Glace Bay Brixton Beer Garden
September 21, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
The Nova Scotia songwriter’s first release from his 2022 recording is one for the ages, co-written with longtime collaborators Breagh Mackinnon and Dylan Guthro. Envisioning a love that could span centuries, Stone laments the fleeting nature of transcendent connection over the sweeping pedal steel and melancholy strings of “Ice Age.” But he finds room for uplift, too—the song’s mood takes its devotional turn as Stone recognizes this grand kind of love is special because it can’t last forever. At least not literally, anyway, save for a natural disaster. “I can’t make you stay,” he sings. “So I’m praying for an ice age.”
Carleton took a break from his award-winning solo career when he became a founding member of Port Cities. The band released music and successfully toured nonstop for five years before the world ground to a halt. During lockdown, Carleton worked to hone his skills as a producer and in 2021, Carleton produced Willie Stratton’s Drugstore Dreamin’ (2022) along with his own record.
An outstanding writer, Carleton has written songs for and with such diverse artists as Donovan Woods, Classified featuring Snoop Dogg, Ria Mae, Bobby Bazini, and Neon Dreams. Carleton has three solo albums to his credit and has toured internationally for the better part of the last decade.
Mark Boutilier is one-part small-town guy mixed with two-parts big city aspiration. There’s no way else to describe him. Nestled in one of Canada’s most isolated demographics, you’d never expect to see an artist with such brilliant on-line presence so early on in his musical journey. “I’m happy with what I’ve been able to achieve the last three years building my web presence, which is no easy feat. If you fall asleep on this stuff, it can come back to haunt you.”
Born and raised in a small village north of Sydney, Nova Scotia, Mark realized at a young age that to make it big, one might have to head in a westerly fashion. Despite this, he is proud to call Cape Breton his permanent residence although he is logical in his pursuit towards a full-time career in music : “I would always entertain moving to a city center if my music started to get recognized nationally. That’s a reality in the music biz.”
Mark cannot deny his musical influences: the Script, Lifehouse, the Fray, Jason Mraz and even modern, alt-rock vocalists like Raine Maida, Johnny Rzeznick and Jon Foreman to name a few. Mark’s soulful vocal hearkens back to the likes of Lou Gramm and Bryan Adams; all the while lending itself to something current yet timeless.
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.
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