Morgan Toney

Music’s an almost alchemical force to Canadian Mi’kmaq fiddler and singer Morgan Toney. From the first time he really heard music, sitting on the floor of his uncle’s house transfixed by a DVD of Phil Collins, to 2022 where he’s one of the most in-demand young fiddlers and singers in Atlantic Canada, was nominated for three East Coast Canadian Music Awards, and his debut album, First Flight, is being reissued by Indigenous record label Ishkode RecordsIn just a short amount of time, Toney’s been able to invigorate both the Atlantic music communities and Mi’kmaq communities by bringing together the fiery fiddling of Cape Breton Island with the old songs of the Mi’kmaq, one song dating back up to 500 years. He calls this fusion Mi’kmaltic (Mi’kmaq + Celtic) and it’s his way of celebrating his language and heritage. He’s honoring the elders who’ve taught him the songs and the language, and he’s taking his place on the front lines of Eastern Canada’s cultural divide. On First Flight, reissued March 25, 2022, Toney sings songs so old that modern Mi’kmaq speakers struggle to understand the lyrics, but he also sings songs meant to reflect the turmoil of our current times, shining a hard light on the racism and violence forced on First Nations populations in Canada today. With family members who were sent to residential schools and had to relearn their language later at home, Toney’s interest in the language is very personal. “Some people don’t understand us,” Toney says. “They don’t understand what we’ve been through, and we need to tell the story.” But never one to focus on the negative, Toney’s goal is to push for positive action and change through music. “We wanted to say something in the way that we know how, through music.”

 

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Friday Saturday Sunday
11:00 AM
Fiesta Italia
Down By The River
11:00 AM
12:45 PM
Kaláscima with Andrea Ramolo, Beppe Gambetta

The Great North Road
Down by the Bay
12:10 PM
1:10 PM
David Francey(H), Archie Fisher with Garnet Rogers, Daniel Schmidt, and Lennie Gallant

Bryden Gwiss
Down By The River
1:00 PM
2:15 PM

Bryden Gwiss in Concert
Down By The River
1:00 PM
2:15 PM

Making Arrangements
Down By The Bay
1:20 PM
2:20 PM
Little Misty and Vinta

Of Meteors and Men
Down By The River
2:00 PM
3:10 PM
Meteor Heist & Men Without Pants

Songs from a Hat
Down By The Bay
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
Treasa Levasseur, David Sereda, Andrina Turenne
Francophonie
Down By The Bay
11:20 AM
12:30 PM
Élage Diouf, Andrina Turenne, Lennie Gallant(H)

All Strings Attached
Down by the River
12:00 PM
12:45 PM
Porch Couch(H), Bruce Molsky & Vinta

Shawna Caspi In Concert
Down By The River
12:00 PM
1:00 PM

Treasa Lavesseur in Concert
Down By The Bay
12:40 PM
1:20 PM

The Vaudevillian Interactive Washboard Workshop
Down By The River
1:00 PM
1:45 PM
The duo supplies 40 musical washboards, 80 metal thimbles and teach the whole group how to play the washboard. All ages, abilities welcome

Porch Couch in Concert
Down By The Bay
1:45 PM
2:25 PM

Man on Fire
Lloyd Speigel & David Sereda
2:00 PM
3:00 PM

Livin' in the Metro
Down By The Bay
2:45 PM
4:00 PM
Kobo Town, The Fretless and Ego Spank (H)

Men Without Pants in Concert
Down By The River
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
11:30 AM
12:00 PM
12:30 PM
1:00 PM
1:30 PM
2:00 PM
2:30 PM
3:00 PM
3:30 PM
Balfolk Dance with Vinta
Down By The River
3:30 PM
5:00 PM

