Makin' Waves presented by Sydney Credit Union
Region: Cape Breton

Makin’ Waves is more than music. Makin’ Waves is art... inclusion... COMMUNITY.

Makin’ Waves presented by Sydney Credit Union is an annual concert series held at the historic Wentworth Park bandshell in Sydney, Nova Scotia. For five Thursdays following Canada Day, the park comes alive with the sights and sounds of people coming together to embrace music on this hallowed ground.

It is our priority to ensure our residents have access to professional artistic experiences and to grow the arts in our community. For residents of the CBRM, the largest barrier to professional artistic experiences is cost and accessibility. Professional performances in the region are often in the range of $40-100 and the majority of these performances are for audiences aged 19+.

The 2016 census indicates that poverty rates in the CBRM are close to 20%, 5% greater than the provincial mark, 6.1% greater than the national average, and 6th in Canada amongst medium sized cities. Furthermore, child poverty in our community has reached a staggering 33%, which is the greatest in the province, double the national average, and 10th in all of Canada.

Makin’ Waves performances are free to attend, and are curated to provide diverse aspects of musical performance. We work to provide a platform that influences the public to respect and appreciate the value artistic experiences bring to the community and their lives, and for them to demand better from local venues who present live music in the region.

Sydney Credit Union Makin’ Waves Music Festival acknowledges that the festival takes place in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. We pay respect to the people who have worked on this land since time immemorial.

Alumni: Ron Hynes • Joel Plaskett • The Sadies • Classified • Matt Minglewood • Gordie Sampson • Port Cities • Laura Smith • Ron Sexsmith • Ria Mae • The Divorcees • Wintersleep • Adam Baldwin • Old Man Luedecke • The Beaches