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Nathan Wiley

Nathan Wiley — BanditsPrince Edward Island’s Nathan Wiley returns with a new EP Bandits, available July 25. With Bandits, Nathan releases new music for the first time in eight years. The six-song EP, Bandits, is available exclusively on Apple Music.

“Bandits was recorded over a period of a few years, so the songs come from all over the place,” says Nathan. “Because those particular songs are all sitting together on one recording, I started thinking of them as little bandit songs, hence the title.

“Some of these songs I've been playing live for a few years, changing them up, trying new clothes on them to get a feel for how they want to be recorded and some of the songs were just written and recorded in a few days.”

Bandits was recorded by Nathan Wiley and Greg Mountain at The Nest Recording Studio in Summerside, PE. The EP was mixed by Dale Murray (The Guthries, Christina Martin) and mastered by J. LaPointe at Archive Mastering.

Heartbreaker Of The Year

Whitney Rose

Whitney Rose — Heartbreaker of the YearOut now via Cameron House Records, Heartbreaker Of The Year, is the new record from Whitney Rose. Supporting the album, the Prince Edward Island artist has been hitting the road for the last two months to the west coast and back including a recent run with The Mavericks in southern Ontario. She performed at Cavendish Beach Music Festival in July.

Heartbreaker Of The Year was produced by Raul Malo (Mavericks), who was so impressed by Rose that he decided to sing and play on the album. “I love this record,” says Malo. “I’m honoured to have played a part in the making of it. The songs are so strong no one could ruin them…not even me.”

Recorded in four days at Revolution Studios in Toronto the album also features Jay Weaver (Mavericks, Dolly Parton) on bass, Nichol Robertson (Devin Cuddy Band) on guitars, Jerry Dale McFadden (Mavericks) on keys, Paul Deakin (Mavericks) on drums, Burke Carroll on pedal steel, and Drew Jurecka on strings. Learning the songs on the spot, the band came through with a spontaneous recording that brings Rose’s vocals and lyrical content to the spotlight. Heartbreaker Of The Year was mixed at Capitol Records by Niko Bolas, mastered by: Rob Vosgien and engineered by Guillermo Subauste.

Josh the Killer EP

Rapper JTK

Rapper JTK  — Josh the Killer EPLocal rapper Josh Okorie, known as “Josh the Killer” or JTK, is about to launch his debut CD. It comes after positive response to the release of his first two songs: “Lately” is a tribute to his ex-university UPEI and “Smile” is a heart-warming track which has a positive message as the name implies.

According to JTK, the album is simply an introduction of his personality; a reflection of himself, captured in the form of sound recording, and made available for the world to hear. Josh notes that his moniker “killer” refers to the ability of music to overwhelm you with emotion. He hopes that this will happen when you listen to his work. If you like urban/hip-hop music, you’ll want to check him out at or


Tian Wigmore

Tian Wigmore — WarhorsesOver the last 11 years Tian Wigmore has served as a touring guitarist and backing vocalist for Canadian artists such as Big Sugar, The Trews, Tim Chaisson, In Flight Safety, and Andy Brown.

“Over this time,” says Tian, “I have learned so much from these incredible musicians. But after 11 years as a side man, something was missing. I needed a platform of my own. A place to vocalize my personal experiences. Not to compete with the career that I had already established, but to compliment it. As a result, I began to write and record an EP, and Warhorses was born.”

The word “Warhorses” embodies power, relentlessness, determination, and hope notes Tian. “And although these are all positive things, the word still manages to project an overall darkness. This is how I would describe the 6 songs that are on this self-titled EP. Each one tends to reflect on the darker side of human nature and the hardships faced in day to day life; but in the end, they are framed with a sense of hope and optimism,” explains Tian.

Four musical voices are heard on the CD. “The result is an authoritative brand of ‘Hard-Edged’ folk music that I am really excited to share,” says Tian.

The recording process was carried out primarily in a bedroom studio, using rice and guitar cases for percussion. The album itself is a 6 song EP of original material by Tian. It was produced by Chris Corrigan and features Chris on guitar, Remi Arsenault on bass, Nat Lamoureux on drums, and Tian on vocals and guitar.

The album launch will take place at Sportsmans Club, 175 Great George St, Charlottetown, on August 27. Doors will open at 8 pm and the show will start at 9 pm. Another band (tba) will join Tian’s band on the bill. Once released, the album will be available at Back Alley Music, as well as online at CD Baby and ITunes.

