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You’ve likely already heard of Tim Chaisson, but for those who haven’t, it’s time you learn. Tim is a folk musician from Souris, Prince Edward Island. He began performing at an early age, self-releasing four albums as a teenager. Having grown up in PEI, and seeing the whole of the country on a number of solo tours within Canada, we felt Tim was as good as it gets for locals insight on Spud Island.
Souris is a fishing and farming village on the eastern end of PEI, so the seafood is incredible. The musical culture is also very rich. Actually, my cousins and I just finished running The 40th Annual Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival this summer (our grandfather started it to preserve the traditional music of PEI) – the tunes, songs, dancing and partying are top notch.
The beach! PEI’s beaches are amazing, so when I’m at home I spend as much time there as possible. I also have a lot of friends and family in my hometown who are musicians… So a good jam, coupled with tasty food and local brews are a must.
PEI’s beaches are amazing, so when I’m at home I spend as much time there as possible
My older brothers and cousins had a band that was one of the first in our hometown to tour and tear it up. They were my favourite band (I ended up joining them when I was 15 – towards the end of their touring career) and they made me realize that you could travel, play music and make a living at it (and have fun, obviously).
Go to eastern PEI! Obviously Cavendish (Anne of Green Gables) is unbelievably beautiful but if you’re looking for something a little quieter, go to Elliot’s Beach or Little Harbour Beach – camp at St. Margaret’s Beach… So many great things to do! And, again, if you’re on PEI the third weekend of July come by the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival! You’ll have a time.
The natural beauty of the landscape. When I’m not on the road, my wife and I take our camper van to the beach and sleep under the stars. It really is incredible. I always take my guitar… It’s very inspiring – I’ve come up with a lot of song ideas while listening to the ocean.
I have a song on my last record called ‘Cajun Moon’, which is about the Acadian Deportation. Being an Acadian, I learned about this when I was very young – but as I get older, it gets harder and harder to even comprehend what they went through. Thousands were forced to leave their land and many families were torn apart. I talk about Acadian history before I sing it at every show – I think it’s such an important part of our culture on the east coast.
We just played Canmore, AB and Jasper, AB back to back – those two towns and that drive was absolutely stunning.
When I’m not on the road, my wife and I take our camper van to the beach and sleep under the stars. It really is incredible. I always take my guitar…
That’s a tough question! If we’re talking festivals, I think I’d have to pick The Edmonton Folk Festival. I don’t think it’s possible to treat the artists any better.
Also, the Trailside Café is a beautiful venue on Prince Edward Island that everyone should check out while visiting. Pat and Meghann created the perfect atmosphere… And the food! You just have to go.
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