Top Canadian artists bringing diverse musical experience to PEI 2014 Celebration Zone

For a special video greeting from the PEI 2014 Celebration Zone Concert Series headliners and a visual overview of the PEI 2014 Celebrations Zone Pavilions

CHARLOTTETOWN, May 2, 2014 /CNW/ - The PEI 2014 Celebration Zone will play host to some of the biggest names in Canadian music during the summer of 2014. A top-notch lineup of artists is set to take the Atlantic Lottery/Red Shores Main Stage at Confederation Landing in Charlottetown for the free PEI 2014 Celebration Zone Concert Series.

"Prince Edward Island is proud to be the birthplace of our great nation, Canada, and this summer the PEI 2014 Celebration Zone Concert Series will showcase the best musical talent our country has to offer," said Hon. Gail Shea, Egmont MP and Regional Minister for PEI. "Although we are Canada's smallest province, to celebrate 150 years of the Charlottetown Conference, the PEI 2014 Celebration Zone will host the country's biggest and best outdoor kitchen party!"

Headliners of the PEI 2014 Celebration Zone Concert Series include: Canadian rock legend, Burton Cummings; multiple Juno Award-winner, Serena Ryder; multi-platinum selling rocker, Matthew Good; critically acclaimed country music star, Paul Brandt; iconic singer-songwriter, Buffy Sainte-Marie; East Coast powerhouse, Matt Andersen & The Mellotones; fan favourite rockers, The Sheepdogs; iconic Acadian band, 1755; fiddling sensation, Natalie MacMaster, and Cape Breton music icons, the Barra MacNeils. Click here to see the backgrounder for performance dates and artist biographies.

"The PEI 2014 Celebration Zone will be the ultimate tribute to Canadian culture, offering a wide variety of experiences throughout the summer of 2014, including performances by some of Canada's best musical artists," says Minister of Tourism and Culture, Robert Henderson. "We are honoured to have such esteemed artists joining us during the PEI 2014 celebrations. We invite all Islanders and visitors to enjoy this music and everything the PEI 2014 Celebration Zone has to offer."

All programming at the PEI 2014 Celebration Zone is free. Those wishing to attend the PEI 2014 Concert Series can reserve individual tickets through a no-charge reservation system. Details of the reservation system will be announced at a later date.

"The City of Charlottetown will certainly be buzzing with the multitude of activities underway that celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference. The Celebration Zone will certainly be one of those centres of activity," says Deputy Mayor of Charlottetown, Stu MacFadyen. "We encourage residents to enjoy the entertainment and activities provided while also taking time to celebrate the significance of our place in history surrounding this event."

The artists taking part in the Concert Series are just a fraction of the wonderful entertainment and programming that will be offered free of charge at the PEI 2014 Celebration Zone. Open 7 days a week July 1st to September 7th, the PEI 2014 Celebration Zone will be a celebratory hub of activity showcasing the best in Prince Edward Island and Canadian culture. It will be a dynamic array of daily music, dancing, theatre, and comedy on the Atlantic Lottery/Red Shores Main Stage; culturally enriching arts and heritage exhibits in the Canada Pavilion; chef demos and tastings of local delicacies and foods unique to other parts of the country in the Culinary Pavilion; interactive and intriguing activities in the Kids Pavilion, as well as historical walking tours, buskers, and other family-friendly events and activities.

"We're pleased to be part of the energy and excitement that PEI 2014 will bring to this region. It's got something for all ages and tastes," says Brent Scrimshaw, President and CEO of Atlantic Lottery.

Further programming details and a full schedule of the PEI 2014 Celebration Zone will be revealed in the coming weeks. Please visit www.pei2014.ca/celebrationzone for more details.

In 2014, Canadians will mark the 150th anniversary (Sesquicentennial) of the historic 1864 Charlottetown Conference, which led the way to the creation of Canada. PEI 2014 Inc. is facilitating the planning, promotion and implementation of the Sesquicentennial celebrations. The PEI 2014 celebrations are made possible through generous support from the Government of Canada, the Government of Prince Edward Island, and the City of Charlottetown.  The year-long and province-wide PEI 2014 program of events will honour the past, celebrate the present and plan a bold tomorrow.

Media Backgrounder: Click here to see the backgrounder for performance dates and artist biographies.

Video: For a special video greeting from the PEI 2014 Celebration Zone Concert Series headliners and a visual overview of the PEI 2014 Celebrations Zone Pavilions click here.

SOURCE Prince Edward Island 2014 Inc.

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For further information:

Media Contact:
Patricia Devine
Communications Director
(902) 628-9175 pdevine@pei2014.ca