Disconnecting at Trailside
This small performance space allows for a different kind of music experience than watching a performer at a busy bar
I moved to Charlottetown because I wanted to live in the bustle of our small city life. I wanted to be only a bike ride away from restaurants, from live music and from the harbourfront. I wanted to connect with fellow Islanders after years of being away.
But sometimes, you need to get away from the constant thrum of living downtown. The traffic and people become white noise, and you don’t realize how loud they are until you drive out to the country.
The Trailside Music Café in Mount Stewart is the perfect place to both connect with others and to disconnect from distractions.
It was purchased by Pat and Meghan Deighan in 2011 and has become a must-go place for intimate performances on P.E.I. The small space allows for a different kind of music experience than watching a performer at a busy bar.
“I’ve booked our busiest season yet. Starting the end of June, we have close to 50 straight shows until September,” said Pat Deighan. “Going to be wild, but a whole lot of fun.”
This summer has a full roster of local and travelling musicians, including performances on Saturday, June 16, from Islandmusician Liam Corcoran and The Museum Pieces from Halifax, N.S.
Corcoran is performing songs from his 2017 album “Nevahland”, which is a perfect mix of folk and pop music. The set he’ll perform at Trailside will be tailored to the small space, which allows for more nuanced songs.
“To have such a relatively small room where you’re in an intimate setting and you’re actually the focus of attention, it’s very rare to have both of those things together,” said Corcoran, who has his own history with the Trailside.
He worked there when it first opened, and it was the place that helped him launched his solo career after Two Hours Traffic ended.
The East Coast music scene has a deeply-rooted history of storytelling and this space allows for artists to explore that side of performing.
“Out at the Trailside, you can play quieter numbers or pieces that require the audience to engage with,” added Corcoran.
Museum Pieces, or Tyler Messick, from Nova Scotia will follow Corcoran with his own set. He’s currently touring with his new album called “Plain Sight” and is that same combination of folk and pop music. If you miss out on them at Trailside, you can catch them later that evening at the Sportsman Club in Charlottetown. This is really just a taste of the summer schedule at Trailside Music Café. The following weekend Tim Baker from Hey Rosetta! Is playing three shows in Mount Stewart, the only P.E.I. performances from the Newfoundland native.
And also hailing from the Rock, Sean McCann of Great Big Sea comes to Trailside in August.
Some other notable performers include Lennie Gallant, Matt Minglewood and Meaghan Blanchard.
And for Pat Deighan, he can’t wait for the season.
“I’m always pumped for new artists to play the Trailside who haven’t been before.”
Disconnecting from the world can be tough (especially for someone like me who works numerous jobs), but I’m looking forward to the immersive experience of Trailside this summer.
Liam Corcoran, left, is playing music from his 2017 album “Nevahland” and other solo work on Saturday evening at the Trailside. He’ll be joined by Tyler Messick (or Museum Pieces) from Halifax, who has just released a new album and is currently on tour.