Stompin’ Tom Festival
Skinners Pond comes alive again this summer
The Stompin’ Tom Festival Series is an enduring tribute to Tom’s greatest passions: supporting musical talent and showcasing what it means to be Canadian. This summer, visitors can enjoy concerts, dinner theatre, themed events and more at the Stompin’ Tom Centre, an open-air venue in Skinners Pond.
The 2023 Stompin’ Tom Festival Series will feature artists like Canadian country musician Jason McCoy, creator and front man of The Road Hammers, the best-selling band in Canadian Country Music history; Myles Goodwyn, leader of the multi-platinum selling band April Wine; and Kurk Bernard with his Stompin’ Tom Tribute. Visit stompintomcentre.com for the full lineup.
Richard Wood, recipient of the 2023 ECMA Stompin’ Tom Award, will bring his fiery brand of Celtic music to the Stompin’ Tom Centre every Saturday until September 30 (and Sunday, September 3). Joining him are the Somerset Dancers.
New this year are three events that will feature a pairing of themed tasting and drink menus with concerts. These special events begin with O’Canada on July 1 featuring a Joey, Jamie and Kurk marathon. The Hammer Down event on July 29 will feature Jay Gavin and Jason McCoy in concert. The Hoedown event on August 26 will feature fiddler Billy McInnis and band, joined by Joey, Jamie and Kurk.
Dinner theatre returns July 18 with Keep It Canadian by Erin Dunn-Keefe. The cast includes Danalee Lynch, Bruce Arsenault, Trish Handrahan and Brayden McGuigan. Shows will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays until the end of September.
The Festival Series includes free, live entertainment daily from 1–2 pm. In true Western PEI fashion, the laid back series welcomes visitors to clap and stomp, dance a jig, or join Kurk on stage to bellow one out.
Shucked-In, a PEI version of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Screeched-In, is held every Tuesday and Thursday in July and August.Participants will slurp down a freshly shucked PEI oyster, chase it with a shot of PEI shine, and recite a salty pledge to become an “Honorary Islander” and leave with a certificate to prove it.
Visit stompintomcentre.com for tickets, schedule, and more details.