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“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”.
The prolific Vancouver Island-based singer / songwriter / pianist / producer has earned a loyal international following as a triple threat. He’s a piano virtuoso with a technical mastery of many different styles, an eloquent singer/songwriter, and a charming and engaging performer.
No Filter is the eleventh album from MICHAEL KAESHAMMER. This is the sound of an artist following his muse completely unhindered by thoughts of commercial imperatives or genre constraints. On No Filter, Michael mixes his well-crafted and melodic original songs with a couple of evocative piano instrumentals, and the result is a delightfully varied collection that showcases Michael’s smooth and soulful voice. It also showcases Kaeshammer’s impressive evolution as a perceptive and poetic lyricist.
His first album was actually a solo piano record, and Michael has never lost contact with those roots. Last year he released another record of solo piano instrumentals, The Pianist, in under the radar fashion. “That album wasn’t planned as anything other than my recording some songs for my parents”, Michael recalls. “It’s as if you’re just sitting on your couch at home listening to me play.”‘
Recently nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award, Kaeshammer has won previous WCMAs as Musician of the Year and Entertainer of the Year, while seven Juno Award nominations have netted him two wins. With his recording career now spanning two full decades and 12 albums later, Michael Kaeshammer has emerged as a truly original artist at the very top of his game and one in love with the creative process.
“Right now I love playing and making music more than ever”, he stresses. “It has got to a point where it is a really important part of my life rather than being my life and I love it so much now”.
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
Come enjoy a night of great blues music and originals with PEI’s Amanda Jackson trio, who were CBC Searchlight Top Ten finalists and Music New Brunswick’s Blues Recording of the year winner, Mike Biggar and his trio for an intense, roiling performance with his signature soaring vocals and disarming onstage humor.
These imaginative, dynamic performers explore the fire from which Maritime music ignited, with glowing traditional and just realized tunes for flutes, fiddle, pipes, keyboards, voice and inspired choreographed dance. Chris Norman, David Greenberg and Matthew Olwell present “The Bonfire”!
Trio Tangere is an upbeat, instrumental trio with smooth sounds and style. Its world music repertoire is channeled through the violin and guitars. They will be performing Canadian, Brazilian and French classics.
Isabel Bayrakdarian, an Indian River Festival favourite and internationally acclaimed soprano, is joined by virtuoso violinist, Marc Djokic, a recent Prix Goyer winner, and our Artistic Director, pianist Robert Kortgaard, for sparkling gypsy tunes, zarzuela and swaying rhythms of steamy Espana.
An award winning songwriter, professional speaker and incredible story-teller, Carroll became a worldwide YouTube sensation with his hit “United Breaks Guitars”. With the video approaching its 10th anniversary and close to 18 million views, Dave continues to deliver his unforgettable combination of music and storytelling in over 30 countries.
“The burst of flame” aptly describes the musical intensity and pianistic pyrotechnics of this gifted duo. Grand Prize winners of the 2017 Canadian Music Competition, and national Youth Ambassadors, Charissa Vandikas and Linda Ruan love to shine the light on the fascinating, fun repertoire for one piano, four hands.
For 60 years, the Canimex – Canadian Music Competition has been discovering and supporting the best musical talent in the country. It encourages emerging musicians to push themselves by cultivating discipline and perseverance, all while giving them an outstanding opportunity for artistic development. A gathering of this scale represents a leading artistic showcase for the discovery of top-level talent, a unique educational tool for music teachers (from the elementary school to university levels), and an indispensable source of motivation and a learning environment for emerging musicians. The regular component is open to musicians between the ages of 7 and 25 (30 for singers), while the Stepping Stone component is an elite level section allowing participants between the ages of 16 and 28 (31 for singers) who are embarking on a professional career to undergo an experience similar to those found at competitions on the international level. The idea for the Competition first took shape in 1958 in Montreal. Today, 14 chapters are at work from coast to coast in Canada which represents more than 200 volunteers. Across the country, it has fueled the vitality of a new generation of high-level classical musicians in every community in which it is present.
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.