Category Archives: Music

Lions and Bears and Foxes, Oh My!

Vancouver’s Lion Bear Fox will open the Victoria Playhouse Musical Mondays on July 4. Originally known for their respective solo careers, Christopher Arruda, Ryan McMahon and Cory Woodward joined forces as Lion Bear Fox in 2012 and were immediately selected as one of the top 20 unsigned bands British Columbia (Peak Performance Project).

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The fall of 2013 saw the band release their self-produced breakthrough EP “We’d Be Good Men” and take Western Canada by storm, touring 15 times over the next two years including stops at Canadian Music Week (Toronto), Contact East (PEI), OSAC (Regina) Mission Folk Festival and The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC. Terry David Mulligan with The Nanaimo Daily News called the group “a musical force of nature” and “emotional awakening”.

With the help of friend and producer Nygel Asselin (Half Moon Run), the trio spent ten days in the Vancouver Island wilderness crafting “the record of their lives” –  a collection of songs steeped in character and full of warmth.  One part folk, one part rock – a pinch of gospel and a dash of growl, the self-titled LP is a testament to the trio’s strength as songwriters.

“All three artists are known for the passion they bring to their performances and the honest songs they write,” writes the Ladysmith Chronicle, “and they have succeeded in creating gripping, dynamic songs while capturing a sincerity rarely heard this side of the 2000’s.

For tickets call the Playhouse box office at 1.800.925.2025 or visit the Victoria website at http://www.victoriaplayhouse.com.

Music Series Catches Fire at the Watermark

Watermark Announces Music Series Programming

Watermark Theatre is pleased to announce our 2016 Classic Music Reignited Programming for the summer season. This year we have an all Canadian lineup of classic composers that our Island artists will be interpreting in their own special way.

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July 24th, 2016 7:30PM – The Music of Buffy Saint Marie & Bruce Cockburn
Performed by: Mike Mooney, Beck Sisters

August 7th, 2016 7:30PM – The Music of Leonard Cohen & Gordon Lightfoot
Performed by: Chas Guay, Amanda Jackson Band

August 21st 2016 7:30PM – The Music of Guess Who & Bryan Adams
Performed by: Tian Wigmore, Nathan Wiley

Headliners:

The Beck Sisters- It’s hard to beat the harmonic intuition of sisters. Amy & Rachel Beck began singing together around the family piano in Montague, PEI. They now share their pop-tinged folk with eager audiences in Canada and beyond. “Their music is stripped down to just the vocals and guitar, but when you sound like this, that’s all you need.” (CBC Music)

Amanda Jackson Band- What do you get when you combine one of the most powerfully mesmerizing voices on the East Coast blues scene with a creative force of musical accompaniment by Dale McKie on guitar/harmonica and Todd MacLean on piano/guitar/saxophone? You get a captivating blend of original adult alternative/folk/blues music that goes straight to your soul, makes your spirit soar, and makes you feel connected to where you need to be.

Nathan Wiley- Multiple ECMA and Music PEI award winning artist Nathan Wiley splits his time these days between recording new material and producing including an ECMA winning record for Gordie MacKeeman & his Rhythm Boys. In July, Nathan released “Bandits”, his first collection of original material in 7 years.

Supporting acts:

Mike Mooney- Mike Mooney has been a mainstay of PEI’s music scene for decades as part of bands including Touch and Gone, the Dogs and Birdhouse. He’s recorded vocals for many Island artists with an uncanny knack for finding that perfect harmony.

Chas Guay- As an established first-call bassist, Chas has performed with Mick Taylor of Rolling Stones fame, Doug Riley, Gene MacLellan, Dr. Hook, Nathan Wiley, Lennie Gallant, Mae Moore, Don Ross/Brooke Miller and countless others. Chas has 2 albums to his credits and has won both ECMA and Music PEI awards including Male Vocalist of the year and Musician of the Year.

Tian Wigmore- Tian has been a much sought-after musician serving as touring and recording session guitarist and vocalist for many of Canada’s best artists including Big Sugar, The Trews, Tim Chaisson, In Flight Safety, and Andy Brown. His unique vocal stylings are powerful and recognizable in an instant. After 11 years, he needed a platform of his own, and “War Horses” was born. Tian has released one album under the name War Horses and received the 2016 Music PEI award for Best New Artist.

All tickets are $25 and can be purchased at http://www.watermarktheatre.com or by calling 902-963-3963.

