Jazz and blues boost

An­nual fes­ti­val gets new fund­ing for ex­panded of­fer­ings

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE -

P.E.I.’s an­nual jazz and blues fes­ti­val is get­ting a fi­nan­cial boost from all three lev­els of gov­ern­ment to help it ex­pand for 2015.

The fes­ti­val will re­ceive com­bined fund­ing of $40,000 this year from the fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments as it moves from a mu­sic-only fes­ti­val to in­clude new cul­tural and culi­nary prod­ucts.

This fund­ing is on top of $10,000 also com­mit­ted by the City of Char­lot­te­town.

The 2015 TD P.E.I. Jazz and Blues Fes­ti­val will show­case live mu­si­cal per­for­mances by lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional artists in Char­lot­te­town.

Through the fund­ing, this year’s event may in­clude in­tro­duc­ing lo­cal ar­ti­sans, craft pro­duc­ers and culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ences.

“The last few years were suc­cess­ful for us but we felt we could be of­fer­ing more,” said Steve MacEach­ern, co-chair of the fes­ti­val.

This year will also mark the re­turn of events and con­certs held un­der a tent, rather than at mul­ti­ple venues around the city.

“The tent al­lows us to in­crease our ca­pac­ity in terms of crowd as well as at­trac­tions we can of­fer out­side the tent but still on­site.”

The lineup in­cludes Diana Pan­ton, David Wil­cox and Matt Min­gle­wood with Sam Moon, as well as a Cuban-themed night led by Jane Bun­nett with her band Maque­que.

Con­certs and events will be held at Con­fed­er­a­tion Land­ing Park from Aug. 27 to 29.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.jaz­zand­blues.ca.

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