Queen of the Highlands Newsletter – issue 4

Tickets on Sale July 16th

On July 16th at 9:00 a.m. Select-a-Seat will be taking orders for Celtic Colours tickets! This is a month sooner than tickets have been available in the past. The toll free number in North America is 1-888-355-7744. Local and European folks can reach the ticket line by calling (902) 564-6668 with the appropriate country codes. The box office will be open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Atlantic Daylight Time).

Select-a-Seat is a computerized Cape Breton ticket service that is the equivalent of Ticket Master in larger centers. As such, there are service fees connected to the use of Select-a-Seat. They have assured us that there will be extra staff available for the first rush of calls but please be patient if you get a busy signal.


I just returned from the Stan Rogers Folk Festival on the week-end. Great to see such community support and hear such wonderful music. I caught up with the Danú lads and shared a pint and then Benny and I went out front to catch Buddy MacDonald and Cyril MacPhee. Buddy MacMaster lead a supper session on the Saturday night main stage along with Joey Beaton, Tracy Dares & Paul MacNeil. Before that J.P. Cormier played a blistering set. I met lots of folks who are coming up for Celtic Colours and having ambassadors such as the ones previously mentioned really helps.

Alistair MacLeod Wins International Prize

MacLeod’s book was the winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award from 98 books nominated by public libraries around the world. The winner was announced in Dublin on May 15th and receives the equivalent of $172,000 Cdn, making the prize established in 1996 the world’s richest for a single piece of fiction.

Although No Great Mischief is MacLeod’s first novel, he has won acclaim for his short story collections, including The Lost Salt Gift of Blood (1976) and As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories (1986).

MacLeod, 65, spent years writing No Great Mischief and was particularly pleased its success means it will reach more people.

“I think writing is a communicative act,” said MacLeod, a retired English professor. “You want them (books) to go out to the world and it’s very nice when the world receives them as positively as this one has been received. And it (IMPAC award) will mean, I think, that the book will reach more people and more people will share in my insights or my views or the things that I wish to explore. It’s very positive.”

Alistair MacLeod will be reading from his novel at the Breaking Bread show on Oct. 11th at the Gaelic College.

Max MacDonald – Producer

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