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by Jeff Bursey
PEI Music Week and Conference
has grown from one day to an event
that brings together the music
industry and the public for four
jam-packed days of showcases,
workshops, and the Gala Awards
Show. Each January.

A perfect way to occupy yourself during the warm summer nights is to see who's playing at our musical hot spots. Charlottetown's popular jazz and blues festival features well-known and up-and-coming musicians you're sure to find someone who'll please your ears. Keep an eye out, too, for the next big-name entertainer who'll call PEI home the Charlottetown Civic Centre has hosted Willie Nelson, Bryan Adams and others. Our clubs and festivals provide a great opportunity to enjoy a diverse range of music, from jazz and classical, to pop, rock, country and traditional.

To find out what's going on, it's a good idea to consult The Buzz, the free monthly arts paper available everywhere. It'll have complete details of what's happening. The hardest part will be fitting it all in! (For more activities, see our Festivals & Events). The Indian River Music Festival offers jazz, classical and international music in the wonderful acoustics of St. Mary's Church, while Rollo Bay hosts fiddlers and bluegrass musicians from all over North America.

Get back into shape at a ceilidh. Once the expert musicians (and they're everywhere here) pick up their fiddles, bagpipes and guitars, you'll be dancing with friends who were complete strangers moments before. Visitors and Islanders alike will be swapping stories over the whoops of delight, handclapping and step dancing. The whole family can kick up their heels at an Island ceilidh.