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Media Release
January 24, 2018
Halifax, NS

Father and Son Dueling Pianos is Back by Popular Demand

For the third consecutive year, the amazing father-son pianist duo, Eddie and Quincy Bullen, are back at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 with their Dueling Pianos.

Based in Toronto with roots in Grenada, Eddie and Quincy Bullen engage their audience with a moving musical message told through a variety of piano genres, including jazz and contemporary. The musical arrangements are highlighted by commentary about their family history and relationship. The two grand pianos used for the duel will be positioned in the middle of Kenneth C. Rowe Hall, with seating surrounding the performers, creating an intimate and engaging audience venue. This is a free event, presented in English.

Both Eddie and Quincy Bullen will be available to speak with the media during the afternoon of January 30th all day January 31st and the morning of February 1st.

Dueling Pianos
Thursday, February 1st
7:00 p.m.
Kenneth C. Rowe Hall
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
1055 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7

Quick Facts:

  • Eddie Bullen (the father) is a Juno-award winning producer, pianist, composer and arranger. He immigrated to Canada from his native Grenada in the 1970s. He is the son of a musician who not only passed on to his son a deep love and knowledge of music and musicians, but also ensured that he was skilled at taking apart and reassembling every kind of musical instrument.
  • Quincy Bullen (the son) is an accomplished pianist, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist (drums, bass, guitar, keys) and singer. His repertoire includes his own version of popular standards from jazz, R&B and soul as well as his original compositions. He has been a featured performer at music festivals and venues in Canada and the Caribbean.
  • The history of “dueling pianos” comes from a ragtime tradition when two players would take turns singing songs requested by the audience, competing to see who could play better and faster.
  • This event is sponsored by TD and presented by Thunder Dome Sounds.

Quotes:

"The art of listening is a wonderful virtue, like in the performance of musicians on stage listening to each other to create moving performances that engages audiences. So too is listening to each other in life to create harmony and understanding in our day-to-day lives." - Eddie Bullen

“We are so pleased to welcome Eddie and Quincy Bullen back to the Museum for the third year in a row! Halifax can’t get enough of this talented father son duo. If you’ve had the chance to enjoy the show before, know that there will be performing new material so it will be new for everyone. The message shared during Dueling Pianos is one that celebrates the relationship between father and son, and the importance of passing down stories from one generation to the next. Embracing family heritage is an inspirational message that really resonates with the Museum’s mandate, and Dueling Pianos is perfectly suited to be performed at this historic location. We are proud that it will kick off our African Heritage Month activities at the Museum.” - Alexandra Cherry, Acting Public Programs Manager

About the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 collects, shares and pays tribute to the Canadian immigration story. The Museum is situated in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Pier 21, the National Historic Site that served as the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. Today, the Museum shares the stories and experiences of all immigrants to Canada, past to present day. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 enhances public understanding of the experiences of immigrants to Canada, highlights the vital role immigration has played in the building of our country and the contributions of immigrants to Canada’s culture, economy and way of life. It is Canada’s sixth national museum and the only one located in Atlantic Canada.

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Media Contact
Beatrice Houston-Gilfoy, Communications Specialist
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Telephone: (902) 425-7770 ext. 264
bhouston-gilfoy@pier21.ca