SUMMERSIDE ARTS FESTIVAL
The Summerside Arts Festival, presented by Wyatt Heritage Properties Inc., has a great line-up of entertainment for the three-day festival!
The muscial entertainment takes place on the lawn of the beautiful Wyatt Heritage Properties, located in the downtown historic residential district of Summerside. The simple outdoor stage, nestled beneath century old trees on the expansive Wyatt lawn, offers a perfect venue for performers and audiences.
Cathy and Andy - Cathy has been playing music for about the past 12 years. She has played with local entertainers such as Roy MacCaull and Jeff Coughlin! Andy is an amazing multi-talented musician. He has played with several bands over the years such as Neon Country, Neon Moon and several others. He can play all types of music from bluegrass and country to rock and roll. Andy and Cathy began a duo act a couple of years ago after doing a few kitchen parties together at the Summerside Legion and have been doing shows ever since. They have an upbeat fun banter and keep the audience in stitches.
Christine Gallant – Christine Gallant is a long-time resident of Summerside and is currently best known as a musician and baker. She holds a degree in Musical Performance and a diploma in Arts and Cultural Administration. Over the years, she has operated a private music studio, directed the Summerside Community Choir, been the director of Music at Trinity United Church in Summerside, and the executive director of Under the Spire Music Festival between 2009-2013. She plays the piano, Celtic harp, accordion and is the lead vocalist in the summer production of Highland Storm at the Scott MacAulay Performing Arts Centre.
Erica Panter - PEI based singer/songwriter with a rich fusion of Folk, Blues, Rock, Soul and Country. Her emotive vocals are captivating. She can be shy on stage due to her neurodivergence, but once the song starts, the joy of music takes over.
Playing and writing every day, striving to better herself musically, as well as be the best Mom and wife she can to her favourite people is what she is all about. When she’s not doing all that, you will find her behind her hair chair styling some extremely lovely people and just generally trying to be the best quality human she can be.
Emi Smith - Emi Claire Smith is a young singer-songwriter from Kensington, PEI. She released her first single “Lavender Town” in June of 2020, followed by her first EP “Rootless” in December of 2022. Emi primarily writes folk, but is not chained to any one genre in performance. Her covers are always solo vocal with tenor guitar, with a guaranteed sprinkle of musical intuition in every tune.”
Blue Zone - The Blue Zone Band brings its own style to bluegrass and country music, and are a popular name at Island Bluegrass/country festivals and ceilidhs. The band is comprised of four talented PEI musicians: John Campbell on guitar, Steve Perry on fiddle, Mim Murphy on bass guitar, and Dave Millar on banjo and mandolin. All four band members provide the vocals.
Brock Mattsson - Brock Mattsson is a singer/ songwriter who creates smooth, gentle sounds of sorrow. Having traveled across Canada majorly in their 20’s, Brock now resides in the mouth of the St. Lawrence, on Prince Edward Island "[Being] somewhat of a new and quite mysterious artist in the country world." - Flex Music Blog. They only have two singles out to date, ‘Rather Be With You’ and ‘Are You Thinking of Me’. Both songs come from past experiences, where they’re mixed with traditional sounds of 60’s country. Going forward Mattsson hopes to share their songwriting to those whose love for country music still thrives.
Jim Dickson - Dr. Jim Dickson has over 30 years of experience as a performer and teacher. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of South Carolina. He has given solo concerts around the United States and on Prince Edward Island.
Jim is also an accomplished composer, having written a wide variety of works including church cantatas, orchestral works, numerous works for a wide variety of instruments, and a concerto for guitar and chamber orchestra. His orchestral work "The Practice Room" was premiered by the South Carolina Philharmonic in 1998. He works as a Classical Guitar Instructor at the University of Prince Edward Island.
We’re only sleeping - Composed of Isabel Maclellan, Michael Waddell, Colton Steele, and William MacKinley. They are a cover band with styles inspired by artists such as Tyler, the Creator; Frank Ocean, and Steve Lacy. Their covers have a sort of coffee-house vibe, merging chill basslines, Cajon beats, bright keys, and dreamy guitar with stunning vocals and rap segments. Isabel and Michael’s vocals blend together beautifully, and Colton’s tasteful guitar solos are a fan favorite as William holds a smooth groove on bass
Jonathan Arsenault – Jonathan Arsenault is a jester of modern times. Always clowning around, you wonder how his music could be taken seriously… Until you hear him play. He started playing violin like his mother, but ended up settling on acoustic guitar along with whatever instrument is at his disposal. He is your favorite house party jammer who will make you laugh and then make you cry with envy with his repertoire of Traditional music, Country and Classic rock. He will find the niche to please all.
Claire Gallant – Claire is classically trained but over the years has concentrated on devising her own musical arrangements of popular songs we knew from the 70s and beyond. She plays at many venues both locally and in tourist spots.
Harold and Marnie – With almost 35 years of performing in four different bands, Harold and Marnie played numerous shows both on and off PEI. They are proud to have released eight recordings, had a local television show for four years, received two ECMA nominations, two PEI Gospel Music Awards, and the Chesley MacDougall Award for the promotion of bluegrass music on PEI. They are looking forward to performing as a duo at the 2023 Summerside Arts Festival with a mixture of country, bluegrass and gospel music.
TSSK – TSSK: AN ISLAND “WOODWIND” QUARTET
TSSK stands for Tim Cooper, his wife Susan Bleakney, Sheila Forsyth and Kim Knight-Picketts. We could have been called Carpool, because that’s how we met, driving into Charlottetown for Second Chances band and Coro Dolce (yes we all sing too). We could have been called Docs+ as well, as two of us have PhDs, and one a DVM. We realized we had the bones for a woodwind quartet, with Tim on sax (often playing oboe parts), Susan on flute, Sheila on clarinet, and Kim on bass (doing the bassoon parts), and started up the group. It kept us sane through Covid (our musical pod), and is one of the highlights of our week. All of us have been involved with music for years. Tim is a retired music professor (UNB), and the rest of us have been playing our instruments since childhood. We play a very eclectic mix of music ranging from classical, pop, movie themes, folk, and jazz, and more.