From Smoky Wails to a Princely Baritone

Regular Tickets: $32 (tax & fees included)

This March, Indian River Festival brings Digging Roots & William Prince presented with Confederation Bridge to Harbourfront Theatre.


In Digging Roots, the husband and wife team of Raven Kanatakta and ShoShona Kish trade lead vocals and fluidly compliment each other’s strengths while going from whispery intimacies to smokey wails. Firmly inhabiting roots and blues, their music is an eclectic tapestry of light and dark sound with sweet harmonies and melodic accompaniments of ukulele, banjo, mellotron and of course Raven’s bombastic resonator guitar.

William Prince is a JUNO AWARD winning storytelling singer/ songwriter from Peguis First Nation who sidesteps cliches to provoke thought and facilitate discovery. His baritone vocals pay tribute to his late father, and his genuine delivery acknowledges the hundreds of hours he’s spent on stage.

This concert is being presented to you by the Indian River Festival in partnership with the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEILennox Island and Harbourfront Theatre.

The Indian River Festival appreciates the support for this concert from the Government of Canada, through the Department of Heritage and Canada 150, the Province of Prince Edward Island, the City of Summerside, RADARTS, the Atlantic Presenters Association and the Confederation Bridge.


Dreamin’ of Spring

Watermark Theatre is thrilled to announce a spring concert, Dreamin’ of Spring, featuring two dynamic east coast artists. Meaghan Blanchard (PEI) and Gabrielle Papillon (NS). Meaghan Blanchard and Gabrielle Papillon came together in 2017 as part of a Music PEI songwriting project. Their pairing created a magic that the two felt so strongly about, they created a songwriting duo that continues on. They will each perform solo sets and then sing a couple of their co-written songs.


Watermark Theatre will partner with sponsor North Rustico Home Hardware Building Centre to present Dreamin’ of Spring on Friday, March 16, 2018.

Desserts will be served at intermission; provided by creative North Rustico caterers, The Yellow House!

Meaghan Blanchard
Originally from Hunter River, multiple ECMA and Music PEI award winning Meaghan Blanchard has spent her entire young adult life touring and recording her self-penned songs, spreading her music across Canada, the UK and the USA. It was in the spring of 2016 that Meaghan, after realizing how out of balance she was feeling, made one of the best creative decisions of her career. She slowed down her touring schedule, packed up her things and moved to a little cottage on the Mill River, in West Prince, PEI. There she wrote her new collection of songs for the upcoming 2018 release “The Great Escape”. This album captures Meaghan’s 27th year: a year of love, belonging and deep heartache. “The Great Escape” was produced by Jim Bryson, in 2017 and will be released in the spring of 2018.

Gabrielle Papillon
“This is the kind of music that’s going to make you stop in your tracks. One of the finest new songwriters in Canada.”
–Tom Power, host of CBC’s Deep Roots

“When you come to your knees / when you hold what you need / you will know what to keep,” sings Gabrielle Papillon near the end of her sixth, most adventurous album. Hear it as a promise, hear it as a mantra, hear it as a weary warning from someone who’s been there—the sweeping and heart-piercing “Keep the Fire” album is packed full of thoughts like this: wise and poignant, empathetic and understanding, open to interpretation. Papillon’s music, too, is now open to interpretation—though it remains confidently, almost nonchalantly rooted in folk strumming and gentle vocal phrasings, on Keep the Fire she has embraced her pop leanings and pushed them to the forefront. Gabrielle’s awards include 2015 Music Nova Scotia Recording of the Year.

Dreamin’ of Spring on Friday, March 16, 2018 

Doors open at 7:00 pm
Show starts at 7:30 pm
Tickets only $22 (plus HST & fees)

To buy tickets go to

Ticket includes intermission desserts.

(Snow date:  Sunday, March 18, 2018)

