Printable brochure of 2019 lineup IRF19 Brochure
Digital copy of our 2019 Season IRF19 Program Final
The Ennis Sisters have weathered a lifetime of phases and a series of musical explorations together. Come join them as they return to their roots, singing contemporary folk songs with a traditional Irish Newfoundland twist.
Both named as CBC Music’s “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30”, cellist Bryan and pianist Silvie Cheng perform worldwide with profound artistic spirit, stunning virtuosity and a fresh approach to glorious Russian masterpieces.
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!
Peter Tiefenbach’s contemporary reimagining of Bach’s comic Coffee Cantata, set in a coffee bar, pairs with musical party pieces performed by three Glenn Gould School vocal stars. A twist on Bach and a nod to Leonard Bernstein, Katy Clark, Adam Harris and Zack Rioux join Tiefenbach and Robert Kortgaard around the piano.
Lennie Gallant is a native of Rustico, Prince Edward Island. This renowned Canadian singer-songwriter has recorded eleven albums (nine in English and two in French), which have won him a host of awards and nominations from the JUNOs, East Coast Music Awards, and Les Prix Eloizes. He was recently honored with the Canadian Folk Music Award for Artist of the Year. He is the 2017 East Coast Music Awards Entertainer of the Year and also won the 2017 ECMA Folk Recording of the Year for his live album, “Searching For Abegweit”. Lennie just finished his fourth summer theatre season in PEI and followed that with an East Coast tour of his multimedia hit musical, “Searching For Abegweit -The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant”. The immensely popular production ran for over 140 shows. His newest release is a double cd album of 22 songs from that production. Many of the show’s visual images appear in his book, Peter’s Dream, a collaboration with sibling visual artist Karen Gallant that showcases 52 of her unique paintings paired up with his songs.
His album, “When We Get There” was nominated for a Juno Award and went up to the International Space Station with Canadian astronaut Julie Payette. Over 30 artists have recorded his songs, including Measha Bruggergosman, Ode de L’Acadie, and Jimmy Buffet and his songs have appeared in feature films, television series, and numerous theatrical productions. A recipient of the Order of Canada, Lennie is an international touring artist who has represented Canada on songwriter events in Nashville, London and Texas, entertained our troops in Kandahar, performed at Canada Day events in Washington and London, and on the world stage at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Lennie Gallant will be releasing his highly anticipated new album called TIME TRAVEL at the Indian River Festival. This is Gallant’s first studio recording in nine years and early response from industry insiders all agree, it is his “finest recording to date”.
“I am so excited about this album! ” says Gallant “It seems the stars are aligned for these songs to come out right now in so many ways.”
Gallant worked with well-known Island born and raised producer Daniel Ledwell on this project and in addition to his band members, Patricia Richard, Jeremy Gallant, and Sean Kemp, there are some special guest appearances by well-known artists such as; Rose Cousins, Jenn Grant, The Atlantic String Machine, The Fretless, Chris Corrigan and Mary Jane Lamond.
“Dan (Ledwell) and I were marvelling at all the strange coincidences that were happening in regards to the particular songs of mine that we selected for the record.” Lennie says “I really believe this is the best album I’ve ever made in so many ways and having so many wonderful guests lend their talents to it, has made the process rather magical and special.”
Gallant is fresh off the heels of a 140 date run of his hit musical Searching For Abegweit, and while the concert will be a celebration of the new works there is no doubt that he will also be performing hits from that show as well as other well-known songs.
Join us for an early fall afternoon filled with music and an array of comforting, homemade soups. This will be the seventh year for this fundraising event which has been a delicious success each year. Various restaurants and chefs create soups made with fresh, local ingredients. For the price of your ticket, you can sample four different soups which come in 4oz servings, served with homemade rolls and surrounded by wonderful music. Wander between our new pavilion where the soup will be served and St. Mary’s Church where music will be performed all afternoon. It’s a truly old fashioned gathering where you can enjoy scrumptious fall flavors, time with friends and family, music, and above all, you are helping us to continue bringing exceptional music to an extraordinary venue.
We will have soups from:
Broadway 45 – Island Mushroom Chowder
FiveEleven West – Carrot Soup with Tahini & Crispy Aleppo Pepper Chick Peas
Samuel’s Coffee House – Sweet Potato Curry
Island Stone Pub – Kensington Station – “Chilled Cucumber Soup” with yoghurt and dill
Ship to Shore – Chicken Baja
Farmed Market & Craft Butchery – Cauliflower veloute with roasted red pepper drizzle
The Table Culinary Studio – Loaded Baked Potato Leek Soup
Open Eats – Beet Bisque with orange and creme fraiche
Rolls from Water Street Bakery!
Wander between festival pavilion where the soup will be served and St. Mary’s Church where music will be performed all afternoon. Enjoy performances by Atlantic String Machine, Jenni & the Hummingbird, and a piper from the College of Piping.
It’s a truly old fashioned gathering where you can enjoy scrumptious fall flavours made with locally sourced products, time with friends and family, music and above all, you are helping us continue to bring you exceptional music in an extraordinary venue!
The dynamic Ensemble Made in Canada is touring this musical tribute to all provinces and territories with 14 multi-genre Canadian composers (classical, jazz, singer-songwriter, electronic, First Nations) encapsulating the glories of every region. Paired with the masterpiece, Brahms Quartet for piano and strings, a rich autumn feast.
Charlottetown Film Festival in partnership with Indian River Festival presents three remarkable documentaries by three talented Island women. A special screening of O KANATA; ATHENA’S LOST TWIN and THE SONG AND THE SORROW
and one of today’s most sought-after lyric baritones on the operatic stage, Brett Polegato
Help support the Indian River Festival and ensure the preservation of Historic St. Mary’s Church on Prince Edward Island.
We are excited to present to you Lobster Tails n Tunes on Saturday, June 8th! – ALL DAY EVENT
Featuring PEI Lobster with culinary demonstrations and amazing samples, learn tricks of the trade and have a good ol’ feed of freshly caught island Lobster, all on the grounds of Historic St. Marys Church, Indian River, PE.
Culinary events featuring CHEF ILONA DANIEL will take place in our state of the art food Pavilion during the day.
Following these events, we bring you a special musical performance by island artists INN ECHO in Historic St. Mary’s Church, home of the Indian River Festival and known as one Canada’s best naturally acoustic musical venues.
Don’t miss this exciting series of event!