If the audience is happy, the New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee board of directors is happy. That’s according to chair Michelle MacLean, who had plenty of positive things to say on Sunday night about this year’s music festival.
“I get excited about the fact that we’re able to bring these artists to Pictou County and have people have the opportunity to see them live. And these are artists that without the Jubilee, they wouldn’t be able to see them live in their hometown. That’s kind of the best experience in my opinion,” said MacLean.
Friday night was full of Pictou County and Nova Scotian talent, with The Kitchen Criminals, Stonehouse, Alert The Medic, and headliner Jimmy Rankin starting off the weekend of music. Saturday night included a few new faces to the Jubilee with Sorrey and headliner Matthew Good, as well as returning acts Roxy and the Underground Soul Sound and Reeny Smith. Closing out the weekend was a mix of Nova Scotian and Canadian artists with Working Class Band, Natalie Lynn, Reuben and The Dark, and headliner July Talk.
Jubilee also included two late night stages at The Commune and Wranglers Bar, as well as several daytime events. Among them was the recently renamed songwriter’s circle after Carlton Munroe, the festival’s former executive director who passed away in November 2017.
“That was well attended. The artists were awesome. They paid tribute to Carlton and they really did him justice so I’m really happy with that,” said MacLean.
There was a tribute for Munroe on the main stage as well, with MacLean and Steve Wark sharing a few words about their friend.
“On weekends like this, Carlton liked nothing more than to stand here and look out at this crowd and see all your smiling faces. Carlton Munroe, he was the heart of the Jubilee. And with his passing, many of us feel as though a little part of our hearts has been torn away. We all miss him so very much,” said Wark. Alert The Medic followed with an encore of two The Tragically Hip covers in Munroe’s honour – Fiddler’s Green and Ahead By A Century.
The other daytime events included the Blues Matinee at Wranglers, and the Children’s Jubilee and Youth Stage both at the Farmers’ Market Dome due to rain.
MacLean, in her second year in the role of chair, said this year was busy, fun, and a lot of hard work for the entire board.
“We are all volunteers. We all have day jobs and families and friends and lives. It’s extremely busy. This year too, we did a few things differently, which kind of helped out. I’m happy with the event overall.”