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Fundy National Park of Canada

View of stage from top of stands at the Rising Tide Festival
Beautiful setting of the Rising Tide Festival near MacLaren pond in Fundy National Park
© Parks Canada / Photo by B. Townsend

Rising Tide Festival 2014

A little girl is having fun at the Rising Tide Festival You'll smile, sing and dance at the Rising Tide Festival in Fundy National Park!
© Parks Canada / M. Jefferson

Come spend August 22, 23, and 24 in Fundy National Park for the Rising Tide Festival.

Live Music – Handmade Village – Songwriters Circle – Kitchen Party – Fresh, local seafood – Sunrise Ceremony – Farmers’ Market – Drum Workshop – Nature Based Children’s Programs – Yoga – Face Painting – Live Art – Small Stages – Amphitheatre Shows

Come for a day, stay for the weekend!

We are seeking volunteers for this event.

Friday, August 22

Crab Nab (4:00 pm)
Join us for some hands-on science to monitor our crab populations. Meet us at the Herring Cove lookout.

Sawmill Creek (7:00 pm)
At the Octopus’ Garden Café in Alma

Molly Kool Kitchen Party (8:00 pm)
You are invited to a family friendly kitchen party in the late 1930’s. Fiddling, shanties, local gossip, and refreshments. Seating capacity limited to 60. Tickets can be purchased at Fundy’s Visitor Centre ($4.90)

Milky Way Madness (9:30 pm)
Fundy National Park has some of the darkest, yet star-filled skies around! Come take in the planets, nebulae and galaxies found in the Milky Way and beyond with a guide and our giant, tracking telescope. The cost for this activity is $4.90.Tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Centre or a campground kiosk.

Saturday, August 23

Keith Mulins’ Children Drumming Workshop (10:00 am – noon) 
This workshop is for children only (age 8 to 13) and is limited to 50 participants. Pick up your free ticket at the park’s Visitor Centre. First Come, First Serve!

Jim Blewett and the Swing Cats (1:30 pm – 2:20 pm)
Jim Blewett and the Swing Cats are four dudes that love swing and European gypsy music. Mick McNeely is thumping his stand-up bass, Phil Lucy ripping on different saxophones, Jesse Mea is a totally wicked accordion player and Jim Blewett is beating on his gypsy guitar. Guaranteed to move your bum and make you grin from ear to ear.

Dave Gunning (2:40 pm – 3:30 pm)
Writing from a sonic menu that includes flavours of Irish, Scottish, folk and country musical styles, Dave transcends genre with songs that fill your senses and touch your soul. Defining our lives, baring our souls, telling what it’s like on the East Coast these days, or for people from the East Coast – Gunning is speaking for them, telling their tales. Dave recently received the 2014 ECMA for Solo Recording of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.

Cordes-à-vent (3:50 – 4:40 pm)
With Irish, Acadian, Scottish and Quebec influences, this Acadian trio has been entertaining crowds from festival to festival. Their synergy makes the walls vibrate everywhere they perform. The trio is made up of Mélissa Gallant (fiddle, voice, foot taping), Mario LeBreton (voice, guitar, harmonica), Philippe LeBlanc (flutes, voice, percussions).

Old Man Luedecke (5:00 pm – 5:50 pm)
Based in Chester, Nova Scotia, the roots singer-songwriter Old Man Luedecke is an artist honing his cunning lyrical flair – tenderly pushing the boundaries of his storytelling with his unique mix of folk, bluegrass and pop hooks. Rich in metaphor, heart and instrumentation, his latest album, Tender Is the Night muses on love, art and purpose. It has earned him the 2014 ECMA Album of the Year and Folk Recording of the Year.

Carmen Townsend (6:10 pm – 7:00 pm)
Cape Breton’s rock singer-songwriter Carmen Townsend is a 4 time Music Nova Scotia Award winning artist and ECMA Rising Star Recording of the Year in 2012. You can call her music many things, but reserved isn’t one of them. As polite as she may be in person, within Townsend lives a voice much louder than she lets on in conversation. It’s one that manifests itself on stage through her raucous live sets, full of intensity.

