Special Events



Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Receives $3,100 ACOA

Funding for 2018-2019 Events:

Destination Cape Breton Association genuinely appreciates your organization, and looks forward to a great 2018-19 season of festivals & events (7th Annual Victoria County Canada Day Physical Activity Challenge 2018; 7th Annual Victoria County Fall Harvest ActiveFest 2018 & 8th Annual Victoria County Embrace Winter ActiveFest 2019 ($3,100 ACOA Funding for 2018-2019 Events)

FestiVille Baddeck – August 6, 2018



 “Celebration”of Naturally Active Victoria County Since 2011

HELD October 20 & 21, 2014 

  • 2 Time Gold Medalist Olympian & Flag bearer Heather Moyse Visited Victoria County, Cape Breton to “Celebrate” The Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy (Est. 2011 – Naturally Active) – Oct 20 and 21, 2014

NaturallyActiveBannersPal 2 – Victoria Co / CelebrationMagnet SignHeatherMoyseNaturally ActiveOct2014

Naturally Active Victoria County had Gold Medalist Olympian & Flag bearer Heather Moyse “Celebrate” the Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy which entered its 3rd year June 2014. The “Celebration” of Naturally Active Victoria County assisted us to highlight our successes of work done to date and to continue the momentum of the strategy and the branding since 2011 – The strategy has made a difference  and is importance to residents to be active and live a healthy lifestyle…Council, Partners, Leaders, Volunteers, Service Providers and Facility Operators have been very supportive and have contributed to the success of the momentum since day one, leading to the importance of the strategy to residents and them leading an active and healthy lifestyle.

Heather made 4 presentations at 4 host schools (Cabot School, Baddeck Academy, Wagmatcookewey First Nation & Middle River), equaling 9 participating schools in total throughout Victoria County and one in Inverness (Waycobah First Nation).

5th Annual Steve MacDermid Family Skate Held – February 2017

 Victoria Highland Civic Center, All proceeds go to the Scholarship Fund and the Rink.

6th Annual Steve MacDermid Ladies Scholarship Hockey Tournament Held – Feb. 2018

Victoria Highland Civic Center. Contact Jenniifer Morrison at 902-295-1710 or email: stevemacdermidmemorial@gmail.com.

Race the Cape 2016 HELD

Race the Cape Cape Breton  – July 12, 2016 

http://www.racethecape.ca/ http://ow.ly/JkRZE

Race the Cape 2013 Highlights. youtube.com. Race the Cape 2014 (Promo)

John Cabot Landing Celebrations HELD
Cape North – Sugar Loaf – Bay St Lawrence
June 2018
Experience the first landing place of John Cabot, 1497, in his search for the New World. Celebrate his landing annually in June. The day includes a re-enactment of John Cabot’s Landing, highland games, and fun day for children with games from yesteryear, BBQ and entertainment.

10th Annual Annual Along the Shores of Washabuck Festival 2018


Bras d’Or Lakes Festival

(Sailing, boating, music, culture & other activities along the shores of beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes)


22,107 Maple Trees to be planted on Cape Breton Island this year!


In commemoration of Canada 150 celebrations in 2017, Celtic Colours International Festival partnered with the Province of Nova Scotia: Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage—through the 150 Forward Fund—to develop The Maple Project.

The basic idea behind this project is to plant a tree for each concert ticket sold for Celtic Colours in 2017. The Maple Project is both symbolic and practical—symbolic in that maple trees are being planted to commemorate Canada’s sesquicentennial, but also practical as the brilliant colours of the Island’s fall foliage are an important part of the Celtic Colours experience.

“This came from some thinking on my part regarding the Festival,” explains Artistic Director Dawn Beaton, who has worked at Celtic Colours since 2009, and been performing in the Festival since it started in 1997.

“At Celtic Colours we have focused a lot on the ‘Celtic’ part of the Festival, through the artists and programming, obviously, but also through youth initiatives, the sustainability of the culture, tradition, etc… But we haven’t paid as much attention to, or taken as active a role in, sustaining the setting of this wonderful event, where the scenery and hospitality come together as the perfect backdrop for this unique celebration of music, culture and tradition.”

Beaton also points out that the Festival operates on a decentralized model, making it necessary to drive around the Island in order to take it all in. It is felt that helping to plant some new trees across the Island will help in some measure to offset the impact this travel has on our environment.

