SummerFest concerts moving ahead in Charlottetown

Nigel Armstrong NArmstrong@TheGuardian.pe.ca
Published on May 5, 2011
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Charlottetown SummerFest hit the ground running Thursday with three minutes of city council attention followed almost immediately by a press release with full concert details.

Charlottetown City Council met publicly for a few minutes on Thursday to pass two motions affecting the festival.

It gave $25,000 to the event organizers, Tourism Charlottetown Inc.as the city's share of funding. Further funding comes from the province and ACOA.

Then council gave approval to use both Victoria Park and Confederation Landing Park for this year's event.

In both cases Councillor Danny Redmond was the lone vote against.

"I am supporting the residents down by Confederation Landing Park who continue to have concerns about those concerts," said Redmond.

New this year will see Victoria Park as the site for the free family activities, displays, fireworks and free concerts. It is expected that the fireworks will not be launched from the ground as they were many years ago. They will be launched from a floating barge, but it will be stationed off Victoria Park, unlike recent years.

Councillor Mitchell Tweel could not be more pleased.

"That is where it used to be," he said enthusiastically after the meeting. "There is more space (at Victoria Park), with the two fields. It is going to make for a much better experience for families and for our visitors."

Confederation Landing Park will host the paid concerts, with help from the Cavendish Beach Music Festival. The concert series runs Thursday June 30 to Saturday, July 2.

A press release sent Thursday says cost for a three-day adult pass is $69 plus tax plus service fees. The base price goes up to $89 after June 1.

A three-day VIP Club pass is $199 plus tax plus service fees, "while supplies last," said organizers.

The VIP package includes a preferred seating area, special beverage menu and pricing plus access to what is called the VIP Pit.

The line-up so far starts Thursday, June 30 with The Tragically Hip, plus a special guest to be announced.

Friday, July 1 will feature Eddie Money and again, a special guest to be announced.

"In 1986, Money released Can’t Hold Back, which featured the classic, Grammy-nominated duet with Ronnie Spector, “Take Me Home Tonight,” said the press release from SummerFest. "The song reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100. The album went platinum and also featured the hit “I Wanna Go Back.”

Saturday, July 2 will wrap up with Haywire opening for Meat Loaf, and a further special guest to be announced.