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!


Songcamp Spotlight of the Week: Jordan Musycsyn

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Jordan Musycsyn is a hard-working singer/songwriter, and a masterful storyteller writing songs about life and love with pathos and humour in a Folk-Country style. He sustains a busy touring schedule throughout Canada in support of his Music Nova Scotia award nominated debut album ‘The Pitch’. Drawing on his own life experiences he writes relatable songs of love, loss and the human condition. A dynamic performer, Jordan moves the audience from laughter to tears and back again.

Keep up to date with Jordan online:
Website: jordanmusycsyn.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jordanmband

Songcamp Spotlight of the Week: Laurenn Marchand


Close your eyes and imagine being wrapped in the comfort of Feist and Joni Mitchell. Cape Breton artist, Laurenn Marchand is an Indie/Folk singer-songwriter that will make those feelings come to life and bring warmth to your soul.

Her debut EP, Ghosts in the Garden, offers an Indie/Folk approach to storytelling. Recorded in the picturesque Gaspereau Valley, it captures the life and honest energy of Marchand.

The release of Ghosts in the Garden will build upon past showcases including: Honey Jam (Toronto), Stan Rogers Folk Festival (NS), the Galaxie Young Performers Program (Winnipeg Folk Festival) and the RBC Breakout Stage as part of East Coast Music Week 2016 (NS).

Laurenn Marchand is ready to captivate audiences across the Maritimes and share her stories of love and life.

Keep up to date with Laurenn online:
Website: laurennmarchand.com
Twitter: twitter.com/laurennmarchand
Facebook: www.facebook.com/laurennmarchandmusic/
Bandcamp: laurennmarchand.bandcamp.com/releases
Instagram: instagram.com/laurennmarchand/

7th Annual Gordie Sampson Songcamp Circle

songcampDate: Thursday, July 14
Location: Ceilidh Hall, Keltic Lodge
Time: 7:00PM
Tickets: $10 Under 19, $15 Adult

Advance tickets are available at:
Keltic Lodge – (902) 285-2880
Doucette’s Variety – (902) 285-2861
Home Hardware – (902) 285-2323

Songcamp Spotlight of the Week: MATTY

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Matt Halvorson is an 18 year old electronic music producer from Charlotteown, PEI. He began his journey into the world of electronic dance music back in 2013 while writing house music in his bedroom. Throughout the past 3 years, he has transitioned through many different styles of EDM, most recently with a focus on Future Bass and has since adopted the stage name “MATTY”. He is currently in the middle of writing an EP with hopes to have it out this Fall.

Keep up to date with MATTY online:
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/mattyofficial
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/matty.pics
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mattyedm
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mattyfuture
Bandcamp: https://mattyofficial.bandcamp.com


Written by Caitlyn Smith, Gordie Sampson, and Brandon Davis at The Gordie Sampson Songcamp 2015, featuring Dave Sampson and Port Cities.

Directed by Mat Barkley
Audio by Thomas Stajcer at The New Scotland Yard

songcamp spotlight of the week: Kayleigh O’Connor


Kayleigh O’Connor brings an incredible depth to the world of pop music. At just 18 years old and hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Kayleigh is becoming one of Canada’s most promising young talents. Kayleigh began writing songs at the tender age of 6 starting with just a piano and a unique ability to craft haunting melodies around her lyrics. 2015 saw Kayleigh sign with Toronto-based music publisher CCS Rights Management and is currently writing her debut album.

Keep up to date with Kayleigh online:


Songcamp Spotlight of the Week: Quake Matthews


Quake Matthews first made a name for himself in the underground battle rap scene in his early teens. Since then, he has triumphantly progressed to his current breakneck beats and unadulterated lyricism.

With his signature raspy voice and raw emotion, Quake has a sound and show that creates a captivating listening experience for his audience.

The award-winning emcee recently released his fourth studio album, Rap Music, which earned him a #4 spot on the iTunes Hip Hop Charts, as well as coverage from a host of major media outlets, such as The Source, All Def Digital and Funk Master Flex’s ‘Indie Spotlight.’ Quake has embarked on a nation-wide tour with Classified, and shared stages with countless superstars such as Snoop Dogg, T-Pain and Ludacris, to name just a few.

Keep up to date with Quake online:
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/quakematthews
Instagram – @quakematthews
Twitter – @quakematthews
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/QuakeMusic
Website – www.quakematthews.com

Port Cities wins title of 2016 Casino NS Artist in Residence!

This past friday, Port Cities took home the title of 2016 Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence, winning $20,000 in investment to assist with career development through recording, marketing, and live performance opportunities with Music Nova Scotia. Congrats to Carleton, Breagh and Dylan and all of the finalists!

Photo by Barb Cameron