Hear Some Racket and Symphony

On November 30 at 7:30 p.m. Tapage et Symphonie (Racket and Symphony) featuring poet Dominic Langlois and musician Andrew Creeggan will be performing in the Gallery as part of this year’s Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre program.

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Langlois, who hails from Quebec, spent many years on Prince Edward Island before moving to Moncton, N.B. He is deeply involved in the cultural and musical scene in both provinces. Langlois also has published two books of poetry at Éditions Perce-Neige: Mener du train (2010) and La rue en eaux troubles (2012), and a novel, Le trésor de Memramcook.

Creeggan is a founding member of Barenaked Ladies along with his brother Jim. The pair also released four albums as The Brothers Creeggaan. After being accepted into the Faculty of Music at McGill University, Creeggan went on to pursue instrumental music, focusing on theory and composition, and now lives in Moncton, N.B. Creeggan’s three solo works: AndiworkAndiwork II, and Andiwork III, are largely instrumental pieces that consist of more contemporary classical, with touches of jazz and rock.

 The first part of the evening will consist of a poetry reading accompanied by original piano compositions by Creegan and will be followed by a solo performance by Creegan.

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Old Man Luedecke Up Front and Personal

Old Man Luedecke is the real thing, a modern-day people’s poet and traveling bard and balladeer. He’s played around the world to a loving and increasing fan base, and won two Juno awards in the process. Luedecke has always insisted on a solid poetic heft in the way he uses words, and highly personal stories are what have always connected him to the universal in his audience.

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The haunting strains of twin bagpipes have become a defining signature of Breabach – a chiming herald of Scottish folk being embraced by a new generation. The energetic five-piece deliver a thrilling and unique brand of contemporary folk music and those who have seen their live show will see why the group has earned international recognition on the world and roots music scene as one of the UK’s most dynamic and influential bands.

Old Man Luedecke is at the Harbourfront Theatre on Sunday November 12 at 7:30 PM.

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.

College of Piping Breabach Celtic Ensemble Workshop:
November 12th, 10 am-12 am, at the College of Piping in Summerside
The focus of the ensemble workshop will be piping, Scottish Gaelic song, fiddle, guitar and accompaniment, whistle and flute.

Buffy Back on PEI

Renowned Cree singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie is an activist, educator, visual artist, and winner of countless awards – Oscar, Juno, and Golden Globe among them.

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Perhaps you know Sainte-Marie from her 1960s protest anthems (“Universal Soldier”), open-hearted love songs (“Until It’s Time for You to Go”), incendiary powwow rock (“Starwalker”), or the juggernaut pop hit “Up Where We Belong,” which Sainte-Marie co-wrote and Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes sang for the soundtrack to An Officer and a Gentleman. One of her earliest classics, “Cod’ine,” was covered by everyone from Janis Joplin to Donovan to Courtney Love. Or maybe you remember Sainte-Marie from her five years on the television show “Sesame Street” beginning in the mid-’70s.

Power in the Blood is a follow-up to 2008’s acclaimed Running for the Drum and only her fourth studio release in more than 20 years. Although just because you don’t hear from her for long stretches doesn’t mean she’s not playing. Quite the opposite. Sainte-Marie’s creativity is always in motion, and her passport’s always in hand, touring for lectures and performances around the world with her high-octane backing band. She records only when she feels like touring, and currently Sainte-Marie is taking center stage around the world, including North America, Europe and Australia.

Producer Chris Birkett (Sinéad O’Connor, Bob Geldof) has worked with Sainte-Marie on four albums, and recognized from the start that Sainte-Marie was a singular force.

“She pays a lot of attention to her lyrics,” Birkett says, “and when Buffy says something, she actually means something.”

“I love words, I love thinking, and I recognize and value the core of a universal idea simplified into a three-minute song,” she says. “What appealed to me in folk music were the songs that have lasted for generations, but I wasn’t trying to be one of those guys. I wanted to give people something original.”

Buffy Sainte-Marie is at the Harbourfront Theatre on Wednesday November 1st at 7:30 PM.

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. 

Play With the Choir

Do you love to sing (even though you might not consider yourself “a singer” or only feel comfortable singing alone in the car)? Singing in a group has significant benefits whether you’re on key or not – science says it’s like “an infusion of the perfect tranquilizer, the kind that both soothes your nerves and elevates your spirits.”
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We’ve had a blast in our first term and our participants can attest to that (170 of them!)
PLAYING WITH CHOIR is an opportunity to come together in a large group to learn simple 3 part harmonies for popular songs of today and past decades and belt them out for the simple joy of singing. No auditions, no solos, no stars, just fun.
Playing With Choir is at the Guild on October 24th 7 PM to 9 PM.

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.

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.