The Cabot Trail has a history of great music, great musicians and there's a whole new generation that's revising acoustic roots, celtic and folk music, so we are having another festival across generations, one that features traditional and original music. It's a players and a music lovers' festival, right along the Cabot Trail, indoors and outdoors, with concerts, open mikes, song writing and other workshops, open air jams included.
In addition, local chefs will have a "tasting" of Nova Scotia seafood, meats, vegetarian/vegan offerings. Much of produce grown on the property and apples are available for pressing into apple cider.
Every fall, as the Highlands blaze with autumn colour, writers and readers from across the country may be found in the heart of Cape Breton for a three-day celebration of the written word. Here, we put aside all pretension for a wholehearted celebration of the special relationship between reader, writer, and literature. Our intimate venues, packed wall to wall with devoted readers, and the lively Cape Breton spirit that suffuses every festival event bring readers and writers into a uniquely close connection. Year after year, we’ve heard our authors and our audiences say they’ve never had so much fun at a literary event.
This year will mark our 10th anniversary, which we're celebrating with a number of special events and a magnificent author lineup, including Madeleine Thien (2016 Giller Prize), Linda Spalding (2012 Governor General's Literary Award), Shalan Joudry, Sharon Bala (2018 Canada Reads finalist), Phonse Jessome, and Oisin Curran, among many other authors and musicians. Please join us for this extra special edition of a true Cape Breton event.
Come for a night of delicious food and traditional Gaelic music at Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort! Indulge in a 3-Course Meal prepared by our talented chefs Ron and Nicole. Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, a local seafood lover, carnivore or somewhere in between, you’ll be sure to find something on our menu that delights your taste buds! Dinner reservations can be made for 5:30pm-8pm, with concert from 8pm-10pm.
Featured performers - Miller, MacDonald & Cormier
Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald have become renowned across Atlantic Canada and further afield for their synergistic, pipe and fiddle driven style of Gaelic dance-music. Joining together the musical traditions of Cape Breton and the Scottish Highlands, while incorporating influences from Ireland, Shetland and beyond, Ben and Anita have created a signature sound, described as "Fiery... Fresh, yet totally traditional." - Piping Today Magazine (Glasgow, UK) As well as performing as a duo, Ben and Anita tour as a trio with Acadian multi-instrumentalist, Zakk Cormier. Zakk is a dynamic musician with deep roots in the musical community of Prince Edward Island. He brings his talents as a sympathetic guitar accompanist, as well as the driving rhythm of Acadian foot-percussion. As Miller | MacDonald | Cormier, these three young artists create a powerful sound, which transcends the boundaries between Cape Breton, Scottish, and Acadian traditions.
Taught by local ecological fibre artist Mel Sweetnam, a juried member of the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design, this one day workshop is one of the more contemplative workshops offered by Mamie’s Schoolhouse, requiring the student to slow down at every step, while learning both modern techniques for surface design with plants, and an ancient method for securely hand-stitching books. There is something magical about starting with blank sheets of paper and a pile of plant material, and ending the workshop with a beautiful, hand-stitched book printed with the essence of Cape Breton’s glorious landscapes, and securely bound with your own hands. No artificial inks or dyes are used in this process, only those extracted from plants.
Students Will Take Home: - a completed hand-bound book - a range of paper samples printed with plants in class for use in other projects and/or as a reference library of techniques - the skills to further explore the magic of local plant colour and book-binding.
Dates (each one day workshop runs from 10 am t0 4 pm, with one hour for lunch, which is not provided): - June 8, 2018 or also on August 3, 2018 Location: South Haven Community Hall, a former one room schoolhouse conveniently located 12 minutes from Baddeck, and 3 minutes from the Gaelic College (the headquarters of October's Celtic Colours International Festival).
Jun 17—Father’s Day Roast Beef Dinner—12:00 noon–2:00 pm at South Haven Community Hall. Roast beef dinner, dessert and beverage. Adults $13, children under 12 years $7
Jun 23—Flea Market—10:00 am–1:00 pm at South Haven Community Hall. For table rental call Wanda 902.304.1743 and leave a message.