If you’re visiting Cape Breton for the first time or maybe just want to learn more about the culture and types of tunes that make up Cape Breton music, a visit to our Interactive Exhibit Room is a must. The Exhibit room has been custom designed to get you “Tuned into Cape Breton Music” and should be your first stop in Cape Breton to provide you with the knowledge of our culture, music and square sets so that you can enjoy your vacation to the fullest.
Join our musician guide Joe MacMaster for a Musical guided Walking Touralong the beautiful Celtic Shores Coastal Trail, easily accessible right behind the Celtic Music Centre. Learn fun facts about Cape Breton’s culture, music and history and see beautiful scenery along the way. Guided walk includes: Highland bagpiper to pipe you down to the trail, opportunities to read the interpretive panels along the way and view beautiful scenery, stop at the historic pioneer cemetery and enjoy a snack and a private ceilidh by the beach!
Each October we welcome students of all ages from around the world to the Buddy MacMaster Fiddle Camp, a week-long fiddle camp offered at the Celtic Music Centre during the week of the Celtic Colours International Festival, October 14-18, 2019. The camp is aimed at intermediate and advanced fiddlers of all styles who want to learn the Cape Breton style, allowing students the chance to study with 10 different instructors during the week. Learn in a fun, relaxed and authentic environment from some of the most well known fiddlers.
The Celtic Music Interpretive Centre offers a wide range of workshops in Fiddle, Piano Accompaniment, Square dance, Step Dance and Gaelic language instruction. Our Workshops page lists all upcoming workshops so be sure to keep an eye on the page or join our mailing list to be notified of new workshops as they are announced. If you are interested in participating in lessons or a workshop that is not listed, please contact us and we may be able to arrange a workshop for you or find one nearby.
Féis Cape Breton is a youth Music Program administered by the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre and the Celtic Colours Festival Society. The Féis aims to provide a wide range of opportunities for youth to engage in Gaelic culture to help ensure our culture remains a vibrant and living tradition for generations to come. Féis Cape Breton offers youth educational opportunities, mentorship programs, jam sessions, opportunities for performance and social gatherings to connect with community at cultural events through a diverse program of shared activities across Nova Scotia.
Teachers are welcome to contact us at any time to discuss and arrange a class trip. Your visit to the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre could include a number of fun and interactive activities tailored to your class. Download the PDF to read about some of the available activities.