Between a Rock and a Country Song

ELVIS ROCK & COUNTRY
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18TH, 7:30 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
VIP tickets (Rows A-E): $50.00 (tax & fees included)
Regular tickets: $40.00 (tax & fees included)

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Born a country boy, Elvis Presley loved to sing country songs. When he sang a song it came straight from the heart. International World Champion Thane Dunn and his Cadillac Kings return with the Rock and Country Presley classics that you’ve loved for years, from Blue Suede Shoes to Always on my Mind, Suspicious Minds, Kentucky Rain, I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry and many more, performed by the man hailed by many as the best in the business.

Thane Dunn has the full Elvis package: the look, moves and magnetic personality like none other and is actually endorsed by several people who worked and performed with Elvis. Bill Baize of JD Sumner and the Stamps, who performed with Elvis from 1971 to ’76, says, “Thane Dunn is the closest thing I’ve ever seen.”

You will laugh, cry, and cheer in amazement as you are transported back in time to the good ole days.

Special opening act Melly Dunn as the Rhinestone Cowgirl with her amazing Salute to the Queens of Country Music: Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and Tammy Wynette.

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Family Time Two Times

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15TH, 8:00 PM
All Seats: $35.00 (tax & fees included) at the Harbourfront Theatre

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Harbourfront theatre is pleased to offer a double bill of entertainment Wednesday, August 15 with two of the Island’s most beloved musical groups, The Ellis Family Band and Fiddlers’ Sons.

Comprised of brothers Rick, Brian, Steve and Dave Ellis and Greg MacDonald, The Ellis Family Band has been a household name in PEI since the 1970’s, producing such hits as Summer Nights, Why am I Still Crying, their #1 Thank You For Being My Friend, and arguably their most popular song, Mother of Mine.

Fiddlers’ Sons features Eddy Quinn on lead vocals, John B. Webster on guitar, fiddler Courtney Hogan-Chandler, and Keelin Wedge on fiddle, vocals, guitar and bass. Since 1997, the group has released several recordings, including the popular All the Way to Cardigan and won numerous PEI Music Awards for their signature Celtic and roots traditional sound.

Cookin’ Up Hank

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3RD, 7:30PM at the Harbourfront Theatre

All Seats: $34.50 (tax & fees included)

“Ryan Cook’s channeling of Hank Williams – his voice and heartache- is a moving experience. A terrific performance by this young artist and his band”- Harry Thurston, Gaspereau Press

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Ryan Cook began performing as Hank Williams in 2009 when he performed consecutive sold-out weeks of the Maynard Collins play “The Show He Never Gave” in Sackville, New Brunswick.

Having performed on some of the same stages as Hank Williams including the Ryman Auditorium and Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree in Nashville, TN, Ryan has also studied Hank Williams’ life through the biographical work of Colin Escott, Sneezy Waters, The Country Music Hall of Fame (TN), Hank Williams Boyhood Home & Museum (AL), and The Hank Williams Museum (Montgomery (AL).

Along with band mates the Drifting Cowboys, this two-act feature performance includes 22 songs from the man hailed by many as the greatest country music singer and songwriter of all time.

Ryan Cook and company re-animate the sounds of Don Helms’ haunting steel guitar, Jerry Rivers’ fiddle arrangements, and the yodeling of the lovesick boy from Georgiana, Luke the Drifter himself: Hank Williams.

“I feel like I’m watching Hank in his prime on a stage that he was no stranger to… I flew to Nova Scotia to experience the magic for myself, and wasn’t disappointed!” – John Walker, Producer –Music City Roots

Aces Are High

Suzy Bogguss is one of country music’s most pristine and evocative vocalists. With the release of the Illinois native’s 1989 major label debut, Somewhere Between, Suzy quickly became one of the key artists that defined those golden days of ’90s country. She scored a string of Top 10 singles with country radio staples like “Outbound Plane,” “Drive South,” “Hey Cinderella,” “Letting Go” and “Aces,” and her 1991 album of that name was certified platinum. In addition, she scored a trio of gold albums and notched more than 3 million sales.

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Awarded the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Female Vocalist honour in 1989, Suzy went on to receive a series of nominations and awards not only from the Academy but also from the Country Music Association, CMT, ASCAP, and the Grammys. In 2014 she paid homage to country music legend Merle Haggard with her album “Lucky” and in 2016 she released a 25th anniversary edition of her platinum-selling album “Aces.”

SUNDAY, JULY 29TH, 7:30 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
All Seats: $49.00 (tax & fees included)

Leahy and MacMaster Are Back

THURSDAY, JULY 26TH, 2018, 7:30 PM
FRIDAY, JULY 27TH, 2018, 7:30 PM
All Seats: $42.00 (tax & fees included)

Harbourfront Theatre
Sponsored by: Centennial Auto Group

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The entertainment world is filled with extraordinary stories. But few match the beguiling true-life tale of Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Canada’s reigning couple of Celtic music, whose dazzling career achievements underpin an incomparable off-stage life.

Indeed, when two of the planet’s very best fiddle players married in 2002, the proverbial mantelpiece was instantly crammed with JUNO and East Coast Music Awards. Though MacMaster and Leahy followed different trajectories – she a Cape Breton native who could step-dance before she could walk; he the oldest brother of acclaimed family group Leahy – both had assuredly crested the traditional music peak.

Their first recorded collaboration, 2015’s Bob Ezrin-produced album One, which was followed by 2016’s A Celtic Family Christmas (and which cemented the couple’s status as powerhouses on the seasonal circuit) confirmed MacMaster and Leahy were as dynamic working together as they were working apart.

That’s no small feat when your combined album sales exceed one million; when past collaborators include classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bluegrass star Alison Krauss and banjo ace Béla Fleck; and when your ecstatic fan base (which boasts Shania Twain and The Chieftains) stretches from Sydney, Nova Scotia to Sydney, Australia.

This summer, their Prince Edward Island fans can see them perform at Harbourfront Theatre two nights only, July 26th & 27th.

Getting Wonked On Willy

FRIDAY, JULY 20th, 2018, 7:30 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
Adult: $20.75 (tax & fees included)
Children under 12: $16.15 (tax & fees included)

 

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The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s
mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald
Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene
Wilder in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. is a
scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.
Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he
stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars.
Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well
as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but
the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the
company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr.
Wonka’s rules in the factory – or suffer the consequences.

Down the Aisle

Friday, July 13th, 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 14th, 7:30 pm
All Seats: $18.50 (tax & fees included)

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The Harbourfront Players are back by popular demand! Maggie’s Getting Married, a comedy by Norm Foster, delighted crowds this March with its hilarious story and brilliant cast of local talent, and so we’re bringing it back for a limited time.

The Duncan family asks you to save the date because their daughter Maggie is getting married!

Or is she? It’s normal for people to have cold feet just before a wedding, but at the post-rehearsal reception, one person – who shouldn’t – recalls the groom as having warm feet. It’s a delightful comedy about love, family, and marriage from Canada’s most-produced playwright Norm Foster (Bedtime Stories, Looking, Love List, Mending Fences, etc.).