The Music Hall of Fame recognizes the contributions of east coast musicians and industry movers and shakers who have had an impact on the development and promotion of Canada’s East Coast culture and music.


The Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame is a destination that showcases and celebrates the musical artistry as well as the legacy of artists and influencers from Atlantic Canada at home and around the world. The Hall of Fame is a lens to understand the region’s history and culture through music in a fun and engaging manner.


The Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame will have locations in Halifax (opening 2015) and Sydney (2016). The Music Hall of Fame will recognize and celebrate the contributions of Atlantic Canadian artists and industry leaders who have made a significant impact on the export of our east coast culture around the world. Atlantic Canada is widely understood through its music, which reflects the history and experience of the people who have lived here over the years.


About Casino Nova Scotia

Through business and community partnerships we work to build and nurture the economic and cultural health of our community. In 2013 we contributed over $27 million to the Province of Nova Scotia and its programs. As an entertainment destination we are proud to showcase Atlantic Canadian, national, and international talent and invest over $1,000,000 in entertainment annually. Casino Nova Scotia is a tourism driver and supporter. Each year we welcome over one million visitors, many of whom arrived from outside the province. Ensuring we have a positive impact on the quality of life in our province is important to us. With a focus on the arts, culture and entertainment we support organizations and events that help make our province a vibrant place to live.


About Music Nova Scotia

Music Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization that has worked since 1989 with a mandate to encourage the creation, development, growth and promotion of Nova Scotia’s music industry. Music Nova Scotia exists to grow and nurture the Nova Scotia music industry, to retain Nova Scotia’s natural resource and promote investment, by:

  • Providing education, information and resources to members
  • Acting as the advocate for the industry to all levels of government and private enterprise
  • Supporting membership in the promotion of the export of Nova Scotia music regionally, nationally and internationally



Rita MacNeil

Rita MacNeil’s unique blend of music had been entertaining audiences for almost four decades, until her passing in April 2013. Born and raised in Big Pond, Rita released 24 albums in her career, from her first ‘Born a Woman’ (1975) to her last ‘Saving Grace’ (2012). Many achieved gold, platinum and silver status from Canada, Australia and the U.K.

She has received 3 Juno Awards, 4 CCMA Awards, and 11 East Coast Music Awards. In 2009, Rita was given the National Achievement Award from SOCAN. She holds five honorary doctorates and hosted her own national television program “Rita and Friends” (for which she earned a Gemini Award).

Rita has starred in numerous highly-rated television specials during her career that have been broadcast on the BBC in the UK, PBS in the US, and CBC and CTV in Canada. She was the proud recipient of the Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia, released a best-selling autobiography, “On a Personal Note”, and operated ‘Rita’s Tea Room’ in Big Pond, which still continues seasonally, and is now in its 29th year.

The Canadian Country Music Association awarded her a Hall of Fame placement posthumously in 2013, while the East Coast Music Association awarded her a Director’s Special Achievement Award in 2014.

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    John Allan Cameron

    John Allan Cameron, CM (16 December 1938 – 22 November 2006) was a Canadian folk singer, "The Godfather of Celtic Music" in Canada. Noted for performing traditional music on his twelve string guitar, he released his first album in 1968. He released 10 albums during his lifetime and was featured on national television. He was a recipient of the East Coast Music Award's Lifetime Achievement Award and the Order of Canada, conferred in 2003.

    Cameron was born in Inverness County, Nova Scotia to Dan L. Cameron and Catherine Anne (Katie Anne) MacDonald. Katie Anne (1914-1983) was the only sibling of renowned Cape Breton fiddler and composer Dan Rory MacDonald. In 1957 John Allan moved to Ottawa, Ontario where he studied to be a Roman Catholic priest through the Order of the Oblate Fathers. In 1964, a few months before ordination, Cameron obtained a dispensation from the church to pursue studies in education at St. Francis Xavier University, and eventually a career in music.

    He was a regular on Singalong Jubilee in the 1960s and he was later host of two Canadian television series. The first was the Montreal-produced John Allan Cameron on CTV from 1975 to 1976. Guests included Stan Rogers, Edith Butler, The Good Brothers, Stringband, Colleen Peterson, Adam Mitchell (songwriter), Michael Cooney, Shirley Eikhard, Liam Clancy, Tommy Makem, Nancy White (singer-songwriter), Steve Goodman, and Rhythm Pals. Cameron would return to national television on CBCwith the Halifax-produced The John Allan Cameron Show which ran from 1979 to 1981.

