Welcome to Musique Royale and its many and wonderful community venues. You will find below an up-to-date list of our current partnerships, their histories, and contact information. Feel free to contact a venue directly with any questions about the upcoming concert being held there.
Generally speaking, tickets are always available through reservation from the MR Box Office and at the door. In addition, some venues have their own local ticket selling arrangements, such as at shops or through community organizations. MR is pleased to offer affordable tickets to all their concerts. Our average price is $20 for general admission and $10 for a special student discount. Cecilia Retreat events are by advance reservation only, so make sure you write Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org to save a spot for one of her next house concerts!
We hope you enjoy exploring Nova Scotia through its historic venues and great music.
General inquiries can be made to the Musique Royale Box office: email@example.com, (902) 634-9994
The Yarmouth County Museum & Archives is a museum located in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia exploring the history of Yarmouth County. Located in the heart of Yarmouth’s heritage residential district, the museum is housed in a former church as well as two historic houses. It also operates a summer display in the restored Killam Brothers Shipping Office on the Yarmouth waterfront. Contact:
22 Collins Street, Yarmouth, NS Tickets:
firstname.lastname@example.org Venue Chair: Joan Semple
, 902 742-5539
Greenwood United Church
Greenwood United Church has a history dating back to 1841 when Knox Presbyterian church was established on Baddeck Bay. Later, the congregation moved into the heart of Baddeck itself, and built our current church building.
Greenwood has changed a lot from those early years, but we are still committed to being a sign of God’s presence to the people of Baddeck. We host many activities throughout the year including concerts, clothing sales, outreach to shut-ins, ecumenical and community events.
You would be very welcome to join us for worship any Sunday or at any of our community events. Contact:
98 Twining St., Baddeck, NS, B0E 1B0 Tickets:
(902) 295-3273, at Blue Heron Gift Shop (Baddeck), and at Greenwood United Church Office; tickets also sold at the door. Venue Chair:
St. John's Anglican Church
St. John’s Anglican Church is an old parish with a new building. The first service of the Parish of St. John’s Anglican Church was held at Three Mile Inn near the Bedford Basin on June 12, 1839. Sunday evening services were established at the schoolhouse near Three Mile Inn until November of 1840. On May 1, 1841 it was proposed that a church building be erected and on June 22 of that year, land for the original church and cemetery was donated by St. Paul’s Church. St. John’s Chapel was built through the dedicated efforts of the Reverend William Uniacke who was part of a sub-committee to oversee the property and building of the new church. The dimensions of the church (44’ X 28’) were established and six tenders were accepted for consideration. On September 8, 1841, the church’s frame was built in Dartmouth and was subsequently floated up the Basin for placement at the site. The building of the church was completed in a mere six weeks after the frame was raised.
The decision to change the site occupied by the first St. John’s Anglican Church to its second location resulted from the area’s population growth and a generous provision of property donated by the late Mr. Henry Deal. This second parish complex was constructed at the intersection of Dutch Village Road with Bayers Road and Joseph Howe Avenue. The cornerstone of the second St. John’s Anglican Church was laid in December of 1959, and the building, designed by Keith L. Graham and Associates of Halifax, was built by MacDougall Construction Company Limited of New Glasgow. The church was constructed of steel and masonry with glass panels. A striking architectural feature of the day was the interior breadth of the sanctuary as well as the height of three crosses near the main entrance. The ‘Opening and Service of Dedication’ was held on Friday, February 26, 1960 with a consecration on April 25, 1973.
The third manifestation of the church started with a service of ‘Celebration and Thanksgiving’ by the Right Reverend Fred Hiltz, fourteenth Bishop of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, on Sunday, March 25 2007, during which sentences of consecration were revoked. The property was sold and the complex was demolished to make way for a new commercial development. The parishioners moved on to temporary locations in the Clayton Park West area including a long period using the J.A. Memorial Chapel within the facilities of Snow’s Funeral Home. It took several years to seek out suitable property and several months to construct the new church complex. The new building was designed by architect Foster MacKenzie and constructed by Jetco Contracting Ltd. on land purchased at 2187 Larry Uteck Boulevard in the West Bedford development area. The parishioners rejoiced as they took possession of the building in December of 2013 just in time to hold the first worship services during the last Sunday of Advent and then Christmas Eve of that year. The ‘Blessing of the New Church Building’ took place on February 23, 2014 with the Right Reverend Sue Moxley, fifteenth Bishop of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, presiding. Contact:
787 Kearney Lake Road, Bedford, NS, B4B 1E2 Tickets:
St. John's Parish Office, (902) 832-5649 Venue Chair: Rev. Randy D. Townsend
St. Barnabas Anglican Church
St. Barnabas’ Church was built in 1886, located in the heart of the small fishing village of Blue Rocks, NS. The Municipal Heritage Designation applies to the building and building footprint.
