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🌟 Best Album 🌟 Best Group Album 🌟 Best Pop Album 🌟 Entertainer of the Year 🌟 Digital Artist of the Year 🌟

❤️❤️ WOW, can’t believe we just won FIVE Music Nova Scotia awards!! ❤️❤️

We feel so lucky to be a part of the incredible music community in Nova Scotia, and being recognized by our peers literally means the world to us. THANK YOU SO MUCH to our mentor/producer Gordie Sampson, our manager Sheri Jones, the best tour manager/soundman/band dad Wayne O’Connor, Warner Music Canada for all the help with getting our music into the world, Scott Long+everyone at MNS, Grace Russell, Ruby Quase, all of our families for supporting us forever, and our best bud Dave Sampson for accepting on our behalf. And last but not least, YOU GUYS for supporting us and following us on this journey, you’re the reason we make music. Thank you so much for all the love. ❤️❤️❤️

We so wish we were in Truro with everyone this weekend but we’ll be back in NS in a week. LET’S HANG 😘🙏

St. Albert Gazette: Port Cities navigates their ship to St. Albert’s harbour

Port Cities is back with their pop-folk blend, stage charm and East Coast stories.

By Anna Browiecki, St. Albert Gazette

Port Cities was relatively unknown to St. Albert until they opened for Rose Cousins on St. Patrick’s Day of this year at the Arden Theatre.

From the first chords of their three-part harmonies to the last note, Carleton Stone, Breagh MacKinnon and Dylan Guthro blew the audience away earning a standing ovation – a laurel usually saved for the top bill.

Due to audience demand, the folk-pop ensemble returns to the Arden on Oct. 18 as part of larger western tour.

“That (March 17) was one of the best shows of our tour,” said Stone. When you only have a 25-minute set and you get a standing ovation, that’s exciting. And we’re excited to be coming back.”

The East Cost trio released their self-titled debut album in February with the blessing of Warner Music Canada. Fans and critics across the spectrum gave it the thumbs up.

One of many buoyant voices, reviewer Taryn McElheran from Canadian Beats wrote,”They have a unique sound without being abstract, yet also have a comforting sound that reminds you of your own experiences in life. It’s an album that will keep you dancing on your feet and swaying to the sounds that come from this talented trio.”

The eclectic album was applauded for its intelligent, well-crafted lyrics and original sounds that individualized each track, yet formed a complete vision.

Taking advantage of the album’s momentum, Port Cities spent the last six months playing festival circuits, touring Germany and England, and writing songs for a sophomore CD. [READ MORE]


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


bio-picA port city is a place where cultures and histories collide, where goods and ideas are imported and absorbed into the local bloodstream. The trio of celebrated Nova Scotian songwriters who now call themselves Port Cities honour that tradition. Their chosen name isn’t just indicative of where they’re from (the harbour hamlet of Cape Breton) but what they do: fuse divergent styles and experiences into a singular roots-rock sound.

Port Cities’ self-titled debut may be the group’s first effort together, but its members share deep, intertwining roots in the Maritime music scene. In addition to releasing three solo albums, Carleton Stone has written songs for and with everyone from Quebecois soul sensation Bobby Bazini to beloved acoustic troubadour Donovan Woods. Dylan Guthro has parlayed his own folk/RnB fusions into match-ups with Halifax hip-hop hero Classified and EDM crew Neon Dreams (whose 2015 single “High” featured Guthro alongside rap superstar Waka Flocka Flame). And Breagh MacKinnon is a jazz-schooled chanteuse whose 2012 album, Where the Days Went, was nominated for an ECMA Award; she has since lent her voice to recordings by East Coast pop icons David Myles and Ria Mae.

Port Cities is a collaboration six years in the making. The trio first crossed paths in 2011 at a songwriter’s workshop hosted by Gordie Sampson, the Nova Scotia native who has become one of the most in-demand writers and producers in Nashville (his roster of past collaborators—Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, and Florida Georgia Line among them—could fill up an entire Grammys telecast). That initial meeting would eventually lead to triple-bill tour in 2014 that, MacKinnon recalls, “was originally supposed to be a songwriter’s circle, but by the end, it had more of a band feel than three musicians performing separately. It was just magic when we sang together. Shortly after that, we started throwing around the idea of making it official and starting a band.”

After building a fervent fanbase in Eastern Canada through steady gigging over the past two years, the trio laid down the bed tracks for their debut album in Nashville, tapping into Sampson’s deep Rolodex of ace session players. But then they took the recordings back home and “just messed with things,” Guthro explains. “We’d do these big weird group vocals, create and experiment with sounds—and through that, we landed on a vibe that’s consistent across this whole record.”

The result is a perfect balance of Nashville and Nova Scotia, of the rustic and atmospheric, of indie intimacy and the sort of arena-pop anthems that betray Port Cities’ globe-trotting ambitions; the fall of 2016 saw the band set out on their maiden cross-Canada and European voyages. It’s a record that draws on Port Cities’ collective songwriting expertise, but also reveals the dark emotional undercurrents lurking beneath the heavenly harmonies and heart-racing stomp of “Back to the Bottom”, or the intimations of infidelity tucked into the relaxed country-rock lilt of “On the Nights You Stay Home.” Even on the album’s most ebullient tracks, nothing is as it seems on the surface: the gentle Afro-pop groove of “How to Lose You” coaxes the tension out of a love song that’s consumed with the possibility of loneliness; “The Out” is a disco-kissed break-up song perfect for dancing on your own.

As Stone explains, “One thing we all seem to connect with lyrically is showing a less-than-perfect idea of love, and not being scared to talk about how everything is not great, or call out a lot of what normal, traditional love songs would be about.”

The album closes with the desolate ambient ballad “Astronaut,” a song that invokes outer-space imagery only to send us crashing back down to Earth, contrasting childhood dreams of interstellar exploration with the harsh, hopeless realities of navigating adult life. It’s a fitting finale for an album that’s nestled in the liminal space between familiar and foreign, pairing sounds that comfort with lyrics that confront. Because that’s the thing about living in a port city: the place you call home is also a gateway into the great unknown—and, at any moment, that scenic, open-water vista can give way to crashing waves and fierce undertows.

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December 31st, 2017
Sydney Waterfront
Sydney, Nova Scotia
New Year's Eve Celebration
6:00 PM
Cape Breton Post Main Stage
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January 18th, 2018
Saint John, NB
8:00 PM
Tickets are $20 and are on sale at Backstreet Records (Saint John location)
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January 19th, 2018
Capitol Theatre
Moncton, New Brunswick
8:00 PM
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February 2nd, 2018
National Arts Centre - Fourth Stage
Ottawa, ON
8:30 PM
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February 10th, 2018
Membertou Trade & Convention Centre
Membertou, NS
With Special Guest, Dave Sampson
9:00 PM
19+ ID Required
Tickets Also available BY PHONE: 902-539-2300, or
IN PERSON At the Box Office between 9:00AM-5:00PM Mon-Fri, located at 50 Maillard Street, Membertou, NS
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February 16th, 2018
Neptune Theatre Fountain Hall
Halifax, NS
Neptune Theatre presents Port Cities
8:00 PM
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February 17th, 2018
Neptune Theatre Fountain Hall
Halifax, NS
Neptune Theatre presents Port Cities
8:00 PM
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