Ted J Simmons

Ted Simmons blends the old with the new, and creates a rootsy sound that might make it to the radio if monkeys flew.

Born in St. John's, Newfoundland over the years Ted has found himself sleeping on a boat in Stockholm, visiting Jack Kerouac's grave, drinking in a park in Cambridge England, crossing the Mason Dixon Line, lost at sea, homeless in Portugal and many more adventures that can not be described in 50 words or less.

Ted attributes his love of American Folk Music to the Detroit PBS feed that came to his house in Newfoundland as a child.


His influences include:Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, David Gray, Johnny Cash, Pete Seeger, Lead Belly, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, THE BAND, Lightning Hopkins.


In 2012 he was nominated for two Music PEI awards for his album 61 Dorchester.


Rob Anderson

For the last 13 years Timberlea, Nova Scotia's favourite son, Rob Anderson's been cutting his chops all across the Maritimes gigging as a solo, singer-songwriter and as a guitar player/singer with the country-blues band E.B. Anderson and The Resolutes.

He's played The Dutch Mason Blues Fest, The New Glasgow Jubilee, Riverfest, and the increasingly popular Rockabilly Riots in Halifax. Aside from these festivals, he's also performed at the legendary Seahorse Tavern, Casino Nova Scotia Compass Room, and Bearly's house of blues. November 2013 marked the release of Anderson's debut EP, The Storm, which captures his high-energy, story-telling, leave-it-on-his-sleeves live show in seven poetically written and arranged tunes.

Growing up listening to AC/DC, The Boss, Nirvana and Tom Waits, Anderson has taken elements of each of his major influences and incorporated them into his craft.

With honesty, conviction, and a killer pair of cowboy boots he owns the room and demands your ear every time he plugs in.


Samantha Power

Samantha Power is an energetic 25 year old Country Music singer/songwriter from Timberlea, Nova Scotia. Samantha lives for love and sunshine. She preaches positivity and finds the silver lining on any raincloud. Growing up on the East Coast of Canada has instilled in Samantha an appreciation for coastal beauty and the bohemian lifestyle.

Power works hard to incorporate all of these into her music: positivity, love, sunshine, coastal flare and bohemian living.


“I think that working on radio and television was the best choice I could have made. I have a deep appreciation for other industries that work closely with music. I learned a lot about myself – my strengths and weaknesses – while at NSCC.”


Since signing with VMG Entertainment Group in 2012, Power has quickly taken country music by storm. Samantha regularly meets with top writers and producers in Nashville, Tennessee, as she works on her debut full-length album.


Samantha is influenced by the greats. She draws from artists such as Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Jewel, Alison Krauss and Martina McBride.


Catahoula Brown

Blues man `Catahoula Brown’, born Chris Weagle in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. His pseudonym comes from his love of Delta Blues & the name of the American Dog Breed Catahoula Cur.

His Cur Dog Blues – debut recording was released in 2005. These gritty songs are based on his impoverished upbringing, frustration and love.

As Catahoula says, “Misery makes good writing”. The release of Let that Boy Boogie, was nominated for both a Music Nova Scotia and the East Coast Music Association for Blues Recording of the Year.

His third release in May 2011, Lonely Lives Here, Catahoula has established himself as a ‘roots/blues’ musician who writes great licks with heart-breaking honesty Americana style.

He has opened for such respected performers as:

James Cotton, Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Matt Andersen. Recently, Catahoula has been busy penning more songs and his next release titled “Can’t Hide From The Blues” will be available in Fall 2014.


Makayla Lynn

"Writing with a maturity far beyond her years, this singer/songwriter will leave you feeling inspired and in awe as you get drawn in by a vocal that far surpasses her young age."


Makayla Lynn is a young singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist from Nova Scotia, Canada. Do not let her young age fool you, Makayla has had musical experiences that many work their whole lives to achieve. She is a little girl with no fear, an unbelievable talent and huge dreams; a combination that will certainly lead her to an unstoppable career in the music industry.


At just 13 years old Makayla Lynn has already penned over 50 songs and has just finished recording her third album "Daydream" in Nashville, TN which released in May 2014. The timing of the new material coincides with several major festival tour dates including the Main Stage of the Cavendish Beach Music Festival (ahead of Lady Antebellum) and an opening spot for Dallas Smith at the South Shore exhibition.