St. Barnabas’ Church is valued for its architecture, age and as the only Anglican Church in the Blue Rocks area of Lunenburg County. The small Greek Revival building, with Gothic Revival accents, was completed in January of 1886. In 1907 two wings were added to the church by noted local builders Boehner & Sons of nearby West LaHave.
Saint Barnabas’ Church stands as a contrast to the many other historic churches in the County, some of which have replaced earlier churches as the result of fire or the congregation outgrowing the first assemblage. The church continues to be active today and remains a vital part of the small coastal community. Contact:
1396 Blue Rocks Road, Blue Rocks Tickets:
Shop on the Corner, 263 Lincoln Street, Lunenburg (cash only) Venue Chair: Rev. John Wright
St. Mark's Anglican Church
Consecrated by Bishop John Inglis on July 25th, 1843, St Mark’s, Broad Cove, is the oldest of the numerous Anglican churches along the shore between the LaHave estuary and the Lunenburg-Queens County line. The feeling of intimacy inside enhances both traditional liturgy and musical performances. In recent years it has become home to a fine seven stop mechanical action pipe organ, built originally for Acadia University.
The church is at 7095 Highway 331. It is about a twenty-minute drive from the ferry at LaHave. Alternatively take exit 15 from highway 103 (signed for Broad Cove), drive through Crousetown and turn right on reaching highway 331. Contact:
7095 Highway 331, Broad Cove Tickets:
Petite Riviere General Store, 5752 Highway 331, Petite Riviere Venue Chair: Rev. Oliver Osmond
St. Stephen's Church
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, situated in the scenic and historic seaside Village of Chester in the South Shore region was constructed in 1840. St. Stephen’s features a mixture of Greek and Gothic Revival architecture, with a unique interior which boasts an ornately designed full wrap-around balcony. Visitors are welcome to learn about the parish history and some of the church’s historical associations; brochures with information on parish history and features of church for self-guided tours. Contact:
Box 385, Chester, NS, B0J 1J0. (902) 275-3804 Tickets:
Shop on the Corner, 263 Lincoln Street, Lunenburg (cash only) Venue Chair: Ted Cleather, Cindy Bradette
Cheticamp is an Acadian Parish founded in 1785. The actual church was constructed in 1893 at the cost of $41,950 by Father Fiset whose tomb may be visited under the Sanctuary. Stones for the construction were hauled on the ice by groups of parishioners from Cheticamp Island across the harbour.
The church is 212 feet long, 74 feet wide and the steeple rises to 167 feet. In 1957 the church was repainted and decorated, frescoes and stained glass windows were added. The organ, one of the first Casavant, was acquired in 1904 and is still in excellent condition.
St. Peter’s Church is situated on high grounds near the harbour and can be seen from all parts of the Parish, from the mountains and from the sea for many miles around. This imposing monument, with its architecture, its frescoes and its stained glass windows, is one of the most beautiful churches in the Maritime Provinces. It is also a witness to the deep faith and determination of its parishioners of past and present generations. Contact:
15-119 Cabot Trail Drive, Cheticamp, NS Tickets:
Advance reservation through MR Box Office, (902) 634-9994 or email@example.com Venue Chair: Michel Aucoin
, 902 634-9994
St. George's Roman Catholic Church
St. George’s Church is situated in a quiet setting along Highway #337 on the Gulf Shore of Antigonish County. The first Catholic chapel in Georgeville district was built at Morar about 1830. Remnants of that building were incorporated into the present-day vestry of St. George’s Church whose construction was completed in 1871. This vernacular style church features architectural elements including a symmetrical façade, a truncated central tower and Gothic windows. A cornerstone laid in 1860 contains a sealed bottle with coins and a document identifying members of the construction team including Peter MacKenzie, architect; John Smith, framer; and Thomas Brown, mason. Many of the early grantees to the area were of Highland Scottish extraction, including families with the surname McInnis, McLean, McNeil, McPherson and Gillis. Historically, fishing and farming have played an important part in local economy. The community invites you to enjoy a visit to our wharf at Livingstone’s Cove and explore our beaches! Contact:
9415 Highway 337, Georgeville Tickets:
Lyghtesome Gallery, 166 Main Street, Antigonish, 902 863-5804 Venue Chair: Nancy Layden
, 902 863-3015
St. Anne's Church Contact:
695 Main St., Glace Bay, NS. 902 849-6826 Tickets: Venue Chair:
Cathedral Church of All Saints
An architectural jewel, the cathedral is one of the finest examples of perpendicular gothic style in Canada. Soaring arches rise toward the vaulted ceiling nearly seven stories in height. The wood carvings of Robert “mousie” Thompson, in the sanctuary, the chancel, and the signature pulpit, took 30 years to complete and are the only example of Thompson’s work in Canada. Equally notable is the cathedral’s 5,000-pipe organ, the second largest in the Maritimes.
