Canadian East Coast Showcase

23 Jan 2013 10:40 PM | Deleted user

Overall, the Maritimes are known for many things. This includes the beautiful scenery, the friendly folk, Keith’s, and above all, the amazing musicians. Australia has caught this maritime fever, and on the hottest day Australia has seen in years, those at the show were transported (in a wonderfully air conditioned venue) to the East Coast of Canada. 

One of the best parts of this showcase is the relaxed nature of the musicians, their engagement with the audience, and their great sense of humour. For a few hours, it felt like we were in a Halifax pub on a Saturday night, listening to some great local talent.

With some notable Sydney Canadians in attendance (including the Consul General and his wife) the night started with the musical styling’s of Fredericton's Andy Brown. Andy truly lit up the stage with his stories and songs and he also managed to get the crowd to sing along to a few of his tunes. As he was the first act on, this was no mean feat!

Next the Australian instrumental act Cole + Van Dijk took the stage, and they proved that yes, Australian’s know how to play the fiddle!

Dave Gunning was the third act, and this mild mannered Pictou County gent lists Stan Rogers and Gorden Lightfoot as his musical influences. Dave’s hockey song took me back to my childhood, where I remembered my time spent on the neighborhood rink in the middle of winter.

The last solo act for the eve is one of my all time favourite singers from PEI, Tim Chaisson. CAC members were first introduced to to Tim at the AUSCAN songwriter’s festival last year and he did not disappoint this night.

The final group to play were Vishten, who are an Acadian folk band from PEI and Quebec. As their songs were all in Acadian, us English types relied on their tone and harmonies to entertain. Regardless of the language barrier, all in attendance were clapping and toe taping to their tunes.

Overall, this is a great event and is a must see for any Canadian folk music fans. Thank you to the Consul General for informing and inviting us to this great event!

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