Category Archives: Music

Only Two More Abegweit Nights

SHOW DATES:
JULY 9, 10, 23 & 24 – 7:30 PM
AUGUST 13, 14, 27, & 28 – 7:30 PM

ALL SEATS: $42.00 tax & fees included

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SEARCHING FOR ABEGWEIT: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant returns to Harbourfront Theatre for 8 performances this summer 2019.

Hailed as a runaway theatrical hit with a solid track record of over 120 full house performances, SEARCHING FOR ABEGWEIT is a musical love letter to Prince Edward Island that stars the artist himself and presents his original folk, roots and rock music, alongside comedic stories, Island legends, and poignant tales in a multimedia format that utilizes film, and hundreds of paintings from well-known PEI visual artist and sibling, Karen Gallant. Sharing the stage with Gallant are nephews Jonathan Gallant on vocals and percussion and Jeremy Gallant on piano, along with fiddler Sean Kemp, and popular Acadian singer and multi-instrumentalist Patricia Richard.

SEARCHING FOR ABEGWEIT: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant features original music from the span of Lennie Gallant’s extensive career, along with a number of new compositions written specifically for the show.

Gallant last performed his hit production at Harbourfront Theatre in the summer of 2017, before taking it on the road and touring it throughout the Maritime provinces in the fall 2017.

ABOUT LENNIE GALLANT:

Recognized by his peers as one of Canada’s best performing songwriters, Lennie Gallant has released twelve albums (10 in English and 2 in French) of original songs which have won him a host of awards and nominations from the JUNOs, Les Prix Eloizes, as well as 18 East Coast Music Awards, including 2017 ECMA Entertainer of the Year.

His double CD of the 22 songs from his multimedia hit production, Searching for Abegweit, won him an ECMA. He was named Canadian Folk Artist of The Year and his song “Peter’s Dream” was voted one of the Top Ten East Coast Songs of All time.

A recipient of the Order of Canada, Lennie is an international touring artist, who has performed all over the continent, in Europe, for the troops in Afghanistan, and at the Winter Olympics. One of his albums, When We Get There, even went up to the International Space Station with Canadian Astronaut Julie Payette (now the Governor General) for the crew to enjoy and orbited the planet 248 times.

Fresh on the heels of his 2017 ECMA wins, Gallant buried himself in the studio to record his new album Time Travel. The new songs have been garnering significant airplay and stellar reviews. The album was recently named one of the Top Ten Folk Albums of the Year (alongside albums by Richard Thompson, John Prine and Joan Baez) by a panel of Canadian music industry professionals. Lennie is nominated for two 2019 ECMA’s including entertainer of the year.

Lennie Gallant has been involved in numerous charity events, and he has received the PEI Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year Award for his work and support of many worthwhile causes.

Artist Website: https://lenniegallant.com/
Artist Facebook: @lenniegallant

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse
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Ross & Miller Mix It Up

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Don Ross is one of Canada’s most accomplished musicians. The first Canadian and the only two-time winner of the US National Fingerpick Guitar Championship, Don’s musical style borrows from blues, jazz, folk and classical music. He has toured regularly since 1989, across Canada, the US, Europe, Japan, Taiwan, China, Australia, Russia, and India. Don has played with symphony orchestras in Canada and Germany; composes for television, radio and film; and does production and recording engineering for a variety of other musicians. For this show at the Victoria Playhouse, Don teams up with Island-born singer-songwriter, Brooke Miller who got her start playing in the burgeoning Charlottetown indie music scene at the age of twelve and whose unique folk-rock sound has since been heard in venues across Canada, the US, Europe, and Japan.\

Ross and Miller are at the Victoria Playhouse on August 19.

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Reigniting the Igniting

August 18th, 7:30PM at the Watermark Theatre

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Songs of Social Justice and Protest will be a selection of songs about yesterday and today’s social issues, and a protest anthem or two, featuring a broad range of artists from Woody Guthrie to Crosby, Stills and Nash. The songs will be interpreted by Tara MacLean, Nick Gauthier & Tian Wigmore and Rob Oakie.

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Getting the Gold On

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 7:30 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
All Seats: $32.00 (tax & fees included)

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Leisa Way and her phenomenally talented Wayward Wind Band have brought Canada many great shows, and this latest concert raises the roof with the hottest country songs from the last few decades.  Sing-a-long to Johnny Cash, Shania Twain, Vince Gill, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels, Zac Brown Band, Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell, Roy Acuff, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Gretchen Wilson, Tammy Wynette, Roger Miller, Waylon Jennings,  Kris Kristofferson, Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Darius Rucker, and more!

