Showcase Artists

Music PEI presents a roster of exporting or export-ready artists ready to showcase their abundant talent to international industry professionals.

2022 Line-Up
Alicia Toner
Alicia Toner

Award-winning, Americana singer/songwriter, Alicia Toner, writes songs that tell the truth built around her eloquently emotive voice. Produced by Peter Fusco and Stuart Cameron, her second FACTOR-funded album JOAN is both epic and personal. It signifies the arrival of a truly remarkable artist with the innate ability to tell stories we can all relate to.

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Andrew Waite
Andrew Waite

Combining raw sound with electric showmanship, Andrew Waite’s passion for songwriting, stage performance and music education is undeniable. His songs are honest and rugged, making for an unforgettable experience when paired with his dynamic live shows. Waite’s last release won him a Songwriter award (MPEI) and 2 ECMA nominations.

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Arsenal Mills
Arsenal Mills

Arsenal Mills are on a mission to re-imagine modern rock n’ roll. Forming in the spring of 2020, the group found solace in the common idea that rock was indeed alive and well, it just needed a fresh set of ideas. One of the hardest working bands on Canada’s east coast, Arsenal Mills is; Brad Milligan, Griffen Arsenault, Josh Macneil and André U.

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Brandon Howard Roy
Brandon Howard Roy

Six-time Music PEI Award Nominee (including New Artist of the Year, Pop Recording of the Year), Brandon Howard Roy is queer singer songwriter taking the East Coast music scene by storm. Backed by an all-star band, his indie-pop sound is fun and groovy sung with a voice that reaches the stratosphere. With an electric stage presence cultivated from a life in the theatre, catchy hooks and relatable lyrics, his debut album called Tough Stuff is making a big splash in the island music scene and beyond.

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Brielle Ansems
Brielle Ansems

Brielle Ansems’ indie pop-folk sound is a lyric-centred and emotionally charged experience. Her debut 2020 album, This New Hurricane, earned her a total of five 2021 Music PEI Award nominations, taking home Pop Recording of the Year. Big things are ahead for the summer and fall of 2021 with the release of Brielle’s sophomore, FACTOR-funded album, Still Awake.

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Catherine MacLellan
Catherine MacLellan

Catherine MacLellan is a folk music troubadour, representing Canada at home and internationally. Awarded Songwriter of the Year at the 2021 East Coast Music Awards, Catherine continues to receive accolades for her latest album, COYOTE, received a 2020 Juno nomination for Contemporary Folk Album, three nominations for 2021 Canadian Folk Awards and won Contemporary Roots and Solo Recording of the Year at the Music PEI Awards.

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Chad Matthews
Chad Matthews

Chad Matthews is a seasoned singer/songwriter hailing from Alberton, Prince Edward Island. His 2021 release titled Here I Am, Lord has been selling out shows across the province. This fall, Chad will be the subject of a National Film Board documentary about his life in Skinner’s Pond and his work as a Stompin’ Tom Connors tribute Artist.

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Dennis Ellsworth
Dennis Ellsworth (& The Electric Stars)

Dennis Ellsworth is a songwriter, performer and producer from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He has 11 albums to his credit and his latest is a trio of albums called Bound by Love.

 

 

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Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boy
Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys

There’s no other band out around like Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys. Led by fiddling wiz Gordie “Crazy Legs” MacKeeman, the roots quartet features all-star pickers and singers, with everything from down-home country to reckless rockabilly to intricate bluegrass.

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Joce Reyome
Joce Reyome

Hailing from Massachusetts, Reyome relocated to PEI in 2016 to pursue music at a post-secondary level. Reyome’s debut single “Cross My Heart” was recorded and produced by Colin Buchanan and Erin Costelo. With inspiration from Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, and Janis Joplin, they bring old-school vibes to the new times.

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Kierrah
Kierrah

Kierrah is a pop R&B singer-songwriter from upstate NY living in PEI, Canada. Her sound ranges from upbeat pop, catchy motivational bops to soothing, ethereal, and authentically open numbers. Kierrah released her debut single “Dedication” with the support of Music PEI. This fall, Kierrah is releasing her debut album 4 The Love.

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Lawrence Maxwell
Lawrence Maxwell

Lawrence Maxwell cut his teeth on beer caps, rough waters, and country music. A 2021 ECMA award nominee and two-time Music P.E.I. award winner, this Prince Edward Island singer-songwriter will tell it to you like it’s folk, and sing it to you like it’s country.

