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  • KitchenFest

    KitchenFest

    Location: Gaelic College, St. Ann's

    Date: June 28 - July 6

    KitchenFest 2019

    KitchenFest 2019.  – June 28th to July 6th

    KICHENFEST 2019 


    The island-wide traditional music festival is back for year 6 as Colaisde na Gàidhlig | the Gaelic College presents KitchenFest! Féis a’ Chidsin!, happening June 28 to July 7, 2019. The annual celebration of Cape Breton-based Gaelic music, gives locals and visitors alike up-close-and personal insight into this distinct and vibrant living culture, bringing the kitchen-ceilidh feel to the forefront. Bigger and better than ever, the festival has now grown to 10 days and will be held in 38 venues. Plans include over 100 events with more than 200 performers from the local area and Atlantic region. Each of the over 80 live performances will feature a Gaelic-speaking host or hostess and happen across the island. Fiddles and bagpipes, concerts and céilidhs, food and drink, Gaelic language and song, cheering and dancing, informality and hospitality — consider this your official invitation to Cape Breton’s biggest kitchen céilidh!

    2019 KitchenFest  Schedule of Shows
    2019 Artists

  • Lobster Roll Luncheon

    Lobster Roll Luncheon

    Location: St. Ann's Bay United Church Tea Room, Indian Brook

    Date: June 29

    Lobster Roll luncheon at St. Ann's Bay United Church Team Room beginning at 11:00 am. until sold out. Lobster Roll -$15.00 , Strawberry Short Cake and Hotdogs.

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    Celtic Tearoom Ceilidhs

    Location: 46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook

    Date: July 9

    Tuesday July 9 - The Quilly Family Band - Traditional music
    played by siblings on fiddle, piano, Irish pipes, accordion
    and more.
    
    At the St. Ann's Bay United Church
    46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook
    Celtic Tea Room Ceilidhs
    Tuesday and Friday Evenings 7:30 PM
    July through mid-September 2019
    admission $10 (children under 12 - $5)

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    Celtic Tearoom Ceilidhs

    Location: 46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook

    Date: July 12

    Friday July 12 - Colin Grant & Jason MacDonald
    - Cape Breton fiddle, guitar and vocals.
    At the St. Ann's Bay United Church
    46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook
    Celtic Tea Room Ceilidhs
    Tuesday and Friday Evenings 7:30 PM
    July through mid-September 2019
    admission $10 (children under 12 - $5)

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    Celtic Tearoom Ceilidhs

    Location: 46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook

    Date: July 16

    Tuesday July 16 - David Greenberg & Doug MacPhee
    - Cape Breton fiddle and piano.
    At The St. Ann's Bay United Church
    46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook
    Celtic Tea Room Ceilidhs
    Tuesday and Friday Evenings 7:30 PM
    July through mid-September 2019
    admission $10 (children under 12 - $5)

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    Celtic Tearoom Ceilidhs

    Location: 46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook

    Date: July 19

    Friday July 19 - Dwayne Cote & Doug MacPhee
    - Cape Breton fiddle and piano.
    The St. Ann's Bay United Church
    46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook
    Celtic Tea Room Ceilidhs
    Tuesday and Friday Evenings 7:30 PM
    July through mid-September 2019
    admission $10 (children under 12 - $5)

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    Celtic Tearoom Ceilidhs

    Location: 46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook

    Date: July 23

    Tuesday July 23 - Lucy MacNeil (of the Barra MacNeils) with
    Rob Durando - Cape Breton fiddle, guitar, harp and songs.
    
    At The St. Ann's Bay United Church
    46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook
    Celtic Tea Room Ceilidhs
    Tuesday and Friday Evenings 7:30 PM
    July through mid-September 2019
    admission $10 (children under 12 - $5)

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    Celtic Tearoom Ceilidhs

    Location: 46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook

    Date: July 26

    Friday July 26 - Joe MacMaster & Leanne Aucoin
    - Cape Breton fiddles, pipes and piano.
    
    At The St. Ann's Bay United Church
    46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook
    Celtic Tea Room Ceilidhs
    Tuesday and Friday Evenings 7:30 PM
    July through mid-September 2019
    admission $10 (children under 12 - $5)

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    Celtic Tearoom Ceilidhs

    Location: 46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook

    Date: July 30

    Friday July 26 - Joe MacMaster & Leanne Aucoin
    - Cape Breton fiddles, pipes and piano. 
    At The St. Ann's Bay United Church 46715 Cabot Trail,
    Indian Brook
    Celtic Tea Room Ceilidhs Tuesday and Friday Evenings
    7:30 PM July through mid-September 2019
    admission $10 (children under 12 - $5)

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    Celtic Tearoom Ceilidhs

    Location: 46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook

    Date: August 2

    Friday Aug. 2 - Joella Foulds & Linda Maxwell - Traditional
    and original songs with piano and guitar.
    
