Breagh MacKinnon

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Breagh MacKinnon
Occupation(s)songwriter, performer, recording artist
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar
Years active2009-present
Associated actsPort Cities, Dylan Guthro, Carleton Stone, Gordie Sampson, David Myles, Dave Sampson, Laurenn Marchand

Breagh MacKinnon is a Canadian singer/songwriter based in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Launching her career as a solo artist, MacKinnon in 2015 formed the pop band Port Cities with musicians Dylan Guthro and Carleton Stone.

Life and career[edit]

Born into a musical family, MacKinnon began playing piano at age six.[1] She played in her high school band and began writing songs herself at age 16.[1] In college, at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, she majored in jazz piano performance.[2]

MacKinnon's first recording was a self-titled EP, released in 2010.[3] She released her debut album in 2012, entitled Where the Days Went. It was praised by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as being intricate,[4] and was nominated for an East Coast Music Association (ECMA) award.[1]

In 2013, MacKinnon was a regional finalist in the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, and performed in the live competition finals at Lincoln Center in New York City.[5]

In 2015, MacKinnon teamed up with fellow singer-songwriters Dylan Guthro and Carleton Stone to form the band Port Cities.[6] In 2016, the band was signed to turtlemusik/Warner Music; their debut album was released on February 10, 2017.[7]



  • Port Cities (With Port Cities - 2017)
  • Where the Days Went (2012)


  • Breagh MacKinnon (2011)

Awards and achievements[edit]


  • International Songwriting Competition - Semi-Finalist "Learning To Love" (David Myles ft. Breagh Mackinnon) - Adult Contemporary Category


  • MusiCounts and Juno Canada Fred Sheratt Award Recipient[8]


  • Nova Scotia Talent Trust: Student Award Recipient[9]
  • Nova Scotia Talent Trust: Chico Berardi Special Award for Excellence
  • Nova Scotia Music Nominee Best New Artist
  • ECMA Rising Star Nominee[10]
  • International Finalist, Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, New York[5]


  • She's the One Emerging Female Artist Competition Finalist, Ottawa


  1. ^ a b c "Sydney musician and student receives Fred Sherratt award for outstanding achievement". Halifax, Nova Scotia: The Chronicle Herald. July 2, 2014.
  2. ^ "Q&A with NewSong Contest Finalist Breagh Mackinnon". Halifax, Nova Scotia: NewSong, LLC. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  3. ^ "Breagh Mackinnon". Portland, Oregon: CD Baby. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  4. ^ Mersereau, Bob (November 22, 2012). "Music Review: Breagh Mackinnon - Where The Days Went". Saint John, New Brunswick: CBC/Radio-Canada.
  5. ^ a b "Q&A with NewSong Contest Finalist Breagh Mackinnon". Asheville, North Carolina: NewSong, LLC. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  6. ^ Thompson, Aly (January 14, 2015). "Halifax musicians put solo careers aside, join forces for new band Port Cities". Halifax, Nova Scotia: Metro Halifax.
  7. ^ "Port Cities features 3 friends with great vocal blend". Ottawa, Ontario: CBC/Radio Canada. August 16, 2016.
  8. ^ "2013-2014 MusiCounts Fred Sherratt Award Recipients Announced". Ottawa, Ontario: The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  9. ^ "2013 NSTT Scholarship and Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship Recipients" (PDF). Halifax, Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia Talent Trust. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  10. ^ "2013 East Coast Music Award Nominees (and more) Announced". Halifax, Nova Scotia: East Coast Music Awards. January 15, 2013.

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