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Acoustic Roots Festival 2022

Acoustic Maritime Music Festival 2022

Hearts of Kin perform at the Acoustic Maritime Music Festival July, 2022. Now in its 19th year, this 4-day variety festival showcases some of the best Canadian and Maritime original acoustic singer-songwriters. 

Cavendish Beach Music Festival

Back in - person for the first year since the pandemic, Cavendish Beach Music Festival welcomed Hearts of Kin to the Emerging Artist Stage in PE on July 8th, 2022. The CBMF is the largest multi-day music event in Atlantic Canada, combining some of the world's greatest country music artists.

EP Release Success

On April 29th, 2022, Hearts of Kin celebrated the release of their debut EP Homegrown, with a sold out CD release party at Daniel's Alehouse and Eatery, Sydney, NS. 


It was standing room only at the popular downtown Sydney hotspot for the celebration which marked not only the release of the duo's first professionally recorded music, but also their long awaited reunion and the beginning of a new chapter. 

This highly anticipated night of live music featured Hearts of Kin backed by a full band (Lawrence Lelievre, David Burke, and Ron Leadbeater) with special guests, ECMA showcasing artist Elyse Aeryn and Destiny Tobin.  This event drew the largest audience the venue had hosted post covid. 

Rocking for Ukraine: Raising funds to help a country at war

Hearts of Kin kicked off a benefit concert for Ukraine Sunday in Whitney Pier, NS. The event was held in a Maritime community where Ukrainian culture and connections run deep.

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There have been challenges but Danielle MacDonald, left, and sister Shellie Ann Tobin of Hearts of Kin are ready to take their music careers to the next level. 

Check out Hearts of Kin's ECMA Radio Podcast Episode with host Chris Batstone featuring fellow hometown artist Rob Murphy!

Hearts of Kin's debut single "Throw Away World" claims the #1 spot on 97.5 CIOE East Coast 30 for the week of November 6th, 2021

CIOE 97.5 Community Radio places Hearts of Kin's "Throw Away World" at #12 of the top 100 songs of 2021!

Acoustic Roots 
   Festival 2021


"Hearts of Kin were an instant hit with their first performance at Acoustic Roots 2021. They performed a solid set resulting in an immediate invitation to return and perform at next year's festival. We look forward to having Hearts of Kin take the stage as part of the Acoustic Roots 2022 lineup."

- Sandy MacDonald  (Event Coordinator Acoustic Roots Festival Cape Breton)

"Cape Breton folk/country duo Hearts of Kin really impress with their first single "Throw Away World" from their debut EP, "Homegrown". The Sydney based act consisting of sisters Shellie Tobin and Danielle MacDonald showcase tight family harmonies with tasteful arrangements and production. The debut single was an instant add, quickly moving into heavy rotation here at The Coast 89.7. We look forward to hearing more from this promising new East Coast duo".

- Bill MacNeil (General Manager/Music Director The Coast 89.7 CKOA-FM Cape Breton, NS

Hearts of Kin featured on the CFTA 107.9 "Maritime Music" series. On-air talking establishing the band and recording our debut EP "Homegrown".

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CBC Mainstreet 

Pandemic Artist Profile: Hearts of Kin

"Pandemic Artists" is a feature with the CBC's Olivia Adlakha, where Cape Breton artists have used the pandemic to their advantage, allowing them to grow as an artist as a result of having more time at home. First up, we talked to New Waterford's "Hearts of Kin".

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