Canada Day Concerts By The Ocean

Make your way to Lunenburg for a celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary unlike any other! We’re got three days of world-class concerts taking place in historic spaces, plus outstanding visual arts and great food all within easy walking distance of your lodgings here on the Lunenburg waterfront.


Events begin Friday evening with the opening of a temporary exhibition of the world’s largest private collection of folk art focused on those docile beasts of burden, Nova Scotia oxen, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the 1895 Lunenburg Academy. Stay on for a delightful concert featuring Nova Scotia’s finest Celtic harp players Alys Howe, Ellen Gibling, Cheryl Reid O’Hagan and Lydia Maksym, with guest appearances by Chris Norman, Jennifer Publicover and Alastair Maksym, brought to you by Boxwood Festivals and the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance at 7:30 p.m.


Start Canada Day with breakfast overlooking the harbour before checking out a free concert at artist Kirk Mechar’s gallery at 116 Fox St., built as a school house before 1879 and located one street down the hill, later moved and repurposed as St. Andrew’s Church hall. Four of Canada’s most exciting young strings players, performing together as the Iris Ensemble, will play a delightful program of Canadian compositions from 1917 (Sir Ernest MacMillan’s Three Fugues), 1967 (Jean Papineau-Couture) and the world premiere of a new work by Nova Scotia composer Gavin Fraser.


Saturday evening, enjoy a sumptuous dinner in our dining room before heading back to the Academy for a 7 p.m. concert headlined by world-renowned flutist and composer – and Canadian treasure – Robert  Aitken together with beloved Acadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc, pianist Walter Delahunt and one of the world’s most exciting young string ensembles, the Verona Quartet. Together they’ll premiere a new work by Aitken, specially commissioned for the occasion by the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance.


On Sunday, sleep late if you wish but don’t forget there’s a free concert on Lunenburg’s Heritage Bandstand at 2 p.m. featuring folk band Caribou Run. Then at 4 p.m. experience Nova Scotia composer Scott MacMillan’s opus, the Celtic Mass for the Sea, in historic St. John's Anglican Church.


For pricing and special discounts for this incredible weekend, please call or email the Inn directly. We are able to include any or all of the three concerts in your package deal, depending on your weekend schedule availability.