As the cathedral church for the Anglican Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, All Saints is the gathering place for liturgical events which draw and unite people from across two provinces. On Sundays and throughout the week, their doors are open to provide a respite for those seeking spiritual refreshment, refuge, and inspiration. Contact:
1336 Martello Street, Halifax, NS Tickets:
King's Co-op Bookstore, University of King's College Venue Chair: Vanessa Halley
, 902 423-6002
First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church was founded in 1827 as the Granville Street Baptist Church (renamed First Baptist Church in 1886) and is a member of the Halifax Region United Baptist Association as well as the Canadian Association for Baptist Freedoms (formerly the Atlantic Baptist Fellowship). First Baptist is intentionally ecumenical and inclusive in its services (Sundays at 10:30 a.m.) and programs. The church is located at 1300 Oxford Street. Contact:
1300 Oxford St, Halifax Tickets:
20 (free for all elementary school children) and are available at King's Co-op Bookstore, on Eventbrite, and at the door. Venue Chair: Vanessa Halley
, 902 422-1270 ext 261
King's College Chapel
Religious services have been a part of the life of the University of King’s College since it was founded in 1789 as the first college to be granted university status in British North America. King’s was modeled on the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge, which were residential, Anglican, and followed the tutorial approach to teaching. After a fire destroyed the original university buildings in Windsor, Nova Scotia, in 1920, the university relocated to Halifax and became associated with Dalhousie University. The Chapel was one of the original buildings to be built on the new five-acre Halifax campus by renowned American-Canadian architect, Andrew Cobb, one of the first students of the École des Beaux Arts in Paris to practice architecture in the Atlantic region. During World War II, King’s was used as an officer training facility for the Royal Canadian Navy, and between 1941 and 1945 the Chapel ministered to young naval recruits. You will notice the Chapel’s baptismal font is a ship’s bell, given to the Chapel in honour and thanks for its war effort.
Home to a vibrant and multi-faith community of students, staff, faculty, and friends, the Chapel is both a place of quiet reflection and the hub of lively activity, all based upon its core belief in the promotion of community through worship. During term, the daily rhythm of prayer practiced in the Chapel forms the basic structure by which students can further approach the truth and beauty of their search for meaning in academic and personal terms. The chapel hosts lectures and discussions, organizes retreats and day trips, holds special suppers and potlucks, is involved in a range of outreach activities, and supports musical education of its student choristers and the community at large. It welcomes all who come through its doors. Contact:
6350 Coburg Road, Halifax. 902 422-1271 x140 Tickets:
King's Co-op Bookstore, 6350 Coburg Road, Halifax Venue Chair: Vanessa Halley
, 902 422-1271 ext 261
Malagawatch United Church
The Highland Village Museum is a 43-acre living history museum and Gaelic folk-life centre that interprets, presents and celebrates Nova Scotia’s Gaelic story and identity.
