Membership Directory

A.J. Fraser

Aaron Lewis

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Aaron MacDonald

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Out of the woods of Mabou, a little town that beats in the musical heart of western Cape Breton Island, comes the soulful, ever-captivating, folk-rock singer Aaron MacDonald. It’s this small-town lifestyle that breeds much of the inspiration for this grizzled ECMA nominee. Aaron has pounded the East Coast and Canadian music scene for many years, now armoured with new material and a desire to get it to the people, he’s back from the shadows of Route 19. This indie songwriter is quietly making his mark despite the pandemic. His first single this year, “Gonna Get There” hit #1 on the East Coast with his outlaw country follow-up, “My Soul & Me”, making an East Coast Top 5 splash, Aaron MacDonald has undoubtedly stepped back into the East Coast Music scene. He has been named as one of CBC Music Searchlight’s Top 100 Emerging Artists of 2021.

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Adam Young

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Alex Libbus

Alexander Hall

Allan MacEachern

Allie Bennett

Andre Pettipas and The Giants

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Andrea Beaton

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Andrew Eugene

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Singer/Songwriter living in Mira. I have been writing for about 15 years now. I released my first album this year.

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Andrew Doyle

Andrew Greig

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Angela Iannetti

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Hello, I am a singer, song writer, and story teller, and my music, poetry and stories ate based on real life and real events, and local people from Cape Breton and areas in Nova Scotia. A business lady in Education for over forty years, with one of the longest existing Private Career Colleges in Nova Scotia, and a proven record of success. At sixty I produced my very first album, consisting of eight different music genres, and to my surprise, I was awarded three music Nova Sctoia Nominations, for Best Blues, Best Jazz,and Best Inspirational. I have played piano, and loved to write and sing since I was a child, but lacked the confidence to share my passion with friends and family, so at sixty plus here, ot goes; nothing to lose!! I am on album number three; all original material, various genres.

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Angela MacDonald

April Powers

Ash Young

Ava Vallis

Bernie MacKinnon

Bev Niven

Bill Culp

Billie Yvette Rogers

BE Sparrow

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BE Sparrow Blair Emmanuel Sparrow (born January 13, 1979) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and producer from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. He is a lifelong songwriter and legendary 12 string guitar player. A hook writer known for his earworms and anthems, ballad songs and singalongs. He was encouraged to record by his best friend and bandmate John Donovan. He is the nephew of Canadian folk icon Allister Macgillivray and cousin of the award winning The Cottars. BE Sparrow his debut album was recorded at Lakewind Sound Studios and engineered and co-produced by Mike Sheppy Shepherd and Fred Lavery.

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Brad Reid

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“Traditional yet innovative”, says Irish Music Magazine. The 2022 East Coast Music Award nominee draws on his Cape Breton fiddle roots and features sounds from across genres and lands. Latin influences with congas, classical and jazz elements, and urban hip hop groove marry original music with old country tradition. His arrangements have stimulating new chords to compliment the fresh fiddle phrases, presenting that classic Cape Breton sound in a way that might be, according to Irish tradition bearer Martin Hayes, “continually growing”.

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Braden Poirier

Broken Road

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10 Slip

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Breagh Kelly

Breagh MacKinnon

Gunner

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A solo act/one man band from Glace Bay. Performing a wide variety of covers, from oldies and modern, to country and classic rock, Gunner is sure to have a song for everyone, and music for any occasion. From dances and parties, to weddings, functions, and events. If your in need of live music for entertainment, you'll always get your money's worth. Utilizing backing tracks, with a top of the line sound system and light-show, Gunner delivers a full band experience, at half the cost. Song and set list are available upon request. Rates depend on type of venue. Call or text to book Gunner today!

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Brian Doucette

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Brian Doucette is a Cape Breton artist who plays with his gut and his heart on his sleeve. He can make you wanna drink, help you sit back and smoke and isn’t shy to lay it all out in his music. Brian has two studio albums available and a third due out this spring being recorded at the Basement Halifax.

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Brian Mullins

Brian Talbot

Brock Fownes

candee mccarthy

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Cassie Josephine

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Cassie Josephine warms and unsettles with thoughtful lullabies for sad adults. Her new collection of song dissect grief and hope with a sense of humour, one voice and one guitar. It's a divergence from her last two albums, both nominated for NSMW country albums of the year, Only Half Blue and Flower Country. These projects saw Cassie fronting five piece bands of super awesome Haligonians. Having moved back to her her hometown of New Waterford, Cape Breton, Cassie Josephine is embracing the solo singer-songwriter, small town life.

