CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – They’re coming back.
After three consecutive years of sold-out performances, Michelle Bouey and Aaron Hastelow are returning to P.E.I. for an all-new night of music during the holidays.
The triple threat artists will present their show, “Aaron Hastelow and Michelle Bouey in Concert,” at The Guild in Charlottetown on Jan. 6, 7-9 p.m.
And Hastelow can’t wait for the stage lights to come on.
“We’re excited. The most important thing for us is that we get to be home on P.E.I., surrounded by so many people we know. It’s just the best night of the year for us and it means so much,” says Hastelow, who has just finished his run as Asher, the eighth son of Jacob, in “ The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton, Ont.
His best friend/performing partner agrees.
“It’s our community, and we always feel everyone’s love and support,” says Bouey, who is working on a “top-secret” musical that will be announced in the new year.
What separates this year’s show from all the others is that they’re calling the evening, “Moments”.
“We want to give people a chance to get inside our lives and our friendship. So we’ll be sharing all the stories and memories we’ve had since we met when we were eight years old,” she says.
For the special occasion, Bouey has written an original duet about their friendship.
“Singing it with Michelle will be very exciting and meaningful for me,” Hastelow says.
The concert will also be a chance to share with concertgoers what the Sheridan College performing arts graduates have been doing.
In the past 12 months they have been busy developing solo careers.
Well known for his role as Gilbert in “Anne of Green Gables – The Musical”, Hastelow released a self-titled EP earlier this year, while Bouey has been busy co-writing, recording and producing her EP with her brother-in-law, Michael Sinicropi, with help from her sister, Tina Bouey, in New York City. She plans to release it in 2018.
With so much going on in their lives, the program is an opportunity for audience members to get a taste of the new music they’re interpreting.
For instance, Bouey will sing “Limited”, a new song that she will be releasing on her upcoming EP. Then, the two friends will perform a duet, “You and Me”, which is featured on Hastelow’s new album.
“We’ll also be singing a Joni Mitchell tribute, which should be gorgeous. It ties in with ‘A Case of You’, which I also recorded on my EP,” he says.
Audience regular, Christine MacFadyen, can’t wait to hear the music they’ve been working on.
“I like their voices and the vibe they create on stage. It’s very relaxing, like you’re sitting in your livingroom with friends,” says MacFadyen, who has attended the concerts for the past three years with her sister.
The show will also feature a few special guests and a few surprises.
“Jon Matthews and Andrew Murray will be part of the night with us again,” says Bouey.
“They were with us for the past three years, so it’s really special to have them back making music with us.”
As for what the future holds, Hastelow is sure of two things.
“You’ll see me around in January,” says Hastelow, who has received three nominations at the Music P.E.I. Awards that will be held in Charlottetown Jan. 25-28.
He has also been cast as Jesus in the Charlottetown Festival’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar”.
“That’s why this (cabaret) is the most exciting part of the year for us, because we get to showcase ourselves and be surrounded by so much love.”
Getting in touch
- - Michelle Bouey: Go to www.michellebouey.com.
Aaron Hastelow: Go to https://www.facebook.com/hastelow