Local band Edge is celebrating 15 years together this year. They are, from left, Moe Hashie, Andy Gallant, Chris Ahern, and Jason Arsenault. Submitted photo
SUMMERSIDE – Moe Hashie expects to have about 800 friends kicking around Saturday night to help him celebrate his birthday.
The Edge drummer is turning 43 and he plans on ringing in his big day with the first Edgefest of the year at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club.
Actually, Hashie’s big day is actually the kickoff to a special summer season for the whole Edge family.
The four members, Hashie, Chris Ahern (lead vocals and guitar), Jason Arsenault, (lead guitar and vocals) and Andy Gallant (bass and vocals), have been together as a band for 15 years now.
Thinking back to the early days, Hashie honestly never thought Edge would still be around after all these years.
“Not many ‘cover bands’ stick together for 15 years, I don’t think,” he said.
“I didn’t think we’d still be going, not to this capacity, to the point where we are now.”
“Edgefest brought a lot of life to the band. We never thought we’d be playing in front of 700 or 800 people.”
“It’s been a great ride and we hope for another 15 to 30 years,” he said.
Edge got its start in 1999, playing classic and contemporary rock covers in what was, at the time, a happening Summerside bar scene.
They built a loyal following over the years and eventually released their own original material on their 2005 debut CD “Revelation.”
Their hard work and countless gigs have earned them both Entertainer of the Year and Weekend Warrior of the Year awards from Music P.E.I.
Those awards really hit home for the guys, said Hashie.
“We’re locals,” he said.
“We’re proud to be from the Summerside and Evangeline areas. We know what music they love because we love the same music. And we just have fun … and I think it radiates from the stage.”
But it was at the first Edgefest in 2007 when the band really hit its stride.
Bringing together various other local bands with themselves as the headliners, Edge built a concert series by throwing three big shows every summer.
The shows were originally at the Shipyard Market but quickly outgrew the venue, (at one point they had to turn away more than 200 people because the building was at capacity,) so they moved to the ice surface at the Silver Fox.
“Edgefest invigorated us and got us excited again, “ said Ahern,
“Plus it helped infuse a live music scene that was always struggling to be at the forefront. Live music has been something that over the years has been getting tougher and tougher to keep bringing to the public. A lot of clubs have gone with DJs and dance music, but Edgefest has been a lot of fun for us and it’s been a pleasure for us to bring a lot of the other local live acts to the scene,” he said.
Anyone who wants to go Hashie a happy birthday and take in the show can do so this Saturday at the Silver Fox. Doors open at 9 p.m. and show starts at 10 p.m.
Special guests will be Misty Water and 3 AM.
The next Edgefest is Saturday, June 28, with special guests Blue Steel and Pretty Tragic.