Nova Scotia Dinner Party Playlist

Photo Credit: Flying Apron Inn & Cookery Cookery

To celebrate the 2018 East Coast Music Awards, we’ve put together the perfect pairing of delicious, locally-inspired recipes and good-time maritime tunes. With these combinations, you’ll be ready to host the best Nova Scotia dinner party ever!


Nova Scotia Old Fashioned recipe, Caldera Distillery

Drink: Nova Scotian Old Fashioned
Listen to: Joel Plaskett, Park Avenue Sobriety Test

To begin, entertain guests with the Nova Scotian Old Fashioned; a timeless favourite with a local flair. While you raise your glasses in celebration of local, listen to a classic Joel Plaskett tune – another local favourite!

Joel, a native of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, is nominated for four ECMAs including Songwriter of the Year, Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year, Folk Recording of the year and Album of the Year for Solidarity which he recorded with his father Bill Plaskett.


Nova Scotia Oysters Rockefeller

Eat: Nova Scotia Oysters Rockefeller
Listen to: Gabrielle Papillion, Deep in the Earth

Next, enjoy a rich, delicious and elegant appetizer such as Oysters Rockefeller. This tasty app deserves an equally elegant musical pairing. While you dine on this baked appetizer enjoy the gentle, rich sounds of Nova Scotia artist Gabrielle Papillion. Her music is melodic and catchy, memorable and affecting; it will leave you wanting more, just as this local favourite does!

Gabrielle’s song Keep the Fire, the title track off her sixth album, is nominated for ECMA Song of the year.


Option 1

Stuffed Pork

Eat: Stuffed Pork with Apple & Sage
Listen to: Port Cities, Sound of Your Voice

Wow your guests with this recipe featuring fresh local produce and tender, mouth-watering pork. While you cook up this tasty dish treat your guests to another delicious drink and the smooth, light-hearted sounds of Cape Breton group Port Cities.

Port Cities are nominated for four awards at the 2018 EMCAs including Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year, Pop Recording of the year and Song of the Year for Back to the Bottom.

Option 2

Photo of: Agricola Street Seafood Chowder

Eat: Seafood Chowder
Listen to: Rose Cousins, Chains

Of course, it’s not a Nova Scotia dinner party without a seafood chowder! Serve up this tasty, traditional recipe while listening to the welcoming sounds of Nova Scotia’s own Rose Cousins. Pair this dish with a Nova Scotia white wine, like Tidal Bay.

Cousins, a nationally acclaimed artist, is nominated for an astonishing eight ECMAs! The nominations included Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Folk Recording of the Year, Solo Recording of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year, Fan’s Choice Video of the Year and Video of the Year. Her music’s definitely worthy of being paired with a Nova Scotia staple, like this seafood chowder!


Wild Blueberry Pie (Chanterelle Country Inn) copy

Eat: Nova Scotia Blueberry Pie
Listen to: Makayla Lynn, That’s Why I Love You

Finally, end your dinner party on a sweet note with this deliciously simple Nova Scotia Blueberry Pie. There’s no Nova Scotian artist sweeter than Makayla Lynn, the perfect musical pairing for this local treat. We recommend a song from her newest album, That’s Why I Love You, we guarantee you’ll love it – and the pie!

Makayla Lynn, an up and coming Nova Scotia country artist, is nominated for Country Recording of the Year.


Nova Scotian Old Fashioned

Nova Scotia Oysters Rockefeller

Stuffed Pork with Apple & Sage

Seafood Chowder

Nova Scotia Blueberry Pie


Park Avenue Sobriety Test – Joel Plaskett

Deep in the Earth – Gabrielle Papillion

Sound of Your Voice – Port Cities

Chains – Rose Cousins

That’s Why I Love You – Makayla Lynn

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