The Caladh Marquee is up and awaiting visitors.

The marquee is part of the transformation of 27 Creighton Street for a summer of entertainment and festivities between the deCoste Centre for Arts and Creativity, Town of Pictou, Hector Heritage Quay, Pictou Lobster Carnival and other community partners. Together they will present a series of entertainment events and festivities to celebrate the town’s 150th anniversary, 250th anniversary of the Ship Hector’s arrival, and the deCoste’s 40th anniversary.

“The partnership between the deCoste and the Town of Pictou to create the Caladh Marquee event site on the waterfront to hold our respective concert series is made possible through the collaboration of incredible partners, whose financial support is greatly appreciated,” said Troy Greencorn, executive director of the deCoste, in a press release.

“After the last couple of years we’ve all experienced, we’ve done this with a vision to create a summer for residents and tourists alike to come together and celebrate the rich history and vibrant future of Pictou as we create unforgettable memories this summer at the waterfront to bring joy and entertainment to the entire community.”

The marquee will feature live musical events, vendors, play structures, art installations, washrooms, and seating options along the water’s edge. The event site will be ready for the first performances on Canada Day.

Many of the performances will be offered with free admission, although tickets will still need to be booked through the deCoste to access seating within the tented area. This approach allows more people from the community to participate in and enjoy the festivities.

During each of the deCoste’s evening performances, they will hold a 50/50 draw with the proceeds helping offset the cost of presenting shows in venues throughout the county during construction of its new facility.

Here are some details about upcoming performances leading up to the middle of July:

– July 1, 1 p.m. – Chad Matthews with his tribute to the late Stompin’ Tom Connors, a beloved Canadian folk hero.

– July 1, 7:30 p.m. – Doris Mason & The Groovy Gurus will take the stage. With a rich and diverse career spanning Celtic, folk, blues and jazz genres, Mason, originally from Pictou County, has garnered recognition and accolades both in Canada and internationally. Musicians Jamie Gatti, David Burton and John Hollis make up The Groovy Gurus.

– July 2, 7:30 p.m. – Local acoustic duo act Albert Dunnewold and Scott MacFarlane will entertain the audience with their blend of country, rock, folk and blues. With over 12 years of experience and a passion for making music, these two musicians have captivated crowds across the Maritimes, making every performance a memorable experience.

– July 3, 6 p.m. (Marina Stage) – One of the first shows of the summer to be held for free on the Marina Stage is local performers Kelsey & Jared. Performances at the Marina Stage do not require tickets as seating will not be provided. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own seating.

– July 4, 7:30 p.m. – Saltwater in Your Socks is a theatrical musical experience featuring John (Spyder) Macdonald, who packs humour, songs and stories into his performance about life at sea as a fisherman.

– July 5, 7:30 p.m. – The Barra MacNeils will take the audience on a journey through Gaelic songs, dancing, storytelling and traditional Celtic music. This is part of the deCoste’s 40th Anniversary Signature Series and requires tickets purchased through the deCoste Centre.

To book tickets or for more information about all the performances, visit or contact the box office at 902-485-8848 or 1-800-353-5338.


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