PEI – Music Festivals 2010
PEI is alive with the sounds of music – from traditional fiddle music to Celtic tunes to modern country as well as jazz and other genres. PEI has music events and festivals for everyone’s enjoyment. The annual Cavendish Beach Music Festival is a huge event that draws big-ticket names.
Popular country singers, Keith Urban and Taylor Swift, are headliners at the 2010 Cavendish Music Festival (July 7-July 11). The line-up includes an impressive list of music stars – Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Emerson Drive, Victoria Banks, the Road Hammers, Collin Raye, Greg Hanna – and many more musicians.
‘ECMA at the Beach’ will be kicking off this year’s Cavendish Beach Music Festival with a day of entertainment featuring six of the maritime region’s best ECMA acts including Ashley MacIsaac, Terry Kelly, Slowcoaster, Barra MacNeils, Christina Martin, and Madison Violet.
The Indian River Festival (July 2-August 29) takes place at the magnificent St. Mary’s Church in Indian River. This festival runs for the entire summer with concerts of classical jazz, choral and maritime music, and much more. The Ceilidh at the Irish Hall begins in May.
As well, 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of the PEI Bluegrass & Old Time Music Festival (July 2-July 4) in Rollo Bay. The Kings Playhouse Theatre, one of Canada’s longest running theatres, is the entertainment centre of eastern Prince Edward Island. Summer events will include the talents of local and international musicians and storytellers as well as theatrical plays and much more entertainment.
Melodies and tunes always resonate through this picturesque island. The TD Trust PEI Jazz & Blues Festival takes place in autumn from September 23-September 26. Exposition Agricole et Le Festival Acadien de la R?Ã¯Â¿Â½gion Evang?Ã¯Â¿Â½line, held in Abram Village (September 2- September 5, 2010), celebrates “everything Acadian’ including fiddling and step-dancing and talent contests.
The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada is the only year-round institution of its kind in North America. This event celebrates the Celtic culture. The College has developed a world-class reputation for its programs in HighlandAÃ¯Â¿Â½bagpiping and dancing, Island step-dancing, and snare drumming.
During July and August, the College puts off ‘Highland Storm’ – a summer stage production. The Highland Storm Festival runs throughout the summer from July 1-August 31. This music festival is an all-new production of Celtic music and dance.During the day, visitors can tour the tour the College facility, browse in the gift shop, attend a mini-concert, or even take a class.
As well, Harbourfront Theatre, a cozy 520-seat professional theatre, on the Summerside waterfront, offers yearlong entertainment with music, song, and dance. Summer 2010 will featureAÃ¯Â¿Â½renowned touring artists and authentic Maritime entertainers. The Harbourfront Theatre is big enough to hold major productions but still intimate enough for everyone to have an enjoyable evening.
When visitors come to Prince Edward Island to enjoy the music, they will find a variety of comfortable accommodations. From luxury hotel suites to PEI cottages to Bed and Breakfasts, there is a place for everyone on this “Gentle Island.”