Friday December 13 2019, 7:00 PM
Lennie Gallant - The Innkeeper's Christmas Concert
Musique Royale presents an evening of seasonal music with Lennie Gallant at Cecilia’s Retreat. The concert is named after the artist’s much loved song, ‘The Innkeeper’. The song is a redemption story told from the point of view of that rather unsavoury character who turns the anointed couple away in their hour of need in the original nativity tale. The concert will feature original Christmas songs penned by the prolific artist for a new project. THis includes his song “Christmas Day on Planet Earth”, which he wrote to perform with the fabulous world music band from Zimbabwe, Black Umfolosi, as well as some songs from his latest album, “Time Travel”, and his brand new Francophone project with Patricia Richard, “Sirène et Matelot”. The concert will also include musicians Patricia Richard and Jeremy Gallant.
Recognized by his peers as one of Canada’s best performing songwriters, Lennie Gallant has released thirteen albums (10 in English and 3 in French) of original songs which have won him a host of awards and nominations from the JUNOs, Les Prix Eloizes, and The East Coast Music Awards, including 2017 ECMA Entertainer of the Year. His double CD of the 22 songs from his multimedia hit production, Searching For Abegweit, which ran for 173 shows, also won him an ECMA. He was named Canadian Folk Artist of The Year for 2016 and his song Peter’s Dream was voted one of the Top Ten East Coast Songs of All Time and was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. A recipient of the Order of Canada, Lennie is an international touring artist, who has performed all over the continent, in Europe, for the troops in Afghanistan, and at the XXI Winter Olympics. He has toured with Symphony Nova Scotia, Symphony New Brunswick, and with Symphony PEI. His songs have been covered by numerous artists including Jimmy Buffett, The Rankins, and Measha Brueggergosman and have appeared in feature films and TV shows. One of his albums, When We Get There, even went up to the international space station with Canadian Astronaut Julie Payette (now the Governor General of Canada) for the crew to enjoy and orbited the planet 248 times. How about that for high rotation!
Lennie Gallant has been involved in numerous charity events, and he recently received the PEI Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year Award for his work and support of many worthwhile causes.