P.E.I. pictures from the past

Sally Cole scole@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on June 2, 2014

This is A.P. Gallant's store in Rustico, circa 1930. Singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant, the owner's grandson, is looking for similar photographs of stores from across the Island to be used in his new show at the Charlottetown Festival this summer. Entitled Searching for Abegweit: The Songs and Stories of Lennie Gallant, it runs June 26 to Aug. 29



Lennie Gallant is seeking input from Prince Edward Islanders for his new show.

The award-winning singer-songwriter is asking people to send him photographs of their favourite corner store to be used in Searching for Abegweit: The Songs and Stories of Lennie Gallant. The show runs June 26 to Aug. 29 at The Mack in Charlottetown.

"I've written a new song about country stores in villages across the Island and how, in so many cases, they are the heart of the community," says Gallant during a telephone interview. "It's a song that's important to me because my granddad built the country store in Rustico in the 1930s. It was such a hub for the community. And there are so many stories that came out of there."

The show has a multimedia component. And the country store images received will be shown on large screens when he sings the new song.

"I'm hoping to represent as many communities as we can. So I'm looking for old photos or new, colour or black and white."

Anyone with such an image is asked to take a digital photo of it, without glare, and send it to wendy@lenniegallant.com.

"I'm hoping Islanders will give me a hand by sending me a photo of a village or country store in their community.

"It could be as easy as taking the picture with your iPhone and sending it to us."