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Musicians from across P.E.I. will be taking over the P.E.I. Convention Centre in Charlottetown later this month.
Credit Union Music P.E.I. Week, originally scheduled to take place March 4-7, has been rescheduled to March 26-28.
The postponement was due to the recent cluster of COVID-19 cases in the Summerside and Charlottetown areas that resulted in a 72-hour red alert public health status.
“It was a bit depressing getting the news of new cases on P.E.I. and the current circuit breaker, but the team at Music P.E.I. was able to reschedule the entire week to the weekend of March 26-28,’’ said Rob Oakie, executive director of Music P.E.I.
The original event was supposed to happen at three venues in Charlottetown — Trailside Music Hall, The Guild and the Confederation Centre of the Arts — but Oakie said Friday things came down to venue availability.
“As soon as we found out about the lockdown, we knew that venues were going to be an issue, so we reached out to the Delta,’’ Oakie said, adding that Trailside and The Guild tend to be booked up sometimes months in advance.
Music P.E.I. Week will involve the participation of 26 Island artists, beginning in Friday night with nominees in the Diggin Deep Roots and Red Dirt Rock shows. Performances will be held simultaneously in two separate ballrooms, kicking off at 8 p.m.
The SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Concert goes Saturday at 1:30 p.m., featuring the nominees in that category.
Artists performing in the Sounds for the Soul and Block Party take the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday.
The awards party goes Sunday at 1 p.m. with the celebrations closing off the event on Sunday night in the Festival Finale.
Need to know
Following is information on tickets for Music P.E.I. Week:
- Tickets will be on sale Tuesday, March 9, at www.musicpei.com. Priority goes to those who had purchased tickets for the event that was scheduled to go ahead March 4-7.
- Anyone who previously purchased tickets is asked to contact Music P.E.I. at [email protected] as soon as possible.
- More information is available at www.musicpei.com/music-pei-week.
Shane Pendergast, who is nominated in the new artist of the year category, said he’s more excited about seeing artists that he grew up watching than thinking about walking away with any hardware.
“I don’t expect much, personally,’’ said Pendergast, whose new album, Second Wind, dropped on Friday. “There’s people like Catherine MacLellan … they’re up for awards. It’s nice to see their names (on the list).’’
MacLellan, whose eighth album, Coyote, is up for album of the year, said she knows Music P.E.I. will pull things off.
“I think for the staff at Music P.E.I., it’s just a new challenge,’’ she said, referring to the initial event being postponed. “They’re going to do it. They worked so hard to make this week come together.’’
Tickets go on sale Tuesday but Oakie cautions they are limited. Public health guidelines will only permit 50 people per show.
“We are trying to give priority to people that had already purchased tickets,’’ Oakie said, referring to the originally scheduled event. “They’ve been given refunds by the venues. We’ve been receiving emails and phone calls ... from people that had previously bought.’’