The Music Line-up

This years music line-up is as spectacular and diverse as in previous years at the Carnival. We are proud to announce the Line-up for 2018


Next Exit
Fire Works
East River Rats




Gospel Hour
Robert Bouchard
Randy Swallow Band
Men of the Deeps
Kitchen Criminals
Ashley MacIsaac

Jon Raven

Friday July 6, 2018 8:00 PM
Jon Raven playing on stage at 8pm

Next Exit

Friday July 6, 2018 9:00 PM
Next Exit Is A 4 Piece, East Coast Cover Band, Based Out Of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. The Band Consists Of: Dave Wright (Vocals & Guitar) Jason Conway (Vocals & Bass) Matt Kenny (Vocals & Lead Guitar,) and Brandon MacDonald (drums). Their Music Repertoire Crosses Various Genres From: Rock, Country, Pop, Maritime And More…With The Guys All Coming From Different Musical Backgrounds, And All Being Highly Proficient In Multi–Style’s Of Music, They Blend It All Together, And It Makes For A Very Diverse, High Energy, Crowd Pleasing, Good Time.

East River Rats

Friday July 6, 2018 10:15 PM
East River Rats was founded by front man Brian MacKenzie in the summer of 2016, bringing his Scottish roots and love of powerful Celtic music to the vanguard. After several attempts at building the band with various local musicians the final/current line-up was born in the summer of 2017 and includes Caleb MacIvor on bass, accordion and vocals, Marree MacKenzie on the fiddle, Cole Yorke on mandolin and backing vocals, Eli Hollett on drums and backing vocals, Greg Stanley on guitar and backing vocals, Jarvis Hale on banjitar, and Brian MacKenzie on vocals, tin whistle, guitar and bodhran. Hailing from the northern shore of Nova Scotia, Canada (widely known as the birthplace of New Scotland), these seven musicians come together to create a unique high energy blend of Celtic rock that has a little something for everyone to enjoy, and a live performance and presence that has to be seen to believe.


Friday July 6, 2018 11:30 PM
Always entertaining and definitely unique, The Mudmen are a blast of Celtic energy whose members are known to be characters both on and off the stage. First discovered in 1993 as “The Campbell Brothers”, the band signed a deal with EMI Records and changed their name to “Mudmen” in 1998. Their music has been featured on Xbox and PlayStation games, NBC’s television show “Black Donnellys”, WWE Wrestling, Don Cherry’s 9, 19, 20, 21, 24, 27 hockey videos, The Mackenzie Brothers TWO-FOUR Special on CBC, HBO’S Shameless TV show, HNIC Coach’s Corner (Dale Hunter tribute), 6 music videos on Much Music, and they’ve reached top 20 on the Edge radio.


Saturday July 7, 2018 8:00 PM
The Divorcees are a traditional, Outlaw Country quartet from New Brunswick on the East Coast of Canada.
Fans of Willie and Waylon will resonate with these rough and ready honky tonkers.
Known and loved nationwide, they are The Divorcees!

The Grassabilles

Saturday July 7, 2018 9:45 PM
The Grassabilles are a high-energy trio based in western North Carolina playing a footstomping blend of bluegrass, country, and roots rock n' roll. Original tunes, new and old favorites, and a few surprises, served up as only The Grassabillies can do it.


Saturday July 7, 2018 11:30 PM
Like Frankenstein’s monster drunk on whiskey sours, the Hypochondriacs resurrect classic country vibes with a strange and modern twist. Weaving together the emotional balladry of country legends like Hank Williams and George Jones with the high-octane stage presence of Memphis rockabilly and undercoated with the saccharine sounds of ’50s doo-wop, it’s a sound that’s at once familiar and refreshing.
Lead singer Josh Bravener has music in his blood, accompanying his father, an Elvis impersonator, out on the road from the tender age of six. Armed with songs about the crushing heartbreak of love and the love/hate relationship with the bottle, Bravener and his brother Aaron started the Hypochondriacs in 2012 and have been relentlessly hitting the stage ever since. Playing hundreds of shows – from intimate acoustic house shows to hitting the stage of the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto – and winning hearts in the process, the now-quintet has solidified itself as a high-energy whirlwind that you just can’t peel your eyes away from.

Kelsey Karr Johnston

Sunday July 8, 2018 1:30 PM
Kelsey Karr Johnston on stage

Randy Swallow Band

Sunday July 8, 2018 2:30 PM
Randy Swallow’s dynamic, loud, blues-driven guitar shows have slowly but steadily been garnering buzz around Vancouver. Hailing from music-hotbed Halifax, Randy has been honing his craft in bands, always at the helm with his fresh take on rock songwriting, fed by his East Coast roots, love for the blues, and classic pop structure. It wasn’t until two years ago that he decided to go at it entirely on his own. ‘I felt this raw, powerful energy playing live that I wanted to capture on a record, and nobody seemed to understand my vision quite as well as I did.’ Randy then embarked on the task of one-man band, producer and engineer that’s all too familiar with trailblazers in the industry who are unsatisfied with playing safe. ‘My goal is to make a record that’s a classic, polished, yet still gives you that kick-in-the-gut feeling you get when you listen to something real good, something you connect to.’ Our guess is that Randy Swallow’s superb guitar skills, mad love for the blues, and East/West coast hybrid roots will soon be a breakout contender in Canada’s ever-evolving music scene

Men of the Deeps

Sunday July 8, 2018 3:30 PM
The Men of the Deeps is a choir of working and retired coal miners from the island of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, Canada. Organized in 1966 as part of Cape Breton’s contribution to Canada’s Centennial Year (1967), the group’s inception was an effort by the people of Cape Breton to preserve in song some of the rich folklore of that island’s coal mining communities.

Robert Bouchard

Sunday July 8, 2018 4:45 PM
Robert has proven he is a great song writer as well as having a unique country voice people never get tired of listening too.
He has enjoyed a large fan base over the years and after 45 years his fans are still there waiting in anticipation for his next album, gig or personal appearance.
Robert has a dynamic stage presence and a sincere personality that makes a crowd feel good and keeps them coming back again and again.
You'll enjoy his rich baritone voice as he sings his own unique style of country music straight from the heart. He has earned the title "Cape Breton's Country Gentleman" because of his constant mild manner and his humble personality.

The Kitchen Criminals

Sunday July 8, 2018 5:45 PM
The Kitchen Criminals (KC) is a four piece ensemble from Pictou County. Their East Coast, Celtic-Rock sound was largely influenced by Atlantic Canadian bands MacKeel, Great Big Sea, Rawlins Cross, Dropkick Murphys and Fleur Mainville.
KC formed in 2016 due to a shared musical connection, enthusiasm and a love for the typical East Coast kitchen party atmosphere. They have built a large fan base by playing for pubs, colleges and universities, as well as entertaining at private functions such as weddings, corporate parties, benefits and many more. Their music ranges from original songs, to fiddle reels and Celtic classics. This group’s musical appeal is one that extends into many stylistic tastes.
Outfitted with an acoustic guitar, fiddle, bodhrán drum, tin whistle, mandolin, and bass guitar, KC set the stage with their Celtic instrumentation and rock approach to the music industry.

Ashley MacIsaac

Sunday July 8, 2018 7:00 PM
One of the most celebrated Canadian roots musicians of all time, having sold in excess of 500,000 albums, Ashley has garnered international acclaim by playing the fiddle in that hard-nosed, traditional Cape-Breton style, while adding his own spin, mixing genres and updating Celtic music to appeal to a broader spectrum of fans.