August 16, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Mike McKenna Jr.
Singer-songwriter Mike McKenna Jr. has become a rising star on the Canadian music scene; with a raspy, soulful voice, his warm indie folk and Americana tones, and songs laden with captivating storytelling. Born in Glace Bay and raised along the Mira River, Mike’s songwriting aesthetic points heavily to his roots growing up in small-town industrial Cape Breton. Over the course of 3 studio albums he’s brought us the nostalgia of his home through carefully chosen narrative, poetry, protest, and true stories about life and death in Nova Scotia’s coastal, working-class communities.
Mike’s newest record At The Edge of the World (2020) continues to be met with incredible support both in Canada and internationally. In just over a year since its release, Mike’s sophomore album has received a long list of awards and nominations; WINNER of the Rising Star Recording of the Year by the 2021 East Coast Music Awards (along with nominations for Contemporary Roots Recording of the Year and Fan’s Choice Video of the Year), nominee for Contemporary Album of the Year by the 2021 Canadian Folk Music Awards, nominee for Americana/Bluegrass Recording of the Year by the Music Nova Scotia Awards, and nominee for 2020 Album of the Year by Blues and Roots Radio. It was also listed on the Bluegrass Situation’s ‘Class of 2020 Playlist, Absolute Best of this Year’s Roots Music Releases’.
Telling stories of love, loss, and life, Cape Breton singer-songwriter Steve MacIntyre takes you on a journey; one that is dripping with images of the East Coast.
Hailing from Port Hawkesbury, Cape Breton, MacIntyre carries on the tradition of the region’s great songwriters, having grown up listening to the likes John Allan Cameron, the Rankins and a slew of Cape Breton fiddlers. Throughout his songs, MacIntyre hopes to describe the things that move him well enough that they move you, too. The good and the bad take equal footing in Steve’s songs; they describe the things common to the human experience and do so through beautifully crafted words and music.
In his own right, he’s become the epitome of the folk troubadour, putting miles on the road and collecting songs and stories in his travels, and his lyrics and on-stage banter sit you in the passenger seat for an unforgettable ride.
“Steve MacIntyre is a rare original. He brings you in, effortlessly, to an intensely personal place you may not have expected, with his heart on his sleeve and a huge, bear hug of a voice.” – Jamie Foulds, Producer (Rita MacNeil, The Barra MacNeils, JP Cormier)
Be sure to spend some time in town before and after the show – grab a bite to eat, visit the shops and stay for the night.
Tunes on the Town is a live music series in downtowns throughout Cape Breton Island during summer and fall 2022. The program is supported by funding from the Government of Canada through the Rediscover Main Streets program.