Acoustic Music Jam
An acoustic music jam takes place at Musical Village (Expo-Centre), Abram-Village, every Sunday from 2–8:30 pm. Doors open at 2 pm with small fee. Open-mic performers play 2:30–3 pm. Supper is served at 5 pm ($10). There is a door prize and 50 / 50 draw. 854-2324, 854-3457
Big Band Tuesdays: Charlottetown Jazz Ensemble
The Charlottetown Jazz Ensemble will perform their season finale April 18 at The Pourhouse (upstairs at the Old Triangle on Great George Street), Charlottetown. Now in its 21st year of operation, the 20-member Charlottetown Jazz Ensemble is PEI’s only community big band, performing an eclectic mix of contemporary charts and classic standards in addition to tunes composed or arranged by band members. The band boasts many of PEI’s busiest musicians ranging from UPEI music majors to professional musicians with decades of performing experience. Pourhouse concerts will begin at 7 pm and will be all-ages (with adult accompaniment). Meals will be available and doors will open at 6 for dining.
BIS Hall Sunday Concerts
Concerts are held every second Sunday in April at 2 pm at the Irish Cultural Centre, 582 North River Road, Charlottetown. Performers are Richard Wood & Gordon Belsher (April 2), The Chaisson Trio–Kevin Chaisson, Rannie MacLellan, Louise Chaisson MacKinnon (April 16), and Ward MacDonald, Keith Mullen & Friends (April 30). Admission at the door. Everyone is welcome. 566-3273
The monthly Ceilidh Concerts at the Bonshaw Hall will be held on April 30 (stormdate May 7) from 2–4 pm. Performers include: The Fair Deal Exchange group (Peter Webb–banjo, Katriona MacNeil–accordion, Thomas Kirkham–mandolin and bohran, Robert Pendergast–fiddle and harmonica, Billy Dean Dunsford–bass and vocals, and David Pendergast–guitar), singer/songwriters Andrea MacDonald and Gary Torlone, Andrea Corder (UPEI), dancer Briana Domenegato, Holland College SOPA graduate Destiny Best, plus regulars Herb MacDonald, Phil Pineau and Tony the Troubador (April 30). There will be 50/50 draw, lunch, and open stage time. Admission is by donation with proceeds going to the Bonshaw Hall. Everyone welcome. Accessible for smaller wheelchairs. 675-4093, Facebook page
Dunstaffnage Community Centre hosts a ceilidh on the first Sunday of the month featuring the house band Roadmasters—Ivor Price,Wayne Diamond, Theo Wiegers and Dave Moore and guest performers. Lunch is served. Admission is at the door.
Every Tuesday night from 8–11 pm a ceilidh will held at the Kings Playhouse, Georgetown. Evening includes dancing. Local musicians perform.
Got Blues Matinee
Got Blues Matinee every Saturday from 2:30–4:30 pm at The Factory Cookhouse. Hosted by Got Blues (Chris Roumbanis and friends Reg Ballagh & Mike Robicheau). Each week there is a special guest during the first set and the second set is an open electric blues jam. Featured guests: Etta James Tribute with singer Amanda Jackson, guitarist–harmonica Dale McKie, and drummer Josh Langille (April 1); singer–guitarist John Cain and drummer Matt Bridges (April 8); singer–guitarist–harmonica player Troy McArthur (April 15); singer–guitarist Brian Langille (April 22); and singer–guitarist Brian Pawley (April 29). thefactorycookhouse.com, 902-370-FOOD Follow on Facebook. 189 Kent Street, Charlottetown.
Groove with Jon Rehder at Haviland
Jon Rehder hosts music nights at The Haviland Club in Charlottetown each Wednesday. Jon performs the first set and an invited guest is on stage for the second set. Teresa Doyle will be the final guest of the season on March 29. Music starts at 7:30 pm. 2 Pownal St, Charlottetown. Music starts at 7:30 pm. 2 Pownal St, Charlottetown.
