The Idea Of You [Video]

We want to share a BRAND NEW SONG we wrote this summer called “The Idea of You”. This one-take video was shot in the courtyard of a castle in Colditz, Germany where we have been lucky enough to participate in a German/Canadian Songcamp for the past three years. Hope you all enjoy and feel free to SHARE with your pals! See y’all soon❤️ – PC

Port Cities – Dance On Me (Dylan Guthro Cover)

By Alex Cook, The East Mag

Port Cities have put together a video of a stripped down version of fellow bandmate Dylan Guthro’s ‘Dance On Me’. It’s the subtle shift in gears that takes you from a “Damn, gurl!” down to an “Mmmm, gurl.”*

What’s important to know about Port Cities is that they’re a supergroup of sorts. Breagh Mackinnon, Dylan Guthro, Carleton Stone – these were all up-and-comers launching their own successful careers as acknowledged musicians and songwriters. But birds of a feather are known to form a band from time to time. [READ MORE]



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.



October 23rd, 2016
The Big Fiddle/Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion
Sydney, NS
7th Annual Benefit Concert-Cape Breton Cancer Centre Patient Care Fund
7:00 PM
October 28th, 2016
Casino Nova Scotia Compass Room
Halifax, NS
German & NS Songwriters Circle
8:00 PM
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November 4th, 2016
Holiday Inn Elm/Oak Ballroom
Truro, NS
Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Week 2016
9:45 PM
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November 5th, 2016
Holiday Inn Elm/Oak Ballroom
Truro, NS
Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week 2016
5:10 PM
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November 12th, 2016
Cunard Centre
Halifax, NS
"Great Big Dig' For the IWK
6:30 PM
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November 16th, 2016
Pressed Cafe
Ottawa, Ontario
With Wild Rivers
November 17th, 2016
The Moustache Club
Oshawa, ON
With Wild Rivers
November 18th, 2016
Rosewood Room
London, ON
With Wild Rivers
November 19th, 2016
The Warehouse
Cambridge, ON
With Wild Rivers
9:30 PM
March 10th, 2017
Bedford House Concerts
Bedford, NS
8:00 PM
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March 24th, 2017
The Mack Theatre
Charlottetown, PEI
Record Release Full Band
7:30 PM
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