A lively place with a great atmosphere to enjoy & learn about Cape Breton music!
The Celtic Music Interpretive Centre is a not-for-profit society and a one-of-a-kind facility located in the tiny village of Judique, Cape Breton Island. Our mandate is to collect, preserve and promote the traditional Celtic music of Cape Breton Island through Education, Research and Performance.
Designated the Official Celtic Music Centre of Nova Scotia and the Official Cultural Archives for the County of Inverness, CMIC offers an in-depth look into the history, culture and music of Cape Breton Island.
We offer year-round Ceilidhs featuring authentic live traditional music, special concerts featuring international artists, Gift shop showcasing locally made products and one of the largest collections of Celtic CDs, Ceilidh Pub Restaurant and Bar, an interactive Exhibit Room, Celtic Culture Demonstrations, Musical Walking Tours along the Trans Canada Trail, Beginner Gaelic lessons, music Workshops, The Buddy MacMaster Fiddle Camp, an Archives & Resource library, a Recording Studio, Online Store and more!
The CMIC caters to youth, seniors and everyone in between with programs and events to suit all age groups and contributes to building a vibrant local community and economy. From mid-June to Mid-October, The CMIC offers live music seven days a week. Our Sunday Ceilidhs run all year long and we offer various workshops and music events throughout the year. In October, we welcome students from all over the world to the Buddy MacMaster Fiddle Camp, which takes place during the week of the Celtic Colours International Festival.
Féis Cape Breton is a youth music program jointly
administered by the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre and
the Celtic Colours Festival Society. The Féis' mission
is to reignite the passion and revitalize interest and
participation in traditional Gaelic music and culture,
ensuring our culture remains a vibrant and living
tradition for generations to come. The Youth Music
Mentorship Program is our flagship program, providing
opportunities for youth between the ages of 12-18 from
across Nova Scotia to gather together for sessions over
the course of 5-8 months to be mentored by highly
respected musicians in their chosen musical discipline
(fiddle, piano, guitar, highland bagpipes).
As a non-profit, we rely on a variety of income sources to carry out our mandate and special projects. The Celtic Music Centre Endowment Fund was created to help support our year-round operations and provide a source of long-term sustainability. Established through the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia, donations may be made through the CanadaHelps website.
We also rely on
for assistance with our programs and operations. Anyone
wishing to donate may do so securely
online or contact us by phone or email anytime.
Every donation goes a long way!
The strength of any society depends on the vigour of communities made up of responsible individuals who are aware and proud of their cultural roots.
Inverness County, with its deep sense of community and tradition, has long been an important contributor to the wider Canadian community in many fields of endeavour... but none more creatively and successfully than Celtic music.
The Celtic music of Inverness County is enriched by the past and full of promise for the future. But that promise can only be fulfilled by a conscious and concerted effort to build on the success of past and present community-based efforts.