During the fall of 2003, the Malagawatch United Church was moved over land and water from its site near the shores of the River Denys Basin to the hills overlooking the Bras d’Or Lake at the Highland Village Museum in Iona. The church building, built in 1874 as the Malagawatch Union Presbyterian Church, has a blending of architectural styles. It demonstrates Federal style in the squared-off windows; a Gothic spire, encouraging us to look towards the heavens; and the front door has a taste of Greek Revival. The inside of the church is plain in keeping with Presbyterian tradition. No musical instruments were used for singing until a pump organ was purchased in the 1940’s. Contact:
4119 Highway 223, Iona. 902 725-2272 Tickets:
Highland Village Museum Gift Shop at the church. Venue Chair: Rodney Chaisson
Clam Harbour United Church
Located on Nova Scotia’s beautiful Eastern Shore, the Clam Harbour United Church is located at Memory Lane Heritage Village in Lake Charlotte (a 45 minute drive east from Dartmouth). This simple church (seating is limited to 90) built in 1891 features superb acoustics in an intimate setting. However we do recommend that you bring a cushion for the “puritan pews”. The church was built by the Clam Harbour congregation, under the direction of Fred and Henry Stoddard who were trained carpenters. The framework of the building is constructed entirely of hand-hewn timbers and more than a hundred years later, the integrity of the structure is a testament to the builders’ skills. This beautiful community church was restored to its late 1940s state by the Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society. Contact:
Memory Lane Heritage Village, 28 Clam Harbour Road, Lake Charlotte. 902 845-1937. Tickets:
Memory Lane Heritage Village Office (see above) Venue Chair: Thea Wilson Hammond
The Lunenburg Academy is one of the defining features of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Standing on top of “Gallows Hill,” the Academy, like a great Victorian matriarch, surveys her family of distinctive and beautiful homes in the old town. Visible for miles around, it is an outstanding landmark and one of the most remarkable heritage buildings in the province. It has been designated as a municipal, provincial and federal heritage site, and was recently restored.
The Lunenburg Academy was built from 1894 to 1895 and was designed by noted architect H.H. Mott. It is the only intact 19th century academy building surviving in Nova Scotia. The building had a long educational history in the town until 2010, when a new school was built in Lunenburg. The Lunenburg Academy is now owned by the Town of Lunenburg, and is the home of the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance.
The building has many wonderful historical features, but the 200-seat auditorium on the third floor, overlooking Old Town Lunenburg, is certainly a high point. High ceilings with wooden detailing, the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance space features large, airy classrooms and practice rooms, as well as a full library of DVDs and CDs. A state of the art recording studio ensures that rehearsals and performances can be recorded and live streamed. Contact:
97 Kaulbach St, Lunenburg Tickets: Venue Chair:
Lunenburg School of the Arts
Lunenburg School of the Arts offers workshops led by professional art educators and working artists. Small and intimate class sizes allow students to work closely with instructors and each other, fostering self-expression in a supportive atmosphere. Courses are offered in a wide variety of mediums. Programs encourage exploration, discovery and development of skills and ideas. Lunenburg School of the Arts is located in the heart of Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site, a hub for arts and music. With its historic townscape and a working waterfront, the Town of Lunenburg is its campus. Contact:
6 Prince St, Lunenburg Tickets:
Shop on the Corner, 263 Lincoln Street, Lunenburg, (please note that they accept cash only) Venue Chair: Barbara Butler
, 902 624-0506
St. John's Anglican Church
Old Town Lunenburg, founded in 1753, was officially designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in August, 1996. At the centre of the town is St. John’s Anglican Church, Canada’s second oldest Protestant church. It is undeniably one of the country’s most outstanding examples of Carpenter Gothic architecture. On November 1, 2001, a devastating fire struck St. John’s. The restoration project that followed is a testimonial to the power of faith which has motivated and inspired many people in the community and all over the world. St. John’s Anglican Church is the primary venue for Musique Royale with events taking place all year round. It is an active church with a strong musical outreach programme which hosts many cultural activities.
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
65 Fox Street. Lunenburg. The Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lunenburg has been described as the “Rock of Lutheranism” in Canada. It is the oldest worshipping Lutheran congregation in the country and traces its history back to the earliest days of the settlement, when services were held in the open air and, later, in the St. John’s Anglican Church. In 1772, with the arrival of the Rev. Frederick Schultz, a first church building was erected. Nothing remains of that first building, however, except the key and the bell. The bell is of particular historical note in that it originally hung in the Fortress of Louisbourg. Known as the Antoine-Marie bell, it was purchased by the congregation in 1776 and was hung in the first church. In 1841 under the ministry of the Rev. Charles Cossman, the old church was removed and replaced by a new Gothic structure.
In 1888, the second church was taken down and replaced by the present building. The cornerstone was laid in 1890 and the church officially opened in July 1891. The church is designed in the High Victorian Gothic style. Its long, gable roofed nave runs between Fox and York streets and has a main gable end which is richly ornamented with moulded wooden belt courses, dentil courses, and a large stained glass window that serves as a memorial to the Rev. Cossman. Asymmetrical buttressed towers are attached at the corners of the nave. The small tower has a pointed doorway at ground level, a circular “oculus” window on the second storey, paired lancet windows on the third level, and a squat, pyramidal tower with a louvered gablet on its front face and a finial at its peak.