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Chad Tetford

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Chad Tetford is a songwriter/singer and entertainer from Mira River, Cape Breton. After two decades of living off island he is back in Cape Breton with his wife Jan and his children Ruby Grace and Charlie James. He performs regularly throughout Cape Breton when not at home tending the fire. He has one full length album of original music released in 2007. Currently he is recording music to release in a digital format.

Chris Sutherland

Christine Campbell

Chuck Smith

Scarlett Blind

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Hauler

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Colin Grant

Craig Peters

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Dane Pedersen

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Dane Pedersen is an up and coming performer from Millville, Cape Breton. Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies at St. Francis Xavier University, Dane has been performing locally for the past several years, in settings ranging from intimate coffee houses to sold out musical theatre productions. He holds a deep love for the folk music he grew up on, and strives to uphold the tradition of storytelling though song in his work.

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East Coast DNA

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With a lifelong passion for music and enthusiasm for local artists, Nova Scotian brothers Darcy and Andrew Walsh explore Canada’s East Coast to bring you music news and interviews. With our bi-weekly podcast and YouTube channel (reach of 5k+ in 2022), we’ll bring you interviews with the musicians who make the music we love, live performances, and music news from around the region. Follow our social media for bonus promotions and content related to East Coast music. Music is in the DNA of the East Coast Spotify 2022 Wrap-up statistics for East Coast DNA podcast: – Top 15% most shared globally – 90% more new content than other creators in the Music category – Top 25% most followed podcasts

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Folksinger

David Sampson

Denise Kendall

Human Missile Crisis

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Donald Ferguson

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Donald Stewart

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Duncan John Campbell

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Dylan Devoe

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Dylan Devoe is a Cape Breton Singer/Songwriter with Blues, Folk and Rock N' Roll in his soul. He performs high energy shows with his guitar while keeping the heads bobbing with his drums at his feet. Currently he is working in the studio, with plans to release his album Summer 2021. Dylan also plays lead guitar in the band Pirate Jenny, and frequently appears as a special guest in various local bands' performances. You can catch Dylan singing his heart out during one of his live shows around the Maritimes.

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Ed Woodsworth

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In my solo acoustic show, "Songs And Stories From The Road," I sing songs and tell stories from the many artists I have either toured with or opened up for during my 34 year professional career as a bass player. Artists such as Gordie Sampson, Ron Hynes, The Barra MacNeils, Jimmy Rankin, Dave Gunning, Men Of The Deep, Rita MacNeil, Bruce Guthro, Dave Sampson, Johnny Cash, The Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Barenaked Ladies, and more. I am also available as a sideman on bass and steel guitar for recording sessions or live performances. .

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Eddie Burke

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I'm an established artist with 3+ decades of experience with over 30 different bands and collaborations in the Cape Breton music industry as a singer/songwriter, guitarist and bassist. In May 2020, I completed my record "Feel", which is now available in CD, and will be available from streaming sites May 15, 2023. I am proud of Cape Breton music history, excited about the opportunities for Cape Breton music, and honoured to be a member of the CBMIC! I look forward to many more music collaborations as Cape Breton music grows!

Eileen Forrester

Eirinn Fraser

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Elyse Delaney

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Elyse Aeryn

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Singer-songwriter Elyse Aeryn combines the storytelling of country music with the driving rhythms of rock and roll. Her bluesy melodies paired with her bold, warm voice make for an authentic sound that people are calling timeless, raw, and alive. For Elyse, a lifelong writer, the words and stories come first. She pens lyrics that tell the truth about her own life in the hope they will illuminate the truth in someone else’s. Hard knocks, dead ends, new beginnings - Elyse writes with heart about the stuff of life. You can practically taste the inner strength and resilience in her music. After a decade in the corporate world, music called for a bigger part in Elyse’s life and she’s answering that call with all she’s got. After recently sharing the stage with names like Blue Rodeo and The Crash Test Dummies, she is releasing her debut album in March 2023.

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Emma Nicholas

Eric Marcotte

Erin O’Brien

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Professionally trained vocal major- graduate of 2022 Marconi Music Arts program. Songwriter, performer and recording artist with over 25 years experience.

Erin Ashleigh

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Erin Ashleigh is a singer songwriter with experience playing solo acoustic gigs and singing with vocal ensembles. Her original songs range from social commentary to confessional love songs. Her voice pairs well with old country and bluesy folk tunes but she is equally interested in jamming on classic rock and rockabilly.

