CBC Radio 2 Top 100 Songs – “The Great Escape” and “Sucker”


CBC Radio 2 has put together an fantastic collection of their top 100 songs of 2013 and Mo Kenney stands out on their list, with two songs from the album making the cut. “The Great Escape” is listed at #73 and “Sucker” came in at #34.

Thank you to CBC Radio 2 for their support, and we hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season!

You can listen to the countdown starting at 6 a.m. on Dec. 26, and visit the CBC Music website on Dec. 27 for a playlist of all 100 songs.


Joel Plaskett Emergency at Casino Nova Scotia Dec. 30th


JoelPlaskett-EDGet your tickets for the Joel Plaskett Emergency show on December 30th at Casino Nova Scotia and have a chance to win dinner for two!

There’s still time to get in on our Twitter contest to win one of two dinners for two at Casino Nova Scotia’s Trapeze restaurant plus your very own meet and greet with Joel Plaskett at the show.

To enter to win, take a picture of yourself holding your ticket and post it on Twitter with the hashtag #JPEDEC30.

Tickets to see Joel Plaskett Emergency on Dec. 30th are still available online from Ticket Atlantic, at Casino Nova Scotia, and participating Atlantic Superstore outlets. We will announce the winners on Twitter on December 26th. Looking forward to seeing your #JPEDEC30 pics!


Joel Plaskett wins CBC Radio 3 Lifetime Achievement Bucky Award


Joel lightCBC Radio 3’s Bucky Awards recognize the best in Canadian independent music and Joel Plaskett is honoured to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award this year.

As noted on their website: “Every year, CBC Radio 3 awards a Lifetime Achievement Bucky to a true pioneer of the Canadian music scene — someone who has paved the way for artists to come. Joel Plaskett fits the bill perfectly: his incredible career has spanned more than 20 years and included 17 studio releases (between his first band, Thrush Hermit, his solo work, his recordings with the Emergency and other projects) but he shows no signs of slowing down. While he continues to tour and write new songs, Plaskett has also helped usher in a new cohort of Canadian talent, mentoring and producing new artists (he’s currently working with Mo Kenney and Colleen Brown on new releases) and most recently becoming a judge for CBC Music’s Song Quest.

There’s no doubt that Plaskett is a prolific national icon: he has been played on Radio 3 since its inception, and can count four Buckys among his long list of various awards and accolades — which now becomes five with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.”

In honour of Plaskett’s latest accomplishment, CBC Radio 3 is “taking a look at 15 of the best and most celebrated songs from his career so far, many of which have been played on Radio 3 time and time again (and boy, do we hope there are many, many more to come!). Check out each of the song picks in their gallery and listen to the playlist of all 15 tracks here: Plaskett primer: the top 15 Joel Plaskett songs

For the complete list of Bucky Award winners, visit the CBC Radio 3 website.

Thank you CBC Radio 3 for your incredible support for Joel’s career and congratulations to all the Bucky Award winners and nominees.


Mo’s first review in Street Press Australia


“Good gracious, what heavenly planet did this little lady with the big voice fall from? The sometimes brusque, often starkly gentle beauty of this pint-sized Canadian songstress’s vocal is disarming enough, but coupled with capricious and razor-edged lyrics in Sucker is almost too much. Scene Of The Crime slices an already buzzing atmosphere with a dancehall, moody waltz, and The Great Escape meanders playfully around her girlish piping before turning up the heavy notch. It’s a rare and delightful treat when something aligns to grant a treasure such as Kenney.” – Carley Hall, The Music (AU)


Mo Kenney’s big wins this weekend


Mo Kenney played an outstanding showcase for a packed house at the Holiday Inn ballroom on Saturday night for Nova Scotia Music Week in Sydney, Cape Breton. On Sunday, she received three Music Nova Scotia awards for Pop Recording, Female Artist Recording, and New Artist Recording of the Year and performed on the gala awards show. Also taking place on Sunday in Calgary, Alberta were the Canadian Folk Music Awards, where Mo won her fourth award for the night for New/Emerging Artist of the Year.

Congratulations to all the award winners and nominees, and thank you to Music Nova Scotia, the members, and the Canadian Folk Music Awards for a memorable weekend.


Joel Plaskett acoustic dates


Joel’s acoustic tour is underway, and if we could bundle up for the road trip, we’d be out there with you all. Instead, we want you to tell us your favourite moment of the night and post pics and video on Facebook or Twitter and make us feel like we are there!

