Category Archives: Music

Cy Rolls Into Studio 1

The members of Cy blend stunning vocal and guitar harmonies to create acoustic music that is at once edgy yet rooted in traditional Acadian and Celtic music. Children of the new wave of Acadian indie-folk, Cy bring their salt-licked sound to Studio 1 for Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m.

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Made up of Jacques Blinn, Jacques Boudreau, Eric Dow, and Guyaume Boulianne, Cy first came together while all living in the French Acadian Shore in South West Nova Scotia. With three guitars and four voices, the quartet – who now call Moncton home – manage to unite folk, traditional, and progressive styles to create folk and folk-pop songs that are warm and harmonious.

Adding mandolin, percussion, and keyboards in recent years, the group toured their self-titled 2014 record to numerous Quebecois and Acadian music festivals, and as far as France.

They draw their name from a local Baie Saint Marie folk hero from the early 1900’s named Celestin Trahan a Amateur, or ‘Cy a Mateur’ for short. “He was a man who was supposedly possessed by the devil who could be in many places at the same time and whose cup of wine was never empty,” explains Boulianne with a laugh in a recent interview. “He loved gambling and chasing after women, so we wanted to channel a bit of that.”

Tickets are available at the Studio 1 doors and at the box office, via telephone at (902) 566-1267, or toll free at 1-800-565-0278. Book online and review the full LIVE calendar for April and May at confederationcentre.com

Ian Sherwood Makes the Mack

Pop and folk songwriter Ian Sherwood is in a constant state of creative motion. When not touring his high-energy act across the country, he’s often penning tunes for other artists and writing music for theatre, film, and TV.

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A masterful storyteller and charming performer, Sherwood was named Contemporary Singer of the Year by the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2013, and comes to The Mack on April 8. The venue is a regional favourite for the Halifax-based tunesmith, who hit the stage many times as part of the hit group, The Jive Kings.

Celebrate Holy Day With Song

Confederation Centre’s adult choir, the Confederation Singers, present the annual Easter concert Choral Music on Holy Day on Good Friday, March 25, at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Church.

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Under the direction of Donald Fraser, the choristers and guests will perform the now famous Canadian work, Requiem by Eleanor Daley. Additionally, the Singers will present a series of Renaissance and Romantic motets including Tantum Ergo of Palestrina, O Vos Omnes of Victoria, and Locus Iste of Anton Bruckner. Featured soloists are Kelsea McLean and Parker Clements and organ accompanist is Frances McBurnie.

This popular concert is part of Sobeys LIVE @ Centre. Book online and get the full LIVE calendar at confederationcentre.com. Tickets for all shows are available in person at the box office, by phone at (902) 566-1267, or toll free at 1-800-565-0278.

The Choral Music Programme is sponsored by Maritime Electric. Confederation Centre also thanks the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Government of P.E.I., through the Department of Education, Early Learning, and Culture, and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5, and Ocean 100.

17th Bluegrass Jamboree & Jam Sessions On the Side

Join us at the Harbourfront Theatre for an evening of entertainment featuring The Kevin Prater Band from Kentucky, Mark Boutilier from Nova Scotia and PEI’s own Joe Casey &  Westwind.

Master of Ceremonies for the evening, Saturday, March 26, will be Marilyn Singer.

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Jam sessions all weekend long at Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf in Summerside! Weekend packages available, including 2 nights’ accommodations and 2 tickets to the show at Harbourfront Theatre.

The show starts at 7 PM and all tickets are $23.50.

For package purchases or to book accommodations, call Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf at 902-436-2295 or 1-800-265-5551 .

Rugged Raspy & Roaring

The Mack lights up again on Saturday, March 19 for tireless touring musician Ben Caplan. Rugged, raspy, and roaring with charisma, the Halifax bluesman is to folklore what smoke is to bourbon.

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The U.K. Guardian raved about his performance last month, giving the “larger than life, bellowing ringmaster” a four-star review that was “rollicking good fun…with tunes ranging from hoedowns to swaying country heartbreakers.”

