Vic’s Picks

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This page of my web site lists those upcoming musical events which I currently plan to attend, whether in Cape Breton and the Maritimes or closer to home. Most of these events feature traditional Scottish musicians who play in the Cape Breton style, but there are occasional departures to other genres, reflecting both my tastes and the choices available to me.

For information on selected past events I have attended and documented, please see:

For a listing of current and future events in Cape Breton (including the Antigonish area and Cape Breton musical events elsewhere on mainland Nova Scotia), refer to the Daily, Two-Weeks, Two-Months, and Events-2017 Listings on Mike Little’s fine Music Cape Breton web site.

Throughout much of the year, the phenomenal Phill and Jan McIntyre arrange house concerts and themselves host concerts featuring an incredible stream of the best Celtic musicians from all over the world, including many musicians from Cape Breton and the Maritimes. A side benefit of these concerts is that the musicians that play at them often continue on to other venues in New England and sometimes beyond at which they would not have appeared had the Maine concerts not brought them to the area. You should join Phill’s mailing list to keep informed about the artists currently on tour: these concerts are invariably superb!

Upcoming October Events

Event
Buddy MacMaster School of Fiddling: Masters Concert
Date
2017 October 5 (Thursday)
Time
19h30-22h
Venue
Celtic Music Interpretive Centre
Description
This concert features all the instructors from the 2017 Buddy MacMaster School of Fiddling: Shelly Campbell, Glenn Graham, Mairi Rankin, Andrea Beaton, Kenneth MacKenzie, Wendy MacIsaac, Troy MacGillivray, Kinnon Beaton, Kimberley Fraser, Allan Dewar, and guests.
Admission
$25.00. If any be left (this concert sells out quickly), tickets are available at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre or on-line at the Centre’s web site.

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Event
The Celtic Colours International Festival in Cape Breton. The festival’s web site has the full list of official events and their locations; some are now sold out. Mike Little’s web site offers an easier to consult listing of the shows and his web page lists the many unofficial events occurring on Cape Breton Island during the festival, many of which are also in the festival programme, available here as a downloadable PDF file.
Date
2015 October 6-14 (nine days: Friday through Saturday of the following week)
Time
19h30-22h for evening concerts; 14h-17h for afternoon matinées
Venue
Communities all over Cape Breton Island
Description
This world-class festival celebrates Cape Breton’s autumn colours with a nine-day feast of instrumental music, song, and dance from the Gaelic, Acadian, and Mi’kmaq traditions. International performers are invited from many parts of the world to join Cape Breton’s world-class artists. Most days offer multiple concerts and you will often find it very hard to choose between them—one wishes there were more days to the festival so one could hear more of the artists! Many community events (cèilidhs, square dances, community dinners, crafts displays, learning experiences, outdoor events, and the like) provide a great opportunity to enjoy the Island’s rich cultures and to meet old friends and make new ones; the many hiking trails in every part of Cape Breton (see this web page for a list) offer plenty of opportunity to see this beautiful island’s world-class scenery (and to work off all the great meals on offer there). If you’ve never been, you should definitely check it out; if you have been once, you’ll be back!
Admission
Tickets went on sale 2017 July 11. Many shows are now sold out. Prices vary with the event; see the festival’s ticketing web page for ticket prices and to order tickets.

Upcoming November Events

Event
Canadian-American Club Fundraiser headlining Andrea Beaton and Janine Randall.
Date
2017 November 12 (Sunday)
Time
13h-19h
Venue
Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington Street, East Watertown, Massachusetts 02472-2005
Admission
suggested donation of $20