Truro Daily News features Songcamp Circle

It might be the only showcase during an upcoming music festival where you can see more than a dozen artists on stage at once – the Gordie Sampson Songcamp Circle.

“Officially, it started, I think, two years ago at Nova Scotia Music Week, but on smaller stages, and it’s really started to gain momentum,” said Sampson, the Cape Breton singer/songwriter that started the songcamp five years ago. “Last year, it took a really big leap. We took over the ballroom in Sydney and couldn’t fit everyone in.”

Over the years, the songcamp has been bringing a number of musicians – including former Truro resident Nicole Curry – to Ingonish for the songwriting circuit.

During Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week, which runs Nov. 6 to 9 in Truro, 15 of those musicians will be participating in the songcamp showcase.

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Songcamp Writers at Nova Scotia Music Week

Nova Scotia Music Week is just around the corner, and the Gordie Sampson Songcamp is proud to have 10 Songcamp writers showcasing this year at Nova Scotia Music Week. All of these artists have had a busy and productive year – with new albums, tours, and award nominations.

Here is the list of their showcases:

Breagh Mackinnon
Friday / 11:00–11:30pm
Split Crow Pub

Carleton Stone
Friday / 10:15-10:45pm
Holiday Inn – Elm/Oak Ballroom

Sunday / 7:00pm – all ages
Big Dog/Cat Country Present: Blue Rodeo

Carmen Townsend
Friday / 10:00-10:30pm
Royal Canadian Legion Br 26

Corey LeRue
Friday / 8:45-9:15pm
Holiday Inn – Ballroom Stage

Corey LeRue – Neon Dreams
Thursday / 11:15-11:45pm
Holiday Inn – Elm/Oak Ballroom

Friday / 7:15-7:45pm
Royal Canadian Legion Br 26

Dana Beeler
Thursday / 9:00-9:45pm
Split Crow Pub

Dave Sampson
Saturday / 8:45-9:15pm
Split Crow Pub

Dylan Guthro
Saturday / 11:00-11:30pm
Holiday Inn – Elm/Oak Ballroom

Kyle Mischiek
Friday / 6:30-7:00pm
Royal Canadian Legion Br 26

Friday / 11:45pm-12:15am
Holiday Inn – Elm/Oak Ballroom

Molly Thomason
Friday / 12:30-1:00am
Holiday Inn – Elm/Oak Ballroom

Seamus Erskine – The Brood
Thursday / 1:30-2:00am
Holiday Inn – Elm/Oak Ballroom

For more information about the schedule of events, visit

Songcamp Photos 2014

Photos by: Mary Quase