Music Week ready to go: part 1

Nick Moase
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In just a few short days Liverpool is going to be buzzing with activity, as 97 bands and countless fans and industry professionals descend on the community for Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW).

Nova Scotia Music Week is back in Queens County this week, bringing in talent from all over the province. Brian Fralic and Susan MacLeod, members of the host committee, were out promoting the festival at the World Hockey exhibition game on Nov. 2. Passes for the venues and tickets for the gala event were still available at press time. 

The whole town will be rocking, with venues at the Best Western, Lane's Privateer Inn, The Astor Theatre, Alley 9 and White Point all set for the acts to take stage. The festival runs from Nov. 8 to Nov. 11.

Scott Long, executive director with Nova Scotia Music Week, says they are well prepared and now just getting the last few details put together now.

Ticket sales have been steady, however there are still some to be had for those waiting until the last minute. They can be purchased online at, or at Reynolds PharmaChoice in Liverpool.

What's left for NSMW to do is all behind the scenes things that people don't see, he says. With seven venues, there is going to be a large technical side of things to deal with. They are also bringing in a large contingent of international delegates to Liverpool

The International Delegate program is designed to bring in music industry professionals, mostly those who book tours and release music, to connect them to the artists of Nova Scotia.

"We bring (the delegates) in with the hopes they will like what they see and hear, and want to do business with the artists."

As a bonus though, the community gets a great weekend of music.

With so many artists taking part, in just about any musical genre you can think of, it can be a little overwhelming to choose what to go to. Long says to try and figure out just what to take in pick up a program guide available at most businesses, or go to the website to check out the artists. The website has more in depth profiles, as well as links to the artist's music to get a taste of what is to come. He adds there is a lot of excellent talent taking to the stage.

"Some of the best talent and best music can be found right here in Nova Scotia," he says.

The gala event will be the first showcase of Queens Place Emera Centre in its other role, and Long is impressed with the facility. He says the community is lucky to have such a modern facility, and hopes the residents will come out to support it.

"Literally it is going to transformed to a hockey rink to a high class high production value show," he says.

On the day of the show, the line up includes The Barra MacNeils, Rich Aucoin, Old Man Luedecke with many others, hosted by comedian Jimmy Flynn.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Music Week, Privateer Inn, The Astor Theatre Queens Place Emera Centre

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Liverpool, White Point

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