Music PEI Week impresses

Although January is not necessarily the time of year one would normally consider visiting the province of Prince Edward Island, I was invited to attend Music PEI Week and was thoroughly impressed with the music community on the Island.

Beginning January 17 and running through to the 22nd, Music Week culminated with a packed house show at The Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown. With live performances and PEI Award ceremonies, the evening closed with a memorable tribute to Snowbird composer Gene MacLellan and featured John Connolly, Meaghan Blanchard, Catherine MacLellan, Colette Cheverie, Katie McGarry, Scott Parsons and Rose Cousins among others.

Haunted Hearts were a crowd favourite, taking home four awards including Group of the Year. The country band also won Songwriter, Album and Best Country Recording of the year. A full list of the winners is available at MusicPEI.com.

Other highlights of the week included a show at the Le Centre Belle-Alliance in Summerside on Wednesday, a Bluebird North Songwriters’ Concert hosted by Dean McTaggart at Harmony House in Hunter River and Friday Night Live! at various Charlottetown clubs.

Charlottetown plays host to the Tournament of Hearts in February (if curling’s your thing) and the East Coast Music Awards April 13 to 17th.

You can’t beat the Island hospitality…no matter what time of year!

Photo: Music PEI Male Vocalist of the Year – John Connolly (by P.J. Stephen)

Richard Knechtel is a veteran singer-songwriter and the Artistic Director of Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival.

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