Front Stage Contest Winners Announced!

Headline: Young Songwriters Makin’ Waves at Wentworth Park this Summer


Sydney, Nova Scotia – The first notes from Wentworth Park’s Sydney Credit Union Makin’ Waves Music Festival will not be from Ria Mae, Matt Minglewood, nor any of the other artists previously announced for the annual music festival. Sydney Credit Union Makin’ Waves Music Festival today announced the five young performers who will open each of the five concerts taking place on Thursday evenings from July 5th through August 2nd. These performers were chosen from over a dozen submissions to the CBMIC (Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative) Front Stage Contest.

“Being a curated festival, we carefully select our mainstage artists to create a diverse and inclusive lineup that breaks through barriers,” says CBRM Recreation Program Coordinator Joe Costello. “The CBMIC Front Stage Contest gives us the ability to hear great young talent from Cape Breton and provide them a platform to present their art. Our jury had an unenviable task to narrow the selection to just five artists, but we are excited to have these five join us in the park this summer.”

Kicking off the festival will be Cameron Hollohan, 24, of Sydney. Cameron is a youth care worker at the Whitney Pier Youth Club who has been writing and performing since he was 14 years old. He has recently re-emerged as a performer, taking the stage in local pubs and expanding his songwriting. Cameron will open the July 5th concert at 6pm, presented by 101.9 The Giant, featuring Ria Mae and Carmel Mikol.

July 12th will feature blues guitarist and songwriter Curtis Matheson, 23, of Glace Bay. Curtis is no stranger to the stage, performing at festivals around the Maritimes with his band and as a coveted guitarist with other performers. Curtis and his band performer on 2017’s Breakout Stage, and he will hit the Makin’ Waves stage solo this year opening for Matt Minglewood and Billie Yvette presented by Marine Atlantic.

Young songwriter Breagh Kelly, 14, of Glace Bay will be opening for Pretty Archie and Jordan Musycsyn Band on July 19th presented by Marco Hearing Health Centre. Breagh is a grade 8 student at Oceanview Education Centre and recent winner of the ECMA Music Moves You contest. She has been performing at all ages events and open mics throughout the community, and her song “Safe and Sound,” about her missing dog Jakk, was a viral video on social media in 2017.

Sarah Ellen Morrison, 23, of Sydney will return home from Halifax with band in tow for a special acoustic performance alongside Hillsburn and Diyet & the Love Soldiers on July 26th presented by Atlantic Lottery. Sarah has been performing locally and in Halifax for a number of years, really hitting her stride in the last year performing at the Seahorse, the Carleton, and many other Halifax venues. Sarah was a guest performer at the 2017 Sydney Credit Union Makin’ Waves Music Festival with rapper Mitchell Bailey who, like her, was a CBMIC Front Stage Contest winner.

Opening the final concert of 2018 on August 2nd will be Sydney’s Rudy Pace. Best known as the frontman of touring rockers The Electric Spoonful, Rudy has been increasingly writing and performing solo and take his folk songs to Wentworth Park this summer. Rudy’s music is best comparable to folk storytellers like Towns Van Zandt and Kris Kristofferson, but with a bit more modern edge. He will be joined by Toronto’s The Beaches and Cape Breton born songwriter Greg MacPherson at the concert presented by Sound Source Pro Audio.

Sydney Credit Union Makin’ Waves Music Festival will take place each Thursday at 6pm from July 5th through August 2nd. The festival is presented by the Cape Breton Regional Municipality Recreation Department and the Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative, and supported by Destination Cape Breton and the Nova Scotia Government through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

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