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Fall for the Maritimes
October's Celtic Colours festival
October 7 to 15 will mark the 20th edition of the Celtic Colours International Festival in Cape Breton. Artists from Scotland, Ireland, England and more have joined Cape Breton’s musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers for the annual autumn celebration in past years. Cape Breton’s music and culture was inspired by the island’s geography and the 19th-century settlers from Scotland and Ireland — and the French before them — and influenced by the Aboriginal Mi’kmaq people, and immigrants from other countries who arrived during industrialization. Communities around the island will host concerts and workshops in everything from church and fire halls to performance venues. Expect Gaelic singing, Cape Breton fiddling, bagpiping. The festival coincides with the island’s leaf peeping season for an even more scenic week. For events and tickets: celtic-colours.com.
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