Jimmy Rankin is one of Canada’s finest and most popular singer songwriters. Hailing from Mabou, Cape Breton, he rose to fame as a lead singer, guitarist and songwriting lynchpin for multi-platinum Canadian Celtic-pop heroes, The Rankin Family, who sold over 2 million records and earned five Junos including the coveted “Entertainer of the Year” award. In 1990, Jimmy embarked on a solo career, winning numerous awards and accolades over the course of six CD releases. Jimmy has built his reputation on the power and dynamism of his live shows which, while moving effortlessly between Roots, Country and Celtic stylings and drawing on an impressive catalogue of hits, appeal to fans of all ages.
After cutting his teeth on stages and dance halls in and around his Cape Breton Island home, Jimmy Rankin has established himself as one of the most entertaining and respected artists in the Canadian recording industry. Among others, Jimmy has toured and recorded with the likes of Keith Urban, John Prine, Alison Krauss and The Chieftains. Rankin’s authentic nature and enduring musical career have earned him the status of Canadian cultural icon and ambassador for Cape Breton’s Celtic music sound.
“Rankin isn’t resting on his reputation as Can-folk royalty. If anything, the man behind one of the many Rankin Family songs that defined the East Coast of Canada is working harder than ever.”
– Mike Devlin, The Times Colonist, Victoria, B.C.
“With oodles of raw vocal talent, great stage energy, and a knack for story telling, Jimmy Rankin puts on a stellar live show, not to be missed.”
– Countrified Canada
Jimmy Rankin appears at the Harbourfront Theatre on July 17th at 7:30 PM