Having fun with live music - Cape Breton style

St. Peter's, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia: On this web site we'll bring you information about upcoming live music events in our neighbourhood. Everything from open jam sessions to concerts, music and dance workshops, ceilidhs, square dances & all kinds of dances, open mikes...and any kind of excuse to play live traditional music together. All traditions are fair game.


If you have traditional music events to promote here - or news and pics of your recent events to share, please Contact Us.


It's in our blood to celebrate with live music of all kinds. Although there is a definite Celtic twist to some of what you'll experience here - we love to play Old Time, Appalachian, Bluegrass, Blues, Acadian and Cajun, Folk, Country and Klezmer. We delight in hosting musical guests from around the world and invite you to come and mix your stuff up with ours.


We love to jam - and welcome visiting players to sit in on our sessions. All styles of music are welcome - we have a very democratic circle-jam approach where everybody gets to lead their own tune or song in turn, with back-up from everybody else. We want to learn from you and for you to learn from us.

During the darkness of winter: Friday night jam sessions at the Bonnie Brae

All players, locals and visitors, are welcome to join us for our regular Friday night jam sessions this winter and spring. For up-to-date info please contact Gord Kerr by email; voice or text (902) 631-3754.

Music Camp on the Canal - 2014 edition

We are delighted to announce the dates for our third annual Music Camp on the Canal: June 6 - 8, 2014.


Building on the success of our first two camps, amateur players at all levels can look forward to a rich program of workshops in a wide variety of acoustic instruments, singing, composition, square dancing - some lively jam sessions, and an incredible live concert featuring top Cape Breton performers who are also your instructors for the weekend.


Click here for more info on Music Camp.

Campers will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Cape Breton's most talented traditional players in a variety of workshops. Click here to see our line up of instructors.


Music Camp on the Canal is geared for players at beginner through advanced levels. A popular feature of the weekend is our Band Labs - where campers create a new band, learn a few tunes with coaching from the pros, and then perform at our closing ceremony on Sunday afternoon.


For 2014 we are honoured to welcome Roger Stone, who is returning as our Music Director. He will be joined by an outstanding faculty of musicians for small-class workshops and our stellar Saturday night community concert.  The weekend is full of opportunities to jam with new friends and the faculty, and of course, to add a new instrument, or some new tricks to your own musical repetoire.


Our registration materials will be available very soon. Meanwhile, for more information or to sign up for our email list, please email us at info@kitchenrackets.org


Most up to date information and Faculty for 2014

Intro to Music Camp 2014 - June 6 - 8


You can also look at our archives for past years' music camps to see what the buzz is all about:

Music Camp 2013 archive

Music Camp 2012 archive