Urban Cowboy Comes to Summerside

The “original urban cowboy”, Mickey Gilley, will be playing a limited number of selected concert dates in Canada in 2016, and his stops in the Maritimes will be his first in over 30 years.

It was “Stand By Me”, from the blockbuster film “Urban Cowboy” in 1980 that catapulted Gilley from country to pop crossover superstar, taking him out of the shadow of his famous cousins Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart.

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As he shares with audiences his career in music and the stories behind the hit songs, it was the 70′s that brought him most of his signature songs, awards and accolades. He is the recipient of six Academy of Country Music Awards, from his first in 1974 – Top New Male Vocalist, to Entertainer of the Year in 1976. Gilley is also famous for his namesake nightclub with the legendary mechanical bull and was one of the first artists to open a theatre in Branson, Missouri, which he successfully operated for over 26 years.

The legendary singer has achieved seventeen #1 singles in his long career including “Room Full of Roses”, “City Lights”, “Fool for Love”, “Don’t the Girls Get Prettier at Closing Time” and his remake of the soul standard “Stand By Me”.

Join Mickey Gilley in concert along with his legendary “Urban Cowboy Band” and talented backup vocalists “The Urbanettes”. His show is a virtual trip down memory lane with classic video clips that segue into the live performance of favourites, “True Love Ways”, “A Headache Tomorrow (Or a Heartache Tonight)”, “Lonely Nights” and “Put Your Dreams Away” – songs that set in motion the amazing career of this Oklahoma born veteran performer!

Mickey Gilley is at the Harbourfront Theatre on Friday, June 17, at 7 PM

Straight From the Horse’s Mouth

I’ve been cheated by you since I don’t know when
So I made up my mind, it must come to an end

Look at me now, will I ever learn?
I don’t know how but I suddenly lose control
There’s a fire within my soul

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Just one look and I can hear a bell ring
One more look and I forget everything, ohohoho

Mamma mia, here I go again
My, my, how can I resist you?
Mamma mia, does it show again?
My, my, just how much I’ve missed you

Yes, I’ve been broken-hearted
Blue since the day we parted
Why, why did I ever let you go?

Mamma mia, now I really know
My, my, I could never let you go

I’ve been angry and sad about the things that you do
I can’t count all the times that I’ve told you we’re through

And when you go, when you slam the door
I think you know that you won’t be away too long
You know that I’m not that strong

Just one look and I can hear a bell ring
One more look and I forget everything, ohohoho

Mamma mia, here I go again
My, my, how can I resist you?
Mamma mia, does it show again?
My, my, just how much I’ve missed you

Yes, I’ve been broken-hearted
Blue since the day we parted
Why, why did I ever let you go?

Mamma mia, even if I say
Bye, bye, leave me now or never
Mamma mia, it’s a game we play
Bye, bye doesn’t mean forever

Mamma mia, here I go again
My, my, how can I resist you?
Mamma mia, does it show again?
My, my, just how much I’ve missed you

Yes, I’ve been brokenhearted
Blue since the day we parted
Why, why did I ever let you go?

Mamma mia, now I really know
My, my, I could never let you go

Luisa Marshall Brings Thunderdome to Summerside

Luisa Marshall is “Simply The Best” and her Canada-wide PTSD Awareness Tour HOPE BEYOND THUNDERDOME TOUR 2016 comes to the Harbourfront Theatre on Thursday, May 26th at 7:30 pm.

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Years ago, Luisa performed for the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in a grueling show tour that included war-torn Bosnia, Sarajevo and later the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in Israel and Egypt. The most requested song on both tours was ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero’. Marshall wanted to add meaning to her tour so she chose her passion concerning the PTSD concerns with the Canadian Military and Firemen.

Luisa Marshall has appeared on Oprah twice and recently made a special appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show to a 25-second standing ovation.

Join us for an evening of Tina Turner classics and help bring awareness for Military and Firemen living with PTSD.

Here Come the Fiddlers

The fiddlers are coming, the fiddlers are coming – from all across the Island to perform in PEI Fiddlers in Concert at Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside on National Fiddle Day, May 21, 2016.

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PEI Fiddlers in Concert is a unique opportunity to see and hear so many of your famous and favorite fiddlers and their tunes, including highlighting our most proficient fiddlers and stepdancers.

