Trevor Murphy

Trevor Murphy

Musician, Publicist, Radio Host, Halifax

Trevor Murphy has been a steward for local music since forming his first bands in rural country homesteads on Nova Scotia’s South Shore in the late ‘90s. Moving to Halifax in 2002 to undertake a journalism degree at the University of King’s College, Murphy has steeped himself in many facets of the musical community over the last 13 years.

 Aside from his roles as lead songwriter/singer in the indie-folk act Quiet Parade and bassist for scuzz-pop quartet Dance Movie and psych-rock outfit Fossil Cliffs, Murphy is the head of music publicity at Pigeon Row Public Relations and a member of the Halifax Pop Explosion’s Board of Directors. His commitment to championing local music is perhaps most evident in his radio show, Halifax Is Burning – a program that highlights hidden gems of the underground scene on CKDU 88.1FM. The hour-long show was deemed Music Nova Scotia’s Radio Program of the Year in both 2013 and 2014. In that timeframe, Murphy also helped spearhead an initiative called Listen Local aimed at promoting pride in, and support for, the local music community through grassroots campaigns.

 Trevor Murphy also works behind the scenes with several local acts through his company Acadian Embassy, representing bands in both a management and a record label capacity. More than just another DIY label, Acadian Embassy also delves into deeper exploration of the Nova Scotian Acadian identity using music as a platform through which to discuss and promote shifts in the culture, community, and history. 

As Nova Scotians, the cultural sector is not only an important part of our history, it is an integral part of our future. We need to work to create a climate in which the creative youth in our province can thrive and grow to understand arts and culture as being vital to our identity, our economy, and our well-being.