MIANS Music Event of the Year 2001, the New Glasgow Jubilee Festival will feature a variety of musical talent in the outstanding acoustics and sightlines of the Glasgow Square Amphitheatre, August 1 – 4.
Set against the scenic backdrop of the East River, the festival’s line up includes international Celtic rockers Seven Nations from Orlando, Florida; Juno and American Music Award winner Alfie Zappacosta; award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist J.P. Cormier; ECMA winners and Juno-nominated Celtic sensations The Barra MacNeils; multiple award-winning singer-songwriter Terry Kelly; acknowledged dean of the Cape Breton fiddle Buddy McMaster; pop, jazz and Celtic singer-songwriter Doris Mason; acclaimed singer-songwriter Amy Sky, whose songs have been recorded by Reba McEntire, Diana Ross, and Anne Murray; pop-edged, traditional Celtic group MacKeel; Cape Breton fiddling sensation Jennifer Roland; 2002 ECMA Blues Group of the Year Glamour Puss; 2002 Juno nominee for Best New Country Artist J.R. Vautour; African Nova Scotia Music Award winners for Best Live Performance Universal Language; New Glasgow’s most popular 60’s and 70’s cover band DÃ‰JÃ€ VU and Pictou County favorite Mask.
“The amphitheatre has greatly improved our presentation ability,” says Jim Stewart, artistic director. “This facility, combined with two large state-of-the-art video screens and a stellar line-up, add up to one of the best entertainment values in Atlantic Canada.”
Each day, the festival offers outdoor concerts, food concessions, a licensed area for those patrons 19 and over and lots of free children’s activities. On Friday at 1:30pm, the Farmers Dairy “Twist & Go” Children’s Jubilee will kick off with award-winning trio Razzmatazz who perform interactive multicultural concerts for children and families; fiddler, dancer and YTV Achievement Award Winner Gordie McKeeman, and double ECMA winners for Best Children’s Album Audrey and Alex.
The Jubilee and the Atlantic Lottery Corporation are partnering in a fundraiser being held on Saturday, 2pm. ECMA winners John Gracie and the Jimmy Swift Band and international recording artists The Bluehouse will be performing in support of this worthy cause, where all donations will go directly to the Children’s Wish Foundation. Also on Saturday, Richard Wood, Buddy McMaster, Jerry Holland and J.P. Cormier will be holding a fiddle workshop.
In addition, the Third Annual Songwriter’s Circle will be held Sunday, August 4 at 2pm, with two circles being included for the first time this year. The first circle will be hosted by Lennie Gallant and will feature Amy Sky, Dave Gunning and Charlie A’court; the second circle will be hosted by Ron Hynes and will feature Alfie Zappacosta, Doris Mason and a surprise guest.
Presenting sponsor is Sobeys; presenting media sponsor is ATV/ASN. Grand sponsors include Moosehead Light, Atlantic Lottery Corporation, Michelin, CKEC, Town of New Glasgow and the Evening News. Founding corporate sponsor is Fraser & Hoyt, with major sponsors Pepsi, Atlas Wine Merchants, Musicstop, MacIntosh, MacDonnell & MacDonald and Farmers Dairy.
Tickets are available June 28 at all Sobeys locations in Pictou County, Antigonish, Truro, and in two Halifax locations: Sobeys Clayton Park and Sobeys Panavista, Westphal.
For festival information call 1-877-759-1078 or (902) 752-6972 or visit the New Glasgow Jubilee Festival website at: www.jubilee.ns.ca