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June 6, 2013 - Thank you to our sponsors

Let's take a moment to thank all of our sponsors for making the PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls possible.

We would like to give a big thank you to PEI Mutual Insurance for being our new title sponsor this year. The staff gathered in their board room to give us some enthusiastic support for the Festival this year. Mutual

May 30, 2013 - Community Dinners

Join us for a bite to eat before the shows at our Community Dinners! Throughout the week of the festival, some of our halls and participating restaurants will be serving up some tasty eats.  

May 28, 2013 - Funnyman Lorne Elliott to headline the Storytelling Series!

The PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls is pleased to announce its lineup of unique storytelling shows this festival season.  Headlined by renowned storyteller and musician, Lorne Elliott,  the festival welcomes back veteran storytellers Patrick Ledwell, Erskine Smith, Margie Carmichael and David Weale, along with new sure-to-be Island favorites, Hon. Marion Reid and Alan Buchanan.   With their captivating traditional tales and flair for local humor, these storytellers will round off the festival’s programming in nine charming halls across the Island from June 13 – 23, 2013!   The Storytelling Series features three distinct show formats with different performers in each of the nine shows.   Audiences will enjoy multiple storytelling performances without ever seeing the same show twice!    Our original “Tunes and Tales” will present the festival’s unique storytelling format where a storyteller is paired with a fiddler for a lively evening of entertainment.  Returning for the second year, “Story and Song” shows will focus on tales from our storytellers as well as the stories behind the songs performed by talented singer-songwriters.   New to 2013, the festival will also include a “Campaign Tales” show where the Hon. Marion Reid and Alan Buchanan will reminisce with amusing tales of their campaign adventures on PEI.   Tickets for the Storytelling Series shows are $20 and now on sale through the festival Box Office or Ticketpro, along with ticket for all music shows.   To access complete schedule information and ticket purchase details for the 2013 PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls, please visit our website at www.smallhalls.com or call our Festival Box Office at (902) 892-2308.

May 15, 2013 - PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls announces more great acts for June concert series

The PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls is excited to announce more great musical acts for the 2013 festival. Tickets are now on sale for the Fifth Anniversary of the Festival, which runs from June 13th to the 23rd in many of the Island’s most charming halls.  Additional acts, as well as the Late Nights and Storytelling Series, will be announced in the coming weeks.

  The ECMA-nominated Festival kicks off in Indian River on June 13th with an all-star lineup featuring BBC Radio Two 2012’s Musician of the year, Tim Edey from Ireland, local favorite quartet, Saddle River String Band, U.S. master fiddler and legend Frank Ferrel, three-time ECMA winner and blues rocker, Charlie A’Court, and many of the Island’s fantastic dancers.   Other headlining acts in the opening weekend include Juno award winner and Prairie Oyster front man Russell deCarle, two-time ECMA Country Recording of the Year recipients The Divorcees, toe-tapping Acadian trio Vishtèn, and many other exciting artists. Concerts presented in the first weekend also consist of an Up Close show with funnyman Lorne Elliott, the Eastern and Western Fiddle Summits featuring Ivan Hicks, Samantha Robichaud and more, an intimate Songwriters’ Circle hosted by deCarle, followed by more than a dozen more shows throughout the week, including a tribute show to honor the passing of two musical greats, Stompin’ Tom Connors and Rita MacNeil.   The Fifth Anniversary Finale takes place on June 23rd in Dundas and boasts an impressive lineup featuring two-time ECMA winner Troy MacGillivray, folk singer-songwriter Dave Gunning, ECMA-nominated festival favorite, The Once, and celebrated Island fiddler, Richard Wood.   The festival is thrilled to partner with new gold level sponsors PEI Mutual Insurance, Vector Aerospace, CFCY, ADL and PE Aqua Farms for this year’s edition.   For the current schedule and ticket information for the 2013 Festival please visit www.smallhalls.com, call 902-892-2308 or visit the Small Halls Box Office at 61 Capital Drive, above National Music in Charlottetown.   Additional line-up information will be released in the coming week.   PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls programs and activities are made possible through the ongoing support of the Provincial Department of Tourism and Culture and the Department of Rural Development as well as ACOA, and Island Fusion.

May 6, 2013 - Exclusive 5-Hall 5th Anniversary Pass Now on Sale

The PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls is back! Celebrating its fifth anniversary of traditional music, dance and storytelling, this exceptional Island festival will be taking over local halls across the island from June 13th until the 23rd.

Unique to this celebration the Festival box office is offering a limited number of special 5-Hall Fifth Anniversary passes which will give exclusive access to five specific venues across the Island at a premium price of $75. The shows included in this pass are: The “Eastern Fiddle Summit” at Dundas Heritage Hall on June 15th, the “Western Fiddle Summit” at Centre Expo in Abram Village on June 16th, a fantastic storytelling and music show called “Tunes and Tales” at the North Rustico Lions Club on June 18th, “He Sang/She Sang, He Played/She Played: at Kinkora Place in Kinkora on June 21st, and “Songs and Strings” at the Eastern Kings Community Centre near Souris on June 22nd.   True to its tradition the Festival is happy to announce the return of its Up Close and Personal Series. Concertgoers will have the opportunity to experience the more intimate side of local and off-Island talent in four distinct shows with Island star Lennie Gallant, Russell de Carle of Prairie Oyster fame, renowned east coast performer Dave Gunning and nationally acclaimed funny man Lorne Elliott. Tickets for these performances are now available for $34 including tax.   To purchase 5-Hall Fifth Anniversary passes or tickets for the Up Close and Personal Series please visit www.smallhalls.com or phone our Box Office at (902) 892-2308.   Dozens more shows will be announced within the next few weeks. Festival enthusiasts can look forward to an assortment of talent including favourites from over the past five years and exciting new up-and-comers. Watch the website and join our Facebook page for more exciting details!