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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]

Port Cities wins Gold: Best Folk Band and Silver: Best Pop Band in The Coast’s “Best Of Halifax” Awards


It’s the week of Port Cities’ pair of shows with Symphony Nova Scotia, and “we’re just trying on clothes right now to make sure we don’t look stupid,” says singer/guitarist/dimples Carleton Stone. “Not my favourite part.” Port Cities’ self-titled debut album came out last year, picking up five Music Nova Scotia Awards in its wake, and the trio—Stone, Dylan Guthro and Breagh MacKinnon—has been on the road in this continent and Europe in support of it, keeping fans engaged and encouraging hometown pride. [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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Thursday
March 28th, 2019
Erinevate Tubade Klubi
Tallinn
Tallinn Music Week Festival 2019
8:30 PM
TMW Made In Canada Showcase
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Wednesday
May 1st, 2019
National Arts Centre- Azrieli Studio
Ottawa, ON
SPECIAL GUEST of Steven Page Discipline Tour 2019
8:00 PM
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Thursday
May 2nd, 2019
Market Hall Performing Arts Centre
Peterborough, ON
SPECIAL GUEST of Steven Page Discipline Tour 2019
8:00 PM
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Friday
May 3rd, 2019
The Studio
Hamilton, Ontario
SPECIAL GUEST of Steven Page Discipline Tour 2019
8:00 PM
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Saturday
May 4th, 2019
Danforth Music Hall
Toronto, ON
SPECIAL GUEST of Steven Page Discipline Tour 2019
8:00 PM
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Wednesday
May 8th, 2019
The Empire Theatre
Belleville, Ontario
SPECIAL GUEST of Steven Page Discipline Tour 2019
7:30 PM
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Thursday
May 9th, 2019
Neat Coffee Shop
Burnstown, ON
(Sold Out Show) SPECIAL GUEST of Steven Page Discipline Tour 2019
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Friday
May 10th, 2019
L'Astral
Montreal, QC
SPECIAL GUEST of Steven Page Discipline Tour 2019
8:00 PM
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Friday
May 17th, 2019
Aeolian Hall
London, Ontario
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Saturday
May 18th, 2019
Mary Webb Centre
Highgate, ON
SPECIAL GUEST of Steven Page Discipline Tour 2019
8:00 PM
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Tuesday
May 21st, 2019
Pyramid Carabet
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
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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
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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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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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Friday
August 2nd, 2019
(KIRA) Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts Amphitheatre
St. Andrews, NB
7:00 PM

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Sheri Jones
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Wayne O’Connor
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Tom Kemp
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