PEI 2014 Canada Day Concert Performers
Among the truths we hold to be self-evident are these: Canadian bands can play their asses off, and they can also bring the funny. No outfit hailing from north of the border embodies these paired virtues more engagingly than the Barenaked Ladies, whose fusion of hooks and yuks has resulted in more than 14 million albums sold. On the occasion of the band’s 25th anniversary, BNL—Ed Robertson (guitar/vocals), Jim Creeggan (bass/vocals), Kevin Hearn (keyboard/guitar/vocals) and Tyler Stewart (drums/vocals)—have celebrated with new album GRINNING STREAK. The album, the band's twelfth, is their first in partnership with Vanguard Records after self-releasing their last four efforts. Indeed, the whole of GRINNING STREAK unfolds with the signature blend of immediacy, tunefulness and witty sophistication that made such BNL hits as "Pinch Me, "Brian Wilson,” "If I Had $1,000,000” and the chart-topping "One Week” modern-day classics.
Tegan and Sara
Tegan and Sara’s 13-year career has seen them build an avid global following of fans and fellow musicians alike. Their unique ability to bridge the pop and indie worlds has allowed their music to cross all traditional boundaries of genre, from being covered by The White Stripes to collaborating with superstar DJs such as Tiesto and David Guetta. Having sold nearly 1 million albums and toured with acts from The Killers to Cyndi Lauper, Tegan and Sara have now released their 7th studio album – Heartthrob – as internationally-celebrated songwriters, performers, and artists. Tegan and Sara have played countless festivals around the world including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits.
Classified is the Canadian MC from Enfleld, Nova Scotia, who has not only remained current, but improved with each album. Revered and respected, the rapper-producer has taken Canadian hip hop music all over the world, all the while deepening his word play and sharpening his beats. Now, returning with his new, first-ever self-titled album on Half Life Records/Universal Music Canada, Classified presents the apex of his trials and tribulations of a lifetime spent in the studio and on the road. The artist has been on tour with Nas and The WuTang Clan and performed for millions of fans all around the world.
David Myles' new double album, In the Nighttime, is what happens when the two sides of his musical persona - sultry crooner and energetic showman - join forces. Somewhere on the spectrum between James Taylor and Justin Timberlake, David Myles has truly forged his own path by embracing modern and vintage pop, folk and soul music. 2014 has already been a big year for Myles with Juno, ECMA , Indie Music and Canadian Radio Music award nominations. With extensive national and international touring experience, Myles has earned a reputation as a great showman. His flawless musicianship and unforgettable stories have made David Myles a favourite with fans everywhere.
Roch Voisine had his great music debut in the summer of 1986 where he sang before more than 50,000 people at La Ronde in Montreal on Canada Day. In June 1989, he released his first album Hélène, which in a very short time became a huge success in Quebec and in France. In August 2008, a new album Americana was released on the European market. Americana 1 would be the first in a series of albums regrouping the indispensables of North American music. In September 2010, Roch presented Americana I in Canada followed by the recording of the album, Confidences.
In 2004, George Canyon auditioned for U.S.A Network’s "Nashville Star”- an internationally televised performance competition similar to the "American Idol” format. Canyon showed up, wowed the worldwide audiences and nearly won the entire contest. The rest is history punctuated by industry accolades, achievements and sustained success. He has sold over 350,000 albums and his critically acclaimed music continues to grow with every record. When George Canyon is performing live onstage, he is most at home. He has the entire audience in the palm of his hand and you just can’t help but want to be a part of his unique family. Canyon is one of Canada’s favourite country music artists and one of the most successful entertainers in the country today.
DRUM! represents the musical heartbeat of Nova Scotia and of all of Canada. It is a spectacular musical production featuring musicians, dancers, drummers, and singers from four principal cultures – Aboriginal, Black, Celtic and Acadian – brought together in a heart-pumping fusion of music, dance, poetry, video, rhythm, and song. DRUM! made its debut as a full-length production in 2004 running for ten nights in its own specially designed theatre on the Halifax waterfront. Tourists and locals alike received the show with accolades resulting in a return to the waterfront for five-week runs from 2005 to 2007. In February 2010, DRUM! appeared on a variety of stages during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, followed closely by a five-week residency at Dollywood, Tennessee, and a performance for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.