CHARLOTTETOWN – After 16 years releasing albums and criss-crossing the country to perform for crowds big and small, Craig Cardiff has a lot of stories to share about life as a professional musician.
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And on Friday, Nov. 1, the 2012 Juno nominee from Ontario will spend a full day at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown sharing those stories and sharing what he’s learned over the years with students in a variety of workshops. He will also perform in the evening at the campus pub.
With an engaging mix of humour, honesty and enthusiasm, Cardiff shares ideas about songwriting, recording and building a sustainable career in the arts during his workshops.
Cardiff’s workshops on Nov. 1 are open to anyone, and will be structured in a flexible way so people can drop in for a while and come and go as they please. Students from UPEI and Holland College are welcome to join in any of the workshops.
“We have a lot of talented students on campus who I know would love the opportunity these workshops offer,” says Matthew Rice, vice-president of activities with the UPEI Student Union.
Rice is excited to bring Cardiff, who has released 15 albums in the past 16 years, to UPEI.
“We decided to bring Craig to our campus because of the unique offer of running workshops on campus, as well as a performance that night,” he says. “It’s an awesome opportunity for our students to work with someone with so much performing, recording and songwriting experience.”
Cardiff’s evening show at The Wave, the UPEI campus bar, will be open to anyone of any age, and tickets will be sold at the door.
For more information about the workshops, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cardiff will stay in P.E.I. for one more day, as he returns to the Trailside Café in Mount Stewart on Saturday, Nov. 2, to share a preview of his upcoming double album, “Love Is Louder (Than All This Noise).”
Cardiff spent the spring and summer recording new songs for “Love Is Louder” in various studios in Ontario, some with a full band and some more stripped-down and acoustic. The double album is set for release Nov. 19, and Cardiff is excited to share some of these new songs with P.E.I. music fans.
Cardiff has been working with producer Ben Leggett of North Bay, Ont., as they record a follow up to “Floods and Fires,” an album that earned Cardiff a nomination for a 2012 Juno Award for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year: Solo and a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination as 2012 Contemporary Singer of the Year.