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2014 Inductees

Gordon Stobbe

Gordon StobbeGordon, originally from Saskatchewan, has made his home on the East Coast of Canada since 1977. He plays several instruments including fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and clawhammer banjo.

His performance history includes: co-creating, hosting, and as musical director of Up Home Tonight on ATV/CTV for eight years; twelve years of hosting Bluegrass Express on CHFX; performing and touring with the Toronto NOWT company developing and performing Canadian theatre pieces; performances in Halifax's Neptune Theatre's productions of Foxfire and Fiddler on the Roof; many recording projects and radio and television appearances. He has been commissioned to compose and record scores for CBC radio dramas, as well as musical work on other film and television projects. He has been a musical coach for actors in Hollywood-produced movies shot in Nova Scotia. Gordon developed his two-hour stage show 'The Fiddler's History of Canada', and is currently working with youth fiddle groups across Canada who are performing this show.

Gordon was a founding teacher at Musicstop's Canadian Conservatory of Music/Long & McQuade where he taught for 30 years. He is an instructor at numerous fiddle workshops and fiddle camps from Nova Scotia to British Columbia and in all three northern Territories. Gordon is a composer of note of fiddle tunes and author of fiddle instruction books used by fiddle teachers across Canada and the United States. He is a regular contributor to Fiddler Magazine.

Gordon has played with a variety of bands: the Dixie Flyers, Ladies Choice Bluegrass Band, Those Fabulous Cliches, the Mighty Oak String Band and the Gordon Stobbe Trio. With numerous recording and publishing projects to his credit, his CD 'Small World' was nominated for Best Roots/Traditional Solo Artist at the 2003 East Coast Music Awards. He has recorded with artists across Canada and has co-written fiddle music with many of Canada's top fiddlers.

Gordon has been an invited judge and Master of Ceremonies at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Championships as well as adjudicating at the Nova Scotia Kiwanis and other festivals. He can often be found caning a square dance.

When he is not travelling across Canada pursuing his many and varied musical endeavours, Gordon resides with his family in Seaforth on the eastern coast of Nova Scotia.

Robert Bouchard

Robert BouchardBorn and raised in the small town of Arichat, Isle Madame, Nova Scotia, Robert began his musical career at an early age. As with many performers, he began his career as a soloist in his local Roman Catholic church.

By the time he turned 13, he was playing his own accompaniment on the guitar and made his first television appearance on a country show called T.R Ranch broadcast from Sydney, Nova Scotia. This appearance was followed by numerous radio shows and dances with local bands where he would earn $5. - $15. per night.

At 17, Robert joined the Royal Canadian Air Force where he served his country for 3 years and continued to involve himself in every aspect of musical entertainment. Following his service career, Robert became a regular featured singer on the Oland's Saturday Night television show sponsored by Gland's Brewery on CJCB television. In later years, he appeared on The Tommy Hunter Show and Sun Country with Ian Tyson.

Robert has recorded a total of five independent albums beginning with 'Irish & Country Sides of Robert Bouchard', 'She's My Lady' which was recorded in Ottawa at Marc Studios, 'Just Enough Love', 'Small Town Boy' which includes the song I Don't Hear Merle Haggard Anymore. His much loved album 'Songs of Audie Murphy', a collection of songs written by Audie Murphy was recorded in Nashville.

He has a rich baritone voice as he sings his own unique style of country music straight from the heart. He has earned the title "Cape Breton's Country Gentleman" because of his constant mild manner and his humble personality. He has enjoyed a large fan base and after 45 years his fans are still there waiting in anticipation for his next album, gig or personal appearance.

Robert, his late wife, Giselle and their band travelled and performed across Canada two times during the 70s & 80s. Robert & Giselle were one of Nova Scotia's most well-known and loved duos playing throughout Canada and the United States.

