Dylan Guthro, Breagh Mackinnon, and Carleton Stone met in 2011 at the Gordie Sampson Song Camp, an annual event in Cape Breton that gathers promising songwriters from across Nova Scotia There they formed a three-way friendship that soon led to various collaborations in the context of their individual musical lives. Eventually they were writing and playing together often enough that the idea of forming a band arose naturally.
“We just thought, there’s such a great chemistry between us, why not try to join forces and do something that’s bigger that any of us could do on our own?” said Carelton Stone in a 2015 interview.
As individual musicians, the three members of Port Cities had collectively released six solo albums prior to the band’s first release. As a group they write songs to take advantage of each member’s strength and experience as a vocalist, often employing two- and three-part harmonies in their music.
In 2016, Port Cities won Casino Nova Scotia’s third annual Artist in Residence competition, which awarded them $20,000 to assist them in their ongoing musical development.
Also in 2016, the band released its first two songs, “Astronaut” and “Back to the Bottom.”
Port Cities and the release of their new CD are at The Mack on March 24 at 7:30 PM.