Prince Edward Island’s Lennie Gallant performs at SimonHolt next month.

Prince Edward Island’s Lennie Gallant performs at SimonHolt next month.

Maritimer to perform on West Coast

Order of Canada recipient Lennie Gallant plays show at SimonHolt on Monday (March 2).

One of Prince Edward Island’s most respected musicians will be in the Harbour City next month.

On Monday (March 2), singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant will be performing at SimonHolt, 6582 Applecross Rd., at 8 p.m.

“I am looking forward to it,” Gallant said. “I am an Islander; I love playing on islands.”

Gallant grew up in the small town of North Rustico, P.E.I., where he was exposed to music at an early age.

“My folks were pretty creative when I was a kid,” Gallant said. “They were always putting on little performances for their friends and travelling around to different community halls trying to raise money for some cause.”

Since beginning his music career over two decades ago, Gallant, has earned countless accolades including 16 East Coast Music Awards, three Juno Award nominations and a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for Artist of the Year.

Last year, Gallant released, Live Acoustic at the Carleton.The live album, which was his 10th full-length release, was recorded at The Carleton Music Bar and Grill in Halifax.

Gallant said he wanted to release something that had an authentic sound and was a little less rock-based.

“I wanted to put out an album that was pretty reflective of what I have been doing on stage lately,” Gallant said. “I wanted to put out an album that was reflective of what people were seeing on stage these days, which is more of an acoustic setup.”

Despite all the musical accolades, Gallant’s biggest award came in 2003 when he received the Order of Canada.

The Prince Edward Island native said he was shocked to receive Canada’s highest civilian honour.

“I totally did not feel that I deserved it,” Gallant said. “I felt there were other people around me that deserved it more than I did.”

Gallant performs at SimonHolt on March 2. Tickets are $26 in advance or $30 at the door. Tickets can be purchased Fascinating Rhythm.

For more information, please visit

arts@nanaimobulletin.comFollow @npescod on Twitter


Just Posted

Janice Coady, left, Aimee Chalifoux and Linda Milford at a vigil for Amy Watts on Wednesday, June 16, outside Nanaimo city hall. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
‘We need to do better,’ says mother of woman who was killed in Nanaimo

Vigil held for former outreach worker Amy Watts, whose body was found downtown June 3

The B.C. Ministry of Education has announced close to $44 million for the province’s schools for COVID-19 recovery. (News Bulletin file)
Nanaimo-Ladysmith school stakeholders say COVID-19 recovery funding can make a difference

B.C. Ministry of Education announces it expects a ‘near-normal’ return to class in September

Nanaimo artist Melissa Anderson has paintings on display at White Rabbit Coffee Co. for the next month. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo painter showcases coastal Island views in first exhibit in two years

Melissa Anderson presents ‘Seascapes’ oil painting exhibit at White Rabbit Coffee Co.

New COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island by local health area for the week of June 6-12. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control image)
New COVID-19 cases up on Island, but health officials say trends going right way

There were 22 new COVID-19 cases in Greater Victoria last week after just four the week before

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

The Co-op gas station at Whiskey Creek is burning after a camper van exploded while refueling just before 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Exploding camper van torches Highway 4 gas station between Qualicum Beach and Port Alberni

Highway traffic blocked after Whiskey Creek gas station erupts into flames

Helen Austin performing with Trent Freeman at the 2018 Vancouver Island MusicFest. Austin is one of the many performers listed for the 2021 event.
Vancouver Island MusicFest goes virtual for 2021

Black Press to stream 25 hours of programming July 9-11

Greater father involvement in the home leads to improved childhood development and increased marital satisfaction, says expert. (Black Press Media file photo)
Vancouver Island researcher finds lack of father involvement a drag on gender equality

Working women still taking on most child and household duties in Canada: UVic professor

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

A Heffley Creek peacock caught not one - but two - lifts on a logging truck this month. (Photo submitted)
Heffley Creek-area peacock hops logging trucks in search of love

Peacock hitched two lifts in the past month

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

The first suspension bridge is the tallest in Canada, with a second suspension bridge just below it. The two are connected by a trail that’s just over 1 km. (Claire Palmer photo)
PHOTOS: The highest suspension bridges in Canada just opened in B.C.

The Skybridge in Golden allows visitors to take in views standing at 130 and 80 metres

Most Read