About the AIR Program

Casino Nova Scotia is working with Music Nova Scotia to continue to build the profile of our local music industry. The Artist in Residence program will increase the opportunities for the development of emerging artists in Nova Scotia as well as the continued development of our music industry. Casino Nova Scotia is contributing $20,000 to this program to provide a local emerging musician or group with support and opportunities to develop their career. Music Nova Scotia is responsible for administering the fund.

About T. Thomason

With over a decade of experience in the music industry at 23 years old, T. Thomason is a force to be reckoned with in the Canadian music scene.

T. Thomason has garnered multiple ECMA and Music Nova Scotia nominations, placements on Degrassi: The Next Generation, songwriting awards and recognition as one of Canada’s Top 25 Under 25 by CBC Music. T. has shared the stage with The Trews, Joel Plaskett, Gord Downie, Collective Soul, Fefe Dobson, Dragonette, and Carly Rae Jepsen, to name a few.

In 2015 and early 2016, T. took personal time off to hone his musical direction and develop his EP, “sweet baby”, with producer Dave Henriques (Justin Nozuka / Iskwé). The EP was released independently online in 2016, and re-released in May, 2017 on COAX Records. A conglomerate of Thomason’s songwriting sensibilities and reverb-y indie rock anthemic choruses, “sweet baby” garnered him a 2017 nomination for Rock Recording of the Year at the Nova Scotia Music Awards.

In November 2017, T. and Dave embarked on a new collaborative journey developing the pop/electronic sound of Thomason’s first full length record under his new name, featuring his new voice. Release is scheduled for early 2019, with singles beginning to drop in August 2018.

More about T. Thomason can be found on his website HERE

T. Thomason

"Ever since Nova Scotia’s T. Thomason put out their debut album, Through the Static, in 2009, the...singer-songwriter has continued to develop an important voice in Canadian music."

Melody Lau, CBC Music


Melody Lau, CBC Music


Listen Up


Devarrow AiR Testimonial

Over the past year, the Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence program has been incredibly helpful to the development of my music career. Notbaly, the program’s $20,000 award has allowed me to invest the time, money, and energy needed into producing, writing, and recording a record that I am truly happy with.

Furthermore, the program has alleviated the financial pressures of touring. As a result, over the past year I have done three tours of Europe, two tours of Canada, and one business trip to Kansas City - all of which were very successful!

With a lot of help and guidance from Music Nova Scotia, the program has also taught me valuable skills in starting and operating a business. To name a few things, I have learned the process of registering a business in Nova Scotia, the basics of online accounting, and how to properly invoice.

The program has not only helped my career, but has also injected money back into the Nova Scotia music industry. Through my recording and touring endeavours, two recording studios, two studio engineers, and five hired musicians have all benefited from this program.


Contact Us

Don’t be shy! Drop us a line and we’ll get back to you ASAP.
For media inquires & more info about the AIR program

Ashlea Barr

+1 (902) 496-6659

For info on how to apply to the Artist in Residence program

Scott Long

+1 (902) 423-6271 x101

To Contact T. Thomason

Kara Swayze



Past Winners

2017 – Devarrow

2016 – Port Cities

2015 – Reeny Smith

2014 – The Brood

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