CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – On Saturday afternoon, Jan. 27, Music P.E.I. and La Fédération culturelle de l’Î.P.É. are joining forces to bring traditional, Acadian, and world music to Charlottetown with the return of Music Mosaic. The concert at Carrefour de l’Isle-St-Jean, 5 Acadian Dr., is part of Credit Union Music P.E.I. Week.
The first Music Mosaic concert was presented as a partnership between Music P.E.I. and La Fédération culturelle de l'ÎPÉ in 2010 and has featured a variety of performers over the years.
One of the performers from 2010 will be the headlining artist this year. Acadian world touring group Vishtèn returns to Music Mosaic with a history of globe-trotting, critical acclaim and awards. The trio from P.E.I. and the Îles de la Madeleine have garnered an international reputation taking traditional Acadian music to new heights.
Vishtèn will be joined by one of P.E.I.’s top musical exports, Irish-born, contemporary folk artist Irish Mythen. Mythen has toured extensively since arriving on P.E.I. about five years ago, gracing some of the most iconic stages and delighting audiences around the world.
Venezuelan musician Luis Anselmi will perform, showcasing his talents with the Venezuelan cuatro, a four-string Spanish guitar, and on piano.
In addition, the Holland College SoPA Students World Music Ensemble, directed by Acadian musician and instructor Philippe Leblanc, will perform a mixture of traditional Celtic, Acadian and world music.
Also featured are two junior high students from the Philippines who are newcomers to P.E.I., Ayessa Divina and Shericka Annang. Each will perform traditional music from their country.
Tiffany Liu from China, who now calls P.E.I. home, will perform on the Pipa, a traditional Chinese instrument. The Pipa is a four-stringed instrument similar to a lute.
Doors open at 1:30 p.m., and tickets are available in advance at www.ticketpro.ca and at the Carrefour. Admission for adults is $16, $5 for students, and children under 12 years are free.
Music P.E.I. Week is the Island’s largest annual celebration of Island music and includes concerts and awards. For full festival details go to www.musicpei.com.
Schedule for Music P.E.I. Week
Here’s what’s happening during the rest of Music P.E.I. Week in Charlottetown:
THURSDAY, JAN. 25
– Culture PEI Pre-Show Reception
6-7 p.m. – Gallery at The Guild, 111 Queen St.
Join Culture P.E.I. for complimentary refreshments and announcements about the organization’s future plans.
– SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Concert
7 p.m. – St. Paul’s Church, 101 Prince St.
Special evening featuring intimate solo performances from this year’s nominees, and the presentation of the 2018 Music PEI SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Award.
Tickets: $22 (all taxes and fees included)
FRIDAY, JAN. 26
– Friday Night Live at Hunter’s
10:30 p.m. – Hunter’s Ale House, 185 Kent St.
Admission: $10 at the door
– Music PEI & PEI Hip Hop Association Presents
11 p.m. – Baba’s Lounge, 181 Great George St.
Admission: $10 at the door
Special Guest Quake Matthews
SATURDAY, JAN. 27
– Music Mosaic
2 p.m. – Carrefour de l’Isle-St-Jean, 5 Acadian Dr.
An exciting multicultural celebration, Music Mosaic features Acadian, Irish, Venezuelan and world music performances.
Tickets: $16 for adults, $5 for students, Free for children ages 12 and under
SoPA Students World Music Ensemble
- Saturday Night Live at the Pourhouse
7:30 p.m. The Pourhouse at the Old Triangle, 189 Great George St.
Admission: $10 at door. Dinner reservations available by calling 902-892-5200
Special Guest Tara MacLean
– Songs For A Winter’s Night
9 p.m. – The Guild, 111 Queen St.
SUNDAY, JAN. 28
– Music PEI Awards Party
1 p.m. – Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, 75 Kent St.
An invitation-only awards party celebrating 2018 Music PEI Award nominees, with performances by the Josh Langille Group.
7:30 p.m. – Florence Simmons Performance Hall, 140 Weymouth St.
The closing show of the festival featuring top Music PEI Award nominees.