Charlottetown to host free concert featuring Tegan and Sara, Barenaked Ladies, George Canyon, Roch Voisin, Classified and David Myles
Charlottetown's Canada Day celebrations are shaping up to be some of the biggest in the city's history and will be one of the cornerstones of the P.E.I. 2014 celebrations.
The festivities will include a free concert featuring the Barenaked Ladies, Classified, Tegan & Sara, George Canyon, David Myles, Roch Voisine and DRUM.
Penny Walsh McGuire, P.E.I. 2014's executive director, said the organizers were thrilled to present what she called a "significant" Canada Day celebration.
"I think it's going to be the biggest and best Canada Day we've seen ever on P.E.I.," she said.
The Barenaked Ladies are celebrating 25 years together and a new album while some of the other acts are a mix of recent award winners, including pop duo Tegan & Sara who picked up Junos this year and Halifax-based rapper Classified who won at last week's ECMAs.
Nova Scotia-based Myles has collaborated with Classified and was also nominated for several ECMAs this year.
Walsh McGuire said the Canada Day festivities have traditionally been free and the organizers hope they will bring in a lot of people from out of province.
"We think this lineup is really going to draw them."
For Tourism Minister Robert Henderson, he said he thinks the festivities have a really strong lineup.
"I believe with the exceptional and spectacular fireworks that we're going to be hosting here in Charlottetown I think visitors are going to come from far and wide to participate in Canada Day on Prince Edward Island where it all began."
After hearing the concert lineup, Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee said he thought it had the makings of a fantastic day.
"Charlottetownians and Islanders are going to have a great time."
Lee also struck back against some of the criticism levied against spending on the P.E.I. 2014 celebrations and said some Islanders don't understand or appreciate the role Charlottetown and the province played in the creation of Canada.
"While it's easy to stand up and say...it's nothing but one great party, I guess my question is if we're not going to celebrate our history, who's going to celebrate it. Nobody."
There is nothing wrong with bringing Islanders together to celebrate their history, he said.
"I think it's a wise investment."
Further announcements about other Canada Day activities are expected, including who will be performing on smaller stages and who will be hosting the show.