If you think Nova Scotia is all maritime songwriters and indie-rock outfits, think again. Gypsophilia are a Halifax-based seven-piece collective that plays the wild swing of gypsy jazz, with a modern twist. Forming in 2004 as a Django Reinhardt tribute act, they soon began writing material and adding some klezmer, funk and rock to the mix.

“It’s never been an explicit intention to bridge those gaps,” says guitarist/bandleader and singer-songwriter Ross Burns. “It has always just happened organically… That means we’ve been able to reach ‘indie’ fans, as well as jazz fans, folks who already like instrumental music, and those who’ve never heard anything like this in their lives!”

And fans have been taking notice, with their live show gaining attention, and their third and latest album Constellation winning a 2013 East Coast Music Award (their third), for World Music Album of the Year. This summer marks their biggest tour ever, taking their new 7” release (entitled Horska) on the road, to shows and festivals across Canada and the U.S.