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Atlantic Presenters Association announce Rural Routes tour featuring Ryan Cook

March 13, 2018 | Ryan Cook, one of Atlantic Canada’s most celebrated country artists is coming to PEI for a string of performances in rural communities as part of the Atlantic Presenters Association (APA)’s and the Association of Rural Community Halls (ARCH) “Rural Routes Tour”.

The multi award-winning ECMA and Music Nova Scotia artist has five performances beginning on May 16th at the Tracadie Community Centre and will wrap up at the Souris Show Hall on Sunday, May 20th with stops in Milton, Abrams Village and New London in between. Ryan will be performing songs from his new album “Having A Great Time” as well as cuts from his heralded back catalogue.

A full list of tour dates can be found below. Tickets are only $15 and are available now at www.ryancook.ca.

“I’m really excited to be returning to Prince Edward Island this year,” says Cook. “My fondest memories starting out in music were touring with Island artists like Gordie MacKeeman, Nudie and Meaghan Blanchard. I’m looking forward to connecting with rural communities and sharing my music with new audiences on PEI.”

This year, APA and ARCH are also excited to launch a performance opportunity for emerging Island singer-songwriters to support Ryan Cook as the opening act on this tour.

“APA is proud to be working with ARCH members on PEI to deliver the Rural Routes program. What a fantastic opportunity for these five communities to see an amazing award-winning artist like Ryan Cook in their own backyard,” says Laurie Gillis, APA’s Executive Director. “We are also thrilled to be adding the performance opportunity for emerging Island artists. PEI is known for its depth of talent and we look forward to seeing the new voices coming out of the province.”

There will be five artists chosen by a panel judges made up by representatives from the participating halls. Applications are now being accepted and the deadline to apply is April 2, 2018. Certain criteria applies. Click here for full details on eligibility and criteria.


May 16 - Tracadie Community Centre; Tracadie, PE

May 17 - Milton Community Hall; North Milton, PE

May 18 - Village Musical Acadien; Abrams Village, PE

May 19 - New London Community Complex; New London, PE

May 20 - Souris Show Hall; Souris, PE


Rural Routes is a program delivered by APA and ARCH to develop and build capacity for rural community halls on PEI. In addition to professional development and mentorship, one of the components of the program is an annual tour. There are currently 13 community halls participating in the Rural Routes program.


The Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) is the regional arts presenter’s organization for the four Atlantic Provinces: Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. It is a leader in the presentation of the performing arts and promotes the development of performing arts touring in the Atlantic region. The APA’s mission is to enable our members to enhance, promote, and facilitate diverse, quality live performances, and to provide an exchange of best practices and ideas. Visit www.atlanticpresenters.ca for more information.


ARCH is the voice of community halls across PEI. ARCH allows those involved in community halls to share knowledge and experiences and work together to strengthen the cultural life of Island communities. If you belong to a community hall interested in joining the network, please contact ARCH for more information: www.archpei.com.


Mixing classic country music with modern satire, Ryan Cook has forged a sound between contemporary folk and dyed-in-the wool country. He has shared stages with the likes of Dwight Yoakam, Rosanne Cash, and Travis Tritt and has compiled an impressive list of awards and nominations over the years, including three Album of the Year Awards from Music Nova Scotia. Visit www.ryancook.ca for more information.

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