With support from Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation, the Cape Breton Music Industry Co-operative (CBMIC) will be promoting Cape Breton’s abundant musical talent at Showcase Scotland and in major UK centres in January 2011.
Showcase Scotland is held in conjunction with Celtic Connections, the largest winter music festival in the world. In 2011 the event will focus on artists from Nova Scotia, showcasing their talent and work to international delegates who include promoters, record label representatives, agents and festival organizers.
Three Cape Breton artists have been chosen by Celtic Connections to participate in the 2011 Showcase Scotland event. The Beaton Sisters, The Tom Fun Orchestra and Gillian Boucher will have the opportunity to showcase in front of 180 international delegates.
Capitalizing on their presence in the United Kingdom, CBMIC will partner with the Canadian Independent Music Association to present three additional Canadian Blast industry showcases. Canadian Blast will take the group of artists, also including Colin Grant Band, to Cardiff (Wales), Manchester and London (England). The showcases will put the artists in front of UK record labels, managers, booking agents, promoters, publicists and key media, all of whom will be invited to experience the Cape Breton Sound.
“What’s really exciting was CBMIC’s ability to further the opportunity for market development for our artists in the UK” said Jennifer Pino, Chair of CBMIC’s Board of Directors. Presenting these artists at Showcase Scotland and the three Canadian Blast showcases will enable the artists to solicit both festival and club appearances, as well as build a team of UK based industry professionals to help further market development.
Listen to all four showcasing artists at cbmic.ca/canadianblast/