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Community support growing for Nova Scotia Music Week

TRURO - With less than two weeks to go until Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week rolls into town, it's evident excitement is starting to build.

Sue Beckwith and Donna Cox from the Colchester Community Workshops have been busy making pins for the Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week, which runs Nov. 6 to 9 in Truro.

The Truro Daily News hosted a live blog on its website ( on Tuesday, featuring arts and entertainment reporter Raissa Tetanish, newsroom manager Sherry Martell, Sam Madore, the marketing co-ordinator with the host committee, and Dohn Kendall with the country band Witchitaw. Melanie Grant, the transportation co-ordinator with the host committee, was one of the online contributors to the blog, along with a few viewers.

One of the topics discussed during the live blog was the community involvement, whether it's local businesses participating in a storefront challenge, or how far people are seeing signs to promote the four-day event, running Nov. 6 to 9.

"There are 13 participating businesses in the storefront challenge on our host committee Facebook page," said Madore. "The picture with the most likes by Nov. 1 wins two tickets to Blue Rodeo."

Participating in the storefront challenge are Carlson Wagonlit/Harvey's Travel, Clay Café Truro, Enchanted Forest, Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Centre Truro, Hub Cycle, Hub Grub, The Nook and Cranny, Pearl & Daisy Natural Soap Company, Sea Shell Design, Show Case, Square Roots Hair and Esthetics, Sun Spun Natural Foods and Fine Gifts, and Calabay Café.

Along with the contest participants, Madore said others have been supporting the event as well.

"Lots of businesses have come on board to sponsor music awards," she said. "These will be presented during the brunch on Nov. 9 at the Holiday Inn. I believe there is still a small number of awards left up for grabs."

To sponsor an award, Madore said it will cost $300, and the sponsor will have the chance to present the award to the winner on stage.

Sue Beckwith and Donna Cox, of the Colchester Community Workshops, have been busy preparing pins for the event as well.

On the music side of things, Kendall said he and the other members of Witchitaw are excited to be a part of the event.

"It is our first (Nova Scotia Music Week) - though we were privileged to be a part of the ECMAs in Charlottetown," he said of the band based out the Annapolis Valley.

With a performance at Champions Bar and Grill on the Big Dog/Cat Country Stage Friday night, Kendall said the band will be there earlier in the day and take in as much as possible for the remainder of the festival.

"We enjoy seeing the Hupmans (Hupman Brothers), another group from the Valley," he said, adding names such as JD Clarke, Christine Campbell and Charlie A'Court to the mix of artists he's hoping to catch.

Witchitaw's album, Tearin' It Up, is up for Country Recording of the Year.

To read the full conversation from the live blog, click here.

The Truro Daily News will keep viewers up to date on Music Week happenings through another blog during the event.

For more information on the four-day festival, visit


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