Vote for Port Cities in the Casino NS Artist in Residence Finals!

Fan voting is now open – today until June 9th – to vote for Port Cities daily in the 2016 Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence program. The selected musician or group will be granted $20,000 in investment to assist with career development through recording, marketing, and live performance opportunities.

Please visit to vote daily.

The public is welcome to come to the finalists showcase on June 10 at Casino Nova Scotia.
Free admission. Must be 19+. For more information visit: or

Port Cities set to play Market Square’s Summer Kick Off in Saint John June 24 & 25!


Join Port Cities in Saint John this summer for the Market Square Summer Kick Off where there will be acts from all of the East Coast Provinces helping to ring in a summer filled with great music and celebrating East Coast Games Weekend. For more information, visit

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Sometimes, you put the right people in the right room at the right time, and everything clicks. Sometimes they make magic . . . for a moment. And on the really rare occasion, it starts something big.

For Port Cities, the sum is definitely greater than the parts, no matter how great those parts are. They were three of the East Coast’s brightest rising stars, all hailed as formidable songwriters and performers, each with their own promising solo careers. But that was then. Now, each brings distinct s​trengths to bear to create a sound that’s different from anything that they’ve done on their own, or anything you’ve heard from the rich East Coast before. Breagh Mackinnon, Carleton Stone and Dylan Guthro are Port Cities.

You’ll know the difference the very first time you hear them. Striking songs, skillfully crafted arrangements,​ and best of all, three incredible singers that make the most exciting vocal blend in years. That’s the combination people are raving about and what you’ll find on their new, still ­unreleased debut.

With layered ­pop production and edgy guitar, synth and beats instrumentation, Port Cities hits home with all the spirit you’d expect from its members. But at the same time, the tradition of songcraft and folk music is behind each song. And no matter if it’s a raw rocker, or an acoustic­ based ​heart­breaker,​ the lead vocals, duets, and three­ part harmonies make each performance shine.

Breagh, Carleton and Dylan had had little or no contact until a fateful evening five years ago. In 2011 all three were invited to the annual Gordie Sampson Songcamp, where the Cape Breton native and Grammy­winning songwriter brings together some of the best young writing talent in Nova Scotia for five days of collaboration and craft­ polishing. They connected immediately and their collaboration extended beyond Songcamp as they performed with each other and continued to write together. It was after a triple­billed tour that they realized how much they really enjoyed creating music and performing together.

In 2015, they took the plunge. The trio officially became a band, doing shows under the Port Cities name. Together they are creating something new and provocative, propelled by the strength of collaboration.

When sessions first began for their debut album, each writer brought in their own favorite songs. But as they progressed, they realized that their writing together was what would form the nucleus of Port Cities.

The debut album has a unique edge, as the trio takes a hard look at the intricacies of life and relationships, determined not to pull any punches or make commercial sacrifices.

The results of this partnership, and combined experience is nothing less than magical. Songs with guts, songs with hooks, and songs that surprise and inspire even the band themselves. And that final touch…that spark…that moment when all three voices kick in…and you know, undeniably, you’re listening to Port Cities.



June 5th, 2016
deCoste Centre
Pictou, Nova Scotia
7:30 PM
Buy Tickets
June 15th, 2016
First Canadian Place-Art Gallery Stage
Toronto, ON
Trio Only
6:00 PM
June 15th, 2016
Horseshoe Tavern
Toronto, ON
8:40 PM
June 24th, 2016
Saint John Boardwalk
Saint John, New Brunswick
Port Cities Trio
10:00 PM
June 25th, 2016
Saint John Boardwalk
Saint John, New Brunswick
Port Cities Full Band
10:00 PM
July 2nd, 2016
Stan Rogers Folk Festival
Canso, Nova Scotia
12:00 AM
Buy Tickets
July 6th, 2016
Frolic & Folk Pub and Grill
Iona, NS
8:00 PM
July 8th, 2016
Cavendish Beach Music Festival
Cavendish, P.E.
Songwriters Circle
5:00 PM
Buy Tickets
July 24th, 2016
Granville Green
Port Hawkesbury, N.S.
July 31st, 2016
Glasgow Square Outdoor Stage
New Glasgow, NS
New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee
8:00 PM
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August 26th, 2016
St. Paul’s Anglican Church
Charlottetown, PEI
Port Cities Trio - TD PEI Jazz and Blues Festival
November 12th, 2016
Cunard Centre
Halifax, NS
"Great Big Dig' Fundraiser



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