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By Randal Wark, Montreal Rocks

There is a scene in a movie called Hearts Beat Loud where Nick Offerman hears the song he created with his daughter in the neighbourhood café. He bursts with excitement as he tries to tell everyone that this is his band. It’s a cute moment, and I felt the same way, the day after interviewing Port Cities when I heard “Montreal” play on the radio while at my client’s establishment. “I just interviewed them!”

It doesn’t surprise me, the song is catchy from the get go and who doesn’t love a song about Montreal, when you are in Montreal!

Before reading the interview, listen to the song. We will speak about the actual house party that inspired the song, what song you learn when you are given a guitar at 4 years old and techniques to capture the audience at your next gig.

Montreal Rocks: Where are we calling from today?

Breagh: We’re calling from Dylan’s home studio, just outside of Halifax in Hammonds Plains.

MR: I’ve been to Halifax twice and I loved it. The city with the nicest and friendliest people in Canada, I would assume.

Right: That’s nice.

MR: So you guys are coming to Montreal soon.

Right: Yes. Friday February 8th.

MR: At La Vitrola (4602 Boul. St-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T 1R3)

Carleton: I’m glad you pronounced it, so we didn’t have to. (laughs)

Click here to read the full interview.

Atlantic Canada Rocks Review: Port Cities at Summerside, PEI’s College of Piping


By Sarah MacDonald, Atlantic Canada Rocks

On Friday, November 5th, the College of Piping’s Celtic Performing Arts Centre in Summerside, PEI played host to award-winning Nova Scotia trio, Port Cities, consisting of Breagh MacKinnon, Carleton Stone and Dylan Guthro.

The group played an acoustic set of songs from their latest release, including “Astronaut,” “Sound of Your Voice” and their hit single, “Back to the Bottom.” The group also had some creative takes on covers such as “All That She Wants”, originally performed by Ace of Base and “Wheels,” a song written by renowned singer-songwriter and fellow Cape Breton native, Gordie Sampson.** In addition to these great songs, the group also performed an acoustic version of their latest single, “Montreal.” [READ MORE]

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Port Cities (2017)
1. Back To The Bottom
2. Don’t Say You Love Me
3. In The Dark
4. Sound Of Your Voice
5. How To Lose You
6. Half The Way
7. On The Nights You Stay Home
8. Where Have You Been
9. Burn That Bridge
10. The Out
11. Body + Soul
12. Astronaut

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bio-picIn the brief period of time since Port Cities unleashed their incendiary debut—a wildly self-assured collection of sparkling, rootsy pop that showcases the Nova Scotia trio’s devotion to songwriting—the band’s been hard at work bringing it to the masses. They’ve continued to explore and evolve their ambitious pop sound, melding diverse musical backgrounds to create an alchemy that’s part art, part songwriting science, and all magic: the nimble dynamism of Breagh MacKinnon’s smoky, jazz-indebted delivery, Dylan Guthro’s simmering and soulful R&B swagger, and Carleton Stone’s razor-sharp, romantic rock ‘n’ roll. In 2018, that memory-making mix of unforgettable melodies, high-flying harmonies, and electrifying heart on Port Cities is set to reach audiences worldwide.

It’s a chemistry that’s been perfected during the 100+ dates they’ve toured in the past year, in hotel rooms and songwriter circles, in vans rolling through foreign countries to rowdy pubs, and on the fog-bound shores of Canada’s misty east coast. It’s helped lead the band to numerous accolades, including a whopping five Nova Scotia Music Awards, a SOCAN #1 Award (for “Back to the Bottom”), and stints at #1 on CBC and Spotify charts. Port Cities has amassed over 1.5 million streams internationally, showcased at The Great Escape, Focus Wales, and the Reeperbahn Festival, and will be releasing their debut in the U.K. and Germany this year.

Beyond Port Cities’ deep devotion to their craft, their success is largely built on a simple but timeless approach: a good song is a good song is a good song. Whether it’s awash with synthesizer (“Sound of Your Voice”), pumped up with an overdriven crunch (“Where Have You Been”), or stripped down to the bare essentials with just an acoustic guitar and three voices. No matter what music the melody might call for, the best song always wins.

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Tuesday
May 21st, 2019
Pyramid Cabaret
Winnipeg, MB
SPECIAL GUEST of Steven Page Discipline Tour 2019
8:00 PM
19+ Show
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Thursday
May 23rd, 2019
Broadway Theatre
Saskatoon, SK
SPECIAL GUEST of Steven Page Discipline Tour 2019
7:30 PM
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Friday
May 24th, 2019
Studio Bell Performance Hall
Calgary, AB
SPECIAL GUEST of Steven Page Discipline Tour 2019
8:00 PM
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Saturday
May 25th, 2019
Studio Bell Performance Hall
Calgary, AB
SPECIAL GUEST of Steven Page Discipline Tour 2019
8:00 PM
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Tuesday
May 28th, 2019
Creekside Theatre
Lake Country, BC
(Sold Out) SPECIAL GUEST of Steven Page Discipline Tour 2019
7:30 PM
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Thursday
May 30th, 2019
Capital Ballroom
Victoria, BC
SPECIAL GUEST of Steven Page Discipline Tour 2019
8:00 PM
19+ Show
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Friday
May 31st, 2019
Commodore Ballroom
Vancouver, BC
SPECIAL GUEST of Steven Page Discipline Tour 2019
8:30 PM
19+ Show
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Saturday
June 8th, 2019
The North Parish of North Andover Church
North Andover, MA
Crossroads Music Series
8:00 PM
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Tuesday
June 11th, 2019
Club Passim
Cambridge, MA
8:00 PM
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Wednesday
June 12th, 2019
The Rialto Theater
Lancaster, New Hampshire
7:00 PM
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Saturday
July 20th, 2019
Acoustic Maritime Music Festival
Kempt Shore, NS
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Sunday
July 21st, 2019
Acoustic Maritime Music Festival
Kempt Shore, NS
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Wednesday
July 31st, 2019
The Iona Heights Inn/The Frolic’n Folk Pub & Grill
Iona, NS
(SOLD OUT)
8:00 PM
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Thursday
August 1st, 2019
Wentworth Park Bandshell
Sydney, NS
Makin' Waves Music Festival
Free Event
More info @ www.makinwavesfestival.ca
Friday
August 2nd, 2019
(KIRA) Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts Amphitheatre
St. Andrews, NB
7:00 PM
Opening - Dave Sampson
Admission by donation
Saturday
February 22nd, 2020
National Arts Centre/Babs Asper Theatre
Ottawa, ON
NAC Presents: Port Cities - Full Band
7:30 PM
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Management:
Sheri Jones
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902.429.9005
Bookings:
Wayne O’Connor
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902.452.4826
Bookings:
Tom Kemp
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416.598.0067