For more information please contact Andrea Surich at 902-330-0131 (cel) or

Sharing the Sound

Montréal-based band from Chad, H’Sao has been capturing the hearts of audiences and taking over dance floors across the world since 2001. On February 21 at 7:30 p.m. they’ll be at The Mack, performing songs from their most recent album entitled Saar, a Kabalai word meaning “the Source.” Saar marks the band’s return to their roots.
The four members of H’Sao (pronounced as Ash – sah – oh) grew up together in Chad, Africa, which is one of the poorest countries in the world. Dono Bei Ledjebgue formed the a cappella group with his childhood friends, the three Rimtobaye brothers: Caleb, Mossbass, and Izrael.
The band’s passion for sharing their voices and harmonies to create a blend of modern sound and traditional African music is what makes them special, but you’ll be surprised to learn that the choice to become an a cappella group was based partly on the lack of available instruments.
“We developed a cappella skills because growing up our voices were the only instruments that we had,” says H’Sao drummer, Bei Ledjebgue. “The only place that you could touch a drum or a bass guitar was in a church on Sunday.”
Chad’s location in central Africa has meant their culture has absorbed influences from the countries that surround it. H’Sao blends the four main languages in Chad (French, English, Arabic, and the Chadian dialectic Kabalai) to create songs that have a universal sound.
“It doesn’t matter if you can’t understand the words, it’s about feeling the music,” says Bei Ledjebgue. He goes on to explain, “We want the people who come to our show to let the music take them on a journey through our culture.”
He also promises lots of dancing in the second half of the show. “In Africa we have to move when there is music playing, we can’t stand still, it’s a part of who we are,” says Bei Ledjebgue. He ends by saying “It’s a show for anyone looking for a fun way to discovery traditional African music performed using modern musical influences.”
H’Sao show is happening at The Mack On February 21 @ 7:30 p.m.
For tickets please visit:…
Special thanks are extended to Sobeys, the title sponsor for LIVE @ the Centre! Media sponsors are The Guardian, Ocean 100, and Hot 105.5. This show is supported by RADARTS.

Aglukark Making One Stop on PEI

‘Winter’s Dream’ Concert tells the story of how her ancestors’ journey has shaped and defined contemporary Inuit

CHARLOTTETOWN – Susan Aglukark is sharing the journey of her Inuit ancestors through her concert “Winters Dream,” which is about to tour Atlantic Canada.

The second stop on that tour is at the Confederation Centre of the Arts
in Charlottetown on Jan. 27.


The Juno award-winning Canadian Inuk singer-songwriter’s “Winters Dream” concert tells the story of how her ancestors’ journey has shaped and defined contemporary Inuit as they forge a place in the ever-changing Inuit Nunangat/Land of the Inuit.

The 13-date tour visits Atlantic Canada from Jan. 26 to Feb. 15. All shows feature Aglukark and her four-piece band, including drums, bass, piano/keyboards and guitar.

During a career that has spanned more than 25 years, Aglukark’s journey has led her to reflect on who she is, where she came from and the importance of discovery of history, culture and self.

She is the first Inuk artist to win a Juno and a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for lifetime artistic achievement, she is an officer of the Order of Canada, and holds several honourary doctorate degrees, but Aglukark also acknowledges the path has not been easy.

“Here I was, living a life I never imagined, but I was struggling to understand who I was,” she said. “There was no opportunity growing up to learn about who we were, the Inuit, from our own perspective.

“In essence, we were institutionalized by being told who we were, how we would live and when you are told a story for so long, you learn to believe it.”

During the past 25 years of reflection and songwriting, Aglukark said she kept coming back to one area of profound knowing – the Inuit are an extraordinary people deeply grounded in a culture forged by their Ancestors, their journey is what shaped them.

“Their life experience is the foundation on which our precepts of determination, adaptability and love for life are built, they began the journey to our present-day Nunavut,” added Aglukark.

“Winters Dream,” also the name of her upcoming 10th album, is set for release in April and one she describes as bringing her story full circle – from being caught between two worlds – an indigenous one and a western one – to a place where she is comfortable in her own skin and able to “just be me.”

Tickets for all shows are on sale now. For show and ticket details, visit:


Originally posted on The Journal Pioneer.

Playing With Choir at The Guild

January 16, 2018 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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.” 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. Sing at The Guild Tuesdays at 7 PM through March 6th.

Chad H’SAO at The Mack

February 21, 7:30pm
The Mack

Tickets: $20 (30 and under? Thanks to TD, save $10 off tickets when booking in person at the box office. That’s a $10 ticket to see H’Sao!)

Montréal-based band from Chad H’SAO has been capturing the hearts of small audiences and large crowds alike since 2001. The band has always been passionate about sharing its unique blend of modern sound and traditional African musical influences. H’SAO has traveled the world, delivering electrifying performances, launching three innovative albums and, most of all, developing a musical signature that spans several genres and thus transcends the “world music” category.


At first, voices – but what voices! – were their only instrument. Then,brothers Caleb (guitar), Mossbass (bass) and Izra L (keyboard) along with their childhood friend Dono (drums) added musical instruments to their rich and inspired compositions. Today, the self-taught musicians continue to weave the impressive a cappella harmonies that made their fame into their powerful live performances.

These seasoned musician-singers have stayed true to their roots, drawing from gospel, soul, R&B, reggae and Chadian music. The result is as skillful and heartfelt as it is unique.