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Chow Down at the Harbourfront

Lunch At Allen’s is a musical powerhouse comprised of four remarkable Canadian talents: Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church, Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas.  As individuals, they have written for or sung on over 25,000,000 cds, penning hits for Josh Groban, Chicago, Bonnie Raitt, America, Santana, Cher and Rod Stewart, as well as Murray’s “Farmer’s Song,” Marc’s “Marina Del Rey” and Ian’s “Painted Ladies,” just to name a few.

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These artists have come together adding the incredible voice of Cindy Church (Quartette, Great Western Orchestra) to form Lunch At Allen’s. Their stage show is intimate and humourous, featuring many songs familiar to anyone who has turned on a radio in the past two decades.

“You would be hard pressed to find another Canadian ensemble with more collective depth of influence over Canada’s musical landscape than Lunch At Allen’s.” – The Beat Magazine

Lunch At Allen’s is at the Harbourfront Theatre on Sunday, October 29th at 7:30 PM.

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Belles Come Swinging

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2:00 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre

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The Swinging Belles, a JUNO award-winning swing band for kids from St. John’s, NL, are intent on getting both kids and adults to kick up their heels and have a swinging good time with the whole family!

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The Swinging Belles feature child educators and performers Laura Winter and Erin Power joined by guitarist extraordinaire Duane Andrews. This show is all about getting kids and parents out to have a dance and enjoy some swing country and jazz…kid style. As primary school teachers, both Laura and Erin know firsthand the joy that kids feel when they can boogie to some good time music, and as parents, Duane and Erin know the importance of enjoying the music that our kids are listening to! The show is packed with music, interactive storytelling and dancing…lots of dancing!

Both Erin and Laura have recently completed Masters degrees in Education and Folklore respectively. By night, the two are part of folk/country group The Dilettantes who have recorded 3 albums and perform in the local music circuit. Guitar guru Duane Andrews is an established international performer having performed on stages such as the Newport Folk and Montreal Jazz festivals. He is an accomplished composer and producer as well. This multi-award winning artist is thrilled to be able to bring his passion for Swing Jazz and NL traditional music to an enthusiastic young audience.

Awards/Nominations & Highlights
2016 JUNO WINNER – Children’s Album of the Year
2015 Canadian Folk Music Award WINNER – Children’s Album of the Year
2015 MusicNL Award Nominee – Group of the Year, Jazz/Blues Recording of the Year
2015 Intl’ Songwriting Competition Finalists – “Sock Gnomes” and “Some Monsters”

This tour is part of the Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) and RADARTS’ Canada 150 Performance Series. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada.

Nevahland Comes to Life at the Mack

Liam Corcoran possesses one of the most recognizable voices in the region. As a founding member of the East Coast Music Association (ECMA)-winning group Two Hours Traffic, he entertained audiences around the world for more than a decade.

Now focused on his solo career, this show will celebrate the release of his new album Nevahland, a collection that showcases Liam’s poetic lyricism and gift for melody.

21199415_1679701318721166_6682343402551173304_oThis will be a dynamic show, featuring a mixture of solo and full-band performances, and a set list including old and new favourites.

“Easily one of Canada’s most distinct and solid rock vocalists…” -Pop Matters

“Corcoran excels at honest, well-crafted songwriting” -Grayowl Point

Liam Corcoran’s Album Release Party is at The Mack on Friday November 10th at 7:30 PM.

Claire Lynch Lands at Harbourfront

Long recognized as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch has had a career decorated with many accolades including three GRAMMY nominations, six International Bluegrass Music Association awards and the prestigious United States Artists Walker Fellowship, as well as membership in the Alabama Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.

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Dolly Parton credits Lynch with “one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today.” Her harmonies have graced the recordings of many stellar musicians, including Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Pam Tillis, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea and Ralph Stanley. Equally gifted as a writer, her songs have been recorded by Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, The Whites and many others.

Blazing her own trail in the mid 70′s when there were few role models for young women in the genre, Claire Lynch made history when she led the Front Porch String Band which evolved in the ‘80s and ‘90s into “one of the sharpest and most exciting post-modern bluegrass bands on the circuit.” She formed her own Claire Lynch Band in 2005 and has since consistently been a top pick of prestigious publications, critics and audiences across the U.S. and beyond.

DigitalJournal.com has listed Claire as “One of the 10 Best Angelic Voices of Our Time.” She has shared that honor with such luminaries as Judy Collins, Alison Krauss, Sarah McLachlan, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris.

