Always on Stage A note of confidence

After 10 years, the City Stages Youth Festival in downtown Charlottetown is going stronger than ever

Chris Budhan and Ian Toms, still playing jazz at Always on Stage (photo: Stephen Pate 2010)

By Sally Cole, Charlottetown Guardian

Chris Budhan gets excited when he talks about the first time he performed on Victoria Row.

In 1998, he and some musical friends from Colonel Gray High School in Charlottetown formed a seven-piece band called Los Guapachosos, won a Battle of the Bands contest and busked that summer on the popular pedestrian street where people sit at outdoor cafes.

“It was my first experience performing in front of a large audience outside the school system. And I got hooked.”

“That summer I became interested in becoming a professional musician. I also became interested in my own artistic development. And I started a summer tradition,” says Budhan, now a doctoral student in music education at the University of Texas.

Everything about that summer seemed to strike a chord with him.  Continue reading Always on Stage A note of confidence