Mo Kenney receives four 2014 ECMA award nominations

Mo Kenney is nominated for an outstanding four ECMA awards, which were announced today in Charlottetown, PEI. The nominations are for Solo Recording, Pop Recording of the Year, Songwriter of the Year – “Sucker”, and Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year. Thank you to the East Coast Music Association and congratulations to all the nominees!

Old Man Luedecke “I never sang before I met you”

Listen live on CBC Music.

Old Man Luedecke released a very special EP today. Here is his (very kind) message:

“I never sang before I met you” is a new short collection of songs recorded and produced by Joel Plaskett at his New Scotland Yard in Dartmouth NS. With an increasingly busy tour schedule and a crazy busy home life (three kids under the age of three) I wanted to revamp my approach to making songs and records. In the past I’ve recorded in sprints of four songs a day to make a record in four days. Pretty special. Pretty stressful. Pretty damn quick. I’m now trying to form a habit of getting into the studio more often than just for album making marathons to see what kind of magic can be captured with more time spent there. This collaboration with Joel Plaskett has yielded a gem that seems worth releasing as an EP on the eve of a cross country tour. Then I can play the new songs live.

Working on a tune a day (luxury!) with Joel and the broadened pallet, sensibility and attention to detail he brings as a producer was as thrilling as it was inspiring. When I wrote Baby, We’d be Rich I knew it needed a JJ Cale rock and roll approach outside of my usual banjo setting. I have admired his wondrous drum machine for several years since it started popping up on his records. I him in mind to produce the track soon after it was written. I think the ease that it comes across with is worth the price of admission alone and is a testament to his production values.

Sorry if I let you down (a line from the which the title is drawn) is a lovely marriage of a typical OML kinda song and Joel’s killer instincts. It flourishes mournful and solo for a minute until the Pettyesque 12 strings come in and lift the weighty burden. It is an uplifting song about professional angst. Hopefully it’s the only one I ever need write.

Time alone is the biggest sound from the project and is a really exciting treatment of a groovy kind of love song. Drive me to the beach you summer thing.

I’m really grateful Joel Plaskett took the project on in the limited “free time” we had and I’m thrilled with the results. To quote Al Tuck, one of our mutual friends and heroes, “Here’s hoping the sucker goes gold” Please Enjoy

Dave Gunning scores Hockey Night in Canada Song Quest

He shot, and he scored.

A little more than two weeks ago, songwriter Dave Gunning notched the winning goal in Hockey Night in Canada Song Quest. Co-written with David Francey, Gunning’s hockey tune, “A Game Goin’ On,” got the most votes from Canadian hockey fans coast to coast to coast.

This past week, as part of the Song Quest grand prize, Gunning went to Dartmouth, N.S., to re-record his winning song with veteran producer and rocker Joel Plaskett. Watch the video below to see what happened at Plaskett’s New Scotland Yard production studio.

View the video here.

CBC Radio 2 Top 100 Songs – “The Great Escape” and “Sucker”

CBC Radio 2 has put together an fantastic collection of their top 100 songs of 2013 and Mo Kenney stands out on their list, with two songs from the album making the cut. “The Great Escape” is listed at #73 and “Sucker” came in at #34.

Thank you to CBC Radio 2 for their support, and we hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season!

You can listen to the countdown starting at 6 a.m. on Dec. 26, and visit the CBC Music website on Dec. 27 for a playlist of all 100 songs.

Joel Plaskett Emergency at Casino Nova Scotia Dec. 30th

JoelPlaskett-EDGet your tickets for the Joel Plaskett Emergency show on December 30th at Casino Nova Scotia and have a chance to win dinner for two!

There’s still time to get in on our Twitter contest to win one of two dinners for two at Casino Nova Scotia’s Trapeze restaurant plus your very own meet and greet with Joel Plaskett at the show.

To enter to win, take a picture of yourself holding your ticket and post it on Twitter with the hashtag #JPEDEC30.

Tickets to see Joel Plaskett Emergency on Dec. 30th are still available online from Ticket Atlantic, at Casino Nova Scotia, and participating Atlantic Superstore outlets. We will announce the winners on Twitter on December 26th. Looking forward to seeing your #JPEDEC30 pics!

