Category Archives: Music

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.

Hootin’ and Hollerin’

Woody Holler and his Orchestra are purveyors of “western swing” music…but also so much more. Woody grew up hearing the songs of the cowboy. Although he was later trained in opera, a sense of nostalgia held him close to the early western genre. Woody met up with some top-notch jazz musicians and the cross-over was magical.

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Consisting of some of Canada’s finest folk/jazz musicians, Woody’s orchestra creates a style that Woody defines as “jazz from the saddle”. Greg Lowe on guitar, Richard Moody on violin and Danny Koulack on bass add clever arrangements rich with virtuosity and style. The repertoire is eclectic, fun and fascinating, featuring finger-snapping swing beats, honey-slowed love croons and show stopping “extreme” yodeling.

Since 2010, the band has showcased very successfully across Western Canada, which has led to several tours from Manitoba to the Pacific coast. They have also enjoyed a tour of the Northwest Territories and Woody’s yodel has been heard past the Arctic Circle. A recent showcase event on the east coast has led to a tour of the Atlantic Provinces next spring as well as a tour of Great Britain.

Their first album “Western Skies” was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in 2010. Woody and the boys have just completed their second album “Jazz From The Saddle”. It’s filled with all the things that make Woody Holler and his Orchestra so entertaining.

“But it was more than the yodeling that caught the audience right from the outset and held us through a much warranted standing ovation at evening’s end. It was the full, rich sound of four very talented musicians who have coupled clever arrangements, musical genre fusing and the joy of performing into one delightful package.” wrote Sue Morhun of the Oliver Daily News

“…the audience had saddled up to join him for the adventure. They were with him every step and hoof print of the way, perfectly attuned to the mood of each song”

Woody Holler and his Orchestra appear at the Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside on Wednesday, February 17, at 7:30 PM. All tickets are $25.00.