Jared Lutes

A veteran of both stage and studio, Jared Lutes has enjoyed consistent airplay on CBC Radio, earned live performances on local TV, garnered several prestigious nominations, appeared at many festival showcases, and has sold thousands of CDs from the stage. He is also the creator and host of a popular local songwriter-circle event called 'Jared & Friends: Storytellers'. Far from being a weekend-warrior musician, Lutes puts full-time attention into recording, performing, and behind-the-scenes promotion, music industry enlightenment, as well as his #1 inspiration: family.

With the 2014 release of his third solo record 'A Matter of When', Jared Lutes has finally emerged as a full-time artist who is comfortable with his identity and his voice. This latest collection reveals the anxiety and joy of become a father for the second time, the dubious life of a traveling musician, and the power of the moral anchor of a strong marriage. The songs ring with Roots-Rock familiarity, as well as eclectic soundscapes, and the poetic, stark lyrics are sung with the voice of experience and hope.


Norma MacDonald

"Morning You Wake" ranked #3 on Galaxie Folk Roots Top Spins of 2011.


"Morning You Wake" nominated for three Music Nova Scotia Awards (2011)--Female Solo Recording, Folk Recording and Country/Bluegrass Recording of the Year.


Norma MacDonald’s third album “Morning You Wake”, produced by Halifax multi-instrumentalist Phil Sedore (Amelia Curran, Catherine MacLellan), is undoubtedly the songwriter’s most diverse collection of sounds and stories to date. From the starry-eyed waltz Bright as you Dare, to the Neko Case-ean Comeback Kid to the elegiac Springsteen flood-of-emotion of Swollen Sky, her sound mixes the sincerity and grit of car stereo old-country with the polish and sophistication of satellite radio North-Americana. Juxtaposing lyrical sophistication with playfulness, MacDonald balances a visceral sense of nostalgia and longing with hopefulness for what lies ahead.


“Morning you Wake” has received glowing reviews in Canada and Europe (UK, Belgium, The Netherlands). It has been heralded a "country-folk gem" by Halifax music bloggers Herohill and received a 4/4 star review in the UK’s Maverick Magazine. In addition to national play on the CBC, the album has received airplay in the U.S., Belgium, The Netherlands and most recently,  on the BBC. It was also the #3 most played album on Galaxie’s Folk Roots channel in 2011. “Morning You Wake” was honoured with three Music Nova Scotia nominations in 2011 (Female Solo, Folk and Country/Bluegrass Recording of the Year).


MacDonald's second release “the forest for the trees” (2008) was nominated for Female Solo Recording of the Year by both the Nova Scotia Music Awards and the East Coast Music Awards. Exclaim Magazine described the album as “nothing short of delicious” while Penguin Eggs called it “beautifully understated”. Several singles have become staples on the CBC Radio 2 playlist. She has shared stages with folk legend Eliza Gilkyson, indie-folksters like Dan Mangan, Jim Bryson and Jeremy Fisher as well as the best of East Coast artists including Rose Cousins, Jenn Grant and David Myles.


Mark Cameron

Mark Cameron is “Country, and nothing but country”.

Since 2004 Mark has hit the rubber to the road burning up the music scene.

Mark’s first album “Get ’Er Done” released in 2006 it titled with his energy.

Mark’s latest album “Just The Way You Like It” was produced in Nashville with Grammy Award Winning, Gordie Sampson.

Think boots, hat, guitar then think trucker, proprietor and all around great guy and you will picture Mark Cameron


Shirley Jackson

Toronto Maple Blues Award recipient - Horn Player of the Year (2003). Shirley has been a featured performer on the blues scene throughout Canada and the United States since 1997. Settling in the Maritimes from Western Canada in 1988, Shirley Jackson has been honing her craft on stage with The Good Rockin’ Daddys as well as The Dutch Mason Blues Band, Joe Murphy & The Waterstreet Blues Band, A.J. & The Redhots, Theresa Malenfant, Frank Mackay & The Lincolns, Glamour Puss Blues Band, The Twisters, and the annual “Ladies in Blue” concert in Halifax.


“Listen to your heartbeat, Listen to your soul

And know deep inside that’s where you truly want to go”


The Windthrowes

Rob Anderson forged his band from brawn and steel to play his original tunes.

He was joined by the Windthrowes recently, and they are expected to release their debut EP The Storm on the Fall of 2013.


The Windthrowes combine the energy of Big Sugar with the influence of Tom Waits and Matt Good to create their sound. Their debut EP The Storm will be released in the fall of 2013.