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Music & Performing Arts

Our finest exports, music, storytelling and dance keep steady to the heart beat of the island.
Stories and song hold present the memory of our ancestors. They are tellings of our losses,
our triumphs and are a window to our living culture’s future.

Live Music

With more fiddlers, per capita, than anywhere else in the world, Cape Breton is a hot spot for Celtic music. In addition to fiddlers like Natalie MacMaster and Ashley MacIsaac, the Island has produced Grammy winning songwriter Gordie Sampson, legendary rocker Matt Minglewood, songstress Rita MacNeil, and many others. Music is the heart and soul of Cape Breton; hear it live.

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Music Festivals

Here are some marquis music festivals to attend this year:

  • Roots to Boots Festival (June 15-18)
  • KitchenFest (July 2–July 9)
  • Granville Green Outdoor Concert Series (July 2–August 5)
  • Making Waves Music Festival (July 6–August 3)
  • Acoustic Roots Festival (Sept 1-3)
  • Celtic Colours International Festival (Oct 6-14)

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Theatre and Arts

Celebrating its 90th anniversary, the iconic Savoy Theatre will be presenting the Cape Breton Summertime Review among many other stage productions this year. The Highland Arts Theatre in Sydney and Strathspey Place in Mabou offer a selection of local productions. For aspiring wordsmiths and literary fans, the Cabot Trail Writers Festival is must attend event.

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Celtic Colours International Festival – Official Concerts

Celtic Colours International Festival – Official Concerts

Region: Fleur-De-Lis, Marconi Trail, Metro CB Community: Sydney

For nine days in October, Cape Breton overflows with music, energy and excitement as people come from far and wide to celebrate our rich culture. At any of the forty-nine Official Concerts you'll expe...

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Connect With Celtic Culture at Celtic Music Centre

Connect With Celtic Culture at Celtic Music Centre

Region: Ceilidh Trail Community: Judique

The CMIC is a one-of-a-kind non-profit facility located in the village of Judique and the official Celtic music Centre for Nova Scotia. Immerse yourself in Gaelic culture with daily Ceilidhs featuring...

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Celtic Colours International Festival – Cultural Experiences

Celtic Colours International Festival – Cultural Experiences

Region: Fleur-De-Lis, Marconi Trail, Metro CB Community: Sydney

More than 250 cultural experiences await you during Celtic Colours. Break bread and share a home cooked meal at one of the many community meals or visit a farmers' market for locally grown food and ha...

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“After three nights of experiencing incredible fiddle playing, singing and tap dancing, I can see that it’s the music that is the real heart and soul of Cape Breton.”

Leigh McAdam
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