Cozy up for the annual Valentine’s Cabaret at The Mack

Darlene Shea
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Live @ the Centre concert last chance for audiences to see Wade Lynch

CHARLOTTETOWN – With love in the air, Sobeys Live @ the Centre serves up the swing and splendour of the Valentine's Cabaret, Friday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. 

Don Fraser, (from left) Joey Kitson, Catherine O’Brien, and Allan Dowling will be joined by Wade Lynch and Daryl Gallant for the swing and splendour of the Valentine’s Cabaret, Feb. 14 at the Mack in Charlottetown. This concert marks Lynch’s last public performance with Confederation Centre for the immediate future.

Crooners Catherine O'Brien, Joey Kitson, and Wade Lynch, the centre's associate artistic director, fuse their talents with the rock-solid trio of Don Fraser on keys, Deryl Gallant on bass, and Alan Dowling on drums. This collaboration sets the scene at The Mack for a memorable night of romance, humour, and jazz favourites.         

This concert also marks Lynch’s last public performance with Confederation Centre for the immediate future. The centre’s long-time resident funnyman is moving to Quebec this spring for family reasons.

"For me, the Valentine's Cabaret is the reward for surviving early winter,” he says. “It is the first real reason in the year to remove the salt stains from my shiny shoes, to convince my tux it still fits, and to spend the evening with good friends and great music in an atmosphere ripe with the possibility of romance.”

Fraser, the centre's musical director, says that this annual cabaret offers a great mix of music and comedy, “And the Mack is a truly unique setting for celebrating Valentine’s,” he asserts. “The Cabaret is a once-a-year opportunity to sing some of the great jazz standards by the eminent song writers of the American songbook.”

Fraser's jazz trio will support the vocalists across a charming set of ballads, blues numbers, and pop standards, including “My Funny Valentine,” “Nancy,” “A Foggy Day,” and “Come Fly With Me.”

“It's reassuring to discover that somewhere, buried deep in the valley of my long-johns, the spark of passion still burns,” quips Lynch. “I look forward to trying out some new comedy and singing old favourites like ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’,’ ‘Angel Eyes’, and ‘One For My Baby.’”

Tickets are available at Confederation Centre’s box office at 566-1267 and toll-free at 1-800-565-0278, online at, or in person at the concert.

Organizations: The Mack, Confederation Centre

Geographic location: Quebec

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