Opry Gold is a toe-tappin’, roof-raisin’ salute to the greatest music in the history of Country Music!

A one of a kind entertainment experience for audiences of all ages. Fun for the whole family!

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
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Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Free Night Free Show

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Join us to celebrate CN’s 100th anniversary with a free outdoor concert.

Featuring Patrick Ledwell’s Island Summer Review and Montreal’s spectacular 1945 The Band.

Saturday, August 10 on Victoria Row in Charlttetown from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
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Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Ranting and Exuberant Raving

Aug. 12 → Celtic Rant at the Victoria Playhouse

Celtic Rant is a Nova Scotian trio, consisting of Victor Fraser, Rob Wigle, and Rob Greene, specializing in traditional Celtic tunes and folk lyrics, as well as original songs with a Roots/Traditional flavour. Celtic Rant perform stunning harmonies and are proficient on various instruments, including guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bouzouki, and pipes, while their exuberant onstage camaraderie and good, old-fashioned Maritime storytelling make their live concerts a truly entertaining experience. Their latest album Ornaments was nominated for Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year at the Music Nova Scotia Awards in 2018.

Celtic Rant’s live show covers every possible path along the Celtic music tradition, from original compositions to sea shanties, traditional jig sets, and Clancy Brothers covers. Playing almost a dozen instruments between them, the trio sang in resounding and effortless harmonies. They include first-class storytelling between songs, honouring the other great Celtic tradition.” – Inverness Oran

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Atlantic Blue Busts Out at the Mack

Full Company Announced for Atlantic Blue at The Charlottetown Festival

New, reimagined production of Tara MacLean’s ‘Atlantic Blue’ opens this Friday at The Mack

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Confederation Centre of the Arts is thrilled to welcome Tara MacLean’s ode to Canada’s East Coast to The Charlottetown Festival. Sponsored by Honibe, Atlantic Blue open this Friday August 2 at 7:30 p.m. and plays Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights through September 27, 2019 atThe Mack. The title sponsor of The Charlottetown Festival is CIBC.

In this musical celebration of songwriters, MacLean explores the places and people behind iconic anthems like ‘Sonny’s Dream’, ‘Put Your Hand in the Hand’, ‘Fare Thee Well Love’, and many more. The JUNO-nominated performer and an all-star cast and band pay homage to those fellow musicians who found a way to create beauty from the challenging experiences in their own lives.

To say that anticipation is running hot for this new version of Atlantic Blue would be an understatement, with ticket sales flying all summer long and interested outside parties lining up to explore future touring for the new production.

After two years on offer at The Guild, some changes for the 2019 Festival version of this show include direction from Mary-Francis Moore; major visual design and structural changes; new musical orchestrations and arrangements; and the addition of four orchestra members and five back-up singers, who also provide narration. 

These performers are all Festival favourites, and include Josée Boudreau (the star of 2015’s Evangeline), Alana Hibbert (‘Gertrude’ in this season’s Kronborg), Jacob MacInnis (Kronborg, Jesus Christ Superstar),Andrew McAllister (eighth season, Marcellus in Kronborg), and Brendan Wall (Spoon River, On the Road with Dutch Mason). Each are known for their powerful and signature vocal talents, presenting a stronghold of talent for MacLean and all the musicians to collaborate with.

Like these supporting voices, four members of The Charlottetown Festival Orchestra will also cross the street from regular performance with Anne of Green Gables—The Musical and Kronborg this summer. Joining in at The Mack are: Norman Adams (cello); Isabelle Fournier (violin); Karen Langilee (violin); andSusan Sayle (viola). Craig Fair is Music Director as well as the arranger and orchestrator for Atlantic Blue.

Returning at her side is MacLean’s ace band of Island musicians, known across the region for their individual careers spanning multiple genres and numerous accolades. The group includes band leader Deryl Gallant (bass); Todd MacLean (guitar, sax, piano); Cynthia MacLeod (fiddle, accordion);  and Jon Matthews (guitar/percussion).

The Creative Team for Atlantic Blue includes Fair; Scenic Designer Ken MacDonald; Lighting DesignerJason Hand; Projection Designer Aaron Collier; Costumes from Bonnie Deakin; and choreography fromBrittany Banks.

Adam Brazier is artistic director of The Charlottetown Festival.

Confederation Centre wishes to acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse