Meet The Shake Ups In Ponyville, an original music project inspired by My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic!

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Comprised of Patrick O’Connor, Savannah O’Connor, Steve Hinckley, Bitsy Matatall, Lee Cherolis and Samantha Kyle, The Shake Ups In Ponyville combine the power of music with the magic of friendship!

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Hailing from Indianapolis, The Shake Ups perform at events ranging from children’s birthday parties to full-on rock concerts, and most recently had the honor of performing at Big Apple Ponycon with Daniel Ingram, Andrea Libman, and Ingrid Nilsen! The band’s “pony power pop” stylings are fun for all ages, and their latest album is available now from iTunes, Amazon, and wherever quality independent music is sold.


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That’s right, your favorite alicorn princess is back! For the second year in a row, we are thrilled to welcome back Peter New (Big Macintosh, the “Doctor” pony) to Ponyville Ciderfest. As a fan favorite from last year, we couldn’t hold the convention again without Applejack’s big brother!

To celebrate Peter’s return, use code PRETTY to get 10% off Weekend, Filly/Colt, Spike, and Super Sparkle badges, or code PRINCESS to get 5% off Alicorn, Celestial, and Equestria Sponsor badges from now through the end of Thursday, July 23rd!

Peter New is an actor, voice actor and writer. He has over 80 professional credits including: Motive, Delete, Fringe, Mr Young, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon, Psych, Men In Trees and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. He has voiced many cartoon characters, from ‘Evan’ in Barbie Thumbelina, to ‘Ian Vashti’ in Gundam00, ‘Lunk’ in Powerpuff GirlsZ, but is most well known as ‘Sunil’ in Littlest Pet Shop, and ‘Big Macintosh’ in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Other voice credits include InuYasha, Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War, Sushi Pack, Fantastic Four, Rekkit Rabbit, Martha Speaks, Dino Train, Goola City and Need 4 Speed: Hot Pursuit.

Peter began acting with a sketch comedy troupe called The Legend of Bonefish, who disbanded twenty years ago, although some of those old sketches have sprung up on YouTube, starring middle-aged versions of themselves. Weird. He has broad interests, from astronomy to photography, architecture to environment. He plays a little piano, a bit of guitar, some ukulele, and a passel of drums. One day he wants to cut a record. He enjoys cooking, but more than that, eating. Yummy.


Wow! We have received such an enthusiastic response to our vendor hall this year that we already have more applications than we have spaces! If you’ve submitted an application you will be notified if you have been approved, otherwise there’s always next year!

Thanks again to all our applicants!

Rebecca Shoichet (Voice of Sunset Shimmer/Sugar Belle/Night Glider. Singing Voice of Twilight Sparkle) is a singer/actor who grew up in Victoria, B.C., Canada. With an education in musical theatre, she sings in a wide variety of music styles from jazz to funk and from pop-rock to opera. She has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Canadian popular artists Amanda Marshall and Tom Cochrane, and Vancouver-based bands Soulstream, Side One and Mimosa.
She has beenvoice acting since her move to Vancouver in 2000 and has played such characters as Agent Abigail Brand on Astonishing X-Men, Willi in Maya the Bee, Lorne and Dr. Kat in Kid vs Kat, and the English voices of such Anime characters as Nana O. in Nana, Chelsea Rorec in Tokyo Underground, and Eri and Sota in Inuyasha

Rebecca is currently the singing voice of Twilight Sparkle as well as playing Sunset Shimmer in the feature My Little Pony Equestria Girls.

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