Acadian group Gadelle will perform at Orwell Corner Community Centre June 14

Festival of Small Halls

Twenty-one shows from Skinner’s Pond to Souris—June 10 to 19

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The PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls, a traditional music, dance and storytelling festival, returns to rural communities across PEI from June 10–19. The 2022 line-up includes over 50 acts across 21 shows in community based halls and performance spaces spanning the Island’s three counties, from Skinner’s Pond to Souris. 

The kick-off show Shakin’ the Shingles, a festival staple, takes place on June 10 at historic St. Mary’s in Indian River with performances by Irish Mythen, Catherine MacLellan, and Celtic duos Troy MacGillivray and Jake Charron, and Colin Grant and Jason Roach. 

The evening will be co-hosted by Martha Chaves, one of several comedians and storytellers joining Small Halls this year, with Islanders Gary Evans, Shawn Hogan, Tanya Davis, Georges Arsenault, Julie Pellissier-Lush and Patrick Ledwell set to appear. 

For two full weeks leading up to Summer Solstice, everyone is invited to share in the love of music, dance and storytelling in traditional meeting places steeped with community significance and cultural heritage. Venues like Watermark Theatre, Milton Community Hall and Kings Playhouse offer dynamic and intimate backdrops. 

In addition to some of our Island’s biggest musical exports like Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys, Lennie Gallant, Tim Chaisson, Tara MacLean and Richard Wood, a stellar mix of performers from across Canada will grace the Small Hall stages, including acts like Hauler, Morgan Toney, The Fretless, Morgan Davis, Adrian Sutherland, Les Royal Pickles and The New Customs.

Alongside these seasoned artists, Small Halls is host to an array of notable young Island talents with burgeoning careers like Logan Richard, Brielle Ansems, Inn Echo, Lawrence Maxwell, Ava & Lily, Joce Reyome and Shane Pendergast.

The rich traditions embedded in the artistry of these local and national performers reverberate beautifully in the gracious host venues that have been essential to the communities they reside in for years on end. This timeless pairing is a part of why the PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls was named Music PEI’s Event of the Year in 2019, its most recent year of operation.

For the festival’s full schedule and ticket information, visit smallhalls.com, call 892-2308, or visit the box office in the Maypoint Plaza, located at 2-161 Maypoint Road, Charlottetown.