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The local music scene of New Brunswick is the home to many traditional and modern styles and is one of the major music centers in Canada. Some of the notable artists include indie band Brothers of North, alternative band 13th Fret, experimental artist Chase James Wigmore, rock band Octane and country singer Augusta Campoli. It's a delightful market that historically has contributed several acts to the national scene, pushing the boundaries of new music. Most most of the population of New Brunswick speaks English there are also pockets of musicians with French and Acadian influences.

Since local music doesn't get played much on the radio and doesn't get written about much in the local press, it is often overshadowed by national music. This does not mean, however, that the world will always be this way. There's a chance, for example, that radio stations will eventually fragment with smaller towers and signals since many major radio chains have been financially underwater for a long time. Micro community stations may emerge as better investments instead of 50,000 watt stations that cost millions to run.

New Brunswick shows its support for music through cultural events that bring people together throughout the year. These cultural events take the form of big name concerts, food festivals, street fairs, talent showcases and seasonal celebrations. The Miramichi Folksong Festival offers a lot of opportunities for heritage folk artists. Music can be the catalyst for people meeting each other regardless of background. Music can also be a barometer that reflects regional influences. The type of instruments used can reflect years of local or world history. The type of singing style can define the nature of a regional profile. In New Brunswick there are many country, jazz and blues artists who mix in other cultural influences for the annual Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival.

Most national hits are constructed for repetition. A chorus or hook may appear several times within a song and becomes a memorable signature that can stay in people's heads. Most local music doesn't seem to be written with that in mind. Only a small percentage of New Brunswick songwriters in history have dabbled with the formulas that work because they have been too busy trying to craft their own sound. This does not mean they should gravitate toward formulas, but local songwriters should be aware of what works and how the boundaries can be stretched.

In order for New Brunswick music to gain a mark in society, it needs to become a catalogue. Different entities need to showcase these catalogues. They will most likely be internet radio stations or local sites that present audio and video. Local scenes are starting to develop from remote locations through national and even international platforms. ReverbNation does a great job presenting local charts for various genres, but there still needs to be a platform that actually plays the music in shows that attract thousands of listeners. Once that happens, there's a chance that indie music will marinate into sales.

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