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Artists from three provinces taking the stage in Mont-Carmel Sunday

Kim Wempe
Kim Wempe - Contributed

MONT-CARMEL, P.E.I. – The Mont-Carmel Summer Concert Series is in full throttle for the 2018 season every Sunday evening until Aug. 26.

The artists who will take the stage of the Mont-Carmel Parish Hall this Sunday are Maggie Savoie from New Brunswick, Kim Wempe of Nova Scotia, and Louise Arsenault and the Joe Narcisse Family from P.E.I.

These weekly concerts are presented in partnership with the Conseil scolaire-communautaire Évangéline and RADARTS (Réseau atlantique de diffusion des arts de la scène).

Singer/songwriter Savoie, originally from Kedgwick, N.B., surprised the music industry during the release of her self-produced album in 2015. This recording garnered her an invitation to join the show “L’Acadie, un pays qui se raconte,” which was presented all over Europe. During 2016 and 2017, she performed shows in Canada and abroad as well as released her EP entitled “On court.” In May, she released her album “Tumeur à l’égo” which has more of an electric sound than the folk-blues sound of her first album.

Maggie Savoie. Photo credit: L.P. Chiasson
Maggie Savoie. Photo credit: L.P. Chiasson

Wempe is a singer/songwriter originally from Humboldt, Sask., and now residing in Antigonish, N.S. She is a powerful performer with an undeniable stage presence. Over the years, her style has been compared to the likes of Janis Joplin, Serena Ryder, and Adele. This Canadian artist has earned herself an East Coast Music Award for Rising Star Recording of the Year as well as nominations for Female Recording of the Year, Pop Recording of the Year, and Folk Recording of the Year. Wempe has toured all over Canada, the U.S. and Australia.

Renowned fiddler Arsenault will be accompanied by other Joe Narcisse family members. This former member of the group Barachois and present member of Gadelle is known both at the national and international levels.

Louise Arsenault
Louise Arsenault

For the Joe Narcisse family, their musical journey all started with their father Alyre on the fiddle and their mother Marie on the pedal organ. Every night, family members gathered in their living room to listen to their beautiful melodies.

As Louise’s bow fires up the fiddle, her sister Zelma Arsenault, her brother Norman Gallant, her son Jonathan Arsenault as well as step-dancers from her family will accompany her.

The Aug. 12, concert will start at 7 p.m. and the doors of the Mont-Carmel hall at 5786 Route 11, will open at 6:15 p.m.

During the evening, 50/50 tickets will be on sale and the canteen will be open. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for members of the co-operative, $5 for students and free for preschoolers. Find the 2018 lineup at www.cooperativeculturelledemontcarmel.com.

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