John’s longest running live music venue is the home of Music NL Open Mic every Monday and Folk Night every Wednesday. Over the years The Ship’s rich musical history has been evident by the talent featured over the years. From Figgy Duff, Ron Hynes, The Ennis Sisters, Damhnait Doyle, Amelia Curran, Denis Parker, Duane Andrews and Kim Stockwood to Hey Rosetta, The Novaks, Alan Doyle, The Thomas Trio, The Once, Fortunate One’s and many many others. Anyone who is anyone has played The Ship! The venue is also no stranger to touring acts as well featuring the likes of Joel Plaskett, Matt Anderson, Ben Caplan, Wintersleep, BA Johnson, Arkells, Sarah Harmer, Steve Poltz, Daniel Lanois, David Francey, Hawksley Workman, Rose Cousins, Sarah Slean and Old Man Luedecke to name but a few.   If The Ship was in Toronto they would call it The Horseshoe II. The Ship treats its artists like gold! Great PA, lighting, technicians and the only dressing room you’ll ever find with two deep fat fryers. With a capacity of 150 and all door proceeds (100%) always going to the artist, The Ship is and always will be about the artist succeeding musically and financially. Times change and new established and emerging artists are gracing The Ship stage. In the last year alone Ship audiences have been entertained by the likes of: Soap Opera, Property, Rube & Rake, High & Lonesome, Dormitories, Townhouse, Park Day, Land of the Lakes, Fur Packed Action, Mark Bragg, Ouroboros, The Kubasonics, Hear/Say, Weary, John, Rum Ragged, The Burning Hell, Vibe Galore, Rough Hands, Dave Whitty, Claire Follett, Kellie Loder, Sherry Ryan, Hot x Proxy, Fairgale, Waterfront Fire, Quote The Raven, Trend, Fretboard Journey, Earle & Coffin and tons more. The Ship also hosts and/or assists many other cultural events over the years including Sound Symposium, The Nickel Film Festival, The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, Festival of New Dance, Lawnya Vawnya as well as many book launches and poetry readings. Plus fundraising shows for local charitable organizations and individuals in need are always welcome at The Ship and always will be. Finally, The Ship was just named one of the Top Ten music venues in Canada by Canadian Beats magazine

The Swinging BellesTo top

Winners of the 2016 JUNO award and the 2015 CFMA award for Children’s Album of the Year, The Swinging Belles, a swing band for kids from St. John's, NL, are intent on getting both kids and adults to kick up their heels and have a swinging good time with the whole family! The Swinging Belles feature child educators and performers Laura Winter and Erin Power joined by guitarist extraordinaire Duane Andrews. This show is all about getting kids and parents out to have a dance and enjoy some swing country and jazz … kid style. As primary school teachers, both Laura and Erin know first hand the joy that kids feel when they can boogie to some good time music, and as parents, Duane and Erin know the importance of enjoying the music that our kids are listening to! The show is packed with music, interactive storytelling and dancing … lots of dancing! With funding support from MusicNL and the NL Arts Council, The Swinging Belles released their award winning debut album More Sheep, Less Sleep in December 2014 and since then have been busy touring many schools, theatres and festivals across Canada.

Tom CochraneTo top

Tom Cochrane is a director and digital storyteller based in Newfoundland and Labrador. A photographer and filmmaker, he was the founding creative director of Old Crow Magazine, a digital cultural magazine based in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland. Tom is recognized across Canada as a digital storyteller, having received national awards for his community focused blog CornerBrooker.com. In 2015 he was named Media Person of the Year by MusicNL for helping to promote the music and stories of Newfoundland and Labrador musicians, and in 2017 received MusicNL's Music Video of the Year for directing the music video for Kellie Loder's "Boxes." Tom's work has been featured in publications such as the Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Quill and Quire Magazine, CBC.ca and CBC TV, The Telegram, and Saltscapes Magazine. He has worked with an extensive list of musicians and artists, including Hawksley Workman, The Tenors, The Once, Joel Plaskett, Fortunate Ones, Sherman Downey, Matthew Byrne and more. In the past year, Tom has directed and shot promotional and music videos with a large number of Newfoundland and Labrador musicians, including: Fortunate Ones, The Once, Matthew Byrne, Kellie Loder, Sherry Ryan, Streel, and more.

