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The PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls Returns for its Ninth Season
Charlottetown (For Immediate Release) – The PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls, a traditional music, dance and storytelling festival, returns to rural communities across Prince Edward Island from June 11 – 24th. Held annually in halls that cover the Island from tip-to-tip, this year’s festival will present over 50 cultural events in more than 40 community-based venues.
Lead-up events will warm up the audience before Festival alumni Dave Gunning and JP Cormier and others officially kick off the festival at the opening show on June 11 at St. Mary’s Church in Indian River alongside exceptional Island musicians, energetic dancers, and captivating storytellers. For two full weeks Islanders and visitors alike are invited to share in the love of music, dance and storytelling in traditional meeting places steeped with community significance and cultural heritage.
In addition to internationally touring artists from our own Island, a blend of world-class performers from across Canada and around the world will perform at this year’s festival, including Coig, The Once, The Press Gang, Tomato/Tomato, Steve Poltz, Charlie A’Court, William Prince, Port Cities, James Keelaghan, Cassie & Maggie MacDonald, Paul McKenna, the Mae Trio and the Barra MacNeils. This lineup of immeasurable talent is a perfect compliment to the community warmth felt from the Island’s rural halls.
A recent winner of the Music PEI 2017 award for Event of the Year, the PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls has added ten new venues to the festival’s lineup, including Knutsford Community Center, The West Point Harbourside Centre, The College of Piping, Moth Lane Brewery, Upstreet Craft Brewing, Solid Rock Café at First Baptist Church, Trinity United Church, St. Andrews United Church in Vernon Bridge, Vernon River Parish Hall, Cornerstone Baptist Church in Montague, and Roma at Three Rivers Pavilion – reaching wider audiences than ever before.
“A cultural experience like a Festival of Small Halls performance is a rare thing, valued equally by local residents and tourists alike. These intimate performance venues and outstanding artists capture the unique essence of Atlantic Canada’s musical heritage. The Government of Canada is pleased to support this year’s festival with a combined investment of $55,000 from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Canadian Heritage.”
– The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA, and the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
“Prince Edward Island has a surprisingly large number of successful musicians for a province of its size, and the PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls is the perfect way to showcase our Island talent while inviting everyone to enjoy rural communities throughout the province. This successful festival provides an important economic boost while celebrating our unique culture, our communities and our heritage. The Province is proud to support this tremendous event with $94,730 in funding from various departments for staffing and operations.”
– The Honourable Heath MacDonald, Minister of Economic Development and Tourism
Presented by Vector Aerospace, the PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls hosts a wide array of programs and activities that are made possible through the ongoing support of the federal and provincial governments along with our proud sponsors.
For the festival’s full schedule and ticket information, please visit smallhalls.com, call 1-877-478-2308, or visit the PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls’ box office in the Maypoint Plaza, located at 2-161 Maypoint Road, Charlottetown.
For more information contact:
Seb Burns, Marketing Manager, PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls, firstname.lastname@example.org, Ph: 902-892-2308
PEI MUTUAL FESTIVAL OF SMALL HALLS SEEKS VENUES for 2017
Charlottetown (For Immediate Release) – The PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls is currently seeking Expressions of Interest from community based rural halls to host components of the ninth annual PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls, to take place from June 11 to 24, 2017.
Recognized with awards and nominations as festival and event of the year since 2011, the festival mixes music and dance from PEI’s rich Irish, Scottish and Acadian cultures, along with the Island’s proud tradition of singer-songwriters and storytellers. As well, internationally renowned acts from around the world grace the stages of small intimate rural community spaces, making for magical performances from eastern to western PEI.
“The Festival brings exceptional shows to treasured places many Islanders have yet to discover. Our team is excited to kick off summer with a terrific network of keen halls across all of Prince Edward Island,” said Debbie Atkinson, Festival Manager for Small Halls Inc. “We work very closely with all venues to ensure an unparalleled experience for both performers and audiences.”
Small Halls staff and Board of Directors will be responsible for programming all stages, booking the performances, paying performers, providing travel and accommodations where necessary, marketing the festival and providing all production including technicians and stage management for the concerts.
“It is important to us to provide a high degree of cooperation with the community halls in order to provide an incomparable, cultural experience to our concert goers,” said Chad Stretch, Chair of the Board of Directors for Small Halls Inc., the organizer of the PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls. “Our staff will be available to work with hall volunteers and staff to answer questions and assist these venues in the rolling out of this fantastic event.”
The first PEI Festival of Small Halls was produced by Small Halls Inc. and presented in 2008. The event was an island-wide traditional music event held in 14 community halls across Prince Edward Island and on two Northumberland ferries. Since then, the annual Festival has grown to 42 in as many Island rural community venues in 2016, delighting attendees from all over North America. The festival brings together musicians, dancers, artists, traditional music fans, and community hall committees to celebrate exceptional music, storytelling, and dance in many small rural halls.
Executive Director of Small Halls Inc. Jennifer Campbell noted, “we are making every effort to make the halls aware of the application process, however if your community has a venue that you feel would be a good participant, please don’t hesitate to contact our office and we will make sure you receive the necessary documents and information.”
Expression of Interest documents (including criteria for hosting) and information on how to apply to participate in the festival are being distributed to small halls across PEI. If a community hall has not
received the information and instructions by email by December 30th, please visit www.smallhalls.com or contact the festival office by phone at 902-892-2308 or email email@example.com. Deadline for application forms is 5pm on January 20, 2017. It must be noted that the local organizing committee may not necessarily be a rural small hall, but can be an existing group with organizing experience, an adequate volunteer base, and the ability to utilize a local hall and fulfill the criteria outlined in the Expression of Interest document.
Schedules and ticket information for the 2017 festival will be announced in April.
For more information, contact:
Debbie Atkinson, PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls, 902-892-2308, firstname.lastname@example.org
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