Parallel Events Driven with Intention
“With the lights out, it’s less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now, entertain us”
– Boxer the Horse, SLTS
Party till the sun comes up and hug the people you love to hug. August is a beautiful moment in Charlottetown, traveling fast, leaving sunburns and memories, filling our souls with energy warm enough to fuel the bunkering down for winter.
As September’s shadow approaches, it feels good to look back into the sun and share some of the loveliness shared by this small town. People gather. Some home from away, some open doors to neighbors others share their backyard with strangers. Two great events happened this month, melodic and contemporary, parallel in genre and intent however different in execution.
On the evening of August 6th, Sam and Megan Stewart opened the gate to their backyard with true Island hospitality to host a wonderful backyard concert featuring Brooke Manning from Toronto and two great Island singer-songwriters Drew Heggie and Fraser McCullum. Water Street hasn’t seen this kind of collective celebration of creativity since the closing of Ampersand in February. Mussels steaming, lights glittering and voices uniting the evening was a true success.
After dark, August 11th, three indy delicious bands hit the stage at the Alibi Lounge for the first fundraiser event for This Town is Small. All incredibly talented bands from Prince Edward Island, The Barkats, North Lakes and Boxer the Horse rocked a full house all night. Sandi Hartling and I presented an art performance piece titled “work hard and you will…” Climbing up and down ladders amongst the crowd we set out to work as hard as the band on stage. We surfaced above the crowd four hundred and seventy five times as Boxer the Horse stomped out a well versed set. The night was amazing and with the funds raised throughout the night This Town is Small will be bringing you more grand events in the near future.
Fantastic fills the air when people come together supporting their community. There is something special about taking a stand for yourself and for your home. Art and culture is integral to life here. Not only is art and culture one of the top economic generators but it is how history is recorded. It is Island life. We are a stubborn yet helpful and loving people. We are talented and we deserve accessible community support to ensure we can continue to produce creatively here on P.E.I. and in Charlottetown.
I would like give a special thanks Megan and Sam Stewart for leading the organization of both Small Town events. THANK YOU!
This Town is Small would also like to thank Jenn and Chris at the Alibi Lounge, your hospitality and support for the Arts community is greatly appreciated. The Barnkats, North Lakes, Boxer the Horse, Drew Heggie, Fraser McCullum and Brooke Manning for donating their time and music. Mike Carver and Kirk Avery for the beautiful posters.
And last but not least, THANK YOU TO THE COMMUNITY, stay connected and stay in touch, as all art deserves an audience and P.E.I. you are a great one!
CHCK OUT THE MUSIC AND ARTISTS!
http://www.myspace.com/boxerthehorse Boxer The Horse
http://www.myspace.com/thebarnkats The Barnkats
http://www.myspace.com/owleyescrowsfeet Brooke Manning
http://www.myspace.com/racoonbandit Raccoon Bandit (Fraser McCullum)
http://www.myspace.com/thecashmeredisciples Cashmere disciples (Drew Heggie)
http://www.myspace.com/thenorthlakes North Lakes
www.beckaviau.com – Becka Viau