The North Bay Capitol Summer Sharedbenefit concert series continues tomorrow. This time it’s Esther Penell’s turn to take the stage.
Pennell’s Indigenous heritage hails from the Qalipu Mi’kmaq of Newfoundland and Labrador. She’s written about her life experiences as well as feminine resilience, heartache, and joy all while staying grounded through her spiritual connection with the natural world.
“The COVID pandemic completely wiped out my festival shows this summer and that really throws a wrench into things,” said Pennell. ” Especially when it comes to promoting my newest album Big Dream. This is the first year that I won’t be playing at the First People’s Festival in Montreal since 2015.”
Pennell draws inspiration from her east coast Mi’kmaq heritage to play her unique style on the 5-string banjo. Her folk bluegrass vibe, and a voice that has often been compared to Joni Mitchell and Sarah McLaughlin, has been entertaining her fans all over Quebec and Northern Ontario for the last 5 years.
“ Playing at the Capitol Centre as part of the Sharedbenefit concert series gives me the opportunity to reach a bigger audience as well as the tremendously positive effect it has on my mental/emotional well being as an artist and performer. I have so much gratitude to the wonderful people at The Capitol Centre for inviting me to be a part of this wonderful opportunity,” she said.
Viewers are invited to enjoy Esther’s concert on the Capitol Centre’s Facebook page at 7 pm on Thursday, August 20th. Though the concert is free to enjoy, viewers are invited to donate to the Capitol Centre with all donations split equally between the performing artist and the Capitol Centre. Those who are able to donate are invited to do so online at capitolcentre.org/donate.