Hailed as a runaway theatrical hit with a solid track record of 120 full house performances, SEARCHING FOR ABEGWEIT: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant is a musical love letter to Prince Edward Island that stars the artist himself and presents his folk, roots and rock music, alongside comedic stories, Island legends, and poignant tales in a multimedia format that utilizes film, and hundreds of paintings from well-known PEI visual artist and sibling, Karen Gallant. Sharing the stage with Gallant are nephews Jonathan Gallant on vocals and percussion and Jeremy on piano, fiddler Sean Kemp, and popular Acadian singer and multi-instrumentalist Patricia Richard.
Much of the Island themed music in the show was gathered from the span of Lennie Gallant’s extensive career, along with a number of compositions written specifically for the show. The accompanying album, Searching for Abegweit, contains all of the musical numbers from the live production, and has recently been nominated for a 2017 East Coast Music Award for Folk Recording of the Year.
A native of the Acadian village of Rustico, PEI, Gallant has recorded eleven albums [9 in English and 2 in French] which have won him a host of awards and nominations from the JUNOs, the East Coast Music Awards, and Les Prix Eloizes. He was honoured with a 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award for his recording Live Acoustic at The Carleton, and has most recently been nominated for the 2017 ECMA’s Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year.
He was awarded the Order Of Canada for his contribution to Canadian culture, and has shared the stage with symphony orchestras and artists such as Jimmy Buffett, Patti Griffin, Chris Isaak, and Lucinda Williams.
Searching for Abegweit is at the Harbourfront Theatre.
Performance Schedule (all showtimes 7:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 11
Wednesday, July 12
Tuesday, July 25
Wednesday, July 26
Tuesday, August 8
Wednesday, August 9
Tuesday, August 22
Wednesday, August 23