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Watermark Announces Music Series

Watermark is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2017 Classic Music Reignited Series. Curated by Rob Oakie, the series features Island musical artists interpreting classic composers. To commemorate Canada’s sesquicentennial the 2017 series will consist of all Canadian composers. The three Sunday evening performances will feature an all-female Canadian composers night, an all male Canadian composers night, and a Canadian band night.

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July 23rd Canadian Composers – Female
The Music of k.d. lang, Alanis Morissette, Feist
Performed by: Kelley Mooney, Katie McGarry, Marlee & Morgan Saulnier

August 6th Canadian Composers – Bands
The Music of Barenaked Ladies, The Band, Heart
Performed by: Dylan Menzie, Nick Doneff, Ben Aitken

August 20th Canadian Composers – Male
The Music of Kim Mitchell, Gino Vanelli, Stan Rogers
Performed by: Richard Wood & Gordon Belsher, Tim MacPherson, Logan Richard

All performances are at 7:30PM.
Tickets can be purchased at http://www.ticketwizard.ca

For more information please contact Andrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

Watermark is a proud member of the PTN – Professional Theatre Network of PEI

Searching for Abegweit

Hailed as a runaway theatrical hit with a solid track record of 120 full house performances, SEARCHING FOR ABEGWEIT: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant is a musical love letter to Prince Edward Island that stars the artist himself and presents his 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 on piano, fiddler Sean Kemp, and popular Acadian singer and multi-instrumentalist Patricia Richard.

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Much of the Island themed music in the show was gathered from the span of Lennie Gallant’s extensive career, along with a number of compositions written specifically for the show. The accompanying album, Searching for Abegweit, contains all of the musical numbers from the live production, and has recently been nominated for a 2017 East Coast Music Award for Folk Recording of the Year.

A native of the Acadian village of Rustico, PEI, Gallant has recorded eleven albums [9 in English and 2 in French] which have won him a host of awards and nominations from the JUNOs, the East Coast Music Awards, and Les Prix Eloizes. He was honoured with a 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award for his recording Live Acoustic at The Carleton, and has most recently been nominated for the 2017 ECMA’s Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year.

He was awarded the Order Of Canada for his contribution to Canadian culture, and has shared the stage with symphony orchestras and artists such as Jimmy Buffett, Patti Griffin, Chris Isaak, and Lucinda Williams.

Searching for Abegweit is at the Harbourfront Theatre.

Performance Schedule (all showtimes 7:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 11
Wednesday, July 12
Tuesday, July 25
Wednesday, July 26
Tuesday, August 8
Wednesday, August 9
Tuesday, August 22
Wednesday, August 23

Nick Doneff at the Victoria Playhouse

Since his move to PEI in 2013, Ontario native Nick Doneff has become a staple of the Island music scene. Though he is busy as a sideman for Island favourites, like Nudie and Liam Corcoran, Doneff has recently emerged as an artist in his own right.

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His 2016 debut, self-titled album touches on his five-year tenure in Toronto, his adjustment to life in PEI, and a few seldom-sung facts of life as faced by the proverbial Canadian 20-something.

Nick Doneff is at the Victoria Playhouse with Tim Moxan on August 14th.

Tim Moxam at the Victoria Playhouse

There’s a comforting sense of familiarity in Tim Moxam’s music, like the feeling of a soft summer breeze after the passing of a cold, grey winter. It’s his soulful voice that floats over twangy acoustic guitar; his vivid storytelling of lost love; his breezy, warm atmospheric tones that swell and crash.

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Yet when it comes to conjuring Moxam’s predecessors, contemporaries and influences – no one comes to mind. He exists in a world that deftly explores the space between country-rock and folk, with a talent for carving out memorable melodies in unlikely places. On his debut LP Soft Summer, Moxam shows he’s a singer-songwriter wholly of his own.

Tim Moxam is at the Victoria Playhouse on August 14th.

