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Music PEI Announces Full Lineup for Credit Union May Run Music Festival and The Bell Aliant Song Conference

April 16, 2015 | Music Prince Edward Island is thrilled to announce the full line-up for the inagural Credit Union May Run Music Festival, taking place from May 14-17 in Charlottetown.

Joining previously announced acts such as Stars, Dan Mangan, and Murray McLauchlan are Prince Edward Island based artists including Tim Chaisson, Paper Lions, Coyote, and Meaghan Blanchard. The complete list is as follows:

Amanda Jackson, Andrew Waite and The Firm, Archer, Ashley Condon, Big Huge, Brian Dunn & Katie McGarry, Catherine MacLellan, Count & The Cuban Cocktail, Coyote, David Woodside, Death Valley Driver, Dennis Ellsworth, Dylan Ferguson, Dylan Menzie, Emilee Sorrey, Glen Strickey, Irish Mythen, Janet McGarry & Serge Bernard, Johnny Oliver, Katie McGarry, Larque, Liam Corcoran, Love Junkies, Meaghan Blanchard, Megan Lane, Mindwaves, Mitch Schurman, North Lakes, Old Stone Station, Paper Lions, Plain Dirty Blues Band, Racoon Bandit, Ross Family, Sean Kemp & Chris Corrigan, Spencer Soloduka, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin, Teresa Doyle, The Beck Sisters, The Ellis Family Band, The Loyal Thieves, The Meds, The Roots Project, The Royal North, Tim Chaisson, Vishtèn, and Whaleskin.

Music PEI has partnered with Creative Saskatchewan to present The Sask Music Showcase. The stage offers a diverse Saskatchewan lineup, including acts such as Zachary Lucky, Jeffery Straker, Megan Lane, and The Pistol Whips.

"Following the great response to Saskatchewan at last year's PEI 2014 celebrations we are pleased to introduce four of our best musical artists to the vibrant musical markets of Atlantic Canada," says Creative Saskatchewan CEO, J.P. Ellson.

Other artists performing at the Credit Union May Run Music Festival from across the country include Newfoundland's The Novaks; Nova Scotia's The Spinney Brothers, and Machete; Quebec's Stars, Notre Dame de Grass, and Plants and Animals; Ontario's Donovan Woods and Murray McLauchlan; Manitoba's Small Glories; Saskatchewan's Jay Semko, Alberta's Tim Hus, and British Columbia's Dan Mangan.

“We’re really excited about bringing some top Canadian acts to PEI for the Credit Union May Run Music Festival," says Andrew King, President of the Music PEI Board of Directors. "Though our real focus is on our homegrown talent, this simultaneously gives our performers a chance to play to larger audiences than they often would and take advantage of the opportunity."

The Canadian Song Challenge takes place from May 11-12. The result of support from Bell Media and a partnership between Music PEI and five provincial music industry associations, including Music BC, Alberta Music, SaskMusic, Manitoba Music, and Music Ontario, it pairs an artist from each of the five represented provinces with a PEI act to write together for two days. The pairings include:

Ashley Condon (PE) & Small Glories (MB)
Dennis Ellsworth (PE) & Donovan Woods (ON)
Meaghan Blanchard (PE) & Tim Hus (AB)
Tim Chaisson (PE) & Jay Semko (SK)
Coyote (PE) & Dan Mangan (BC)

Bell Aliant’s Community One channel, which offers live sports and music events, and local news in Atlantic Canada, is this year’s title supporter of the Canadian Song Conference. Taking place from May 13-14, The Bell Aliant Canadian Song Conference, brings together leading music industry professionals from across North America to explore the art and commerce of songwriting. Newly announced panels include:

- The Music Supervisor: Managing Expectations & Doing Business
- What's The Score?: Composing for Film, TV & Video Games
- Melody Makers: Memorable Jingles for TV & Radio
- Register Your Cash: Comparing Traditional and New Revenue Streams
- Ear Candy: How A Song Evolves In The Studio
- The Creative Craft: A Discussion on Songwriting
- Sound & Vision: A Film & TV Sync Masterclass

“We’re glad to team up again with Music PEI as title sponsor of the Bell Aliant Canadian Song Conference,” said Bruce Howatt, Bruce Howatt, Vice President – PEI, Bell Aliant. “It’s a great celebration of Canadian music, and a perfect fit with our commitment to support local events throughout the region.”