    At The St. Ann's Bay United Church
    46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook
    Celtic Tea Room Ceilidhs
    Tuesday and Friday Evenings 7:30 PM
    July through mid-September 2019
    admission $10 (children under 12 - $5)

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    Celtic Tearoom Ceilidhs

    Location: 46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook

    Date: August 6

    Tuesday Aug. 6 - Kolten MacDonnel, Brenda Stubbert & Mario
    Colosimo - fiddles, piano, guitar, vocals and step-dancing.
    At The St. Ann's Bay United Church
    46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook
    Celtic Tea Room Ceilidhs
    Tuesday and Friday Evenings 7:30 PM
    July through mid-September 2019
    admission $10 (children under 12 - $5)

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    Celtic Tearoom Ceilidhs

    Location: 46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook

    Date: August 9

    Friday Aug. 9 - Kyle & Sheamus MacNeil - Two of the Barra
    MacNeils - Cape Breton fiddle and piano.
    At The St. Ann's Bay United Church
    46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook
    Celtic Tea Room Ceilidhs
    Tuesday and Friday Evenings 7:30 PM
    July through mid-September 2019
    admission $10 (children under 12 - $5)

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    Celtic Tearoom Ceilidhs

    Location: 46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook

    Date: August 13

    Tuesday Aug. 13 - Andrea Beaton & Joel Chiasson
    - Cape Breton fiddle and piano.
    At The St. Ann's Bay United Church
    46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook
    Celtic Tea Room Ceilidhs
    Tuesday and Friday Evenings 7:30 PM
    July through mid-September 2019
    admission $10 (children under 12 - $5)

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    Celtic Tearoom Ceilidhs

    Location: 46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook

    Date: August 16

    Friday Aug. 16 - Brenda Stubbert & Allie Bennett
    - Cape Breton fiddles, piano, guitar and vocals.
    At The St. Ann's Bay United Church
    46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook
    Celtic Tea Room Ceilidhs
    Tuesday and Friday Evenings 7:30 PM
    July through mid-September 2019
    admission $10 (children under 12 - $5)

  • Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling

    Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling

    Location: Gaelic College, St. Ann's

    Date: August 17 - August 18

    Join us for our 46th year for the Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling in 2019 August 17th & 18th.  The festival will be held on the beautiful grounds of the Gaelic College, St. Ann's, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

    There will be seminars, ceilidhs, square dances, and concerts during the two-day extravaganza and the events will culminate in a finale concert on Sunday featuring the best of local, national, and international talent. There will be individual fiddling, group fiddling, singing, dancing, piping, and various other genres on stage

     

    Admission Details: 

    Saturday, August 17th :
    Ceilidh/Square Dance: $5 per person.  7:00 pm. - 9:00 pm.

    Sunday, August 18th:
    Finale Concert: $15 per person; children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.  2:00 pm. - 7:00 pm.

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    St. Ann's Bay Blueberry Festival & Flea Market

    Location: At The St. Ann's Bay United Church/Celtic Tea Room, 46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook Celtic Tea Room

    Date: August 17

    Blueberry Festival Saturday August 17th

    Breakfast served from 8-10:30am
    Blueberry Pancakes, scrambled eggs Tea/Coffee
    $8.00
    Meat $2 extra
    Children under 12 $4

    Flea Market starts at 9am

    From 11:00am - 2pm
    Everything blueberry !!
    Pies, Cheesecake, Crisps and Muffins

    BBQ starts at 11:00am
    Sausage/Hot Dofs
    French Fires
    Cold Drinks

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    Celtic Tearoom Ceilidhs

    Location: 46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook

    Date: August 20

    Tuesday Aug. 20 - Boyd & Stewart MacNeil
    - Two of the Barra MacNeils - Cape Breton fiddle, accordion,
    flute, whistles, piano, mando-cello, guitar and vocals.
    