Trails Tales Tunes Festival

Trails Tales Tunes FestivalTo top

The Trails Tales Tunes Festival (Hosted May 18 - 27, 2018) was comprised of many activities, all happening in the town of Norris Point, Gros Morne National Park. The event featured daily walks, culinary events, music, storytelling, and luxury and practical accommodations. Guests had the chance to awaken themselves with the awakening of spring, outport hospitality and an authentic cultural experience.

Wade TarlingTo top

EDUCATION Born and raised in Burnaby, British Columbia, Wade Tarling started playing piano at a young age and has been crafting his art for over 20 years. He received his Bachelor of Music and jazz Diploma from Capilano University and has studied with some of Canada’s finest artists, including Mike Allen, Chris Sigerson and Ross Taggart. In 2012, he had the privilege to attend a week long workshop with jazz greats, John Medeski, Billy Martin, Chris Wood and John Scofield. Wade still continues to take lessons and has studied in NYC with piano greats such as Jeremy Manasia, Barry Harris, Michael Eckroth and Matt Baker. He has also studied with pianist, Rachel Eckroth and accordionist, Alicia Baker. PERFORMING In 2004, Wade boarded his first cruise ship. He worked as a pianist in the main-stage orchestra and continued for the next 4 years as the leader of the Moonglow trio. He has performed all over the world including, Vancouver, London, Hawaii, and New York City. Since 2009, Wade has been a contributing member to the St. John's music scene. He is a member of several bands including Hip Waders, the Bishops and Dana Parsons Project. In addition, Wade has been involved with several theatre companies including Best Kind Productions,Theatre St. John's, Artistic Fraud and Rising Tide Theatre. He was the music director for projects including Songs for a New World, Little Women, The Last 5 Years and Mary Walsh's Makin' Time with the Yanks. RECORDING Wade has been a studio musician for several albums and has recorded his own material with Hip Waders. Hip Waders first album "Why is this so Difficult?" took home the award for best jazz and blues recording in 2014. Their second album, Medusozoa, released in Sept of 2017, was also nominated for the same award. He has an extensive repertoire of standards and a large collection of original compositions. Wade recorded his very first solo piano album this past year entitled Strength. It is a selection of songs that tell stories of inspiration, hope and equality.

Wade Tarling - Music EducatorTo top

Born and raised in Burnaby, British Columbia, Wade Tarling started playing piano at a young age and has been crafting his art for over 20 years. He received his Bachelor of Music and jazz diploma from Capilano University and has studied with some of Canada’s finest artists, including Mike Allen, Chris Sigerson and Ross Taggart. In 2012, he had the privilege to attend a week long workshop with jazz greats, John Medeski, Billy Martin, Chris Wood and John Scofield. Wade still continues to take lessons and has studied in NYC with piano greats such as Jeremy Manasia, Barry Harris, Michael Eckroth and Matt Baker. On a recent visit to Nashville, he was able to study with Matt Endahl. He has also studied with pianist, Rachel Eckroth and accordionist, Alicia Baker. Since 2006, Wade has been a prominent music educator in the St. John's area. He was employed at the Music Collection for almost 10 years and just this past Sept, began teaching independently. In addition, Wade accepted a position in Bay Bulls teaching at the Reel Music studio. Wade teaches theory and technique relating to most genres including jazz, rock and pop. He also teaches piano accordion. Wade has a unique teaching style and realizes that everyone develops at different rates. He has taught children as young as 4 and to adults as old as…well we won't say how old. He is patient and can adapt his teaching style accordingly. In North American culture, rhythm often isn't stressed as much as melody and harmony. He believes that rhythm should be at the forefront and nurtured as much as the latter. Improvisation is another component in which Wade instructs. He gives the student the opportunity to think free from sheet music. In May, 2017, he was a guest instructor at Piano Fest held at Memorial university. Here, he lead an improvisation workshop to both junior and senior students. Students were given the opportunity to create, imagine and perform their newly acquired skills in a concert setting. It was in also in June 2017 in which a student of Wade's, won the Music NL, Newfound talent contest. The contest was aimed at encouraging and developing young talent through song writing and performing. Wade both coached and accompanied. Over the past number of years, Wade has been an active participant in the St. John's Kiwanis festival, accompanying students of all ages and all styles. Styles include folk, gospel and musical theatre. Usually with one or two rehearsals before performance he is able to assist students with stage presence and given repertoire including rhythm, diction and phrasing. Through the years, Wade has been involved with several theatre companies including, Theatre St. John's, Best Kind Productions, Rising Tide Theatre and Artistic Fraud. Wade has musically directed several shows including Jason Robert Brown's, Songs for a New World and the Last 5 Years. Through a rigorous rehearsal schedule, the position not only requires playing the piano but directing from the piano. He has also musically directed several tribute shows, most recently, Songbirds - A tribute to Canadian female vocalists. It is with Wade's own professional development in which he is able to learn new ideas to relay to his own students. He believes that one should always be learning and developing no matter how old. Testimonials can be found on his company page, facebook.com/wadetarlingpianostudio

