I am writing this with a mixed bag of emotions.  I have been employed (happily) at the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre for close to 6 years, so it almost feels unnatural to think of a time that I won't be returning.  Be that as it may, the time has come to say adieu.  Due to personal reasons, which I won't bore you with, the decision was reached after long, tedious and sometimes sleepless nights.  After much careful thought, many prayers, and soul searching, we (my husband and myself) have decided (with much trepidition) to end my tenure here at the MTCC.  It wasn't an easy decision, but it is the ONLY decision, at least for me at this time.  Membertou has been wonderful to me, the Mi'Kmaq people are so welcoming and kind.  I have dabbled in learning the language, and lessons from a man I greatly admire, the late Clarence Gould.  Unfortunately, it is extremely hard to remember when you don't use it on a daily basis.  One word I do remember is We'la'lin-THANK YOU, for everything.  A big thank you to the wonderful staff and management at the MTCC, especially my boss Stephen Antle, who always goes above and beyond for anyone who needs a helping hand.  My hat's off to you,...


Fred Clarke is one of our catering department banquet captains.  His friendly disposition and demeanor draws both staff and clients to him.  Fred is genuine, the real deal.  His no muss, no fuss, approach works for both his and the clients advantage.  It is my pleasure to introduce you to Fred Clarke.


Hi Fred, it’s great to have you as my next “getting to know” subject.  You have been working at the MTCC for almost two years now.  You are not only a catering banquet captain, but you also work in Kiju’s Restaurant as a server and a supervisor.  Do you have a preference, and if so, please elaborate.


Yes, catering, it’s different.  I worked in the restaurant/bar environment for 30 years.  I really like the different aspects of catering, the setups, the people etc.





April is…

April, to open, to spring; it is probably derived from the Latin word “Aprilis” which in turn is derived from “Aphrodite”, the Greek goddess of love, aka Venus!

April’s birthstone is a diamond!  We all know a diamond is a girl’s best friend, and they usually lead to an engagement ring, which leads us to weddings.

The tulip blooms in April, and did you know the red tulip is a symbol of perfect love!

“April” is also the name of our certified wedding coordinator.  Her planning skills take the stress out of the most important day of your life and make...


Getting to Know…Chef Mike Eldershaw

Chef Mike Eldershaw, what can I say?  He is a wonderful chef, human being, and daddy.  His face lights up when talk is geared towards the kitchen.  Without further ado, let me introduce Chef Michael!


Hey Mike, it is great having you as an integral part of the MTCC’s culinary team!  You bring a unique style to our kitchen, with your down-to-earth approach to cooking a broad variety of tasty dishes.  We want to get to know you better!

I know you have very busy days in Kiju’s kitchen, and it probably gets busy at home as well with a young child.  Share with us some of your relaxation techniques.


(laughs) Relaxation! Hmm, well, I like to take walks with my son and my dog.  And I love a good binge TV watching evening.



Joel Plaskett live at the MTCC!

Joel Plaskett, a Nova Scotian living his dream.  Joel hails from Lunenburg N.S. and has a deep love and devoted connection to rock music.  In his younger years, he was influenced by Led Zeppelin.  He is known as a patriot, a folk-hero, an Indie Darling, and also a National Treasure.  He stays true to his roots, in particular his love of Canada, and more precisely his love of Nova Scotia, making his home in Halifax.

With the break-up of his band “Thrush Hermit” in late 1999, Joel knew he wanted to continue in his chosen field and within 3 weeks he had put together a new band.  Consisting of drummer Dave Marsh and bass player Chris Pennell, the trio gave birth to Joel Plaskett Emergency!  Joel now has his own recording studio allowing him free reign to record all the music he wants. Being the reciprocant of a Juno award, it speaks volumes of what his fans want as well....

All you can eat!

