Opening Acts Announced for APA’s Rural Routes Tour of PEI

The Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) and the Association of Rural Community Halls (ARCH) have selected five emerging PEI artists to each open a date of the upcoming Rural Routes Tour featuring ECMA-winning country artist Ryan Cook.

The selected artists are: Olivia Blacquiere from North Rustico; Nolan Compton from Morell; Jenna-Marie Gallant from Rustico; Lawrence Maxwell from Charlottetown; and Kenzie Whalen from Stratford.

“Congratulations to the five talented musicians that will be taking part in these special performances,” comments APA Executive Director Laurie Gillis. “The Rural Routes Tour is about sharing a fun and entertaining experience with lesser-served communities across PEI and we’re thrilled to pair an amazing, award-winning artist like Ryan Cook with some of the Island’s best new voices for these special shows.”

Cook is embarking on the Rural Routes Tour following the launch of his album, Having a Great Time. If you have yet to hear of Ryan Cook, it’s time you change that. The Nova Scotia-based artist has shared the stages with the likes of Dwight Yoakam, Roseanne Cash, and Travis Tritt, and has compiled an impressive list of awards and nominations over the years, including three Album of the Year Awards from Music Nova Scotia.

“I’m really looking forward to performing on Prince Edward Island again, that’s for sure,” says Cook. “Many of my favourite performers from all of Atlantic Canada come from the Island, so it’ll be a treat sharing the stage with these talented young musicians and hearing what’s in store from the next generation of Island artists.”

May 16 – Tracadie Community Centre; Tracadie, PE; Ryan Cook w/ Kenzie Whalen
May 17 – Milton Community Hall; North Milton, PE; Ryan Cook w/ Lawrence Maxwell
May 18 – Village Musical Acadien; Abram-Village, PE; Ryan Cook w/ Jenna-Marie Gallant
May 19 – New London Community Complex; New London, PE; Ryan Cook w/ Olivia Blacquiere
May 20 – Souris Show Hall; Souris, PE; Ryan Cook w/ Nolan Compton

Tickets are only $15 and are available now at

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