Free concert kicks off week of celebrations in Charlottetown

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A free outdoor concert in Victoria Park in Charlottetown Tuesday afternoon and evening kicked off a week of free concerts to celebrate 1864 Week.

The Tuesday concert featured such Island musicians as Gordon Belcher, Richard Wood, Teresa Doyle, her son Patrick Doyle, Cynthis MacLeod, Jon Matthews, Fiona MacCorquodale, Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys.

During the rest of this week there will be concerts featuring folk music, blues, roots and country and an indie pop stage. After the blues concert Saturday night there will be fireworks beginning at 10 o'clock. On Sunday there will be a family and diversity stage featuring multicultural music.

This year, Charlottetown's Natal Day celebrations will go from this Friday to Sunday featuring such events as free concerts, a pancake breakfast, a skateboard competition and flower barrel planting contest between the city councillors.

One of the highlights of the celebrations will be the visit of Governor General David Johnston who will attend the church service at St. Dunstan's Basilicia following the Natal Day parade that begins at 10 a.m. at City Hall.


Organizations: Rhythm Boys

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Victoria Park

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  • Mother
    June 11, 2014 - 11:51

    I don't know where the idea came from that the people should be entertained every night of the week for a full week and then some. Why should people that don't or can't go to these have to foot the bill for those who can. I drove by Victoria Park last night on my way to my cleaning job, and saw a hand full of people huddled under the tents, people can't find the time to run to all these tax supported affairs, - stop it Clifford, you came from my side of the track, think of the taxes you should be saving for us poor people, we can hardly afford to stay in our homes.

  • over taxed
    June 11, 2014 - 11:46

    Taxes are a fee levied by governments to provide ESSENTIAL services for the good of the whole community.--- Somehow that definition is lost on the current crop, be it any level of elected officials. Unfortunately the electorate is willing to be bought with their own money, - or unwilling to stand up and toss those out, who do not understand their role, --- and that is certainly the case with both the Provincial government and the City of Charlottetown. I don't know how it is, that what appear to be sensible people running for office, turn brain dead the minute they are elected?

  • pure gold
    June 11, 2014 - 11:40

    What is this comparing these (excessive in numbers) free concerts with liquor stores? These stores make money, spinning off high salaries for political friends and board, -remodelling the chairman's office to the tune of 10 of thousands, double spin off for the trades. Now, free concerts do not make any profits what so ever, ---- you are going to tell me that the tourists will spin off big money, ---- however that kind of spin-off cannot be measured and is pure guess work, and a great tool for politician and gullible constituents , who keep voting in the same inept people, running this province into the ground, --- but hey , sing out loud--------

    • Big Ben
      June 11, 2014 - 13:38

      Pure Gold, you prove my point when I say there are some people who should not be allowed to comment unless they understand the issue. It is clear that my comment went over your head. I said tax dollars are being used for the concerts and some people don't like that. So be it. Tax dollars are also used to fund liquor stores and planting flowers and some people might find that offensive despite the fact the liquor stores make money. Flowers don't make money, but they may draw more tourists like the recent tulip festival. Tax dollars are used for all sorts of things that some people like and some people don't like.

  • Bobby Walnut
    June 11, 2014 - 10:12

    Well said, Stan Hope

  • The Furby Crime Gang
    June 11, 2014 - 10:11

    Holy cow!! Cranky or what!! You know that for tourism this is a good thing, right? Some of you have the business sense of an amoeba.

  • Bill Cornwall
    June 11, 2014 - 10:09

    Actually Mad As Hell, tax dollars are community money used for the community. You obviously don't like concerts, but I bet you don't argue when taxes are used to fix the roads or put in a new beer store near your house. You don't complain then because you want those things. Well, many people want these concerts.

  • Stan Hope
    June 11, 2014 - 10:07

    In the history of civilized man , I have never in my life witnessed a group that will PISS AND MOAN over EVERYTHING the Guardian prints no matter what the story. Has the terrible loss of three young RCMP officers and their families not given you a moment of reflection on how good you just may have it , in your otherwise miserable lives. OMG people , you're a sad lot.

    • The Furby Crim Gang
      June 11, 2014 - 10:32

      No, we're always mad, bitchin and moaning, starting trouble, saying stuff, for some reason or another, we just can't keep our mouths shut, about anything. No matter what it is, we just like to have Hissy fits......

