The Summerside Arts Festival, presented by Wyatt Heritage Properties Inc., has announced the performance line-up for the concert component of the July event, which celebrates the City and Island arts communities, while developing new audiences for the vast array of talent. Festival dates for concerts and street performances and demonstrations are July 22 to July 24. The evening concerts are hosted on the lawn of Wyatt Heritage Properties, downtown historic Summerside. Summerside Trinity United Church is the rain venue.
On stage July 22 will be Daniel Drouin and The Ellis Family Band. Danny Drouin is a singer-songwriter from Western PEI who released his first feature length solo album, It’s Been a long Week, in 2017. Drouin won the Cover Band/Artist of the Year Award at the 2019 Music PEI Awards.
The Summerside Ellis Family Band formed in the mid-1970s. They released over 15 singles from their three Nashville recorded albums with each single making the top 50 national charts. The band in 1999. They present a few select performance dates each year.
July 23 concert will feature Soul Filter and Rachel Beck. After sixteen years of performing in pop-rock cover bands, Summerside’s Karen and Mike Penton formed Soul Filter to write and their debut album, A Minor Conspiracy, was released in 2018.
PEI singer-songwriter Rachel Beck is making her mark on the national scene with a hit debut release. Beck’s self-titled album came out in 2018 and its first single, “Reckless Heart,” hit #1 on the CBC Music Top 20 after having the most online votes for 6 weeks straight. Beck took home the New Artist and Pop Recording of the Year Awards from the 2019 Music PEI Awards.
July 24 will feature concerts by Nick Doneff and the Nathan Wiley Band. Nick Doneff is a staple in the PEI music scene as a sideman and multi-instrumentalist. Following the 2016 release of his debut recording, Doneff has been attracting attention for his song writing and live performances.
Hailing from Summerside, three-time ECMA award, and five-time Music PEI award-winning artist Nathan Wiley, has shared the stage with artists like Blue Rodeo, Sarah Harmer, Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Matt Mays, Ron Sexsmith and many more.
Other components of the Festival are the Refresh recycling project, art and music street demonstrations and performances, talks and more.