NS Marquee Stage Artists

DJ TopKat

Topkat Amazona is a DJ / Producer who hails from the Amazona Soundstation which has been one of Atlantic Canada’s leading Caribbean music Sound Systems for the past 10 years. Currently, Topkat as he is popularly known is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Toronto, Ontario.He has played and promoted at a variety of Caribbean Music and Urban Venues throughout the UK, Germany, South America the USA and Atlantic Canada since 2009. He has worked with and hosted for acts for artiste such as; Beenie Man, Walshy Fire, Thugli, Dj Charlie B, Serani, Gyptian, Elephant Man, Mobb Deep, Ski Beats, Rayvon, Sugarbear, August Alsina, YG 400, Lindo P, South Rakkas Crew, JRDN, Lil Kim, Mya, Director X and Belly to name a few.

Performs Saturday, August 3 at 12pm, 3pm, and 6pm.

Harmony Adesola with special guest appearances by Jayden Austin, Shay Pitts and DSO

Harmony Adesola, aka HARMZ, is an 18 year old upcoming Canadian Hip Hop Artist who bases his music on his life experiences. Growing up HARMZ attended 3 high schools and loved to express himself musically. A year ago, he teamed up with Canadian Hip Hop producer A-Thursy, creating his first mixtape Harmony: Remastered. His first breakthrough came when he performed at the 2018 ECMA Festival after placing 1st in the TD Music Moves Me Contest. He was also chosen as to be in the inaugural Being Black in Halifax youth film making program, creating his first short documentary on the underage Hip Hop scene in Halifax.

DSO is a rap group out of Nova Scotia, Canada, with members including HARMZ, SPONG, Romaine Lettuce and producer Acalus. They started everything in one of their parent's basements with a laptop with a few plugins, a cheap condenser mic and a Casio MIDI keyboard, but their dream is to create quality music with what little they have.

Jayden Austin is a young, versatile and creative hip-hop artist with a hunger the city hasn't seen in a while. He has graduated the ARTprenuer program with the help of Shevy Price and Youth Art Connection.

Jayden has rocked the stages at events such as, The Emerge Festival, Nova Scotia Music Week and more.

Shay has been receiving accolades from music industry professionals and has been impressing crowds with her vocals, despite her young age. At only 17, this young Hip-hop artist has been blessed to perform and be featured with multiple local artists. Whether working with MAJE or Jody Upshaw, Shay has shown she can hold her own on stage with some of the best.

Performs Saturday, August 3 at 2:00pm.

Zamani

This 18-year-old award winning quadruple threat (writer, producer, arranger, vocalist) is impacting the East Coast music scene while still in high school! Zamani’s unique musical style reflects a variety of eclectic musical exposures. Folding inspiration from divas past and present such as India Arie, Erykah Badu, Nina Simone, Natalie Cole, Lalah Hathaway, Mariah Carey and Beyonce, Zamani has found a voice all her own, as she skillfully delivers up her own brand of R&B, Soul, Urban Jazz and Pop. In 2018 she was named recipient of the ANSMA Portia White Youth Music Award as well as the Jongleur Youth Arts Performance Award. In 2019 she won the ANSMA Emerging Artist of the Year Award. Recently, she was featured on the cover of Coast Magazine where she was dubbed “an R&B legacy and rising-star”. This fall Zamani will release her debut EP and music video.

Performs Saturday, August 3 at 2:45pm.

Reeny Smith

Reeny Smith is a powerhouse on the stage and in the studio. A songwriter, musician and producer, Reeny delivers magic every time she hits the stage. Her extraordinary vocals, confident presence and energetic live show make for a truly unforgettable, entertainment experience. Accolades for her talents are piling up. At this year’s East Coast Music Awards in Charlottetown, Reeny’s stunning performance at the Awards Show brought her a standing ovation topped off with two trips to the podium to take home a pair of trophies. She was also named to the Top 10 of CBC’s national Searchlight. Her first full-length album, WWIII: Strength Courage Love was released in 2018 and her song-writing took her to Germany and Japan. She’s collaborated with artists like Quake Matthews and opened for Anderson Paak, but through it all, Smith says the thing she’s the proudest of is developing her craft as a songwriter and being recognized for the hard work she’s put into the depth and realism of her work.

Performs Saturday, August 3 at 5:00pm.

Jeremiah Sparks

Jeremiah is a force on stage. A life-long singer and pianist, his roots are firmly planted in the church community of Cherrybrook, NS. He spent a few years as choir director for the critically acclaimed Nova Scotia Mass Choir before moving from singing to acting, his first major role being Mufasa in the Toronto production of Disney’s The Lion King. Since then he has performed across the country in many memorable roles including Louis Armstrong (Satchmo Suite). He was a member of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival Company and the resident company of The National Arts Centre. He is a major performer in the world renown production of Drum. Jeremiah also performed as the lead role in a play for the Biyimba International Arts Festival in Uganda Africa. He has many film and voice over credits. He recently finished 2 seasons as an actor with the Shaw Festival and wowed audiences in the Canadian premier of Color Purple with Neptune Theater.

Performs on Satuday, August 3 at 7:00pm.

Christine Campbell & Blake Johnston

Christine Campbell's latest album Roller Coaster, is a true representation of her diverse influences- from hard rock to 70's rock to roots and blues. Christine has added top-calibre artists like Jeff Burrows from The Tea Party to add their musical talent to the songs. And classifieds co-writing and co-production pumps it up even more. Roller Coaster offers a narrative of a small town girl who has become a powerful performer, known for her mastery of guitar, piano and killer rock vocals.

Blake Johnston is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist based in Halifax Nova Scotia. Born in Mt. Uniacke, a small town outside of Halifax. By the age of 13 he had already started playing parties and bars in cover bands at 16. At age 19 he began putting together what would eventually become his debut original rock band The Stogies. In their travels the Stogies have shared the stage with The Stanfields, Wintersleep, Gloryhound, Jessie Brown and The Black Divine, The Mahones, Steven Page, and The Long Distance Runners to name a few.

In 2013 Blake was recruited by up and coming rock queen Christine Campbell. Blake has since backed up Ms. Campbell, written songs for and played guitar on Christine’s solo album. With The Christine Campbell band, he has opened for Bob Seger, Lou Gramm (the voice of Foreigner), The Kentucky Headhunters, Rick Derringer, Matt Minglewood, and Monster Truck.

Performs Sunday, August 4 at 1pm.

Rankin MacInnis

Rankin MacInnis just keeps rolling! Fresh off an album release with the group Party Boots (‘House Party’), Rankin is preparing to launch and is right back in the studio, hammering out his debut solo album. Already a proven stage performer, Rankin lead the group Party Boots through 7 years of non-stop, energy-packed performances and his diversity had him collaborating with greats from the White Stripes to the Chieftains. Being backed by a band of talented friends on saxophones, fiddles and all the rest, Rankin is equipped and ready to hit it… 4-3-2-1.

Performs Sunday, August 4 at 3:00pm.