Music at Bras d'Or Yacht Club
Cape Bretoners are famous for their love of music, and that is
especially true at the Bras d'Or Yacht Club. It's not unusual to find impromptu jam
sessions taking place on the occasional weekend through the long months of winter.
Whenever a special event is on, you can be sure there'll be a band to help us celebrate.
During our annual Regatta Week, which begins on the first Sunday of August every year, we feature musical entertainment every evening throughout the entire week, including a “Big Ticket” event. In the past, the “Big Ticket” has featured the likes of Matt Andersen, Signal Hill, and other well well-known local entertainers. No matter who’s performing, it’s always one of the most exciting parties of the year!
In October, we celebrate the Celtic Colours International Festival with afternoon Open Mic sessions every day in the upper lounge, hosted by local favourite Michael Cavanaugh. The Festival takes place all over Cape Breton Island over 9 days, and if you can keep up with the pace you'll hear some of the finest traditional Celtic music every played.
The annual Polar Bear Swim is a tradition at BYC, a great way to celebrate New Year's Day with a dip in the chilly waters of the Bras d'Or. Brrrrr. Also a great way to shake off the cobwebs from the excitement and celebration of New Year's Eve, the night before, which is also a great tradition at the yacht club. The hardy swimmers, and the crowd of enthusiastic spectators spend the rest of the afternoon in the upper lounge. Now that's ringing in the New Year in grand style.
Another great tradition at BYC is The Kingfisher World Championships which are held in the summertime during Race Week. This is a race in which the old timers vie for honours, cramming themselves into prams and racing around the harbour. This could well be one of the most hotly contended races of the entire season. Pram races for the old timers is a regular event on most Wednesdays throughout the summer.