Island had music long before 1740

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A few days ago, I attended the Music P.E.I. gala awards show at the new Convention Centre in Charlottetown. It was a wonderful night of celebration for P.E.I. musicians and the music industry.

During one portion of the show, there was a remark made that there was “No music on P.E.I. prior to 1740...”

While it appeared as a harmless joke, overlooking a huge piece of Island history, is not.

I would like to set the record straight for the approximately 400-plus people in attendance that evening. There is evidence that the Mi'kmaq people have inhabited P.E.I. as far back as 10,000 years ago. Music has been a huge part of ceremonies, healing, and celebration within the Mi'Kmaq culture.

So to say that there was “No music prior to 1740” is simply incorrect.


Brent Chaisson,

Miscouche, P.E.I.

Geographic location: P.E.I., Iceland, Miscouche

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