The 2012 Charlottetown SummerFest Details Announced
Details for Charlottetown SummerFest were announced today as the annual Canada Day weekend celebrations extend to a city-wide event. Through strategic partnerships forged with the City of Charlottetown, the organizers of the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, and the
PEI Association of Newcomers to Canada, the annual festival returns with a variety of events celebrating Charlottetown as a rich cultural destination.
Scheduled for June 29th to July 1st, Charlottetown SummerFest will include multicultural celebrations -DiverseCity on Victoria Row on June 30, an array of free activities in Victoria Park and the largest fireworks display east of Montreal on Canada Day and a spectacular 2-day concert lineup at Confederation Landing celebrating some of the best music the east coast has to offer which includes:
Friday, June 29:
Saturday June 30:
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald
The Town Heroes
Tickets go on sale this Saturday, May 19 at 10am at the limited price of only $14.99 for general admission and $29.99 for VIP tickets until Noon Monday, May 21. Following the limited pre-sale, tickets will be offered at the low price of $19.99 for general admission and $49.99 for VIP plus applicable taxes and service fees.
By Phone: Toll free at 1-877-569-7767
Two nights of ‘East Coast’s Best’ will take the stage at Confederation Landing Park on the Charlottetown Waterfront. “The Cavendish Beach Music Festival is happy to be involved with the City of Charlottetown on this annual event. We are looking forward to building on the product that they have already developed and making it a bigger and better operation for 2013 and 2014.” – Jeff Squires, President of Cavendish Beach Music Festival.
"SummerFest is an important part of Charlottetown's summer tourism season, in fact, it has become the launch event for the season," said Mayor Clifford Lee. "We are excited to partner with the organizers of the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, who will once again be organizing this year's concerts, and the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, who will be organizing the popular DiverseCity multicultural celebrations, in conjunction with exciting Canada Day activities which City staff have planned for residents and visitors alike. Charlottetown will be abuzz with so many great events to take part in this year!"
Charlottetown Summerfest Concert Series Ticket Information
Adult Single Day Pass*
VIP Club Single Day Pass*
Hey Rosetta! hails from the rocky and cold northeastern province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. In 2005, Tim Baker arrived home from a road trip with a suitcase full of poems and melodies. Hey Rosetta! formed soon after with the addition of a string section (cellist Romesh Thavanathan and violinist Kinley Dowling) and rhythm section (bassist Josh Ward, drummer Phil Maloney and guitarist Adam Hogan). Since then, they've blossomed into a powerful group whose explosive live shows have earned them a devoted following.
The band's new album, Seeds, was produced by Tony Doogan (Belle and Sebastian, Mogwai, Wintersleep) and reveals a maturing lyrical depth and an adventurous musical atmosphere rooted to the band's passion for epic musical experiences. Seeds was shortlisted for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize and the band received two CASBY nominations (Favourite Canadian New Artist and Favorite New Indie
It was while recording 2008's breakthrough album Into Your Lungs (and around in your heart and on through your blood) that Tim Baker began to fully realize his remarkable vocal and lyrical abilities, and the band made a huge creative leap forward. They spent nearly three years on the road, touring in support of Into Your Lungs and were named one of Billboard's Top 5 Canadian acts to watch. The album
garnered a slew of awards and critical accolades, and was also short-listed for the Polaris Music Prize.
With a name that fits a Nova Scotia-based band rather well, Wintersleep formed in 2001. Initially, they were part of the Nova Scotia label and artists' collective Dependent Music, which released their first two albums, 2003's Wintersleep and 2005's untitled full-length, as the band was just getting rolling. The band graduated to the big time -- that is to say the major labels -- in 2006, when Wintersleep signed with Labwork, a subsidiary of EMI Canada. Members Paul Murphy (vocals and guitar), Tim D'Eon (guitar and keyboards), Jud Haynes (bass), Jon Samuel (keyboards), and Loel Campbell (drums) were able to see their first two releases get a second look on their new label, complete with bonus tracks, but in 2007 Haynes left the group. A quick replacement was found in Mike Bigelow, and Wintersleep soon returned to store shelves with their 2007 album, Welcome to the Night Sky. In 2008 the band was nominated for a Juno Award, Canada's highest honor in the national music scene.
With their ECMA nominated debut album “Leave It Alone” under their belts, the four high school band mates took up residency in Toronto to both impress the masses and record their second record. With fellow Haligonian Laurence Currie at the helm Gloryhound recorded “Electric Dusk”. On the strength of that recording, and a no holds barred sonic blast of a live performance, the band was signed to the prestigious Agency Group by company president Ralph James. Hundreds of gigs have followed and the band has shared stages with Thin Lizzy, Thornley, Sam Roberts, Drive By Truckers, Big Wreck, The Sheep Dogs and played such events as Canadian Music Fest, NorthByNorthEast and JunoFest (in both Toronto and St. John’s). The band has since done several residencies in and around Toronto,
while touring rigorously up and down Ontario’s Hwy 401 and throughout Atlantic Canada. Earlier this year, Gloryhound shared a sold out Montreal show with Australian buzz band Sick Puppies and rocked Toronto’s Sound Academy as opener for Thin Lizzy, while their debut disc, Leave It Alone brought a 2010 ECMA nomination for Rock Recording of the Year.
Formed in Halifax, Nova Scotia, pop/rock quartet Mardeen won a fair amount of praise right from the get-go with their 2005 debut album, Read Less Minds. In 2009 the band toured Eastern Canada and also began work on a series of singles, the first of which appeared in August of that year.
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald
There’s a lot to love about Michael Bernard Fitzgerald (MBF). His sweet, approachable disposition gives way to an undeniable confidence onstage. He is a man who can break hearts playing solo with an acoustic guitar and in equal measure, make venues soar with full backing bands, choirs and dancers. From his modest first show at a tiny folk club in 2005, to the heights of Virginfest, touring the country with Hey Ocean and playing shows with the likes of Stars, k-os, and a fall 2010 Canadian tour supporting Lights, the course is now charted for Michael to embark on his next musical journey; the release of his new record in the spring of 2012.
The Town Heroes
The Town Heroes are a Halifax based alt-rock power duo crafting catchy, lyrical, hard-hitting and anthemic songs that sound like a party you wish you were at. Voted Best Band in 2012 and Best New Artist in 2011 in The Coast’s Best of Music poll, TTH have performed at Reepherbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany, The Great Escape Festival in Brighton, UK, and have showcased their talent on the coveted “Enter The Tiki” stage for Canadian Music Week in Toronto, multiple Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week stages, the Rising Star Stage at the East Coast Music Awards and were selected as the Nova Scotia Regional winners for the National Radio Star Song Writing competition.The Town Heroes have fully embraced the ideals of a 2- Piece rock band. Camaraderie shows in their musicianship, the song-writing highlights what they are: Two friends, playing music for the love of it, in it for the long haul.
A must-see up and comer, The Meds are poised to release their debut full-length record produced by multiple JUNO nominee and ECMA winner, Matt Mays. Through years of performance experience with acts including: Meatloaf, Down with Webster, and Matt Mays, The Meds have developed an impressive stage show featuring their punchy riffs and three-part harmonies.