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]

FYI Music News: The Allan Slaight Juno Master Class Is In Session

By FYI Music News

The Juno Awards and Slaight Music launched Canada’s premier artist development program, the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class, four years ago. Master Class differs from other artist development programs in that winners are endorsed by members of the music industry and chosen by a super jury of industry leaders.

The 2018/19 winners are Aquakultre (selected by being the CBC Music Searchlight winner), Haviah Mighty, Port Cities, and smrtdeath. All four recently engaged in a week of mentorship and industry insight in Toronto, taking in lessons from the experts including: a visit to Facebook, Apple Music, and CBC Music; myriad sessions at Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music with industry mentors; photography sessions with Matt Barnes and Caitlin Cronenberg; a producer session with Jordan Evans (Daniel Caesar’s manager and producer); a media training session with Franca Miraglia and more, all culminating with a live performance showcase by each act on Oct. 25 at Jasper Dandy. [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


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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