Great Big Sea, Sheepdogs, Matt Mays to headline Jubilee

Published on April 23, 2013
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: