Printable brochure of 2019 lineup IRF19 Brochure
Digital copy of our 2019 Season IRF19 Program Final
“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!
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
Frank Leahy is a renaissance man of our time. He has performed with over 2000 symphony pops, original music theatre performances and live concerts all over the world. Frank Leahy performs on the late Don Messer’s violin, which was given to him by the Messer estate. Leahy created a full-length stage production “Don Messer’s Violin” which premiered on Prince Edward Island almost 20 years ago.