Under The Spire

2024 Season announced at Historic St. Mary’s

Musician Alicia Toner is Under the Spire’s 
Artist-in-Residence for 2024

After a record-breaking season in 2023 and over a quarter of a century presenting traditional, pop, classical, jazz, country, and world music, Under the Spire (UTS) has revealed the full lineup of concerts for its 2024 season 

Alicia Toner is the Artist-in-Residence this year, continuing UTS’s long-standing tradition of artist-led programming. Taking after Robert Kortgaard, the organization’s former artistic director, Toner will curate several performances throughout the season.

Under the Spire takes place at Historic St. Mary’s, idyllically set overlooking Malpeque Bay. This year’s theme is Everlasting and features a diverse lineup of concerts showcasing dreamy songwriting, cultural celebrations, unique food and music pairings, and fairytale-inspired chamber repertoire. Some highlights include an intimate solo concert with Joel Plaskett, the 85-person Halifax Gay Men’s Chorus, Ukrainian musician Maryna Krut performing the bandura, the storytelling of siblings Leela Gilday and Jay Gilday as Sechile Sedare, and the return of the annual classical music festival Midsummer Magic.

The 2024 season begins in June with the Halifax Gay Men’s Chorus (June 22), Mass for Shout-Outs by Tanya Davis (23), Joel Plaskett (28) and Philip Chiu (30). 

In July, performances include Duo Concertante (July 7), Gordie MacKeeman & The Rhythm Boys (12), Elizabeth Shepherd Trio (13), Maryna Krut (14), The Once (19), SHHH!! Ensemble (21), Alicia Toner presents… (27) and Duel by Pallade Musica (28). The Island Proud Series, which features PEI entertainment and hospitality, also kicks off in July with Emilea May, formerly known as Emily MacLellan (24) and Aaron Comeau (31). 

In August, Midsummer Magic returns with The Four Seasons and a Melting Iceberg by Pallade Musica (August 2), and Bagels & Bach with Sarah Hagen (4). The Island Proud Series continues with PEI performers Alicia Toner (7), Tiffany Liu (14) and Shane Pendergast (21). UTS concerts in August also include a Kitchen Party with Rum Ragged (8), the Jackson Wilson Duo (9), Sechile Sedare (11), Mi’gmafrica by Les Productions Mosaiculture (16), Lara Deutsch & Adam Cicchillitti (18), Vishtèn Connexions (23), Duo CBJ & MH (25) and Morgan Toney (30). 

UTS closes in September with Sundown: The songs of Gordon Lightfoot (6–7) and David Potvin, piano (15).

In addition to concerts, UTS is committed to fostering a sense of togetherness through a series of community events, such as the annual ceilidh series, songwriting workshops, pre-concert talks, and more. There are a variety of accessible community concerts and events scheduled for this summer which will be announced closer to the season. 

Tickets are available at 836-4933, 888-311-9090 (TicketPro), and underthespire.ca. For unique experiences and deals, join Soundtrack at underthespire.ca/soundtrack, the new member program with perks, exclusive pricing, giveaways, and more.