Metro Credit Union Music PEI Week 2013 continued Wednesday night in Summerside with a new signature event, the Country Jubilee, presented by Cavendish Beach Music Festival with media sponsor CFCY. Hosted by CFCY’s Kris MacDonald, the Harbourfront Theatre set the stage for the country show, along with the presentation of eight Music PEI awards.
Rob Oakie, executive director of Music PEI, says, “We wanted to create a new event that Summerside would embrace and they certainly did. It was gratifying to see a packed house at the Harbourfront to cheer on the award nominees and winners and take in some of P.E.I.’s great country, roots and Americana stars. It’s a genre gaining in popularity that is reflected here on P.E.I. and we hope this show becomes a mainstay in Metro Credit Union Music PEI Week and continues to draw audiences for years to come”
Eddy Quinn took home the award for Country Recording of the Year for his album ‘Rememory’. Quinn, who took part in the Country Jubilee, shared the stage with fellow country and roots artists Johnny Oliver, Lester MacPherson, Meaghan Blanchard and Nudie.
For the second year in a row, Bad Habits took the title of Bell Aliant Weekend Warrior, an award that is voted on by the public. Another repeat winner for the third year in a row, PEI Festival of Small Halls took home the award for Event of the Year.
Other award recipients include, Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra for Achievement in Classical Music, Max Keenlyside for Jazz & Blues Recording of the Year, Hannah Rollwage for the Lynn Grishko Memorial Bursary, Dennis Ellsworth for Roots Contemporary Recording of the Year, and Gordon Belsher for Roots Traditional Recording of the Year.
Sixteen more awards will be handed out during Metro Credit Union Music PEI Week events, including the S.A.C. Songwriters Concert, presented by AIRS with media sponsor The Eastern Graphic in Georgetown Thursday night and the week will conclude with the 12th Annual Music PEI Awards Gala, presented by Ticketpro at the Homburg Theatre in Charlottetown on Feb. 2nd.
Tickets to all Metro Credit Union Music PEI Week events are selling fast. Music lovers are encouraged to get their tickets before it’s too late. For more details, go to www.musicpei.com.