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

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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.