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Music & Family Fun

All eyes will be centre stage at Open Hearth Park in Sydney on July 12, 13 and 14 as an impressive array of music and family fun activities are offered at Rotary Ribfest 2024.

This year’s event features musicians from across various genres providing a selection of music for all including acoustic, kitchen party and traditional.

Also returning for another year are the Kids Fun Zone and the Rotary Ribfest Annual Fun Run with many other activities planned. So come on down and enjoy!


family fun

CBU Presents – Steve Luxton

Steve Luxton is a skilled musician (multi-instrumentalist) and recording engineer who writes, performs, records, and produces music in a wide variety of genres. He has over a decade of experience working in professional recording studios as an Avid certified pro tools expert. After working for a number of years as a professional recording engineer and live sound front…Read More

CBU Presents – Elyse Aeryn

Singer-songwriter Elyse Aeryn is known for her fiery and rebellious rock and roll. Her bluesy melodies paired with her bold, warm voice make for an authentic and ageless sound. For Elyse, a lifelong writer, the words and stories come first. She pens lyrics that tell the truth about her own life in the hope they will illuminate the truth in…Read More

CBU Presents – Jacob Noonan

Cape Breton-raised, Jacob cut his teeth playing live in Halifax’s “The Regal Beagle Band”.  Upon returning home, Jacob has been delving deeper into the writing process and his own experiences to create songs as rich in emotion, honesty, and storytelling as they are in tone and rhythm. He has also taken this time to polish…Read More

Backhouse Brass

Backhouse Brass reimagines traditional brass chamber music by performing upbeat, funky arrangements of songs everyone loves. Originally envisioned as a one-off act for a senior high school concert, 2020’s Covid pandemic meant that the group had to get creative or give up. So, they took the extra free time to buckle down, practice, and arrange…Read More

Turnbull Brothers

The Turnbull Brothers are Evan and Aaron Turnbull 20 year old twins from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia who placed 3rd. in the finals of Canada Got Talent season two. They have been playing small cafes and restaurants since the age of 16 and always were a local crowd favorite . Since competing on Canada Got…Read More


Kintyre, a traditional Celtic band with the versatility to pound out any kind of music consists of Mark MacIntyre, Gary Chew, Jason Kempt , Nick MacIntyre John Kendall and Jennifer Roland. This band has been around for 25 plus years and has withstood the test of time. In the last number of years the band…Read More

Dance and Gymnastic Performances

12:00 – 12:20 pm – Impact Dance 12:30 – 12:50 pm – Dance Sync 1:00 – 1:20 pm – GB Gymnastics AcademyRead More

Cruz Wilson

Cruz Wilson, a 21-year-old musician and songwriter from Sydney, Cape Breton, thrives behind the drums with Backhouse Brass and as a versatile pianist, guitarist, and vocalist. With two albums recorded and released from his home studio, Cruz Wilson looks forward to sharing his music with the world.  Read More

Brandon Collier

Brandon Collier has been surrounded by music all his life. Getting started playing guitar at the age of 14, he has wasted no time in making a name for himself in Cape Breton’s vibrant music scene. With strong country and traditional influences, Brandon’s performances offer something that will appeal to a wide range of listeners….Read More

Flo Sampson Group

Hearts of Kin

Hearts of Kin is an emerging East Coast Americana band fronted by sisters Danielle MacDonald and Shellie Ann Tobin. The singer songwriters have been capturing audiences with their sweet sibling harmonies and signature slide guitar. Well known for their soulful songwriting, the darling duo’s style has been flavored by the early influences of Sheryl Crow,…Read More

Andrew Doyle Music

For the past 27 plus years Andrew Doyle has been entertaining crowds far and wide with his energetic style and diverse musical repertoire.  Consistently performing more then 220 dates each year he remains one of the busiest entertainers in Cape Breton. Whether it is opening for bands like Aerosmith and Slash, hitting the stage at…Read More

Band of Thieves


Cassidy Riley is a 20 year old vocalist from Sydney, Nova Scotia. Cassidy just signed a record deal with the independent record label HOF Records and has released her first single “Fear of Flying” written by Gordie Sampson and produced by Aaron Lewis and Sheldon Chant.  Cassidy’s voice is way beyond her years and her…Read More

Drift Away Music

With more than 45 years of combined professional music-making between them, each of these guys has made his own mark on the local music scene and beyond.  Some good-natured jamming in the kitchen uncovered a unique musical opportunity that neither could resist.    Drift Away is an opportunity for Brandon Collier and Jason Kempt to share…Read More

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Family Fun Activities

Cape Breton University’s 50th Anniversary Tent

While at Ribfest don’t forget to stop by the CBU Tent and take part in the family fun as they celebrate their 50th anniversary as an independent post-secondary institution. Activities include:

  • A fun “Spin the Wheel” for Children’s Prizes
  • Alumni will have ballots for a large CBU themed basket
  • Cornhole games
  • Large Connect Four games
  • Come visit Capers Athletics with Capers in the Community Saturday 1pm – 3pm and Sunday 11am – 1pm
  • Alumni, Development and Recruitment teams on-site, drop by to say Hi

Kids Fun Zone

The Kids Fun Zone will be back at Rotary Ribfest, featuring inflatables, bounce houses, rock climbing and more!

Rotary Ribfest Annual Fun Run

We’re back!!  Shake off those dusty sneakers for the Rotary RibFest Annual 5km Fun Run!  The trail at Open Hearth Park is both flat, scenic, and the perfect run for those finishing up Learn to Run programs and an excellent interim run for those training for longer distances.

This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to the United Way of Cape Breton and the Rotary Clubs of the CBRM.  

Date:  Saturday, July 13, 2024
Venue:  Open Hearth Park.

Online Registration (preferred):

On site registration and payment at RibFest Stage:  9:00AM
Race time: 9:30 AM
Cost: $20.00

Awards for the top runners, draws for door prizes

Soulvaria Virtual Reality Gaming

From small private parties to large events with thousands of people, Soulvaria VR provides guests with amazing and immersive Mobile VR Play Spaces jam packed with exciting experiences and adventures.

Music & Family Fun