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Thursday, April 14 @ 10:12 am Two For the Show Delta Prince Edward

Friday April 15 @ 9:10 pm Francophone Stage Rodd Charlottetown Hotel

Saturday April 16 @ 5:30 pm CBC Atlantic Airwaves (Live on CBC Radio One) Rodd Charlottetown Hotel

Saturday April 16 @ 7 pm Taste of Festival of Small Halls Old Triangle - Second floor

Sunday April 17 @ 12 noon SOCAN Songwriter's Circle Delta Prince Edward

Presenting on the Music Awards Gala Confederation Centre at 8 pm

CDs available at performances

FOUR NOMINATIONS! Recording of the Year Fan's Choice Entertainer of the Year Francophone Recording of the Year Songwriter of the Year

Interview with Lennie Gallant www.blogtalkradio.com


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Cavendish Beach Music Festival

Cavendish Beach Music festival announced today that Lennie Gallant will co-headline the Main Stage!

Others announced today were Trace Adkins, Johnny Reid, Brad Paisley, George Canyon, Toby Keith and more! CMT personality Casey Clarke flew into town today to personally unveil a good portion of the star-studded line-up for the newly branded LottoMax presents Cavendish Beach Music Festival scheduled to take place July 7-10, 2011 in Cavendish Beach, Prince Edward Island.

Tickets on Sale: 10:00AM Saturday, March 12, 2011


Canada Day in Trafalgar Square, London England

March 2, 2011

Lennie Gallant will perform at the 6th Annual Canada Day in London celebration that will take place in Trafalgar Square. Attracting well over 50,000 Londoners and visitors from around the globe, the celebration of Canada’s 144th birthday presents a unique opportunity to enjoy the best of Canadian music. Previous years have seen artists like Sam Roberts, Kathleen Edwards, Jully Black, Sarah Harmer and Hawkesly Workman grace the stage on the square. Full details will be announced Friday, March 4 at www.canadadaylondon.com

David Suzuki's "Playlist for the Planet"

March 2, 2011

Ashelin's "Song for Mariana" won a spot on the playlist, representing Newfoundland. Lennie co-wrote this song with Ashelin. You can listen here: http://radio3.cbc.ca/#/bands/Ashelin

New Single "If We Had A Fire" released to Country Radio

March 2, 2011

The single "If We Had A Fire" will be released to Country Radio in Canada on March 7. The song was co-written with 2011 Juno Nominee Carolyn Dawn Johnson and she also sings on it with Lennie.

Lennie Gallant receives four ECMA nominations!

Jan 20, 2011

Artist and industry award nominations were announced today at the Confederation Centre of the Arts for East Coast Music Week 2011 to be held April 13-17 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Lennie Gallant received nominations for Fan's Choice Entertainer of the Year, Francophone Recording of the Year (Le coeur hante´), Recording of the Year (If We Had A Fire) and Songwriter of the Year.

Fan’s Choice voting opens March 14.

Awards will be distributed throughout the event at various times on showcasing stages, at the Industry Awards Brunch, and at the Music Awards Gala on Sunday, April 17 at the Homburg Theatre at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown.

Concert Review: Gallant delivers another memorable night

The Guardian Todd MacLean

“Spending a night with Lennie is almost always a memorable experience,” Eric MacEwen said, as he warmly and passionately introduced Lennie Gallant to a packed crowd at the newly-renovated Kings Playhouse last Friday night.

MacEwen has stated many truths in his day, and the performance that Gallant followed through with proved him to be right again.

“Eric and I have never spent a whole night together, just for the record,” Gallant smiled in his first words at the mike, to start the show on a comedic note.

The premise behind the night of music at the Kings Playhouse was to raise money and food donations for the Georgetown Food Bank. And what better way to do it than to bring out one of the Island’s most widely-known singer-songwriters of all time for the cause.

(Incidentally, he’s so nationally known now that he recently became a “P.E.I. singer-songwriter” clue in the National Post crossword. “And Stompin’ Tom did not fit!” Gallant said.)

Flanked by two Nova Scotia musicians, Anthony Rissesco on violin to his right and Keith Mullins on drums and backing vocals to his left, Gallant wheeled into a driving quick strummer of a first tune — Mademoiselle, Voulez-Vous Danser — to kick things off with a spectacular bang.

(Did you know that Jimmy Buffett recorded that one several years ago? Of course, it pales in comparison to Gallant’s version, but hey, there it is.)

Gallant’s new album is called If We Had a Fire, which has garnered him three nominations for the upcoming Canadian Folk Music Awards in November, and throughout the night he performed a handful of tunes from this new recording.

His third song of the evening, Before We Sell This Car, was one of these. A tune written with Juno award-winning country artist Carolyn Dawn Johnson, it’s a nostalgic heartstring-puller complete with some catchy melodic hooks and was definitely one of my favourites of the night.

Some other highlights of the first set included songs like Tell Me a Ghost Story (perfectly spooky for an October night), You Don’t Know How Beautiful You Are (a gorgeous new tune written for his six-year old daughter, Amelie), 47 Angels on Her Front Lawn (always such a rocker) and, of course, Peter’s Dream, which raised everyone’s voices in song, as well as the goosebumps on the back of my neck.

Gallant also told us an interesting story in the first set. Mentioning that Canadian astronaut Julie Payette took one of his CDs along for her recent trip into space, he also said he was originally going to try to get her a copy of the new CD to take along for the ride as well, particularly because the launch of the album coincided with the launch of her shuttle (“What better way to launch a CD, eh?” Gallant chuckled). But he quickly realized this wouldn’t be the best idea when he remembered that the CD was called If We Had a Fire.

Some highlights of the second set were songs like the set opener, Which Way Does the River Run, the title track from the CD, If We Had a Fire (which is just such a fantastically-written song, with a profound putting-life-in-perspective message to it), the old classic that still sails on, Tales of the Phantom Ship (again, wonderfully fitting for this time of year), the emotively enveloping Wounded, the Gandhi-inspired Be the Change and the massive finale, The Band’s Still Playing, which featured the cream of the crop of Rissesco’s incredible violin solo work throughout the show.

After a standing ovation, and an encore of Seven Years, a guy shouted out, “Open Window!” in the midst of the audience’s applause.

“Maybe he just wants us to open a window?” drummer Mullins said.

But follow through with his request they did, as Gallant belted out with gusto one of his most adored tunes in his repertoire, and the trio rocked it home solidly.

Lennie Gallant Nominated For Three Canadian Folk Music Awards

Lennie Gallant has received nominations in three categories from The Canadian Folk Music Awards, announced Wednesday in Winnipeg - host city for the 2010 CFMA Gala event. Gallant, who released two albums in 2009, "If We Had A Fire" and "Le coeur hante´", received nominations for English Songwriter of the year, French Songwriter of the year and Contemporary Album of the year.

The Canadian Folk Music Awards, created in 2005 to bring greater exposure to the treasure trove of Canadian folk music, honours outstanding achievements in 19 categories. Awards will be handed out at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre in Winnipeg on Saturday, November 20, 2010. "If We Had a Fire" and "Le coeur hante´" are available in stores, online and at iTunes.