Printable brochure of 2019 lineup IRF19 Brochure
Digital copy of our 2019 Season IRF19 Program Final
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!
We are excited to present to you Lobster Tails n Tunes on Saturday, June 8th! 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. Enjoy stories by local fishers, and learn about all things lobster; history, sustainability of lobster fishing on PEI, and much more! 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! Come join us for an incredible day of lobster and music!
Saturday, June 8th
Lobster Tails n Tunes Starting at 10:30am – end of Concert Pavilion at Historic St. Mary’s & Historic St. Mary’s Church 1374 Hamilton Road, Indian River
Package Price for all 3 Events: $150.00 (plus tax & fees)
Saturday, June 8th
Lobster and Learn Garden Party – featuring Chef Ilona Daniel 10:30am – 1:00pm Pavilion at Historic St. Mary’s 1374 Hamilton Road, Indian River
A culinary demonstration and meal, offering “tricks of the trade” and “tools” for preparing different lobster menu options and talking about the versatility of PEI LOBSTER. Can you tell the difference between male and female lobsters? Have you ever heard of a left-handed lobster? After Chef Ilona Daniel takes you on a fun exploration of our beloved PEI lobster, enjoy a wonderful brunch including an assortment of lobster nibbles in our gorgeous Pavilion, over-looking the spectacular rolling fields and beautiful Malpeque Bay in the distance.
$50.00 (plus tax & fees)
Limited tickets available!
Saturday, June 8th
A Local’s Lobster Supper – featuring Chef Ilona Daniel 4:30pm – 7:00pm Pavilion at Historic St. Mary’s 1374 Hamilton Road, Indian River
Experience lobster the way we do here on Prince Edward Island! Join us for a hands-on lobster supper where locals will share their island experience and stories and give tips on how to get every delicious morsel of lobster from the shell. Get ready to get your hands dirty as you spend the evening playing with your food! Time for a feed folks!
$75.00 (plus tax & fees)
Limited tickets available!
Saturday, June 8th
Special Concert by Island artists INN ECHO 7:30pm – 9:30pm Historic St. Mary’s Church, Home of the Indian River Festival
An incredible new island foursome, perform in Historic St. Mary’s, rated as one of Canada’s top naturally acoustic venues. Before the show and at Intermission, come enjoy island hospitality in our adjacent pavilion with local beer from Upstreet Craft Brewing, Island Honey Wine, Samuels Coffee, our famous Strawberry shortcake, homemade cookies and more! INN ECHO – Four young musicians with very different musical backgrounds join together to form Inn Echo, blending Irish and Canadian traditional music with a modern take on the genres typical structures and sounds. The band incorporates elements of jazz and indie while also keeping true to the fun and energetic spirit of traditional music.
$30.00 (plus tax & fees)
Reserved seating – based on best available.
NOTE: Tours of Historic St. Mary’s will be available immediately following the Garden party. Come tour this magnificent venue and learn why music breathes here! For accommodation options and rates see supporting hotels, motels, B & B’s below: Thank you for supporting local! The Home Place // The Quality Inn // Slemon Park Hotel & Conference Centre // Travellers Inn // Briarcliffe Inn // Loyalist Country Inn Check out what else there is to do in Kensington, Summerside, and area, including: North Cape Coastal Drive and Central Coastal Tourism This event is proudly supported by
Shakin’ The Shingles: The Opening – PEI MUTUAL SMALL HALLS EVENT
Musical performances by: Fortunate Ones • Rowen Gallant • Zakk Cormier • Emmanuelle LeBlanc • Tim Chaisson • & more
This event is a fundraiser for Indian River Festival and Historic St. Mary’s featuring Men of the Harvest and Island A Cappella
Men of the Harvest is a gospel singing group that enjoys sharing the male voice in 4 part harmony.Formed in January,2014 under the direction of Bonnie LaFrance,the group has performed for fundraisers at Island Churches and Halls across PEI, over 90 performances during the past 5 years.
Members are from various communities across PEI…..from West Prince to the Charlottetown area.The group has produced two CD’s with the proceeds from sales being donated to various island charities. Bonnie LaFrance retired in Dec 2018, the group continues under the direction of Garth Mackey a Kensington native.
Based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and under the direction of Carolyn Prime, Island A Cappella is the Island’s only all women’s chorus specializing in singing four-part a cappella harmony in the barbershop style. We are proud members of Harmony, Inc., an international, non-profit organization created to empower women through education, friendship and – of course – a cappella singing!
Originally the Abegweit Chimes, we rebranded to Island A Cappella in 2013 as a cappella singing began to explode in popularity around the world – and we’ve been growing ever since! Whether it’s standards from musical theatre, jazz or big band eras or new arrangements of contemporary music, we love singing the close-knit harmonies of barbershop – not to mention the ability to really bring a song to life by performing without having our printed sheet music in our hands.
