Finding Fortune This Weekend

Fortunate Ones is Newfoundland’s JUNO-nominated duo Catherine Allan and Andrew James O’Brien. at The Mack October 26th and 27th.

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Known for dynamic live performances, effortless union of voices in harmony, and anthemic melodies — they embody a wide-eyed energy, deliver messages of reflection and optimism, have an earnest mission for connection, and are endearing audiences across Canada and beyond. Their new album Hold Fast is out now.

Over the last five years, the duo has played over 300 shows and garnered the attention of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when he singled out a track from their 2016 Christmas EP All Will Be Well,as one of his favourite listens for the holidays. Their debut album, The Bliss was nominated for a JUNO Award, garnered two #1 singles on CBC Radio 2’s Top 20, won the 2016 “Rising Star” ECMA, the 2015 “Vocal Group” Canadian Folk Music Award, and four 2015 Music Newfoundland and Labrador Awards.

Hold Fast is out now on Old Farm Pony Records. The album was produced by Daniel Ledwell and features writing collaborations with Alan Doyle (Great Big Sea), Tim Baker (Hey Rosetta!), Meg Warren (Repartee), Jim Bryson, Good Lovelies, Alexa Dirks (Begonia), Mike Belyea (Jenn Grant/David Myles), and Kinley Dowling (Hey Rosetta!).

“…you won’t be able to resist…” – Exclaim!

“…a polished, poppy affair full of their beautiful harmonies” – CBC Music 

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Not Forgotten, In Remembrance

Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre Presents ‘In Remembrance’ at Historic Trinity United

Annual Remembrance Day concert will be performed by the Confederation Singers and Confederation Centre Youth Chorus

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The Confederation Singers and the Confederation Centre Youth Chorus will present a recital of choral music and readings in honour of the nation’s war veterans. Also marking the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War. In Remembrance takes place Sunday, November 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity United Church in Charlottetown.

In Remembrance offers an evening of thought-provoking poetry complemented by appropriate selections of choral music; one reflects and heightens the other,” offers Don Fraser, director of choral music at Confederation Centre. “Much of the poetry is from the First World War, and included in the music is a Canadian choral setting of the famous In Flanders Fieldspoem.”

The concert will also feature the selection ‘I’m Dreaming of Home’, which members of the Youth Chorus performed at the dedication ceremony for the newly restored Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France on April 9, 2007, the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Other featured music selections include: Eric Whitacre’s ‘Sleep’; ‘In Remembrance’ from Canadian composer Eleanor Daley; ‘The Road Not Taken’ by Randall Thompson; the beautiful ‘Pie Jesu’ by Fauré; and ‘Ubi Caritas’ by Ola Gjeilo.

Tickets for the annual In Remembrance performance are $15 and are available at the door or via the Confederation Centre’s box office. Patrons can also order at 902-566-1267, toll free at 1-800-565-0278, or online at confederationcentre.com.

Appreciation is extended to Maritime Electric, program sponsors for the Choral Music Programme, as well as to Sobeys, the title sponsor for LIVE @ the Centre! Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5 and Ocean 100.

Dirt Road Stories

Dean Brody is a 3-time winner of the CCMA Award for Songwriter of the Year, and is currently nominated for “8th Day”, from his sixth album, Beautiful Freakshow, which hit the #1 spot on the Mediabase Canadian Country Airplay Charts. Brody’s reputation for penning thoughtful, articulate, original narratives in music began back in 2009 with the release of “Brothers”, a touching song about a loved one leaving for the military, which resonated both north and south of the border.

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Celebrated songs such as “Trail in Life”, “Another Man’s Gold”, “Bounty”, have gone on to place Brody in a unique category all his own, rising beyond the conventional tracks that can be heard on mainstream radio in lyrical composition, and yet still retaining conventional success, with Brody recently landing his 22nd Top 10 hit at country radio, with “Good Goodbye.” His ballad “Time” released in 2016, laments on the passing of time, becoming especially poignant in a social media era with less one-on-one interaction with loved ones, earned critical acclaim and a great deal of recognition, showcasing Brody’s unique ability to make people think about their actions through his lyrics.

Dean Brody is at the Homburg Theatre on October 25th.

Oz Blues and Roots at the Harbourfront

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 7:30PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
All Seats: $32.00 (tax & fees included)

Backstage Pass returns with Australian blues artist and extraordinary guitarist Lloyd Spiegel. Experience his awe-inspiring performance in an up-close and intimate setting with Harbourfront Theatre’s Backstage Pass Series.

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About Lloyd Spiegel: 

“A revelation, the consummate performer, an Oz Blues & Roots icon.” – Rolling Stone.

Lloyd Spiegel is a trailblazer at the forefront of modern blues and one of his country’s most recognised guitarists, recently being named in Australian Guitar Magazine’s list of the top 50 Australian guitarists of all time.

