NSMW Nominee Cameron Nickerson Releases New Single!

Combining a love for rootsy maritime music with an adoration for the outlaw country heroes of old, Cameron Nickerson crafts a sound that’s both familiar and wholly unique. His debut album, Detours, released in 2018, recalls modern country troubadours like Sturgill Simpson while remaining firmly planted in the whiskey-soaked tales of legends like Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. 

Nickerson’s latest single, Rainy Day Thinkin’ is a long, dark exploration of relationships and loss, and is described by the singer-songwriter as “a simple sad song with a glimpse of hope.” The track starts off with a slow, crooning crawl before exploding like a barrelling freight train near the end. Exceptionally personal, yet wholly relatable, Nickerson walks a fine line between crisis and catharsis, inviting the listener to sit down and commiserate. Nominated for Country Artist of the Year by Music Nova Scotia, Nickerson has fully embraced his solo career and shows no signs of slowing down.

“I have two goals with my songwriting,” Nickerson says. “One is to fuel the fire inside of me that needs to write songs for some unknown reason. The second is to always tell the truth in my lyrics, what I believe and hope people can relate in their own different ways.”

Stream the emotional new single below, as well as a new live performance from Cameron, and keep watch for upcoming tour dates!

 Listen to Rainy Day Thinkin’ // Unlock Live Performance Video

Music Nova Scotia Nominations!

Music Nova Scotia announced their nominations for the upcoming Nova Scotia Music Week. We are delighted to announce that The Syrup Factory received its first nomination for Company of The Year! Sara Russell, from our team was nominated for visual artist of the year and many of the artists we work with were also nominated for multiple awards. We’re looking forward to a busy week during NSMW 2018.


The Syrup Factory: Company of the Year

Sara Russell was nominated for Visual Artist of the year 🎉

Congrats to all nominees and extra special congrats to the incredible artists we've had the pleasure of supporting:

Gabrielle Papillon: Recording of the year, SOCAN Songwriter of the year, Solo Recording of the year, Pop Recording of the year

Christina Martin: Pop Recording of the Year, Solo Recording of the Year, Music Video of the Year

Reeny Smith: African Nova Scotia Artist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Music Video of the Year, SOCAN Songwriter of the Year

Ben Caplan: Folk Recording of the Year, Solo Recording of the Year

Cameron Nickerson: Country Recording of the Year

Matt Steele & The Corvette Sunset: Rock Recording of the Year, Recording of the Year, Music Video of the Year, Group Recording of the Year

Miller | MacDonald | Cormier: Traditional / Roots Recording of the Year

Plus shout-outs to those we've worked with in the past (and hopefully more in the future): Elise Besler MusicDusty Keleher, Celtic RantT. Thomason and Heather Rankin Music

The East Premieres Cameron Nickerson's new single + video

"The live video doesn’t exactly leave us with any concerns for his solo career. Nickerson just rips through an existential crisis with the infectious sort of blues-rock gusto that’d give Ryan Adams a run for his money." - Alex Cook, The East

Cameron Nickerson releases his second single, 'Gettin' Out of Dodge' off his debut solo album, Detours. The single is accompanied by a live performance video recorded by Analog Songs at codapop studios. 

Read the East Article
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Listen to the Single

Matt Steele & The Corvette Sunset Release Half Girl Half Ghost


Love doesn't always come with a happy ending. It gets messy and drawn out. Truths become lies and vulnerability exposes the darkest sides of our souls. The grey area that follows, somewhere between love and loss, is where you'll find Matt Steele and the Corvette Sunset's debut record.

Half Girl Half Ghost captures the tumultuous trifecta of lost love, mental illness and addiction. Part autobiographical, part fiction, the album explores these themes in the band's signature power-pop rock’n’roll style. Through Steele's reflective lyrics, the band takes an honest look at coping with emotional turmoil, and the doubt, anxiety and heartbreak that comes with navigating relationships.

“For this record, we put together a set of songs that captured how unexpectedly dramatic my life had become from the time before my mother’s death in 2014 until right before things started looking up again," confesses Steele. "I wanted to pay it forward for all the songs that got me through those strange, heavy times.”

The creation of Half Girl Half Ghost coincides with an important phase of self-discovery for Steele. Inspired to help people better manage their mental health challenges, Steele has embarked on a career path in healthcare, following in his late mother’s footsteps. He's now enrolled in therapeutic recreation at Dalhousie University and volunteers with the Abbie Lane Memorial Hospital Mental Health Program.

Half Girl Half Ghost also illustrates the importance of feeling alive, putting old worries aside and simply having fun. Because, as Steele sees it, "you have to take care of yourself first and maybe that means being a little over the top in the process of finding your way back to normal."

Matt Steele & The Corvette Sunset will officially release Half Girl Half Ghost at Halifax's Seahorse Tavern June 7th followed by dates in Saint John and Charlottetown. For more information visit Matt Steele & The Corvette Sunset on Facebook.


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Syrup Factory Partnership Announcement

Make it a partnership. Build an empire.

The Syrup Factory's Laura Simpson and Sarah Jamer partner up for sweet success

We are delighted to announce The Syrup Factory is forming an official partnership between Founder Laura Simpson and Director of Artist Strategy, Sarah Jamer. Simpson will stay on as President/Advisor while Jamer will head up the company and be the primary lead for all clients.

