Free concerts have Old Home Week officials worried
Four 2014 celebration concerts scheduled during the same period as provincial exhibition
Old Home Week officials on P.E.I. are concerned about four 2014 celebration concerts scheduled during the same period as the provincial exhibition in August.
The four concerts are free to the public, as part of the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference.
They include artists such as Matt Anderson, Matthew Good, 1755 and Buffy Sainte-Marie.
Rayanne Frizzell, the general manager of Old Home Week, said she is concerned the concerts will be a direct competition to it.
“If you are sitting at home and your choice is to go to a free concert or to come to Old Home Week and have to pay admission, our concern is certainly that a lot of people will choose the free concert over our event,” she said.
Frizzell sent an email outlining her concerns to provincial and municipal government officials, as well as to P.E.I. 2014 organizers.
The opposition brought the concerns to the floor of the legislature today.
Tourism Minister Robert Henderson told the House he believes the events will complement each other.
“Those people are going to go a block or two away to Old Home Week to partake of all the wonderful exhibits and all the great shows that go on at Old Home Week,” he said.
“I am very confident, with an increase in visitation that is going to take place during the particular week, it is going to be a real reason to come and celebrate what Canada has to offer here on Prince Edward Island.”
Old Home Week officials aren't sure if any of the 2014 free concert dates can be rearranged at this time.