The larger tower has a pointed arched doorway built out in relief from the main wall and an ascending series of mullioned lancet windows on the second and third stories. A tall spire caps the 4th story belfry with small louvered gablets on four sides. Contact:
65 Fox St, Lunenburg, NS Tickets:
Shop on the Corner, 263 Lincoln Street, Lunenburg (cash only) Venue Chair: Barbara Butler
, 902 624-0506
Take Exit 10 (or 11 if you’d like a scenic detour) from Route 103 to find the scenic beauty and coastal charm of this unique area. Mahone Bay is known for its three waterfront churches, beautiful rails to trails walking paths, great cafes and bookstores, specialty crafts and art galleries, as well as sandy beaches and a lovely harbour. Cecilia’s Retreat is a private residence where music and hospitality are enjoyed while overlooking a spectacular view of Mader’s Cove. Come join us for a relaxed atmosphere of shared food and superb music. Bring your friends! Contact:
1199 Oakland Rd. RR2, Mahone Bay Tickets:
Advance reservation only through email. Venue Chair: Barbara Butler
Margaretsville is a picturesque fishing village with magnificent sunsets and a panoramic view of the Bay of Fundy. It is the home of Fundy Folk, a society devoted to the performing arts that began as an extension of the kitchen parties that were common among the folk type musicians of the area. The Evergreen Theatre is a simple symmetrical wooden structure with gothic windows. The building is 175 years old, originally the Evergreen Baptist Church. In recent years it was donated to the community and converted into a performance space, now hosting over 20 performances per year. Its marvelous acoustics make it ideal as a venue for music. Contact:
1941 Stronach Mountain Road, East Margaretsville. 902 825-6834 Tickets:
Online purchase or telephone reservation (see above) Venue Chair:
Merigomish is located on the south shore of Merigomish Harbour, Exit 27, off Highway 104. Its name is probably a variation of the Micmac name Malegomich, “the merrymaking place”. The area seems to have been one of the larger Indian camping grounds and Merigomish Harbour is believed to be a site significant for its archeological remnants. Settlement by Loyalist refugees from the American Revolutionary War began here in the area about 1784. Fishing and farming are the basic industries in the area, and the scenery along the Sunrise Trail is among the most beautiful in the province. In comparison to many of the churches in our region, Merigomish United Church is “relatively” new. It was built and completed in 1927 by many past relatives and friends who still attend today. However, there are some who probably still remember the dedication and efforts that went into the building of the structure. Merigomish United Church was dedicated with three separate services on Sunday, October 9, 1927. The minister was Rev. H.E. Campbell. The first service was at 11am and included guest speakers Rev. C.C. MacIntosh, Rev. Dr. A.H. Denson, Rev. J.D. MacLeod, and Rev. R.A. Patterson. There was another service at 3pm, and then another for the young people at 7pm. Our church maintains its devotion to the younger generations with a fabulous Sunday School. Contact:
1587 Shore Road (Exit 27, off Highway 104), Merigomish Tickets:
Lyghtesome Gallery, 166 Main Street, Antigonish, (902)863-5804 Venue Chair: Vickie MacDonald
, 902 926-2430
Old Holy Trinity Church
Old Holy Trinity Church, c. 1791, was built, by loyalists, just four years after the end of the American Revolution and seventy eight years before Canada’s Confederation. The church is the only unaltered Loyalist church in existence. It was built by Rev. John Wiswall, an Episcopalian priest from Falmouth, now, Portland Maine, whose wife, daughter and two of his four sons were killed by the American revolutionary forces. Rev. Wiswall fled America with his two remaining sons and Bishop Inglis of Halifax gave Wiswall the parish of Wilmot, in which Middleton is situated, to preach and build this historic Anglican Church.
