Weekends at the Opera House, the Fall 2021 edition, will have four music-packed weekends featuring ten concerts, from mid-October to late-November. Please read the COVID-19 safety plan, and vaccination policy below before purchasing a ticket.
|Matt Andersen hardly needs any introduction to Folk Harbour
audiences, having provided many of us some all-time Festival
highlight moments. Matt is a powerhouse performer with a giant, soulfilled voice and commanding stage presence. He has built a formidable following the old-fashioned way: touring worldwide and letting his stunned audiences and new devotees widely spread the good word of his righteous tunes.
|**Our sincere regrets that Measha’s concert has been cancelled due to a scheduling oversight with her management. Her concert will not be rescheduled at this time, therefore ticket refunds will be issued.**
So Motivated and hungry for new experiences,
Measha Brueggergosman’s career effortlessly embraces the
broadest array of performance platforms and musical styles
and genres. Measha began her career predominantly committed
to the art of the song recital and has presented innovative
programs at Carnegie Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center,
London’s Wigmore Hall, among others. On the opera stage, she
has soloed in the great concert halls of Canada, the United States,
Asia, and Europe.
|Rose Cousins has appeared at the Folk Harbour Festival
in 2006, 2008, 2011, and 2015, and has also been on our concert
series stages. On stage, she can do it all: perform solo,
harmonize with others, or regale the audience with her dry wit.
The PEI-born singer-songwriter who now calls Halifax home
possesses a stunning, clear voice capable of remarkable harmonies.
Her writing skills are equally notable; authentic and evocative, she
has been compared to some of the country’s most beloved
songwriters, but with a style distinctly her own.
|Hillsburn is a group that knows how to deliver
high-energy performances filled with dazzling
musicianship and stunning harmonies that resonate
with listeners. While there is no shortage of awards
and nominations that Hillsburn has received – Group
Recording of the Year from Music NS in 2018 and
New/Emerging Artists of the Year at the Canadian Folk
Music Awards in 2016 – it is a measure of their solid
following that they are so often in the running for
awards in the “fans’ choice” categories.
|Saturday, October 30
|Villages embraces the distinct musical culture of
Cape Breton, and combines that with thoughtful
songwriting and inventive production techniques,
resulting in a sound that is a pleasing balance of
traditional and innovative sounds. The group
accomplished this on its self-titled debut recording
in 2019, and has continued this with a three-song EP,
Upon the Horizon, released in 2020. This EP is a
preview of the group’s next full-length album, which
is expected to be released in 2021.
|Twin Flames are musical and life partners, Chelsey June, métis
(Algonquin Cree) from Ottawa, and Jaaji, Inuk and Mohawk
from Nunavik are multi-award winning, charttopping
musicians who build bridges across cultures, continents,
and styles. Singing in English, Inuttitut and French, Chelsey
and Jaaji honour their ancestors as they weave together a
rich tapestry of personal history and musical expressions. A
live Twin Flames concert is a unique and moving experience,
with sounds of Indigenous Spirit flutes, traditional drums,
western instruments, and captivating harmonies.
|William Prince was born in Selkirk, Manitoba, and
raised on the Peguis First Nation. His father was
a preacher and a musician who recorded several
albums, and William often travelled with him to
gigs in northern Manitoba. William released his solo
debut album, Earthly Days, in 2015; from that recording,
the track “Breathless” found its way to #22
on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts in 2018.
In 2020, he released both his sophomore album,
Reliever, and a collection of country gospel tunes,
Gospel First Nation. His debut recording won a 2017 Juno in the
Contemporary Roots Album of the Year category.
|HEATHER RANKIN: CHRISTMAS
|After over twenty-five years of performing with her
siblings, Heather Rankin is establishing herself
as an exceptional solo performer. Her recording, Imagine, a
Christmas album that is a pleasing collection of classics |
(“Once in Royal David’s City”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little
Christmas”, and “Silent Night”) and originals. Her angelic,
soaring voice is perfect for the selections on this recording.
|DAVID MYLES: IT’S CHRISTMAS
|Award-winning and critically acclaimed singersongwriter
David Myles might be an undercover musicologist.
Within his eclectic artistic continuum,
he has explored jazz, blues, pop, holiday music,
French pop, rockabilly, country, folk, gospel, and
even hip-hop. Obviously a man who understands the
true meaning of Christmas, it is a treat to have David
share his love of the season with us this year. For
this celebration of the season, David will be joined
on-stage by his superb sidemen, Alan Jeffries and
|Saturday, November 27
AND FRIENDS: HOLIDAY
|Going to a Catherine MacLellan show feels much
like catching up with an old friend, having those
long-heartfelt conversations that mean so much.
For those who love the holiday season, it’s hard to
imagine anything better than sharing the joy of the
season through a holiday concert with Catherine
MacLellan and friends. Her 2014 release, The Raven’s Sun,
earned her a Juno in the Contemporary Roots Album of the
Year category. In 2021, she will release HOLIDAY, her first
Christmas EP, featuring seasonal classics (“Blue Christmas”,
“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, and “In The
Bleak Midwinter”) and an original song as well.
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All ticket sales are refundable. If you are not feeling well, please stay home.
Doors Open at 6:45pm
Concerts Start at 7:30pm
COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN
The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society places the highest
priority on keeping our audience members, volunteers,
staff, and performers safe. We will follow all public
health requirements as mandated by the Government of
Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia. This Plan will
be updated as those requirements change. This Plan is
current as of September 15, 2021.
Indoor events at the Lunenburg Opera House (“the
• Proof of full vaccination (second dose at least 14 days
ago) is mandatory to enter the venue, except for those
ages 11 years and under who may enter with a fully
vaccinated adult, or those who have a valid medical
exemption. Vaccine proof, or proof of age for those ages
11 and under, or proof of exemption, as provided by the
provincial government, must be presented and verified
at the door.
• Masks are strongly encouraged at all times.
• Ushers will dismiss the audience row by row at the
end of the show to prevent crowding.
• The emcee will inform the audience at the start of the
show of the COVID-19 protocols in place.
• Contact information will be collected for tracing.
• Hand sanitizer will be available at the entry.
• Doors, washrooms, and high touch surfaces will be
• Hand hygiene signage is posted in the washrooms.
• Venue will operate at full capacity if provincial
• There will be no intermission.
• There will be no food/drink available to the audience.
• Tickets are sold only through an electronic ticketing
system and/or through the Folk Harbour office and
presales are encouraged. Ticket holders will be
informed that proof of vaccination (or proof of age for
those ages 11 and under, or proof of exemption) will be
checked at the door.
• Our refund policy has been revised to allow people to
refund their tickets up to the time of the show and stay
home if they are feeling unwell.
• If gathering limits are reinstated, tickets will be
refunded starting with the most recent purchased
until the allowable number is reached.
Canadian Heritage. We received funding for Weekends at the Opera House, Fall 2021 from the Government of Canada through the Support for Workers in Live Arts and Music Sectors Fund.
Music Nova Scotia exists to grow and
nurture the Nova Scotia music industry, to retain our own natural resource and promote investment, and to support membership in the promotion of the export of Nova Scotia music regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Music Nova Scotia provided funding to help us present
Measha Brueggergosman, Matt Andersen, Hillsburn,
Villages, Rose Cousins, and Heather Rankin.