This was to be the 18th annual festival. It’s a major challenge for the organization to face and manage, but we are committed to working through this and staging the biggest and best festival ever in 2015. There has been an amazing show of support and endorsement for this decision by our ticket buyers, sponsors, funders, artists and dozens of festivals and organizations across the country. Many have asked how they can make donations to help with the cancellation costs. We've created a crowd funding campaign https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/aoL47 to provide a vehicle for donations to be made. Donations will be used to fund the $70 k+ in cancellation costs we are facing. [The campaign ends September 30, 2014 and has raised just under $27,000 to date.]
The Chedabucto Bay Folk Society, the festival's parent organization, is a N.S. Not for Profit Organization and Federal Charity. Charitable donation receipts can be issued for all donations. Those donating will receive regular updates on funds raised and the use of those funds.
One of the ‘discoveries’ from last year’s Calabogie Blues and Ribfest, Ben Racine is back with his soulful voice and his crack band. You’ll hear swing … rockabilly … rock 'n' roll … and blues, of course. They’ll be backing Dawn Tyler Watson.
The Brothers Creeggan produced Mike's second album back in 2005. Mike continues to collaborate with The Creeggans and Barenaked Ladies, who invited him twice to perform on their Ships & Dip cruise. He’s also been lucky to write and perform with one of his idols, Ron Sexsmith. Other artists he’s shared the stage with include Sarah Harmer, Amy Millan and Dan Mangan. Since 2001, Mike’s released five albums, steadily grown a loyal grassroots following and has been played regularly on CBC. Mike's forthcoming album (date TBA) is produced by Howie Beck (Feist, Walk Off The Earth).