Island Jazz at Baba’s
In January 2017 the Island Jazz series celebrated a full year of weekly jazz shows at Baba’s Lounge in Charlottetown. The series features top local and regional musicians performing original music, standards, jazz, blues and pop favourites with a featured special guest artist, followed by an open jam session where anyone is welcome to join in. In 2015 owner Ryan Abdallah opened up Thursday nights at 8 pm for Island Jazz to become a weekly feature at Baba’s Lounge, and Island Jazz premiered January 7 with shows featuring Ian Toms, Sean Ferris, Deryl Gallant, Dan Rowswell, Ken Fornetran, Patrick Reid and Angela Sande. Island Jazz has showcased PEI artists like Jon Rehder, Jill Chandler, Salt Licks, Alan Dowling, Chris Field, Terry Hatty, Grahame Rhodes, Joey Kitsen, Andrew Waite, Glen Strickey, Teresa Doyle, Chas Guay, Spencer Soloduka, Sean Kemp, Kelley Mooney, Chris Corrigan, Brian Dunn, Dylan Menzie, Marlee Saulnier, Chris Martell, and national performers Joel Miller, Mike Downes, Chet and Jim Doxas, and Jake Hanlon. Curator Dan Rowswell has announced the series will continue to run every Thursday in 2017. Upcoming shows include: Peter Bevan-Baker trumpet (March 30), Bruce Rooney Rock Jazz (April 6), Paul Tynan NS trumpet (April 13), Ken Fornetran and Dan Rowswell (April 20), Ian Toms (April 27), Dennis Ellsworth w/ Alan Dowling (May 4). Donations at the door for the Island Jazz program are welcome. Baba’s is a licensed bar and admission is 19+. Happy hour drink discounts and food specials are available to 9 pm. Local musicians, students and music fans are encouraged to bring an instrument and join in the second set each Thursday night. For info visit IslandJazz on Facebook or call 902-388-6042.
Kelly’s Cross Ceilidhs
Ceilidhs take place in the Kelly’s Cross Hall the third Sunday of the month at 7 pm. Local musicians perform. Lunch is served. Rte 13
Lively Songs for Little People
The Music Man Mike Pendergast drop-in music shows for children. Each Tuesday at The Guild in Charlottetown and each Thursday at the Stratford Gym, Michael presents his interactive show “Lively Songs for Little People” at 10:45 am in both locations. Expect songs, dances, marches, and playful fun. A family rate is available. Shows run until spring.
Local Live Music Fridays from 6:30-8:30 pm. 98 Water St, Ch’town. 569-3343
Miscouche Acoustic Jam Group
Old Time Acoustic Jams
Old Triangle Sessions
A weekly traditional music session, with host fiddler Roy Johnstone, takes place Sundays from 2–5 pm at the Old Triangle Alehouse, Charlottetown. First hour is a slow session. Players welcome.
The Schooner Sessions are Thursdays 7 pm with players and dancers welcome to join in. 89 University Ave, Charlottetown.
April 14 will be a night filled with live music, warm candle light and food at The Thoughtful Squash. Headlining the evening is “dream pop princess” Emilee Sorrey with the newly formed Jon Williams Trio. The menu will be open and burgers will be flipping. Event begins at 7 pm with an entrance fee by donation. Regular Thoughtful Squash music: Fri 6:30–8:30 Ron Kelly or Bryson Guptil; Sun breakfast buffet w/ Jon Williams 11 am–2 pm; Sat nite dances with Derek the DJ. 119 Kent St, Ch’town. Doors open at 7 pm. 940-9665
Treble with Girls Winter Concerts
A Winter Fundraising Concert series, in support of the 21st Annual QEH/Eastlink Telethon, is hosted by Treble with Girls at 2 pm at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Hall, 151 Stratford Road every second Sunday. Performing are: Patrick Ledwell & Mark Haines (Apr 9), Ward MacDonald (Apr 23), Finale (May 7). Enjoy music, fun, laughter and surprises. There will be a 50/50 draw and homemade lunch. Find Treble with Girls Facebook page.
Village Musical Acadien Kitchen
Kitchen Party de cuisine takes place at 8:30 pm at Village musical acadian, Abram-Village on Saturdays. Adults only. 902-854-3300
Wally's Wednesday Night Kitchen Party
Wally's Wednesday Night Kitchen Party takes place every Wednesday evening from 8–11 pm at the Charlottetown Firefighter's Club, 89 Kent Street, Charlottetown. An evening of entertainment featuring classic country hosted by Wally Young. A light lunch will be provided and a 50/50 draw will take place. Free wifi available. Bring a friend and bring your instrument. March 29. Info: Wally, 902-213-3493, Facebook @Wednesdaykitchenparty