Keys to the Show

Johnny Ross

PEI piano player Johnny Ross has just released his debut solo album, Keys to the Show. The CD features 17 tracks which combine roots-traditional, country, and swing influences.

Original compositions by Ross include the Celtic-modeled “Ian’s Jig” and “Rattlebury Jig,” as well as “Elaine’s Waltz—an uplifting melody with a honky-tonk flavour. “Groovin’ on the Row” is a funky, bluesy number inspired by a stroll on Charlottetown’s Victoria Row, while “Call to the Shore” is an airy, reflective piece. Cover tunes range from an energetic rendition of Hank Williams’ “Jambalaya,” to the jazz standard “It Had to Be You” and the traditional “St. Anne’s Reel.”

Accompaniment is provided by Reg Ballagh on drums and Stephanie Ross on guitar. Keys to the Show was produced by Stephanie Ross and Johnny Ross, recorded/mixed by Scott White at Snackbar Productions, Norboro, PEI, and mastered by J. LaPointe at Archive Mastering, Mineville, NS. Album graphic design by Maggie Lillo. Photographers are Darrell Theriault, Lorne Miller, Christine Paulson, Elizabeth Peters.

The album is available at the Ross Family Ceilidh in Stanley Bridge, Dunes n’ Tunes in Brackley Beach, Back Alley Music in Charlottetown and at Ross’ live shows.

Fair Country

Al Tuck

Al Tuck — Fair CountryFair Country is the ninth studio recording from Summerside-born singer Al Tuck. The basic tracks were recorded live off the floor in July of last year with a number of Toronto-based musicians, by recording engineer Aaron Comeau.

Additional sessions back home on PEI were manned by engineers Adam Gallant and Mark Geddes .On several tracks, mother and daughter team Leona and Elise Carmichael contributed backup vocals, as did Billy MacInnis his fiddle.

The album consists of originals, co-writes and covers. Among the original songs, of note is Al’s own version of, which was a CFCY radio hit last year in the hands of Nudie. The song Island Dreamer would seem to have a life ahead of it too, somewhere in radio land.

Four songs Al co-wrote with Albertan pen-pal Alex Rettie. Rettie wrote the lyrics, Tuck composed the music. Two are rockers, and two are country weepers. Among these, the most popular to date, according to Al, is “Stop Hittin’ On Louise.”

Additionally, songs interpreted by Al Tuck on Fair Country include those written by (or associated with) Stompin’ Tom Connors (To It And At It), Rita MacNeil (Fly Right On By), George Jones (Feeling Single, Seeing Double) and Willie Nelson (Always On My Mind).

There are plans for a vinyl release, but for now the album exists in the form of an attractive matchbox, with download code within. These can be ordered through bandcamp ( releases) or purchased physically as supplies permit at Back Alley Discs in Charlottetown.

Al Tuck’s previous album was long-listed for a Polaris prize and nominated for a PEI Music Award, and his new offering Fair Country has already been declared “record of the week” by Toronto’s Now Weekly, which gave the album a 5 star review.

Thick As Thieves


Thick As Thieves – SORREYNew Charlottetown-based group SORREY is set to unveil their first six song EP, entitled Thick As Thieves.

The group describes their sound as “a carbonated mix of dream pop, creating sweet, airy melodies to wash over crisp performances…drifting lo-fi guitars and electro synth hooks through sun-soaked soundscapes.”

The band is led by singer and guitarist Emilee Sorrey and delivers an unapologetic reminder of how the heart pulses strongly during our fading romances.

SORREY layer analog synthesizers, nylon-string guitars and vintage drum machines, all borrowed from sentimental 80s records, to cultivate an EP that they say they hope is uniquely stylish and contemporary.

Island producer and multi-instrumentalist Colin Buchanan (Paper Lions) is Emilee Sorrey’s creative collaborator. They are joined by Charlottetown scene notables Willow Bell (keys), Thayne Campbell (drums) and Andrew Murray (guitar).

The EP was recorded, mixed and mastered by Buchanan at the Hill Sound Studio in Charlottetown, PEI.

Thick As Thieves will be available on cassette at the July 25 release party show at Baba’s Lounge in Charlottetown and can be streamed on beginning July 21.

