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 ‚ÄúNo music on P.E.I. prior to 1740...‚ÄĚ
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 ‚ÄúNo music prior to 1740‚ÄĚ is simply incorrect.