Held annually in halls that cover the Island from tip-to-tip, this year’s festival will present over 50 cultural events in more than 40 community-based venues.
Lead-up events will warm up the audience before festival alumni Dave Gunning and JP Cormier and others officially kick off the festival at the opening show on June 11 at St. Mary’s Church in Indian River. Gunning and Cormier will perform alongside Island musicians, dancers, and storytellers.
In addition to internationally touring artists from P.E.I., a blend of world-class performers from across Canada and around the world will perform at this year’s festival, including Coig, The Once, The Press Gang, Tomato/Tomato, Steve Poltz, Charlie A’Court, William Prince, Port Cities, James Keelaghan, Cassie and Maggie MacDonald, Paul McKenna, the Mae Trio and the Barra MacNeils.
Recent winner of the Music P.E.I. 2017 award for Event of the Year, the P.E.I. Mutual Festival of Small Halls has added 10 new venues to the festival’s lineup, including Knutsford Community Centre, West Point Harbourside Centre, the College of Piping, Moth Lane Brewery, Upstreet Craft Brewing, Solid Rock Café at First Baptist Church, Trinity United Church, St. Andrews United Church in Vernon Bridge, Vernon River Parish Hall, Cornerstone Baptist Church in Montague, and Roma at Three Rivers Pavilion.
“A cultural experience like a Festival of Small Halls performance is a rare thing, valued equally by local residents and tourists, noted Lawrence MacAulay, minister of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. “These intimate performance venues and outstanding artists capture the unique essence of Atlantic Canada’s musical heritage.”
The Government of Canada is supporting this year’s festival with a combined investment of $55,000 from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Canadian Heritage. The provincial government provided $94,730 in funding from various departments for staffing and operations.
For the festival’s full schedule and ticket information, visit smallhalls.com, call 1-877-478-2308, or the Festival of Small Halls’ box office in the Maypoint Plaza, Charlottetown.