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2019 ECMA Nominations

The ECMA Nominations were announced today and we’re so excited to be included in the list of nominations and we’re even more excited for all the wonderful artists we’ve worked with who have also been recognized. Congratulations everyone!

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The Syrup Factory - Company of the Year


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  • Folk Recording of the Year

  • Solo Recording of the Year - Ben Caplan

  • Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year: Vote for Ben Caplan

  • Fan’s Choice Video of the Year: Vote for ‘Minimum Intervals

  • Song of the Year: “Lullaby”

  • Songwriter of the Year

Gabrielle Papillon: Three nominations

  • Solo Recording of the Year

  • Songwriter of the Year

  • Song of the Year “When The Heart Attacks”

Reeny Smith: Two Nominations

  • Bucky Adams Memorial Award

  • R&B Soul Recording of the Year

Christina Martin: Fan’s Choice Video of the Year

Vote for ‘Always Reminding’

Cameron Nickerson : Country Recording of the Year

Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald:two nominations

Gaelic Artist of the Year

Instrumental Recording of the Year

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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. 

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Listen to the Single

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.