Sherman Downey kicks off national tour in Charlottetown

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CHARLOTTETOWN – Things have been moving pretty fast of late for Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case. Last spring, the folk-pop act was crowned winner of CBC’s National Searchlight competition for Best New Artist, chosen from over 3,000 entries from across Canada. Now the Newfoundland group is kicking off a national tour for their new album, “The Sun in Your Eyes,” at The Mack on Feb. 15.

Sobeys Live @ the Centre presentsNewfoundland folk-pop bandSherman Downey and The Ambiguous Case at The Mack on Feb. 15 as part of the Winter Songwriters Series.


“I think the biggest change we've seen is in the general perception of the band,” says Downey, from the group’s hometown of Cornerbrook. “The Searchlight contest brought us some great exposure and we've been seeing bigger crowds, greater interest from venues and festivals, and ultimately, more opportunities.”

The band formed in 2010 while recording Sherman’s debut album, “Honey for Bees,” which received several nominations including five Music NL awards and ECMA’s group and rising star recording of the year.

The five-piece band has gathered fans from coast to coast with their energetic brand of roots music on a host of acoustic instruments. “The Sun in Your Eyes” has everything audiences have come to expect from the lads - banjos, accordions, catchy melodies, smart lyrics, energy, and a touch of lament. 

Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case have recently toured to festivals such as Evolve, Canadian Music Week, and Indieweek, and Downey is thrilled to be making their debut at Confederation Centre.

“The centre actually gave us one of our first big breaks, bringing us to the Vancouver Olympics for Atlantic Canada House,” the dreadlocked front-man recalls.

“I feel that there's a unique kinship between P.E.I. and Newfoundland that comes from growing up on an island,” he continues. “It's as if we all knew that even if we were cut off from everything else, we'd still find comfort in the music. The boys and I feel quite at home on P.E.I.”

Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case launch their national tour on Saturday, Feb. 15, at The Mack at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Confederation Centre’s box office at 566-1267 and toll-free at 1-800-565-0278, online at, or in person at the concert.

Organizations: CBC, Confederation Centre, The Sun Atlantic Canada House The Mack

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Canada, Cornerbrook P.E.I. Newfoundland

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