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Bluebird North Halifax

Event Date: 
Single day event: 10/26/2013 8:00:00 PM
Cost: $20 advance, $25 at Door
Where to buy tickets: At Door or email:



Mel Farrimond (host)

Carmel Mikol

Carmen Townsend

Jim Dorie

Kev Corbett

***Note: Purchase tickets at the door or by emailing for advance tickets***

BLUEBIRD NORTH is an intimate, interactive musical showcase hosted by the S.A.C. that brings together some of Canada’s most inspiring songwriters to share their songs and stories. During this acoustic, informal evening, each featured songwriter will perform their songs and share the ‘back story’ and inspiration about how each song was written.

Bluebird North is based on Nashville's famed Bluebird Café, which opened in 1982. The venue is well known for helping launch the careers of Garth Brooks, Ashley Cleveland and Pam Tillis. Bluebird North is endorsed by the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.

About the Performers

Carmel Mikol

Drive through the Smokey Mountains. March through the streets for something you believe in. Love somebody all wrong. Live a little. That’s what Mikol makes her songs out of: living stories impeccably crafted with a literary edge. A triple ECMA nominee and Grand Prize Winner in the John Lennon International Song Contest, she has released two albums and played festivals in Atlantic Canada and the US, sharing stages with Garnet Rogers, David Francey, Connie Kaldor, Amelia Curran, Jimmy Rankin, and Matt Anderson.

The daughter of an American draft-dodger, Mikol was raised on a family subsistence farm on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Mikol was influenced early on by sixties-era American folk poets and started writing when she was just a kid. Her work lives somewhere between traditional folk music and modern singer/songwriter, drawing comparisons to Janis Ian, Shawn Colvin and Bright Eyes. Her songs are new folk ballads, modern protest songs, and living narratives of the past and present.
"Carmel Mikol is ... a twenty something girl with something important to say. If she keeps writing songs like those [on Creature], a lot of people are going to be listening." (Jack Goodstein,

Jim Dorie

“Jim Dorie waited until middle age to start writing songs, and now he writes 'em like someone who's been doing it for decades.” Mike Sadava – Penguin Eggs

"Over the years, as a musician and producer I have heard a lot of music. My attention is caught when songs have integrity, good stories, strong melodies. Jim Dorie's songs have all three, but also something more. Jim tells the truth in his songs. Songs from real life. What a great gift!" Dan Rubin – Blue Island Records

Relatively new to the music scene, Jim worked a full industrial career while raising and educating three children. An avid reader and audiophile, he began writing as a way of capturing some of the stories about local history and characters he was learning about after returning home to Nova Scotia. Some of these stories became songs, and soon there was enough to consider recording them.

Jim’s first CD “Something Happened” was produced by Dave Gunning who is also a frequent co-writing partner. His second CD “Ghosts of Pictou County” was produced by J.P. Cormier and was nominated for an ECMA in 2013.

Carmen Townsend

Cape Breton’s Carmen Townsend is a 4 time Music Nova Scotia Award winning artist and awarded an ECMA for Rising Star Recording of the year in 2012. She was named Best Female Artist by local Coast Reader’s and was also invited to take part in National Hockey Day where she shared the stage with Dave Bidini, Sarah Harmer and Chris Murphy (Sloan). Upon releasing her debut album in January 2011, she  was selected to be the opening act for Heart’s cross Canada tour and has also shared the stage with INXS , showcased internationally at SXSW, The Great Escape Festival and Liverpool Sound City. She also spent 11wks in Australia and performed at The Woodford Folk Festival as well as The Peats Ridge Festival. Ms. Townsend is currently writing her 2nd release and recently returned from Nashville. She has relocated back to Cape Breton to be close to the Ocean while writing and travelling back and forth from the south preparing for her next release.

Kev Corbett

Kev Corbett had a Christopher Robin complex when he was young, which led to an aversion to being misunderstood. As a teenager, he would play drums 2-12 hours a day, and sneak out watch Letterman's show every night, and from these he learned the versatility that has made him an award-winning side musician. He never intended to write a song, nor sing it in front of people, but it's turned out way better than he'd have thought, and his only ambition for it is enjoy doing both until he dies.

Venue:The Music Room
6181 Lady Hammond Rd
Halifax Nova Scotia B3K 2S1