Part of lineup announced for Canada Day weekend concert in Charlottetown

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Shift Project and Event Management Inc. announced part of its lineup for a Canada Day weekend concert at Confederation Landing Park in Charlottetown.

Mark Fisher wants to make sure the music plays on in Charlottetown.

The president of Shift Project and Events Management announced Thursday that he’s launching the Waterfront Concert series, with the kickoff going during the Canada Day weekend, July 3-4.

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Canadian singer-songwriter City and Colour will headline the Saturday, July 4 concert. He’ll be joined by indie-rocker Joel Plaskett and the Island’s own pop rockers Paper Lions.

The lineup for the Friday, July 3 concert will be announced next week.

Fisher, who’s been working in the concert industry for a number of years in Charlottetown, said he saw how vibrant the city was in 2014 with ongoing concerts at Confederation Landing Park’s Celebration Zone and the big gala Shania Twain show at Charlottetown Event Grounds.

He also saw a big gap in the 2015 schedule. The 150th anniversary party is done and there are no plans (at least none that have been made public) to do any major outdoor shows. Whitecap Entertainment, the group responsible for last year’s Big Red concert and the country shows on the north shore, decided to put Rod Stewart on its stage in Cavendish.

But Fisher wants to start small so he chose to put the first of what he hopes are annual concerts at Confederation Landing Park rather than the Charlottetown Event Grounds down the street.

“One is the atmosphere and intimacy of your experience at the show and the second is the cost associated with producing a show on that scale, on a site that is very large,’’ Fisher said.

He hopes to attract 3,500 people to the inaugural Waterfront Concert Series. The event grounds is designed to hold 25,000 people.

If things go well, Fisher said he would love to move down to the event grounds some day.

“At the end of the day, we want to grow to the event grounds but we don’t want to sacrifice the show by going to a site that is too big.’’

It should be noted that the P.E.I. Jazz and Blues Festival will also take place at Confederation Landing Park.

The concert site will feature a main stage and a VIP stage. There will be additional performances by Dennis Ellsworth, Whaleskin, Dylan Menzie and others.

City council signed off unanimously on Fisher’s plan in March.

Mayor Clifford Lee said he looks forward to Shift growing the event into a major music festival.

Fisher was hoping to do more weekend shows this summer but the dates he had in mind conflict with the AC/DC show in Moncton and Rock the Boat in Tyne Valley.

“We want to play nice with our partners.’’

For more information, go to the website at www.waterfrontconcertseries.com.

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Organizations: Waterfront Concert Series

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Confederation Landing Park

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  • confused
    July 01, 2015 - 09:35

    Hopes to make it a major concert series? We had that. Nickelback, buckcherry etc. Huge names came and after that to many complaints over it. Def was alot to complain about. It was horrible seeing all the buisness flooded with consumers spending money and enjoying it. Adult concerts make money. Family concerts not so much but are still a great time. Family concert during the day. Adult at night then maybe we get some big artists in town that bring in the big money. Instead we have choosen to give moncton the millions of dollars that our city could use. Charlottetown paper lions. Moncton ac/dc. Wonder what city will make more money? There has to be a win win solution? I bet shania twain brought in the big bucks. And i know for a fact that the crowd it drew wasnt there commiting crimes or out of control. Look at big time acts with positive music and it will draw the big money spending crowds without horrible consiqunces except for the city making a ton of money while making people happy

  • Joe Blow
    May 29, 2015 - 08:37

    I'm excited to see these bands play and I'm happy that it will be at Confederation Landing Park. The new event grounds are not suitable for small scale concerts. I second the fact that people complaining about noise downtown need to move out of downtown.

  • Stan Hope
    May 29, 2015 - 08:29

    Like the return of the lobster season so return the whiners & complainers over the waterfront area of Charlottetown & what should be allowed & blah blah blah. I'd like to see the entire water front from Victoria Park to the Hillsborough Bridge turned into the New Orleans of the North, June 24 to September 6 nothing but hotdog stands , horse's , The Harbor Hippo & bands playing from 12 to 12 ... hell even Anne could stand outside Province House & hand out beads & those hats with the pigtails.Come on City Council grow some & let's go for it !

  • KL
    May 29, 2015 - 06:42

    Confederation landing is a much better venue for these smaller, celebratory concerts. I am happy to see the event occurring here. People in the downtown area need to realize that, despite their complaints, events will continue. If they desire peace and quiet, then a residence downtown is not an appropriate choice.

  • Bill Meeker
    May 28, 2015 - 17:15

    Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn't the event grounds built to house concerts and get them out of Confederation Landing Park where they are not welcome? By spending millions building a concert venue and then abandoning it in favour going back to a residential neighbourhood seems rather stupid. But, when it comes to Charlottetown city council which is not known for its intelligence or forward thinking, anything is possible. Just look at the food vendors. One council did one stupid thing and the next council quickly reversed the previous one. You should have to pass a basic intelligence test before you area allowed to run for council because it seems lately the dumbos are taking over.

  • intobed
    May 28, 2015 - 14:30

    Get this away from Confed Park and put it where it belongs - the Event Grounds. Stop this foolishness.

  • The Truth
    May 28, 2015 - 13:30

    Good to see Paper Lions catch a break for once with this gig. Not like they've been given a thousand opportunities to make it big and still haven't done so....