Liner Notes: Bullet News for March 8th

Celebrated Nova Scotian musician Charlie A’Court has established a bursary supporting home-province high school graduates who are continuing their music education in university or college.

The Charlie A’Court Scholarship for Excellence in Music (CASEM) will award $500 to a graduating student who has been accepted into a post-secondary institution to continue his/her music education.

“Throughout my career, I’ve always looked at ways I could channel the opportunities I’ve received into serving my community and creating win-win experiences,” A’Court explained earlier this week.

“This scholarship has been an aspiration of mine for years and it’s a means of expressing my gratitude for those opportunities by investing in tomorrow’s musical talent.”

The scholarship is designed to aid a student accepted into Nova Scotia-based institutions offering music courses such as the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie University or the Music Business Program at NSCC Waterfront Campus for instance. Students accepted to institutions outside Nova Scotia including Ontario’s Humber College and the Berklee College of Music can also apply.

A’Court, a 5-time East Coast Music Award winner and 8-time Music Nova Scotia Award winner, says the scholarship will be rolled out in two phases. 2017 marks the 20th anniversary since A’Court graduated from Cobequid Educational Centre (CEC) and its music program in Truro. Inquiries:

-- The Canadian Country Music Association has itself a new sponsor for its annual in Saskatoon this year. PotashCorp Country Music Week will be held in Hub City Sept. 7-10, with the awards show broadcast on the final night from SaskTel Centre. Showstoppers and further details TBA. Tickets are scaled from $42 through $120.

-- Nova Scotian sisters Cassie & Maggie (MacDonald) may not be top of the pops in mainstream Canada, but in Ireland, Irish-American strongholds such as Boston, Philly and Buffalo, and the Maritimes, the duo’s fiery Celtic reinventions grab headlines and fill halls.

The siblings launch their new album, The Willow Collection, with a series of soft-seater concerts in Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick this week. They headline Moncton’s The Empress Theatre this Saturday the 11th.



-- Hockey and Canadian music intersect in star-studded fashion on March 17 at a tribute concert celebrating the Stanley Cup's 125th anniversary. The marquee has Metric, The Sheepdogs, Bobby Bazini and Kevin Bazinet joining hockey legends Guy Lafleur, Mike Bossy, Bernie Parent and Dave Keon who will share Cup stories. The event takes place at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.

-- The legacy of the late singer/songwriter Ron Hynes still looms large in his home province of Newfoundland. That is affirmed by the announcement of the new annual Ron Hynes Songwriters Festival, set to take place June 24 and 25 at the St. John's Masonic Temple. Dubbed the 'man of a thousand songs', Hynes passed away in 2015.

The fest is an initiative from the newly-created Songwriters NL, a non-profit organization supporting and promoting local songwriters. The founding members of Songwriters NL are Amelia Curran, Colleen Power, Sean Panting, Andrea Monro and Vicky Hynes.

-- Recent Music Canada certifications for Maple artists include Marianas Trench (Gold for their album Astoria and the single "Who Do You Love"), and Coleman Hell (quadruple platinum single for “Two Heads”). Both acts are on 604 Records.

-- The Art Gallery of Ontario’s Creative Minds series at Massey Hall kicks opens April 21 with a performance by Polaris Prize winner Tanya Tagaq followed by a panel discussion on “What makes a nation?”

-- Edmonton-based DJs and producers figure prominently on the soundtrack for BioWare’s Mass Effect: Andromeda, the latest instalment of its popular game series.

21 tracks from Oil Town's Better Living DJs, Comaduster, Deep Six, Dr Perceptron, KØBA, Nada Deva and Senseless Live make the cut.


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