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Port Cities at The Mack

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.

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“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.

 

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Pulling Into Port at the Harbourfront

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.

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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 strengths 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.

Port Cities is at The Harbourfront August 17th at 7:30 PM.