“Separately, they are incredible. Together they are magical,”
A whopper of a show, big on laughs and inspiring musical moments, with each entertainer adding her own personality and style to the mix. Featuring four of Cape Breton’s favourite performers: Bette MacDonald, Heather Rankin, Lucy MacNeil and Jenn Sheppard; a powerhouse quartette, who deliver wonderfully intimate, high-energy performances with non-stop fun and a bit of sparkle. They are backed by some of Cape Breton’s finest musicians. The result is an exciting, well-rounded experience, with a broad setlist. You’ll forget about the real world for awhile, once these entertainers hit the stage.
Heather is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actor. She is most well known as a member of the multi-platinum selling musical group The Rankin Family. Since then, Rankin has released two solo records, A Fine Line (2016) and Imagine (2017).
A Fine Line was Nominated for a 2017 Juno Award for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year and 2017 East Coast Music Awards for Folk Recording of the Year and Fan’s Choice Video of the Year (for “We Walk As One.”) Rankin has released music videos for three singles from A Fine Line, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and “We Walk as One,” directed by Scott Simpson of Playmaker Films and “Titanically,” directed by Thom Fitzgerald. “Titanically” is inspired by the story of The Titanics’s bandmaster Wallace Hartley’s violin, which was found in an attic in 2005 and auctioned for 1.7 million dollars in 2013. The music video for “Titanically” was nominated for a 2018 East Coast Music Award and a 2018 Music Nova Scotia Award.
Lucy MacNeil is known for having the voice of an angel, taking listeners to Celtic music heaven while singing traditional Gaelic or modern folk tunes with her brothers in Cape Breton’s long-running group the Barra MacNeils.
The only girl in a family of five boys, Lucy MacNeil can be described as the heart of The Barra MacNeils. Her crystalline vocals are immediately identifiable with the group’s quintessential sound.For Lucy, music has always had a heartbeat and she recalls it as the centre of her childhood home where family, neighbours and visiting musicians were often known to gather — the perfect rhythm of everyone’s feet tapping with the music would lull her to sleep on many nights.
Tanner Gaudet & Evan Rayner are up and coming local artists eager to take the stage and entertain!
Peggy Clinton and Johnny Ross are two well known entertainers on Prince Edward Island who love to bring music and a whole lot of high energy to any venue they are performing at. Peggy began performing at the tender age of 5 and has continued to entertain people with her high energy and witty personality that she brings to the stage. Peggy Clinton is a 2015 Music PEI Award winner with her self titled album. She was also nominated for Female Solo Recording of the year and Country recording of the year. Johnny Ross brings a fun presence to the stage with his lively piano playing and passion for performing. He is a member of multiple groups, including The Ross Family, FallBack, and Haunted Hearts. The latter won six Music PEI awards and were nominated for an ECMA. Together this duo are the perfect pitch in music. They compliment each other and are happiest when performing together singing traditional country music along with a mixture of other music genre.
The duo of Small Town Jokurs consists of Joey Doucette and Kurk Bernard. They are proud to be from Western P.E.I. and have a loyal following of fans. The first time they performed together they were only 8 years old. The song was “Bobby Sue”, which was included on their 2017 album titled “Our Little Piece of Heaven”. Joey and Kurk are known for their strong vocals and stage presence; all around good guys who love playing music and having a good time.
This year marks a very special milestone for The Ennis Sisters. 25 years and counting of making music together and connecting to audiences across the world. From arts centres in their home province of Newfoundland to performing for International leaders and delegates at the 75th anniversary of D-Day on Juno Beach, their harmonies resonate with us all.
A Juno Award, multiple ECMA’s, Music Newfoundland & Labrador awards and a SOCAN for top grossing Canadian country song – along with endless accolades from fans and critics alike – tangible proof that they’ve tapped into something universal, beyond the notes on the page.
Flavoured by Celtic and traditional Newfoundland influences, Maureen, Karen and Teresa are known for their captivating sibling harmonies and their powerful, often humourous, storytelling. Their music offers a broad mix of original songs as well as uniquely interpreted tunes and ballads.
Live performance has been a staple of the Ennis’ experience, and continues to be. Proven road warriors since 1997, they gained underground notoriety before translating it into the global success they’ve become – and they aren’t finished yet. They have recently recorded a new collection of original songs entitled, Onward, which was produced by Alan Doyle and is set to be released in the spring of 2022.
The Ennis Sisters have also established a successful Christmas tour, which will see them perform in some of Canada’s most beautiful theatres in Nov/Dec 2022.