  • mad as hell
    June 11, 2014 - 09:51

    @Interested Observer "You complain about the lack of everything, and then complain when you are given something" I do not complain about the lack of everything. I do complain about money being removed from my income by force (tax) and used for other peoples' enjoyment. If someone wants to go a concert I think they should be free to do so... just not with any of *my* money. Taxes are not community money - they are dollars taken away from people by the force of government.

    • Big Ben
      June 11, 2014 - 10:05

      Mad as Hell, Interested Observer is dead on with his point. Yes, tax dollars are being used for these concerts and other 2014 celebrations. Just because you do not agree what gives you the right to deny those who will enjoy the celebrations the chance to do so. My tax dollars are also used to keep liquor stores open. Maybe non drinkers take offence to that. Tax dollars are also used to put flowers around the city and maybe some people take offence to that. My point being is just because some people do not want their tax dollars being spent on some things does not mean money should not be spent on those things. In a free society there is a give and take. I get a concert with tax dollars and later you get a new liquor store with tax dollars.

  • waste not want not
    June 11, 2014 - 09:42

    $ 29 mill , for signs, adds and big salaries for a few cronies , - that is what we end up with, - half of it leaving the Province to promoters and entertainers. W we are not only witnessing, but complicit in the biggest hoax of the century . Shame on us, pissing away this amount of money, that could have done so much good for us. Remember at election time who sold us this bill of good.

  • wessel
    June 11, 2014 - 09:34

    Did somebody say 'orgy', - a perfect word to describe this 2014 extravaganza, - be sure to frame your free tickets, they represent what could have been. For $ 29 mill we could have had a fine Provincial Museum that visitors and Islanders alike could have enjoyed for generations to come. But no or shallow Premier went for 'cultural events' , a mass of screaming howling people displayed every night for weeks on end - talk about idiocy.

  • irony
    June 11, 2014 - 09:26

    The Mayor has suddenly found 'culture', so he is showing it off by spending taxpayers money on an orgy of folksy entertainment. Competing with the Small Halls, - just as the rest of the Provincial 'feast' is competing with Old Home Week, --- a concert every night for weeks on end, ---

  • fergie
    June 11, 2014 - 09:21

    "Given something" are we, - I think not, this orgy of entertainment is coming right out of my pocket and yours . City council is showing us they have nothing serious on their minds, - the Saturday schedule would have you all over the lot, with events scheduled at the same time, --- glutinous is the word that best describes this whole arrangement, ---- classless would be an other word for it, --- lower our property taxes instead of all this crab, -

  • disgusted
    June 11, 2014 - 09:15

    sure we could be happy, except some of us can hardly make ends meet, being taxed to the hilt, - and after working two jobs, I am hardly in shape to take in a concert every night, - I fall into bed----feeling politicians have agreed to screw the taxpayers

  • Interested Observer
    June 11, 2014 - 08:04

    This week and mad: What is wrong with you people? You complain about the lack of everything, and then complain when you are given something. Why can't you simply enjoy the music, and appreciate what the performers are doing? No government is perfect (yes, I know this one is particularly trying) but try to find a little joy in your life. And if you don't like the government - VOTE! Or better yet, run for a seat.

  • This week & mad as hell
    June 11, 2014 - 07:47

    You both pretty much nailed it. Islanders are 100% screwed by Ghiz Liberal govt under the guise of looking out for us. Such a BS govt.

    June 11, 2014 - 06:56

    Is this not the week of SMALL HALL CONCERTS,,,,,,,,? Once again Rural PEI is the loser. Just as driving by that ridiculous concert site entering Charlottetown which took ONE MILLION dollars out of the rural fund drives me crazy!!!!!! Oh yes, the Liberals are at the helm........

    • Bobby Gibson
      June 11, 2014 - 09:40

      This Week, if you would be so kind as t explain how rural PEI is the loser. Virtually every small hall concert is or will be sold out. That means no more seats for sale. Obviously the city concerts certainly are not taking away from the small halls festival.

  • mad as hell
    June 11, 2014 - 05:03

    Free? as in the performers are not getting paid, or 'free admission' as in the taxpayer is covering off the costs?