Today, Robert enjoys life in Cape Breton and is still performing on a regular basis travelling to different venues around Nova Scotia playing to appreciative audiences. His unique voice has become even richer in the past few years and he shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.

Cindy Church

Cindy ChurchCindy Church was raised in the village of Bible Hill, near Truro, and no matter where she has travelled on her musical journey, her musical roots are dug deeply jnto Nova Scotia's cuJturaJ soil.

She began her career in the 80s in Alberta touring with Ian Tyson and the Chinook Arch Riders, before co-founding the Great Western Orchestra. She continues her connection with Tyson to this day, providing vocals for several of his contemporary cowboy albums.

In the 90s, Cindy launched her solo career with the single, The Road to Home,and recorded three solo albums with Stony Plains Record: 'Love on the Range', 'Just a Little Rain' and 'Cindy Church'. A fourth, independent album, 'Sad Songs Make Me Happy', was released in 2012. Several of her singles, including Song for Brent and Rockabilly Heart were top 20 singles, and established her distinctive voice and interpretive technique.

It wasn't only audiences that were moved by her hauntingly beautiful voice. FeHow musicians also took note, and in recent years, Cindy has been involved in a number of major creative continuing collaborations.

The first of these grew out of a one-time performance with Sylvia Tyson, Caitlin Hanford and the late Colleen Peterson at a music festival, a concert so compelling that it led to the formation of Quartette, whose harmonies still bring joy two decades and seven CDs later, now with Gwen Swick as the fourth member.

More recently Cindy became a core member of Lunch at Allen's along with veteran singer-songwriters Murray Mclauchlan, Ian Thomas and Marc Jordan. After eleven years together they continue to tour, most recently in support of their fourth CD, a secular Christmas album called 'Zuzu's Petals'.

A performer equally at home in country roots and jazz, Cindy has also toured extensively with The Nearness of You: a Tribute to the Music of Hoagy Carmichael, along with pianist/composer Joe Sealy and bassist George Koller, and also with Susan Crow and the late Raylene Rankin.

Cindy's awards include the Alberta Country Music Awards Female Artist of the Year and the Canadian Country Music Association Award for Vocal Collaboration
of the year with Quartette and she has been nominated for eight Junos and CCMA awards.

She is deeply honoured to be inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame.


SugartimeSugartime is a vocal trio from Nova Scotia who began singing together in the early 1970's performing at local venues showcasing their unique blend of harmonies and engaging style. The group's name was the result of their hot rendition of a popular song performed during their first public performance.

Born in Halifax, NS, group members are Deborah Baker, Karen Doubleday and Judy McIsaac. Deborah and Judy are sisters.

In the early 1990's, Sugartime decided to take a break. During this time, each member branched out on their own only to gain additional experience in the music industry which would later become an asset to Sugartime when they reunited in 2005.

Deborah's accolades include singer, songwriter, recording artist, back-up recording vocalist, and lead singer in a Rock 'n Roll band. Deborah has tested and succeeded her talents further to acting; receiving many roles in varjous plays.

Karen at an early age discovered the joy of singing and learned to play her father's guitar. Karen sang with a gospel group, played in a dance band, enjoyed a successful career while raising a family and taking pride in many enjoyable performances with Sugartime.

Judy has been involved in the music industry for 35 years. Her versatile voice has lent itself to a variety of musical projects: recording sessions including 4 albums, radio, television, on stage and songwriting.

Group highlights include being regular cast members of the popular Up Home Tonight show, recordings produced by CBC, commercial jingles, and many stage performances. Sugartime's unique harmonies and versatile
style performing songs from Swing to Easy Listening, and Country to Rock 'n RoH made them popufar with a variety of age groups and musical preferences.

Sugartime co-produced and released their Christmas album titled 'A Sugar Time Christmas' in 2012 with Sugartime members penning 6 of 9 tracks.

Deborah, Karen and Judy reside with their families in various parts of Nova Scotia still singing and performing to appreciative aud iences.

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