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James Cecil of The Landing organizes a new event in Summerside

by Michael Nesbitt

Artists build strong relationships with their tools, and often hang onto them long after the devices have served their initial purpose or the artist has moved beyond their usefulness. Musicians are counted among those who ache to part with the gear that has seen them through their early years, development of skill and changes in style.

But what if that used gear could find new life, helping another musician tread the same path? Would it not rejoice to once again see the light of day outside that storage cupboard, and fairly sing to once more handle the notes its creator intended?

James Cecil thinks so, and has organized the PEI Musician’s Swap Meet for October 2 at the Veterans’ Convention Centre in Credit Union Place at Summerside to give used equipment that chance for new life.

A musician and owner of The Landing in Tyne Valley, Cecil encountered such an opportunity in Hawaii and thought it might be a good idea for the East Coast music community as well.

“A music store in Honolulu had a swap meet in their parking lot every year. People came from all over to attend, and it was a great success. I never failed to find something I was looking for,” he recalled.

A musicians’ swap meet is like a flea market for musicians, or those with an interest in playing or performing whether in small bands or big bands, for school music programs, in an orchestral arrangement or individually on a stool. Participants can buy, sell or trade used or vintage instruments, amps, PAs, effects pedals—anything related to “live” music applications.

These days, many people looking for equipment might turn to the internet, but there is a lack of interaction with that option, both with instruments and the artists who used them.

“It’s a good social opportunity to meet with the owners of the equipment and to network with musicians of all genres,” Cecil notes.

“It doesn’t hurt to make a little money, too, which can be turned around to buy something else of interest!”

The event takes place 12–6 pm and is designed for equipment associated with live music. Artists are invited to sell their own music as well. Cecil is willing to take consignment items—maximum 3 per seller—at a 15% commission, but knows that the real value is in connecting sellers and buyers directly.

Display tables are available at a cost of $5, while General Admission is $2. All proceeds, over costs of the event, support development of the new Prince County Blues Society.

Following the swap meet, a Saturday evening social is planned starting with an Open Mic (maybe some new-to-you equipment can get its first play), followed by live entertainment with The Blueprints.

Registration and information are available at 432-1234.

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