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Local artists recreate Aboriginal Island legend at deCoste

A musician with multiple awards under his belt – including 2017 East Coast Music Awards Entertainer of the Year award – Lennie Gallant will be touring his new album: Searching For Abegweit: The Island Songs & Stories.
The fall tour of Searching for Abegweit is set to include the deCoste Performing Arts Centre, on Oct. 26.

Searching for Abegweit, is a multimedia presentation that features Gallant showcasing his folk-rock-roots style of music, accompanied by a series of stories that use visual works from Karen Gallant, a widely reputed Prince Edward Island artist – and Lennie’s sister.

A media release from the deCoste stated that Searching for Abegweit features energetic music and storytelling, and has been a critically acclaimed hit with over 130 shows over four seasons.
In addition to the music, Searching for Abegweit features a screen on which images are projected in a sequence, so they appear in motion – a backdrop for some of the East Coasts most talented bilingual musicians.

These musicians include violinist Sean Kemp, Patricia Richard, an Acadian singer/instrumentalist, and Mikmaq singer Hubert Francis.

Also performing will be Gallants nephews Jonathan (vocals/percussion), and Jeremy (vocals/piano).

The etymology of the name of the performance stems from the original term used to describe Prince Edward Island: Abegweit, a Mikmaq word loosely meaning, cradled on the waves.

With that rather poetic name comes an Aboriginal historical legend. It is said that the Great Spirit Glooscap took all the most beautiful colours in the world and mixed them together, using them to paint the Island into existence.

In Searching for Abegweit, Karen Gallant has incorporated the colours of the Island into the palette she used to paint the backdrops of the performance.

The media release from the deCoste Centre stated that the combination of artwork and music adds a spectacular dimension to the performance, touching on legends, landscape, history, current events, tall tales, poignant stories and hilarious comedic scenes of the Island in a unique and vibrant way.

Where: The deCoste Performing Arts Centre

When: Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Where to get tickets: The deCoste Centre box office, or by calling either (902) 485-8848 or 1-800-353-5338. Also at


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