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Tunes on the Town Sydney - Carmen Townsend and Colette Deveaux

Charlotte Street Parkette between 295 and 303 Charlotte Street

August 18, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Carmen Townsend

Cape Breton’s Carmen Townsend is a 4 time Music Nova Scotia Award-winning artist and has most recently picked up an ECMA for Rising Star Recording of the year. She was named Best Female Artist by local Coast Reader’s and was also invited to take part in National Hockey Day where she shared the stage with Dave Bidini, Sarah Harmer and Chris Murphy (Sloan). Upon releasing her debut album in January 2011, she was selected to be the opening act for Heart’s cross-Canada tour and has also shared the stage with INXS , showcased internationally at SXSW, The Great Escape Festival and Liverpool Sound City. She also spent 11wks in Australia and performed at The Woodford Folk Festival as well as The Peats Ridge Festival. Ms. Townsend is currently writing her 2nd release and will be travelling to New York City to co-write with Grammy Award-winning songwriter Jesse Harris. Her self-penned “Without My Love” was also featured on ABC this summer in a television series. Carmen’s first single will also be featured on “Lost Girl” and in the indie film ” Love Me”. She was selected out of hundreds of entries as a semi-finalist for the She’s The One Emerging Female Contest at the Ottawa Blues Festival. Ms. Townsend has also performed with the Halifax local Jubilee Swing Orchestra and a future album collaboration with John Wesley Chisholm is in the works. Carmen was also featured at this year’s Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival and Celtic Colours.

” If Rock and Roll was walking down the street …it would be wearing a Carmen Townsend T-Shirt”

– International Bluesman, Matt Andersen.

Colette Deveaux
There is a tangible, indelible honesty woven into Colette Deveaux’s music, which is known for evoking a powerful, oftentimes somatic response from her audience. Colette’s ability to describe and inspire emotion through music can break you open and delicately put you back together again. Currently based out of her hometown of Sydney on the beautiful East Coast Island of Cape Breton, Deveaux has been quietly and diligently making a name for herself among Canadian artists for the better half of the decade. Inspired at a young age by the works of Leonard Cohen and Canadian independent icon Greg MacPherson, Colette creates a mixture of thoughtful, moving poetry and infectious melodies to create a truly memorable sound. Colette and her band were the winners of the 2019 “Under the Breton Sky Emerging Band Contest,” winning an opening slot at the festival headlined by The Trews. She performed at the 10th anniversary HUFF songwriters show later that same year. Her first single “Honey” was released in 2019 and featured on CBC Radio, Sirius XM, Stingray Radio’s East Coast Channel, and many local and national stations.

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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