Joel Plaskett wins CBC Radio 3 Lifetime Achievement Bucky Award

Joel lightCBC Radio 3’s Bucky Awards recognize the best in Canadian independent music and Joel Plaskett is honoured to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award this year.

As noted on their website: “Every year, CBC Radio 3 awards a Lifetime Achievement Bucky to a true pioneer of the Canadian music scene — someone who has paved the way for artists to come. Joel Plaskett fits the bill perfectly: his incredible career has spanned more than 20 years and included 17 studio releases (between his first band, Thrush Hermit, his solo work, his recordings with the Emergency and other projects) but he shows no signs of slowing down. While he continues to tour and write new songs, Plaskett has also helped usher in a new cohort of Canadian talent, mentoring and producing new artists (he’s currently working with Mo Kenney and Colleen Brown on new releases) and most recently becoming a judge for CBC Music’s Song Quest.

There’s no doubt that Plaskett is a prolific national icon: he has been played on Radio 3 since its inception, and can count four Buckys among his long list of various awards and accolades — which now becomes five with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.”

In honour of Plaskett’s latest accomplishment, CBC Radio 3 is “taking a look at 15 of the best and most celebrated songs from his career so far, many of which have been played on Radio 3 time and time again (and boy, do we hope there are many, many more to come!). Check out each of the song picks in their gallery and listen to the playlist of all 15 tracks here: Plaskett primer: the top 15 Joel Plaskett songs

For the complete list of Bucky Award winners, visit the CBC Radio 3 website.

Thank you CBC Radio 3 for your incredible support for Joel’s career and congratulations to all the Bucky Award winners and nominees.

Mo’s first review in Street Press Australia

“Good gracious, what heavenly planet did this little lady with the big voice fall from? The sometimes brusque, often starkly gentle beauty of this pint-sized Canadian songstress’s vocal is disarming enough, but coupled with capricious and razor-edged lyrics in Sucker is almost too much. Scene Of The Crime slices an already buzzing atmosphere with a dancehall, moody waltz, and The Great Escape meanders playfully around her girlish piping before turning up the heavy notch. It’s a rare and delightful treat when something aligns to grant a treasure such as Kenney.” – Carley Hall, The Music (AU)

Mo Kenney’s big wins this weekend

Mo Kenney played an outstanding showcase for a packed house at the Holiday Inn ballroom on Saturday night for Nova Scotia Music Week in Sydney, Cape Breton. On Sunday, she received three Music Nova Scotia awards for Pop Recording, Female Artist Recording, and New Artist Recording of the Year and performed on the gala awards show. Also taking place on Sunday in Calgary, Alberta were the Canadian Folk Music Awards, where Mo won her fourth award for the night for New/Emerging Artist of the Year.

Congratulations to all the award winners and nominees, and thank you to Music Nova Scotia, the members, and the Canadian Folk Music Awards for a memorable weekend.

Joel Plaskett acoustic dates

Joel’s acoustic tour is underway, and if we could bundle up for the road trip, we’d be out there with you all. Instead, we want you to tell us your favourite moment of the night and post pics and video on Facebook or Twitter and make us feel like we are there!

Check out these dates and ticket links for more information:

October 26 – Chester Playhouse – Chester, NS – Sold Out!
October 27 – King’s Theatre – Annapolis Royal – Buy Tickets, call box office 902-532-7704
October 30 – Glasgow Square Theatre – New Glasgow, NS – Buy Tickets?
November 1 – The Rose Theatre – Brampton, ON – Buy Tickets?
November 2 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON – Buy Tickets
November 3 – The Burlington Performing Arts Centre/Community Studio Theatre – Burlington, ON – Sold Out!

Kenney, Plaskett to perform with Symphony Nova Scotia

Halifax singer-songwriter Mo Kenney will join Dartmouth rocker Joel Plaskett for concerts with Symphony Nova Scotia on Thursday and Friday at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax.

These concerts are Plaskett’s second collaboration with the symphony, after a sold-out concert in 2006.

He will perform several brand new orchestral arrangements and will partner with Kenney, whose self-titled debut album was released on Plaskett’s New Scotland Records.

Both concerts will be conducted by Martin MacDonald and are part of the Halifax Pop Explosion.

Tickets range from $30 to $57. Call 494-3820 or go online to

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