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20 April 2015

East Coast Guitar Festival – April 24 – 26 – Press Release

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East Coast Guitar Festival Offers An Exciting Weekend For The Entire Family

April 24 – 26 at Cunard Centre in Halifax

Eight Incredible Bands!

Under 19 Guitar Competition – Enter Now!

Workshops, Buy and Sell, Trade Show, Guitar Museum and more


Live East Productions have announced the full schedule of events taking place at the inaugural East Coast Guitar Festival being held Friday, April 24th through Sunday, April 26th at Cunard Centre in Halifax, NS.  The 2015 East Coast Guitar Festival, the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada, will offer an all-ages experience for guitar and music enthusiasts from across the region. The program includes Friday and Saturday evening concert performances from top Canadian and International talent, and a two-day,  daytime Guitar Show and Music Gear Expo with special events including the Atlantic Canada Under 19 Guitar Competition, guitar clinics and workshops, Yahama Acoustic Guitar Showcase, Guitar Museum, daytime performances, Guitar Show and Sale, and more.

The Friday, April 24th evening concert features East Coast guitar wizards Matt Minglewood, Charlie A’Court (winner of the 2015 ECMA for Blues Recording of the year), Carson Downey and Christine Campbell. This concert event is restricted to 19+ years of age.

A classically trained pianist and guitarist who can shred with the best of them, Christine Campbell will also host a “Girls and Guitars Workshop” on Saturday afternoon at 1pm.

The Atlantic Canada Under 19 Guitar Competition is a live performance based competition, divided into different age group categories, starting at eight years old. Space is currently available for all interested participants. To enter the Under 19 Guitar Competition please submit a video to and enter Under 19 in the subject line. Performances can be solo or accompanied by a band playing electric or acoustic instruments. The competition starts at 3pm on Saturday, April 25 at the Cunard Centre. The panel of judges will select winners and award prizes in each of the various under 19 age categories, and an Overall Champion who’ll be awarded a prize package valued at over $800.

The evening concert on Saturday, April 25th will be headlined by legendary Hendrix bassist Billy Cox and his Band of Gypsys Experience, featuring guitarist Dani Robinson, and Guitar Masters – Pat Travers Band, Gary Hoey and Wild T and The Spirit. These artists have a varied songbook to draw on and will be accompanied by their respective full bands, offering a variety of styles from traditional blues, psychedelic blues, classic rock, reggae, shred guitar, right through to 60’s surf music. Pat Travers, Gary Hoey and Wild T will join Billy Cox and his Band of Gypsys for a “Salute to Hendrix”, to close out the Saturday evening concert! This concert event is restricted to 19+ years of age.

The Sunday April 26th Guitar Show and Expo includes the Guitar Exchange, an opportunity for individuals to sell or trade their extra guitars, amps and other pre-owned musical instruments and equipment. Tables are available for $35 for the day. Reserve by phone at 902-431-5483 or fill out the Guitar Exchange request form at (No dealers or commercial displays permitted in this section of the show). Set up begins at 8am and is open to the public beginning at 10am.

Guitar players of all ages and abilities are invited to join the Sunday afternoon Guitar Circle – a giant guitar jam of a few popular and easy to play along songs, starting at 2pm. Bring your own guitar and admission for the entire day is only $10.

Advance tickets for the evening concerts and the daytime Guitar Show and Music Gear Expo, including a limited number of Weekend Passes, VIP Passes and All Access Gold Packages, are available for purchase on line at  and by phone at 902-431-5483. Please note, the evening concerts are restricted to 19+ years of age. Daytime events are open to all ages.


Media Contact:

Lynn Horne
Lynn Horne Marketing & Media Relations

Guitarfest is not scheduled for 2017. Watch for a future announcement!

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