Festival of Small Halls

Thirty shows in rural communities across PEI—June 14 to 23

New trad ensemble Maukin

The PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls returns to rural communities across Prince Edward Island from June 14–23. Over 40 acts across 30 shows will fill community halls and performance spaces from tip to tip. For two weeks, Islanders and visitors alike are invited to share in the love of music, dance and storytelling in traditional meeting places steeped with community significance and cultural heritage. 

The signature ‘Shakin’ The Shingles’ opening show at Historic St. Mary’s kicks things off on June 14. The bill includes Sirène et Matelot, new trad ensemble Maukin, Sirens Choir, Cuban ensemble Montuno Cubano, and Encore Dance.

Big local acts like Inn Echo, Richard Wood, and Patrick Ledwell will grace the stages alongside rising PEI stars like Emilea May, Luka Hall, and Tiffany Liu. Canadian performers making their Small Halls debut this year include singer-songwriters Kaia Kater, Abigail Lapell, and Kellie Loder (Canada’s Got Talent), ragtime blues duo The Vaudevillian, and recent ECMA Rising Star Recording winners The Bombadils. Maritime favourites such as Dave & Jud Gunning, Mary Frances and Michael Leahy, Cassie & Maggie, and James Mullinger return.

Venues like the St. Peter’s Courthouse, Stanley Bridge Hall, and the Stompin’ Tom Centre offer dynamic and intimate backdrops for these eclectic shows. The rich traditions embedded in the artistry of these local and national performers reverberate beautifully in the 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 Festival has been named Music PEI’s Event of the Year on six occasions.

 For a full schedule and list of performers, visit smallhalls.com or see page B# of the June issue of The Buzz. Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone at 902-892-2308, or in person at The Maypoint Plaza, 161 Maypoint Road, Charlottetown. Attendees are encouraged to reserve tickets early as performances sell out regularly.