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By Randal Wark, Montreal Rocks

There is a scene in a movie called Hearts Beat Loud where Nick Offerman hears the song he created with his daughter in the neighbourhood café. He bursts with excitement as he tries to tell everyone that this is his band. It’s a cute moment, and I felt the same way, the day after interviewing Port Cities when I heard “Montreal” play on the radio while at my client’s establishment. “I just interviewed them!”

It doesn’t surprise me, the song is catchy from the get go and who doesn’t love a song about Montreal, when you are in Montreal!

Before reading the interview, listen to the song. We will speak about the actual house party that inspired the song, what song you learn when you are given a guitar at 4 years old and techniques to capture the audience at your next gig.

Montreal Rocks: Where are we calling from today?

Breagh: We’re calling from Dylan’s home studio, just outside of Halifax in Hammonds Plains.

MR: I’ve been to Halifax twice and I loved it. The city with the nicest and friendliest people in Canada, I would assume.

Right: That’s nice.

MR: So you guys are coming to Montreal soon.

Right: Yes. Friday February 8th.

MR: At La Vitrola (4602 Boul. St-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T 1R3)

Carleton: I’m glad you pronounced it, so we didn’t have to. (laughs)

Click here to read the full interview.

Atlantic Canada Rocks Review: Port Cities at Summerside, PEI’s College of Piping


By Sarah MacDonald, Atlantic Canada Rocks

On Friday, November 5th, the College of Piping’s Celtic Performing Arts Centre in Summerside, PEI played host to award-winning Nova Scotia trio, Port Cities, consisting of Breagh MacKinnon, Carleton Stone and Dylan Guthro.

The group played an acoustic set of songs from their latest release, including “Astronaut,” “Sound of Your Voice” and their hit single, “Back to the Bottom.” The group also had some creative takes on covers such as “All That She Wants”, originally performed by Ace of Base and “Wheels,” a song written by renowned singer-songwriter and fellow Cape Breton native, Gordie Sampson.** In addition to these great songs, the group also performed an acoustic version of their latest single, “Montreal.” [READ MORE]