Jekyll and Nothing to Hide!

Join us for what is sure to be extraordinary night of music featuring George Canyon’s Jekyll and Nothing to Hide Tour! at the Harbourfront Theatre.

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George Canyon’s show will feature his full band and performances of past hits as well as songs from his brand new album “I Got This”. He’ll even treat you to a few acoustic versions of some of his biggest hits. This is sure to be a powerful show, packed with high energy and emotion!

Jekyll and Nothing to Hide! is on Sunday, March 13, at 7:30 PM. All seats are $55.80.

Quartet Showcases New Canadian Works

The Afiara Quartet is a 2016 Juno-nominated string ensemble, described by The Montreal Gazette as balancing “intensity and commitment with frequent moments of tenderness.”

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The quartet will showcase classical masterworks in Studio 1 on March 17 as well as two new Canadian works: ‘String Quartet No. 3,’ representing celebrated composer Christos Hatzis, and one of the most exciting young composers in Dinuk Wijeratne, who recently guest conducted with the P.E.I. Symphony.

Looking for Love at The Mack

Fly Away With The Swinging Sounds Of The Valentine’s Cabaret

With love in the air, Sobeys Live @ the Centre serves up the ever popular Valentine’s Cabaret next week, sponsored by Charm Diamond Centres.

Vocalists Catherine O’Brien and Joey Kitson come together with the rock-solid house band of Don Fraser on keys, Music PEI Artist of the Year Deryl Gallant on bass, and Alan White on drums for this must-see February 14 tradition. The musical union sets the scene for a memorable night of romance, humour, and classic love songs.

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“The Valentine’s Cabaret is a night like no other, one accented by the swinging sounds from another era that is sure to entertain, surprise, and romance,” offers Fraser, director of the Centre’s Choral Music Programme. “February 14 is an evening out at The Mack where you will hear a varied selection of classics from the American Songbook,”

The jazz trio will back Kitson and O’Brien across two rollicking sets of ballads, blues tunes, and pop standards, including ‘My Funny Valentine’, ‘My Baby just Cares for Me’, ‘Angel Eyes’, and ‘The Way you Look Tonight.’ Other standouts include ‘What a Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘Blue Skies’.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at The Mack and tickets are moving fast! Contact the Centre’s box office at (902) 566-1267, toll free at 1-800-565-0278, or online at confederationcentre.com.

Special thanks are extended to Sobeys, the title sponsor of Live @ the Centre, as well as media sponsors The Guardian, Hot 105.5 and Ocean 100.

Yippie Yi Yo Kayah

Tim Hus will make you sit up and pay attention to his songs, story songs that capture the pioneering spirit that motivates and inspires truck drivers, miners, rum runners, trappers, men of the land, men of the sea, and vagabonds.

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Part of a new generation of Alberta-based songwriters who have been nurtured on the tapestry of sounds that country music served up in the sixties and seventies, Hus points to many life experiences and the influences of family and specific musicians when it comes to assessing his own make-up as an artist.

“I look up to Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, and road dogs like Fred Eaglesmith. Then there’s all the people I meet out on the road and the stories that come with those introductions,” says Hus, citing the influence of other artists including Corb Lund, Ian Tyson, Woodie Guthrie and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot.

The summer of 2009 marked a career highlight for Hus when he had the opportunity to tour with the late Stompin’ Tom Connors on a number of dates across the nation.

“It’s not a secret that Tom is one of my heroes and it was quite the time out on the road with him. I could tell you all sorts of stories, but we’ll leave those for another time,” laughs Hus, who was honored to work with the legendary Connors.

Connors made his appreciation for Hus’s songwriting skills known as the two played before large and enthusiastic crowds, declaring, “I’ve been looking for 30 years for a young guy who’s proud to write songs about our country. I’d like to pass the torch to Tim Hus.”

Tim Hus is at the Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside on February 26. All tickets are $25.00.