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Featured Stories: April 2014 Archives

New Artist Profile

Lena Murphy

Posted by Robert Doublett

Lena Murphy is a nineteen-year-old singer/songwriter from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Growing up in Margaree Valley, Lena began to follow her passion for music at a very young age. Taking music lessons, singing on worship teams, and exploring the art of songwriting have all helped Lena realize that pursuing music truly is her heart's desire.

 

After winning an island-wide talent competition in the Spring of 2012, Lena chose to put her music career on hold to complete a 6 month music art and dance discipleship training school with Youth With A Mission in Brisbane, Australia. Now back in Cape Breton, Lena is ready to hit the music scene again with fresh inspiration and an excitement to share her songs with the world!

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Ragged Mane win Cape Breton Searchlight

John Stephenson

Posted by Robert Doublett

We asked you to find the best new musical act in Cape Breton and you chose Ragged Mane to represent the island against musicians from across Canada in CBC's Searchlight contest.

At stake are thousands of dollars in gear, being named Canada's best new act, and a gig at the CBC Music.ca Festival!

Ragged Mane is a 6-piece band originating from Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Their genuine indie-folk song writing gently wraps together twisting lyrics and driving instrumentation composed of guitars, stand up bass, mandolin and violin. With influences ranging from blues to indie-folk matched with versatile vocals, their music is sure to tug at heartstrings.

Their debut album "Five Nights" combines east coast authenticity, addictive melodies and alluring poetry that ensnares the hearts and ears of listeners. Using sensitive imagery and solid orchestration, the band members compel every song to life.

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Remembering Jim Flaherty

MP Rodger Cuzner

Posted by Robert Doublett

Jim Flaherty, one of Canada's longest-serving finance ministers, is dead at age 65. The Conservative MP stepped down from cabinet less than a month ago with plans of eventually returning to the private sector.

Flaherty, who resigned last month as federal finance minister, died of an apparent heart attack.

Jim Flaherty's colleagues, political opponents and friends are remembering him for his commitment to public service, his playful sense of humour and his devotion to his family.

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