Show Review – Serena Ryder

By: Amanda Hather

As part of the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference, which led to Confederation, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, is putting on quite the show. All over the Island all summer long is different festivals and events for the whole family.

On July 11th, Serena Ryder took the stage at the Celebration Zone as a part of the free concert series ongoing throughout the summer. Opening the show for her were two bands from Ontario, Slocan Ramblers, and Cuff the Duke.

The Slocan Ramblers were up first. They are a bluegrass band based in Toronto. I was slightly apprehensive at first, because I don’t really actively listen to bluegrass, but I was blown away by their performance. Although they performed a shorter set than the other performers that night, I knew that I wanted to hear more of their music. Their album ‘Shaking Down the Acorns’ is available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/shaking-down-the-acorns/id580327589.

Next was Cuff the Duke, an alt-country band, also based in Toronto. I was equally impressed by their performance as I was with the Slocan Ramblers. They connected with the crowd very easily and had everyone watching them. Their latest album ‘Union’ is available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/union/id868475538.

Finally, closing off the night was headliner Serena Ryder. The Toronto singer/songwriter put on an astounding performance. She played some of her recent hits such as “Stompa” and “What I Wouldn’t Do”, plus some of her older ones such as “Weak In The Knees”. Her performance had everyone captivated and singing along to their favourite songs. If you haven’t seen her live before, you need to because her you will be blown away. Her latest album ‘Harmony’ is available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/harmony/id716349495.

The free concert series is happening all summer long, if you’re in Charlottetown check out the schedule of performances http://pei2014.com/celebrationzone/index.php?page=zone_events_intro and head down to a few of the shows. Admission is free, but limited until the grounds reach capacity. Not only do you get to experience amazing performances, but there is food provided by Island vendors and different activities all over the grounds for every member of the family.

Also check out the performer’s websites so you can learn more about them if you don’t know them already:

Slocan Ramblers: http://slocanramblers.com/
Cuff the Duke: http://cufftheduke.ca/
Serena Ryder: http://serenaryder.com/

I’m a Toronto girl born and raised but have been living in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick since 2010. Music and writing are my two passions, so what better place for me to be than a writer with Canadian Beats? I have been writing for the blog since May of 2013 and have had so many great experiences because of it. I listen to almost every kind of music but my favourites are pop rock, rock, indie, folk, and any other combinations of them. Concerts are definitely my favourite place to be, especially when you’re right against the barricade and can feel the energy from the band and the crowd, everyone singing the same lyrics and moving to the music. I also have a college degree in Business Administration and hope to one day be able to publish a novel.

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