Evam Turnbull

Gail Holdner

Gee Stewart

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Gerry McDaniel

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I started my music career at an early age, and having been playing an array of Celtic, Folk and original material for some time. Being an entertainer has been my passion in life. I thoroughly enjoy playing to an audience and engaging their participation! Starting off locally in Cape Breton and branching off to include venues all throughout the Maritimes, I was also fortunate enough to exhibit my musical talents as an Acoustic Guitar and Bodhran player, and Singer/Songwriter throughout parts of the US and Western Canada. My original single compositions included Indian Summer on Cape Breton Island, Tall Ships, Brook Village, Good Old Days, and All the Way to Here. Most recently, my original songs, Waiting for the South Wind and The Fishermen of Cheticamp have been chosen for an up-coming documentary, The Making of Jimmy Brow.

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Gillian Head

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Gillian Head is a fiddler with a sound that exemplifies the spirit and drive of traditional Cape Breton music. Her most recent release, Tidal (2018), received award nominations from both Music Nova Scotia and the East Coast Music Association. When not performing, Gillian teaches fiddling at L'école de musique Raveston in Chéticamp, Nova Scotia. “...it is so alive and powerful, flat out fun fiddling that there is no way you can keep from falling in love with it.” -Irish American News, 2018

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Glen Murrant

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Strongly influenced by progressive and techno artists of the 1970's and 80s, Glen worked in record stores, music shops, and studios for a few years before studying jazz piano at St.F.X. University. Half way into a music degree, Glen came to realization that he just wasn't all that into jazz. He changed majors and shifted his focus to English literature and philosophy. The result: rich, unique, sophisticated, meticulously crafted music.

Heather Peters

Hector MacRae

Hilda MacDonald

Isabella Samson

Jaime Battiste

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James MacLean

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A native of East Lake Ainslie, Inverness County, James MacLean has been playing music for more than 15 years. In his late teens, he started lessons with Cape Breton guitarist Brian Doyle, that his love for traditional Cape Breton music began to blossom. After high school, James went on to pursue a degree in music, and under the tutelage of Scott Macmillan, earned his Bachelor of Music from Dalhousie University in 2015. James recently released his debut, self-titled album with support from the Festival Volunteer Drive’ers Association through The Frank “Big Sampie” Sampson award. His new album is comprised of all traditional Cape Breton music played on a flat-picked guitar with accompaniment from some of Cape Breton’s finest musicians including Mac Morin, Patrick Gillis, Kenneth MacKenzie and his aunt Karen Beaton.

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Jamie Fontaine

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Emerging from the back roads of Inverness County, Cape Breton stands singer-songwriter Jamie Fontaine. His musical inspiration springs from the homegrown musical upbringing that constantly reverberates between the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and Glenora. Now situated in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Jamie's live show synthesizes a vulnerability between audience and singer through his effortless baritone. You may have fleeting memories of Keith Whitley and George Jones along with some of today's influences such as Chris Stapleton and Brett Eldredge float through your spirit as you discover Jamie Fontaine.

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Jamie Foulds

Janet MacKinnon

Jason Kempt

Jeff Stone

Jeff Wadden

Jenn Sheppard

Jenna Barnable

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Jennifer MacDonald

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An emerging singer/songwriter based out of Sydney, Nova Scotia. She has musical roots in the church and gospel music but explores a variety of genres including country, pop, rock celtic/traditional

Jennifer Maclellan

Jim DiFiore

JIM PETRIE

Jim Ralph

Jinks O'Neill

Joe Cook/Rootsdeepdown

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Joe Costello

Joe Sampson

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Jordan Musycsyn

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Jordan is a hard-working singer/songwriter, is a masterful storyteller writing songs about life and love with pathos and humour in an upbeat Folk/Americana style. He sustains a busy touring schedule throughout Canada in support of his sophomore album ‘Old State Of Mind’(nominated for Music Nova Scotia award for best Americana album of the year). Drawing on his own life experiences he writes relatable songs of love, loss and the human condition. A dynamic performer, Jordan moves the audience from laughter to tears and back again. His first album ‘The Pitch’ (released in the fall of 2014) was nominated for 2 Music Nova Scotia awards. He has toured across Canada many times playing his songs solo, with his band, with the Cape Breton Summertime Revue and Tis The Season. “JORDAN MUSYCSYN is a great musician and a great storyteller” Alan Doyle, GREAT BIG SEA

Judah Legge

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Caper Radio CJBU

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Cape Breton University's campus radio station, established in 1993.

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Kenzie Keough

Kevin Kelly

Kyla Duphy-Williams

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Leah Coleman

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Leah Coleman is a singer-songwriter of the renaissance variety, casting expansive lyrical worlds of escapism, romanticism, and poignant emotionality.

