“It’s getting dark again!” here in Cape Breton as we head toward
the winter solstice but spirits are high and bright here. We’re
wrapping up this year’s event and working on next year at the same time.
We are very pleased to report that, thanks to your support and the
dedicated work of over 700 volunteers, we had the most successful event
to date this year. We continued to be blessed with a growing number of
visitors, this year from every Province, 47 States and 18 other
Countries. We are also really excited that more Cape Bretoners than
ever came out to the shows. Friendships were made and renewed, romance
blossomed and incredible music was played. We are currently working on
some plans for next year (Oct. 10-18) that we are really excited about!
In the meanwhile we are off to Glasgow next month to help celebrate the
10th anniversary of the Celtic Connections Festival. We first attended
that wonderful event in 1996 when Celtic Colours was just a gleam in
our eye. The wonderful support and encouragement we received there and
the friendships made over the years have been an inspiration to us that
we have tried to pass on at Celtic Colours.
Chair of the Board Wayne MacIntosh, Joella and Max were on hand in
Halifax recently to accept the “Crystal Award” for the top
Event/Conference from the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia.
Also, Celtic Colours was nominated yesterday by the East Coast Music
Association (ECMA) as the top event in Eastern Canada. We were really
happy that Marie Doyle was also nominated in the Volunteer category.
Marie has been a tireless volunteer for Celtic Colours over the years
along with husband Anslem. Way to go Marie!
Congratulations to all the Cape Breton nominees who are too numerous to
mention by name. For more information on the ECMA event check out ecma.ca
To all of you, our volunteers, artists, technical crews, sponsors and
especially those of you who travel so far to be with us, we wish you a
musical and happy Holiday Season.