Old Time Radio Music Show

The Island Jubilee continues in January

(left–right); Melissa MacKenzie, Frank Whitty and Janelle Banks

The Island Jubilee Old Time Radio Music Show’s second season continues on January 14 with special guests Melissa MacKenzie, Frank Whitty and step dancer Janelle Banks at the Florence Simmons Performance Hall in Charlottetown. Showtime is 2 pm.

MacKenzie, a multidisciplinary artist, educator and activist, holds an Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance from Sheridan College (2018). She grew up in a musical family and has been performing on stages throughout Atlantic Canada since 2014. In 2020, she co-founded Kitbag Theatre with Jacob Hemphill and Rebecca Parent, aiming to establish an accessible, independent, year-round theatre scene in PEI. The trio has since produced several sold-out productions, including two Maritime tours. MacKenzie directed the music and also starred as June Carter Cash in the Kitbag production The Songs of Johnny and June which sold out performances throughout the Maritimes.

Whitty is from Farmington, PEI, and has been singing and playing guitar since he was 12 years old. He released his first two albums, The Choices I’ve Made (2010) and Real Country (2012), collections of classic country songs by Lefty, Haggard and Jones, all favourites that Frank covers with smooth baritone vocals that come from the heart. 

Banks is a skilled and accomplished dancer from Springvale, PEI. A champion step dancer with over 20 years of experience in the dance world, she has established herself as a top competitor and performer. Banks has taken part in numerous dance competitions across Canada and has won many awards including the National Dance Competition and World Cup in Quebec last year. Banks has danced at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom parade, and been a part of The Charlottetown Festival’s outdoor amphitheatre dance show for the past two seasons.

 Island Jubilee Old Time Radio Music Show performances are recorded for broadcast on Tantramar 107.9FM CFTA and previous recordings are available at tantramarfm.ca. Proceeds from the 50/50 draw and guitar raffle will be donated to the QEH Foundation at the end of the season.

Co-hosted by Nudie, Janet McGarry and Serge Bernard, the show’s house band includes Bernard, Thomas Webb, Bobby McIsaac, Courtney Hogan-Chandler, Johnny Ross and Nudie.

Tickets are available at ticketpro.ca.