    At The St. Ann's Bay United Church
    46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook
    Celtic Tea Room Ceilidhs
    Tuesday and Friday Evenings 7:30 PM
    July through mid-September 2019
    admission $10 (children under 12 - $5)

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    Celtic Tearoom Ceilidhs

    Location: 46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook

    Date: August 23

    Friday Aug. 23 -Howie MacDonald & Hilda Chiasson
    - Cape Breton fiddle and piano.
    At The St. Ann's Bay United Church
    46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook
    Celtic Tea Room Ceilidhs
    Tuesday and Friday Evenings 7:30 PM
    July through mid-September 2019
    admission $10 (children under 12 - $5)

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    Celtic Tearoom Ceilidhs

    Location: 46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook

    Date: August 27

    Tuesday Aug. 27 - Tracey & Michael Cavanaugh
    - guitar, fiddle and vocals.
    At The St. Ann's Bay United Church
    46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook
    Celtic Tea Room Ceilidhs
    Tuesday and Friday Evenings 7:30 PM
    July through mid-September 2019
    admission $10 (children under 12 - $5)

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    Celtic Tearoom Ceilidhs

    Location: 46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook

    Date: August 30

    Friday Aug. 30 - Dwayne Cote & Doug MacPhee
    - Cape Breton fiddle and piano.
    At The St. Ann's Bay United Church
    46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook
    Celtic Tea Room Ceilidhs
    Tuesday and Friday Evenings 7:30 PM
    July through mid-September 2019
    admission $10 (children under 12 - $5)

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    Celtic Tearoom Ceilidhs

    Location: 46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook

    Date: September 6

    Fri. Sept. 6 - Chrissy Crowley & Mario Colosimo
    - Cape Breton fiddle, piano, guitar and vocals.
    
    At The St. Ann's Bay United Church
    46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook
    Celtic Tea Room Ceilidhs
    Tuesday and Friday Evenings 7:30 PM
    July through mid-September 2019
    admission $10 (children under 12 - $5)

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    Celtic Tearoom Ceilidhs

    Location: 46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook

    Date: September 13

    Friday Sept. 13 - Buddy MacDonald & Rachel Davis
    - Cape Breton fiddle, guitar and vocals.
    
    At The St. Ann's Bay United Church
    46715 Cabot Trail, Indian Brook
    Celtic Tea Room Ceilidhs
    Tuesday and Friday Evenings 7:30 PM
    July through mid-September 2019
    admission $10 (children under 12 - $5)

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    Cabot Trail Writers Festival

    Location: Gaelic College, St. Ann's

    Date: October 4 - October 6

    2019 Festival Schedule

    Opening Night with Host Mark Medley: Readings by Our Festival Authors
    Friday, October 4, 2019 • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

    6:15 p.m.           
    Doors Open
    Hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, bookstore

    7:00 p.m.           
    Welcome
    Acknowledgments
    READINGS: Tom RyanLesley Crewe, Jessica WestheadSara Peters, Joshua Mensch

    8:20 p.m.           
    Break
    Cash bar, bookstore, hors d'oeuvres and book signings

    8:50 p.m. 
    READINGS: Alicia ElliottLynn Coady, Eleanor Wachtel, George Elliott Clarke

    9:30 p.m.           
    Hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, bookstore, book signings and mingling with friends and authors

     

    A Day Between the Covers: Workshops, Conversations & Music
    Saturday, October 5, 2019 • 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

    9:00 – 11:15 a.m.              
    CLOSE READING IN POETRY: POETRY WORKSHOP with Joshua Mensch (Education Centre)
    * Advance registration required *
    This workshop will focus on the practice of "close reading" in poetry. An essential skill for any writer, close reading helps us see our work more clearly by forcing us to observe how—and how well—our language is working on the page. It is especially vital to a poet's work where the pressure on each word and phrase is so high. Our goal in this workshop will be to become better readers of our own work. To that end, we’ll look at how various elements that shape a poem—from its form and meter, to its syntax and rhythm, word and image choices—in turn shape the way we experience it.
    Participants should submit one poem each for possible discussion (and written feedback from instructor) 
    no later than September 20. Further submission guidelines will be provided upon registration. 

    9:00 – 11:15 a.m.        
    * SOLD OUT! *
    ”YIKES! I’M A WRITER??”: FICTION WORKSHOP with Lesley Crewe (Education Centre)
    This is a workshop for innocent folks who think they’d like to be a writer. But do your eyes glaze over when you hear words like “plot,” “structure,” and “point of view”? Does your anxiety level rise when someone discusses, “narrative voice,” or “dramatic effect”?
    Then this is the workshop for you! I like simple. I want to give you some hints about what helped me to write eleven books in fifteen years. I never meant to be a writer, and I’m an expert in absolutely nothing, but I’ve learned a thing or two on this journey. Like what to do when your characters refuse to cooperate. You kill them off.
    There is nothing academic about this, just stuff that made my life easier while I was writing book after book. If you’d like to hear about it, join me, and we’ll moan about writing together.       


