The PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls, a traditional music, dance and storytelling festival, returns for its eleventh season to rural communities across Prince Edward Island from June 9 to 23. This year’s festival will present over 50 cultural events in more than 45 community-based venues.
On June 9 The Fortunate Ones, Tim Chaisson, Rowen Gallant and others officially open the festivities at St. Mary’s Church in Indian River.
In addition to musical artists from PEI such as Catherine MacLellan, Atlantic String Machine, Lennie Gallant, Tim Chaisson and Vishtèn, a blend of world-class performers from across Canada and around the world will perform at the festival, including The Ennis Sisters, Dave Gunning, É.T.É., RURA, Stephanie Cadman and Daniel Lapp, Ryan Cook, Matthew Byrne and Sherman Downey, Mairi Rankin and Eric Wright, Rozalind MacPhail, James Mullinger, Backyard Devils, Pretty Archie, Oliver the Crow, Emerald Rae, Leonard Podolak, Katey Day, Les Fireflies, and Doris Mason.
There will be storytellers from Newfoundland, PEI favourites Gary Evans and Dale McIsaac, and dancers.
As a recent winner of the 2019 Music PEI award for Event of the Year, the PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls has added several new venues to the festival’s lineup, including the Stompin Tom Centre in Skinners Pond, the PEI Preserve Company, Artisans on Main, and Harbour Hall in Borden-Carleton. Events include evening concerts, late night jam sessions, children’s shows and workshops as well as free guided hikes on rural trails that will take place in association with Island Trails.
New this year is a partnership with Artisan PEI who will host hands-on workshops demonstrating art forms with various mediums in several new venues.
For the festival’s full schedule and ticket information, see pages B18–19 of this issue of The Buzz, visit smallhalls.com, call 902-892-2308, or visit the PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls box office in the Maypoint Plaza, located at 2-161 Maypoint Road, Charlottetown.