The Festival Volunteer Drive’ers Association

Our Mission Statement: To promote, represent and support participation in Cape Breton arts, music, cultural heritage and hospitality.

The Festival Volunteer Drive’ers 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’s 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’ers 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 of 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’ers Association since 2006.

Applications are available at the Festival Volunteer Drive’ers Association’s website –

The John Allan Cameron Bursary

This Bursary is available to Cape Breton students of the Gaelic College of Arts and Crafts, St. Ann’s, Nova Scotia. Named in honour of John Allan Cameron, teacher and Godfather of Cape Breton Celtic music.

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