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Heather Rankin hits Civic Centre

The Reporter. Port Hawkesbury. By Adam Cooke. April 26, 2017. 

HALIFAX: From lip-syncing underwater alongside a crew of mermaids to celebrating Canada with a tiny caribou, Heather Rankin has done it all over the past few months.

However, as the Mabou native prepares for her June 3 appearance at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre’s Bear Head Conference Room, she’s still adjusting to life as a solo performer, despite a JUNO Award nomination and two East Coast Music Award (ECMA) nods for her debut solo album A Fine Line.

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FBF: Remembering That First Taste of Live Canadian Music

Great Dark Wonder

As we wrapped up my post-concert review for the Joel and Bill Plaskett concert in Hamilton, ON, recently, we linked to a previous piece written illustrating how Joel Plaskett was indeed the first Canadian artist we had the pleasure to see live on Canadian soil.  But Joel was not necessarily our first live Canadian act.  With the fantastic performance provided by Alan Doyle and The Beautiful Gypsies back on St. Patrick’s Day, it occurred to me that it was his former band, Great Big Sea, who were the first Canadian band that we saw live here in the USA.

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Canada’s 2017 Juno Awards Winners Revealed!


The 2017 Juno Awards are underway and Canada’s biggest music stars are on hand to be honoured for their musical contributions over the past year.

A number of awards were presented at a special gala held on Saturday night, with seven key awards to be presented during Sunday night’s ceremony.

Follow along below as we update you on the winners as they are announced throughout the night.

Artist of the Year:

WINNER: Leonard Cohen (Posthumously)
Alessia Cara
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd

Album of the Year:

WINNER: “You Want It Darker”,

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Mabou natives named Canada 150 Ambassadors

The Casket. Antigonish. By Corey LeBlanc. 

Jimmy and Heather Rankin can sure keep a secret.

“When they approached us, they insisted that we keep it quiet until a certain date,” Heather told the Casket, when talking about their selection as Canada 150 Ambassadors.

“We saw each other a couple times [since we were selected], but he didn’t say anything and I didn’t say anything.”

She said she found out about her brother’s selection online.

“It’s kind of neat,” Heather added, with a laugh.

The brother-sister duo – members of the renowned Rankin Family – are amongst an eclectic group of,

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