Frequent collaborators and pals Jody Upshaw (left) and Shay Pitts (right) are two of the five local acts competing for the 2022 Music Nova Scotia Artist In Residence.
Frequent collaborators and pals Jody Upshaw (left) and Shay Pitts (right) are two of the five local acts competing for the 2022 Music Nova Scotia Artist In Residence.

Here are all the musicians in the running for Music Nova Scotia's 2022 Artist-In-Residence

The grand winner will walk away with $20,000.

Correction: The Coast published an earlier version of this story stating Kxng Wooz was in the running for this year's artist-in-residence award when he was the winner of last year's competition. We regret the error, and have corrected and updated the story below:

Five of Halifax's hottest acts are vying for the prestigious Music Nova Scotia Artist-In-Residence program, an absolute resume up-leveller of an opportunity that awards its winner $20,000 in cash and prizes—while giving them 12 months of professional assistance to bolster their career.

This year's choice will be decided as part of a free talent showcase held at Grand Parade on the city's Grand Oasis stage on September 9. (Like all the shows at Grand Oasis this summer, it's a free gig but the city suggests reserving your ticket in advance to secure your spot, which you can do via Eventbrite.)

And who is in the running? Glad you asked: The Nicki Minaj-inspired MC Shay Pitts, R&B star Jody Upshaw, hip hop heavyweight Yohvn Black, buzzy up-and-coming duo Advocates of Truth and the folky, fun band The Gilberts. Public voting is available during the September 9 show, which runs from 7-10pm. Last year's winner, Kxng Wooz, will also be performing as part of the gig.

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Morgan Mullin

Morgan is the Arts & Entertainment Editor at The Coast, where she writes about everything from what to see and do around Halifax to profiles of the city’s creative class to larger cultural pieces. She’s been with The Coast since 2016.

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