Quiet Your Mind

Trish MacAulay

Trish MacAulay – Quiet Your MindSinger-songwriter Trish MacAulay will release her debut album Quiet Your Mind July 28 at 7 pm at Bedeque Museum, 905 Callbeck Street, Central Bedeque.

Quiet Your Mind is comprised of original works by Summerside native Trish MacAulay and encompasses music about self-love through marriage, divorce, religion and sexual identity. MacAulay says that she thinks of her guitar like a percussion instrument; percussive folk best describes her genre. Her tells us her style has been compared to The Indigo Girls, Joni Mitchell, Ani Difranco and The Mountain Goats. Trish will be accompanied by fellow Summerside natives for the album launch—Krista Bryson on percussion and Daniel Bay on bass.

The album was recorded and produced by Toronto songwriter, musician and producer Dinah Thorpe at Panic Room Studio in Toronto. Thorpe has been called “one of the best voices we’ve heard in the twenty-first century” and she brings her style and vocals to the recording and producing of Quiet Your Mind. The project was mastered by Reuben Ghose, Mojito mastering in Toronto. Ghose has mastered recordings for such artists as David Myles, Joshua VanTassel, and Gypsophilia.

Artists on the album include: Trish MacAulay (voice, piano, guitar, percussion); Dinah Thorpe and Margaux Ross (harmonies) and bass by Toronto musician Jordan B. Wright.

Quiet Your Mind is currently available on iTunes or visit

The Women All Were Dancing

Peter Richards

Peter Richards – The Women All Were DancingThis 10-song album began as a spare-time home recording project by Peter Richards (also known as the Buzz editor). Inspiration for the project came from one of those Island country kitchen parties where all the women present decided that it was time to crank up the stereo and dance non-stop for several hours. 

Following that party, and over the next few years, guitar bits and pieces gradually formed into grooves and then into songs. Next melodies were applied and lyrics laid on. Drummers were hired and recorded which left only one challenge to meet—the vocals. The solution chosen was to invite Island singers to come into a studio and sing a song. Fortunately almost everyone asked agreed and the project now featured vocal tracks by some great PEI voices, including John Connolly, Meaghan Blanchard, Amanda Jackson, Chastity Smith, Nudie, Mike Mooney, and Tim MacPherson. Alicia Altass and Bonnie LeClair were recruited to add background harmonies. Peter kept a couple of songs for himself to sing. 

By now the project was a co-production with David Rashed in his Studio At The Guild in Charlottetown. Over the past year the album has been edited and mixed by David with mastering by Phil Demetro at Lacquer Channel in Toronto. Drummers Rich Knox and Kirk White were recorded by Jon Matthews at The Sound Mill. Matt Bridges recorded his drum track at The Studio At the Guild. Additional percussion was provided by Lachy and Sean Kilbride (from his Drumstudio in Toronto). Todd MacLean contributed a tasty alto sax solo.

The album will be performed live at the launch party on June 13 at The Pourhouse in Charlottetown. Doors open at 8 pm and music starts at 9. More Soul will play for the after party. All are welcome.

After the launch the album will be available for download or CD purchase from Bandcamp (details being finalized at press time). But copies are already available at Back Alley Music and Real Instruments or by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Mkull Rapper Mkull has released his self-titled debut demo through Act of War Records.

Mkull is a local Charlottetown rapper who began rapping when he was 15 years old. He says that he was inspired by seeing the McDonalds® drive-through rap on youtube and decided to write his own rap inspired by Tim Hortons. He says that he performed the rap for a number of people in Charlottetown including Danny Murphy, an owner of Tim Hortons franchises.

Mkull was offered recording time in Montreal but had to turn it down to focus on his schooling. During his high school years Mkull released CDs of himself rapping to friends. And he came up with his stage name. “It was how my younger sister pronounced my name as a baby,” says Mkull.

Already making himself known in the PEI rap community, Mkull has done battle rapping against local Charlottetown rapper Cavy a few years ago, and has appeared on a track with east coast rapper MDB. “Yeah it was a huge thrill to record a song with MDB,” Mkull recalls.

Mkull describes his music as having a clean style with hard hitting and emotional content and lyrics. He is currently working on a music video for the debut track, “Cope,” off his new demo. The demo was released in mid-May through Act Of War Records.

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