Categories Archives: Dance

Whether it’s a dance band or a ballroom orchestra you require, Walt Music can meet your needs! Dances with live music are becoming increasingly popular at weddings and corporate events, and we can work with you on repertoire – classic tunes from the 50’s and 60’s, top 40, the sound of big band, or Strauss waltzes played by a salon orchestra. Our dance bands normally start with a four-piece combo, and can go right on up to a full symphony orchestra – anything can be put together for your event, including your favorite special songs. Good Celtic bands are also a great source of music for dance events.

We can also provide professional ballroom dancers for demonstration or on-site instruction. And Nova Scotia is also famous for its square and round dance players and callers, for a truly memorable “down-home” feel.

Ryan Eavis

Ryan Eavis originally hails from Cape Breton, NS, and is a guitar/banjo player and vocalist in the styles of blues, rock, metal, bluegrass, folk, swing jazz and western swing. Ryan studied at South Plains College in Texas, where his focus was in bluegrass, rock, blues and contemporary music, and where he performed in numerous shows, festivals and recitals. (more…)

      Doris Mason

      Doris Mason

      This Pictou County native is a well known performer on the East Coast music scene, and has successfully juggled a busy solo career, work as Musical Director for the hit touring show “DRUM!”, and starred in Denny Doherty’s “Dream a Little Dream”- the nearly true story of the Mamas and Papas.

      Doris grew up in a big musical family and was playing piano before her feet could touch the pedals. She wrote her first song at seven . Her training with the Royal Conservatory of Music garnered her many awards in Music Festivals in New Glasgow and Halifax. She formed a Pop/Jazz band and recorded a self-titled album “The Mason Chapman Band”. “Photograph” is her solo CD which garnered Doris an ECMA nomination. She was MD and Co-Producer of the Dutch Mason Blues Bash CD and Concert, honouring the “Prime Minister of the Blues” 60th Birthday. Ms. Mason has been a featured Artist with Symphony Nova Scotia as part of their Pops Concert Series along with singer/songwriters Ron Hynes, Terry Kelly, Gordie Sampson and Ian Janes. She paid tribute to Dutchy, Denny and John Allan Cameron on the 2008 ECMAs with J.P. Cormier, Charlie Acourt , George Canyon, Gordie and Shea. (more…)

          Nadia Moore

          Nadia Moore

          Nadia, an international performer previously based in the Philippines, now lends her unique character to the North American scene.  From a career that started at the age of fourteen, Nadia has developed into what she is today…..a well-seasoned professional.  She has performed in a variety of Asian hot spots. Her resume includes a five-year singing engagement with the Royal Family of Brunei.

          Until leaving the Philippines, Nadia was performing lead female vocals for the legendary band “Hotdog”.  Their performances include a United States tour in 2002 as well as a Canadian tour in 2004.  Nadia has appeared on television in many occasions both in North America and Asia.  She also performed back-up vocals with Gary Beals, of Canadian Idol fame.  Nadia was the female lead singer for “Cool Buzz Jazz Band” while living in Beijing, China from 2005 to 2008, and was voted NSCC College Idol (2nd place winner) for two consecutive years (2009 and 2010).

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              Gypsophilia

              Stellar chops and arrangements whose execution is nothing short of genius.
              – Trevor McLaren, The Coast

              Halifax-based Gypsophilia is a group of seven young performers whose music straddles the jazz and indie worlds. The band started in 2004 as a Django Reinhardt-inspired project, but soon found itself mixing gypsy jazz with klezmer, funk, classical music, indie rock, and bebop, writing its own tunes and playing to sold out crowds.

              Gypsophilia’s 2007 debut record Minor Hope struck a chord with music fans across Canada, selling out of its first pressing in a matter of months and helping to support successful tours of Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes. The album of all original compositions was nominated for two Nova Scotia Music Awards and an ECMA, and has received extensive national airplay on CBC. (more…)

                  Daniel Matto

                  Daniel began his musical training as a trombone player in his hometown of Adelaide, South Australia. For seven years, he performed and toured throughout Australia, Sweden and Finland in big bands and other ensembles. Daniel then realized his true musical passion was singing and went on to study voice at the Australian Conservatory of Music in Sydney.