Old Holy Trinity sits adjacent to the new Holy Trinity just on the western outskirts of Middleton on Hwy. #1. The original bell, flags and bibles are still intact and are on display when the church is open to the public. The acoustics within the old church are beyond belief and musical groups love to perform there. . Middleton is proud to be the home of such a national treasure and this designated Provincial Heritage site, and the church is in the care of The Old Holy Trinity Charitable Trust whose mission is to preserve, maintain, and promote Old Holy Trinity. Contact:
49 Main Street, Lower Middleton Tickets:
Available from Blue Griffin Books, 283 Main Street, Middleton, 902-363-2665 or Middleton Pharmasave, 26 Commercial Street, Middleton, 902-825-4822 or at the door. Venue Chair: John Maceachern
Ottawa House Museum
Parrsboro is admired for its elegant houses and estates, many of which were built during the 1800’s, and the breathtaking scenic view it affords of the extraordinary tides of the Minas Basin. The Ottawa house was built circa 1765 and is the only remaining building of a busy ship building and international trading community. Overlooking the rocky cliffs of nearby Partridge Island, historic Ottawa House served as the summer home of Sir Charles Tupper, former Prime Minister of Canada and Father of Canadian Confederation. After serving as an inn for more than a century, this lovely Georgian structure was converted to a museum filled with period furnishings. Several rooms also house exhibits showcasing Parrsboro’s shipbuilding heritage. Contact:
1155 Whitehall Road, Parrsboro. 902 254-2376. Tickets:
From museum (see above) Venue Chair: Susan Clarke
St. John the Baptist Anglican Church
People of all faiths welcome the peace and quiet found in this unique church. During Sung Evensong Services, with candles all aglow and the beautiful oil lamps lit (now by electricity), we are reminded of the days when life was simpler and less materialistic.
Hymns are sung to an old Bell pump organ, powered solely by the organist’s feet, and vocalists love the wonderful acoustics of this church. The wood stove provides warmth when colder weather approaches, as well as heat to boil water for a cup of tea.
The largest service each year is undoubtedly the Christmas evening service held annually on December 23 by lamp and candle light. The music provided by those who bring their instruments - violin, flute, bass and trumpets - swell the strains of the hymns and carols, as we hear the well remembered message. Contact:
908 Avondale Road, Poplar Grove. 902 634-9994. Tickets:
Advance reservation through MR Box Office, (902) 634-9994 or [firstname.lastname@example.org](mailto:email@example.com) Venue Chair: Hugh MacNeil
Bay View United Baptist
Gothic Revival Style church had ab asymmetrical facade with 5 sided front projection and recessed north- and south facing entrances in small open porches on each side. The steeply pitched roof has three cross gales on front projection an off centre chimney and a tower / steeple with a finial over the south entrance. There are triple windows in the 3 front sides of the projection which have double hung sashes and 1/1 glazing; pointed arch windows above have tracery and stained glass. There are large quadruple lancet windows in the north and south gable ends of the transept which have tracery and stained glass in the top arches. Most other windows are lancet or rectangular with double hung sashes and 3/3 glazing. Wood construction, clad with Vinyl siding.
This is the third Baptist church to have been built on this site, the first two having burned in 1879 and March 1892. This building was started in September of 1892, the architect was J.B. Kinney and building contractor was Howard C. Curry. The progress of construction was followed closely in Yarmouth Light newspaper, from September 8, 1892 to October 5 1993, shortly after its completion.
West sis of road. The taller bell tower over north entrance was removed and north entry porch roof changed in 1978. Wheelchair ramp added in 1983. Chimney has had a new top built sometime sine 1992. Contact:
3155 Hwy 1, Port Maitland Tickets:
By calling 902 742-8765 Venue Chair: Joan Semple
St. John's Anglican Church
The history of the Parish of Cornwallis dates back to 1761, a few short years after the deportment of the Acadians. Construction of St. John’s Anglican Church in Port Williams began in 1804 but because of lack of funds at the time the interior wasn’t completed until 1812. Over the years various additions and repairs have been made including an extension of the chancel and a change of seating in 1888 to create a third aisle of pews. The stained glass windows are outstanding with a number of memorials gracing its walls. The beauty of the sanctuary, the warmth of wood, and wonderful acoustic make this church a unique setting for Musique Royale performances. Contact:
1105 Church Street, Port Williams, (902) 542-7476 Tickets:
Call (902) 542-5300 or through MR Box Office (902) 634-9994 or [firstname.lastname@example.org](mailto:email@example.com) Venue Chair: Diana Shelley
Paroisse Sacré-Coeur (Sacred Heart Parish) in Saulnierville was founded in 1880 by Father Jean-Marie Gay; in 1890 it split away from the mother parish, St. Mary’s Parish in Church Point (Paroisse Sainte-Marie à la Pointe-de-l’Eglise). Since then, Sacré-Coeur (Sacred Heart) Parish has almost always been overseen by the fathers of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary, (Eudist priests).
