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A historic and intimate performance and gathering space.

Built in 1839, The Schoolhouse has been a place of learning and worship, a community gathering space, and—since 1958, when it ceased to be a school—the scene of artistic presentation. The Schoolhouse returns to its decades old tradition of educating through entertaining. The Schoolhouse is operated by the Peggy’s Cove Centre for Arts & Culture as its main performance venue.

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The SchoolHouse Ceilidh

The Schoolhouse Cèilidh

Ceud mìle fàilte! Join us for an intimate, interactive, and uniquely Nova Scotian cultural experience! Experience traditional Cape Breton fiddle music as it was meant to be heard…and pick up a few dance steps and Gaelic words along the way! Three half-hour performances each day.

The Schoolhouse
120 Peggy’s Point Road, Peggy’s Cove, NS

12 PM / 1 PM / 2 PM
Run time: 30 minutes 

$5 general admission available at the door

Parking available at the visitor information centre

The Performers

Mairi Rankin

First cousin to the hugely influential Rankin Family—legends on the Canadian music scene—Mairi Rankin plays fiddle and step-dances up a storm. Born in Mabou, Nova Scotia, she has been influenced by some of the best Cape Breton traditional musicians and instructors on the island. Being immersed in such a rich musical culture has enabled her to develop her own unique style. Mairi performs with the Cape Breton super-group Beòlach (, who’s 2019 release, All Hands, won two Canadian Folk Music Awards, the Fans Choice ‘Entertainer of the Year’ award at the East Coast Music Awards, and a Nova Scotia Music Award. The album also received a Juno nomination in 2021. For the past twelve years, she has also been part of the internationally renowned Celtic group The Outside Track, which is currently touring its fifth studio album, Rise Up. In 2019 Mairi collaborated with cellist Eric Wright from The Fretless and created The Cabin Sessions, which won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Instrumental Group of the Year in 2020. 


Wendy MacIsaac

Renowned Cape Breton fiddler, Wendy MacIsaac, has been playing music for over 35 years. She is recognized as one of the ‘old school’ style of players who has helped keep the traditional sound alive. Wendy is also a sought-after piano accompanist and step-dancer and is in high demand for her skills in teaching the Cape Breton style of fiddling, the latter of which she does throughout North America, as well as from her home in Halifax. Wendy has eight albums to her credit, the latest one, All Hands (2019), which she recorded with Beòlach (, won two Canadian Folk Music Awards, a Nova Scotia Music Award, the Fans Choice ‘Entertainer of the Year’ award at the East Coast Music Awards and garnered a Juno nomination! Beòlach (which features both Wendy and Mairi Rankin), was the Artist in Residence at the 2019 Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton and appeared at the 2021 World Expo in Dubai. 

September Schedule
Showtimes: 12 PM  /  1 PM  /  2 PM
Run time: 30 minutes

Friday 1 September

Wednesday 6 September

Friday 8 September

Saturday 9 September

Tuesday 12 September

Wednesday 13 September

Thursday 14 September

Friday 15 September

Saturday 16 September Cancelled

Tuesday 19 September

Wednesday 20 September

Thursday 21 September

Friday 22 September

Saturday 23 September

Monday 25 September

Tuesday 26 September

Wednesday 27 September

Friday 29 September*

Saturday 30 September*

*Due to a scheduling conflict, these shows will feature Wendy MacIsaac with a special guest.

October Schedule
Showtimes: 12 PM  /  1 PM  /  2 PM
Run time: 30 minutes

Sunday 1 October

Monday 2 October

Tuesday 3 October

Wednesday 4 October

Thursday 5 October

Friday 6 October

Saturday 14 October

Sunday 15 October

Wednesday 18 October

Thursday 19 October

Friday 20 October

Saturday 21 October

Sunday 22 October

Tuesday 24 October

Thursday 26 October*

*Due to a scheduling conflict, this show will feature Wendy MacIsaac with a special guest.

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