Wallace HammondTo top

Wallace Hammond's musical journey and contributions to the Canadian music scene includes bands such as Wet Cheeze Delirium, The Bubonic Plague, Dog Meat BBQ, The Black Auks, and last but not least, Newfoundland's seminal punk rock band, Da Slyme....and more. He's also recorded numerous albums, demos and projects at Vikki-Beat Studios in his downtown home. Wallace has been providing affordable live sound engineering services for local and visiting musicians for decades.

Waterfront FireTo top

“They are one of those bands where you are like ‘yeah man, they are gonna be in stadiums’” – Jeff Liberty, CBC Radio Host Waterfront Fire’s sound is a distinct blend of modern rock, introspective lyrics, soaring vocals, and progressive arrangements with thematic tendencies similar to that of Pink Floyd, Rush, or Led Zeppelin. The band’s captivating live performances hypnotize you with entrancing melodies and unmatched energy. They have been compared to bands such as The Tragically Hip, Hey Rosetta! and even modern pop rockers Paramore. Rob Wells of Sony Publishing once compared the band to the Swedish jazz-fusion pop group Dirty Loops. These comparisons are as diverse as the band’s influences which span many genres. The result is a unique and eclectic sound that is distinctively Waterfront Fire. In the past two years they have shared the stage with bands like Said The Whale, Alvvays and Blue Rodeo; toured Eastern Canada; received an East Coast Music Award nomination for Rising Star of the Year (2017); received MusicNL Awards for Alternative Recording of the Year (2015 - First Light) and Rising Star of the Year (2016); and were nominated for Group of the Year (twice), Entertainer of the Year, and Music Video of the Year. The band has represented Canada internationally at a songwriting exchange program in Trinidad & Tobago, and their music video is in regular rotation on NTV. Waterfront Fire's music is being played on national radio and has been featured by CBC radio personalities such as Rich Terfry and Jeff Liberty. Waterfront Fire pride themselves on their dedication to making music that reflects the raw emotion and passion the band puts into every song. This ensures that fans of the band are provided with an unforgettable musical experience. Waterfront Fire is: Andrew Boyd (Guitar) Ben Thistle (Guitar) Jordan Coaker (Vocals) Paul Brace (Bass) Dan George (Drums)

WearyTo top

Weary is Kate Lahey, a new voice in an old city. St. John’s has welcomed Kate’s lyrically driven sound, intimate meditations, and feminist undertow with open arms. Weary’s debut album ‘Feeling Things’ (December 2017) is a moody breakthrough with lingering guitars and soft stories of loving and losing. Receiving critical acclaim from local, national and international reviews, Exclaim writes "Weary, in a slot that straddled the start of late night and the end of evening, are a perfect Lawnya Vawnya band. Their debut offering is titled Feeling Things, and the band played the tunes — comforting, atmospheric pop with a soft, almost lo-fi aesthetic that sometimes skirts gentle slacker rock — with, well, feeling." Feeling Things received grant support from the City of St. John’s and MusicNL. Kate is co-director of St. John’s Womxn in Music, board member of Girls Rock NL, and a PhD Candidate at the Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto.

