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Tunes on the Town North Sydney - Aaron MacDonald and Jon Hines

Outside of the North Sydney Historical Museum, 309 Commercial Street, North Sydney

September 20, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Aaron MacDonald

Out of the woods of Mabou, a little town that beats in the musical heart of western Cape Breton Island, comes the soulful, ever-captivating, Americana singer Aaron MacDonald. It’s this small-town lifestyle that breeds much of the inspiration for this grizzled ECMA nominee. A journeyman of performance, his music offers a glimpse into the life of the seasoned songwriter.

Aaron built a strong following on the East Coast and attracting fans across Canada with his alt-country, folk-rock sound. His music comes across as something between the rhythmic soul of Nathaniel Rateliff mixed with the superb simplicity of John Prine.

An Aaron MacDonald resurgence has definitely begun. Named as one of CBC Music Searchlight’s Top 100 Artists of 2021, a powerful showcase at ECMA 2022, sold-out shows across the East Coast, it has only proven fans have been longing to hear MacDonald wave his wand of words.

His upcoming full-length album, Rights & Wrongs, is due for release in Sept. 2022.

Jon Hines

Jon Hines is a national touring blues, jazz and folk singer-songwriter based in Cape Breton Nova Scotia. Digital recoding, release Down To Funk, (DTF) was nominated for blues recording of the year ECMAs 2022. Jon is endorsed by Godin Guitars & Black Mountain Thumb Picks. A perfect combination of Canadian products for this Canadian travelling blues man. Jon has toured nationally, opening for international acts Steven Page, Jesse Roper & Daniel Champagne. Jons debut album, “Wild Things Roam” was featured in ISC (International Songwriting Competition) where it advanced into the semi finals two years in a row, out of 19,000 song entries world wide. 

 2017 ISC semi-finalist

2018 ISC semi-finalist

2020 ECMA showcase artist

2020 selected as a Black Mountain Picks Artist 

2021 Godin Guitars artist

2021 Live At Heart Newfoundland artist

2021 Cape Breton Jazz Festival showcase artist

2021 Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival showcase artist

2022 ECMA nomination, Blues recording of the year


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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