An award-winning musician will be in the Harbour City for the very first time tonight.
Prince Edward Island singer-songwriter Dennis Ellsworth will be performing at the Vault Café tonight (Sept. 17). His stop in the Harbour City is part of a tour that began in Gimli, Man., earlier this month and ends in Vancouver on Sept. 26.
“I have never played in Nanaimo so I am pretty excited about that,” Ellsworth said. “I am having a good time on this tour so I have got good thoughts going into [Nanaimo].”
Last week, Ellsworth released his newest album Romantic As It Gets to Busted Flat Records. The album, which is Ellsworth’s fifth, was recorded in Athens, Ga., and was produced by Sugar’s David Barbe.
“It is a lot about relationships with people in my life, relationships with Prince Edward Island, where I am from,” Ellsworth said.
Ellsworth, who is from Charlottetown, has been involved in music for years. He is a former member of the The Rude Mechanicals and Haunted Hearts, with the latter receiving multiple Music P.E.I. Awards between 2008 and 2011.
Despite his success with Haunted Hearts, Ellsworth transitioned to a solo singer-songwriter in the late-2000s. He released his first solo record, Chesterfield Dweller of the Year in 2009 and in 2013 his album Hazy Sunshine won two Music PEI Awards.
Last year, Ellsworth was named one of the Top 10 new artists in CBC’s Searchlight Contest.
“It was a great honour,” he said.
Ellsworth performs tonight at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. For information, visit www.dennisellsworth.com.