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Young performers and new venues taking part in Nova Scotia Music Week

Jakob Terry wrote Song for a Friend to encourage someone who was struggling with mental health issues. He was surprised by the reaction he received after he posted it on YouTube.
Jakob Terry will be performing as part of Nova Scotia Music Week this year. The 15-year-old Bible Hill resident is one of the musicians who will be on stage at Great British Grub Friday evening.
TRURO, N.S. —

Having a 20-minute performance spot during Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW) is a big deal for a teenager, and 15-year-old Jakob Terry is excited.

“Being part of this means a lot to me,” said the Cobequid Educational Centre student. “It feels like a pretty cool opportunity to showcase my music to a variety of people who are in the business. It’s an amazing chance to introduce myself and make myself more known. It provides great exposure and will be fun.”

Jakob will be performing original music and doing a couple of covers during the youth showcase Friday evening.

He also plans to attend speaking events and other programs during NSMW.

“It helps to hear from others,” he said. “We all have different stories about how we got into music and what we’re doing, and it’s important to hear other stories and perspectives.”

He said, although he’s young, he’s usually taken seriously when it comes to music.

“The key is to practice hardcore and to perform before you talk to the person. Sometimes, if I talk before I perform they may be a little condescending.”

Jakob will be on stage at Great British Grub, which is serving as an official host this year. 

Chris Elgee decorated the front of Great British Grub with a wooden saxophone he decorated with aluminum pie plates and plastic knives and forks.
Chris Elgee decorated the front of Great British Grub with a wooden saxophone he decorated with aluminum pie plates and plastic knives and forks.

“We were involved last year but we wanted to be more involved in supporting live music,” said Chris Elgee who, along with his wife Jane, owns the café.  “Because of the way our licence works we can have some of the under 19 showcases. We’ll have a lot of young performers here Friday evening, and part of the proceeds from entry will go to the music program at CEC.

“The organizer who was here liked the acoustics and thought it was suited to jazz, so we’re hosting a jazz evening on Saturday.

“We’re excited to be taking part and hope to get out to things at other venues too.”

The Elgees will be offering Nova Scotia Music Week food specials for people with passes.

Jakob will be performing from 8:10-8:30 p.m., as part of a showcase than runs from 6-10 p.m.

“I hope to have a career in music when I’m older,” he said. “I would love to tour. That’s definitely the dream.

“For now, I encourage everyone to come out and support the amazing talent coming from all over the province.”

Nova Scotia Music Week shows take place Nov. 7-10.

The full schedule can be found on the NSMW website.

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