By: Amanda Hather
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island was rocking once again on July 24th. Legendary singer, songwriter, and former lead singer of Canadian rock band, The Guess Who, Burton Cummings took the stage at the Celebration Zone as a part of the free concerts happening all summer long.
The rain did nothing to stop the fans from enjoying a night of amazing music. The Island’s own Tim Chaisson opened the night with a performance filled with toe tapping, jig worthy music. His fiddling ability matched his singing ability as he put on a great set that really got the crowd warmed up. Before the concert, I had only heard of Tim in passing and had never actually heard his music, but after seeing him perform live and seeing how much fun he had up on stage definitely created a fan out of me. He charmed the crowd with his stories behind his songs and joked with the crowd throughout his set. This pop/folk/country Island artist is someone you need to check out, you will not be disappointed.
The second and final act of the night was the one and only Burton Cummings. The rain stayed away during his phenomenal performance which included not only some of his solo songs, but many hits from The Guess Who, and a couple of covers thrown in for fun. The crowd soaked up every minute of the music and his stories between the songs. Even though he is in his mid-sixties, he can still sing and play up a storm as well as he did years ago. Some of the hits he performed included “No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature”, “Albert Flasher”, “Laughing”, “These Eyes”, “American Woman”, “Share The Land”, and “Stand Tall”. There wasn’t one moment of the night where the crowd wasn’t completely entranced by the music. Given the years that The Guess Who and Burton were most popular, I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of younger people, closer to my age, that were at the show and clearly enjoying themselves as much as the older audience. If you are a fan of his music and haven’t seen him live, you are missing out on an experience that you need to have.
Even if the weather was less than ideal at times, the night was definitely one that I won’t forget. Charlottetown has free concerts all summer long that are sure to please any music lover. You can see the upcoming concerts and other activities that take place in the Celebration Zone here: http://www.pei2014.ca/celebrationzone/.
Be sure to check out both artists’ music and social media below.
The Other Side: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/the-other-side-deluxe-version/id565666147
Massey Hall: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/massey-hall/id571120988