TRURO, N.S. – A weekend of live performances, awards and music industry networking is taking over Truro.
Nova Scotia Music Week kicks off Thursday with four days packed full of performances from emerging artists and prominent East Coast performers.
Thursday, a wide variety of acts take the stage, from the folk styling of Jordan Musycsyn headlining the Cat Country 99.5 stage to contemporary loop-pedal use of Ian Sherwood opening the Holiday Inn Maple/Aspen/Birch Ballroom stage.
Also performing tonight are Wintersleep on the Big Dog 100.9 Stage, The Mike Bochoff Band at the Wilsons Stage and Cassie and Maggie at the ECMA Halifax 2018 stage at the Nook and Cranny.
The action returns Friday with Pretty Archie opening up the CBMIC Cape Breton Embassy Stage in the afternoon, Don Ross opening the ECMA Halifax stage, and Makayla Lynn starting things off at the Sun Life Financial Stage.
Friday evening will get a little heavier with the Indie Week Canada stage showcasing hard rockers Alert The Medic, melodic hardcore band Sleepshaker and heavy metal headbangers Black Moor.
Also performing Friday night is R’n’B/Pop singer Reeny Smith at the Big Dog stage, turntable magic man Skratch Bastid at the Wilsons stage, and Quiet Parade and Natalie Lynn wrapping up the night at the Holiday Inn Maple/Aspen/Birch Ballroom stage.
Saturday easily has the biggest lineup of the festival, with over 10 different stages set up around Truro.
Kicking things off is Andre Pettipas and the Giants at the Groundswell Music Showcase, and Shirley Jackson opening up the Blues Matinee at 1 p.m.
In the afternoon, folksinger Stewart Legere will start off the Downtown Truro Day Party, playing alongside pop singer Kim Harris.
New to this year’s festival is the Straight Fire! Hip-hop showcase, which will feature breakdancing demos, music and dance cyphers.
Saturday evening will see rapper J-Bru and DJ IV performing at the Belly Up BBQ and Grill, while punk rockers Like a Motorcycle and Pretty Normal play at the Big Dog stage before wrapping up the night with Matt Steele & the Corvette Sunset at the Wilsons Stage.
Things will wind down on Sunday with the Gospel Brunch at the Holiday Inn Elm Oak Ballroom, with performances from the Nova Scotia Mass Choir, One8tea, and The Sanctified Brothers.
Later in the evening will see the Music Nova Scotia Awards celebration, which will feature performances from Maje, Ian Janes and Cassie and Maggie, before wrapping up the festival with The Mellotones at the Music Week closing party.
A full schedule, as well as locations, ticket prices and registration can all be found at nsmw.ca.