Guitar Heroes
Down by the Bay
3:45 PM
5:30 PM
Lloyd Spiegel, Terra Lightfoot, Murray Pulver (Ego Spank)
4:00 PM
Vinta in Concert
Amphitheatre
4:00 PM
4:40 PM
4:30 PM
5:00 PM
Lloyd Spiegel in Concert
Amphitheatre
5:00 PM
5:40 PM
5:30 PM
Youth Discoveries Showcase
Down By The Bay
5:30 PM
7:00 PM
Paige Warner, Daniel Schmidt, Nora Stephens, Lennon and Matthew, Men Without Pants, Siobhan Bodrug

Beppe Gambetta in Concert
Amphitheatre
6:00 PM
6:40 PM
6:00 PM
Tio Chorinho w/ Flavia Nascimento in Concert
Amphitheatre
6:00 PM
6:40 PM
Bruce Molsky in Concert
Amphitheatre
6:00 PM
6:45 PM
6:30 PM
7:00 PM
Little Misty in Concert
Amphitheatre
7:00 PM
7:45 PM

Friday Pay
Down By The Bay
7:10 PM
8:10 PM
The Vaudevillian & Diyet and the Love Soldiers

Terra Lightfoot in Concert
Amphitheatre
8:00 PM
8:45 PM
Terra Lightfoot in Concert

Watching the World Go By
Down By The Bay
8:30 PM
9:40 PM
Porch Couch, Shawna Caspi, and David Francey (H)

Lennie Gallant in Concert
Amphitheatre
9:00 PM
9:45 PM
Lennie Gallant in Concert
The Fretless w/ Madeleine Rogers in Concert
Amphitheatre
7:00 PM
7:40 PM

All Strings Attached
Down By The Bay
7:00 PM
8:10 PM
Porch Couch, Bruce Molsky & Vinta(H)

Bryden Gwiss in Concert
Amphitheatre
8:00 PM
8:45 PM

Daniel Schmidt In Concert
Down By The Bay
8:20 PM
8:50 PM
Archie Fisher with Garnet Rogers in Concert
Amphitheatre
7:00 PM
7:40 PM

David Francey in Concert
Amphitheatre
7:45 PM
8:50 PM
7:30 PM
8:00 PM
8:30 PM
9:00 PM
Lennon and Matthew In Concert
Down By The Bay
9:00 PM
9:30 PM

Diyet and the Love Soldiers in Concert
Amphitheatre
9:00 PM
9:45 PM
A Summerfolk Farewell with Élage Diouf
Down By The Bay
9:00 PM
11:00 PM
9:30 PM
10:00 PM
Andrina Turenne In Concert
Down By The Bay
10:00 PM
10:40 PM
with special guests Ego Spank

Kaláscima with Andrea Ramolo in Concert
Amphitheatre
10:00 PM
11:00 PM
Élage Diouf in Concert
Amphitheatre
10:00 PM
11:00 PM

Paige Warner in Concert
Down By The Bay
10:40 PM
11:20 PM
10:30 PM
11:00 PM
Ego Spank In Concert
Down By The Bay
11:00 PM
11:55 PM

Meteor Heist In Concert
11:59 PM
1:00 AM
11:30 PM
Kobo Town in Concert
Down By The Bay
11:40 PM
12:40 AM

Friday

  • Youth Discoveries Showcase Down By The Bay · Paige Warner, Daniel Schmidt, Nora Stephens, Lennon and Matthew, Men Without Pants, Siobhan Bodrug
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Beppe Gambetta in Concert Amphitheatre
    6:00 PM - 6:40 PM
  • Little Misty in Concert Amphitheatre
    7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
  • Friday Pay Down By The Bay · The Vaudevillian & Diyet and the Love Soldiers
    7:10 PM - 8:10 PM
  • Terra Lightfoot in Concert Amphitheatre · Terra Lightfoot in Concert
    8:00 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Watching the World Go By Down By The Bay · Porch Couch, Shawna Caspi, and David Francey (H)
    8:30 PM - 9:40 PM
  • Lennie Gallant in Concert Amphitheatre · Lennie Gallant in Concert
    9:00 PM - 9:45 PM
  • Andrina Turenne In Concert Down By The Bay · with special guests Ego Spank
    10:00 PM - 10:40 PM
  • Kaláscima with Andrea Ramolo in Concert Amphitheatre
    10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Ego Spank In Concert Down By The Bay
    11:00 PM - 11:55 PM
  • Meteor Heist In Concert
    11:59 PM - 1:00 AM

