“An underground genre but it has many supporters,” says Sheidow

By James Ferguson
March 5, 2015

Matt Sheidow says it feels like it’s been forever since there was a rock show in P.E.I. to his liking, but he hopes that’s about to change.
Sheidow, a Charlottetown resident, is known throughout the music scene of P.E.I. for his tireless support of bands.
“It might be an underground genre but there are many supporters for the music,” he said.
On March 26 the band, Black Crown Initiate, from Pittsburgh, Penn., is heading to Baba’s Lounge in Charlottetown. They will be joined onstage by the Island’s own Death Valley Driver.
There hasn’t been a rock show on P.E.I. since Dec. 28 of last year, so there are many Islanders feeling unrest for their favourite genre.
Sheidow said the bands playing are known to put on an amazing performance.
“Black Crown Initiate is an awesome band from the states, who are already doing great in their careers and P.E.I.’s own Death Valley Driver have been tearing up each show they play, so this show should be great.”
There have been attempts to make other bands come to the Island earlier but due to recent storms and parking bans, the possibilities seemed to be out of reach for promoters and musicians.

Josh Hogan, co-founder of Red Tentacle, said they’ve been having a lot of trouble finding venues for bands.
“Being in a band myself (singer for metal band, Orchid’s Curse), I know how much work goes into setting up a show to play. I was hoping to set up more shows but the winter has been brutal for everyone.”
Red Tentacle is a music company that helps independent musicians and music businesses. The company is based in Halifax, N.S.
Jordan Ward, a Charlottetown resident and music promoter said there has been a lot of work to publicize the upcoming show. He’s hoping for a full house.
“From printing out posters to put up around town with friends, to almost invading Facebook with continuous event postings, I feel almost like I don’t need to do any more work for the promoting. That’s untrue though since, we’re not even a week away.”
The event starts at 9 p.m.

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