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Lennie Gallant

Gallant, one of Canada’s most celebrated performing songwriters, has recorded thirteen albums in French and English and received numerous awards including 19 East Coast Music Awards, so it is not surprising he has been inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and is a member of the Order Of Canada.

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Mat Hannah
Mat Hannah

Mat is a singer-songwriter, band member, and topliner from PEI, Canada. He is the lead singer for the PEI-based band Little Cities, and he is currently working on his first EP as a solo artist. Mat is a seasoned songwriter, having written and collaborated with the likes of Gavin Brown, Mike Bilenki, James Wilson, and Colin Buchanan.

 

 

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Nick Doneff
Nick Doneff

Charlottetown-based songwriter Nick Doneff is a staple within PEI’s musical landscape. Tom Power, host of CBC’s Q, describes him as a cross between Joel Plaskett and John Prine and an artist that “you need to hear.” Doneff also currently works onstage as an instrumentalist with some PEI’s finest acts, including Tara MacLean, Liam Corcoran, Two Hours Traffic, and Catherine MacLellan.

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Noah Malcolm
Noah Malcolm

Noah Malcolm is a queer PEI singer/songwriter and composer whose debut folk/pop EP On Time captured fans with its craftsmanship in songwriting and arrangement. His songs have been heard across Canadian radio and a self-made music video for ‘If Not’ earned Best Folk Video at the CIMVAs. Coming off a summer of solo and full band performances, the 2021 Canadian Song Conference participant is currently working on a debut album that will carry elements of his folk writing into the Pop/RnB sphere.

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Rick Sparkes
Rick Sparkes

Rick Sparkes is an award-winning writer and musician from Summerside. His second full-length album, Pleasure in the Pathless Woods, was released on March 18, 2021, to critical acclaim. Songs from the album have received radio play across Canada, including two #1 songs on the CIOE East Coast Top 30, CBC radio, and the earshot! Top 30 charts.

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Sarah Hagen
Sarah Hagen

Awarded as Artist of the Year by Ontario Contact and the BC Touring Council, Sarah Hagen brings to the stage her unique combination of piano and humour. Playing “with great sensitivity and heart” [Vernon Morning Star], critics rave: “Her comic timing is as solid as her musical meter” [Edmonton Journal].

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Scott MacKay
Scott Mackay

From the sounds of twangy Telecasters and swooning pedal steel, it’s clear that Scott MacKay has an affinity for old-school country music. But the singer/songwriter from PEI also has a sharp wit that shines through on his latest release, Stupid Cupid; an album that offers a fresh take on classic country.

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Shane Pendergast
Shane Pendergast

Shane Pendergast is a folksinger from Tracadie Cross, PEI. Known as an “old-school troubadour,” Shane has performed at The Island Festival of Small Halls, SummerFolk Festival, and showcased at Folk Alliance International Conference. On March 5th 2021, he released his second album, Second Wind.

 

 

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Tara MacLean
Tara MacLean

Tara MacLean is a singer, songwriter, and award-winning recording and touring artist. From break-out pop hits (“If I Fall”) to country-crossover (“Happy Baby”) her style is reflective of her deep roots in Gospel and the Folk Music of her East Coast Canadian upbringing. She has been signed with Nettwerk, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Capitol Records and EMI Canada (with her band Shaye). Her three solo albums were released to high acclaim, garnering extensive film and television placements, as well international touring and radio play.

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The Darvel
The Darvel

The Darvel is an alternative rock band from Stratford, Prince Edward Island. Taking influence from early 2000s garage rock and post punk revival bands, they developed their own distinct sound that they’ve recently taken to the studio to record their debut full length album.

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TNA
TNA

TNA is a Hip-Hop/RnB artist currently based in Charlottetown, PEI, Canada. He connects with his audience by striking emotions through his sensational melodies and his relatable lyrics. His versatility ranges from the energetic hip-hop style, portrayed in his single “Gold”, and the chill and relaxing vibe that he portrays in his 80s RnB-influenced tune called “Telephone Man”.

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Vince The Messenger
Vince The Messenger

Charlottetown-based rap artist Vince The Messenger launched himself to the forefront of the PEI hip-hop scene with his 2018 debut album Self Sabotage, earning an award for Urban Recording of the Year during the 2019 Music PEI Awards. While his influences vary in era, Vince The Messenger’s moody, boom-bap sound is unquestionably that of the future, much of it built with fellow Islander and producer Niimo, referencing golden-era hip hop and carrying layers of personal-is-political lyricism that is timeless.

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