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The Nova Scotiables have built a 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, these musicians have become a hit - not just on the maritime circuit but across a wide range of events.

Blending a tireless work ethic, boundless energy and professional composure, from 2015 to present they've been working tirelessly to entertain themselves, as well as fans of all ages. Folks can take home a taste of The Nova Scotiables - available on iTunes and all your favourite digital music retailers. Their recordings capture the band's original music and exemplifies their take on traditional tunes.

Fearless leader Captain Hodgie steers the ship on lead vocals while bashing the bodhran and drums. AJ Baragar makes crowds swoon with sweet lead vocals and energetic guitar. Eric Minden’s enthusiastic bass playing gets him dancing madly into the middle of audiences. Heidi Pittman’s soulful fiddle and backing vocals invokes joy, sorrow and the East Coast spirit. Together this crew really brings the party!

In February 2019, the Nova Scotiables released their newest single, “Never Going Home” along with a music video. The track highlights the band’s creative song writing, infectious energy and unique style.

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!!!!!!!!!!

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 Cole Harbour, 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 (of Two Bit Bandits) and the late 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 (of Mommy Daddy Issues). In March 2014 "Hodgie and the Barbarians" would play once again 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 and the band would never be the same. With the new direction came the new name and the "Nova Scotiables" was born. Now, all Hodgie does is play music!

Bass, Guitar, Vocals   Photo Credit:  Courtney Blatch

Bass, Guitar, 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 "the Dream" 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 2018 and won’t be stopping anytime soon.

Violin, Vocals   Photo Credit:    Courtney Blatch

Violin, Vocals

Photo Credit: Courtney Blatch

Heidi "Heidicle" Pittman

Heidi grew up in LA, Lethbridge, Alberta, where she started violin lessons at 3 years in Suzuki Violin and later The University of Lethbridge Conservatory.  She also comes from a musical family and live music has always been a part of family events.  Each year when summer holidays came around Heidi wanted to quit violin, but her mother always told her if she decided to stick with it she might make a lot of money some day.  Heidi decided to stay. 

Through high school and her first two years of post-secondary, Heidi played with The Conservatory Orchestra, Coulee Fiddlers, and The Lethbridge Symphony while participating annually in The Kiwanis Music Festival, completing her Royal Conservatory exams, and pursuing a passion for dance.  It was this workaholic schedule that prepared her for her work with the Nova Scotiables, but first...

Heidi moved to Calgary in the pursuit of opportunity and took a break from music while dancing with Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble.  After feeling burnt out from the Lethbridge music circuit, she didn't pick up her violin for a year.  Then one night, at a Ukrainian kitchen party jam, someone leaked the news that "Heidi plays violin".  Succumbing to pressure (and perhaps a shot of vodka), Heidi agreed to play some tunes with the jammers and realized she had abandoned a very important part of her life.  Soon after she was connected with Absolute Dance Band - a Calgary based dance folk band - with whom she has performed with since 2012.

They say you never know who you may meet on a ski lift - and this bit of wisdom was proven once again when Heidi happened to run into another musician who recorded and mixed Nova Scotiables Self Titled (2017) album.  A year later, through this encounter she was connected with The Nova Scotiables, boarded ship the first night she played with them, and is not looking back!