Island Songwriters In The Round: Oct 29


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This event is part of our Harbour Highlight series; work we have hand-picked, invested in, and proactively brought to Summerside — and which we know you will love as much as we do!

Island songwriters In The Round hosted by Meaghan Blanchard

An intimate concert series, with artist & audience sharing Harbourfront’s stage.


Show Info

Date: Sunday, October 29, 2pm

All seats: $50 one concert in series; $45 for two concerts in series
$40 for 3 or more concerts. Tax & fees included in all prices.

Meaghan Blanchard (host)
Lawrence Maxwell
Dennis Ellsworth

Prince Edward Island has a proud tradition of producing some of the country’s most talented and respected singer songwriters; this fall, we are delighted to be welcoming a carefully hand-picked selection of them onto our stage – and we’re inviting you to join them!

Join us for this intimate, in-the-round concert series which reimagines the relationship between artist and audience; you will be seated on the famous stage of Summerside’s Harbourfront Theatre, surrounding the performer.

Don’t miss this rare and unique opportunity to be part of a special community for an afternoon, where you will see and hear some of the island’s most acclaimed singer songwriters up close, while also experiencing Harbourfront Theatre in an unusual and exciting way.

Each concert in the series is curated and hosted by award-winning island songwriter Meaghan Blanchard, who will be joined by another two singer songwriters.

Capacity is strictly limited for each concert, so get your tickets while you can!


About the artists

Meaghan Blanchard is a talented and award-winning songwriter, storyteller and performer hailing from rural Prince Edward Island, Canada. With her unique ability to craft songs that are both personal and relatable, her love of storytelling shines through in her lyrics, drawing listeners deep into her world. Blanchard has been recognized with numerous nominations and awards throughout her two-decade long music career. She is a multiple ECMA award winning artist and most recently, took home the 2019 Music PEI Award for Album of the Year for her latest full length recording: THE GREAT ESCAPE. She has been a featured performer at festivals and venues across Canada and the United Kingdom, captivating audiences with her musicianship, stories and heartfelt songs.

Lawrence Maxwell cut his teeth on beer caps, rough waters, and country music. His latest album, Ballad of Miles has been nominated for seven Music PEI Awards and has received airplay on: Sirius XM’s ‘Top of the Country,’ Country Hits Radio UK and CBC ‘Q’. With its neo-traditional production, and comparisons to both John Prine and Merle Haggard, Roots Music Canada has dubbed the record “the first great Canadian alt-country album of 2022.” His music video for “Back to Cape Breton” was a finalist in the Canadian Independent Music Video Awards and his song “Better You” was selected in the Top 100 for CBC/Toyota Searchlight in 2022. As an ECMA award nominee and two-time Music P.E.I. award winner, this Prince Edward Island singer-songwriter will tell it to you like it’s folk, and sing it to you like it’s country.

Dennis Ellsworth is a songwriter, performer, sideman, and record producer from Charlottetown, PE. His songwriting career started in high school, filling notebooks with lyrics and poems. He grew up on the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Ray Charles, Kris Kristofferson, Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. His tastes evolved in grade 6 and he began collecting cassettes. His personal music collection is stylistically expansive. Some might call his love for music an addiction, but whatever.Over the years he has collaborated with Josh Finlayson and Andy Maize from Skydiggers, Gord Downie from The Tragically Hip, Joel Plaskett, Donovan Woods, Rose Cousins, John Smith, and David Barbe (producer of Drive-by Truckers and bass player for 90’s alt rock band Sugar.) In 2015 Dennis signed a publishing deal with Cymba Music Publishing in Toronto and has since written songs in a wide variety of styles His music has appeared in television shows for CBC, Netflix, HBO and was featured in the award-winning film, The New Romantic. Ellsworth has released 2 full length albums with his previous group, Haunted Hearts, an album as a duo with Kinley Dowling, two EP’s and 10 full length solo albums, and an upcoming album called Modern Hope, coming in September 2023.


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