June 6, 2019 | The Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) has announced the complete lineup of acts who will take part in its flagship event, Contact East, taking place September 26-29, 2019 in Charlottetown, PE. The event's 44th edition will present a diverse range of international artists from music to dance and theatrical productions and beyond. This is a showcase event where a number of artists perform in a variety of disciplines and genres. A limited number of tickets for these performances are available to the general public.
Each year we are thrilled to showcase a wide and diverse range of live acts that will help presenters in Atlantic Canada bring engaging, world-class entertainment to their communities, says Angela Campbell, Executive Director of the Imperial Theatre and current APA President, We challenge ourselves from year to year to bring the best to Contact East and looking at this wide ranging list, I think we have done it again in 2019. We look forward to helping these artists build their profiles in Atlantic Canada while providing top tier live programming for large and small venues and festivals throughout the region.
The performing artists, who come from across the country and around the world, are selected through an extensive adjudication process, resulting in a lineup of amazing and engaging performances that will appeal to audiences of all kinds.
Contact East is excited to welcome the following artists to Charlottetown: Vishten, Laila Biali, Andrew Waite, Melody Johnson, Nive & the Deer Children, Shaun Boothe, Big Little Lions, West of Mabou, Geri Hall & Gary Pearson, Papagroove, Theatre New Brunswick, Ripopee (L' Aubergine), Sarah Hagen & Brendan MacLeod, Countermeasure, La Terza Classe, Emily Jean Flack, Jacques Surette, Fara, Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch (Axis Theatre), Ryan McMahon, Dr. G, Kim Harris, Charlie A'Court & Witchitaw, Twin Flames, The Myrtle Sisters, Raine Hamilton and Calum Graham.
Additional artists will be onsite to pitch directly to presenters in a more intimate setting, they are: Catrin Finch & Seckou Keito, Trio Fibonacci, Rebecca Perry, Jennah Barry, Rozalind McPhail, Lizzy Hoyt and Svetlana Shmulyian.
In addition to the fantastic showcases and pitches, Contact East 2019 will include a number of professional development sessions for registered delegates, along with networking events that will highlight some of Charlottetown's special sights, places, and people.
The event generates hundreds of thousands of dollars in direct economic activity in the host city. Contact East also has a proven track record of generating bookings and tours for the artists that showcase and pitch. The 15-minute performances that take place at the event are like sneak previews of the artists that might perform in Atlantic Canadian communities in the coming years.
For its 2019 edition, Contact East 2019 recognizes and is grateful for the support of the following funding partners: City of Charlottetown, Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of PEI through Innovation PEI, Province of NS - Communities Culture & Heritage, Province of NB -Tourism, Heritage & Culture and FACTOR.