by Laura Feeney
This year’s East Coast Music Week is getting underway in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and the line-up is fantastic!
So what’s an island resident like myself planning to check out? To be honest, I’ll be playing this one by ear – one of the advantages of most venues being within a five block radius! Here’s a list of ten must see events from April 2-6, 2014.
Get a head start to your ECMW at the Soundwave Program at the Stratford Town Hall – a battle of the bands featuring PEI’s own Ian Sherwood, Chelsea Amber, Irish Mayhem, Acres and Acres, and Coyote.
If you can get the afternoon off, the Delta Ball Room looks like the place to be – Maeghan Blanchard, Samantha Robichaud, Andy Brown, Dennis Ellsworth, The Barra MacNeils, and Paper Lions – what an afternoon!
Thursday night at the Rodd Charlottetown is the place to catch all sorts of new talent starting with the RBC Break Out Stage and continuing late into the evening with the Slaight Rising Star Showcase. This will surely be a great spot to check out the rising stars of East Coast Music!
If you miss PEI favourites Paper Lions in the afternoon, you can catch them at the Hunter’s Ale House Pop/Rock Stage. The line-up also features Heather Green, Carleton Stone, Kyle Mischieck, and Lina Boudreau.
The Delta Lobby is the place to be from 4-7 Thursday through Saturday. Roland Member Lounge will feature quick acoustic sets from some of the best talent that the East Coast has to offer. Check out http://spincount.tumblr.com/ for the line-up.
The PEI Brewing Company has announced such an exciting line-up for their Pop Stage: Rich Aucoin, North Lakes, Mardeen, Nudie, and Dylan Menzie. It sounds like such a blast!
For a more relaxed Friday night, the Guild has two fabulous songwriters circles: John Macphee (of Paper Lions), Meaghan Blanchard, Tim Chaisson, Catherine MacLellan, and Irish Mythen; followed by Fraser MacCallum (of Racoon Bandit), Katie McGarry, Dennis Ellsworth, Ashley Condon, and Dylan Menzie.
And so much more – the venues for each province will be opening up, the Roots Room, Jazz and Blues Stage, AmeriCanada Stage, and much more – there really is something for everyone!
Acadian Kitchen Party anyone? Starting at 1 pm, you can catch Karine Gallant, Caroline Bernard, Ten Strings and a Goatskin, and Ronald Bourgeois at the Orange Lunchbox. I can’t wait for this one – the Lunchbox is also home to some of the tastiest food in Charlottetown!
And what about Saturday night? Again, there will be a lot going on – I’m looking at the Roots Stage line-up for some folk music, and hoping to check out the amazing Nova Scotian line-up at the Old Triangle, but who knows where the night will take me. I do hope to catch SoHo Ghetto and the Tom Fun Orchestra!
And what about late night plans? The Rap/Hip Hop/ Electronic Stage at Hunter’s Ale House may be the place to be. In Dreams will start things off at 12:30, followed by what’s sure to be an enthusiastic line-up of upbeat music that’s sure to keep the party going until way past my bedtime!
Wow – this week is looking fantastic! I hope to see you at ECMW2014!