After nine successful seasons operating the Trailside Music Café & Inn in Mount Stewart, PE, owners Pat and Meghann Deighan will be relocating their efforts into a new business in Charlottetown called Trailside Music Hall. The new Trailside will be located in The Arts Hotel which is opening September 1 in the former Myron’s location at 155 Kent Street.
Pat explains that when he was approached by Phillip Homburg about opening a venue in The Arts Hotel, he realized that he was ready for something new. “It is time to grow and this is a way to keep the [Trailside] brand alive and make it into something bigger.” “We really did a lot with that little building in Mount Stewart. So many amazing shows and memories over the years. This next chapter just feels like the right move for Megs and I to keep our hearts in the Trailside and have it move forward a little.”
The former Trailside had an enthusiastic and loyal clientele and Pat has aimed the following statement on his website directly at those patrons, whom he hopes will follow him in the move to the new location.
“You will be treated to the same intimate Trailside experience you’ve always known. Food and beverages will be served at your table. The menu will feature favourite items from our original Trailside menu. The Trailside will always be a listening room with your enjoyment of the live music being our number one priority.”
The venue is located on the ground level with entrance through the new Salvador Dali Café which faces Kent Street. There will be seating for up to 80 people, up from the 60 person capacity in Mount Stewart. A bigger stage, a new sound and lighting system is being installed and there will even be a backstage green room for the performers. It will operate year-round and is classified as an all ages venue.
Aware of the importance of atmosphere to the Trailside experience, Pat says that they are creating “a place where we’d want to be ourselves.”
On stage you can expect to find entertainers “in the tradition of Trailside,” says Pat. “East Coast and Canadian touring artists, and up and comers. We have a lot of ideas we can’t wait to get rolling. Being open year round is exciting for us.”
But of course this isn’t really something new for Pat Deighan. “I’ve been booking music since I was 17; I live and breathe that stuff.”