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July 5th will kick off the festival with Juno nominated songwriter Ria Mae. One of Canada's hottest acts, Ria's songs "Clothes Off", "Bend", and "Ooh Love" have been certified gold and platinum by Music Canada, broken the Billboard Top 100 charts, and have garnered recognition from East Coast Music Association (ECMA), Music Nova Scotia, and The JUNO Awards.
Pairing the backdrop of a beautiful urban park with outstanding live music, Makin’ Waves Music Festival is the best way to start your weekend on Cape Breton Island. Wentworth Park in downtown Sydney will be alive with acclaimed performers from across the country in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere each Thursday evening in July starting at 6pm. With free admission, an onsite playground, and close proximity to many local amenities, Makin’ Waves is the perfect atmosphere for residents and guests of all ages and Sydney makes a great starting point from which to visit the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, the Cabot Trail, or wherever your journey leads you.
Sydney Credit Union Makin’ Waves Music Festival acknowledges that the festival takes place in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) People first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.
Sydney Credit Union Makin' Waves Music Festival is presented by CBRM Recreation and the Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative. The festival takes place at the Wentworth Park Bandshell in Sydney, Nova Scotia, on Thursday evenings from July 5th through August 2nd. The festival is free to attend due to generous contributions from Festival partners including 101.9 The GIANT, Marco Hearing Health Centre, Atlantic Lottery / Loto Atlantique, and Sound Source Pro Audio.