Expanded P.E.I. Jazz & Blues Festival part of 2014 celebrations

Published on February 24, 2014
Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea, and P.E.I. Tourism and Culture Minister Robert Henderson, join Doug Millington, Chair of the TD Jazz and Blues Festival, to announce funding for this year’s festival. 
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CHARLOTTETOWN - One of P.E.I.’s most successful music festivals, the TD P.E.I. Jazz & Blues Festival, will benefit from federal and provincial support.

The annual festival will be expanded in 2014 to include the Confederation Concert Series which will feature performances by artists from every province in Canada.

“Canada is a premier tourism destination, and our government continues to support small and medium-sized businesses and tourism groups through projects that help promote and strengthen this important industry,” said Fisheries Minister Gail Shea. “The Jazz & Blues Festival is a wonderful event that celebrates arts and culture, and further promotes the Atlantic Canadian region."

Shea said the federal government through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is contributing $15,000 to the event.

“We are thrilled that the TD P.E.I. Jazz & Blues Festival will be presenting the Confederation Concert Series with assistance from a $25,000 P.E.I. 2014 Fund grant,” said Tourism and Culture Minister Robert Henderson. “This new concert series will augment an already fantastic music festival while attracting artists and music fans from across the country to Prince Edward Island during the 2014 celebration year.”

During its 10th anniversary this coming summer, the TD P.E.I. Jazz and Blues Festival will feature 200 performances, 196 of them featuring Canadian artists.

“We are thrilled to be mounting an enhanced and expanded festival during the PEI 2014 celebrations,” says TD P.E.I. Jazz and Blues Festival chairman, Doug Millington. “We’ve been delivering world-class entertainment with a special focus on Canadian artists for a decade now. We are confident 2014 will be our best year yet.”

The TD P.E.I. Jazz & Blues Festival will take place Aug. 21-23 in Charlottetown.