The Island Jubilee

Season finale explores life during the 1870’s through song

The Island Jubilee caps its inaugural season at the Florence Simmons Performance Hall on June 25 at 2 pm with special guests Katie McGarry, Lester MacPherson, and featured entertainer and storyteller Mark Haines.

 The season finale will be a special celebration for the 150th Anniversary of PEI’s entry into Confederation. It will explore the trials, hopes, dreams and the Island way of life during the 1870’s. These Island stories will be woven together with Canadian classics written by Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, Ian & Sylvia Tyson, Murray McLauchlan and more. 

Mark Haines will be curating these stories and songs for the show. Mark is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and storyteller who enjoys a roots approach to all his music. 

He is well versed in folk, rock ’n roll, R&B, gospel and Celtic styles, with his latest foray being into the world of jazz swing. With a career spanning over 50 years, Mark brings a wealth of world experiences, stories and down home charm to the show.

 Katie McGarry is a singer/songwriter from Iona, PEI and has been writing and sharing her songs with audiences for over a decade. Her influences draw on classic country and folk to pop and blues. Her most recent work is her involvement in Charlottetown folk-pop band, the Moneygoround, and the Miranda Lambert tribute shows.

 Lester MacPherson’s love of country music is as genuine as his love of the Island. Lester is proud of his roots in Glenmartin, PEI and traditional country music is what kept him connected to his roots. For over 50 years, it is those deep roots that he continues to carry with him on stage.

 The musical support for each show is the Island Jubilee house band, featuring Thomas Webb, Bobby McIsaac, Courtney Hogan-Chandler and Johnny Ross along with co-hosts Nudie, Janet McGarry and Serge Bernard.

The Island Jubilee’s new season will launch in October 2023. 

 A guitar raffle autographed by Island Jubilee stars will be drawn at this show. A portion of the admission fee also supports Holland College’s School of Performing Arts.

Tickets at or at the box office in person or by phone at 894-6885 weekdays from 12–4 pm.