Programs & Activities
Wyatt Heritage Properties/Culture Summerside’s 2017 Concerts in the Garden
Summer at its Best
Wednesday evenings, from July 5th through to August 23th, the garden of Wyatt Heritage Properties, 205 Prince Street, comes alive with the sound of music performed by local musicians on the outdoor stage. The style of music varies weekly, but is connected to the roots of the Maritimes. Bring along a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the concerts, which run from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Admission by donation. During the intermission, ice cream made daily on the premises with rich cream and milk, produced by Prince Edward Island dairy farms, is offered with Island fruit toppings.
July 5th – Brett Gallant
Brett Gallant is one of Summerside’s most talented young musicians. Brett is influenced by artists such as John Mayer, Bill Withers, K-OS, Neil Young, The Beatles, Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra, etc. Brett delivers rich smoky vocals that have a maturity and depth beyond his years and also plays acoustic rhythm guitar and ukulele.
July 12 – Kevin Arthur & The JackTar Band
Audiences love the toe-tapping Maritime and traditional music performed by this Summerside band made up of musicians, Kevin Arthur, Brian Rogers, Ernie Gallant, and Fred Martin. They will have you up dancing on the lawn.
July 19th – Dunromin
The popular PEI bluegrass band, Dunromin, after a six year break, reunited in 2015, and once again is producing the sound of bluegrass and old time music. Band members are Vans Bryant (guitar and harmony vocals), Harold Noye (lead vocals and mandolin), Marnie Noye (bass), and John Campbell (vocalist and fiddler). Making Plans and Memories are the titles of their two CD’s.
July 26th – Patina
After a long winter of garage jamming, the band Patina is ready for the stage, and making a statement with their name, which means a gloss or sheen produced by age and time. Summerside musicians, Kevin MacPherson, Marc Robichaud, Bob Picard and Bob (Pizza) Maclean, perform a wide variety of easy listening music from artists such as, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, The Eagles, Barenaked Ladies, to local song writing legend Gene MacLellan, and a few originals by band member, Kevin MacPherson.
August 2nd – On the Road Again
On the Road Again plays a selection of country classics, Irish numbers, and old time fiddling with harmonica selections. Members of the group are Joe Lawless-acoustic rhythm guitar, Bobby MacLean-bass guitar, Ernie Gallant-lead guitar, John Campbell-violin, and Claude Gaudet-violin and harmonica.
August 9th – Not All There
A name can say a lot. This Irish pub band is never sure just how many band members are showing up for a gig but, regardless, it is always a great show! Gary Arsenault, Wendell Cameron, Mike Johnstone, and Ramona Roberts are a few of the musicians you may enjoy in the band Not All There.
August 16 – Johnny Oliver
Johnny Oliver’s commitment to his music is described as “a passionate affair where you can feel the raw emotions in his songs.” The award winning singer/songwriter has performed on numerous stages including the Cavendish Beach Festival. His shows cover everything from hard driving country/rock through to smooth tender ballads. His albums have received extensive airplay throughout the Maritimes.
August 23 – The Buchanan Family
Lloyd Buchanan and his sister Wanda (Dunbar) have entertained audiences from the stages of numerous venues. The Buchanan’s perform contemporary, country, and 1960s music, with a smidge of gospel in the mix.
Traditional Storytelling evening: September 29th, featuring:
Dennis “Denny” King comes from a long line of storytellers. His father Lionel and Uncles Donald and Jack were known to share many tales from their youth spent on Boughton Island during the Great Depression. Born in Georgetown, Denny is proud to be carrying on the family tradition and relishes the opportunity to share his unique and entertaining stories with audiences of all ages.
Denny is part of hit storytelling group The Four Tellers. In April 2016, he published his first book “The Day They Shot Reveen – Stories from a PEI small town”.
For the Island Storytelling Festival: New Waves, Dennis’ storytelling will touch on a variety of topics.
Now a resident of PEI, Cian O’Morain is a native Irish speaker and story teller from County Kerry, Ireland. He is also a multi-instrumentalist and has recently completed a master’s degree in the performance of traditional Irish music. He has toured Ireland, Canada and the US.
Mary MacGillivray is a singer/songwriter who was born in PEI and grew up here as well as Cape Breton. Surrounded by home-made music and her deep PE/CB Island roots, Mary began singing and song writing at a young age. She sings in English as well as Irish and Scottish Gaelic, and is learning to speak the languages of her heritage.
For the Island Storytelling Festival: New Waves, Cian and Mary will present the traditional Storytelling of rural Ireland through story and song.
Anne Farrell was born and raised on a traditional mixed-farm in Lot 16, PEI. She grew up knowing she was a needed part of that family farm and turned work into play, wildlife into house pets and daily events into stories. She knew she was Irish Catholic before she knew she was an Islander. And she knew she was an Islander before her knowledge of being Canadian. Anne is a daughter, a sister, a friend, a teacher, a wife, a mother, a student, a runner, a reader, a writer, and a storyteller. She loves strong coffee, a good story, and especially loves bridging this reality to the magical secrets of the old ways.
For the Island Storytelling Festival: New Waves, Anne will be telling the stories of old Prince Edward Island.
Ensor Waite was raise on the family farm in Housebroke, PEI. He attended the community one room school for ten years. In 1954 he graduated from Commercial College in Summerside and worked with the Royal Bank for two years before returning home to the family farm where he farmed until his retirement. Ensor and his wife Louise, married fifty-five years, presently reside in Travellers Rest. After his retirement Ensor became interested in family history which led to telling stories of the past to his extended family and friends. He is a member of the Summerside Tale Tellers storytelling circle.
For the Island storytelling Festival: New Waves, Ensor will be telling stories of growing up on the family farm in Sherbrooke during World War II.
Live Recording of Radio Dramas: October 6th, 2016
Radio is a wonderful medium for storytelling and creates the best pictures. In the early days of radio, dramas went live on air and anything could happen.
The second evening of the Island Storytelling Festival:
New Waves is about recreating the early days of live radio. Interesting and varied island stories are sought out through researching the historic materials housed in the MacNaught History Centre and Archives. When a good story is found it is turned over to a writer who then shapes it into a five to seven minute drama. The facts are all represented, but creative license is brought into play with the writing.
Volunteer voice actors from the community are sought to bring the drama characters to life. Foleys or sound people, are given the job of creating the drama sounds in the same manner as early live radio. For example, coconut shells create the sounds of horse hoofs. Then on October 6th, the dramas are presented to an audience which feeds the creative juices of the actors.
The dramas are recorded by sound artist, Peter Gallant, and later make an appearance on the Wyattheritagepropertiesinc.com, the YouTube channel of Culture Summerside, Radio Atlantic, and the Storytellers of Canada web radio station.
The radio dramas are an entertaining and educational form of storytelling and the evening is fun for all ages.
Museum Tours Culture Summerside’s three museum sites are open to the public Monday through Saturday, July and August, 10 am to 5 pm. The sites include the Wyatt Historic House Museum, 75 Spring Street, Bishop Machine Shop Museum, 101 Water Street East, and The International Fox Museum and Hall of Fame, (Armoury) 33 Summer Street. The professional guided tours provide a unique and entertaining museum experience. Gallery 33 Housed on the second floor of the historic Armoury, 33 Summer Street, Gallery 33 host the summer exhibit, “Into the Fire,” featuring stunning black and white photography of some of the worse fires in Summerside over the past 150 years
MacNaught History Centre and Archives Visitors and locals seeking their Island family roots will find the necessary resources and assistance at the city archives MacNaught History Centre and Archives, 75 Spring Street. The archives are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm and Tuesday evenings 5 pm to 9 pm.