Music

Cape Breton Island is a hotbed of Celtic music and we encourage everyone to participate in the music at a ceilidh, concert or festival.

With well known artists like Natalie MacMaster or the Barra MacNeils, it is believed that Cape Breton Island has more fiddlers per capita than anywhere on the planet. Our traditional music, passed down through the generations, was originally played in gatherings in homes, but has since moved into many different venues.

Songs and tunes fill everything from our finest performance venues to intimate community halls. And, of course, the music is plentiful at our amazing festivals.

Events

Lunch Ceilidh at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre

Monday, June 12th 2017 - Sunday, October 15th 2017

The Celtic Music Centre's Ceilidh Pub offers daily lunch featuring authentic live Celtic music with some of Cape Breton's best up and coming and seasoned musicians. Enjoy home-cooked Nova Scotia favourites such as our signature…

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Glencoe Day

Sunday, September 3rd 2017

Community celebration with games of chance, horseshoes, Mass at St Joseph's, followed by a dinner and square dance at the Glencoe Mills Hall.

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Celtic Colours International Festival

Friday, October 6th 2017 - Saturday, October 14th 2017

The Celtic Colours International Festival is a unique celebration of Cape Breton Island’s living traditional culture. For nine days in October you’ll discover hundreds of events and activities taking place in communities around the Island.Since…

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Blas Math Lunchtime Ceilidhs

Monday, July 3rd 2017 - Friday, September 1st 2017

Make plans for one of our Blas Math lunchtime ceilidhs, and get a taste of our lively music and dance, and a hearty home-cooked meal. Tap your toes to the sounds of fiddle, piano, bagpipes,…

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Wednesday Night Ceilidhs

Wednesday, July 12th 2017 - Wednesday, August 30th 2017

Every Wednesday evening throughout July and August, the Great Hall of the Clans comes alive with lively music, dancing, songs, and more! Experience true Nova Scotia Gaelic culture. Begins at 7:30pm

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Kitchen Ceilidh Series 2017

Wednesday, August 23rd 2017

Kitchen Ceilidhs held every second Wednesday at the Father John Angus Rankin Cultural Centre, Glendale, at 7 pm, beginning June 1, 2016. You will be entertained by some of Cape Breton's best, with a light lunch…

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27th Annual Feis an Eilein – Gaelic Cultural Festival

Tuesday, August 15th 2017 - Saturday, August 19th 2017

Féis an Eilein is a community-based festival designed to promote the Gaelic language and culture of our area through educational and social activities for people of all ages. Christmas Island is home to the first…

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Experiences

Colaisde na Gàidhlig | The Gaelic College

Experience Gaelic culture with concerts, ceilidhs (pronounced kay-lees), classes, and more! A visit to the Great Hall of the Clans gives you an inside look at the traditions of those who settled in this area.…

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Strathspey Place

Enriching performances of music, dance, and folklore, Strathspey Place is a 491-soft-seat theatre with state of the art sound and lighting, located on the Ceilidh Trail nestled among the rolling hills of Cape Breton Island.…

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Celtic Colours International Festival

The Celtic Colours International Festival is a unique celebration of Cape Breton Island’s living traditional culture. For nine days in October you’ll discover hundreds of events and activities taking place in communities around the Island.Since its introduction…

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Highland Sitting Room at Keltic Lodge

The Highland Sitting Room offers a tasteful, sociable atmosphere to unwind with your favourite beverage after a round of golf or day at the beach. With a seafood-inspired, light pub fare menu and nightly entertainment…

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Rita’s Tea Room

Enjoy warm hospitality, leisurely lunches, and home-style goodies (including our popular oat cakes) at Rita’s Tea Room in Big Pond on beautiful Cape Breton Island. Rita’s Tea Room is situated in a converted one-room schoolhouse which was…

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