Island Jubilee returns

Season two debuts at Florence Simmons in October

Vivian and Ivan Hicks will perform in the season opener of Island Jubilee in October

A legacy of the 2023 Canada Games, the Island Jubilee will start its new season at Florence Simmons Performance Hall in Charlottetown on October 22 with singer Jacinta MacDonald, stepdancer Janelle Banks, and special guests Ivan & Vivian Hicks.     

As a nod to CBC’s Don Messer’s Jubilee, The Island Jubilee is an old-style radio show that revisits the early sounds of country and old-time music recorded in front of a live studio audience. Featuring the region’s brightest music stars, step dancers and storytellers, backed by a professional cast, The Island Jubilee’s season will run until April 2024. 

Ivan & Vivian Hicks epitomize the Down East style of fiddle music, continuing the tradition of Don Messer, Ned Landry and others who carved this joyful sound from its humble surroundings. With over 50 fiddle compositions to their credit, hundreds of awards and accolades, and appearances numbering in the thousands all over North America, Ivan & Vivian Hicks continue to entertain audiences from near and far at their home in Riverview, New Brunswick.   Overlooking the Petitcodiac River, their home features a 50 seat intimate theatre setting and music memorabilia room with a collection spanning an impressive 70 year career. 

Sharing the season debut is PEI singer Jacinta MacDonald. Jacinta is the winner of Island talent competitions such as the Summerside Lobster Carnival and the Bud Country Talent Contest. Her notable appearances include Country Music Week in Hamilton, ON, the Canadian National Exhibition in Vancouver, BC, and she has shared the stage with CBC’s Wayne Rostad. Her recordings include Good Old Maritimes and collaborations on Stars of the Island.

The show is co-hosted by Nudie, Janet McGarry and Serge Bernard. The house band includes Thomas Webb (steel guitar), Bobby McIsaac (acoustic/electric guitar), Courtney Hogan-Chandler (fiddle), Johnny Ross (piano), as well as Nudie (bass) and Serge (guitar/banjo/mandolin).

Doors open at 1:30 pm. Showtime is 2 pm. Tickets will go on sale in October at and in person or by phone (894-6885) at the box office.