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Allister MacGillivray Will Be Invested Into the Order of Canada December 2013

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Great news for a famous Cape Bretoner!

Allister MacGillivrayAllister MacGillivray  will be Invested into the Order of Canada on December 13, 2013. The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General is pleased to announce that a “live” webcast of the Order of Canada Investiture ceremony will be available on December 13, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. (Eastern standard time). Please tune in at www.gg.ca,

At 12 noon on December 14 (2013), the lilting strains of “Away From The Roll Of The Sea”, penned by Allister MacGillivray back in the 70’s, will resound from The Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in our nation’s capital. The official carilloneur, Andrea McCrady, has offered to perform the song on the clock tower’s massive 53-bell, multi-tonne mechanism in honour of Allister’s visit to Ottawa to receive the Order Of Canada.

As an added bonus, the MacGillivray family has been invited to sit with Dr. McCrady in the belfry during her performance of the work.

One proud Caper to another… Good on ya Allister!!

About Allister MacGillivray:

Allister MacGillivrayAllister MacGillivray: renowned songwriter, guitarist, record producer, folklorist and author from the Island of Cape Breton in the province of Nova Scotia, in eastern Canada. He was born and raised in the coal-mining/fishing town of Glace Bay. His grandparents on the MacGillivray side were Gaelic-speaking, and various cousins played violin, guitar or accordion at weekly family-music-sessions — before the intrusion of television.

Following graduation from St. F.X U. in Antigonish, he toured two years with a trio headed by Cape Breton folksinger John Allan Cameron. Besides its own dedicated following, the group opened for Anne Murray and The Irish Rovers, bringing the house down in a 1970 appearance at “The Grand Ole Opry” in Nashville, Tennessee.

On “Ceilidh”, Cameron’s Canadian national television program, Allister served as guitarist and musical director.

During the mid seventies, Allister performed as a full-time guitarist with the Irish/Newfoundland group Ryan’s Fancy, which toured Canada and Ireland.

He recorded and co-produced several albums with this trio, and again was musical director on both regional and national television programs.

At this point his songwriting career began to blossom. Ryan’s Fancy recorded Allister’s “Sea People”, “Tie Me Down” and “Coal Town Road”, and the group featured “Song For The Mira” during many of their live performances.

A particular highlight of Allister’s performing career was accompanying Irish superstars Tommy Makem & Liam Clancy, in television series and several extended tours of the eastern United States and Canada.

Allister left “the road” around 1980, choosing to settle in rural Cape Breton to concentrate on an eclectic career of songwriting, composing and documenting the Cape Breton experience.

During the last several years, Allister has worked as researcher and artistic director on a series of short films on the Cape Breton style of traditional Scottish fiddling (see the Highland Legacy DVD), and continued his intuitive songwriting.

Among the recent honours he received:

  1. •The province of Nova Scotia “for the gift of music and promoting Celtic culture”
  2. •The Cape Breton Tourist Association “for writing beautiful songs which promote the traditions, the culture and the heritage of Cape Breton”.
  3. •Official Bard of Clan MacGillivray, Canada
  4. •Honorary Doctorate of Letters from The University College of Cape Breton, May 1997

 

Today, Allister MacGillivray lives and works on Cape Breton Island with his wife, Beverly, and two children (Ciarán & Fiona of the Celtic band, The Cottars).

 

Benefit from These Web Design Social Tools

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social media toolsSome new social media and social networking companies may become the giants of tomorrow like Twitter or Pinterest. And it is for this reason that it is worth checking out some of the new tools for social media marketing.

Your Cape Breton web design business will benefit right now if you invest some time in searching out and testing some of these new social media tools.

By creating a fantastic looking website and interconnecting it with several social networking sites, your message can be potentially shared with millions of people. Some of these tools are designed to share locally, and are great for aspiring musicians, artists and photographers alike.

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    1. BeFunky. This is an Instagram competitor and is both a social media and software app. This easy-to-use social tool lets you modify your photographs using a wide variety of built-in filters and overlays. When you have got your pics the way you want them, use this tool to share them on Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr and Twitter. There’s also a BeFunky gallery where you can display your best photos. A basic account is free, but limits the use of higher resolution. Paid premium accounts are also available.
    2. Bloomfire. This is a community based social tool and is really all about sharing information. It is not free at the moment although they do offer a free trial. Technically, the social media company refers to their product as a knowledgebase, not as social networking site. It also integrates and shares your info with many established social networking sites, if you choose to do so. This type of paid sharing site may well be the future of online social communities.
    3. Branch. The purpose of Branch is to create high quality conversations thru social sharing similar to the typical status updates found on most social media sites today. The social connect platform makes use of other social media tools like Twitter. Altho users can see all conversations, you must be invited to participate. You can then share the conversation,  embed the conversation into a post.
    4. Flipboard. This is a mobile friendly app that lets you aggregate your online favorite social network posts in a simple magazine style format. It really is a new twist on social bookmarking and is designed for a mobile environment.
    5. Ghost. Ghost is an open source blogging platform that launched in 2013. The concept is to make blogging and journalism easier and more accessible and is also mobile-friendly. Right now it is free and is designed to compete directly with WordPress. Keep an eye on this on as it has some pretty big names behind it.
    6. Inbound.org. This site is content based merely on inbound marketing related topics such as SEO, article marketing, content marketing, and social media marketing. This social tool works in conjunction with Twitter and you can actually use your Twitter account to create an account and sign in.
    7. Medium. Medium is a new collaborative writing platform founded by some of the same folks who originally created Twitter. Like many of the new social media networks out there, it is a unique new way of presenting your ideas to the mass media.
    8. Nextdoor. This social media network tool is limited to those who live in your neighborhood, which is not necessarily a bad thing if you are into SEO and advertising your product or service on the local level. Getting to know your closest neighbors is a great idea from a business perspective.
    9. Pheed. This free mobile social micro-blogging platform, popular with teens, was launched in 2012 and allows users to share a wide variety of information including images, videos, texts, audio, and more. It can aggregate all your social media posts in one location. Most users tend to like either the slick and easy-to-use interface or the ability to promote and sell content. It also has the reputation of being popular with teens.
    10. Sgrouples. It’s main strengths lie in its ability to create social groups with a strong commitment to privacy. In fact, their commitment to privacy is a big part of their online brand. You can use the platform’s group feature to connect with clients, colleagues, or prospects as well as friends and family. This social tool includes personal cloud storage for each user as well as the ability to aggregate content from other social media sites like Facebook.
    11. SlideShare. Having been founded in 2006, SlideShare’s not exactly new, but was designed to create presentations to be  embedded in blogs and making their way onto other social media platforms. Maybe because SlideShare partners with most social media platforms is the reason this tool is large, with over 51+ million viewers a month and counting. It is widely used by everyone from the White House to NASA.
    12. Thumb. This mobile social site was designed for artists, photographers, and musicians alike. The goal of Thumb is to allow people to ask questions and get quick answers. When you log in you are immediately given the opportunity to ask for an opinion or give an opinion in various categories. Art, Design & Photography is a category. You can also participate by voting (thumbs up, thumbs down, or neutral).
    13. Vine. This new mobile social tool from the owners of Twitter allows you to create and share short videos which are  limited to under seven seconds. Once a video is created, it can be shared and then posted on Vine, Twitter, or Facebook. This social tool was recently updated and is not only gaining in popularity, is still free.

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