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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”.
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 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.
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.
As a tribute to Leonard Bernstein, the sensational Venuti String Quartet delves into jazz influenced music that inspires them: Balkan Gypsy music, Ravel’s String Quartet, jazz improvisation. Critics praise the compositions and arrangements by the group’s renowned jazz violinist Drew Jurecka and “superstar” violinist Rebekah Wolkstein.
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.
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.