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Gadelle Debut

Gadelle Debut

Named from an old-fashioned Acadian word with connotations of a feisty female, Gadelle is an all-female quartet which performs traditional French-Acadian music. They will be making their Charlottetown Festival debut in the Confederation Centre’s new performance space, Studio 2.

Comprised of Hélène Bergeron and Louise Arsenault, former members the group Barachois, with Caroline Bernard and
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Gordie Sampson

Gordie Sampson
Grammy-award winning songwriter on Confed Mainstage

Known for writing massive hits for country superstars, engineering tracks for the likes of Damhnait Doyle and Natalie MacMaster and performing onstage with Keith Urban and Faith Hill, Gordie Sampson will be taking the Mainstage of the Confederation Centre by storm as part of the Confederation Bridge Concert Series.

The multiple Juno and Grammy
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Jazz Artists Booked

Jazz Artists Booked

Two of Canada’s top jazz artists have been added to the roster of the TD Canada Trust PEI Jazz and Blues Festival, to be held in downtown Charlottetown.

Guido Basso has appeared on hundreds of recordings with such luminaries as Buddy Rich, Oliver Jones and Diana Krall. Basso, a member of the Order of Canada, may be best known as the featured soloist on thirty Boss Brass recordings. He has played
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John and Jenet

John and Jenet
The Clements lead the Singing Strings into thirty-first year

Meet the Mentors
by Nina Linton

When John Clement retired from teaching he wasn’t exactly sure what he was going to do as he stared down the blank stretch of years in front of him. However, the longtime music teacher didn’t have long to think after his music students wouldn’t let him resign from their lives.

John Clement and his wife
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New ECMA Exec

New ECMA Exec

The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) has announced that Su Hutchinson has accepted the role of Executive Director with the Association.

Hutchinson is from Waterloo, Ontario, and has worked for Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre, The Writers’ Trust of Canada, and Soulpepper Theatre Company. She is currently the general manager of Quinlan Road Limited—Loreena McKennitt’s independent record label.

The
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Nudie and Naked

Nudie and Naked

When Nudie and the Turks arrived in Ontario on their recent spring tour, the talent booker of Toronto’s uber hip Dakota nightclub informed them they’d have an opening act—The Scarborough Bluffs a.k.a. The Barenaked Ladies. They were trying out new material for their new record, their first since founder Stephen Page left the group. “They and their crew treated us really well … I guess since they
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Opera Geeks

Opera Geeks

In Her Own Write
by Ann Thurlow

I don’t know why it should be so remarkable that young people love opera. After all, opera’s stories are often their stories—like young Madame Butterfly who falls for the wrong guy or the heroes a La Bohème who just want to live for art and can’t pay the rent.

But I am impressed by the enthusiasm of the two self-confessed opera geeks—ages 21 and 23—who are sitting
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Ovation Wins Top Women’s Barbershop Quartet Honours

Ovation Wins Top Women’s Barbershop Quartet Honours

Ovation is currently the championship women’s barbershop quartet in the Atlantic Provinces having recently won the Harmony Inc. Regional Contest. Quartets from each of the Atlantic Provinces were represented at that contest. Ovation was the only quartet representing Prince Edward Island this year and is the first quartet from the Island ever to win the title. This a cappela group sing a variety
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Pleasures of Playing

Pleasures of Playing
The Wannabeez

Got You Covered
by Heather Roberts

If you want a band for your wedding or party that really cares if your having a good time, that will tailor their music to your taste, hire the Wannabeez. The Wannabeez are a cover trio with vocals by Richie Bulger and Brian Langille (currently a music teacher at Englewood School), held together by the drum beat of Carl Cormier.

In the past they
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Rolling On at Rollo Bay

Rolling On at Rollo Bay

Country Prose
by Charlie Hansen

This time every year the Bluegrass Festival season rolls around and this year is no different. The PEI Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival is happening at the Festival Grounds in Rollo Bay.

This year’s lineup of talent is second to none. The weekend headliners are Junior Sisk and Rambler’s Choice from Virginia, Summertown Road from Kentucky, and a young family
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