Dylan Guthro teams up with Carleton Stone and Breagh Mackinnon for new band

Halifax musicians put solo careers aside, join forces for new band ‘Port Cities’
Port Cities
Carleton Stone, Breagh Mackinnon and Dylan Guthro pose for a photo at the Carleton earlier this week.

For a musician, there’s nothing like being on the road with your friends.

Especially when your friends are artists you used to be in competition with, said local musician Carleton Stone of Dylan Guthro and Breagh Mackinnon.

“There’s a lot of singer-songwriters, especially in this community. We were kind of doing our own thing but also competing against each other,” said Stone, sipping beers with Guthro and Mackinnon in the back room of the Carleton Music Bar and Grill in Halifax.

“We just thought, there’s such a great chemistry between us, why not try to join forces and do something that’s bigger that any of us could do on our own?”

Stone, Guthro and Mackinnon are putting their solo careers on the back-burner and forming the band Port Cities.

Although all three have found success on their own, it wasn’t a hard decision to leave that behind, said the 23-year-old Guthro.

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Music Nova Scotia award nominees announced!

The fall is an exciting time of year. It’s a time for a change in season – to conference season!

Music Nova Scotia kicked things off for Nova Scotia Music Week with the announcement of their award nominees today. We’re proud to have our artists and our team of industry partners nominated for the following Music Nova Scotia awards:

David Myles – Entertainer of the Year
Dylan Guthro – SOCAN Songwriter of the Year, “When You Come Home”
Joel Plaskett – Producer of the Year
Mo Kenney – Entertainer of the Year
Molly Thomason – Female Artist Recording of the Year and Rock Recording of the Year, Columbus Field
New Scotland Yard – Recording Studio of the Year
Grace Russell – Publicist of the Year
Krista Keough – Educator of the Year
Mat Dunlap – Visual Artist of the Year
Stephen “Snickers” Smith – Live Technician of the Year

Nova Scotia Music Week is taking place from November 6-9 in Truro Colchester County, and we’re looking forward to it already!

Secret Show Series with Dylan Guthro

From August 3 to September 28, Dylan Guthro will be joined by musical friends every Sunday night, starting at 7:00 p.m., to host a series of free shows at the Harbourfront Lounge, Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax.

In demand as a collaborator over the past two years, Dylan’s latest project, “Summertime Win”, with popular Halifax rapper, Quake, hit the airwaves in July. Dylan has co–writes on Songcamp songwriters’ records which includes releases by Dave Sampson, Carleton Stone, and Breagh Mackinnon. “Summertime Win” comes hot on the heels of Dylan’s own single, “Do It All Again”, a collaboration with David Myles and produced by Classified.

During the Secret Show Series, Dylan will debut some of the new songs slated for his next record and will also perform some of his recent collaborations. The genre-spanning work that Dylan has been doing is bound to make for great guests and fun shows that won’t be a secret for long!

August Better Not Suck

To date, this summer has been “One for the Books” as Molly Thomason would say. Things just keep stacking up that make it a challenge to maintain my ever cheerful and optimistic attitude. After a brutally long winter, we’re now having hit and miss summer weather. (There should be no need for jeans and sweaters during the day in June & July – even in Halifax.)

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