Check out these dates and ticket links for more information:

October 26 – Chester Playhouse – Chester, NS – Sold Out!
October 27 – King’s Theatre – Annapolis Royal – Buy Tickets, call box office 902-532-7704
October 30 – Glasgow Square Theatre – New Glasgow, NS – Buy Tickets?
November 1 – The Rose Theatre – Brampton, ON – Buy Tickets?
November 2 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON – Buy Tickets
November 3 – The Burlington Performing Arts Centre/Community Studio Theatre – Burlington, ON – Sold Out!


Kenney, Plaskett to perform with Symphony Nova Scotia


Halifax singer-songwriter Mo Kenney will join Dartmouth rocker Joel Plaskett for concerts with Symphony Nova Scotia on Thursday and Friday at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax.

These concerts are Plaskett’s second collaboration with the symphony, after a sold-out concert in 2006.

He will perform several brand new orchestral arrangements and will partner with Kenney, whose self-titled debut album was released on Plaskett’s New Scotland Records.

Both concerts will be conducted by Martin MacDonald and are part of the Halifax Pop Explosion.

Tickets range from $30 to $57. Call 494-3820 or go online to symphonynovascotia.ca.

The Chronicle Herald


Think you’ve written Canada’s next great hockey song?


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Hockey Night in Canada Song Quest is in search for inspirational, energetic songs to excite hockey fans and is open for entries now at cbcmusic.ca/songquest.

The winning song will be professionally produced by Nova Scotia rocker Plaskett and featured in a video montage for an opening sequence of a Hockey Night in Canada broadcast. The winner will also travel to Lloydminster, Alberta to perform their song at the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada concert on January 18, 2014.

Plaskett is among the celebrity judges on CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada Song Quest. Other judges include Juno and Grammy Award-nominated Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara; former NHL Stanley Cup champion and Olympic gold medallist Theo Fleury; Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk; former NHL player and current CBC Hockey Night in Canada analyst P.J. Stock.

Judges’ input will be combined with fan votes to pick the winner.

The deadline is November 20. Click here to submit your entry.

A portion of this post is reported by the Chronicle Herald.


Congrats to Galaxie Supernova Award winner Mo Kenney


On the final night of the Ottawa Folk Festival, organizers announced Mo Kenny as the winner of the Galaxie Supernova Award for her riveting performance and awarded a $2,000 bursary, as well as potential airplay on the Galaxie channels.

The award is part of the Galaxie Rising Star Program, which presents the Supernova Award for outstanding live performance. This award provides bursaries to rising Canadian music talent at festivals and events across Canada.

Chosen by a jury appointed by the Ottawa Folk Festival, eligible artists were expected to meet four criteria: 1) be part of the 2013 Ottawa Folk Festival line-up; 2) be Canadian; 3) have released at least one album and 4) have not previously won a Galaxie Rising Star Award. Jurors were required to watch performances by all eligible acts over the course of the festival and then met to deliberate and choose a winner.

“The competition for this award included some amazing talent,” says Ottawa Musician and Folk Festival staffer Ana Miura. “Having seen Mo Kenny at this year’s Ottawa Folk Festival, I would say the jury got it right.”


Joel Plaskett on Kreative Kontrol with Vish Khanna


Listen to the full interview here.

Joel Plaskett is one of the most accomplished, prolific musicians, songwriters, and producers to ever call Halifax home. 20 years ago he made his first great in-roads as an artist in the hugely influential underground rock band Thrush Hermit and, when that group stopped playing together at the end of the last century, Plaskett began a successful solo career releasing some of Canada’s most essential rock and folk albums. He runs his own label, New Scotland Records, highlighting the work of artists he loves, and continues to be a tremendous live performer and engaging storyteller.

The Joel Plaskett Emergency released a cool record in 2012 called Scrappy Happiness and they return to Guelph for a show at the River Run Centre on Friday Sept. 13 as part of the 25th anniversary edition of the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival and then play Hamilton’s James St. Supercrawl on Saturday Sept. 14. During this extensive interview, Joel discusses his upbringing, his father Bill, how he first started playing music with his friends, why Family Ties was super distracting, why he’s never left Halifax, how independent culture has changed since he first became involved in it, how he makes sure he’s TCB, the showmanship of Bruce Springsteen, the connection between comedy and songwriting, his new songs, Clayton Park on double vinyl, Thrush Hermit reunions, and his future plans.

Kreative Kontrol with Vish Khanna