Mike Campbell, The Carleton

“I’ve been in the music business for over 30 years in various capacities: retail, record labels, independent promotion, television (hosted three shows for MuchMusic over 18 years), management (part of Joel Plaskett’s management team), events (programmed the Atlantic Scene festival for the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, JunoFest in Halifax and a bunch of other events for the ECMAs and Music Nova Scotia over the years).

During that time, I can safely say I have NEVER seen a better solo performer than Steve Poltz.

I now own and operate The Carleton Music Bar & Grill and in the two years we’ve been in operation, Steve has done 14 shows at my place. This wouldn’t be unusual except he lives in San Diego! He was born in Halifax though and that gives him a special connection to this city which brings him back on a regular basis. His latest album, Dreamhouse, was produced by Joel Plaskett and has gotten rave reviews in all the major Canadian media, including a four star review in NOW Magazine. Jian Ghomeshi at “Q” on CBC Radio 1 had him as a guest on his show last week and the album has been added to CBC Radio 3, as well as the Sirius and XM satellite radio networks.

He co-wrote “You Were Meant For Me” with Jewel (a song which still holds the record as the longest running single in the history of the BillBoard chart) and appeared in the video for that song. He also wrote “I Love Everything About You,” the hit single from the movie “Notting Hill” (Hugh Grant & Julia Roberts).

He is funny, engaging, dynamic and can bring a room to its feet as evidenced by his appearance at Delta’s Habitat for Humanity fundraiser in June where a room populated by people who, for the most part, had never heard of him leapt to their feet in appreciation at the end of his set.

You can view Steve singing You Were Meant For Me, (shot in my Halifax garage several years ago – before I opened The Carleton) by going to these YouTube links. It’s in three parts… This ought to give you an inkling of what this artist can do.”

Mike Campbell
Owner – The Carleton Music Bar & Grill
Halifax, NS