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.


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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