                  As a jazz vocalist, Daniel had the opportunity to perform and mentor with some of Australia’s top jazz musicians including Joy Yates, Catie Halliday, Dave MacRae and Adrian Whitehead before embarking on his solo career. He then showcased his unique brand of swinging entertainment throughout Australia and New Zealand, receiving stunning reviews at numerous world-class events including the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the Manly Jazz Festival and the Tarunga Jazz Festival, being dubbed “Adelaide’s very own Frank Sinatra…a promising young crooner” (The Adelaide Advertiser, 2001). Daniel has also had the honour of performing for the Crown Prince Frederick and Princess Mary of Denmark at the 2005 Red Cross Royal Performance Gala. (more…)

                      Salsa Picante

                      Salsa Picante is the only Afro-Cuban band in Atlantic Canada. Since it’s inception in 1991, this eleven piece ensemble has been heating up the concert and dance halls across the region.

                      The band plays a whole range of Afro-Caribbean music, from traditional Rumba to Son, Merengue, Cha Cha, Plena, Songo and even Soca. This is just the right mix to keep the dance floor pulsating from start to finish. They are a favorite in in the Atlantic Canadian festival circuit, local night club scene and numerous public dances. They have shared the stage with such well known Latin artists as Bobby Sanabria and Jane Bunnett and the Spirits of Havana. Recently, Salsa Picante has been described by The Halifax Herald as “Halifax’s number one party band” and for a city that has a well known reputation as a party town (four universities and the navy certainly contribute), that’s saying something! (more…)

                          Mike Cowie

                          Mike Cowie is a trumpet player, singer and songwriter in a funk/jazz/blues style.

                          After the success of his Big Night Out CD, which brought Mike’s original jazz/funk based music to audiences in Canada and Europe. Mike has followed up with the release of his latest CD Lucid Blue. A stunning fusion of Miles Davis’ In a Silent Way period with hip-hop beats and electronica. Ten new Mike Cowie originals, combine computer/DJ soundscapes with his stunning trumpet tone. The funky beats, beautiful melodies and sophisticated chord progressions create a sound that is new, fresh and timeless. (more…)

                              Asia and Nu Gruv

                              Hot Gruvs, high energy and a lead singer whose dynamic vocals and soulful, passionate style has the audience dancing in the aisles make Asia and Nu Gruv the freshest R & B dance machine this side of the Big Smoke. If Asia and Nu Gruv don’t make you get up and shake everything you’ve got – it’s time to check your pulse!

                              A multi talented Halifax-based music ensemble that weaves old school rhythm and blues, soul and funk with contemporary urban rhymes and beats, Nu Gruv draws on influences from Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, Alicia Keys, Jocelyn Brown, Curtis Mayfield and many others, as the band and lead singer Asia weave an unrivaled environment of dance inducing sound. (more…)

                                  Kim Bishop

                                  Kim was born in Kentville, Nova Scotia. She was writing music and playing it professionally by the age of 13 years. By 19, she was well embedded in Toronto’s burgeoning music scene, playing clubs, concerts, studio sessions and jingles, with some of the most prestigious musicians on the Canadian scene. No stranger to travel, Kim has performed throughout Canada, as well as Los Angeles, New York, Florida and Great Britain. In 2004, she toured through the Dieppe and Normandy area of France with the New Brunswick based production of “Dieppe, Dieppe”.

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                                      Swingology

                                      Nova Scotia’s classic gypsy swing band recreates the music of gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, violinist Stephane Grappelli, and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. This great Parisian band infused the swing music of the 1930s with the sounds of the gypsy camps and the rowdy Parisian dance halls to create a unique style unmatched for its driving rhythm, inventiveness and excitement.

                                      Swingology is dedicated to bringing the Hot Club style of music to new fans in Nova Scotia and beyond. Our songs range from classics of the swing era to popular tunes and movie/TV themes of today, all done in the irresistible gypsy swing style. (more…)