Jazz and blues boost
Annual festival gets new funding for expanded offerings
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.