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!

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Pulling Into Port at the Harbourfront

Sometimes, you put the right people in the right room at the right time, and everything clicks. Sometimes they make magic . . . for a moment. And on the really rare occasion, it starts something big.

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For Port Cities, the sum is definitely greater than the parts, no matter how great those parts are. They were three of the East Coast’s brightest rising stars, all hailed as formidable songwriters and performers, each with their own promising solo careers. But that was then. Now, each brings distinct strengths to bear to create a sound that’s different from anything that they’ve done on their own, or anything you’ve heard from the rich East Coast before. Breagh Mackinnon, Carleton Stone and Dylan Guthro are Port Cities.

You’ll know the difference the very first time you hear them. Striking songs, skillfully crafted arrangements, and best of all, three incredible singers that make the most exciting vocal blend in years. That’s the combination people are raving about and what you’ll find on their new, still -unreleased debut.

Port Cities is at The Harbourfront August 17th at 7:30 PM.

Sherwood On the Go

“Everywhere To Go” is Ian Sherwood’s latest studio creation. Considered to be his best to date, it is chalk-full of instantly appealing hooks and singable choruses while sitting comfortably in Sherwood’s signature style of imaginative, narrative writing.

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Sherwood is a guitar-playing, sax-blowing, crowd-pleasing looping singer/songwriter. A born story teller and a constant creator, his music dances the line between folk and pop. His live performances thrive on intimacy. Whether it’s a theatre show or large festival stage, his persona is irresistible and completely destroys fourth walls.

He has penned tunes for many other artists as well as for theatre, film and television. He was named Contemporary Singer of the Year by the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Best Male Artist of the Year by the 2012 International Acoustic Music Awards and was the 2008 and 2010 Music Nova Scotia Musician Of The Year. Bob Mersereau of CBC Radio, Fredericton described him as “… a natural performer who entertains as much with his wit and stories as with his songs.”

Ian Sherwood is currently working on his fifth studio album to be released in 2017. He appears at the Harbourfront Theatre on August 3rd at 7:30 PM.

Dylan Menzie Up Close and Personal

Harbourfront’s new Backstage Pass Series offers a unique format with the entire show, audience included, happening on the stage. Seating will be cabaret style in a cozy and interactive setting with a panoramic view of the theatre in the background. Featuring a number of musical genres, expect to see some new faces to Harbourfront as well as some past artists returning for this series.

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With his compelling, sprawling vocal range, a striking mix of familiar yet sophisticated musical lines and adept guitar skills, Dylan Menzie is quickly becoming one of Prince Edward Island’s prime exports. Hailing from Belle River, PEI, Menzie has been compared to Joel Plaskett and was highly praised by Canadian singer-songwriter, Ron Sexmith, when he opened for Sexsmith at the PEI Jazz n’ Blues Festival, 2014.

His recently released sophomore album, Adolescent Nature (2016), recorded with Juno nominated and ECMA award-winning producer Daniel Ledwell, was released on the heels of Menzie’s top 4 placement in the CBC Searchlight Competition. The lead single, “Kenya,” secured Menzie’s high standing in this national, juried competition.

Dylan Menzie appears at the Harbourfront Theatre on Wednesday, July 20, at 7:30 PM.