Église Sacré-Coeur dates from the founding of the parish (1880). It is currently the oldest parish church in the Clare region (one of the few parish churches to have escaped the ravages of fire). It was built entirely by the parishioners who gave generously of their time and scarce financial and material resources. The church went through a number of renovations, the most recent from 1977 to 1979, under the leadership of pastor Claude Côté, CJM to mark the centenary of the parish in 1980. Further renovations were made from 2007 to 2012. Contact:
9650 Route 1, Saulnierville, Nova Scotia, B0W 2Z0 Tickets: Venue Chair: Joan Semple
The Osprey Arts Centre
The Osprey Arts Centre vision sees a community where all members, youth, adult and senior, and culturally diverse, have access to high quality performing arts events, both amateur and professional, to be a place where people turn for training in the arts and to be available to all members of the community as a place to perform. Open year round, the Osprey exhibits visual art and presents popular and classical music, live theatre, summer arts camps for kids, a literary festival, and book launches. It hosts events across Shelburne County in schools and other venues and rents its space to community groups and for public and private functions such as weddings, meetings, conferences, and lectures. The Centre is run by a volunteer Board of Directors and three part-time staff. Contact:
107 Water Street, Shelburne, (902) 875-2359 Tickets:
TLC Pharmacy, 157 Water Street, Shelburne, (902) 875-4852 or Ticketpro (888) 311-9090 (toll free) Venue Chair: Alex Buchanan
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is know by many people as the “big blue church” on the corner of Main Street and Queen Street in Sydney Mines. We have enjoyed a rich history in the town and this year we rejoice as we celebrate our 175th anniversary.
Our congregation began in Sydney Mines in 1840 when the first St. Andrew’s Church was erected on Shore Road. It was dedicated April 25, with a seating capacity of 300. In 1842 the first Presbyterian manse in Cape Breton was built next to the church. In 1876 the second church with a seating capacity for 500 people was erected on the same Shore Road site at a cost of $6,000. It was determined that the congregation would have a better community presence if the church was closer to the town center so our location was moved to Main Street. Between 1906-1907 the present church, with a seating capacity of 800 was built for $20,000, and opened for worship and was dedicated on April 12, 1907.
In recent years we have become a welcoming venue for many musical concerts for the community. Performers have included: six years of Celtic Colours performers, Godsent, Chalk Dust, Robyn Cathcart, Belkolora Quintet, Coro Cantabile, Bob Quinn, Jennifer Quinn, Kevin Evans & Brian Doherty of the Irish duo Evans & Doherty, Stewart, Lucy and Boyd MacNeil, from the Barra MacNeils, Kimberley Fraser, the British Columbia Boys Choir, Canadian Tenor Ken Lavigne. We also look forward to The Ontario Presbyterian Chorus & Ensemble Polaris in 2015. Contact:
643 Main St, Sydney Mines Tickets:
Box Office - (902) 736-6537, Sexton's Pharmasave, 746 Main St, Sydney Mines, (902) 736-3801, Shoppers Drug Mart, 131 King St, North Sydney, (902) 794-7211 Venue Chair: Jim McNeil
Sharon United Church
The concert venue in Tatamagouche is the historic Sharon United Church with its fine acoustics. Built in 1854 to serve local Presbyterians, it became Sharon United Church in 1925 following church union. The building was enlarged in 1871, an organ was added in 1888, and in 1930 the old closed-in pews were replaced by the present ones.
