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Meaghan Blanchard takes home Country Recording of the Year

SUMMERSIDE – So, don’t tell Jim Cuddy – but Meaghan Blanchard wrote a song just for him.

Blanchard told her audience at Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside on Saturday that the Blue Rodeo veteran is taking part in an upcoming Music P.E.I. Week songwriters’ circle, so she wanted to wow him with a new song.

“So he better like it,” she muttered under her breath, eliciting a round of laughter from her audience.

Blanchard sang her new song for the audience. Called “Crash,” she described it as being about a time in her life when she was holding on to hurt feelings.

“I was just trying to make it home – now I’m licking my wounds on the side of the road,” she sang.

The crowd loved the song, giving her a sustained applause when she was done.

It was a special treat to a crowd of Islanders who braved high winds and blowing snow to take in the Canvendish Beach Music Festival Country Jubilee.

Part concert and part awards show the jubilee played host to eight award presentations and four performing acts.

Blanchard took home the night’s top honour, Country Recording of the Year, for her latest album “She’s Gonna Fly.”

Other Winners included:

-       Achievement in Classical Music, which went to the UPEI Wind Symphony

-       The Bell Alliant Weekend Warrior (a fan vote), that went to Barry O’Brien.

-       Allan Dowling of Holland College was named Educator of the Year.

-       Industry Person of the Year went to Pat Deighan of Back Alley Music and the Trailside Café

-       Todd MacLean was named Media Person of the Year.

-       SpinCount Touring Artist of the Year was awarded to Tim Chaisson.

-       Roots Traditional Recording of the Year went to Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys


Performers for the evening included Blanchard, Katie and Janet McGarry and Old Stone Station.

Katie is Janet’s niece; the two performed together in public for the first time during the show. They were also joined by Blanchard for the closing act.

This is the second year for the Jubilee in Summerside and while this year’s attendance didn’t match last year’s sold-out show, organizers were still pleased with the turnout.

Rob Oakie, executive director of Music P.E.I., said the audience might have smaller this year (he didn’t have ticket sale numbers yet) but that they were livelier and really seemed to enjoy the show.

“There’s all kinds of variables out there,” said Oakie.

“You never know what kind of audience you’re going to get. You could do the same show two years in a row – one year might bomb and the other year do great. It’s kind of fickle business.”

Overall though, he was very pleased with the event, he added.

“I can’t say enough about the show tonight. Quite honestly, I was so happy with it … I got to tell you, that last number they all did together (Blanchard and the McGarrys) I got chills. Fantastic performance,” he said.

P.E.I. Music Week continues until Feb. 1.

A complete listing of events can be found online at

There is one other event-related show scheduled for Summerside, which is at the Old Tap Room next Friday, Jan. 31.  


Organizations: Harbourfront Theatre

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Summerside

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Recent comments

  • Billy
    January 27, 2014 - 10:16

    Until Feb 1st. Grammys don't last that long. Where is Lennie gallant and that fiddler.

  • Tom Curran
    January 27, 2014 - 10:09

    Way to go Barry O'Brien!!

  • charlotte and ralph
    January 26, 2014 - 17:04

    congrulations on your music pei country artist award -

  • Pete
    January 26, 2014 - 08:47

    Where is this Canvendish (sic) Beach Festival you speak of (twice)?