Shannon and Tony Quinn to Play the Souris Show Hall and the Katherine Hughes Memorial Hall at the BIS
Society objectives have remained consistent, with perhaps changing emphasis, since its founding in 1825. They are:
1. To preserve and promote Irish history, culture, and heritage and, in particular, its Gaelic, Celtic traditions.
2. To carry out acts of charity and benevolence.
3. To promote friendship and unity among the Irish and their descendants.
The Benevolent Irish Society is one of the oldest organizations in Prince Edward Island. Established in 1825 the Society was incorporated by an Act of the Legislature in 1882 .
Originally established to meet the needs of Irish immigrants and the poor of all denominations, today the Society places increasing emphasis on preserving and promoting Irish history, culture, and heritage, and in particular its Gaelic, Celtic traditions.
Check out our Friday night Ceilidhs, Irish Heritage Lecture Series, “Ceol Agus Cairde – Music and Friends” Winter Concert Series, and other events. There’s always something happening at the BIS Irish Hall!
THE SOCIETY WISHES TO ACKNOWLEDGE WITH THANKS FUNDING SUPPORT FROM THE EMIGRANT SUPPORT PROGRAM OF IRELAND'S DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS IN THE CREATION OF THIS WEBSITE.
Canada Day Ceilidh at the Irish Hall!
POLKY (Polish Women) are coming from Toronto to perform on Friday July 1st.
This is a Fundraiser for Ukraine in collaboration with the Charity "Angels on PEI"
There will be a Silent Auction, 50/50 and Special Canada Day Ceilidh Lunch.
Tickets $15 - contact Kathy Roney at 902-314-8840 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 7 PM - 9:30 PM leaving time to take in the fireworks.
bio - POLISH Female folk
Toronto's own Polky was created by courageous Polish ladies, singer Ewelina Ferenc, dancer Ala Stasiuk, and multi-instrumentalist Marta Solek. Polky, meaning "Polish women," came together through a shared passion for Eastern European music's enigmatic and upbeat style. Joined by Canadian musicians, Polky brings its original sound to Eastern European traditional musical forms by adding a uniquely Canadian, multicultural flavour.
They take you on a musical journey to Poland, the melting pot of Eastern and Central Europe, where you can hear Carpathian, Jewish, Gypsy, Ukrainian, Slovak and Hungarian influences!
The band performed at the Danforth Music Hall, opening for Lemon Bucket Orkestra and Boogát, the Aga Khan Museum, Polish and Ukrainian Festivals, Summerfolk Festival, Ashkenaz Festival, Memoires et Racines Festival and showcased at Folk Ontario Conference and Folk Alliance International promoting Polish folk for Canadians. Their first EP Immigration (2018) is inspired by Polish traditional music from the Mazovia region, Polish mountains, immigration to Canada, and... Led Zeppelin! Their debut album titled Songs From Home (2020), described by Songlines Magazine as "energetic wilderness" is a celebration of the multicultural city of Toronto, as well as their Polish roots. It was nominated for Canadian Folk Music Awards 2022 in three categories and it won the Traditional Singer of The Year Award for Ewelina Ferenc.
Ewelina Ferenc - lead vocal, percussion
Ala Stasiuk - vocals
Marta Sołek - Polish knee fiddles
Peter Klaassen - upright bass
Sam Clark - fiddle
Oisin Hannigan - percussion