    Besides his numerous television and concert appearances, he performed at the Grand Ole Opry in 1970.
    In January 2005, Cameron was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome. Several benefit projects such as concerts and a tribute CD were produced to support costs resulting from his treatment of this cancer. John Allan passed away on November 22, 2006 in Toronto

    Presented by Delta Barrington and Halifax



      Brookes Diamond Productions

      Brookes Diamond Productions Limited is Atlantic Canada’s most recognized entertainment production company. An innovator since its inception over 40 years ago, the company is known for its artist development and landmark productions including the creation of the Ha!ifax Comedy Fest, Atlantic Folk Festival, Symphony Explosion, Ju’balee, Remembering Stan Rogers, and the multi-media stage performance based on diverse cultures – DRUM! which has successfully toured across North America.


      The company has managed the careers of Canadian music legend, Rita MacNeil, the Rankin Family, Ryan’s Fancy, Bruce Guthro, Gemini-award winning comedienne, Bette MacDonald, and children’s entertainers Sharon, Lois, and Bram. It has worked with artists such as Gordon Lightfoot, Bruce Cockburn, Paula Abdul, Jerry Seinfeld, and has produced shows from Sydney Opera House to Times Square, New York City. Brookes Diamond Productions has produced several national TV productions in partnership with CBC TV.

      In 2012 Brookes Diamond entered a new area of innovation in partnership with one of Atlantic Canada’s most prolific and creative producers, Jac Gautreau of Moncton. They are bringing together multi-media, interactive elements and technology - including augmented reality and motion capture - to create a new way to tell stories. Beginning with the production, 18:12, telling Canada’s side of the story in 18 minutes and 12 seconds which toured Ontario and Quebec in 2012 and 2013. Supported by Canadian Heritage and Parks Canada, the show toured in a custom-built, one-of-a-kind stage venue which incorporated innovative technologies – including a 26’ x 16’ rolling LED screen – and live performance to successfully interact with family audiences to engage them in a light-hearted way to learn about their history.

      The company is currently working with KA’NATA Productions Inc and the KA’NATA Foundation to create an interactive, immersive, animated version of DRUM! in a 70’ geodesic dome on the Halifax waterfront and a national touring version – KA’NATA - telling the story of Canada for 2017.

      Presented by 105.9 Seaside FM

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        Portia White

        Portia White was the first Afro-Canadian singer trained only in Canada to reach an international stage. As an African-Canadian, her popularity helped to open previously closed doors for talented blacks who followed.

        Portia May White was born in Truro, Nova Scotia, the third child of Izie Dora and William Andrew White. Her father, a Baptist minister, graduated from Acadia University in Nova Scotia in 1903. When he became the minister at Cornwallis Street Baptist Church in Halifax, young Portia joined the choir at age six, thus beginning her musical career. When she was eight years old, Portia White had learned the soprano parts from the opera Lucia di Lammermoor, and was given the opportunity to sing on Canadian radio broadcasts.

        Portia White attended Dalhousie University in 1929, and in the early 1930s found a teaching job in Africiville, a community just outside of Halifax, founded by former slaves from the United States after the War of 1812. She continued her musical training at the Halifax Conservatory with the support of the Halifax Ladies Musical Club.

        In 1941 Portia White met Edith Read, a fellow Nova Scotian, and principal of a private girl’s school in Toronto, Ontario. Recognizing White’s talent, Read made arrangements for her to perform at Eaton Auditorium in Toronto on November 7, 1941, the first of several performances on the Toronto concert stage over the next few years. In 1944 White auditioned with Edward Johnson, the Canadian-born general manager of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, New York. Through Johnson White made her United States debut at New York’s Town Hall before a packed audience, becoming the first Canadian to sing there. Her repertoire included both European classics and Negro spirituals with which most critics and audiences felt she really excelled.

        Portia White’s international career was unfortunately quite brief. Between 1945 and 1948 she toured extensively in Canada, United States, and Latin America. She found these tours to be gruelling partly because her body and voice had little rest between concerts. By 1952 she gave up the concert stage and returned to Toronto to teach music. There White became the voice and music instructor of such well known performers as Lorne Greene, Dinah Christie, Don Francks, and Robert Goulet. On October 6, 1964 White gave a command performance before Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

        Portia White died in Toronto in February 1968 after a long battle with cancer. Since then many honours have been bestowed on her. Canada Post has issued a Portia White stamp. In 1997 the Nova Scotia government created a special award for artists in her memory. A plaque in Truro declared Portia White to be a person of historic significance, the first Canadian woman of African descent to receive this designation, a fitting tribute to a remarkable woman who figured so prominently in the musical life of her community and the world.


