A Nova Scotia Music Week for the books!

This year at Nova Scotia Music Week, Songcampers took home 9 awards! We are very proud that many songs on the albums recognized were penned and co-written at Songcamp, and so happy for the success of all campers nominated and recognized by Music Nova Scotia for their constant dedication to their craft, as well as those who rocked their showcases over the weekend!

Hello Delaware – “My Mistake”:
New Artist Recording of the Year

Port Cities – “Port Cities”:
Entertainer of the Year
Group Recording of the Year
Recording of the Year
Pop Recording of the Year
Digital Artist of the Year

Reeny Smith:
African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year

Quake Matthews & Neon Dreams:
SOCAN Songwriter of the Year – “Confessions” (Songwriters: Matthew Arab, Gordie Sampson, J Wellington)

Quake Matthews:
Hip Hop Recording of the Year – The Search (Quake Matthews & Kayo) – “Lost and Found”


22 Music Nova Scotia Award nominations for GS Songcampers!!

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Congratulations to all of the Songcampers and Songcamp Alum nominated for 2017 Music Nova Scotia Awards!

Entertainer of the Year –
Port Cities
Neon Dreams
Reeny Smith

Group Recording of the Year –
Port Cities – Port Cities
Neon Dreams – To You

Music Video of the Year –
Dave Sampson & Port Cities – “Trouble” (Dir. Mat Barkley)

New Artist Recording of the Year –
CAMERON – CAMERON
Hello Delaware – My Mistake

Recording of the Year –
Port Cities – Port Cities

SOCAN Songwriter of the Year –
Quake Matthews – “Confessions” (M. Arab, G. Sampson, J. Wellington)

African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year –
Reeny Smith

Americana Recording of the Year –
Jordan Musyscyn – Old State of Mind
Willie Stratton – Della Rosa

Digital Artist of the Year –
Dave Sampson
Port Cities

Electronic Artist of the Year –
Famba

Hip Hop Recording of the Year –
Quake Matthews & Kayo – The Search

Pop Recording of the Year –
Hello Delaware – My Mistake
Neon Dreams – To You
Port Cities – Port Cities

Rock Recording of the Year –
CAMERON – CAMERON
T. Thomason – Sweet Baby


Another year – another amazing group of writers!

The Gordie Sampson Songcamp 2017 – what a year! Thanks to Music Nova Scotia, Spincount, Bell Media and everyone who continues to make Songcamp a possibility and great success each year!

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Get your tickets for the 8th annual Gordie Sampson Songcamp Circle!

Join us Thursday, July 13th at the Keltic Lodge in Ingonish, Cape Breton​ for the 8th Annual Gordie Sampson Songcamp Circle featuring Gordie Sampson​, Port Cities​, Quake Matthews​ & many more!

Advance tickets available via The Keltic Lodge (902-285-2880), Doucette’s Variety (902-285-2861), & Ingonish Home Hardware Building Centre​ (902-285-2323)

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Classified’s “No Pressure” ft. Snoop Dogg and Dave Sampson wins Song of the Year at 2017 ECMAs!

When searching for that perfect hook for the lead single off his recent album “Greatful”, Nova Scotia’s Hip Hop Ambassador Classified sampled Dave Sampson’s catchy title track off his debut record “No Pressure, No Diamonds”. A radio smash hit featuring Snoop Dogg, this song picked up Song of the Year this past weekend at the 2017 ECMAs!

Congratulations to Songcamp’s Dave Sampson, Carleton Stone, Mo Kenney and Gordie Sampson for writing this killer hook!

Classified addresses the crowd after winning the song of the year award for No Pressure at the 2017 East Coast Music Awards gala in Saint John, N.B., on Thursday, April 27, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)

Classified addresses the crowd after winning the song of the year award for No Pressure at the 2017 East Coast Music Awards gala in Saint John, N.B., on Thursday, April 27, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)


Songcamp’s “Back To The Bottom” receives SOCAN No. 1 Song Award!

Congratulations to Dylan Guthro, Dana Beeler and Gordie Sampson on receiving a SOCAN No. 1 Song Award for their Songcamp co-write “Back To The Bottom” (performed by Port Cities) reaching #1 on the CBC Radio Top 20 on February 23, 2017!

Port Cities’ Dylan Guthro and one of his co-writers, Dana Beeler, receive a SOCAN No. 1 Song Award for the band’s “Back to the Bottom.” Left to right: SOCAN’s Melissa Cameron, Port Cities’ Breagh MacKinnon, co-writer Dana Beeler, Port Cities’ Dylan Guthro and Carleton Stone, and SOCAN’s Andreas Rizek. (Photo: Tiana Feng)

Port Cities’ Dylan Guthro and one of his co-writers, Dana Beeler, receive a SOCAN No. 1 Song Award for the band’s “Back to the Bottom.” Left to right: SOCAN’s Melissa Cameron, Port Cities’ Breagh MacKinnon, co-writer Dana Beeler, Port Cities’ Dylan Guthro and Carleton Stone, and SOCAN’s Andreas Rizek. (Photo: Tiana Feng)


Gordie Sampson Song Circle at NSMW ’16

Join us on Friday, November 4th for the Annual Gordie Sampson Songcamp Circle at Nova Scotia Music Week!

This year’s circle features Songcamp leaders Carleton Stone, Breagh Mackinnon and Dylan Guthro of Port Cities, Quake Matthews, Jodi Guthro, Eric Stephen Martin and Dana Beeler (Hello Delaware), NSMA Nominees Reeny Smith, Chris Brown, Seamus Erskine (The Brood), and Laurenn Marchand, as well as some very special guest Songcamper’s from Germany, Susann Grossman, Stina Mari and Shraubenyeti.

Performances run from 5-6:30pm in the Elm/Oak Ballroom of the Holiday Inn Truro. See you there!

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Get your tickets for the Nova Scotia meets Germany “Journey to Song Camp” Song Circle at Casino NS, Oct. 28!

Five years ago, Magnus Hecht, CEO of the LiveKomm Germany, was invited to Nova Scotia Music Week where he saw the Gordie Sampson Songcampers perform. He was amazed and wanted to establish a similar songwriting camp in his home state in Germany. Since 2014, the German-Canadian Songcamp takes place in Saxony. Every year, three talented Canadian singer-songwriters travel to Germany to write songs with local musicians.

This November, three German writers will be joining us in Nova Scotia to perform alongside their Nova Scotian songwriting friends! The show will feature Port Cities, Dana Beeler, Dave Sampson, Jodi Guthro and 3 visiting German writers, Susann Grossmann, Stina Mari, and Der Schraubenyeti.

Get your tickets here.

This event has been made possible by the support of Music Nova Scotia.


10 Music Nova Scotia Award Nominations for GS Songcampers!

Congratulations to all of the Songcampers and Songcamp Alum nominated for 2016 Music Nova Scotia Awards!

Christopher Brown – “Christopher Brown”
Country Recording of the Year

Laura Roy – “Don’t Chase”
New Artist Recording of the Year
Pop Recording of the Year

Laurenn Marchand – “Ghosts in the Garden”
Solo Recording of the Year
New Artist Recording of the Year
Folk Recording of the Year

Neon Dreams –
Electronic Artist of the Year

Reeny Smith –
African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year

The Brood – “Deranged Love”
Group Recording of the Year
Rock Recording of the Year


The Gordie Sampson Songcamp 2016

What an incredible year! We wrote over 40 songs in beautiful Ingonish with friends both new and old. Thank you to everyone who makes Songcamp possible year after year. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more photos and content from all things Songcamp!

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