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Showcase PEI

It is with heavy hearts that we announced the cancellation of the 2020 Showcase PEI events due to COVID-19 earlier this year. We have been working hard to ensure that our Island artists still have the chance to showcase their music to the world, and we are pleased to announce a newly devised winter 2020-2021 video showcase series, Showcase PEI Online.

A full description of the initiative and a link to the submission form can be found here.

In 2008, Music PEI held the initial buyers conference in Charlottetown and invited 15 buyers from across Canada, the US and Japan. It has since grown to include over 50 delegates. Over 350 domestic and international delegates have attended Showcase PEI including many types of music industry professionals from more than a dozen different countries around the globe.

Showcase PEI has created more than $2,000,000 in work for PEI artists through business development opportunities with a focus on export and international opportunities. The results have meant performances at some of the premier festivals, venues and events around the world and across Canada.

Check Out 2019's Conference

» See photos from Showcase PEI 2019 performances and events.

Testimonials from Our Delegates

Our event is focused all around delegate care and making this a pleasurable experience for our guests. Feedback from delegates has been glowing such as this from US agent Ari Nisman (Degy Entertainment):
“I've been invited to speak, panel, lecture, and ‘do whatever’ for more companies and organizations than I can count over the last 13 years…and I don't remember having a red carpet as wide as yours! From the pick-up at the airport to the meals, hotel check-in, tours, and beyond, this was what I consider 100% first class service. I really felt like PEI was a second home for the 3 days we were up there. Amazing care!”
Showcases take place in both the afternoon and the evening on a Monday and Tuesday. Each year approximately 20 PEI artists are showcased and it is a diverse collection of styles and genres. Everything from pop, rock, alternative, roots, folk, Celtic, world, jazz and more are presented. There is world class music here being created on PEI by a committed group of emerging artists.

Here are a few other comments from delegates:

  • Mike Hill, the Director of the world renowned Mariposa Folk Festival in Ontario had this to say “10 out of 10 – I couldn’t have been treated better! In fact, I’ve never been treated so well in any professional capacity. Don’t really know how it could have been better.”
  • Neil Pearson, Shrewsbury Festival/EFDSS, UK: “I cannot begin to express the amount of gratitude I have for you and your staff. Through the years of travel and conferences I have yet to encounter a warmer or more hospitable environment than Showcase PEI. I will be singing your praises for years to come, no doubt. The artists were fantastic, the new connections (and friends) were endless… and the meals were delicious!”
  • Jennifer Pickering, the Artistic Director of the LEAF festival in North Carolina said “I usually have lots of ideas of how to improve but truly you all exceeded all my expectations. It was the most effective conference I have attended.”

Quick Facts:
  • Music Prince Edward Island (Music PEI) is the music industry association for the province of Prince Edward Island.
  • Past and current membership over 1000 artists or related companies.
  • Music PEI is devoted to advancing careers of Island musicians and is actively seeking ways to promote, foster and develop the music industry on PEI.
  • Music PEI provides business development and export opportunities as well as grants for our members.
  • Our members include both internationally touring and emerging artists.
  • Prince Edward Island (PEI) is the smallest province in Canada and is located on the eastern coast of the country.
  • PEI is home to one of Canada’s greatest cultural exports, Anne of Green Gables.