“I’ve been working with Sarah since 2016. She was a recent business grad who shared my vision of serving artists based on their immediate needs on a budget that they could afford," says Simpson. "Not only has she gained the trust and respect of the artists we work with, she continues to find innovative and intuitive solutions to their needs.”

Sarah Jamer was promoted to The Syrup Factory's Director of Artist Strategy in July 2017. She is a Saint Mary’s University Sobey School of Business graduate and holds a diploma in Business Administration from the Nova Scotia Community College. Jamer brings immense value to The Syrup Factory's artists with her diverse background in sales, marketing and entrepreneurship. She plays a critical role in strategy development helping artists better connect with their audiences. Sarah's current roster of artists includes Gabrielle Papillon, Christina Martin, Ben Caplan and Ian Janes. 

"I'm incredibly grateful for Laura's support and encouragement over the last two years," says Jamer. "To be able to work with someone who shares the same vision and values as you is a special thing. To be trusted enough to be made a partner to execute that vision is truly humbling."

The Syrup Factory is entering its third year of business providing artist services on a contract basis to help promote artists and release their work. Simpson and Jamer team up with independent contractors to provide quality service to assist with projects, including Sara Russell for graphic design and digital marketing, and Jill Chappell for public relations.The Syrup Factory partners with labels, artist managers, booking agents and distributors to assist with album, video and single releases, tours and merchandise management. 

The Syrup Factory will be at the East Coast Music Awards May 3-6 in Halifax. Be sure to check out our showcasing artists: Christina Martin, Gabrielle Papillon, Ian Janes, Jody Upshaw, T. Thomason and Christine Campbell. See you at the show!

Ben Caplan Announces New Album Old Stock

Ben Caplan announces new album Old Stock with Glide Magazine Premiere

Old Stock is now available for pre-order via: http://store.bencaplan.ca

Listen to Premiere Single 'Widow Bride' on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2GBx5Qk


Christina Martin Launches New Album Impossible to Hold

Press Release From Red Umbrella PR: 





Toronto, ON (March 23, 2018) – Following her highly praised forty-five date European tour, multi-award winning Canadian singer-songwriter Christina Martin returns home to promote her latest release “Impossible To Hold” available today via Come Undone Records (Martin’s label), in strategic partnership with Canadian indie label acronym Records for world-wide digital distribution and The Syrup Factory. Coinciding with today’s album release, Martin announced that she will tour Canada throughout April, May and June with more dates to be announced soon.  



For the Canadian tour Martin has partnered with The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), to promote the work of Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital to help increase engagement and awareness on the topic of addiction and mental illness.  



In late February, Martin released the pop-forward lead single “Always Reminding” which has garnered more than 20,000 streams in just over three weeks, along with its companion video directed by Toronto filmmaker Ryan Thompson with over 13,000 views to date.


WATCH the video for “Always Reminding” HERE.


The follow-up to “It’ll Be Alright”, which earned Martin the 2016 East Coast Music Award for Pop Recording of the Year, “Impossible To Hold” showcases her Americana/pop-rock sensibilities as well as her trademark storytelling abilities, all coming together in free-flowing sonic exploration. Of the album, Martin says “There was little concern for following any style or trend in writing and recording these new songs.  My commitment was to honour the direction the songs were leading me in. There were dark moments in the process, but I showed up each day to work, and hoped it would all come together.”


Christina’s storytelling ability continues to shine over the album’s 10-songs, with formerly released single, ‘Lungs Are Burning’, written as a response to the rising Fentanyl drug crisis in Canada and her own personal loss related to addiction and mental illness, and co-write with Canadian troubadour Matt Epp ‘Where The Dark Meets The Light’ drawing inspiration from “the challenges and triumphs of dedicating your life to the artistic journey.”

Other highlights include the album’s soulful yet delicate ‘Winter’, an impassioned ‘Deep Dark Red’, and the roaring Rock-infused ‘Foreign’



Raised on the Canadian East Coast, Martin began writing and recording her own music after a move to Austin, Texas in the summer of 1999. She has spent the better part of 20 years recording and touring in Canada, the UK and Europe, building connections online and in the old-fashioned way, at venues big and small, singing songs about loss, love and perseverance.



Martin’s songs have been featured in films and on television, and she’s performed at some of the world’s top music festivals including the Rolling Stone Weekender Festival, Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, Folk Alliance International, Reeperbahn Festival and Canadian Music Week.


STREAM or DOWNLOAD “Impossible To Hold” HERE




April 20    Halifax NS        Codapop House Concert


April 21    Saint John NB        Steamer’s

April 28    Berwick NS        Union Street Café * With Band

May 4        Halifax NS        Marquee Ballroom -ECMA Pop Stage * With Band

May 5        Halifax NS        The Schooner Room – Casino NS/ECMA SongBird East Stage

May 7-12    Toronto ON           Canadian Music Week * With Band

May 24    Fredericton NB    Corked Wine Bar

May 25    Miramichi NB        House Concert

May 26    Woodstock NB    John Gyles Music Room & Inn

June 1        Ingonish NS        Salty Roses & The Periwinkle Café

June 2        Antigonish NS        Townhouse Brewpub & Eatery

June 3         French Road NS    House Concert

June 8         New Glasgow NS    Glasgow Square Theatre * With Band

June 9        Petite Riviere NS    Petite Riviere Winery

June 10    Oxford NS        The Capitol Theatre

**More Canadian Tour Dates To Be Announced Soon




The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues. 




Charlotte Thompson, Red Umbrella P.R.


Shelby Burnell, Red Umbrella P.R.