Gordie Sampson

gordieGordie Sampson is a whirlwind of musical activity. A Grammy award-winning songwriter, he resides and writes in Nashville where his songs have been covered by Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes, Little Big Town and Rascal Flatts – to name just a few. He heads back home to Canada to spend time with family and friends in his beloved Cape Breton during the summer and to perform in the Maritimes, where audiences welcome him, year after year. Despite the rarity of his Canadian concerts, Sampson’s records continue to find a home on Canadian A/C radio and to garner awards and nominations for his records.

In 2010, Gordie started The Gordie Sampson Songcamp to give songwriters, aged 15-24, the opportunity to develop their songwriting skills, build relationships with their peers, and promote learning in pursuit of artistic excellence.

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Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac

mjwendyThis is a powerful collaboration borne of a long-time friendship and a shared love of Celtic music. Whether it’s the mesmerizing Gaelic vocals of Mary Jane, or the superb and true musicianship of Wendy on the fiddle, these ladies have been making their mark with traditional audiences worldwide for over two decades. Mary Jane and Wendy have both been recognized internationally for their solo music careers, and Wendy has been Mary Jane’s steadfast comrade in the presentation of her music for many years. It seems only natural that these two impressive talents now come together to create a true musical partnership, which will combine their musical sensibilities, their strong Celtic roots, and their colourful personalities.

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Mo Kenney

moThe buzz around Mo Kenney has been building over the last couple of years. The release of her debut, self-titled recording has turned that buzz into a deafening roar. Released in September, Mo Kenney has already received rave reviews across the board. Her unique brand of pop with a touch of folk is quickly finding its way into the hearts and hands of fans and media alike. She has already appeared at such festivals as Canada Music Week, ECMA, Stan Rogers Festival, NXNE, Evolve, and The Pop Explosion; she has toured across the country opening for the likes of Joel Plaskett, Ron Sexsmith and Brad Roberts. In November, Kenney performed at the famed Iceland Airwaves Festival in Reykjavik and has already garnered serious respect from her singer/songwriter peers. The list of those loudly singing her praises includes Ron Sexsmith, Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies), Gordie Sampson, and Steve Poltz.

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Molly Thomason

mollyThe last twelve months have been eventful for 18-year-old Thomason. She was named Young Performer of the Year by the Canadian Folk Music Awards, was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 20 under Twenty, won the “She’s The One” contest at the Ottawa Bluesfest, received two ECMA nominations for her pop leaning sophomore recording and received two Music Nova Scotia award nominations – Female Artist Recording of the Year for Beauty Queen and SOCAN Songwriter of the Year for her co-write with Carleton Stone, “Never Felt A Thing”. A testament to the strength of Molly’s writing, she was also a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting competition and a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition in 2012. Whether it’s folk gems or the undeniable pop sensibility of Beauty Queen, Thomason’s signature vocals and strong stage presence make her a hit with audiences.

Not one to rest on her laurels, Thomason is just putting the finishing touches on her third full-length release as she starts her freshman year at the University of Toronto. Produced by John Angus MacDonald (The Trews) and mixed by Gordie Johnson (Grady, Big Sugar), her newest release promises to be an exciting step in the evolution of Molly Thomason.

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Dylan Guthro

dylanHis debut recording, All That’s True, charged out of the gate this year and has already garnered singer-songwriter Dylan Guthro a Music Nova Scotia award for New Artist Recording of the Year. From his two sold-out release concerts in Halifax, to his summer festival schedule, to his monthlong tour of Denmark and Germany, Dylan has been winning over fans and industry with his catchy and sincere songs, his superb musicianship and his impressive vocals.

An experienced and entertaining performer, Dylan Guthro was brought up in a musical household. He picked up his first guitar at the age of four and has since toured with his dad, the internationally renowned Bruce Guthro, as far afield as the prestigious Tonder Festival in Denmark and as close to home as the Stan Rogers Folk Festival.

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Steven MacDougall

steven“Cruel & Unusual”, is the work of a world class songwriter. For his second solo release, Steven MacDougall draws from his vast and diverse musical vocabulary — folk, country, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll — all influenced by his Cape Breton musical roots and world-wide travels with his band, Slowcoaster. These songs showcase the considerable skills of one of Canada’s premier song-writing, performing and recording artists while revealing a more thoughtful side of MacDougall and his growth as a songwriter. But the songs are not the only strength of this record, it also showcases the warmth and depth of MacDougall’s distinctive vocals in the most sincere of ways.

Steven MacDougall is the frontman and principal writer for the multi-award winning Cape Breton rock band, Slowcoaster. While MacDougall keeps busy recording and touring with Slowcoaster’s high-energy, danceable tunes — it is by no means his only creative outlet.

MacDougall has shared the stage with Gordie Sampson, Bruce Guthro, J.P. Cormier, Lennie Gallant, Rita MacNeil, Matt Mays, Ron Hynes and many other luminaries.

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slowcoWith infectious and captivating lyrics, reinforced by a commanding groove, Slowcoaster takes you on a ride to the heart of the party with no apologies. Throwing down their high-energy danceable tunes, the Cape Breton trio fuses ska, reggae, hip hop, and classic house influences with their unique brand of funky rock and roll. Having spent the past ten years infiltrating the Canadian live music scene, Slowcoaster has firmly established themselves as one of the country’s most popular jam rock bands.

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