Summerside Spring Gala
THE FOOD – We’re excited to be partnering again with Chef Emily McKeown of Fiveleven West. Chef Emily creates seasonal menus to reflect what is fresh & tasty throughout the year – so don’t expect the same items as last year – change keeps her team inspired & on their toes!
THE MUSIC – Brian J Dunn is a singer-songwriter from Prince Edward Island. In the mid 90’s he played in the Celtic-Folk band Life of Reilly with Michael Pendergast. They travelled across Atlantic Canada entertaining their audiences with their blend of music and humour. After leaving the band to go to school in Mississippi, Brian took his “Maritime East Coast” songs and stories to coffee shops, festivals, and pubs on the Gulf Coast from Biloxi to New Orleans. It wasn’t long before the Maritime heart in Brian’s music was infused with the eclectic, soulful and easy groove of the South. This led to the development of his unique, yet familiar, Americana style reminiscent of Ryan Adams, or Ray LaMontagne.
Upon returning to PEI in 2006 with his family, Brian was amazed by the robust singer-songwriter scene on the Island. “Almost everywhere you turned there was world class talent. It was intimidating and inspiring all at the same time.”
Brian is currently in the final stages of completing his debut album, Death Do Us Part, produced and engineered by Jon Matthews at The Sound Mill Studio. Songs need a source of inspiration and there is no greater inspiration than an up close and personal experience with life and death. The album is born from the pain and sadness of losing his wife to cancer, but also the joy and hopefulness brought by his three young children.
“His stories were heartwarming and funny as hell at the same time. Excellent show!” – Committee Member, UPEI Mental Health Week
“Brian’s songs come from a place of truth. They resonate with deeply felt emotion, delivered by an authentic voice that you can’t help but believe. His sound carefully navigates the dividing lines of folk, roots, and alt-country, with instantly hummable melodies wrapped around lyrics that always hit home.” – Jon L Matthews
THE GOODIES – Lucky attendees will have a chance to bid on some really great prizes including two tickets anywhere West Jet flies (subject to blackout dates). Check back for a list of live and silent auction items as well as details on raffles.
THE CAUSE – The Canadian Mental Health Association – PEI (CMHA-PEI) Division is a community-based organization that began it’s work on PEI as a division of CMHA National in 1959. Their mandate is “Mental Health for All”. Their mission is to promote the health of all Islanders by enabling individuals, groups and communities to increase their control over, and enhance, their mental health.
Over 150 volunteers and 50+ support staff provide programs and services, education and information, research, advocacy and social policy development designed to help all Islanders improve their mental health.CMHA-PEI has offices, programming space and housing units in Charlottetown, Summerside and Alberton.
The Summerside Spring Gala is an initiative spearheaded by a volunteer planning committee and supported by CMHA staff members. Money raised goes to support programs and services in Prince County.