ANN MARIE YORKE: Cape Breton’s Crankinfest set for entertaining August weekend

Visitors and locals alike this summer have had access to the best entertainment that we have had in the two years of the pandemic, event organizers have pulled out all the stops to provide an entertainment opportunity to surpass our visitor’s expectations.

July has had one festival after another, music in our local restaurants and coffee shops. Kitchen Rackets is back offering entertainment at our Marina and Tunes on the Town with incredible performers having an open-air venue right in the center of the Village. Free weekly rotating outdoor concerts have taken place in locations around the island to the delight of visitors and locals alike.

Enjoying music variety

Visitors have commented on how much they have enjoyed the variety of music being offered. Definitely no reason for visitors not to experience local entertainment at its best. Coming up is one of Richmond’s most popular festivals with locals and visitors alike. Crankinfest will take place on Aug. 20 from 2 to 10 pm, at the Rankin Field at 9735 Grenville St., St. Peter’s.

Crankinfest celebrates all styles and genres of music, from folk and fiddle to rock and metal. For this outdoor concert, the location can’t be beat — looking out over St. Peter’s Bay.

Now that I mentioned entertainers, just look at the lineup that is scheduled to take to the stage. These are groups and musicians love to hear, including Sam Moon, Leona Burkey, The Boogies Corner Band, Thunderkiss, Eric Poirier, Donna DeWolfe and Ervin Touesnard, Flat Black Cadillac, Denacious T and more.

Safe location

For those of you, who have not heard of Crankinfest before, it is a festival which was created during the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to give local musicians a venue to perform. The local venue of Rankins Field was provided to give an open-air space that would offer a safe location for performers and guests alike.

Crankinfest is a non-profit organization, owned and operated by members of the St Peter’s community, with all proceeds raised from the concert going back into the community.


Organizers have thought of everything to make the event as visitor friendly as possible. There will be free camping and RV/camper lots, it is family-friendly and dog-friendly (as long as they are on a leash). There will be food vendors with tables and chairs on site. There will also be toilets on site for concertgoers’ convenience and clearly marked smoking section.

Tickets are only $25 and can be purchased at the B&E General Store. Don’t delay getting your tickets as they will go fast.

And just a reminder that the Festival Acadien Petit de Grat will take place from Aug. 11-14.

Ann Marie Yorke has worked closely with the Richmond County tourism industry and has been a tourism information officer in St. Peter’s for 15 years.

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