Welcome to MaxMacDonald.ca!

Max MacDonald

This site is all about my new CD right now. It also includes links to most of the wonderful Cape Breton artists who supported this project. I encourage you to check out their on line worlds as well.

I have also begun to post a number of Blogs I have written about Cape Breton music & culture.

I hope you take the time to listen to some of the audio clips from my CD on the site. OK, let’s be frank, I really hope that you buy the CD so I can record more of these incredible songs in the future.


A journey through the lyrics of Cape Breton

By Frank MacDonald - Inverness Oran

A journey through the lyrics of Cape Breton: Max MacDonald releases Songs of Home

This month marks the release of a song collection containing a dozen favourite Cape Breton songs chosen and sung by Max MacDonald. Songs of Home: A Personal Tribute to Cape Breton Songwriters, celebrates a handful of the countless storytellers who have been penned over the decades by a very diverse and gifted number of songwriters. What makes these particular choices historically significant is that they have been gathered together under a single and original voice.

Not only is the selection an important sampler of what Cape Breton musicians do when they don’t play the fiddle, it also brings back, for the length of this album at least, one of the most influential voices in Cape Breton over the past four decades. Whether with The Rise and Follies or fronting the popular band, Buddy and the Boys, Max MacDonald’s voice has been an integral part of the Cape Breton soundtrack.

Mac-Using Troubadour ...

Mac-Using Troubadour Launches Comeback CD, Music Industry Software

By Charles Moore - LowEndMac

An old friend of mine, Nova Scotian musician Max MacDonald, recently released his first solo CD in his varied career as a singer, actor, songwriter, and entertainment manager.

Max was front man for the Cape Breton, NS based rock band Buddy and the Boys back in the '70s and early '80s, a mainstay in the touring music and comedy repertories "The Rise and Follies of Cape Breton" and "The Cape Breton Summertime Revue" from 1977 until 1995, and, as a principal in the entertainment promotion firm Rave Entertainment, founder and organizer of the fall Celtic Colours music festival from 1997 to 2008, which grew to an event featuring more than 400 performers.

Taking it to the Max at the ECMAs

Click to enlarge image ...By Laura Jean Grant - The Cape Breton Post

Max MacDonald wearing several hats in Corner Brook, N.L

Max MacDonald certainly won't be cold with all the hats he'll be wearing at the East Coast Music Association's awards, festival and conference weekend later this month in Corner Brook, N.L.

A well-known figure in the island's entertainment scene, MacDonald recently began a new job at Sydney-based Marcato Digital, developing web-based software for the music industry, and last fall put out a solo CD, Songs of Home, which has earned him his first two ECMA music award nominations.

"I'm going there wearing a whole bunch of hats. I mean I'm going there certainly to support the Team Cape Breton ECMA group to promote the ECMA here next year. I'm also going wearing my Marcato Digital hat to talk to a lot of the international delegates about what we're doing, and I'll have a little beanie, a little artist cap too," said MacDonald. "It's going to be fun. It's going to be really exciting."