Carleton Stone

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Carleton Stone
Born Sydney, Nova Scotia
Occupation(s) songwriter, performer, recording artist
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 2009-present
Associated acts Port Cities, Dylan Guthro, Breagh MacKinnon, Gordie Sampson, Hawksley Workman, Jason Collett, Howie Beck

Carleton Stone is a Canadian singer/songwriter based in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. After recording three albums as a solo artist, Stone has most recently joined forces with musicians Dylan Guthro and Breagh MacKinnon to form the pop band Port Cities.

Life and career[edit]

Stone was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia.[1] He had a musical family and grew up listening to Bruce Springsteen, Ryan Adams, and Bob Dylan, among others.[2]

He began his professional musical life fronting a band, and self-produced the group's debut album, entitled Carleton Stone Drives the Big Wheel, which was released in 2009. In 2011, he became a solo artist, releasing the eponymous Carleton Stone, produced by Hawksley Workman.[2]

Stone's third album, Draws Blood, was co-produced by Jason Collett, of Broken Social Scene, and Howie Beck. It was released in 2014 and was dedicated to his friend and mentor Jay Smith, a well-known Canadian musician, who took his own life in 2013 after struggling with addiction and depression.[1][3][4]

In 2015, Stone joined fellow singer-songwriters Dylan Guthro and Breagh MacKinnon to form the band Port Cities. Port Cities makes singer/songwriter-style pop music and takes advantage of all three voices with extensive use of vocal harmonies.[5]

"We just thought, there’s such a great chemistry between us, why not try to join forces and do something that’s bigger that any of us could do on our own?” said Stone in 2015.[5] In 2016, the band was signed to turtlemusik/Warner Music; their debut album is expected in 2017.[6]



  • Draws Blood (2014)
  • Carleton Stone (2011)
  • Carleton Stone Drives the Big Wheel (2009)

Songwriting credits[edit]

  • Dylan Guthro - "Dance On Me", "Love Somebody" and "Here Till The Mornin (feat. Quake Matthews)" - Dylan Guthro EP (July 2016)[7]
  • Donovan Woods - "The First Time" and "Between Cities" from the album "Hard Settle, Ain't Troubled" - (February 2016)[8]
  • Classified feat. Snoop Dogg - "No Pressure" - single (November 2015)
  • River Town Saints - "Little Bit Goes A Long Way" - single (November 2015)[9]
  • Emma-Lee - "All The Way" - single (October 2015)
  • Donovan Woods - "On The Nights You Stay Home" - single (October 2015)
  • Neon Dreams - "Wasted" - single (September 2015)
  • Tim Chaisson - "Crushed" - single (February 2015)[10]
  • Bobby Bazini - "Bubblegum" - single (May 2014)[11]

Awards and achievements[edit]


  • ECMA Solo Recording of the Year Winner - Draws Blood[12]


  • Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Recording of the Year – Draws Blood
  • Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Pop Recording of the Year – Draws Blood
  • Music Nova Scotia Award Nominee Entertainer of the Year
  • Music Nova Scotia Award Nominee Male Artist of the Year
  • Music Nova Scotia Award Nominee SOCAN Songwriter of the Year with Dylan Guthro for “When You Come Home”


  1. ^ a b "Sydney native Carleton Stone's album dedicated to late Jay Smith". The Cape Breton Post. Sydney, Nova Scotia: TC Media. February 19, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Catching up with Carleton Stone". Scarborough, Ontario: The UTSC Messenger. July 17, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Songs to celebrate the life and music of Jay Smith". Halifax, Nova Scotia: Coast Publishing Ltd. March 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ Cooke, Stephen (March 31, 2014). "Right place, right time for Carleton Stone". Halifax, Nova Scotia: The Chronicle Herald. 
  5. ^ a b Thompson, Aly (January 14, 2015). "Halifax musicians put solo careers aside, join forces for new band Port Cities". Halifax, Nova Scotia: Metro Halifax. 
  6. ^ "Port Cities features 3 friends with great vocal blend". Ottawa, Ontario: CBC/Radio Canada. August 16, 2016. 
  7. ^ Murphy, Sarah (July 12, 2016). "Dylan Guthro - "Dance On Me"". Toronto, Ontario: Exclaim! Media. 
  8. ^ Doole, Kerry (February 23, 2016). "The double life of Donovan Woods". Words & Music. Toronto, Ontario: SOCAN. 
  9. ^ "River Town Saints - A Little Bit Goes a Long Way". San Francisco, California: All Media Network. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Tim Chaisson - Lost in Light". San Francisco, California: All Media Network. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Bobby Bazini - Where I Belong". San Francisco, California: All Media Network. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  12. ^ "East Coast Music Awards: Awards Archive 2015". Halifax, Nova Scotia: East Coast Music Awards. Retrieved October 21, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Here are your 2014 Music Nova Scotia Award winners!". Toronto, Ontario: Canadian Independent Music Association. Retrieved October 21, 2016. 

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