Wendy RoseTo top

Wendy Rose is a freelance journalist based in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Focusing primarily on arts and lifestyles, Wendy has written for local media outlets such as The Telegram, The Newfoundland Herald, Downhome Magazine, The Overcast, Secret East, CBC, and CBC Arts. After spitefully dropping out of journalism school in her second year to become a journalist, Wendy began writing freelance arts/entertainment articles for The Telegram in 2012. This side-hustle was more of a hobby at first, a passionate pastime between shifts at local retail stores. Eventually, the hobby became a full time job, when Wendy joined the staff at The Newfoundland Herald in 2014, working at the magazine for two years before returning to freelancing in 2016. While freelancing can be a sporadic sport, Wendy’s commitment to her writing career has kept her busy, especially when coupled with her two part-time jobs. She has worked at Tvål Skincare, a woman-owned and LBGTQ+ run natural skincare company, for over five years, also working at Fred’s Records, the province’s (and likely Canada’s) oldest independent record shop for nearly three years – all at the same time. In between shifts, Wendy can often be found at local music venues, clubs, pubs, bars, theatres, and performance halls, taking in the local culture. Since August 2016, Wendy has been The Telegram’s main live event reviewer, a wonderful opportunity that has allowed her to take in the best of what this city has to offer in music, theatre, contemporary dance, film, ballet, experimental art performances, and more. Look up in a dark corner – she’s there, notepad in hand. The reviewing gig, coupled with her day-job at Fred’s Records, keeps Wendy deeply connected to the local arts scene. Her scope of knowledge and experience with local music and arts scene has put Wendy at the judge’s bench for The Overcast’s Borealis Prize, the annual MusicNL Awards, and the occasional Battle of the Bands. She is also a recurring celebrity judge of the NL Pet Expo’s Weiner Dog races. A vocal feminist, Wendy has publicly tackled gender parity in the music scene, taken the George Street Association to task over women’s safety in bars, and called out misogyny and sexism in music-related interest groups. On the rare occasion that she’s not writing for one of many local media outlets, taking in a show, jurying local music prizes, or working at Fred’s or Tvål, Wendy can be found on her couch, binge-watching CSI: Las Vegas.

Woody Point Heritage TheatreTo top

In the heart of the community stands the Woody Point Heritage Theatre, built in 1908. Former owners Charlie and Joan Payne have carefully restored and renewed this cherished village feature, which has been the lively home of community dances, suppers, meetings, plays and concerts over the years.

Now owned by the Friends of Writers at Woody Point, this unique part of the cultural heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador also provides the stage and setting for the annual Writers at Woody Point events. Firmly rooted in Newfoundland literature, which is itself widely acclaimed across Canada and internationally, the festival attracts both writers from abroad and those nurtured here at home. They come to Woody Point to read their work to hospitable audiences of villagers and visitors - sell-out crowds, in fact. Here the authors can also connect with other writers over dinner and drinks or on a hike into the pristine hills. And they can soak up the area's own creative talent at exhibits of art and crafts, musical performances and impromptu after-hours celebrations that combine jam sessions, dancing and lots of laughter.

Youngtree and The BloomsTo top

The Blooms formed around Peter Willie Youngtree’s contemplative songwriting, where they began blending old Folk and Country motifs with modern vibes, creating a unique sound that has earned them comparisons to Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons, and Eric Bachmann. Youngtree’s debut album was awarded Country Recording of the Year (MusicNL 2016) and was featured on international radio programs and nationally on the CBC. Youngtree and The Blooms are currently working with producer Chris Kirby to release their first album together in 2018.