Music PEI is holding a raffle for a six string acoustic guitar or a four string acoustic tenor guitar handcrafted by PEI luthier, Adam Johnston. Tickets will be available at all venues starting on May 13th and will cost $5.00 each or five for $20.00. The draw will take place on May 17th.

Volunteers:

Music PEI welcomes all volunteers to submit an application HERE. Join the fun and help Music PEI bring an exciting new festival to life.

Media Accreditation:

Media accreditation applications are now being accepted for the Credit Union May Run Music Festival and The Bell Aliant Canadian Song Conference. Click HERE to apply.

Ticket Information:

Tickets are now on sale via Ticketpro. A limited number of Festival Passes (early bird - $95) and Friday and Saturday Showcase Wristbands ($40) are now available along with individual concert tickets. Ticket details can be found at ticketpro.com or musicpei.com.

All proceeds from the festival go toward Music PEI’s efforts in assisting artists in developing careers.

About Music Prince Edward Island
Music PEI, founded in 2001 as the Prince Edward Island Music Awards Association, is a non-profit member services organization devoted to advancing careers of Island musicians. Music PEI is actively seeking ways to promote, foster and develop artists and the music industry on PEI. The Association acts as an advocate for the Island music industry and a representative at the national table. In addition to the Bell Aliant Canadian Song Conference and the Credit Union May Run Music Festival, Music PEI’s events include Showcase PEI and a funding program designed to encourage growth by providing financial assistance to the industry.
Music PEI acknowledges year round financial support from the provincial departments of Tourism and Culture and Innovation and Advanced Learning, ACOA, FACTOR and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.

Partners and sponsors for the festival and conference include The City of Charlottetown and the SERF Fund, SOCAN Foundation, FACTOR with Title Sponsors PEI Credit Unions and Bell Aliant, sponsors Community One, Platinum Sponsor Delta Hotel, Gold Sponsors AM Burgoyne Insurance, AMJ Guitars, Bell Media, Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Creative Saskatchewan, DIscover Charlottetown, Maritime Electric, PEI Brewing Company, PEI Liquor Control Commission, and Ticketpro, Bronze Sponsors AIRS, Alberta Music, CCMIA, Confederation Court Mall, Downtown Charlottetown Inc., Kent Building Supplies, Long & McQuade, MRSB, PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls, Pressed 4 Time, Spincount, TD PEI Jazz & Blues Festival, Tim Hortons, and Water's Edge Resto Grill. Music Industry partners include Manitoba Music, Music BC, Music Ontario, Sask Music and SOCAN. Media Sponsors Big Dog, C100, CFCY, Chronicle Herald, CTV Atlantic, Q93, Spud FM, The Bounce, The Buzz, The Eastern Graphic, The Fox, The Guardian, The Journal Pioneer, The Max, The Western Graphic.

Canadian Song Challenge sponsor Bell Media.

Official Beer Sponsor the PEI Brewing Company.

PEI Liquor Control Commission reminds you to Please Enjoy Responsibly.

For more information, visit: www.musicpei.com

About Bell Aliant Community One
Community One is the leader in showcasing East Coast musicians, has the deepest lineup of sports coverage in Atlantic Canada, and the largest schedule of "live" community events offered online to a worldwide audience. You can access Community One content on FibreOP TV VOD and online at bellaliant.net/communityone.



For more information, visit: www.musicpei.com

Media Contact:

Matt Charlton - Pigeon Row
matt@pigeonrow.com
(902) 240-4928