Try Something New

This Spring: TRY SOMETHING NEW with a 3-in-1 Package 

Package Price: $75 regular | $50 student (19 yrs & under)
Tax & Fees Included in All Prices. 

Three Shows by Three Critically-Acclaimed Creators. 
Three Experiences for One Price at the Harbourfront Theatre.

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Apr. 24 – RUBBERBANDance: Vic’s Mix (Dance)
May 5 – Rebecca Perry: From Judy to Bette (Theatre/Music)
May 8 – Chase Padgett: Nashville Hurricane (Theatre/Music)

Want to try just one of these shows? Tickets are $32 (regular) & $22 (student), tax & fees included.

RUBBERBANDance: Vic’s Mix (April 24)

With both humorous and serious moments, Vic’s Mix is a kind of “best of” creation spanning the immense creative territory explored by nationally-awarded choreographer Victor Quijada. RUBBERBANDance Group is characterised by its innovation, its significant contribution in dance, and for its role in the development of a new style inspired by break-dancing, classical ballet, and dance theatre. Learn more.

Rebecca Perry: From Judy to Bette (May 5)

Judy Garland, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball and Betty Hutton: trailblazers who refused to be “just another ingénue” during the golden age of cinema. Critically-acclaimed Toronto creator and performer Rebecca Perry takes to the stage for an evening of scandalous headlines & marvellous melodies to take a look at the lives of the ladies who broke convention and started something bigger than even they knew. Learn more. 

Chase Padgett: Nashville Hurricane (May 8)

40 years ago, a mysterious acoustic guitarist appeared from nowhere, conquered the music industry, and vanished without a trace…until now. Chase Padgett becomes a manager, a mother, a mentor, and the guitar prodigy himself as each one tells their side of the rise, demise, and resurrection of the best damn guitar player you’ve never heard of: the Nashville Hurricane. Learn More.

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Kicking It Off

January 23, 2019 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at The Guild
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Come out and celebrate the beginning of the 2019 Credit Union Music PEI Week with friends while enjoying the talents of Alicia Toner, Tara MacClean and Catherine MacLellan. Admission by donation. Be sure to RSVP for our Music PEI Week Kick-Off Party!

Family Sundays Are Back

Family Sundays

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Gather up the kids and head to the Confederation Centre Art Gallery on the last Sunday of the month from 1:30-3:00 p.m. They run from January to April, they’re FREE, they’re fun, and they’re bilingual (English and French). All ages are welcome.

Talking About Art

ArtTalks

Join us each Wednesday at noon in the Confederation Centre Gallery for ArtTalks.
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January 9 Conservator Jill McRae will discuss the cleaning and restoring of the Ron Bloore White on White mural.

January 16 Docent Laurent Beaulieu will offer a walking tour of the Wafaa Bilal exhibition contextualized by his own time spent in the Middle East.
January 23 Educator Kate Sharpley will introduce the Mitchell Wiebe: VampSites exhibition through a scavenger hunt.
January 30 Curator Pan Wendt will offer a walking tour of the Who’s Your Mother? exhibition.

A brief Q & A will follow each ArtTalk

Almost Canadian

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2019, 7:30 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
All Seats: $32.00 (tax & fees included)

JAMES MULLINGER – ALMOST CANADIAN
2019 CROSS CANADA TOUR
– ONLY SUMMERSIDE SHOW OF 2019 –
featuring Patrick Ledwell

British comedian James Mullinger has taken Canada by storm. Sold out shows across the country, appearances on CBC’s The Debaters, movies, TV shows, festivals, awards, magazines, stand up specials – since moving to Atlantic Canada four years ago he’s done it all.

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But he’s putting movies and TV shows aside to go out and do what he loves most. Live stand up comedy. For all of Spring James is on the road again and this is his only Summerside date in 2019!

In April 2016, James sold out New Brunswick’s biggest indoor venue Harbour Station with his uniquely hilarious stand up show. This record breaking show was documented for a CBC documentary film ‘City On Fire’ (which you can watch here: https://youtu.be/MJRItrjyHnY) which has aired across Canada to rave reviews and high ratings. The stand up special of the show itself was picked up by Hulu and Amazon Prime so his tales of life in Atlantic Canada are now being enjoyed by people in Germany, Japan and America. Read more about it here. (Link: http://www.theeastmag.com/2017/08/27/james-mullingers-stand-comedy-hits-world-stage-amazon-prime/).

In April 2018 he sold out Harbour Station a second time, this time beating how own record which made headlines across the pond: https://www.chortle.co.uk/other-news/2018/05/03/39868/unknown_comic_outsells_seinfeld_%E2%80%93%C2%A0again

James tours extensively to packed houses across Canada and England and written and produced a big screen feature film starring actors from Downton Abbey and Twilight about his early years in stand up, which was described as “unmissable” by GQ Magazine and “essential viewing. A funny, realistic look at what it takes to become a stand up comedian,” by the Montreal Times.

James is one of Canada’s biggest cheerleaders. He loves it here and spends his time promoting it across the world and raising money for charities and non-profits. James has raised more than $100,000 for Maritimes charities. He has also become one of Canada’s top comics, being nominated for both a Just For Laughs comedy award and a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Live Show.