Lena Campbell

Lesa McDougall

Lilianne Cormier

Lisa Profitt

Liz HEALY

Loril Shannik

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Sonnie

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Living, learning, loving, growing and creating connections through music

MADISON MACINNIS

Marc Botte

Mark MacIntyre

Martin Kejval

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Mary Beth Carty

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Accordionist, guitarist, and player of pocket-sized instruments, Mary Beth Carty of Nova Scotia possesses a magical voice that earned her a nomination for Traditional Singer of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Carty’s second album, Crossing the Causeway, fuses traditional song, instrumental tunes, & originals to create a multilingual opus that reflects the diverse yet unified roots of her region.

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art damage

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since 1984 art damage has been making weird electronic music for a long time!

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Matthew Nicholson

Melody Rooyakkers

Michael Sr McKenna

Michael Cavanaugh

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Mike Fagan

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Mike Fagan is a singer/songwriter from Sydney, NS. Growing up in Cape Breton (Music Island) has been very inspirational for him and moulded his style and his compassion for music. Moving back to the beautiful island with all the local talent and fellow musician friends has encouraged him to continue writing music. His lyrics are raw, honest, and from the heart. Inspired simply by some of the hardships and the beauties of life that a lot of us go through, making them relatable to most. Singing with a raw sound that’s delivered with a catchy folky style with a subtle rocky edge on the acoustic guitar. Always looking to Collaborate and experiment with new things with fellow musician around the Island!

Michael McCormick

Michael Morin

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Music Cape Breton

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I e-published a weekly 'ALL Cape Breton Music Listing' every Thursday since 1988. 'Cape Breton Choices' www.cbchoices.com, which was used in 3 local newpapers and Destination CB info centres. Then i created a basic web page so everyone could access All the Music information I have been gathering. https://www.cbchoices.com to cover All of Cape Breton island. "Designed for the artist/fans and promoters" my website was so popular it crashed my server. I upgraded my package and changed my website name to Music Cape Breton https://www.musiccapebreton.com to better serve my goal. Ater 22+ year, still going strong; my way of helping our Island Musicians-my love of Cape Breton Music; trying to help the artists/promoters and those musical tourists as much as possible.

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Mike McKenna Jr.

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Known for his powerful lyricism and intricate musicianship, Canadian singer-songwriter Mike McKenna Jr.'s latest record At The Edge of the World (April 2020) was met by incredible support, with features in Spotify Editorial playlists including Renegade Folk and Contemporary Folk, on Mahogany’s YouTube playlist, in The Bluegrass Situation, Americana UK, Canadian Beats, Roots Music Canada, The East and more. Produced by 23-year-old Berklee graduate, Victoria BC’s Quinn Bachand (Rosier, Kittel & Co, Brishen) the album delivers a wider, fuller sound than his previous stripped-down records, lead by Mike’s incredibly raw, soulful vocals and surrounded by a beautiful mix of electric and pedal-steel guitar, electric bass, vocal harmonies, strings, piano and drums. It also passed through the talented hands of two of Canada's top analog specialists; mixing engineer Jon Anderson (Andy Shauf, Rosier, Foxwarren) and Grammy-nominated mastering engineer, Juno/Polaris winner Philip Shaw Bova (Father John Misty, Feist, Bahamas).

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Molly Babin

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Born and raised in Sydney, Molly Babin has been playing music since the age of 3. After spending 10 years away in Hamilton, Ontario, Molly returned to Sydney in 2018 and has since grown her collection of original material, adding songs reflecting on her experience growing up in Cape Breton, and the people she has met on her travels.

Morgan Toney

Nathan MacDonald

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Nigel Kearns: Vice Chair of the Board

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Vice Chair of CBMIC, Australian by birth, and Cape Bretoner by choice, Nigel Kearns is a seasoned event and conference professional. With over 30 years of experience, Nigel is an accomplished Sound Technician, Technical Director, Event Designer and Tour Manager. He has provided all his skills to countless clients in all levels of governments, corporate and private sectors. During an eight and a half year stint at the MTCC, Nigel assisted in raising the bar in local events by designing and executing numerous large conferences and gala events and assisting in countless quality and highly successful concerts

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Nik MacDonald

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Nik is a multi-genre multi-instrumentalist from Sydney Mines. He has filled guitar, bass and keyboard duties in several small-scale Nova Scotia groups, and is always looking to collaborate with others. He has studied music and business at Cape Breton University, as well as currently studying music at Nova Scotia Community Collage at The Convent.