Opening the show will be well-known PEI artists Katie McGarry and Dan Currie.

Singer-songwriter Katie McGarry can write a real, aching heartbreak song. She has a country/Americana feel to her music and a timeless voice that washes over her catchy melodies and sincere lyrics. Her last album, Waiting On, received four 2015 Music PEI award nominations, including Songwriter of the Year and Album of the Year and she took home the award for Country Recording of the Year at the annual Music PEI Country Jubilee. She was also one of six finalists in the 2015 Canadian Country Music Association’s Discovery Atlantic Program. Plans are in the works for a new recording from Katie in 2018.

The Claire Lynch Band is at the Harbourfront Theatre on Thursday October 12 at 7:30 PM.

It’s True, Rumours Rolling in to PEI

VaughnCo Entertainment is proud to present “Rumours” The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show based in Los Angeles, California.  The group recreates the legendary band in its youthful heyday from 1975-1979.

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After finding huge success in Los Angeles, selling out their regular Roxy Theater performances month after month, the band moved from the world famous Sunset Strip to casinos, theaters, and clubs all over America.

The band is comprised of vocalist/artist/actor Jesika Miller, vocalist/film maker/photographer Rebecca Fishman, drummer/actor Ned Brower (Rooney, Mike Viola, Dawson’s Creek), guitarist/producer/engineer Taylor Locke (Rooney, Taylor Locke and the Roughs), and bassist/producer/engineer Nic Johns (Ben Lee, Margaret Cho, Room 8)

Rumours has meticulously put together a show that spares no detail.  From period accurate equipment and costumes to spot on characterizations and musical performances, “Rumours” takes you back to a time when music was still an unbridled cultural experience and bands weren’t afraid to put on a show.

Relive the rock and roll magic with the “Rumours” The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show at the Harbourfront Theatre on October 10th at 7:30 PM

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The trio of award winning fiddler Kendra MacGillivray with long-time CBC Compass personalities Bruce Rainnie and Kevin “Boomer” Gallant have been a favourite of Harbourfront Theatre audiences for more than a decade. Rainnie chose the tongue-in-cheek title for the final show, and all three have fond words about the impending performance.

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Bruce: “It only seems fitting that we have one final farewell show at the Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside. We’ve had such wonderful moments in that theatre over the years. One more show will be the perfect way to say, ‘Thank you, and hope to see you again.’ ”

Boomer: “It’ll be awesome to take the stage one more time with Kendra and Bruce. I anticipate lots of costumes, lots of laughs, lots of spontaneity and lots of great music. Can’t wait!”

Kendra: “The annual shows at the Harbourfront have always been my favorites. To have the chance to do one more is very special for all of us. We plan to make it very memorable.”\

End of an Error is at the Harbourfront Theatre September 30 and October 1 at 7:30 PM.

Bone on Bone

Bruce Cockburn is embarking on a tour of North America. The Harbourfront Theatre show will consist of a quartet with drummer Gary Craig, bassist John Dymond and accordionist John Aaron Cockburn. All 3 of them are featured on Bruce’s new True North album ‘Bone On Bone” slated for release in the fall of 2017. And for the record, John Aaron is Bruce’s nephew.

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One of Canada’s finest artists, Bruce Cockburn has enjoyed an illustrious career shaped by politics, spirituality, and musical diversity. His remarkable journey has seen him embrace folk, jazz, rock, and worldbeat styles while travelling to such far-flung places as Guatemala, Mali, Mozambique, and Nepal, and writing memorable songs about his ever-expanding world of wonders. “My job,” he explains, “is to try and trap the spirit of things in the scratches of pen on paper and the pulling of notes out of metal.”

Cockburn’s songs of romance, protest, and spiritual discovery are among the best to have emerged from Canada over the last 40 years. His guitar playing, both acoustic and electric, has placed him in the company of the world’s top instrumentalists. And he remains deeply respected for his activism on issues from native rights and land mines to the environment and Third World debt, working for organizations such as Oxfam, Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, and Friends of the Earth.

For his many achievements, the Ottawa-born artist has been honoured with 12 Juno Awards, an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, and has been made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

His commitment to growth has made Bruce Cockburn both an exemplary citizen and a legendary artist whose prized songbook will be celebrated for many years to come.

Bruce Cockburn is at the Harbourfront Theatre on Sunday, September 17, at 7:30 PM.