Saturday

  • Fiesta Italia Down By The River · Kaláscima with Andrea Ramolo, Beppe Gambetta
    11:00 AM - 12:45 PM
  • The Great North Road Down by the Bay · David Francey(H), Archie Fisher with Garnet Rogers, Daniel Schmidt, and Lennie Gallant
    12:10 PM - 1:10 PM
  • Bryden Gwiss Down By The River
    1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
  • Bryden Gwiss in Concert Down By The River
    1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
  • Making Arrangements Down By The Bay · Little Misty and Vinta
    1:20 PM - 2:20 PM
  • Of Meteors and Men Down By The River · Meteor Heist & Men Without Pants
    2:00 PM - 3:10 PM
  • Songs from a Hat Down By The Bay · Treasa Levasseur, David Sereda, Andrina Turenne
    2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Balfolk Dance with Vinta Down By The River
    3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Guitar Heroes Down by the Bay · Lloyd Spiegel, Terra Lightfoot, Murray Pulver (Ego Spank)
    3:45 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Tio Chorinho w/ Flavia Nascimento in Concert Amphitheatre
    6:00 PM - 6:40 PM
  • The Fretless w/ Madeleine Rogers in Concert Amphitheatre
    7:00 PM - 7:40 PM
  • All Strings Attached Down By The Bay · Porch Couch, Bruce Molsky & Vinta(H)
    7:00 PM - 8:10 PM
  • Bryden Gwiss in Concert Amphitheatre
    8:00 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Daniel Schmidt In Concert Down By The Bay
    8:20 PM - 8:50 PM
  • Lennon and Matthew In Concert Down By The Bay
    9:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Diyet and the Love Soldiers in Concert Amphitheatre
    9:00 PM - 9:45 PM
  • Élage Diouf in Concert Amphitheatre
    10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Paige Warner in Concert Down By The Bay
    10:40 PM - 11:20 PM
  • Kobo Town in Concert Down By The Bay
    11:40 PM - 12:40 AM

Sunday

  • Francophonie Down By The Bay · Élage Diouf, Andrina Turenne, Lennie Gallant(H)
    11:20 AM - 12:30 PM
  • All Strings Attached Down by the River · Porch Couch(H), Bruce Molsky & Vinta
    12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
  • Shawna Caspi In Concert Down By The River
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Treasa Lavesseur in Concert Down By The Bay
    12:40 PM - 1:20 PM
  • The Vaudevillian Interactive Washboard Workshop Down By The River · The duo supplies 40 musical washboards, 80 metal thimbles and teach the whole group how to play the washboard. All ages, abilities welcome
    1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
  • Porch Couch in Concert Down By The Bay
    1:45 PM - 2:25 PM
  • Man on Fire Lloyd Speigel & David Sereda
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Livin' in the Metro Down By The Bay · Kobo Town, The Fretless and Ego Spank (H)
    2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Men Without Pants in Concert Down By The River
    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Vinta in Concert Amphitheatre
    4:00 PM - 4:40 PM
  • Lloyd Spiegel in Concert Amphitheatre
    5:00 PM - 5:40 PM
  • Bruce Molsky in Concert Amphitheatre
    6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
  • Archie Fisher with Garnet Rogers in Concert Amphitheatre
    7:00 PM - 7:40 PM
  • David Francey in Concert Amphitheatre
    7:45 PM - 8:50 PM
  • A Summerfolk Farewell with Élage Diouf Down By The Bay
    9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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