PEI’s Woodstock? The rock/folk concert was to take place over two days at the Kennedy Coliseum (current site of the Civic Centre and Red Shores) in April 1971. Featuring acts like Bruce Cockburn, Ocean, Edward Bear Sam Moon and the Universal Power, and Pepper Tree, the proceeds of the event would go the Easter Seals campaign. However, due to fear and pressure by certain law enforcement and religious groups, the Government of Prince Edward Island pushed Bill #55 through the Legislature resulting in a ban on public gatherings.
The Act to Provide for the Prohibition of Certain Public Gatherings gave the Government sweeping powers to shut down any gathering over two people, including church picnics and peaceful protests if they chose to. The bill received negative attention far and wide and many spoke out against it, including mayor of Charlottetown, Dorothy Corrigan and MP David Macdonald at a public meeting on Kent Street. In the end, the promoters went ahead with a scaled back version of the event and Bill #55 was quietly repealed.