Our Mission Statement
To promote, represent and support participation in Cape Breton arts, music, cultural heritage and hospitality.
The Festival Volunteer Drive’er Association is an incorporated not-for profit society under the Registry of Joint Stock by the Province of Nova Scotia. Formed in August 2004, the association’s membership is made up of individuals who volunteer as Drivers with the Celtic Colours International Festival.Drivers further their volunteer time by selling performing artists’ and the Celtic Colours compilation CD at venues during the Festival. Proceeds from these sales are directed to the Association and sustain our sponsorship programs.
The Frank “Big Sampie” Sampson Award
This sponsorship program is named in honour of Frank Sampson, an inaugural member of our Drive’er Association. Frank was a dedicated volunteer driver for the Celtic Colours International Festival for 10 years. The award grants a young, up-and-coming artist, in the Celtic Arts, six days recording studio time.
This award would not be possible without the support of the multi ECMA winner Lakewind Sound Studios who has partnered with the Drive’er Association since 2006.
Applications are available at the Festival Volunteer Drive’ers Association’s website – festivaldrivers.com.
The John Allan Cameron Bursary
This Bursary is available to Cape Breton students of the Gaelic College of Arts and Crafts, St. Ann’s NS. Named in honour of John Allan Cameron, teacher and Godfather of Cape Breton Celtic music. For more information visit the Gaelic College website.