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Nova Scotia teen opening for Collective Soul in Medicine Hat

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If you’ve never heard of Nova Scotia rocker Molly Thomason, don’t worry, you will.

Thomason has accomplished a lot at such a young age. Already at the tender age of 19, she has released three albums in four years including her latest Columbus Field which has to do with what she describes as her darker days growing up in high school.
Now, she is embarking on one of those adventures personally and professionally that is life-altering — something the mature teenager is fully appreciative of. She is touring with Collective Soul and will be in Medicine Hat April 7 at 8 p.m.
“It’s one of these experiences that’s not lost on me,” explains Thomason. “I know how life-altering this could be. It’s a huge moment in my life. It’s funny to know how big this will be and it hasn’t even happened yet.”
According to her bio, Thomason has had multiple nominations for Music Nova Scotia and East Coast Awards and has achieved finalist slots in the John Lennon Songwriting and International Song Contests. She won Young Performer of the Year at the 2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards, the “She’s the One” competition at the 2012 Ottawa Bluesfest, and the Emerging Artist Series at Summerfest (Milwaukee, WI) in 2013. Thomason was also named one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 by Youth In Motion for her work as a human rights activist.
Thomason will try to sponge as much information and experience  as she can from the veteran band.
“As much as they will let me,” explains Thomason who notes when she got the call from management “she freaked out a bit.”
“I’m going to be so wide-eyed. I’m excited. I really want to see how they handle themselves off the stage. How they stay healthy. You have to stay focused and away from the partying scene. They’ll have been there and done all of that already. This is my first (extended) tour and this their 20th year — they’re beyond the stage of acting stupid. They’ve got it figured out. These people are smart about those things. I’m excited to see how it’s done.”
Her attitude and resumé is already impressive, from a teenager who was a self-described loner in high school. She comes by the entertainment industry honestly.
Her parents were both in theatre. In fact, fans of the cult TV classic Trailer Park Boys know her mom who is Shelley Thompson who played Barb Lahey on the series. Young Molly took music and drum lessons, sang in choirs and was always around performance theatre so she understands the rigors of the entertainment industry. Her parents taught her well and in fact it was until only recently that her mother wasn’t her business manager.
While that show business was definitely an advantage, it did have its negative side. Thomason says the fact they moved around a lot with their work and different jobs didn’t allow here to settle in. Anyone who moved around a lot as a youngster knows how difficult it is to make and keep friends. Thomason says she withdrew and was kind of a loner.
This of course made her a bit of an outcast which made her life a little difficult and sometimes sad.
Much of her experiences including her relationships wound up being fodder for songs and gave her inspiration to further her music career. Music was a sanctuary for her and because of her love for it, she devoted a lot of time to it and got to know people in the music scene.
“My new record Columbus Field is all my experiences in high school,” she explains. “I felt that isolation ... you want to leave it so much, you just have that angst.”
Thomason’s experiences results in a hard-driving effort. She has a lot of talent both musically and voice-wise. Throw in a talented band and a strong producer and you have the makings of a winning album.
John-Angus MacDonald (The Trews) produced and was on lead guitar; Jason “Cone” McCaslin of Sum 41 was on bass; Nick DeToro (Sloan) on drums and at the board; and mixed by Big Sugar’s Gordie Johnson with Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Modest Mouse) on mastering duty.
With Columbus Field completed, now Thomason just has to prove herself on the road.
“My biggest pressure that I have is the band I take along with me. My band is really good and important to my success,” explains Thomason.
“I could drive myself crazy thinking about them, but it’s going to be fantastic as I have played with them all before.”

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