          Anne Murray

          Canada’s foremost singer of the past four decades, Anne Murray is one of the best-known entertainers in the world.  She has delighted millions of fans around the world with her signature voice and time honoured songs.  In the course of her illustrious career, she has sold over 50 million recordings, has had more than 30-charted pop hits on Billboard, over 50 country chart entries and over 40 adult contemporary listings.

          Anne has sold out prestigious venues from London to New York to Toronto.  She has received four Grammy Awards, twenty-four Juno Awards, three American Music Awards and three Canadian Country Music Awards.  Over the course of her career she recorded 32 studio albums and 15 compilations albums.

          In 1993 Anne was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, in 2002, she was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and in 2006, she received the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Legacy Award.   Anne is a Companion of the Order of Canada, the highest honour that can be awarded to a Canadian civilian; she is the recipient of the Order of Nova Scotia; is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame Walkway of Stars and has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as Canada’s Walk of Fame.  In 2013, Anne was inducted into the prestigious International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame.

          In  1989 Anne fulfilled a personal goal when she opened the Anne Murray Centre in her hometown of Springhill, Nova Scotia.  Now entering its 26th year, the Centre continues to bring tourists into the town and employ residents on a seasonal basis.

          In 2007, Anne was honoured with a postage stamp bearing her picture and as 2008 unfolded Anne undertook her last coast to coast-Canadian concert tour and released her 35th album.  In November of 2009 her memoirs “All of Me” were published (Random House/Knoff) and went on to become a national best seller. That same year, she launched the inaugural Anne Murray Charity Golf Classic in support of Colon Cancer Canada that boasted a successful 10-year run.

          In 2010 Anne was honoured to be one of eight Canadians who carried the Olympic flag into the stadium during the opening ceremonies.  Now happily retired, Anne is content to spend her time enjoying the company of family and friends and the freedom of not having a defined schedule of commitments.

          As timeless as the music she has shared with us for four decades – Anne Murray is, and will always be, Canada’s national treasure.

          Presented by Marriott Halifax Harbourfront


            • The Music Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates our region’s rich cultural and musical heritage. As a long-time supporter of east coast music and culture this is an investment we are excited to make.Gary Moore, GM Casino Nova Scotia

            Selection Committee


            Mike Campbell

            Mike is currently the owner/talent booker of The Carleton Music Bar & Grill in Halifax and the music curator of the Halifax Urban Folk Festival. Mike worked for MuchMusic for 18 years as host of Mike & Mike’s Excellent X Canada Adventures, MuchEast and Going Coastal. He’s lived in Halifax for 23 years. Since leaving MuchMusic in 2002 he has continued to remain close to the action on the East Coast. Until he opened The Carleton, he was also a member of Joel Plaskett’s management team. Mike has has been a director on the board of Music Nova Scotia for well over a decade and is responsible for its annual “Tiki” showcase event during Canada Music Week in Toronto.


              Jason Michael MacIsaac

              Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Jason is an accomplished composer and producer. In 1998, Jason formed his critically acclaimed orchestral pop group, The Heavy Blinkers and since then, the sextet has released five albums and toured the world over. The Heavy Blinkers sixth album, “Health”, was released in summer 2013. In recent years, Jason’s focus has been on composing music for film, television, advertisements and theatre.


                Jamie Robinson

                Jamie has remained at the top of the list of ‘first call’ players and producers in eastern Canada for over 15 years. Jamie's multi-styled, multi-instrumentalist musician/sideman role has led to countless calls for television, radio and live engagements including several years as musical director and house-band leader for the nationally televised ‘East Coast Music Awards’, musical director for the Canada Winter Games opening and closing ceremonies, and musical director for ‘Come On In’ – Atlantic Canada’s musical contribution to the Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.


                  Kris McCann

                  Kris is a long time member of the Nova Scotian music community who serves as chair of the board for the Halifax Pop Explosion and as a director of Music Nova Scotia.
                  When not volunteering for these organizations, Kris divides his time between playing music, running Octopi Entertainment, a concert promotions company, and utilizing his background and expertise in technology and marketing on an upcoming music tech startup which he co-founded.

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