Think you’ve written Canada’s next great hockey song?


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Hockey Night in Canada Song Quest is in search for inspirational, energetic songs to excite hockey fans and is open for entries now at cbcmusic.ca/songquest.

The winning song will be professionally produced by Nova Scotia rocker Plaskett and featured in a video montage for an opening sequence of a Hockey Night in Canada broadcast. The winner will also travel to Lloydminster, Alberta to perform their song at the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada concert on January 18, 2014.

Plaskett is among the celebrity judges on CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada Song Quest. Other judges include Juno and Grammy Award-nominated Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara; former NHL Stanley Cup champion and Olympic gold medallist Theo Fleury; Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk; former NHL player and current CBC Hockey Night in Canada analyst P.J. Stock.

Judges’ input will be combined with fan votes to pick the winner.

The deadline is November 20. Click here to submit your entry.

A portion of this post is reported by the Chronicle Herald.


Congrats to Galaxie Supernova Award winner Mo Kenney


On the final night of the Ottawa Folk Festival, organizers announced Mo Kenny as the winner of the Galaxie Supernova Award for her riveting performance and awarded a $2,000 bursary, as well as potential airplay on the Galaxie channels.

The award is part of the Galaxie Rising Star Program, which presents the Supernova Award for outstanding live performance. This award provides bursaries to rising Canadian music talent at festivals and events across Canada.

Chosen by a jury appointed by the Ottawa Folk Festival, eligible artists were expected to meet four criteria: 1) be part of the 2013 Ottawa Folk Festival line-up; 2) be Canadian; 3) have released at least one album and 4) have not previously won a Galaxie Rising Star Award. Jurors were required to watch performances by all eligible acts over the course of the festival and then met to deliberate and choose a winner.

“The competition for this award included some amazing talent,” says Ottawa Musician and Folk Festival staffer Ana Miura. “Having seen Mo Kenny at this year’s Ottawa Folk Festival, I would say the jury got it right.”


Joel Plaskett on Kreative Kontrol with Vish Khanna


Listen to the full interview here.

Joel Plaskett is one of the most accomplished, prolific musicians, songwriters, and producers to ever call Halifax home. 20 years ago he made his first great in-roads as an artist in the hugely influential underground rock band Thrush Hermit and, when that group stopped playing together at the end of the last century, Plaskett began a successful solo career releasing some of Canada’s most essential rock and folk albums. He runs his own label, New Scotland Records, highlighting the work of artists he loves, and continues to be a tremendous live performer and engaging storyteller.

The Joel Plaskett Emergency released a cool record in 2012 called Scrappy Happiness and they return to Guelph for a show at the River Run Centre on Friday Sept. 13 as part of the 25th anniversary edition of the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival and then play Hamilton’s James St. Supercrawl on Saturday Sept. 14. During this extensive interview, Joel discusses his upbringing, his father Bill, how he first started playing music with his friends, why Family Ties was super distracting, why he’s never left Halifax, how independent culture has changed since he first became involved in it, how he makes sure he’s TCB, the showmanship of Bruce Springsteen, the connection between comedy and songwriting, his new songs, Clayton Park on double vinyl, Thrush Hermit reunions, and his future plans.

Kreative Kontrol with Vish Khanna


Mo Kenney Canadian Tour


After travelling to the UK and Europe this year to perform, as well as playing festival gigs all summer, Mo Kenney is hitting the Canadian highway with a band for her first headlining tour. The 10 dates include stops in Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Regina, Swift Current, Calgary and Saint Albert; and two shows with Joel Plaskett and Symphony Nova Scotia for Halifax Pop Explosion at the Rebecca Cohn. Mo is opening for East Coast originals Sloan in Saint Albert and sharing the stage with Rachel Sermanni in Toronto.

This tour comes after a very busy and inspiring year for Mo. Since the release of her debut recording in September 2012, she has toured the country with Joel Plaskett and The Emergency and Ron Sexsmith, selling record numbers of CDs offstage and gleaning outstanding reviews. She has played the prestigious Iceland Airwaves Festival, The Great Escape, and Green Man Festival; won the 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize award; was nominated for a CBC Radio 3 Bucky Award for Rookie of the Year and an ECMA for Rising Star Recording of the Year; and made the iTunes Best Singer Songwriters of 2012 list.

Be sure to check out one of these shows to hear your favourite songs and some new songs too from Mo’s next release!

