Smokey Sessions Chill On The Hill – August 5

Cape Smokey is excited to present the Second Annual Smokey Sessions: Chill on the Hill on August 5th 2023! With some of the most talented musicians in the Maritimes and, in fact, the country, this festival style concert is not to be missed! The lineup is exciting and diverse and includes: JP Cormier and Dave Gunning, Pretty Archie, Buddy MacDonald, Rachel and Darren MacMullen, Jordan Musycsyn and Carmen Townsend, Jesse Cox, Good Dear Good and Jud Gunning.

All tickets include a gondola ride.



All ages show. Rain or shine. Concert ticket includes a gondola ride the day of the show between 10am – 6pm. Please show proof of purchase at gate to redeem for your concert wrist bands. Children under 6 years old have free entry. Children from 6-12 years old can buy tickets for 50% off.

General Admission/Lawn Tickets $65 +HST before May 15th
General Admission/Lawn Tickets $75 +HST May 16th until sold out
Please bring your own blanket, cushions or low chairs- please note lawn concert seating is on the hill so it will be a sloped service.

VIP Tables (up to 6 people) $1200+HST
Includes a catered dinner by Coastal Waters Restaurant, access to VIP hospitality tent, VIP bar, indoor washrooms.

Platinum Seating Front Row Adirondack Chairs $250 +HST
Includes a catered dinner by Coastal Waters Restaurant, access to VIP hospitality tent, VIP bar, indoor washrooms.

We have some of the finest Celtic performers Cape Breton has to offer with nominations for Junos, Canadian Folk Music Associations Awards, EMCAs and Music Nova Scotia Awards. We also have some very fine up-and-coming musicians who are just beginning to make their own mark on the music scene. The artists fall under the broad umbrella that is Folk Music and represent the vast array of musical styles which are characteristic of East Coast music. We have singer-songwriters of the first degree. We have musicians influenced by pop and rock, country, bluegrass and blues music.

The Artists:

Dave Gunning and JP Cormier: a dynamic duo of the Folk Universe, to say the least. Having each forged tremendous solo careers spanning more than two decades, these two great friends have recently released their second collaborative album: Leather and Dust. On stage, they are a well-oiled machine. Dave’s story-telling and presence combined with JP’s ability to play practically any instrument never fails to mesmerize the audience.

Pretty Archie: This Sydney, Cape Breton band has been thrilling audiences across Canada and Europe for more than a decade with their own signature style which borrows primarily from country, folk and bluegrass. On stage, they are force to be reckoned with, marked by passionate performance and energy. Ingonish is the band’s unofficial second home and we’re thrilled to have them play here.

Buddy MacDonald: Born and raised on the North Shore of the Cabot Trail, Buddy is more than a local legend. In a career that has spanned more than 5o years, he is The Bard of Cape Breton. Recipient of the EMCA Stompin’ Tom Award, his song Getting Dark Again has recently been inducted in the Cape Breton Music Hall Of Fame.

Rachel and Darren MacMullen: Stalwarts of the Celtic music scene both here in the Maritimes and internationally, this couple have been wowing audiences for more than a decade. Key members of the band Coig, they are currently working on a duo project to be released later in 2023. Their performances are marked by first-class instrumentation and joyful enthusiasm.

Jordan Musycsyn and Carmen Townsend: These two fine Cape Breton artists will provide a treat for the audience by sharing the stage. Jordan is of the folk, story-telling bent and captivates audiences with his warm demeanor and acoustic style. Carmen is a power-house – the Queen of local the Rock’n’Roll scene. Together they are sure to enthrall the audience.

Jesse Cox: Hailing from nearby Bay St. Lawrence, Jesse is a local favourite and a hot up-and-coming artist on the East Coast music scene. His live performances are marked by a powerful energy and his whiskey-soaked vocals, combined with guitar and stomp box provide a distinct sound, which borrows from blues and bluegrass.

Good Dear Good: Based out of Halifax, with Cape Breton roots, this band is a harmonious blend of fun, indie-pop/rock mixed with emotional depth. Over the past few years they have developed a reputation for fine musicianship and enthusiastic performance. Frontman, Tim Hatcher, is originally from nearby Neils Harbour, so this will be a coming-home of sorts, guaranteed to please.

Jud Gunning: This native of Pictou Co., NS is another relative newcomer to the Maritime music scene, but has already dazzled audiences at Festivals and shows across Nova Scotia. Born of great blood-lines, it will be exciting to see this fine young musician on the cusp of his career.

The concert is outdoors, rain or shine. The show is a festival style event starting at 3pm and ending at 11pm with a short intermission around supper time. Be sure to come early because the ticket will also get you a ride on the gondola to take in the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Highlands!
Gates open at 2pm, Gondola will be running 10am – 6pm.