“We are always aware of our carbon footprint so planting trees seemed like a great solution,” she notes.

And planting maple trees, in particular, makes a lot of sense as they are extremely hardy and grow very well in our climate.

“There are various trees within Gaelic folklore that would have also made a good choice,” says Beaton, a native of Mabou, “but in light of Canada’s 150th anniversary, and the colours they provide to the landscape, not to mention the soil retention qualities of their roots, maple trees were the right choice.”

Working with the Strathlorne Nursery in Inverness, the Department of Natural Resources, and community partners across the Island, the Festival will be making 22,107 maple tree saplings available to be planted, helping to ensure that the beauty of our fall foliage will continue for generations to come. They have been cared for through winter and spring at the Strathlorne Nursery and now its time to make plans for planting, which should take place in late August / early September.

Non-profit organizations, community groups, educational facilities, and individuals are encouraged to participate in planting these iconic maple trees across the Island. If you or your group would like to participate, please visit celtic-colours.com/mapleproject to complete the application form.

The deadline for applications is Friday, July 27, 2018.





Tickets for Celtic Colours 2018 now on sale – Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 10AM ADT

Typically this is a very busy day for us and we ask for your patience and understanding should you experience any difficulties or long wait times while ordering by phone.

There are three ways to buy your tickets:

Order online

Order by phone
888-355-7744 toll free in North America
902-567-3000 local / overseas

Come visit us at our Box Office
We’ll have some great tunes by Rosie MacKenzie to kick off the morning! Enjoy free coffee, tea and treats from Tim Hortons while you wait!

New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation
37 Nepean Street, Sydney

Did you know?

You can access the ticket section of our website now to create an account or log in to your existing account. Doing this early allows you to update your information so you’re all ready to buy on Tuesday!
Just click here!


The log in (email & password) used to build an itinerary on our site (My Colours) DIFFERS from your ticket buying log in!


Click to see the 2018 line-up



Flying to Cape Breton for Celtic Colours?

Air Canada is offering a 10% discount on eligible fares for flights into Halifax (29 direct flights) or Sydney (6 direct flights). Simply add the code Y2Z3XAB1 in the promotion code field on www.aircanada.com and your discount will be automatically calculated for you. We hope to see you on board soon.




©2018 Celtic Colours International Festival | 850 Grand Lake Road Suite 8 Sydney Nova Scotia Canada B1P 5T9

Celtic Colours International Festival

5-13 October 2018

The full line-up and schedule will be released on Friday, June 22, with tickets going on sale Tuesday, July 10 at 10am AST.


To see when and where the 49 Official Concerts will take place this October click here.

If you have any questions or need some assistance in planning your Festival adventures don’t hesitate to get in touch with us! tickets@celtic-colours.com 888-355-7744902-567-3000



Hope to see you in October!


Venues announced for Celtic Colours 2018


Although it’s only been a few months since the close of last year’s Celtic Colours International Festival, staff of the award-winning event is hard at work putting the pieces together for its twenty-second year.

“While we can’t yet announce the roster of artists who will be performing at this year’s Festival, we are happy to reveal the venue schedule for 2018,” said Mike MacSween, Executive Director of Celtic Colours. “We have completed the process of scheduling our venues a bit earlier this year in order to assist our customers in planning their Celtic Colours experience. This is especially welcome news to our fans from some distance, who, of course, must reserve accommodations in advance.”

One of the things that sets Celtic Colours apart from most other festivals around the world is that it isn’t limited to just one location. Communities all over Cape Breton Island host concerts and workshops while the fall leaves are at their most brilliant and traveling around the Island offers one breathtaking view after another. Concerts are held in the communities where the culture has been nurtured for hundreds of years, providing context for the roots of the music and celebrating each community’s contribution to the island’s living Celtic culture.

This year’s schedule includes a mix of nighttime concerts and afternoon matinees, including four licensed shows and the nightly Festival Club at Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College in St. Ann’s, for those 19 years and over.

Iconic Celtic Colours venues like the historic Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay and the celebrated Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site are back, as well as some of the Island’s most beautiful churches, and an array of schools, state-of-the-art performance facilities, and community, parish and fire halls in 34 communities around the Island.

