Saturday night the performers were Coyote, The Jimmy Swift Band, Sam Cash and The Romantic Dogs and The Arkells. I missed out, but I have no doubt that this would have been another great night of music.
After taking Saturday off to recuperate, I travelled back to New Glasgow for some more great entertainment on Sunday. Canadian music icon Burton Cummings was the headline act for Sunday night. I was really looking forward to this performance having not seen him perform live since the concert for SARS in Toronto with The Guess Who.
Halifax based Hillsburn was the opening act on Sunday. Their set of original music could be described as a mixture of Americana, folk and pop. They performed a solid set that was a great choice to start the show.
Reeny Smith from North Preston, NS was the next artist to take the Jubilee stage. Smith grew up in a family blessed with musical talent, and has been singing and playing piano since she was 5. Her father and grandfather were members of one of Canada’s Premier Gospel bands, The Gospel Heirs. She also has cousins Carson and Murray Downey of The Carson Downey Band that serve as musical inspirations.
One of her most recent successes came when she opened for Grammy Award Winner Lisa Fischer at The Rebecca Cohn in Halifax. Smith received a standing ovation from those in attendance after her performance. At the Jubilee, Smith performed a crowd pleasing, high energy, set of R&B that consisted of a mix of originals with a few covers added for good measures.
Another Halifax based band, Port Cities, were up next. This band is made up of 3 local rising stars, Carleton Stone, Breagh Mackinnon and Dylan Guthro who recently joined forces and signed a recording deal with Warner Music. The 3 have been performing together live as Port Cities since early 2015. Their material that I would classify as Pop, is driven by their strong vocals which have a very unique and identifiable sound. This band is one to keep your eyes on as their debut Warner release should hit the shelves in the not too distant future. Port Cities put on a great performance for the crowd at the 2016 Jubilee taking things to the next level while Burton Cummings prepared to hit the stage.
When Burton Cummings took the stage the crowd went nuts, and who could blame them. Cummings has been creating popular music dating back to the Sixties when The Guess Who were in their prime. The set he performed at the Jubilee was a mixture of Guess Who and Cummings originals. Cummings still has his trademark voice and had the audience singing along with all the hits. Cummings set lasted close to 2 hrs without a break. What a great night!!
I want to thank the Jubilee staff and all their volunteers, for allowing me to take photo’s of this years event and hope that they ask me back again in the future.