Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative Partners with NSCC to Create Hall of Fame

SYDNEY, NS — The stars who have made Cape Breton a music mecca will have a permanent place to shine.

The Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative is creating a permanent hall of fame for Island artists and industry professionals.

Marc Botte, a member of the non-profit cooperative’s board of directors, said the Cape Breton Music Industry Hall of Fame will be located in the theater of the new Nova Scotia Community College campus on Sydney’s downtown waterfront.

Big Pond singer-songwriter Rita MacNeil is one of many artists who have helped put Cape Breton on the world music map. Contributed – Contributed

INTRODUCTORY GALA

The room will include physical memorabilia, as well as interactive virtual and digital exhibits. He said the annual induction gala will be preceded by several days of performances and industry talks, similar to the East Coast Music Awards and Nova Scotia Music Week.

“We envision this gala as a great fundraiser for CBMIC, but also as an opportunity to celebrate our musical heritage, to celebrate the accomplishments of Cape Breton musicians,” Botte told Cape Breton Regional Municipality council. Brittany this week.

“And ultimately, the revenue generated by the Hall of Fame, as we honor those who have left their mark on the Cape Breton music scene, will then allow us to invest in the next generation of musical artists. Whether it’s making sure any five-year-old who wants to can get a musical instrument, supporting someone taking a course to learn audio engineering, supporting an artist to record sound first album and to support him for a tour on this very first album, and then possibly support them so that one day we can induct them into the hall of fame.

Siblings Heather, left to right, Raylene, John Morris, Cookie and Jimmy have become international sensations with their band The Rankin Family.  Contributed - Christopher Connors
Siblings Heather, left to right, Raylene, John Morris, Cookie and Jimmy have become international sensations with their band The Rankin Family. Contributed – Christopher Connors

MAKE OFFICIAL

Botte has asked the board to recognize the Cape Breton Music Industry Hall of Fame as Cape Breton’s official music hall of fame, something the co-op will ask other boards and custodians to do. of the island to approve. They also hope to create a fame walkway, so Botte asked the council to consider this during the Charlotte Street Revitalization Project so they can trade sidewalk stones for stars.

NSCC’s new campus isn’t expected to be completed until 2024, so Botte said he wasn’t sure how many square feet the hall of fame would be. However, he said the community college was an integral part of the plan, and in addition to providing a venue, students would play a key role during the gala.

“It is the participation of NSCC that allows us to move forward with this project,” he said.

“This theater is going to be a living, breathing performance space where people learn about all aspects of music, performance and catering and all the supporting industry around it.”

Construction continues on the Nova Scotia Community College campus on Sydney's downtown waterfront.  The campus will house the Cape Breton Music Industry Hall of Fame.  Chris Connors/Cape Breton Post - Christopher Connors
Construction continues on the Nova Scotia Community College campus on Sydney’s downtown waterfront. The campus will house the Cape Breton Music Industry Hall of Fame. Chris Connors/Cape Breton Post – Christopher Connors

MUSIC TO THEIR EARS

The Hall of Fame and struck a chord with CBRM advisors, who sang the project’s praises and unanimously agreed to Botte’s requests.

“It was about time – it was long overdue,” Coun said. James Edwards. “It’s so exciting.”

Com. Darren Bruckschwaiger agreed.

“Cape Breton musicians are celebrated around the world, we’re known for our music and we have so much talent here – it’s a great idea,” he said, suggesting that the stars of the Walk of Fame are spread throughout the CBRM. .

“A place like Glace Bay, I’m thinking of Matt Minglewood, and I’m thinking of Bruce Guthro on the north side – those plaques should be placed in those communities as well, with Charlotte Street. And I just named those two – I could probably include myself. I’ve been known to sing a few songs on a few pops, but I won’t get a star, I know that. But seriously, I’m so excited about it, really and sincerely. I just think it’s a good thing.

Marc Botte is a board member of the Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative.  The non-profit group will establish the official Island Music Hall of Fame on the new campus of Nova Scotia Community College in Sydney
Marc Botte is a board member of the Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative. The non-profit group will establish the official Island Music Hall of Fame on the new campus of Nova Scotia Community College in Sydney “to celebrate our musical heritage”. Contributed – Christopher Connors

LASTING LEGACY

Botte said the hall of fame is another way the Cape Breton music industry co-operative is ensuring the island’s musical legacy lives on.

“What’s important is not just to revisit the past aspect of Cape Breton’s musical heritage, but to ensure that the musical heritage continues, by ensuring that we have the development, the programs and the resources to get the next Matt Minglewood, to get the next Gordie Sampson, to get the next Rita MacNeil, to get the next generation of Celtic fiddlers, and to make sure our musical development accelerates and doesn’t stagnate.


– Chris Connors is a business and culture reporter at the Cape Breton Post.


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