While the venues vary in primary function and size—from the hundred seat North River Community Hall to Centre 200 in Sydney with a capacity of thousands—they share in common the prominent place each holds in the community it serves. The Celtic culture of music, dance and story-telling lives on in these communities and provides the foundation for the celebration of living culture that is the Celtic Colours International Festival.

The Celtic Colours International Festival will open this year with a concert in Port Hawkesbury on October 5 and close in Sydney on October 13 with a concert at Centre 200. In total, there will be 49 concerts taking place in Aspy Bay, Baddeck, Belle Côté, Big Pond, Boisdale, Boularderie, Chéticamp, Christmas Island, D’Escousse, Eskasoni, Glace Bay, Glendale, Ingonish, Inverness, Iona, Judique, L’Ardoise, Louisbourg, Lower River Inhabitants, Mabou, Marion Bridge, Membertou, New Waterford, North River, North Sydney, Port Hawkesbury, Port Morien, St. Ann’s, St. Peter’s, Sydney, Sydney Mines, Sydney River, Wagmatcook, and Whycocomagh.



Concert Venue Schedule




Enjoy music and performances from past Festivals

Did you know you can watch hours of incredible performances from Celtic Colours? We have an impressive collection of videos on our YouTube channel. Subscribe now for free and be notified each time we share another great memory.


Watch Performances from Celtic Colours



Celtic Colours Live – Volume Five is available now on iTunes, Apple music, Spotify, and on most streaming services. CDs can also be ordered through celtic-colours.com.

Artists on this new compilation recorded live during the 2017 Festival include Còig (Cape Breton); Ùr: The Future Of Our Past (Scotland); Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle (UK / Scotland / Ireland / US); Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell (US); Dwayne Côté (Cape Breton); Phil Cunningham (Scotland); Ímar (Scotland); Sarah MacInnis and Mary Elizabeth MacInnis (Cape Breton); Paul MacDonald and Brenda Stubbert (Cape Breton); Talisk (Scotland); Daoirí Farrell (Ireland); Howie MacDonald, Hilda Chiasson and Dave MacIsaac (Cape Breton / Nova Scotia); Colin Grant, Ewen Henderson, Ingrid Henderson and Scott Macmillan (Cape Breton / Scotland / Nova Scotia); Allan MacDonald and Seudan (Scotland).



As another year comes to a close and we look towards building a brand new edition of Celtic Colours for 2018, we’re happy to share some highlights from this past Festival with you.



Explore 100 magical moments from stages across the Island captured by photographer Corey Katz.


View Photo Gallery


Stay tuned over the winter months as we’ll be releasing a series of HD performance videos from Celtic Colours 2017. The first in this series features an incredible set from Cape Breton’s own Còig. Click the image below to watch it now.



Did you know…? Our YouTube channel is filled with hours of incredible performances from previous Festivals. Subscribe now for free and be notified each time we release another great video!


Subscribe to Celtic Colours YouTube



Celtic Colours Live • Volume Five now available

Recorded at concerts all over Cape Breton Island during this year’s Festival, Celtic Colours Live – Volume Five features a variety of tunes, and songs sung in English and Gaelic, performed by artists from Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man, the U.S., the U.K., mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island.

From Celtic Colours veterans like Còig, Dwayne Côté, John Doyle, and Howie MacDonald, to Festival first-timers including Rhiannon Giddens, Ímar, Talisk, and Daoirí Farrell, Volume Five features some incredible musical highlights from the 2017 Festival.

Volume Five is available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and most streaming services…just search “Celtic Colours”.

Want the real thing? Order a CD before December 31st and get $5 off. Flat rate shipping is $9.99 to Canada and the US for any items in our online store.


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What were your highlights of Celtic Colours?

If you have any stories, photos, or feedback you’d like to share with us we’d love to hear from you. Please email jason@celtic-colours.com anytime!



Celtic Colours International Festival 2018

Friday October 5 – Saturday October 13

Tickets on sale Tuesday July 10 at 10AM ADT



©2017 Celtic Colours International Festival | 850 Grand Lake Road Suite 8 Sydney Nova Scotia Canada B1P 5T9

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3 Responses to Special Events

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  3. Mike Little says:

    its June 16th, 2017 OVERDUE to put UP 2017 EVENTS>

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