Kevin Davison (7:00pm)
At the Octopus’ Garden Café in Alma

Singer Song Writer Circle (7:30 pm – 9:00 pm)
The singer-songwriters’ circle will bring together Brent Mason, Dave Gunning, Marie-Jo Thério and Keith Mullins. They will share stories and songs in this intimate event. The seating capacity is limited to 60. Pick up your free ticket at the park's Visitor Centre. First Come, First Served!

Gypsy Rose (8:30pm)
At the Boathouse Restaurant in Alma

Sunday, August 24

Sunrise Ceremony (6:00 am)
Performed by Mi’gmaq Elder Hubert Francis. An event not to be missed! Held at the Park Headquarters Lookoff.
Alma Farmer’s Market (9:00 am – 2:00 pm)
A good place for today’s breakfast, and to pick up fresh from the farm produce. Farmers’ Market in Alma

Point Wolfe Exploration (10:00 am)
Join us for an exploration of the Point Wolfe Cove – a place full of natural and human stories. Meet us at the parking lot after the covered bridge.

Yoga (10:00 am)
Join Certified Instructor Jacynte Leger for a yoga session. The cost for this activity is $4.90. Register at the visitor centre or campground kiosk. Mats are available.

Brent Mason Band (2:30 pm – 3:20 pm)
Brent Mason is one of the most prolific and literate songwriters in Atlantic Canada. His body of work has earned him accolades at both the provincial and regional level; his latest album Old New Borrowed Blue took home the award for Best Roots album at the 2012 Music New Brunswick Awards, and Mason earned a 2007 Stompin’ Tom Award from the East Coast Music Association. He has also caught the ears of a global audience in the United States, the United Kingdom, and China.

Marie-Jo Thério (3:40 pm – 4:30 pm)
If the road taken by Marie-Jo Thério, Acadian from New Brunswick, seems difficult to follow for some, this is what makes her unique character and strength. She has an insatiable taste for adventure. A free spirit, a gypsy at heart, Marie-Jo Thério has a mysterious voice that makes your heart leap and a presence that pierces. She has seen many places and along the way has collected fragrances that fill her so beautiful music.

The Modern Grass (4:50 pm – 5:40 pm)
The Modern Grass latest album, City Ghosts, is a reminder of the group's dynamic nature and uncanny ability to navigate space, time and a plethora of musical genres, uninterrupted. Hard driving bluegrass flows into tender ballads, groovy blues, and dramatic instrumentals. Accompanied by earnest social commentary, introspective songs of love and loss, and raw poetry; City Ghosts is modern and nostalgic, refined yet organic, chaotic but soothing.

Ron Hynes (6:00 pm – 6:50 pm)
With a song writing career that spans more than 30 years, Ron Hynes is frequently referred to as the “man of a thousand songs”. “He’s the man of a treasure chest full of gems – timeless, brilliant, classic works of art that celebrate simple everyday events in the lives of common men.” – Frank Davies, Canadian Songwriter Hall of Fame

Paper Lions (7:10 pm – 8:00 pm)
Paper Lions are an indie rock band from Belfast, PEI whose music shines with sunny melodies and tales of lost youth. Equally influenced by the clear-voiced harmonies of the Beach Boys and the clanging guitars of modern rock, at the heart of the band are long-standing friendships and vibrant pop songs. Their new album, My Friends, is based on themes of adolescence and youth but marks maturation in the band’s writing.

Rising Tide Festival - Food Partners

Discover the Fundy coast famous fresh, local flavours – visit our festival partners for Rising Tide Festival specials!

  • The Boathouse Restaurant – Rising Tide Mussels
  • The Octopus’ Garden Café – Free strawberry lemonade or Fundy Fog coffee with purchase of any sandwich
  • The Tides Restaurant - Award winning seafood chowder
  • Alma Lobster Shop – Lobster Dinner Special
  • Collins Lobster Shop – Special Price on BIG LOBSTERS (4lbs +) during Rising Tide Festival Weekend

Handmade Village

A showcase of the Fundy Coast`s finest local art

  • Brian Townsend – Photography
  • Jurgen Helderberg – Different Furniture
  • Robert Lyon – Wildlife Themed Artwork
  • Susan Quinn – Various NB arts & crafts
  • Tim Isaac – Pottery