One month after winning his first JUNO Award and two months after co-hosting the East Coast Music Awards, David Myles is gearing up for a return trip to Port Hawkesbury.
The Fredericton native, now living in Halifax, will play the second show of the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre’s 2013 Shannon Studio Series this Friday evening, and Myles’ previous Shannon Studio appearance and a slot in the 2011 Granville Green Concert Series have him eagerly anticipating his latest Strait area show.
“I like Port Hawkesbury,” Myles told The Reporter. “I like playing to audiences in small towns, because I find them really open and excited to hear music and they don’t necessarily have pre-conceived ideas.”
Myles’ affection for small towns recently saw him play 25 shows in Saskatchewan without hitting any of the province’s cities. However, his inaugural visit to the provincial capital of Regina on April 21 was a momentous one, as Myles’ collaboration with Nova Scotia-born hip-hop artist Classified, “Inner Ninja,” took home the JUNO Award for Rap Recording of the Year.
“That was an amazing, amazing weekend,” recalled Myles, who also performed “Inner Ninja” with Classified on the live JUNO broadcast.
“Playing on the actual JUNO show was, in some ways, even bigger than the award. A lot of people watch that across the country, and they might have known the song, but once they saw it performed, they understood it in a different way. They probably went, ‘Wow, that was weird, but I think I like it.’
Myles also learned that “Inner Ninja” had become the best-selling Canadian rap single in history earlier this month, just as his new double album In The Nighttime went on sale. Showcasing Myles’ versatility in the folk, jazz and adult-contemporary genres, the release comes on the heels of a whirlwind period for Myles, which began in early March with two significant milestones at the 2013 East Coast Music Week celebrations in Halifax.
One night after his song “When It Comes My Turn” reached the Number-Seven slot in a CBC-sponsored online poll choosing the Top Ten East Coast Songs of All Time, Myles co-hosted the East Coast Music Awards ceremony with Rose Cousins. The show’s producers gave their co-hosts a wide berth, leading Myles to gamely strip down to a swimsuit early in the telecast.
“It was tremendously fun,” Myles enthused. “Everybody was so lighthearted, and I felt like we were able to do the show as we wanted to.”
David Myles’ performance at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre’s Shannon Studio Series runs this Friday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $22 and can be purchased in person at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre box office, by calling (902) 625-2591, or by going online at: www.phcivic.com.
The 2013 Shannon Studio Series is presented by The Reporter, 101.5 The Hawk, Maritime Inn Port Hawkesbury, the Town of Port Hawkesbury and Music Nova Scotia.
– Port Hawkesbury Reporter