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Dave Sampson selected to participate in TD & SOCAN Foundations Creative incubator  

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TORONTO, Dec. 3, 2018 /CNW/ - SOCAN Foundation today announces the participants for its inaugural TD Creative Entrepreneur Incubator. "The program is designed to foster high-potential music creators, and to help them evolve their passion and talent into a sustainable career," said Charlie Wall-Andrews, Executive Director of SOCAN Foundation. 

After reviewing nearly 1,000 submissions, SOCAN Foundation is pleased to announce that the following music creators have been accepted into the TD Creative Entrepreneurial Incubator Program: 

Julie Austin, Ontario 
Laura Babin Rioux, Quebec 
James Bailey, Ontario 
Justin Boissonault, Ontario 
Marvin Chan, Saskatchewan 
Kassandra Clack, British Columbia 
Desiree Dawson, British Columbia 
Domanique Grant, Ontario 
Aliah Guerra, Quebec 
Madmoud Ismail, Ontario 
Bella Krys, Ontario 
Dante Leon, Ontario 
Madeline Ritter, Ontario 
Jon Saldanha, British Columbia 
Dave Sampson, Nova Scotia 
Connor Seidel, Quebec 
Linnea Siggelkow, Ontario 
Annie Sumi, Ontario 
Vincent Turcotte, Quebec 
Joanna Worthington, Ontario 

Visit http://www.creativeincubator.ca/participants/ for more information about the program, and to meet the participants. 

Each participant in the TD Creative Entrepreneur Incubator program will receive: 

A cash grant of up to $3,000, intended to defray start-up costs (such as costs for marketing, business development, branding, etc.) 
Mentorship by an industry professional, including Adrian X (Musician/Producer/Songwriter, Drake, PARTYNEXTDOOR), Amy Eligh (Arts & Crafts), Joe Ferrari (Sony Music) and Emily Smart (SixShooter Records), among many more. 
Access to an exclusive webinar series led by industry professionals and experts, to fuel the entrepreneurial spirit of the participants. 

This new SOCAN Foundation program was made possible with the generous support from TD. "Music has the power to strengthen communities by connecting people.," said Valerie Picher, Associate Vice-President, Community Relations at TD Bank Group. "We're excited to partner with SOCAN Foundation to support the TD Creative Entrepreneur Incubator program, through our global corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment. This program will empower music creators from all backgrounds to develop the necessary skills to enhance music creation and sharpen their entrepreneurial abilities, so music continues to enrich our lives in a sustainable way." 

About The SOCAN Foundation 
Founded in 1992, The SOCAN Foundation is dedicated to fostering musical creativity and promoting a better understanding of the role of music creators in today's society. The organization is a part of the SOCAN Group of companies, and guided by a Board of Directors, which consists of composers, songwriters and music publishers, and reflects concert music and popular music genres, as well as the geographic and linguistic regions of Canada. To learn more about the SOCAN Foundation and SOCAN, visit www.socanfoundation.ca and www.socan.com. 

About TD Global Corporate Citizenship 
TD has a long-standing commitment to enriching the lives of its customers, colleagues and communities. Through its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment, the Bank is targeting CDN $1 billion (US $775 million) in total by 2030 towards community giving in four areas critical to opening doors for a more  inclusive and sustainable tomorrow – Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health.  The Ready Commitment is a multi-year, enterprise initiative with the aspiration is to link the Bank's business, philanthropy and human capital to help people feel more confident - not just about their finances, but also in their ability to achieve their personal goals in a changing world. For further information, visit td.com/thereadycommitment.

Christmas Show at Highland Arts Theatre! - SOLD OUT! 

Hometown singer/songwriter Dave Sampson brings his band + VERY SPECIAL guests to The Highland Arts Theatre for his annual Christmas show. 

Cape Breton Island is not shy to the tunes and support of Dave Sampson. As a thank you to the Island, Dave is bringing his band home for the holidays for a Cape Breton Christmas Show following his SOLD-OUT performance last year. Currently residing in Halifax, Sampson is busy preparing for his bands most extensive Christmas show to date by introducing many new songs he has written throughout the past year. The show will take place at the iconic Highland Arts Theatre (the HAT) on December. 28th. 

Sampson's Christmas show has become a holiday tradition throughout the past few years; where families, friends and neighbors have come together to toast the season while enjoying the songwriting and sounds of one of Atlantic Canadas musical stars. 

Being an artist from Cape Breton Island is something that is very special. I was fortunate to learn how to play guitar by Joe Waye Sr. years ago and since then continue to receive huge support from those involved in the CB Music industry. The support Cape Breton has given to me has been both humbling and immeasurable. I am looking forward to stepping our Christmas show up this year by bringing my entire band home for the holidays. We are looking forward to presenting both my latest and past tunes. 

Sampson writes heart-on-your-sleeve folk/pop songs, delivered with a captivating and authentic voice that could blow down a brick house. His knack for crafting simple ear-worms and his high-energy shows have been winning him fans across Atlantic Canada for the past several years. Over this time, he has shared the stage and worked with artists such as Classified, Gordie Sampson, Port Cities, Mo Kenney and Ria Mae to note a few. 

In 2014, Sampson released his anticipated debut album No Pressure, No Diamonds with producers/collaborators Carleton Stone, Gordie Sampson and Dylan Guthro . With the release of this album, No Pressure No Diamonds was nominated for Music Nova Scotias POP album of the year, reached #1 on the ECC charts twice and received national airplay throughout Canada. Sampson was also invited to Germany with songwriters Carleton Stone and Breagh Mackinnon to participate in a songwriting retreat followed by a tour. 

In 2015, Sampson's song No Pressure, No Diamonds was picked up by Canadian Hip Hop icon Classified and released as his first single on the billboard charts. Currently still charting, the song also features hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg. Dave also received a songwriting nod on Neon Dreams single Love Experts which made it to the billboard EDM top 40. 

Sampson has also been hand-picked as one of Nova Scotia's most promising young songwriters to take part in the prestigious, invitation-only Gordie Sampson Songwriting camp for the past 5 years. Through this opportunity, he has been fortunate enough to collaborate with the provinces finest writers. Sampson was recently selected by the Canadian Music Publishers Association to travel to Los Angeles this month to participate in a song writing initiative with a number of US writers and publishers, something he is very excited about.

NEW EP 

After spending that last three years writing songs and touring I am so excited to announce that I have a new EP coming out in February 2019. Produced by Gordie Sampson and recorded in Nashville, TN.