Awards Gala, concerts, shows, parties and more
Credit Union Music PEI Week is an opportunity to showcase and celebrate Island musical artists and their accomplishments. It is the largest annual celebration of PEI’s music community. For the 18th year, Island artists and music industry professionals will be celebrated with the Music PEI Awards. The five-day festival will run from January 23–27 and will celebrate the best of Island music with shows at various venues featuring many of the 2019 Music PEI Award nominees and several special guests.
The full lineup of events taking place for the 2019 Credit Union Music PEI Week is as follows:
Kick-off Party at The Guild will start things off January 23 at 7 pm. There will be a mixer with refreshments and snacks in the gallery, along with special performances from 2018 Music PEI Award winners Catherine MacLellan, Alicia Toner and Tara MacLean to help usher in the 2019 event. Following the kick-off, Emilee Sorrey will host the Music PEI Open Mic Takeover at Baba’s Lounge, beginning at 9:30 pm.
January 24 brings the return of the perennial favourite SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Concert. Taking place at 7:30 pm at St. Paul’s Church and hosted by Matt Rainnie, nominees Dennis Ellsworth, Dylan Menzie, Lennie Gallant, Meaghan Blanchard and Rachel Beck will perform in an intimate Songwriters’ Circle sprinkled with interviews by Rainnie. The 2019 Music PEI SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Award will be presented at the end of the evening. At 11 pm, stop by Baba’s Lounge to check out Baba’s Island Flow featuring nominees BT Flow, Eric Broadbent, Vince the Messenger, Cavy & Skitsipslow, and Russell Louder.
On January 25, Credit Union Music PEI Week features two different shows in two different cities. In Charlottetown, head to The Pourhouse at 7:30 pm for Deep Roots at The Pourhouse, featuring nominees in the roots and country genres, including Richard Wood, Cailyn MacAulay, Emerald Junction, Kelley Mooney, Lawrence Maxwell and Todd MacLean. In Summerside, check out the high energy show Music on Tap at Evermoore, a terrific opportunity to check out the city’s new brewery. Little Cities and Dylan Menzie will be performing and the show begins at 9:30 pm.
On January 26, Music Mosaic returns to The Guild for a concert at 1:30 pm, a multicultural celebration in partnership with the Congrès mondial acadien. Bringing you a blend of traditional, Acadian and world music, this show will feature Fayo, Arsenault Trio, Adrienne Gallant, The SOPA World Music Ensemble, and Josh Obembe. There is a student discount on Music Mosaic tickets, and the show is free to attend for children 12 years old and under.
In the evening, warm up with Songs For a Winter’s Night, beginning at 8 pm at The Guild, with performances by nominees Jenni & The Hummingbird, Andrew Waite, Dennis Ellsworth, and Island Jazz featuring Grahame Rhodes. For a late night show, Red Dirt Rock hits the stage at 10:30 pm at Hunter’s Ale House with an exciting lineup of many of this year’s Rock/Loud Recording of the Year nominees, including Will Allen, Rick Sparkes, Little Cities, Aron Scott Earthquake, and Death Valley Driver.
On January 27, Music PEI will host the Awards Party for the 2019 Music PEI Award nominees at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel. This invitation-only music industry get-together allows the nominees and guests an opportunity to celebrate each other.
The festival will come to a close on the evening of January 27 with the festival finale, Winter Tales, hosted by Lennie Gallant at 7:30 pm at Florence Simmons Performance Hall and will include live performances by top nominees Rachel Beck, Jenni and the Hummingbird, and Meaghan Blanchard. This show will be an exciting finish to a week of celebrating our own Island music.
Tickets: www.ticketpro.ca, 1-888-311-9090.
Listen to a playlist of the nominees here.