    9:30 a.m. –  11:15 a.m.     
    WHERE DO STORIES COME FROM? FREE WORKSHOP FOR YOUTHS Ages 12-18 with Tom Ryan (Education Centre)
    * Advance registration required *
    Since humans first sat around campfires discussing the day’s hunt, we’ve created and shared stories. From ancient oral traditions to online storytelling platforms, the narrative impulse is deeply embedded in our hearts, souls, and histories. In this interactive workshop, we’ll discuss how readers respond to character, motivation, setting, and plot, and how these basic elements can hook the imagination when assembled and polished in just the right way. Using powerpoint, handouts, and audience interaction, I will ultimately call on participants to help me create a brand new story on the spot. It’s an experience in which I expect to learn as much as they do!

    11:30 a.m. – noon
    * For registered workshop participants only *      

    Workshop Lunch (MacKenzie Hall)

    12:15 – 1:15 p.m.      
    FESTIVAL BOOK CLUB with Jessica Westhead (MacKenzie Hall)
    * Advance registration required *                 

    12:15 – 1:15 p.m.      
    LITTLE PEOPLE TELL BIG STORIES: FREE WORKSHOP FOR KIDS Ages 7-11 with Tom Ryan (Education Centre)
    * Advance registration required *
    We’ll begin by discussing our favourite stories, from well-loved family gems passed down by grandparents, to popular books and films, and then begin breaking them apart to see what makes them tick. In an engaging and interactive presentation, we’ll work as a group to create a brand new story, complete with engaging characters, intriguing settings, and maybe even a plot-twist or two!

    1:45 p.m.    
    HEARD IN THE HIGHLANDS
    A stroll among the changing colours of the forest surrounding the Gaelic College, featuring literary readings by Jessie Chai, Perla MacLeod, and Louisa Esangbedo, contributors to Once Upon an Island: Traditional Tales from New Cape Bretoners, along with with songs and harp music (weather-permitting!) by Màiri Britton. Please dress for the weather and meet at the junction of Mackillop Road and the Cabot Trail, just east of the Gaelic College entrance. In case of rain, performances will take place in the Pavillion, a sheltered outdoor performance area at the rear of the Gaelic College campus.

    3:30 p.m.       
    JUST BETWEEN US: THE INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN WRITER & READER (Great Hall of the Clans)
    A Conversation with Tom RyanJessica Westhead & Lesley Crewe, moderated by Mark Medley on the
    subject of how the private act of writing becomes the eponymously public act of publication, what role the
    imagined reader plays in the mind of the writer as s/he works, how writers reach and connect with their
    readers, how 21st-century technology has changed the relationship, and what if anything a writer owes the
    reader once the book is complete
    .

    5 p.m.      
    A CONVERSATION with Lynn Coady (Great Hall of the Clans)

    6 p.m.       
    Supper (Great Hall of the Clans)

    7 p.m.     
    MUSIC & PERFORMANCES with George Elliott Clarke, We’koqma’qewiskwa, Andrea Currie & Abby Mullendore (Great Hall of the Clans)

    8 p.m.     
    Eleanor Wachtel presents THE LIVES OF WRITERS (Great Hall of the Clans)
                   
       

    Festival Close: Conversations, Brunch & Songs
    Sunday, October 6, 2019 • 9:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    9:00 a.m.     
    GÀIDHLIG, AN CÀNAN CEÒLMHÓR, BLASDA, BINN (“GAELIC, THE MUSICAL, SAVOURY, SWEET LANGUAGE”)
    A Performance, Reading & Conversation in Gaelic and English with Mary Jane Lamond, Màiri Britton, Goiridh Dòmhnullach, and host Lewis MacKinnon (Great Hall of the Clans)             

    10:40 a.m.   
    Break (Great Hall of the Clans)
    Bookstore; coffee, tea & treats

    11 a.m.
    WHAT GOOD DOES WRITING DO?: HOW BOOKS CAN CHANGE US & OUR WORLD (Great Hall of the Clans)
    A Conversation with Joshua Mensch, Sara Peters & Alicia Elliott, moderated by Mark Medley, on the subject of the personal, social and political impact of literary work; the limits of that power and whether it should even be the objective of writing to do good in the world; how the panellists have been moved or disappointed by the scope of influence of books or have tried to be an influence themselves; and what mark, in the end, is made by marks on a page.

    Noon           
    Brunch (Great Hall of the Clans)

    1 p.m.           
    A CONVERSATION with George Elliott Clarke (Great Hall of the Clans)

    2 p.m.     
    SONGS & STORIES with Shawnee Paul, Toney Morgan, Bradley Murphy & Mario Colosimo (Great Hall of the Clans)


    You can purchase tickets online.

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