“SAND, SURF & SONG” – White Point Announces Outdoor Summer Concert Series for 2014
Announced June 16, 2014 – White Point, Nova Scotia – Enjoy the sensational sounds of Nova Scotia this summer amid the surf and sand of White Point Beach Resort, the South Shore’s premier vacation and entertainment destination, every Wednesday evening in July and August for their NEW Sand, Surf & Song Concert Series!
The Resort is well-known for presenting live entertainment year round in the lounge. This summer, White Point takes its offerings to a whole new experience with an outdoor concert series. Resort guests and visitors are invited to take in some of the finest talent this province has to offer amid one of nature’s greatest masterpieces. Throughout July and August, talent will be presented al fresco on the front lawn, nestled between the bonfire and beach.
Donna Hatt, White Point’s Marketing Manager, says the idea behind the series is to showcase the depth and breadth of Nova Scotia’s best musicians against a dramatic backdrop, the ocean. Working with Kimberly Sinclair at SpinCount Music Promotions, based in Milton, Queens County, organizers have created a stellar line up that achieves that goal.
The series kicks off with a Canada Day concert featuring Cape Breton’s hugely popular Slowcoaster, complete with beachside bonfire, and fireworks! Join us for a fun night of East Coast roots & rock. Then following every Wednesday night, we are thrilled to announce the following performance lineup:
July 1st, CANADA DAY: Slowcoaster https://www.facebook.com/slowcoaster
July 2nd: Steven MacDougall – http://www.stevenmacdougall.ca/
July 9th: Molly Thomason – http://mollythomason.com/
July 16th: Irish Mythen – http://irishmythen.com/
July 30th: Matthew Hornell – http://matthewhornell.com/
August: 6th: Jennah Barry – http://jennahwbarry.bandcamp.com/
August 13th: Dylan Guthro – http://www.dylanguthro.com/
August 20th: Willie Stratton & The Boarding Party – http://www.williestratton.com/
August 27th: Dave Sampson http://davesampson.ca/
Speaking of the lineup, Sinclair says she has put together a slate of entertainers that represent some of the best talent the East Coast and, in particular, Nova Scotia has to offer. “My objective was to give the audience an example of the high caliber of talent that’s incubating on the East Coast,” she says. “The real distinction for this series is that they are all singer-songwriters, which makes them special entertainers, as they can relate the stories behind their songs — what inspired them to write the songs in the first place.”
The other unique aspect of the line is that all the performers are at various levels of their careers and represent a variety of genres and styles. “We have something that will appeal to every age and musical taste,” she adds.
Meanwhile, Hatt says, White Point Beach Resort is excited to present this impressive lineup of Nova Scotian talent that will blend remarkably well with the natural surroundings.
“It’s a perfect pairing for our oceanside backdrop. We’ve been proud to showcase Nova Scotian musicians, year-round, here at White Point, but this year we’ve really taken it to a whole new level,” Hatt says of the series. “We’re thrilled to serve up the very best of Nova Scotia on our newest stage under an open sky on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Sharing these weekly evening concerts with our guests, from home and around the world, will be an amazing experience.”
All shows run from 8-11 p.m. on Wednesday nights. There is no cover charge and all ages are welcome. For more details visit www.whitepoint.com .
Sand, Surf & Song Concert Line-up: About the Performers:
Cape Breton rock band Slowcoaster kicks off the outdoor entertainment with a special Canada Day performance July 1. The Wednesday night series officially starts the following night, July 2, with Steven MacDougall, front man and principal writer for Slowcoaster. A world-class songwriter and distinctive vocalist, MacDougall draws from his vast and diverse musical vocabulary — folk, country, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll — all influenced by his Cape Breton musical roots.
The excitement continues July 9 with Molly Thomason, a talented 19-year-old who is already on her third record in four years. A touring vet, she’s had multiple nominations for Music Nova Scotia and East Coast Awards and has achieved finalist slots in the John Lennon Songwriting and International Song Contests. She won Young Performer of the Year at the 2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards and the “She’s the One” competition at the 2012 Ottawa Bluesfest.
Appearing July 16, Irish Mythen sings from the heart and soul about life and love in all their moods with the insight of an astute observer of the human condition. Her live show is legendary, as Mythen commands the stage with a powerful voice and heartfelt songs that reward her audience with a memorable journey and has garnered her a passionate worldwide fan base. A citizen of the world, she was born in Ireland, travelled virtually everywhere, and now calls Maritime Canada her home.
Ryan Cook and Kelly Sloan perform July 23. A hardcore troubadour and traveling songwriter, Cook grew up in a large dairy-farming family on the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia. Blending the nostalgia of classic country music with modern satire, Cook has developed a progressive style of country that is both traditional and innovative. Sloan, on the other hand, is a classically trained singer who spent a third of her life in the eclectic Halifax music scene. Her music has been described as “soul-infused folk,” “Canadiana flare,” and “country-roots rock.”
Providing the entertainment on July 30 is Newfoundland native Matthew Hornell. Raised in Grand Falls-Windsor, Hornell now makes his home in Halifax’s North End. In 2010, he received four Music NL awards for his debut album, Matthew Hornell and the Diamond Minds, including Entertainer of the Year. Last year’s sophomore release, Have It All, earned him a nomination for ECMA’s Rising Star Recording of the Year.
The South Shore’s own Jennah Barry takes the stage on August 6. A singer, songwriter and musician, Barry’s music is described as juicy pop gossip with a folk backbone. Her songs dance the spectrum between folk and indie rock. With a voice as sweet as honey, Barry draws on a string of loves lost and won between the South Shore and Toronto. Her songs have the maturity of an old hand at romance, tough to let go of and so easy to love.
An experienced and entertaining performer Dylan Guthro performs August 13. He released his debut album in 2012 for which he won the Music Nova Scotia Award for Best New Recording, solid reviews and multiple placements on the television show, Degrassi. Since then he has worked in Nashville, toured Denmark on three separate occasions, co-produced his first recording project, toured eastern Canada and attended a song retreat and festival in Sweden. He wins over fans and industry with his catchy and sincere songs, his superb musicianship, and his impressive vocals.
The sounds of Willie Stratton & The Boarding Party are described as a howling, seething hurricane of ferocious rock and roll music. Featuring vocal harmonies and melodies, audiences should be prepared for an onslaught of energy. Hardworking easterners Willie Stratton & The Boarding Party summon their musical influences from girl groups of the 60s with a tinge of rockabilly inspired by Gene Vincent. Stratton has a flair for writing catchy songs that leave the listener moved by the raw emotion in them. The band takes the stage August 20.
Rounding out the summer series, Dave Sampson will perform August 27. Born and raised in Cape Breton, Sampson writes heart-on-your-sleeve folk-pop songs, delivered with a captivating and authentic voice that could blow down a brick house. His knack for crafting simple earworms and his high-energy shows have been winning him fans across Atlantic Canada for the past three years. He was selected to showcase in the Breakout Stage mentorship program at the East Coast Music Awards 2014.