Chas Mike Pete at the Victoria Playhouse

Long-time PEI favourites, Chas, Mike and Pete are accomplished musicians creating their own songs and musical scores. They will come together this night only for a very special musical event. If you are already familiar with these musicians you’ll know to expect a great show, and if not you are in for an unexpected treat!

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Chas Guay is a singer/songwriter/musician who called PEI home for 35 years. He has recently relocated to Ottawa, ON. Chas has recorded three albums of original songs and is a recipient of the ECMA award for Musical Achievement. He has performed and recorded with many east coast and international artists and has contributed music to television and film.

Mike Mooney is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Charlottetown. He started his music career with the Troubadors in the early 1970s, playing folk music in and around the Confederation Centre. In the late 70s Mike and co-conspirator Chas Guay started the seminal PEI rock band, Touch ‘n Gone, which brought in Pete Richards on bass guitar. Touch and Gone continued into the 80s and eventually morphed into The Dogs, with Chris Corrigan, Sean Ferris, and Dale DesRoches. Mike, Chas, and Chris wrote and recorded an album of original songs under the name of Bird House in 2002. Mike continues to play with former comrades and on his own.

Pete Richards has had a musical life which began with a high school rock group and continues to this day, interrupted only by decades of raising a family and running a business. In one musical chapter, Pete played bass in a group with Chas Guay and Mike Mooney. He has played on a number of albums by Island performers and released an album of his own songs, The Women All Were Dancing, in 2015. He now enjoys playing a little bluegrass but continues to write and record.

Chas, Mike and Pete are happy to be reunited for this special collaboration at the Victoria Playhouse on August 7th.

Vishten at the Victoria Playhouse

For over a decade, the Acadian trio Vishtèn has dazzled audiences with its fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern rock sensibility and indie-folk influences. Lauded as “traditional but fiercely up-to-the- moment” (Penguin Eggs), this band from Prince Edward Island has been recognized as an ambassador of Francophone culture around the world.

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The trio comprises multi-instrumentalists Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc from the Evangeline Region of Prince Edward Island, and Magdalen Islands’ native, Pascal Miousse. Cradled in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, in the North Atlantic Ocean, Prince Edward Island is home to a small but thriving Francophone Acadian community with a rich tradition of song and instrumental music. Nearby, the even smaller archipelago of the Magdalen Islands (les Îles de la Madeleine) is predominantly Francophone, recognized for its distinctive French dialect, songs and unique fiddling style.

All three members of Vishtèn were raised in homes in which traditional music, percussive dance and kitchen parties were part of everyday life. Together, they pay homage to their traditions and to the historic and strong musical connections between their two island Acadian communities.

Vishten is at the Victoria Playhouse on July 10th.

The Young’uns at the Victoria Playhouse

England’s triumphant trio The Young’uns have proved themselves a unique proposition – writing and performing a cappella or subtly accompanied songs that tell it how it is alongside traditional songs from their native North-East and further afield.   These are songs of conscience, songs of warmth and wit, songs to provoke and songs to inspire.

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A decade of performance around the country, national radio sessions, more than 40 festival appearances (Cambridge to Glastonbury) and increasingly acclaimed album releases has delivered a gregarious, sharply honed, pull no punches act that clinched the Best Group trophy at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in Cardiff.

Beguiling audiences around the world, they seamlessly switch from beautiful ballads to brilliant banter, from profoundly poignant songs to infectiously irreverent humour. This, combined with their passion for storytelling and commitment to maintaining the tradition of social commentary, has led to five star reviews, live sessions on BBC Radio 2, 3 and documentaries on Radio 4 as well as countless sell out shows and main stage festival appearances throughout the UK and abroad. They are a superb live act who should not be missed!

“Glorious harmonies, waspish wit, powerful songs
and relentless banter…..irresistible” ★★★★★
– The Guardian

The Young’uns are at the Victoria Playhouse on July 3rd.