Music PEI Week hosts new event

Nigel Armstrong
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Music PEI Unplugged to be broadcast on Bell Aliant's Community One television site

Music PEI Week launched a new event with great promise Monday.

Music PEI Unplugged featured four star performers in a song-writers circle format, recorded for a web-broadcast on Bell Aliant’s Community One site.

“We were pretty excited to be approached by Bell Aliant (host) Jimmy Inch to put together this program,” said Mike Walker, Music PEI Week producer.

“It is the first time we have ever done it but Jimmy inch has hosted a similar program in Nova Scotia.

“We have four incredible artists coming up so we are pretty excited,” said Walker.

The date of broadcast on Bell’s Community One station is not finalized but the expectation is within a couple of weeks, said organizers.

The show was recorded Monday at Marc’s Lounge in Charlottetown for a small group of invited guests, industry representatives and some members of the public.

Performing were Tim Chaisson, Dennis Ellsworth, John MacPhee, and Meaghan Blanchard.

“Doing stripped-down acoustic versions of all their songs is pretty neat,” said Chaission. “It’s a cool event to have and to be part of.”

Nathan Gill of the band North Lakes was watching.

“I think it’s really important to showcase talent in the province through Music PEI,” he said. “It’s exciting that they are doing this, recording and documenting for posterity.”

“This is a partnership with Community One television and Bell Aliant,” said Rob Oakie, executive director of Music PEI. “It’s a great opportunity for the artists to be recorded on tape and film and be on the cable channel so it gives them more exposure.

“We are building a really great partnership with Bell Aliant so we expect to do this show in the future,” said Oakie. “In fact, it may happen throughout the year at other times as well.”

Organizations: Bell Aliant, PEI Week

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Charlottetown, North Lakes

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