Bill and John Pellerin are brothers who were born and raised in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Bill started dancing at six years of age and John at four. When he was ten, John also began playing fiddle. Their father, Kenneth, played fiddle for dances for years in the Antigonish area. Their roots go deep in Cape Breton tradition as well. Their grandmother on their mother’s side is a Beaton from the Mabou Coal Mines. Dancing and fiddling has brought both Bill and John throughout Canada, USA and Ireland.
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Shauntay Grant is an author, performer, musician, educator, and journalist. A dynamic writer and storyteller, Shauntay’s work has earned her invitations to present at local and international events. She has shared her blend of poetry and music internationally at festivals and events, and as Halifax’s third Poet Laureate, she organized Canada’s first national gathering of Canadian Poets Laureate. Shauntay holds bachelor’s degrees in Music and Journalism and her homegrown artistic practice embraces African Nova Scotian folk tradition as well as contemporary approaches to literature and performance.
Composer and guitarist Scott Macmillan has played a significant role expanding audiences for Atlantic Canadian music nationally and internationally, taking him to places like Carnegie Hall in New York, the British Isles and Germany and crisscrossing Canada conducting orchestras. His most recent collaboration is “Aiseag-the ferryboat” with Scottish composer/harpist Mary Ann Kennedy, performed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. A passionate music-maker, Scott explores a wide range of genres and his many awards, appointments, commissions and critical reviews ensure his musical legacy will be lasting.
Inciting mosh pits and still making Mom proud, The Stanfields attract fans of all classes and creeds with their rhythm-fueled hard rock laced with traditional roots sounds. It started in 2008 when The Stanfields took the East Coast entirely by storm with a single entitled “The Dirtiest Drunk (in the History of Liquor)” and a live show best described as intense celebration. The award-winning, five-piece band based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has released 3 albums now. The most recent, For King and Country, is an acoustic project that was released in October 2013 in Canada and Germany.
Whether playing piano or fiddle, or showcasing his stepdancing capabilities, Troy MacGillivray displays intense commitment to the Celtic heritage he inherited from his Highland ancestors. His versatility has had him performing across Canada and the US and overseas from Switzerland to Australia. Troy’s first three albums – Eleven (2005), Boomerang (2003) and Musical Ties (2001) were each nominated for East Coast Music Awards. His fourth album, Live At The Music Room, won the 2008 ECMA Instrumental Recording of the Year and When Here Meets There, recorded with Shane Cook, was named 2009 ECMA Roots/Traditional Group Album of the Year.