He is also a much sought after corporate clean comedian and keynote speaker on the subjects of marketing, media and uplifting positivity celebrating where you live and work. Performing his keynote speech ‘Anything Is Possible’ for companies as varied as Irving Oil, TD Canada, New Brunswick School Board, Construction Association of Nova Scotia, Road Builders Association, Atlantic Canada Regional Council of Carpenters, the Crane Rental Association of North America, Moosehead Breweries, New Brunswick Immigration Symposium and hundreds more. A highly skilled MC, he has hosted the 2017 East Coast Music Awards, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards, The ContactNB Awards and the GQ Comedy Extravaganza featuring Russell Peters.

He also launched his own international magazine The Maritime Edit (www.maritimeedit.com) to share his love of the small towns and cities of Atlantic Canada with the rest of the world.

This is his first ever solo stand up show at the Harbourfront Theatre featuring brand new material as well as some of his classic routines including Maritime Directions. Book now for this show, it will sell out!

Please be advised this performance contains occasional use of strong language and mature themes or subject matter.

Going the Gadfly

Urban Roots Dance Crew ‘GADFLY’ Takes Centre Stage January 31
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The crew is led by directors Ofilion Sinbadinho and Apolonia Velasquez, who created their signature Aybrid Movement style, an urban dance style with a twist. Born from Chilean and Guatemalan parents Velasquez and Salvadorian native, Sinbadinho have been creative collaborators for almost two decades. Both Francophones raised in Montreal, they established GADFLY in Toronto, an urban dance-rooted company that “challenges established formats with moves that will set you back in your seat”, according to a recent Toronto Star review.

As a Repertoire Dance Company, GADFLY has been moving people, posing provocative questions through their works, and fusing styles and inspirations since 2006. With their full evening production of ‘Klorofyl,’ GADFLY was the recipient of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance. They have also been commissioned to create work across Canada for events and organizations such as Festival DansEncore, Nike, Ryerson University, and for several charitable organizations.

“Extraordinary choreography,” says Christopher Hoile, in a review of the crew for EYE Weekly. “It’s terrifically exciting to see street dance liberated from the robotics of music videos and imbued with emotional expression.”

 Don’t miss this thrilling contemporary dance production, a rarity in an Island winter season of live performances! Gadfly makes their Island debut, firing up the Homburg Theatre stage on January 31 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $26 and are available at the box office, online at confederationcentre.com, or via phone at 902-566-1267 (toll free at 1-800-565-0278.)

Special thanks are extended to the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Province of Prince Edward Island, the City of Charlottetown; to Sobeys; and to media sponsors Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, and The Guardian.

Gowdy to Helm Crimes at Watermark Theatre

Watermark Theatre is delighted to announce that Charlotte Gowdy will direct “Crimes of the Heart” by Beth Henley in their 2019 summer season.

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Born and raised on the Island, Charlotte has been performing, directing and teaching at theatres across Canada and internationally for the past 20 years. She is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s acting program, the Stratford Festival’s directing program, and trained extensively as a performer at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France.

Her work includes multiple seasons at the Stratford Festival and Shaw Festival, shows at Canadian Stage, National Arts Centre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre, The Grand Theatre, St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Neptune Theatre and the Blyth Festival, among many others.

Charlotte is an Artistic Advisor for the National Arts Centre, English Theatre, she is an Associate Artist and core member of Troubadour Theatre Collective in London, and she spent two years as the Associate Artistic Director of the Thousand Islands Playhouse where she also led the TIP Young Company on two province-wide touring shows.

She is a professor of acting in the music theatre department at Sheridan College and a professor of clown for the theatre conservatory at Fanshawe College. Charlotte is also a guest instructor at schools across the globe including Queen’s University (Kingston), Wheaton College (Boston), Holland College’s SOPA program, UPEI, and at Unversidad Andres Bello (Santiago, Chile).

Warm-hearted, irreverent, zany and brilliantly imaginative, “Crimes of the Heart” teems with humanity and humour as it examines the plight of three young Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the play brings you into the Mississippi household of the Magrath sisters. Babe has just shot her husband because she didn’t like his looks. Meg is back in town after a failed attempt in the music business and a nervous breakdown. And poor Lenny – everyone has forgotten her 30th birthday…plus, her pet horse was just struck by lightning! Bad luck certainly runs deep among the Magrath clan. But with warm-hearted laughs and touching family moments, the sisters forgive the past, face the present, and embrace the future in this contemporary American stage classic.

Last summer Charlotte had the great pleasure of directing “Myth of the Ostrich” for Victoria Playhouse, which received rave reviews and much success at the box office. Having grown up on the island, Charlotte caught the performance bug early as a dancer at Dance Umbrella in Charlottetown and playing violin for the Singing Strings.

On her upcoming directing job, Charlotte enthusiastically says, “I am absolutely thrilled to be back home again this summer, in the land that makes my heart sing”.

For more information, or to set up an interview with Ms. Gowdy please contact Andrea Surich at 902‐963‐3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com