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2016-05-26 - Lighthouse, Molly Johnson to Headline 2016 TD PEI Jazz & Blues Festival

Festival Returns to Downtown Charlottetown August 25th-27th

Charlottetown, May 26th, 2016 - The TD PEI Jazz & Blues Festival will return to downtown Charlottetown August 25th-27th, 2016 and will feature Canadian rock legends, Juno-Award winners, East-Coast favourites, and what is sure to be the next "big thing".

The Mainstage Tent at Confederation Landing Park will come alive with the explosive sound of Canadian legends Lighthouse on Saturday, August 27th. Known for fusing a unique blend of rock, jazz, and classical influences into international chart toppers such as One Fine Morning, Sunny Days, Hats Off to the Stranger, 1849, and Pretty Lady, Lighthouse has seen continuous radio play for almost 40 years, essentially creating a soundtrack for the lives of a generation of Canadians.

"The TD PEI Jazz & Blues Festival is an annual late-summer tourism and cultural anchor in Charlottetown," said Jim Power, Chair of the TD PEI Jazz & Blues Festival Board of Directors. "Over the past several years, much effort has been placed on expanding the festival’s genre offerings while continuing to focus on showcasing the best and brightest of the Canadian jazz and blues scene. I encourage everyone to get out and enjoy all this festival has to offer by reconnecting with old favourites, and perhaps discovering a new favourite artist or two!"

Renowned Canadian multi-genre chanteuse Molly Johnson brings her latest Juno-nominated project, Because of Billie, to St. Paul’s Anglican Church on Saturday, August 27th. This celebration of the music of Billie Holiday is infused with the idol’s spirit and lusciously interpreted by Johnson to an emotional depth few vocalists in any genre has ever reached.

St. Paul’s will also welcome multi-award winning artist and Charlottetown-favourite, John Gracie, who will put away his best-selling Christmas songbook on Thursday, August 25th in favour of crooners like Sinatra, Bennett, and more; as well as emerging East-Coast talent, Port Cities, whose stellar songs, dynamic vocals, and superior musicianship on Friday, August 26th will leave you yearning for their highly anticipated Gordie Sampson-produced debut album, due to be released in fall 2016.

"Hosting the TD PEI Jazz and Blues Festival is a great tradition for the City of Charlottetown. It’s an event that we’re honoured to be a part of each year," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "The diverse programming makes an important cultural impact and provides an opportunity for our citizens and visitors to be exposed to the talent of artists from across the country. We are grateful to the organizers for their continued commitment to putting on a world-class event and we look forward to celebrating local and regional artists and Canadian performers at the upcoming festival."

Tickets start at only $17 (plus tax and fees) and will be available through Eastlink Centre Charlottetown’s Box Office beginning June 6th. For details and to stay up-to-date on the latest announcements visit www.jazzandblues.ca.


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Media Inquiries:

Laurel Lea
Project Manager | 2016 TD PEI Jazz & Blues Festival
902.218.3365
laurel.lea86@gmail.com

 



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