Great Big Sea, Sheepdogs, Matt Mays to headline Jubilee

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Carlton Munroe stands in front of a row of Jubilee plaques signed by the bands that performed at previous festivals. This year Great Big Sea, The Sheepdogs and Matt Mays will headline the music festival. AMY MACKENZIE – THE NEWS

NEW GLASGOW – The New Glasgow Riverfront Music Jubilee will be rocking the river August 2-4 with a lineup that features Great Big Sea, Matt Mays, The Sheepdogs, The Stanfields, Dave Gunning, Gloryhound and more.

The Jubilee kicks off Aug. 2 with prairie-proud rockers The Sheepdogs, who came to international attention in 2011 when they won a massive contest, landing them on the cover of Rolling Stone and a deal with Atlantic Records. Since then, The Sheepdogs have proven they are anything but an overnight success, winning three Junos in 2012, and mashing out their “meat-and-potatoes” rock sound that everyone knows them for now.

East Coast rocker, multi ECMA winner, and JUNO nominee Matt Mays will headline Jubilee Saturday. Mays is currently touring “Coyote,” his fifth album, which emerged from a hunt of sorts that took him across North and Central America in search of just the right sound for his next album. And it worked; Coyote was named the 2013 ECMA Album of the Year.

The three-day event will come to a crescendo on Jubilee Sunday when Great Big Sea takes to the stage. The band is marking its 20th anniversary in 2013. It will be a sing-along kind of night, and the only chance for fans to see Great Big Sea this summer in Nova Scotia.

Supporting these acts is a full slate of accomplished musicians. Returning to the Jubilee stage are multiple ECMA and Music Nova Scotia award winners The Stanfields. Also on stage will be songwriter, performer and storyteller Dave Gunning, whose career continues to grow with his first Juno nomination in 2012 and two Canadian Folk Music Awards under his belt.

New to the Jubilee stage are a number of acts that span the musical spectrum. Gloryhound is three guitars and a drum kit that churns out a sound that oozes hard rock crunch. The band has received multiple ECMA and Music Nova Scotia award nominations and their single Electric Dusk gained Top 20 status on the national Mediabase Active Rock charts and Top 40 on the Billboard/BDS Canadian Rock charts.

Cyndi Cain will be taking to the Jubilee stage. Cyndi grew up singing gospel music in church and pursuing that early passion has brought Cyndi to a career in musical theatre, performing on stage with the likes of Michael Buble. Cyndi was recognized with African Nova Scotian Music Award for Best R&B (2000).

Sprag Session has developed a unique style somewhere amidst the rich, soulful roots of traditional Cape Breton music and the grooves of a thousand branches of rock and funk – they are creating a kind of Celtic fusion and carving out a distinct spot on the East Coast music scene.

Andrew Hunter & The Gatherers is a power trio with a singer-songwriter at heart. The lead single “One Good Reason” from 2011′s critically acclaimed album “Warhorses” cracked the top 30 charts nationally. In addition to numerous industry nods, their single “Remember” is about to be featured on an upcoming episode of the television drama Rookie Blue.

The Divorcees are the self-proclaimed great white north's original honky tonk heroes. With their rough and ready Country sound, the band was named the SOCAN Songwriter of the Year (2010) and won Music New Brunswick's award for Country Album Of The Year for their album, “Last Of The Free Men.” The Divorcees are currently touring in support of their third album “Four Chapters.”

The festival main stage line up for the Jubilee (in the order they appear each night) is as follows:

Friday, August 2: ReverbNation Artist TBA, Cyndi Cain, Gloryhound, Sheepdogs and Alert the Medic.

Saturday, August 3: Levy Step, Andrew Hunter & The Gatherers, The Stanfields, Matt Mays and Bigger Brighter Lights.

Sunday, August 4: Fleur Mainville, Divorcees, Dave Gunning, Great Big Sea, and Sprag Session.

Weekend Early Bird passes will go on sale April 26th, and are $70 (including tax and surcharge). The Jubilee is also offering a very limited number VIP Early Bird Weekend Passes for $120 (including tax and surcharge). This pricing is in effect for a limited time only until May 10, so get them early, as attendance will be capped at 5,000 per night for 2013.

Tickets for Sunday night only, featuring Great Big Sea, are $40 in advance and will go on sale April 23 through April 25 exclusively via the artist’s website

Daily and Youth passes will go on sale May 11, ticket prices are variable, please visit the website for details.

The New Glasgow Music Jubilee is an all-ages event. Children 12 and under are FREE and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  

There will be a licensed area available for those 19 and over (ID’s are required). Gates open at 6 p.m. each night.

Tickets are available by visiting:

The Riverfront Music Jubilee will also be the event at which the winner of The News’  Crossword Contest for a 2013 Dodge Dart will be announced.

For more information on the New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee, visit:

Organizations: Great Big Sea, Rolling Stone

Geographic location: NEW GLASGOW, North and Central America, Nova Scotia.Supporting Cape Breton East Coast Country Album

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Recent comments

  • Go Figure
    April 26, 2013 - 11:57

    Why can't there be a write up about something in this county without someone making a negative or rude comment about it?

  • MB
    April 23, 2013 - 18:22

    Maybe then LOCAL you could donate a few tickets to some less fortunate people of pictou county.

    • Tizzle
      April 24, 2013 - 09:10

      The sense of entitlement be strong in this one.

    • flib
      April 24, 2013 - 11:25

      MB, there are all kinds of things the less fortunate cannot attend. Bitching that you cannot afford to go to a concert is a moot point falling on deaf ears. The less fortunate should be concerned with putting a roof over their heads and food on the table and changing the conditions that makes them "less fortunate", not the cost of a frivolous event that means nothing in the grand scheme of things.

