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Best voice
Olivia Barnes places first at 2018 National Music Festival

This summer Olivia Barnes took 1st place in Voice at the 2018 National Music Festival in Sackville, NB. 

Olivia says, “It’s such an honour to win a Canadian title.  It’s crazy to think of all the different people who have worked so hard to help me on this path. So many teachers, accompanists and volunteers work tirelessly to
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Music industry in PEI “Turns it up to Eleven”

Prince Edward Island’s music industry has been growing steadily thanks to training, marketing, networking, and export programming offered through Music PEI. From September 24–26, the organization is hosting Showcase PEI 2018, a conference focused on connecting musicians to export and international performance opportunities. The Government of Canada understands the wide reaching economic benefits
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Islanders nominated for Canadian Folk Music Awards

The Canadian Folk Music Awards take place November 30–December 1 in Calgary, Alberta. PEI nominees are: Children’s Album Of The Year nominee Grand tintamarre! Chansons et comptines acadiennes par/by Joseph Edgar, Lisa LeBlanc, Robin-Joël Cool, Wanabi Farmeur, Vishtèn, Caroline Savoie, Édith Butler; Contemporary Singer Of The Year nominees Catherine MacLellan for If It’s Alright With You: The Songs
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Destiny Best

Destiny Best
Release date on World Suicide Prevention Day

Local singer/songwriter Destiny Best is tapping into her personal experiences with her debut single, "I Choose to Live," in which she talks about her struggles as an adolescent.

Destiny partnered with producer Jon Matthews to record the song, which is about her experiences as a teenager living with domestic abuse and depression, which led to thoughts of
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Luminos Ensemble

2018-2019 season

PEI’s professional chamber choir, Luminos Ensemble, will perform a concert titled “Shoulda Been Choral” on September 30 at 2:30 pm, at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 101 Prince St., Charlottetown.

Shoulda Been Choral is an eclectic program of works that were not originally composed for voices, but that perhaps should have been. Program highlights include Samuel Barber’s Agnus Dei
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Rager

Rager
Aron Scott Earthquake

Aron Scott Earthquake have announced the full release of their second album entitled Rager, available both on CD and all streaming platforms.

Rager is a call to arms for rock n roll. It’s about bringing back the spirit of big rock and having fun. Forget your troubles, forget the Trumps, forget the news and the pollution and that jerk at work and your bank account and the
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Unbroken

Unbroken
Richard Wood

“Wood has compiled a solid body of work over the course of his career, but Unbroken tops everything that came before. Yes, it’s really that good.”—Doug Gallant, Charlottetown Guardian

Prince Edward Island fiddler Richard Wood’s long awaited new CD Unbroken is a diverse collection of traditional Celtic fiddling along with original compositions that stretch the envelope of that genre.
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Meet Sara Austin

Meet Sara Austin
Talking Bands

by Evan James Ceretti

You might recognize Sara Austin’s catchy number, “I’d Like To,” from Hop Yard’s vinyl compilation The Taproom Anthology, which features 11 other local artists and bands. 

Sara had been recording with Colin Buchanan at The Hill Sound Studios when he was asked if he could suggest any great artists for the compilation, and he said Sara Austin.

Sara is
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Messiaen quartet

Messiaen quartet
Performed by King, Graves, Williams-Calhoun and Simon

For classical music aficionados, the UPEI Department of Music’s Clarinet Spectrum Series will present one of the seminal avant garde works of the 20th century—Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time”—on September 8 at 8 pm at the Dr. Steel Recital Hall, UPEI, Charlottetown. 

Jennifer King, among the most sought after collaborative
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Josh Ellis is new ED for Small Halls Inc.

Josh Ellis is new ED for Small Halls Inc.

The Board of Directors of Small Halls Inc., the not for profit organization which produces the annual PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls, has announced that Josh Ellis has been selected as the new Executive Director and will begin his duties in September.

Ellis has been part of the Island business and entertainment community for many years; his role as frontman of ECMA-winning Grass Mountain
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