Photo Credit: Courtney Blatch

The Nova Scotiables have built a deserving reputation across western Canada as a high energy maritime revue unmatched by their peers.  Bringing an unconventional approach to traditional, original and contemporary maritime music, this collection of individuals has become a hit - not just on the maritime circuit but with entertainment fans of all ages.


In such a short time the group has built a resume that rivals veteran acts.  Blending a tireless work ethic, unbelievable energy and professional composure, 2015 to present they've been working full time with music and standard 9:00-5:00 works.  Avid supporters of charity and local talent development, these 'Scotiables are just as comfortable at festivals in front of 1000's of people as they are in your house hosting an impromptu kitchen party.


With the release of now three albums They're Okay(2015), and Live at Fionn MacCool's(2016), and Self Titled Album(2017), folks can finally take home a taste what's made them a significant force in western Canada's music scene.  Available in person at performances or by email, the records capture the band's original music and exemplifies their take on traditional songs that date back centuries. Go get yours while you've got the chance!


Pick up your pint...  Lift 'er high in the air - get 'er up, get 'er up, get 'er up there!  Now count out loud;








Nnnnoooovvvaaaa Scccooottiiiables!!!!!!!!!!

AlL Members

Hodgie - Guitar/Drums/Bodhran/Cajon/Vocals

Eric Minden - Bass/Guitar

AJ Baragar - Guitar/Vocals

Heidi Pittman - Violin/Vocals

JC MacDonald - Mandolin/Bass/Guitar/Vocals
 Guitar, Drums, Bodhran, Cajon, Vocals   Photo Credit:  Courtney Blatch

Guitar, Drums, Bodhran, Cajon, Vocals

Photo Credit: Courtney Blatch


Hodgie was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba November 22nd, 1985 but quickly moved away at the ripe age of 1 to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Moving to Victoria BC when he was 14 years old, this is where he met his best friend, and now artist who would create "Nova Scotiables" logo in the years to come, James Roney.

He would get his first taste in music playing drums with his old friend from high school, Alan Robertson. Music didn't quite stick.... yet. 

His first time on stage was at an open mic at Swigs Pub and Grill. Highly intoxicated he musters up the courage to play some drums with "Covered in Plaid", who was made up of Jae Fortier (now part of "Two Bit Bandits") and Brett Uggerslev. Enjoying himself quite a lot and bringing him back to his memories of acting Hodgie hops on this music boat as a drummer. 

He finds himself in a band called "22x" with friend, and lead singer/guitarist Kevin McMahon. Deciding that being a front man in a band is what he really seems to want to do, Hodgie picks up a guitar and starts practicing. Learning a lot of "Green Day", punk rock, and classic rock songs he stumbles upon learning a song that he knew from his childhood, "The Night Pat Murphy Died". After playing this song live at an open jam, he realizes that this is his ticket!

He plays his first show on his birthday in 2013 with the name "Hodgie and the Barbarians" with Jae Fortier and Josh Wiffno Lassname (currently playing for Mommy Daddy Issues). Not being a full band yet, he wouldn't play another show with the Barbarians until March 15th 2014. Below Deck is where this show would take place with "Hodgie and the Barbarians" comprising of Hodgie, Josh Wiffno Lassname, and Kevin McMahon. 15 minutes before showtime Fiddly-Bits Jess would walk up to Below Deck and meet Hodgie for the first time. Hodgie asks her to play the fiddle that she happened to be carrying with her in the show that they were about to play. Before too long, Hodgie felt that being in a band with his name in the name of the band wasn't something that he liked. "Nova Scotiables" was to be made their official name as of October 31st, 2014. Now, all Hodgie does is play music!

 Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals   Photo Credit:  Courtney Blatch

Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals

Photo Credit: Courtney Blatch

Eric "Mr Rogers" Minden

Eric has been exposed to great music all his life. From his mother's piano to his father's Jazz and Motown records, his childhood was immersed in music. Through his school years he found a passion for drumming.
In post-secondary at McMaster University, Eric's musical world and influences expanded. He began dabbling in musical theater as well forming several Indie Rock outfits, while listening to punk, alternative and metal. His desire to embrace song writing led him to learn guitar. Soon after he wanted more groove in his life, so he picked up the bass.

Eric began playing with the Nova Scotiables in July 2016 at first on drums and percussion. Now holding down the bottom end he LOVES to bounce around and rock out to these tunes!

He has been fortunate to play with many fantastic musicians, and moreover people, over the years in a variety of capacities and roles. Above all else he aims to show passion and creativity in each performance.

 Guitar, Vocals   Photo Credit:  Courtney Blatch

Guitar, Vocals

Photo Credit: Courtney Blatch

AJ baragar

AJ was born and raised in good ol’ Leduc AB. After completing the hardest song on “expert” on Guitar Hero 2 with his older brother, he decided it was time to pick up a real guitar. Even though Guitar Hero doesn’t directly translate to playing actual guitar, he still set out to learn some tunes. He has played in several musical groups with genres ranging from folk-rock to viking death metal.

After finishing grade 12, he went to acting school at the University of Lethbridge for 4 years where he learned the fundamentals of performing and vocal training. As he developed his voice, he was cast in a number of different musical theatre shows; most notably, New West Theatre in Lethbridge. From there he began to pick up more and more solo acoustic gigs.

When he isn’t rocking out with the Nova Scotiables, AJ writes and records his own music with his side project, Rake Fight.

Proof that online dating works, AJ started playing with the Nova Scotiables via Facebook. He’s been happily playing Traditional Celtic, pop, rock, and punk tunes with them since January 2017. Aparently he won’t be stopping anytime soon.