Evening Showcases

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

7:30 PM

Location: Various Venues



1. Onelight Theatre

Chess with The Doomsday Machine

A Onelight Theatre production

Presented by Prismatic Arts Festival

Alderney Landing

7:30 PM

“truly awed… unlike any play I've seen… Brilliant. Breathtaking. Heartbreaking… pure magic” The Coast Magazine

“Powerful, nothing else like it” Media Co-Op

“a beautiful, lyrical journey… intimate, disturbing and deeply affecting” Chronicle Herald

Imagine that your hometown is attacked by an enemy army; how would this change the city and the people who live there? Chess with the Doomsday Machine is an intimate, entrancing play that examines the challenges faced by a young soldier as he balances his duty to defend his home with the need to protect a band of misfits who have stayed in the city.

Developed as an international co-production with artists in Iran and Canada, Chess with the Doomsday Machine, is an original adaptation of Iranian author Habib Ahmadzadeh’s novel of the same name.


2. Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada


Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

7:30 PM

World Premiere – May 13, 2014, Fredericton, New Brunswick

Choreography – Igor Dobrovolskiy

Music – Edith Piaf and others

Lighting Design – Pierre Lavoie

Video Design – Ghislain Ouellette

Set Design – Shawn Donellsen

Abandoned by her mother at birth, raised by her grandmother in a brothel, encouraged to sing by her Father- a street acrobatic Edith Piaf became one of France’s most legendary singers of all times. Artistic Director, Igor Dobrovolskiy and the exceptional dancers of Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada explore a life shrouded in mystery, love and tragedy reflected in the authentic and life inspired songs of the great Edith Piaf.

This is the first and only showing in Halifax.


3. The Feldman Agency

The Carleton

8:00 PM

David Myles (Host)

Port Cities

Stellar songs, dynamic vocals, and superior musicianship mark the emergence of Port Cities onto the Canadian music scene.    An exciting new group from the east coast, Port Cities brings together the award winning talents of Carleton Stone, Breagh Mackinnon, and Dylan Guthro.

The trio began writing together when they met at the The Gordie Sampson Songcamp in Ingonish, Cape Breton in 2011.  The friendship and collaboration strengthened and grew as they each released and toured solo albums.  Port Cities is the result of a genuine connection and a shared belief that the music they make together has endless possibilities.  The outcome is a rootsy pop sound with an emphasis on powerful harmonies, outstanding songs, and an engaging camaraderie onstage and off.

With six [solo] albums released collectively to date, as far afield as Denmark and Germany, and collaborations with the likes of Juno award winning duo, Classified and David Myles, Hawksley Workman (Tegan and Sara, Serena Ryder, Great Big Sea), Gordie Sampson (Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rhymes, Rascal Flatts), Howie Beck (Feist, Hannah Georgas, Hayden) and Jason Collett (acclaimed singer/songwriter and member of Broken Social Scene), the members of Port Cities are no strangers to having great musical connections.   

Their individual credits include three MNS Awards, multiple MNS and ECMA nominations and other notable accolades that include multiple music placements.  They have toured and co-written songs in North American and Europe and have led writing workshops in Canada and Germany

Making music reminiscent of the best of The Civil Wars, Fleetwood Mac and Crosby Stills Nash, Port Cities promises to offer a harbour for lovers of great music with heart.

Ria Mae

Since Ria released and toured her debut album, Under Your Skin, over the past two years, she has garnered several awards including the 2012 East Coast Music Award for Pop Album of the Year.

Ria has been working with Juno award winner Classified on her second album. In 2012 they released a single, Leaving Today, which was nominated for an ECMA in 2013 for Song of the Year and debuted at Top 40 radio stations across the country.

A versatile artist, Ria Mae’s on-screen performance in a film called Snow, written by Rohan Fernando, premiered at California’s Cinequest Film Festival. The movie won Best Score at the 2011 Atlantic Film Festival and screened in theatres across the country.

The Next Generation Leahy

Home schooled by their parents the children are accomplished multi-instrumentalists. Lead by Doug, live performances are filled with the high-energy, infectious Celtic-based music people associate with the Leahy heritage. Fiddle, cello, French accordion, singing, piano, and French-Canadian step-dancing all find a voice on stage. Having shared stages across North America with Leahy, and recently in Canada with the Tenors, their performances leave audiences both delighted and in awe.

In March 2015 The Next Generation Leahy will the Irish musical legends, The Chieftains on several dates on their US tour.


4. ECMA '100% East Coast’ in partnership with Music/ Musique NB, Music NL, Music NS, CBMIC, Music PEI

The Carleton

10:15 PM

Maxim Cormier

Maxim Cormier is a young guitarist in his 20's from the Acadian village of Cheticamp, Cape Breton. Cormier’s guitar playing demands the listener’s attention as he effortlessly provides a musical experience that is truly peaceful and yet extremely complex. Maxim’s original works are largely comprised of acoustic guitar that highlights a contemporary, modern approach to otherwise classic sounds as he masterfully performs styles as diverse as jazz, blues, folk, classical and traditional Celtic music.

Contact: Andre Bourgeois, andreinstinct@gmail.com

Catherine MacLellan


Based in Prince Edward Island, Catherine has long been engaging the world through song, touring and winning acclaim internationally, becoming a perennial fixture at the top of Canada’s Roots Music Charts. Her latest release, The Raven’s Sun, takes the listener further along Catherine’s journey in song. Produced by her long-time musical partner, Chris Gauthier, The Raven’s Sun shines light on their musical chemistry and catches them both at their best.

Contact: Sean Russell, sean@baselinemusic.ca


Ennis hails from Newfoundland. These sisters are charming, humorous and real; attributes you’d expect of people from that part of the world. What you don’t expect is original music that sounds like it was steeped in centuries of tradition. Timeless harmony, effortless musicianship; this group is not to be missed.

Contact: Mark Murphy, mark@ennismusic.com

Alan Jeffries

Alan Jeffries was raised on bluegrass. His debut album, the ECMA award-winning Coffee 'til Midnight, is not the romantic pursuit of an urban folkie but the product of someone who has grown up on the sounds and traditions of country, old-time, and bluegrass music his entire life.

Contact: Kyle Cunjak, kyle@forwardmusicgroup.com

Cyndi Cain

Cyndi Cain is the East Coast’s “Honey Bee of Soul”. She has shared the stage with Aretha Franklin, Charles Bradley, Michael Buble, Symphony Nova Scotia, Naturally 7, and Dutch Mason. She is an African Nova Scotia Music Award winner for Artist of the Year (2014) and Best R&B Artist (2000), and a Galaxy Rising Star winner (2011). Cyndi is rapidly gaining recognition as a force in Canada’s music community, and she is not slowing down. 

Contact: Laura ‘Lulu’ Healy, lulu@halifaxjazzfestival.ca


The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. 


Return to Conference Schedule