Our chorus is a diverse and multi-generational group of fun-loving, energetic women and we’re always looking for new members to join us on the risers. We LOVE to sing and perform, whether it’s at festivals and events across the Island, at local manors or churches, or just at our weekly rehearsals. And yes, we sing competitively too, as a part of our membership in Harmony, Inc.
Our brightest young Maritime musical talents unite, showcasing the 2019 PEI Provincial Festival top prize winners and Debut Atlantic’s 2019 Award for Musical Excellence recipient, 17 year old soprano Anna Mercer, from Coley’s Point, NL.
It is our privilege to honour these fine young performers and support them in reaching their goals. The PEI Kiwanis Music Festival Association is a non-profit organization that was established in 1946 to promote and encourage growth in music. Competitions across the province are judged by professional adjudicators and many performers have been invited to go on to compete at the national level. This year’s winners will be announced June 1st, 2019
Established in 1999, the Debut Atlantic Award for Musical Excellence is awarded annually to an Atlantic Canadian high school music student as chosen by a member of our distinguished alumni. The award recognizes talented youth and is designed to support and encourage the development of young musicians in Atlantic Canada. The Award consists of a $1,000 cash prize and a featured performance, as well as mentorship opportunities with a Debut Atlantic artist or alumni.
In partnership with Malpeque Bay Credit Union, PEI Kiwanis Music Festival Association and Debut Atlantic
Featuring The Ross Family Band and Storyteller David Weale
Come enjoy great food and local island favourite artists, including the Ross Family Band and storyteller David Weale and help support The Minkinduri Children of Hope. Food, Music and stories and all for a great cause.
What a great day to treat our own father’s, while helping families in Kenya. Proceeds will go Mikinduri Kenya projects. The Mikinduri Children of Hope mission is to help relieve the effects of poverty in Kenya by working with local leaders, churches, government agencies, self help groups and international partners with a number of incredible projects.
At the end of 2013, Rose Cousins reached a limit she didn’t know existed. Fearing burnout after years of constant touring, she made a deliberate decision, barring a select few shows, to stop touring and focus on other creative avenues.
Her goal was to connect with artists, writers, and producers to make songs in new ways, new sounds with new people, not knowing where they would go and not needing to. Her catalogue and perspective expanded, and in that time her new album, Natural Conclusion, was conceived.
A long time film photographer, she spent time shooting, developing film, and printing photos using the dark room at the NS School of Art and Design. She also held a deep desire to develop skills in co-writing, so she began in Nashville the fall of 2014. From then, and throughout the following year, she traveled to Los Angeles, Nashville, Toronto, Ireland, and Boston where her focused creative time yielded dozens of songs, photographs, relationships, and a much needed change of pace.
It is liberating to spend a year making music that isn’t billed for me as an artist. Some for film, TV, or even for someone else to sing. Freeing to walk into a room as a writer. To wake up, have a morning, meet people, make something that didn’t exist, and get to bed at a decent time. Read more books. Creating feels like a good use of my time and this is the first time I’ve ever allowed it to be my focus, counterintuitive considering songs are what my career is built on. Songs and photographs have always explained better, what I mean and how I feel.”
The Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord of J.S. Bach have been called “miracles of music”.
Juno Award- winning violinist Mark Fewer has performed around the world to critical acclaim in virtually every role asked for of a violinist, from the early Baroque to avant-garde. His varied career includes concert master of the Vancouver Symphony, performing in chamber music ensembles, arranging works for, and conducting I Musici de Montreal, recording, performing as a soloist with ensembles in Australia, Canada, USA and the UK, and teaching at McGill University.
Harpsichordist Hank Knox performs with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy and is a founding member of Montreal’s Arion Baroque Orchestra. He teaches Early Music at McGill University, and conducts the McGill Baroque Orchestra and Baroque operas. Hank Knox’s discography is extensive with over thirty recordings.
Presented in partnership with Island Stone Pub – Kensington Station; Music Newfoundland and Labrador.
Within the nine songs on their new album Time Enough, The Once offer some of the most vulnerable and honest material of their career. The up-tempo album opener, “I Can’t Live Without You,” reflects on women battling with self-image issues and offers wisened words to be the positive change in their own lives. The gritty guitar driven “Before The Fall” succumbs to the notion that we must accept our past and use those memories to grow. Riff rocker “Any Other Way” reflects the fact that true love accepts us at our worst but insists we do the work to be our best selves to keep it together.
On this, their fourth studio album, the band stays true to the root strength of their harmony driven sound, while extending the borders into fresh yet familiar territory. They craft a sonically understated, but emotionally fulsome sound that accomplishes what they’ve always done so well: stun listeners with what Amelia Curran calls “perfect vocal harmonies, thick enough to stand on.”