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A bilingual folk/fusion trio from PEI who present traditional and original music inspired by their Acadian roots, and infused with pop and world rhythms.
This young acoustic power trio from Canada’s Prince Edward Island transform traditional music with vigor, curiosity, and sparks of goofy humor.
They’re new album Auprès du Poêle (“around the woodstove”) invites a new circle of listeners to both a moody and high-energy set of original and traditional songs. Expanding on the Scottish and Acadian roots of PEI’s traditional music, Ten Strings and a Goatskin weave old-school Franco-Canadian, Breton, Irish, and Scottish tunes with wickedly current grooves and clever quirks, flirting with indie’s best moments.
Fiercely talented and sassy dames from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, who perform uplifting folk music with a vintage 1940s flair!
These spirited femmes can spin a slinky melody, roll out glinting harmonies, or hammer down a swinging beat.
Their original songs feature sophisticated harmonies, body percussion, scintillating dance moves, humour, and just enough ooh-la-la to keep your toes tapping long after the show is over.
Inspired by Rosie the Riveter, the feminist icon who symbolized the women’s movement into the workforce during WWII, the Riveters seek to empower women to be ambassadors for change within their own communities.
Rosie & the Riveters invitation to Indian River Festival
Suzie Vinnick, 10X Maple Blues Award winner, 3X Juno Nominee was a Finalist in the 2013 International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Category in Memphis, TN. She was the winner of the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 SIRIUS/XM Blues Artist of the Year has released a new album entitled Live At Bluesville, a collection of roots, blues and gospel tunes featuring Suzie and her parlour guitar, Mabel.
Born and raised in North Sydney, Cape Breton, and living just outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia, multi award winning musician Dunn has been working on a successful music career for 30 years.
He is a 2016 MUSIC NOVA SCOTIA AWARD winner and in 2003 was the recipient of the first ever MUSICIAN SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT EAST COAST MUSIC AWARD, given not on the basis of votes but rather a selective process on the part of the Industry – an honor indeed to have been chosen in the year of the awards inception.
He has traveled and performed in the United States, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, and has toured extensively throughout Canada.
He has had the privilege of serving as a touring guitarist and backing vocalist for many of Canada’s best artists including Big Sugar, The Trews, Tim Chaisson, In Flight Safety, and Andy Brown. After 11 years as a side musician, he focussed on a platform of his own, a place to vocalize his personal experiences. Not to compete with the career that he had enjoyed but to compliment it. As a result, he began to write and record an EP, and “Warhorses” was born.
The word “Warhorses” embodies power, relentlessness, determination, and hope.
Don Amero is a powerful stylist, Juno nominee, and engaging storyteller from Manitoba. His latest album, Refined, is giving genuine music fans a taste of the real deal, as he melts Canadian hearts from coast to coast.
With silky vocals, a lovable stage presence, and a soulful sound that’s been likened to Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, and Jack Johnson, he brings his own brand of percussion‐style guitar play and delightful approachability to every performance.
Don’s first four albums generated nine national and international awards, as well as one Juno nomination in 2013 and two in 2016.
His tireless work ethic, talent, ambition, and determination have also made him an inspiration to Aboriginal youth.
New Brunswick based bluegrass darlings have charmed the East Coast with the release of their debut album “So It Goes” and now the quirky duo is taking on the world with their upcoming album, “I Go Where You Go”.
From high energy foot stompers and traditional folk, husband and wife duo John and Lisa McLaggan have layered the tunes with memorable melodies, gorgeous harmonies, and Lisa’s unique washboard /bass drum /tin can setup.
They have performed extensively throughout Canada and Eastern United States.
A port city is a place where cultures and histories collide, where goods and ideas are imported and absorbed into the local bloodstream. The trio of celebrated Nova Scotian songwriters who now call themselves Port Cities honour that tradition. Their chosen name isn’t just indicative of where they’re from (the harbour hamlet of Cape Breton) but what they do: fuse divergent styles and experiences into a singular roots-rock sound.
Port Cities is a collaboration six years in the making. The trio first crossed paths in 2011 at a songwriter’s workshop hosted by Gordie Sampson, the Nova Scotia native who has become one of the most in-demand writers and producers in Nashville.
“THE GREAT ESCAPE” is ECMA award-winning Meaghan Blanchard’s fourth album. The songs are strong, at times deeply personal, and sown throughout are the narratives of men and women who have rumbled with profound universal themes: self-doubt, fear and hope for a better way of living.
She has toured extensively across Canada and the UK, and has even showcased her music stateside at the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, MO. She has performed for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and played 47 shows in 15 days at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Since relocating in 2013, Ontario native Nick Doneff has become a staple within the PEI music community as a busy sideman for island favourites such as Nudie and Liam Corcoran. In 2017, Music PEI presented him with the “Musician of the Year” award for his stage and studio work. Doneff is now emerging as an original act known for his earnest songwriting and magnetic live performances. His debut record has been met with glowing reviews and international airplay. The song Old Dog was featured on CBC’s flagship arts and culture program, Q, where host Tom Power described him as a cross between John Prine and Joel Plaskett.
Nick Doneff is a talented musician, multi-instrumentalist and multiple Music PEI award nominee with a self-titled album.
Join Nick and ECMA award winning Island singer / songwriter and multi Music PEI award wins, Meaghan Blanchard, for an evening of song, stories and her exclusive pre-release concert for her album “The Great Escape”.
Dennis Ellsworth and Kinley Dowling are an Island duo who have been friends and musical collaborators for years. They will share music from their recent debut album, which has received multiple Music PEI award nominations.
Presented in partnership with Music PEI and the PEI Potato Growers
The Sweet Lowdown (Miriam Sonstenes, fiddle; Amanda Blied, guitar; Tad Ruszel, mandolin) offer original acoustic roots music. You’ll hear influences as far-ranging as Celtic jigs, Appalachian fiddling and contemporary pop. Drawing from these influences, yet not beholden, they blaze a new trail with original songwriting and innovative instrumental arrangements.
Join Music PEI’s 2018 Songwriter of the year, Alicia Toner, with a blend of roots, country, rock and Americana and Justin Nozuka, award winning Canadian folk, soul, rock singer/songwriter with millions of YouTube views, for an afternoon of fantastic songs and stories.
Their debut album, “In The Battle Years”, garnered Hillburn an East Coast Music Award last year. With soaring harmonies and densely-layered arrangements, this folk-rooted band’s sound is unique. Having just released their 2nd album, “The Wilder Beyond”, the band has promised a special IRF premiere performance!