Music PEI is happy to announce the return of the May Run Music Festival and the Bell Aliant Canadian Song Conference for the third year, taking place in venues across Prince Edward Island from May 10-14, 2017.
Hosted by Music PEI, May Run Music Festival is the largest annual celebration of the Island’s musical talent and diversity. During this year’s festival, concerts in Charlottetown, Summerside and Georgetown will connect audiences to local and internationally acclaimed PEI artists in a wide range of genres, including performances by Paper Lions, Dylan Menzie, Atlantic String Machine, Ten Strings and a Goat Skin and up to 40 more artists. Some fan favourite shows are back like the Songwriter of the Year Concert at the King’s Playhouse and the Dance Party at Fishbones.
The week kicks off with an Open Mic Takeover at Baba’s Lounge on Wednesday night and continues until Sunday evening with the After Party at Hunter’s Ale House.
Thursday includes the Songwriter of the Year Concert at King’s Playhouse in Georgetown with the nominees for Music PEI’s Songwriter of the Year award and hosted by special guest Lennie Gallant. Also on Thursday you can catch live music at Open Eats in Summerside with several award nominees including Jessica Gallant or Island Jazz Night at Baba’s Lounge in Charlottetown.
Friday during May Run Music Festival has four shows taking place in Charlottetown. First up is an all-ages show at the Solid Rock Café featuring We The Rescued, David Woodside and Stabbing Joy. Next is Canadian Songsmith Sessions at St. Paul’s Church with Island artists Meaghan Blanchard, Dennis Ellsworth, Dylan Menzie and Rachel Beck who will be partnered with 4 artists from across Canada as a part of the Bell Aliant Canadian Song Conference Song Challenge. Participants in the Canadian Song Challenge will be announced in April. Closing out Friday Night Live is the House of Rock at Hunter’s Ale House featuring Old Stone Station, Andrew Waite and The Firm, FallBack, and The Royal North, as well as the Dance Party at Fishbones with Lonely Kid and guests.
Saturday will again feature two concerts. Musical Worlds Collide presented by the PEI Symphony Orchestra will feature a unique collaboration with Atlantic String Machine and some of the Island’s best jazz artists in The Collective. They will be joined by Acadian stars Vishtèn. The second concert is Music Mosaic in Summerside at Le Centre Belle-Alliance and will feature Gadelle, Pepeto Pinto with Scott Parsons and the Fluffy Little Cowboys in a cultural tapestry.
Saturday Night Live includes a free all ages show at the Silver Fox Entertainment Complex in Summerside with rockers The Royal North and Old Stone Station and the Pop Show at Fishbones in Charlottetown featuring Sorrey, Stabbing Joy and Joe MacMillan. Friday and Saturday Night Live are presented by Holland College School of Performing Arts.
Sunday wraps up with the Music PEI Awards Party at the PEI Brewing Company in the afternoon and the May Run Meltdown in the evening at Florence Simmons Performance Hall. The show will feature 3-time nominee Sorrey, 6-time nominee Nick Doneff, 7-time nominees Paper Lions and 7-time nominee Dylan Menzie.
Just in case you need a little more music, join us for the After Party at Hunter’s Ale House Sunday night.
Don’t miss this annual celebration of some of PEI’s amazing musical talent. It’s a great way to say goodbye to winter and support local music!
A complete schedule of events for the May Run Music Festival can be found at www.mayrunmusicfest.com. Full festival passes are available for only $50.00 and individual shows for as little as $10.00. For inquiries contact the Music PEI office at [email protected] or (902) 892-6734.
May Run 2017 performances powered by Shure microphones.