Tatamagouche is situated where the rivers French and Waugh enter a natural harbour, and it gets its name from the Mi’kmaq ‘Takumegooch’ meaning ‘meeting of the waters’. In 1755 the British expelled the Acadians and the village was destroyed. All that remains from that period are some Acadian dykes and French place names. Protestant re-population began in 1765 followed by a sizeable shipbuilding industry. Contact:
15 Church Street, Tatamagouche, (902) 657-2699 Tickets:
Fulton's Pharmacy, Tatamagouche, (902) 657-2545 Venue Chair: Ann Manicom
St. John's Anglican Church
The heritage value of St. John’s Anglican Church is both historical and spiritual in nature, being the principal place of worship for a congregation whose roots extend back to the earliest days of the Truro township. Construction of the first St. John’s, a wood-frame structure on the site of the present building, began in 1821 and was completed in 1825. The current building, constructed of freestone, is a very good example of the 19th century revival of the English Gothic style in ecclesiastical architecture. The steeply pitched roof, flying buttresses, pointed arches and tracery are identifying elements. The crenelated tower was a later addition. The actual work on the church was started in 1873 with plans drawn up by architect William Thomas of Montreal, and was finally completed in 1881. Contact:
23 Church Street, Truro, (902) 893-2532 Tickets:
MacQuarries Pharmasave, 510 Prince St, Truro, (902) 893-3312 Venue Chair: Bill Canning
, 902 895-5902
Wedgeport is a picturesque Acadian village overlooking the Tusket River in Yarmouth County. Eglise St- Michel, a large structure seating 700 people was built in 1867. In 1906 it was considered ‘too small’ and an addition was made of two large towers placed on either side of the main building. Renovations and upkeep through the years have made the church the pride of parishioners – a magnificent structure seating 1000 people. Contact:
2552 Highway 334, Wedgeport Tickets:
La Shoppe a Carl in Wedgeport, Red Cap Restaurant in Pubnico, and by calling 742-8765 in Yarmouth Venue Chair: Joan Semple
, 902 742-8765
L’histoire de l’église Saint-Pierre
L’église Saint-Pierre fut commencée en 1889 par le Père Sullivan. La construction avancée a permis d’y célébrer la messe de minuit en 1891. Elle fut achevée en 1892. Elle fut précédée par 2 autres : la première construite en 1810, sur le bord de l’ouest du havre de Pubnico, était située sur l’autre côté du chemin du vieux cimetière sur le chemin « Old School Road ». La seconde fut construite en 1840, après avoir démolie la première. Elle fut bénie par le Père Goudot le 8 janvier. Aujourd’hui, notre belle et grande église sert encore de lieu véritable de rencontre de tous les chrétiens, autour de Celui qui est venue « rassembler les enfants de Dieu dispersés » : Jésus Christ; pour écouter la Parole de Dieu et manger à la table eucharistique le Corps du Seigneur.
A short history of Saint Peter’s Church
Saint Peter’s was first started in 1889 by Father Sullivan. With the advanced construction of the building, it was possible to celebrate the midnight Mass of Christmas 1892 in the new church. There were two preceding churches for this parish. The first one was built in 1810 and was situated alongside the Pubnico harbor on the West side. The second one was built in 1840 after the first one was demolished. This one was blessed by Father Goudot on January 8, 1840. Today our big, beautiful church is still a place where all Christians can gather to hear the Gospel and to celebrate in the eucharist by eating the bread of life at the table of the Lord. Contact:
1152 Rte 335, Middle West Pubnico Tickets:
La Shoppe a Carl in Wedgeport, Red Cap Restaurant in Pubnico, and by calling 742-8765 in Yarmouth Venue Chair: Joan Semple
Manning Memorial Chapel
Wolfville is a town of elegance and charm set amid natural wonders. Stately elms, manicured lawns, and the rich architecture of its century old homes give Wolfville an historic grace and unprecedented charm. Home of Acadia University, one of Canada’s finest undergraduate schools, Wolfville is considered the academic and cultural centre of the Annapolis Valley. The university had no chapel until 1960, when major funds were provided by the Fred C. Manning Charitable Fund. The Manning Memorial Chapel, an American Colonial brick structure, was opened in October of 1963. Of particular note is the classical Baroque organ in the balcony and the spectacular front stained-glass windows with their images outlined in gold leaf. Contact:
45 Acadia St., Wolfville Tickets:
By Calling (902) 582-3933 or through MR Box Office (902) 634-9994 or [firstname.lastname@example.org](mailto:email@example.com) Venue Chair: Nancy Burbidge
St. George and St. Andrew United Church
The present structure of St. George and Andrew United Church dates back to 1911. The first Methodist church building was dedicated at the comer of St. Anthony and Church Streets in 1789. The second Methodist church building was dedicated in 1846 and later moved to where the manse now stands and the present brick church was built.
The Presbyterian church which was called St. Andrew’s was built in 1862 and is now owned by the Arts Council and is just across the street from the manse. In 1919, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and St. George’s Methodist Church united. It is thought to be the first union of the two churches, at least in the Maritimes.
St. George and Andrew United Church houses a two-manual baroque-style organ built by Orgues Letourneau in 1991. Contact:
393 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal, NS, B0S 1A0 Tickets:
Bainton's Tannery Outlet Mad Hatter Bookstore, 213 St. George Street, and at the door Venue Chair: