Mitchell Bailey
Mitchell Bailey
Good Dear Good
Good Dear Good
Rudy Pace
Rudy Pace
Sarah Ellen Morrison
Sarah Ellen Morrison
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The Front Stage Program

The Front Stage Program began in 2017 to encourage and promote young songwriters in Cape Breton Island. Since then, over a dozen artists have taken part with many going on to showcase at ECMA, Nova Scotia Music Week, and perform at festivals, theatres, and clubs across Canada.

2024 Applications

The Makin’ Waves Front Stage Program is an artist development program for Cape Breton songwriters under the age of 25. The program is intended to increase the experiences of Cape Breton songwriters and provide skills and performance opportunities to jumpstart their career in music.


You must be from Cape Breton Island
You must be under 25 years of age (if a band, all members must be under 25)
You must write original music
You must be able to partake in artist development training and perform at Makin’ Waves presented by Sydney Credit Union

Successful Applicants receive:

Artist development training including introductory management, marketing, booking, and industry skills
Live performance video
Professional live performance photography
Paid performance at Makin’ Waves presented by Sydney Credit Union

Previous Recipients


  • Shift from tha 902
  • Bailey Shibinette
  • Mitchell Bailey
  • Jordan Francis


  • Cameron Hollohan
  • Curtis Matheson
  • Breagh Kelly
  • Sarah Ellen Morrison
  • Rudy and the Pace Family Orchestra


  • Kadima
  • Sarah Ellen Morrison
  • Good Dear Good
  • Breagh Kelly


  • Isabella Samson
  • Ava Vallis
  • Lilianne Cormier
  • Riley Prince-Gorman
  • Breagh Kelly


  • Destiny Tobin
  • Tess Poirier
  • Jordyn
  • 10 Slip