It’s the most wonderful time of year! Conference season is upon us and that means discovering new music and sharing new ideas about music business.
This past weekend I attended Nova Scotia Music Week and was blown away by the talent in our province, once again; there are too many stand-out shows to name. Except … I did see Quake Matthews for the first time in several years. His new song “Confessions” with Neon Dreams is destined for radio and will no doubt see his star rise even higher. One more mention, Alana Yorke, who beautifully combines lush synth arrangements with her steady, provoking voice to create an ethereal sound that stays with you long after the lights dim. I can’t wait to see her next live show.
The Women in Music conference was a great success. My friend and colleague Stephanie Purcell and I gave a candid keynote that was an absolute highlight. I was inspired by women like Heather Gibson, Executive Producer from the National Arts Centre and Henca Maduro, who operates New Skool Rules in Germany, because of their ambition to succeed in the music business, among many other women who took part in the conference.
I’m looking forward to next year’s rendition of NSMW, and until then, I’ve got my eyes set on ECMA in May 2018. Halifax, look out! It’s going to be a time.