‘United by Song’

United Way and Mu­sic P.E.I. new kick-off event

Journal Pioneer - - ART & ENTERTAINMENT - BY JOUR­NAL PIONEER STAFF

Is­landers are in­vited to an evening of storytelling and mu­sic to kick-off the 2018 United Way of P.E.I. cam­paign. The United Way, with Hol­land Col­lege, will host United by Song hosted by Cather­ine MacLel­lan on Sept. 23. Dur­ing the evening, four in­di­vid­u­als im­pacted by the United Way of P.E.I. will share their sto­ries with four lo­cal artists — Amanda Jack­son Band, Kel­ley Mooney, Drea Mac­Don­ald and An­drew Waite — who will then use the sto­ries as in­spi­ra­tion for songs they will write and per­form dur­ing the show. “I’m so ex­cited to be host­ing United by Song and cu­ri­ous as to what sto­ries will be told and what the song­writ­ers will do with those sto­ries; it’s quite an amaz­ing process,” said MacLel­lan. The re­sult will be a mem­o­rable, mov­ing mu­si­cal per­for­mance cel­e­brat­ing the re­siliency of the hu­man spirit and the power of com­mu­nity. “I was part of a sim­i­lar show in Fred­er­ic­ton last year and be­ing able to write a song based on some­one’s life and then share it on stage for those peo­ple and the au­di­ence was so mean­ing­ful. “Many of the peo­ple cho­sen to share their sto­ries are peo­ple that you might see ev­ery day and yet never know who they are or what chal­lenges they may be fac­ing — it re­ally brings the com­mu­nity to­gether,” MacLel­lan added. Cur­rently, the United Way of P.E.I. is sup­port­ing 25 dif­fer­ent pro­grams and 19 char­i­ties in com­mu­ni­ties across the Is­land thanks to sup­port re­ceived dur­ing the 2017 cam­paign. “In pre­vi­ous years we have cel­e­brated the launch of our an­nual cam­paign with a kick-off lun­cheon,” said An­drea Mac­Don­ald, CEO of the United Way of P.E.I. “This year, with our cam­paign fo­cused on lives changed and im­pact cre­ated, we are ex­cited to try some­thing new by bring­ing these sto­ries to im­pact to life through the artists’ lyrics and mu­sic.” United by Song will take place at the Florence Sim­mons Per­for­mance Hall on Sun­day, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. Tick­ets for the event are $23 and can be pur­chased at the Florence Sim­mons Box Of­fice or on­line at bit.ly/unit­ed­bysong. Guests that pur­chase six or more tick­ets will be en­tered in a draw for a $150 gift card to Red Isle Hos­pi­tal­ity (Hunter’s, The Fac­tory or John Brown Grill). Ad­di­tional event de­tails can be found on­line at www.peiu­nit­ed­way.com/news.

JOUR­NAL PIONEER FILE PHOTO

Cather­ine MacLel­lan

JOUR­NAL PIONEER FILE PHOTO

An­drew Waite

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