Natalie MacMaster named to Order of Nova Scotia

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A frequent performer in Pictou County has been nominated to receive the Order of Nova Scotia.

Inverness County native Natalie MacMaster is among the six Nova Scotians who will have their contributions honoured. Lieutenant-Governor Arthur J. LeBlanc, Chancellor of the Order of Nova Scotia, made the announcement on Monday.

“On behalf of the Queen and all Nova Scotians, I offer my sincere congratulations to the newest appointees to the Order of Nova Scotia,” said Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc. “These six exemplary Nova Scotians have made significant and meaningful contributions to this province. They are most deserving of this honour that recognizes their achievements and efforts to help others.”

An award-winning performer and musician, MacMaster is the fifth musician to be inducted.

A native of Troy, MacMaster began her fiddling career at age 16. Her career now spans over three decades, highlighted by 11 albums, thousands of shows, and collaborations with a multitude of world-renowned artists.

MacMaster has become synonymous with the classic Cape Breton violin sound that has placed Gaelic music and dance on a pedestal the world over and she has performed around the globe, bringing her infectious energy to every stage she graces, including Antarctica. From the humble Glencoe Mills Hall in Inverness County, to the illustrious Carnegie Hall in New York City, MacMaster is an ambassador for Nova Scotia and strong musical roots.

MacMaster has garnered recognition throughout the industry, including multiple gold albums, awards from across North America, an honorary doctorate from St. Thomas University, and honorary degrees from Niagara University, NY, and Trent University. She has also received the Arts & Letters Award from the Canadian Association of New York, the honour of being a member of the Order of Canada, and most recently, an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the Atlantic School of Theology.

With her Cape Breton roots, dedication to her craft, and love for her family, Natalie is a musical force with a long and successful career. Without a doubt, she will continue to bring pride and honour to Nova Scotia.

The Order of Nova Scotia is the highest honour of the Province of Nova Scotia, recognizing those who have distinguished themselves in many fields of endeavour and have brought honour and prestige to themselves and their province. Any Canadian citizen who is a present or former long-term resident of Nova Scotia is eligible for nomination to the order. The only exceptions are public officials (such as members of the Senate, MPs, MLAs, municipal councillors, or judges), who may not be nominated while they are in office. The order may be awarded posthumously, if the person is nominated within one year of their death. Only individuals may be nominated, not couples, groups, or organizations.

In all 105 recipients have been invested into the Order of Nova Scotia since it was established in June 2001.

Recipients from the eligible nominees are recommended to the Chancellor of the Order of Nova Scotia by an independent group called the Order of Nova Scotia Advisory Council.

The 19th investiture ceremony will take place on November 24 at Pier 21 in Halifax.