December 8, 2022

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Open to gives: P.E.I. musician trades CDs, merch from cancelled concert events

Open to offers: P.E.I. musician trades CDs, merch from cancelled concerts

Beck has so considerably traded her CDs and merch for visible artwork, best still left, contemporary berries, jam and biscuits, and P.E.I. roasted coffee. (Rachel Beck)

P.E.I. singer-songwriter Rachel Beck is supplying to trade her CDs and products for, perfectly, just about everything.

So significantly, she has exchanged copies of her new album, More powerful Than You Know, for household-made biscuits and strawberry jam, P.E.I.-roasted espresso, and artwork. 

Beck, a mom of three from Stratford, experienced created the selection to leave her working day occupation and give music a shot. She was in the center of a Canadian tour to boost her second album — along with her band and a trunk-load of products which includes CDs, T-shirts, tote baggage and jewellery — when COVID-19 hit, shutting down new music venues.

“I might be lying if I said I was not a little unhappy with just the access that [the album] has gotten,” she told Mainstreet P.E.I. host Matt Rainnie. “You know, all the at the rear of-the-scenes figures and matters, they’re almost certainly not what they would have been experienced I been able to tour the album. 

“But I absolutely sure do recognize all the people today who have arrived at out, who have been streaming the tunes and observing the movies.” 


Beck mentioned she was a short while ago acquiring espresso beans from her favorite regional coffee-roaster, Brett Bunston at Caledonia Dwelling Coffee at the Charlottetown Farmers’ Sector, when Bunston asked her if she’d like to trade them for a copy of her CD. 

She beloved the plan, and last week she made a decision to publish an offer you on her Fb page. So significantly, she has traded with 10 persons from close to the Maritimes, each mates and strangers.

“It’s been so considerably entertaining!” Beck mentioned. “I’ve already gained a lovely, wonderful piece of collage art from Monica Lacey, manufactured just for me.”

She’s so far been given the aforementioned biscuits and jam, a number of packing containers of clean P.E.I. strawberries, garden greens and CDs from other musicians. She is primarily searching ahead to this trade: a lesson in reiki vitality therapeutic. 

“I hope men and women will retain achieving out with whichever talent or a thing they have made, a little something they’ve developed in their garden. It brings me a great deal of joy to share my music and to have these stunning items coming again my way in return,” she mentioned.  

‘Getting far more out of it’

Simply because numerous people might be out of perform or fearing layoffs due to the pandemic, Beck said she realizes they may perhaps not have the funds to acquire a CD. But most people today have a little something they can trade. 

Some of Beck’s goods incorporates totes, T-shirts, compact bags, CDs and more. (Rachel Beck)

“This has been really amazing, truthfully,” she explained. “I assume I am obtaining extra out of it than the people today who are trading with me!”

Beck is established to acquire the phase following weekend for her very first reside in-individual live performance considering the fact that the lockdown started in March. She will participate in two exhibits next Thursday and Friday at The Trailside at the Holman Grand Lodge in Charlottetown, to an viewers of no far more than 50 people — that’s the location greatest below pandemic limitations.

She will perform on stage with cellist Natalie Williams Calhoun for a “stripped-back again, acoustic sense,” Beck reported. 

She will also enjoy with a total band as portion of the Cavendish Beach Drive-In Concert Sequence July 25 with Two Several hours Website traffic, Logan Richard, Vince the Messenger and Kinley.

Upcoming options ‘month-by-month’

The Western Canadian part of Beck’s tour was cancelled, alongside with a jam-packed agenda of summertime festivals and now, all her slide concert bookings as well. She predicts venues will not be reserving leisure this winter or spring both. So what is a musician to do? 

She said she is organizing some electronic ventures, and is functioning on acoustic versions of some of her music.

“Have to form of go thirty day period-by-thirty day period and see what is actually taking place with the rest of the entire world,” she claimed. 

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