A great fun evening for the whole family to enjoy the young and old who carry on the great island tradition of fiddle playing. And we insist on clapping and toe tapping!!

A Musical Mess Up at the Guild

An obsession with Debbie Harry of Blondie turns awkward during a meeting after a concert. The sweet and sour notes of a father teaching his daughter how to play guitar. A musical mess up at a small town beauty pageant nets a prize. Do musical tastes predict compatibility in love?

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Seven people will share how music has helped shape their lives in ‘Playlist’: Dave Atkinson, Laurie Brinklow, Lindsay Carroll, Laura Chapin, Gordon Cobb, Lori Mayne and Dave Stewart.

“I ran a similar show in Prince Rupert, BC for three years when I was living out there,’ says ‘Playlist’ producer and participant Laura Chapin. ‘It became a very popular event that I was sure would work here.” The main difference with the PEI monologue show is that a theme focused around music has been added, giving the program a through line and a subject for the participants to work with.

“Our first read -throughs were such a delight, with one piece echoing another in small but surprising ways,’ says Chapin. ‘I think everyone came away from the rehearsal feeling pretty excited. We can’t wait to share this show. And I think people will come away from this show thinking about what music has meant to their lives too.”

Proceeds from the 90-minute show on May 14 at 8 PM will go to support PEI Literacy Allianceʼs Summer Tutoring Program for Kids

Raffi Brings Baby Beluga to PEI

Raffi is a singer, songwriter, producer, author, lecturer, and tireless advocate for children. He is best known for his work as a children’s entertainer whose string of gold and platinum-selling recordings in North America includes his classic song, “Baby Beluga”.

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Once called “the most popular children’s singer in the English-speaking world” (Washington Post) and “Canada’s all time children’s champion” (Toronto Star), Raffi is also a recipient of the Order of Canada and the United Nations’ Earth Achievement Award.

He has never advertised to children or made any commercial endorsements. His commitment to treating his young fans with respect changed society’s outlook on music made for children.

In 2010, Raffi founded The Centre for Child Honouring on Salt Spring Island, BC. With the motto “Respecting Earth & Child,” the Centre is at the heart of a global movement that views honouring children as the best way to create sustainable, peacemaking societies.

Don’t miss RAFFI and his Beluga Grads Concert LIVE at the Confederation Centre for the Arts on May 15th at 2 PM! Sing along to your favourites like Baby Beluga, Down By The Bay, Bananaphone and many more !

Proceeds benefit The Centre for Child Honouring.

May Run Music Festival Country Jubilee

This popular show has presented some of PEI’s top country artists for the past 4 years. Opening the show will be 3 nominees for Music PEI’s Country Recording of the Year. Kelley Mooney, Dan Currie and Johnny Oliver will perform in a songwriters’ circle.

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The second half of the show will be a special PEI Country Legends Tribute featuring Neil Matthews, Lester MacPherson and more.

The Country Jubilee appears at the Harbourfront Theatre on May 20th at 7:30 PM.

McLauchlan Back in Front

Murray McLauchlan is one of Canada’s most highly regarded singer/songwriters, and with good cause. Over a 40-year career, he has released 18 albums and been awarded 11 Junos. His songs Farmer’s Song, Down by the Henry Moore, Whispering Rain and Sweeping the Spotlight Away are now considered Canadian standards. Murray is also a painter, an author, an actor, a radio host; he’s been bestowed an Honourary Doctor of Laws and appointed to The Order of Canada. That’s quite a ride. Yet some may wonder where he’s been of late.

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Murray did tour in support of his 2012 critically acclaimed release Human Writes, but then decided to take a break. Other interests prevailed and he restricted his touring to shows with Lunch At Allen’s, the supergroup he co-founded, whose members also include Ian Thomas, Marc Jordan and Cindy Church.

But now Murray is on the road in his own right once more. Here’s what he has to say: “As a songwriter I know that it’s not enough to sit in your kitchen and write. Your songs need to be heard. Music is a communicative art and if it isn’t brought in front of people there is no way to tell if that end has been met. I like to think of a concert tour as a kind of roving gallery to test your art and your ideas. I try to do my very best to make it worthwhile for folks to be there and to perhaps look at things in a new way when they leave.”

And this, in a nutshell, is the Murray McLauchlan concert experience.

Murray McLaughlan is at the Harbourfront Theatre on May 2nd at 7:30 PM.