Perfect Pairings

Summer music series begins June 29

This summer marks the launch of Perfect Pairings, The Guild’s summer music series on Thursday evenings from June 29–August 31.

Produced by Rob Oakie, Perfect Pairings matches PEI artists with iconic artists. Each show will feature interpretations of the iconic artist’s catalogue for half of the show, with the other half featuring a selection of the PEI artists’ original songs.

Tian Wigmore (left) and Nick Gauthier will perform the Music of Neil Young

The lineup includes a mix of emerging and well-known PEI artists, and the list of iconic artists is a veritable trip down memory lane. Some are celebrations of recently passed artists like Burt Bacharach, Anita Pointer (The Pointer Sisters) and David Crosby, and others like Neil Young, Norah Jones and Talking Heads.

Kicking off Perfect Pairings on June 29 are Nick, Tian & Neil. Two long-time friends and playing partners, Nick Gauthier and Tian Wigmore, will take on the music of one of their primary influences, the iconic Canadian artist, Neil Young. Young’s career started over 50 years ago in Winnipeg and has produced huge hits like “Ohio,” “Harvest Moon,” “Heart of Gold” and “Old Man,” while releasing both solo and band albums with Buffalo Springfield, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Crazy Horse and multiple other projects.

Gauthier is the recipient of the 2023 Music PEI Musician of the Year Award and a first-call session musician. He has toured across Canada, the US, UK and Europe with multiple artists. He currently plays guitar with Catherine MacLellan, Andrew Waite and Joce Reyome, to name a few.

Wigmore was the recipient of ECMA Indigenous Album of the Year for his debut album War Horses in 2017 and he won the 2016 Music PEI Musician of the Year Award. Wigmore was a sought-after side musician for many PEI artists and was part of Tim Chaisson and Morning Fold for many years, touring across North America.

Tian and Nick began playing together as teenagers and have developed a unique synergy when performing on stage together.

Perfect Pairings continues in July with Calm Baretta & Talking Heads (July 6), Rob & Croz (July 13), Nudie & Willie (20), and Don, Brooke & Bruce (27). The August lineup includes Joce & The Pointer Sisters (August 3), Nadia, Noah & Burt (10), Lawrence & Alan (17), Catherine & Joni (24), and Brielle & Norah (31).

All concerts take place at 7:30 pm. The Guild is located at 111 Queen Street in Charlottetown. For tickets and more, visit theguildpei.com.