The Victoria Park Cultural Pavilion will be the focal point for a new City of Charlottetown event, the "Victoria Park Sunset Series". This free, family friendly event will feature five nights of music, movies and art from August 22 to 27.
The series will kick off on Tuesday, August 22 at 6:30 p.m. with a special musical presentation by Locomotion at the Victoria Park Cultural Pavilion. Locomotion is a musical production which features stories of days gone by when trains once travelled through the communities, along the shorelines and steamed through the countryside of PEI. The musical journey, with narration and vocals under the direction of Niall MacKay, also features Kendall Docherty on vocals and keyboard, Peter Burke on vocals, guitar and harmonica, Jimi Platts on vocals and lead guitar, Heartz Godkin on bass guitar, Brian Knox on vocals and drums, and Brian Blacquire on banjo.
The musical entertainment continues on Thursday, August 24 with music in the Park featuring Julia Dunn at 7:30 p.m. and The Beck Sisters at 8:30 p.m. Sixteen year old singer-songwriter, Julia Dunn, is a 2017 Canadian Country Music Association Spotlight Performance Finalist who is just as comfortable performing to a crowd of 25,000 with Keith Urban as she is for a crowd of 10 in her parents’ garage. Amy and Rachel Beck began singing together around the family piano in Montague, PEI and now share their pop-tinged folk with eager and ever-expanding audiences in Canada and beyond.
On Friday, August 25 two feature films will be played on a large outdoor screen at the Victoria Park Cultural Pavilion. A family favourite, Trolls (2016) will play at 7 p.m. and the newly released Disney classic, Beauty and The Beast (2017) will play at 8:45 p.m. Both films are rated PG.
Art in the Open, a free annual open air gallery highlighting Charlottetown’s vibrant art scene, will take place on Saturday, August 26, with focal points at Victoria Park, the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Victoria Row, Rochford Square, and Connaught Square. For more information on Art in the Open, visit: www.artintheopenpei.com.
The series will conclude on Sunday, August 27 with a Songwriters’ Circle beginning at 7 p.m., featuring Mark Haines, KINLEY, Dylan Menzie and host, Tara MacLean. Mark Haines is an international touring multi-instrumentalist whose career spans forty years and counting. Mark has commercially released 6 recordings and appeared as a guest on many others. Kinley Dowling is a talented vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who spends most of her time as a member of the breakout band Hey Rosetta! When not on tour, she finds time to write and record her own music. Dylan Menzie is one of Atlantic Canada’s prime musical exports and has been making big strides since his debut in 2013; including two albums and multiple awards and accolades. Host, Tara MacLean is an award-winning, PEI-born singer/songwriter. She has written and recorded four solo albums, and two more with her band SHAYE.
"We encourage residents and visitors to join us during this new series of evening events," said Mayor Clifford Lee. "The Victoria Park Cultural Pavilion provides the perfect location to enjoy the last week of summer vacation. Grab your chairs and blankets and come relax and enjoy talented local musicians and entertainment that’s fun for the whole family. I also encourage everyone to support Charlottetown’s vibrant art scene by experiencing and interacting with the numerous performances and exhibits as well as stunning installations which will be on display throughout downtown Charlottetown during Art in the Open."
For more information on the Victoria Park Sunset Series, visit: www.charlottetown.ca/sunsetseries.php or call 902-566-5548.
City of Charlottetown