Pam VanDommelen

Patricia Day

Paul Campbell

The Seasonographers

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Third Wheel

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Rachel Davis and Darren McMullen

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Lookout Tower

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Rankin MacInnis

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Rankin MacInnis is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Mabou, NS. Known for fronting Rankin & the Broken Reeds and Party Boots, he is also a co-founder and host of Blueberry Jam in Cape Breton and Rankin's Winter Warmers in Halifax.

Richard (Will) Herring

Richard Schaller

Riley MacInnis

Riley Prince-Gorman

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Lotoyas

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I am rooted in Cape Breton's history, and interested in influencing Cape Breton's future. I am an historian by trade, I maintain a day job directing a non-profit environmental organization, and I've been using music as a creative outlet for over 20 years. Member of former Sydney band, the Roots and Rhythm Remain, I now get my musical kicks as a member of the Lotoyas.

Rob Murphy

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Rob Murphy is an east coast musician from beautiful Cape Breton Island. Known for his heart on the sleeve lyrics and raspy tone. You can easily hear influences from the likes of Johnny Reid, Jason Isbell, Blue Rodeo & David Gray. No stranger to a stage Rob has been performing 100 to 150 shows a year since 2016. From live energy shows to intimate settings Rob is able to captivate an audience with his storytelling and stage presence. Rob is releasing his first full length album in April with an east coast tour planned for summer 2024.

Robie Hillier

Robyn Carrigan

Ronnie Hogan

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Ronnie McEwan

Rosemarie Schaller

Rosita Macneil

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Rusty James

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Rusty James is a Nova Scotia based singer-song writer. A true blue troubadour with a love for telling stories and crafting songs. Rusty is working hard writing songs, playing live shows, and putting out albums of quality material. Check out his debut (“Wishing Well”) and sophomore (“Aberdeen”) albums via his web site. Stay tuned for his 3rd record “Great Expectations”. Rusty James is a prolific write so you can expect to hear a lot more music in the future

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Ruth Ann Morrison

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Scott Macmillan

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Scott Macmillan’s passion for creating music propels him forward seeking opportunities in all aspects of music. Two world premieres in 2019, ‘12 & Change’ Scott’s concerto for Electric Guitar with Symphony Nova Scotia and ‘Woodland Revival’ an experiential composition derived & performed by Mi'kmaw drummers, Persian, Celtic & Classical musicians. Music has taken Macmillan with librettist Jennyfer Brickenden places nationally and internationally including Carnegie Hall performing their much loved “Celtic Mass for the Sea”,. Awards, appointments, commissions, critical reviews reflect Macmillan’s contributions to the music of Nova Scotia and beyond. An integral contributor to the success of the late Rita MacNeil, Scott played pivotal role in the rise of the Rankin Family Band, the Nova Scotia Mass Choir and led Symphony Nova Scotia’s Maritime Pops for 10 years in the 1990’s. In 2008 Scott began mentoring a new generation of guitarists at the Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie University

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Shaun Morrison

Shaun O'Neill

Shaun O'Neill

Shauna Kaiser

Shawn Purdie

Shelley Bennett Trifos

Hearts Of Kin

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Stephen Antle

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Steve Luxton

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Steve is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based out of Sydney Mines, NS. Constantly working to expand his creative and technical boundaries, Steve brings his unique musical perspective and fervent musical energy to every performance.

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Susan Burke

Tom O’Keefe

New Draft

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Vik Dugandzic

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In-active Back Pocket Material front man. Looking to write, collaborate, and facilitate the growth of local artists.

Wade Langham

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Wayne Bedecki

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THE ARTIST  Wayne Bedecki is a singer/songwriter from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia on Cape Breton Island who now resides in Halifax. Named CBMIC Top Three Emerging Artist in 2018. His songwriting ability shows hints of cleverness as of Jason Isbell and is clear in his music that he is locally inspired by Matt Mays, Carlton Stone and Dave Sampson. Wayne creates an edgy alternative folk sound that forces the audience to feel each lyric. He has paved his way by catching fans attention from his live performance. His success has been built from word of mouth and earning the attention of established musicians with authenticity and drive. ’Take Me Home ‘ will be released March 11th 2022, the first single for his debut album ‘ Running So Long ‘ coming in the summer of 2022.

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Wayne Donovan

Wayne O'Connor

Wilfred Gallant

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Big Boof

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Hip Hop Producer based out of Sydney. Been making beats for the last few years and make a lot of 808 mafia style beats typically. check out my social networks for purchasing info! Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/902bigboof Twitter: @902bigboof IG: @902bigboof Email: bigboofbusiness@gmail.com

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