A touring artist since age 11, the 7time Australian Blues Award winner has one of the most unique stories in music. He has sat with the founding fathers of modern blues from Brownie McGhee to Luther Allison and has supported the likes of Ray Charles, Bob Dylan and Etta James on tour.

His live performance blends jaw-dropping guitar expertise with a commanding voice, powerful songwriting and storytelling to deliver a complete concert experience, launching him onto theatre and festival stages across the globe.

Spiegel returns to Canada with his 8th release, ‘Backroads’ – a hard edged, personal and brutally honest account of his life. ‘Backroads’ follows up from his previous albums, which all debuted in the top 10 of the Australian independent music charts and for several months, held the #1 spot on the Australian Blues Chart.

Guitar Master Class, October 24th, 4:30 PM
(Free to Attend, Registration Required)

Attend a guitar class led by international guitarist Lloyd Spiegel at Harbourfront Theatre October 24th, 4:30 PM. This is a rare opportunity to learn from a master whose expertise had led Cole Clark Guitars to create two signature model guitars named after him. The master class at 4:30 PM is free to attend. Please contact brenna@harbourfronttheatre.com to register.

About Backstage Pass:
Harbourfront’s Backstage Pass Series offers a unique format with the entire show, audience included, happening on the stage. Experience the performing arts up-close in a cozy and interactive setting with a panoramic view of the theatre in the background.

Folker Yin Rocker Yang

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 7:30 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
All Seats: $32.00 (tax & fees included)

Backstage Pass returns with The Small Glories. Experience their music in an up-close and intimate setting with Harbourfront Theatre’s Backstage Pass Series.

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About The Small Glories:
Folk powerhouse pair The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a dynamic duo planted on the Canadian Prairies. A self-professed “study in contrasts,” Luft’s folkie yin proves a perfect match for Edwards’ rocker yang. Thrown together purely by accident for an anniversary show at Winnipeg’s venerable West End Cultural Centre, The Small Glories is a partnership that could almost make you believe in fate.

Straight out of the gate these two veteran singer/songwriters built a buzz around their tight harmonies, authenticity, visceral live performances and equally well-matched guitar prowess that doesn’t come around often. Luft packs a mean banjo as well. The Winnipeg Free Press asks, “can two singer-songwriters be better than one? Yes, emphatically, yes, if the two in question are Cara Luft and JD Edwards… It’s our loss they didn’t [join forces] sooner… It’s magic.”

About Backstage Pass:
Harbourfront’s Backstage Pass Series offers a unique format with the entire show, audience included, happening on the stage. Experience the performing arts up-close in a cozy and interactive setting with a panoramic view of the theatre in the background.

With Backstage Pass, the stage becomes one of PEI’s coolest alternative venues. Enter stage door right and go behind-the-scenes with us. Try on some costumes in one of dressing rooms. Take your picture at one of our make-up tables. Explore part of our collection of props set up around the stage and loading bay. Experience the magic of backstage, and then settle in for a night of music with specially selected high-calibre performers from around the world. Over the course of the evening, you’ll enjoy the intimacy of the setting and the rawness of the music it encourages. These are shows you don’t want to miss!

Country Blend and the Kitchen Sink

Friday, October 12th, 7:30 pm at the Harbourfront Theatre
Regular tickets: $25.00 (tax & fees included)

COUNTRY BLEND

Comprised of five seasoned western Canadian musicians, Country Blend started touring together in November 2004. Their concerts are two hours of traditional country music and country gospel, featuring hits made famous by classic country legends such as Kitty Wells, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Jim Reeves, The Statler Brothers, and Hank Williams Sr. to name just a few.

 

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Based in southern Manitoba, Country Blend is a high energy group full of rhythm, great harmony and fantastic piano playing. The group consists of Dianne Lodge on lead vocals and bass guitar, Evelyn Ramage on lead and harmony vocals, crowd favourite Gordy “Crazy Fingers” Lindquist on piano, Henry Martens on bass and rhythm guitar, and group manager Cyn Lodge on drums.

A unique feature of the Country Blend tour is the fact that they have a traveling audience of over 40 enthusiastic fans who are actually on tour with them on their bus and will attend the concert along with the local audience. This group arrives ready to have a toe-tapping good time. The Country Blend experience is one no classic country fan should miss.

On the Bright Side

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 7:30 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
Regular Seats: $48.00

Barra MacNeils On the Bright Side

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The Barra MacNeils hit the Harbourfront Theatre stage Friday, October 5 on tour in support of their latest release On the Bright Side, an exquisite collection of everything their fans love.

As always, the 5 MacNeil siblings – Lucy, Boyd, Stewart, Kyle and Sheumas – combine on a vast array of instruments including accordion, guitar, piano, fiddle, bodhran, mandolin, banjo, Celtic harp, tin whistle – underpinned by the nimble-fingered Jamie Gatti on bass.  If you’ve ever been wowed by their Christmas show, be prepared to have the wow factor raised exponentially as the band is unleashed from the strictures of the season.