Mo Kenney Canadian Tour:


September 20 – Toronto, ON – Hugh’s Room with Rachel Sermanni — BUY TICKETS
September 22 – Hamilton, ON – Hamilton Place, The Studio — BUY TICKETS
September 23 – Winnipeg, MB – The Park Theatre — BUY TICKETS
September 24 – Regina, SK – The Artful Dodger — BUY TICKETS
September 25 – Swift Current, SK – Lyric Theatre
September 26 – Calgary, AB – Festival Hall — BUY TICKETS
September 27 – St. Albert, AB – Special Guest to Sloan, Arden Theatre — BUY TICKETS
September 28 – Canmore, AB – Communitea Cafe — BUY TICKETS
October 24 & 25 – Halifax, NS – Symphony Nova Scotia and Halifax Pop Explosion: Joel Plaskett with Mo Kenney, Rebecca Cohn Auditorium — BUY TICKETS

Festivals and concerts in September:

September 1-5 – Orebro, Sweden – Live @ Hearts Festival

September 7 & 8 – Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Folk Festival — BUY TICKETS
September 9 & 10 – Halifax, NS – Special Guest to Ron Sexsmith, The Carleton — SOLD OUT


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Maria Panopalis from CTV welcomed Mo Kenney to Section Six on Tuesday, July 16. Mo talked about her recent award win for the SOCAN Songwriting Prize and her upcoming Natal Day show at Alderney Landing on Aug. 3rd with Joel Plaskett. To read more about their interview, visit Maria’s blog, click here.


[Video] Victoria Row Concert Series



Pre-sale tickets announced for Joel Plaskett and Mo Kenney with Symphony Nova Scotia


Symphony Nova Scotia is going local for its 30th season, with guests including Joel Plaskett and Mo Kenney on October 24 and 25 at the Rebecca Cohn as part of the Halifax Pop Explosion. Pre-sale tickets are on sale now for the Friday, October 25 performance.

Here’s how to purchase your pre-sale tickets:

– To gain early access to Friday’s concert, you must use the password “New Scotland” either online, via phone, or in-person.

– The Dalhousie Arts Centre box office is located at 6101 University Avenue, and their phone number is 902-494-3820 (TF: 1-800-874-1669).

– To access the pre-sale online, visit the following webpage and input the password “New Scotland” (without quotations) into the promotional code box: https://kil-dacweb-3.cohn.dal.ca/online.

Please note: When purchasing pre-sale tickets online, first input the password into the promotional code box, click “Go” and a box will appear to say the promotional code has been accepted. Click “Ok” and then the concert date will appear on the 2nd page of the performance listings.

This is going to be an outstanding concert and we hope to see you there!


Joel Plaskett Launches Free Mobile App


A brand-new Joel Plaskett app is now available for free to download at the Apple store. Fans can check out upcoming shows and buy tickets, keep up to date with the latest Plaskett news, view photos and videos, and buy music.

As a special treat for fans who download the Plaskett app, we’re streaming Joel’s entire catalogue for free until September 1, which means you can listen to every song on every album for the rest of the summer!

Download the free Plaskett app at the Apple store today by visiting:
http://bit.ly/14ro9RU.

For Android users who want to stream the catalogue, use this link:
http://tinyurl.com/lzbp5hf


Mo Kenney Wins 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize


This article is printed nationally in the The Calgary Herald, The Vancouver Sun, Victoria’s Times Colonist, Ottawa Citizen, The National Post, MSN Entertainment and Yahoo! News.

When Halifax’s Mo Kenney penned her forlorn acoustic lament Sucker, she was in a bad place.

Merely 19 years old at the time, she was living on her own in Halifax for the first time and working two “crappy” jobs, one at a dollar store and the other whipping together pizzas at Sobeys. Oh, and she was freshly dumped.

“So I was sitting there feeling kind of (bad) about myself and music wasn’t really going anywhere either. I was working toward something but I wasn’t sure what to do,” she recalled in a telephone interview this week. “So I got a little bit drunk in my room and started writing.”

The resultant tune helped Kenney find that direction she was searching for — and on Wednesday heralded some more good fortune.

Kenney and her tune have won the $5,000 English-language SOCAN Songwriting Prize, awarded by the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada. Quebecois songwriter Keith Kouna won the French award for Batiscan.

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[LIVE] National Post – T.U.R.F. Concert Review


National Post – T.U.R.F. Concert Review

It’s been said countless times, but the legacy of burgeoning Canadian icon Joel Plaskett continues to expand with each passing year, and his inclusion on this bill was the key element to the success of TURF’s opening night. The Nova Scotian songwriter was introduced by sports broadcaster and indie-rock superfan Dave Hodge, who called a Plaskett set “the best time you can have in Canadian music.” Hitting the stage at sunset with his Emergency band in tow, the bright red-shirted Plaskett was liberal with the all-time classic songs from his wide-ranging back catalogue, and the early-going was highlighted by tune-heavy rocker Down at the Khyber and the always anthemic True Patriot Love. Those set the stage for Plaskett’s bread and butter mid-show acoustic-led numbers, which on this night included acoustic tear-jerker Face of the Earth, and On the Rail, a tune he penned a few years back about Nova Scotia’s Cabot Trail, and heart-warming traveling tune Love This Town, in which Plaskett paused for a mid-song anecdote about his former bassist Ian McGettigan getting lost on a Quebec highway. And if you’d glanced just off to the side of the stage during riffy set-closer Lightning Bolt, you’d surely have spotted Cohen wind-milling wildly. TURF seems like a festival by and for honest-to-goodness music lovers, that moment confirmed it.

– by Rob Duffy, National Post