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Fort Mac benefit concert


The Givin’ Back to the Mac fundraising concert is Sunday, May 15 at Centre 200. Over 5,000 tickets go on sale tomorrow. Cape Breton artists The Barra MacNeils, Matt Minglewood, Bruce Guthro, the Men of the Deeps, Aaron Lewis and Jordan Musycsyn will be joined on stage by hosts Bette MacDonald and Maynard Morrison.

A large part of the success of this fundraising event will be raffles and auction on site. Volunteers are ready to sell tickets and manage the auction of items and services donated by Cape Breton businesses. The main concourse and west concourse of Centre 200 will be designated areas for local business to raffle off or auction off items. Please contact Business Cape Breton today to participate by donating an item or service.  All proceeds from this event go to the Fort McMurray relief effort.

There are several corporate opportunities:
Goods for raffle and draw – Large items, over $500 in value, main concourse.
Goods for silent auction – Smaller items, generally $100 – 300 in value, main and west concourse.
Donations acknowledged on stage. ($1000 +)
Box seats at concert. ($2,500 per box – 13 available, food and drink service available – donation acknowledged on stage and on screens)

Contact: or call 902-562-2201 or 1-800-818-2201.

Please let us know of your intentions by Thursday, May 12, end of business day.


A coast-to-coast tour stopping in Midland Dec. 9

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The group whips up a musical potpourri of family favourites culled from traditional Christmas ceilidhs, midnight masses and other festive fare. Laden with distinctive harmonies, the songs are supported on a bed of instruments ranging from guitar, fiddle and mandolin to the bodhran, banjo and bouzouki. “There are three albums of (Barra MacNeils) Christmas music, so we usually can’t get all the songs in that people request, but we do our best,” MacNeil said. “There are also some new bits, stories and some levity – and some dancing, of course.” Sister Lucy’s take on traditional favourites continues to win over audiences, he added.

An East Coast Christmas to Oshawa

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Christmas is full of traditions and The Barra MacNeils hitting the road around the holidays has become one of them. The Nova Scotia Celtic band, made up of the MacNeil siblings, is touring a Christmas show for the fifth year. The Barra MacNeils play Oshawa’s Regent Theatre on Dec. 6.