Springtime, it conjures up images of robins singing, trees budding, flowers blooming, and temperatures rising.  Of course, along with all these blissful images, comes the rain, and the mud.  The long, hot, dog days of summer seem so remote and out of reach.  On a lighter note, Easter is fast approaching, and this year on Sunday March 27th from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Kiju’s Restaurant will be offering an extremely affordable and delicious all you can eat brunch buffet.  Kids can build their very own Easter cookies, and if they are 5 and under, their meal is free!   For adults, the buffet is just $22.00 and for children ages 6-12 it is $11.00.  My mouth is watering just thinking about the chef carved honey and fennel glazed Virginia ham with pineapple ginger relish, mmm, or the slow roasted Angus roast beef with au jus.  If breakfast is more to your liking, there will be no shortage of items, from crisp bacon, and maple glazed sausage, buttermilk pancakes with maple cream cheese drizzle, hash brown casserole, and tons of desserts.  For a full view of...

Getting to Know...Norma Jean Faulkner

Norma Jean Faulkner, MTCC’S cutie pie, always bubbly and  upbeat with a smile for everyone, brings over 20 years experience in the hospitality sector with her. Norma is one of the catering department’s banquet captains.  It’s high time we get to know Norma Jean!


Hi Norma, you are always zooming around the building like a fly on a hot tin roof, a true busy bee you are!  Thankfully, you have stopped long enough to sit and answer some questions.

What do you do to kickback and relax after a long hard physical work week?


I love spending time with my baby girl.  We usually go shopping, spending money we don’t have!  LOL

We have all travelled that road Norma!


You are such a tiny little thing, what keeps you in shape besides running...

Karma Bridal blowout sale taking over MTCC Wedding Show
Membertou, NS, – The bridal shop, Karma Bridal and Formal will make its way to Cape Breton on Sunday, February 21, 2016 to host the bridal show at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre
Christine Barlette of Karma Bridal says, “At the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre wedding show, our blowout sale will bring the best of our store to all our brides in the Cape Breton area. We have many people travelling from all over to shop with us for their special day and this event will make that just a little bit easier.”
All registered ticket holders are invited to attend the exclusive bridal dress blowout sale at 10 a.m. in the Jenu Room at the MTCC on Sunday. The sale will include over 200 dresses, some of the plus sizes, shoes, jewelry, hair pieces, veils and bridal belts. All major credit cards accepted, as well as debit and cash.
The wedding trade show, where brides-to-be will have access to information on various wedding services...

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Fabulous February!

Although the weather outside may be frightful, the sounds, sights and aroma’s are delightful inside the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre!

February starts off with a bang; Yuk Yuk’s is back and ready to tickle your funny bone.  Matt O’Brien livens up the stage as well as Chanel Friere and Carey Lee on February 6th at 9:00 p.m.

On the 13th at 8:30 p.m.  CBMIC IceBreaker  is back!  Always a crowd pleaser, this year will be no exception, the lineup for the Fundraiser and concert is SlowCoaster, Jordan Musycysn Band,...

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Wedding Show and Spectacular Blowout Sale!

I had a nice chat recently with a friend who just became engaged.  Her ring is beautiful, and now she is in “fever” bridal mode.  I explained to her that her timing couldn’t have been more perfect.  Because on Sunday February 21st, the MTCC is having its annual wedding show!  This year will feature Karma Bridal and Formal who are not only providing a beautiful fashion show, but also a blowout sale, with 200+ dresses (some in plus sizes 18-30) which can be purchased on site or at a later date.  Also on the agenda are jewellery, hair pieces, veils, bridal belts and shoes!  What a nice treat, you are not only saving money on dresses and accessories, but you do not have to travel to Halifax to do so!  The bridal show will also feature the “Giant 101.9” Runaway Bride Contest.  Show exhibitors are also offering a large array of wedding products including D.J. Services, hair design, photographers, esthetics, men’s formal wear, wedding cakes ,decorators, florists, and everything else wedding! Don’t forget to...