Arts and Entertainment

World-renowned musicians call Cape Breton home. The local music scene merges the modern with traditional. The folk, rock, hip hop genres of music continue to make their way to venues around the island. You’ll still hear plenty of fiddle music; it just might be amongst a 12 piece rock group.

Celtic Colours International Festival is held for ten days in October. This world-renowned event attracts artists and music lovers from all over the globe. In more than 30 venues across the entire island, the week features astounding local and international talent.

The Upstairs – This cozy bar is in Sydney’s historic North End on the corner of Ferry and Dolbin streets. It offers a wide variety of music, from rock to acoustic country.

Savoy Theatre – 116 Commercial St. in Glace Bay, this historic, beautiful theatre house is the source of many fantastic live performances of music and theatre.

Rollie’s Wharf – On Shore Road in North Sydney, this pub and eatery offers fine food and finer music. It’s renowned for its Thursday evening Celtic jam sessions.

The Red Shoe Pub – In Mabou, on the West side of Cape Breton, it has hosted many great fiddlers, singers, pipers and stompers. Owned by the Rankin sisters of the Rankin Family fame, you’ll come for the charm – and the food is good too.

Membertou Trade and Convention Center – On the Membertou First Nations reserve in Sydney, this facility hosts major musicians, comedy nights and conferences.

Centre 200 auditorium is best known as the nest of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, the local Quebec Major Juniro hockey franchise on the island. C-200 also hosts various concerts and other events.

Cape Breton International Drum Festival showcases drummers from the island and around the world. The weekend event happens in June.

Studio 10, Empire Cinemas – In addition to regular movies, on Thursday evenings in the Fall and Winter the Cape Breton Island Film Series selection runs at 7:00pm. These are often independent or foreign film documentaries.

Drive-In – located just down the road from the university, this big screen outdoor movie experience is a warm-weather favorite.