    • Aaron
      April 29, 2013 - 12:14

      MB if you want to go for free volunteer for every night you want to go. You can sign up on website listed in the article. Stop complaining no one wants to hear about it. If you can't afford luxury items get a better job and manage your money better. There are more than enough assistance programs out there for you. If you are "Less Fortunate" there is only you to blame for that, don't expect people who are successful to hold your hand through life.

  • JLM
    April 23, 2013 - 14:51

    What a great line-up. Wish I could be there - fan of most of these acts..... Kudos to the organizers.

  • Helpinghand
    April 23, 2013 - 12:46

    For the people that are unable to afford a pass for this you could always sign up to be a volunteer. That way you would be able to be down around the action. Check out the website you can sign up to be a volunteer. Hope that helps.

  • Looking forward
    April 23, 2013 - 12:25

    Looking forward to taking in the Jube on Sunday night! Fleur Mainville, Dave Gunning and Great Big Sea are three acts not to be missed! :)

  • danielle
    April 23, 2013 - 10:17

    There are lots of places to watch and listen to the performers outside the paid perimeter. I am really impressed with how big this festival has grown in the last 10 years. Congrats to the organizers. It is hard to get the big names in smaller venues.

  • David F
    April 23, 2013 - 10:05

    Good lineup, except The Stanfield's once again for the 15th time, nobody cares about them except the 50 hammered people at the front of the stage, otherwise they are horrible noise!

    • musicman
      April 23, 2013 - 13:58

      The Stanfield's must be doing something right David F, since they have won ECMA awards for the last 2 years, including 'recording of the year' toured with acts like The Trews, Flogging Molly, and Rawlings Cross. Toured the US and invited to play festivals in Europe. Played at the Olympics, etc. they have a huge list of impressive accomplishments for a band who has only been around for 4 years. I agree they are definitely not for everybody, but it doesnt hurt to show some support for a group of maritime guys living out their dream. All the power to 'em.

    • RC
      April 24, 2013 - 09:53

      I'm a non-drinker and I am very excited about the Stanfields. Therefore, your statement = untrue.

    • tina
      April 24, 2013 - 10:35

      soooo,,,matt mays n stansfields same night?fri or sat?

    • Steve M
      April 25, 2013 - 16:00

      get yer head out of the sand, Stanfield's are great music, sorry they couldn't book Elton John or Simon and Garfunkle for ya

  • NG
    April 23, 2013 - 08:48

    Going to concerts is a luxury MB, if you are at the poverty level then it shouldn't be a surprise that you cant afford it. It is not like these bands donate their time for free. This is a good lineup!

    • MB
      April 23, 2013 - 18:26

      Shame on you NG !!

    • NG
      April 24, 2013 - 08:49

      Shame on me for what? For being realistic about the costs associated with a large music event like this and what a fair ticket price is?

  • Debbie Mullins
    April 23, 2013 - 08:23

    Wow...what a line up...Congratulations to the organizers...This will be a sell out for sure...

  • MB
    April 23, 2013 - 05:52

    So much for making this an affordable event for everybody !!!!. Especially those living at poverty level. To some that is there groceries for the week !!!.

    • Local
      April 23, 2013 - 07:54

      I guess you are not familiar with music festivals then MB. for a festival with 15+ musical acts over 3 days, including some top Canadian award winners, to get a weekend pass for $70 is a steal. you will not find another 3 day festival in Canada with similar talent for that price.

    • Steve M
      April 23, 2013 - 08:00

      Things cost money. Not everyone can afford. This is why we drive Toyotas and Fords instead of Lamborghinis and Ferarris. Not every story can be linked to something bad. If you are worried about poverty, tell your MLA to make a higher min wage. Tell your MP to stop letting hundreds of thousands of jobs go to workers from South East Asia and India. Complaining about a concert price is of no value to anyone. Grow up.

    • Jane Doe
      April 23, 2013 - 08:52

      Good luck finding any 3 day music festival that offers a full pass for 70 dollars. Go dig under some couch cushions and collect change? A bottle drive? Yard sale? With a lazy and weak minded attitude like that, it's no wonder you're living in poverty. Get a grip, it's 2013.

    • greatevent
      April 23, 2013 - 09:18

      Musicians can't work for free. I think it is incredible that it is as cheap as it is considering the talent they are bringing in. $70 for 3 nights? It's twice that for one night at most concerts these days. It's unfortunate that some people cannot afford to go but why not be happy that we have such a great event that will bring great acts (and likely a few visiting fans) to the area? There is always the option of listening in from across the river if you cannot or do not want to pay. C'mon people!

    • greatevent
      April 23, 2013 - 09:36

      Musicians can't work for free. I think it is incredible that it is as cheap as it is considering the talent they are bringing in. $70 for 3 nights? It's twice that for one night at most concerts these days. It's unfortunate that some people cannot afford to go but why not be happy that we have such a great event that will bring great acts (and likely a few visiting fans) to the area? There is always the option of listening in from across the river if you cannot or do not want to pay. C'mon people!

    • John Doe
      April 23, 2013 - 11:42

      I was actually just thinking about how cheap the event was... $70 for the weekend is an amazing price!

    • Fizzle
      April 23, 2013 - 16:21

      If you're living at the poverty level, you have bigger things to worry about. As mentioned above, you can also volunteer if you really want to go.

  • McKay Aaron
    April 23, 2013 - 03:28

    I can't wait for bigger brighter lights!!! they rock!!!!