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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!
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.