The list for the inaugural inductees to the Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame is out. The first inductees to be recognized for their contributions to promoting Canada’s East Coast culture and music beyond Atlantic Canada are: Anne Murray, Rita MacNeil, Portia White, John Allan Cameron, and Brookes Diamond Productions (Brookes and Fiona Diamond).

“It is a great honour for us to recognize these inaugural inductees to the Hall of Fame. These individuals are an excellent representation of the diversity of the music that represents Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada culturally and historically. They have been amazing ambassadors for promoting and exporting our unique culture and history through music across the world for decades,” stated Gary Moore, Interim General Manager, Casino Nova Scotia. “The selection committee did a great job identifying such great ambassadors who have been so passionate about celebrating and promoting our cultural heritage.”

The Hall of Fame will celebrate Atlantic Canadian music, musicians and industry leaders who have attained commercial success while continuing to have a positive impact on the Atlantic Canadian music scene locally, nationally and internationally. The Hall of Fame will be a place where Nova Scotians, tourists, fans and history buffs can learn about the history of music from Atlantic Canada and the significance of our music and artists (past and present) on the world stage.

“This is so amazing that this is happening,” stated Stuart Cameron, son of the late John Allen Cameron. “My mother is over the moon about it and can’t wait to tell people. What a great honour to my father and my family, and all of the inductees to be recognized.”

The Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame will be operated by Casino Nova Scotia with locations at the casinos’ properties in both Halifax and Sydney. The Halifax site is scheduled to open this fall. Sydney will follow in 2016. Music Nova Scotia will be responsible for the curation of memorabilia, and the governance of the Music Hall of Fame, ensuring the process is industry-driven.

Stay tuned for more announcements in the coming weeks. A Gala celebrating East Coast music and the inaugural inductees is scheduled for October – tickets will be made available to the public in the future. Music Nova Scotia will work with the other Atlantic Canadian music industry associations to engage their membership in selecting inductees and providing memorabilia.

Celebrating 20 years in operation in Nova Scotia, Casino Nova Scotia is a popular destination for live music and entertainment and since opening its doors has been a leading benefactor of Nova Scotian art, culture and tourism. Casino Nova Scotia and Music Nova Scotia have been working together over the last four years to create innovative ways to promote Nova Scotia’s musicians. In 2011 they developed the Friday Night Live program which provides Music Nova Scotia members with paid performance opportunities, while keeping the events free and open to the public. In 2014 they developed the Artist in Residence program designed to provide emerging Nova Scotian musicians with $20,000 in funding to assist with developing their career through recording, marketing, and live performance opportunities. The Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame is the next step forward for this exciting and innovative partnership.

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