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Port Cities

Port Cities

June 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Stellar songs, dynamic vocals, & superior musicianship marks the emergence of Port Cities onto the Canadian music scene. An exciting new group from the east coast, Port Cities brings together the award winning talents of Carleton Stone, Breagh Mackinnon, & Dylan Guthro. The trio began writing together when they met at the Gordie Sampson Songcamp in Ingonish. The result was a strong friendship & ongoing collaboration as they each released and toured solo albums...

Evans and Doherty

Evans & Doherty

July 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Kevin Evans & Brian Doherty have been an integral part of the East Coast music scene for thirty years, twenty-six of those years as the popular duo Evans & Doherty. To capture the essence of an Evans & Doherty performance, take a lively blend of traditional, original & contemporary songs, add a liberal sprinkling of stories & humour, then sit back & enjoy these fine entertainers. As a songwriter and producer, Kevin has enjoyed many successes. His song “Christmas Memories” achieved...

David Francey

David Francey

July 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

David Francey is a Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter, who has become known as “one of Canada’s most revered folk poets and singers” (Toronto Star). Born in Ayrshire, Scotland to parents who were factory workers, he moved to Canada when he was twelve. For decades, he worked across Canada in rail yards, construction sites, and in the Yukon bush, all the while writing poetry, setting it to melodies in his head and singing it to himself as he worked.
A truly authentic folk singer...

Mo Kenney

Mo Kenney

July 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Mo Kenney never had that archetypal I-want-to-be-famous moment. But somehow she was always going to make albums, play live & get noticed in her native Canada & way beyond. Maybe the clues were there in the way she saved up her lunch money to buy records, begged her parents to book guitar lessons for her & made demos in the modest recording facility at a school she wasn't even attending. Now, Kenney's brilliantly accomplished ‘In My Dreams,' one of Canada's most acclaimed records of...

Villages

Villages

August 2 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

"We didn't want anything to do with it," says Matt Ellis, who sings and plays guitar in Villages and grew up in Cape Breton. "Our siblings played the fiddle or the pipe—we wanted to play something loud. But it's in you, man. You can't escape it."
That's how Ellis ended up fronting his own traditional band, along with his brother Travis, Jon Pearo and Archie Rankin, a group of men you may also know as the excellent rock band Mardeen (or as Ellis puts it, "all the same crew"). That band, a longtime local favourite known for...

Old Man Luedecke

Old Man Luedecke

August 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Old Man Luedecke, is one of Canada's best loved and most intriguing roots singer-songwriters. "An original, he is a musical singularity to be savoured and shared", says the Vancouver Folk Festival. His memorable melodies, poetic sense and easy charisma appeal to anyone searching for new growth from old roots.
Old Man Luedecke was born in Toronto but has made his home for years right here in the music rich maritime province of Nova Scotia. Here his music has been wholeheartedly adopted...

Steve Poltz

Steve Poltz

August 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Among the music cognoscenti, Steve Poltz is regarded as one of the most talented and prolific songwriters of our time. His songs have been among the longest running ever on the Billboard Top 100 and they regularly appear in movie soundtracks, television shows, and even the odd commercial. His touring schedule is ferocious, ping ponging between continents with enough frequency to earn him manic followings in scores of different accents and languages. Any musician who has traveled as...

JP Cormier

J.P. Cormier

August 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

J.P. Cormier is a man with many musical talents. He is a skilled songwriter, a gifted singer, & an extraordinary musician. During his long career, he has won many competitions, including the Canadian Open Guitar Championship, the Southern U.S. Fiddle Championship, & the Southern U.S. Banjo Championship. He has also worked with a number of big-name artists and appeared on the ever-popular Grand Ol' Opry over 24 times. His debut album, Out of the Blue, was released when he was only 16 years old...

Pretty Archie

Pretty Archie

August 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Pretty Archie is a Country/Folk/Bluegrass band from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Long time friends Brian Cathcart (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Matt McNeil (Lead Guitar, Mandolin), Colin Gillis (Harmonica, Bass, Vocals) and Redmond MacDougall (Banjo, Percussion, Vocals) make up this quartet. Always jamming together growing up, they guys decided in May 2012 to form a band. The band chose the name Pretty Archie after a local (Cape Breton) character known for playing with 2 strings outside shopping malls in any weather...

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