Oz Blues and Roots at the Harbourfront

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 7:30PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
All Seats: $32.00 (tax & fees included)

Backstage Pass returns with Australian blues artist and extraordinary guitarist Lloyd Spiegel. Experience his awe-inspiring performance in an up-close and intimate setting with Harbourfront Theatre’s Backstage Pass Series.

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About Lloyd Spiegel: 

“A revelation, the consummate performer, an Oz Blues & Roots icon.” – Rolling Stone.

Lloyd Spiegel is a trailblazer at the forefront of modern blues and one of his country’s most recognised guitarists, recently being named in Australian Guitar Magazine’s list of the top 50 Australian guitarists of all time.

A touring artist since age 11, the 7time Australian Blues Award winner has one of the most unique stories in music. He has sat with the founding fathers of modern blues from Brownie McGhee to Luther Allison and has supported the likes of Ray Charles, Bob Dylan and Etta James on tour.

His live performance blends jaw-dropping guitar expertise with a commanding voice, powerful songwriting and storytelling to deliver a complete concert experience, launching him onto theatre and festival stages across the globe.

Spiegel returns to Canada with his 8th release, ‘Backroads’ – a hard edged, personal and brutally honest account of his life. ‘Backroads’ follows up from his previous albums, which all debuted in the top 10 of the Australian independent music charts and for several months, held the #1 spot on the Australian Blues Chart.

Guitar Master Class, October 24th, 4:30 PM
(Free to Attend, Registration Required)

Attend a guitar class led by international guitarist Lloyd Spiegel at Harbourfront Theatre October 24th, 4:30 PM. This is a rare opportunity to learn from a master whose expertise had led Cole Clark Guitars to create two signature model guitars named after him. The master class at 4:30 PM is free to attend. Please contact brenna@harbourfronttheatre.com to register.

About Backstage Pass:
Harbourfront’s Backstage Pass Series offers a unique format with the entire show, audience included, happening on the stage. Experience the performing arts up-close in a cozy and interactive setting with a panoramic view of the theatre in the background.

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Fall Fun Cabaret

October 21, 2018 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm at The Guild
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An exciting evening of great entertainment will take place at the Guild on Sunday, October 21st at 7:30 pm. Hosted by our very own Diana Barry ” Rebecca Griffin” and Alec “Calvin Laveck “ it will feature cast members of Anne & Gilbert as well as musicians, crew, staff, and friends.

You are sure to enjoy every moment! Special guests include Todd MacLean, Julien Kitson, Ava & Lily Rashed, The Popalopalots, and Havenwood Studio dancers to name a few. Some surprise A&G alumni will make an appearance as well. A great evening of music, comedy, and dance!

A donation will be made from proceeds towards The Upper Room Food Bank Diapers in need program. Donations of Diapers (especially older toddler sizes) and baby wipes will be gratefully accepted at the door that evening as well!

Tickets only $22 and available at the Guild Box office in person or online.

Hope to see you there!

Fall Into The Basement Paintings

All Welcome: Opening Reception for Fall Art Exhibitions

New exhibitions include works by Wafaa Bilal, Mitchell Wiebe, Sandra Meigs, Ronald Bloore conservation project, and a survey of artwork by 40 Island women

 The Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) will host an official opening reception for the fall art exhibitions on Saturday, October 27 at 7 p.m. All are welcome for this fun and social gathering to enjoy new works, live music by Fantasy Eye, and conversations with friends and meet some of the featured artists.

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The CCAG is pleased to present Who’s Your Mother?, a survey exhibition of art work by women working on P.E.I. since the gallery’s founding in 1964. Selected from the Centre’s permanent collection by co-curators Lisa Theriault and Pan Wendt, the show features over 40 artists and will include several new acquisitions resulting from their research and studio visits.

“This show is perhaps overdue,” says Art Gallery Director Kevin Rice, “as the extensive work of women artists has not always been reflected in the collecting practices of public galleries—though we certainly have made improvement in recent decades. We have acquired a significant amount of work by women artists in an effort to better represent P.E.I.’s art scene.”

It is arguable that women have been the most influential artists in the province since the 1970s, when Hilda Woolnough, Elaine Harrison, and Erica Rutherford were instrumental in founding artist-run centres and mentoring younger artists. Woolnough, Harrison, and Rutherford will be well-represented in the show, alongside those from the latest generation of Island women artists, including Sandi Hartling, Monica Lacey, Norma Jean MacLean, and Becka Viau. Who’s Your Mother? opens October 27 and runs until June 1, 2019.

New this month, the CCAG opens VampSites, a new solo exhibition by Mitchell Wiebe. Based in Halifax, Wiebe has been something of a cult artist in Canada for decades. Known for his instantly recognizable paintings of fantastical creatures and warped worlds, he also works in installation art and this new show involves his occupation and response to the Brutalist architecture of Confederation Centre.

“We’re doing something special with Mitchell, actually putting him and his process on display,” explains Curator Pan Wendt. “Not only are we showing a selection of his work, in various states and contexts, including a black light gallery, but the artist will create a giant painting and installation in the public eye. You can actually watch him work, almost as a performance, for the week of October 15 to 19.”

Continuing until January 20, 2019 is Wafaa Bilal: 168:01, a major solo exhibition of recent work by the New York-based artist that speaks to the impact of international politics on individual lives. Included is the installation of an austere library filled with empty white books symbolizing the cultural heritage that was destroyed during a Mongol siege at Bayt al-Hikma, a major academic center during the Islamic Golden Age. This also represents the libraries, archives, and museums that have been systematically decimated by occupying forces in Bilal’s homeland of Iraq. Over the course of the exhibition, visitors may donate books from a wish-list compiled by The College of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad whose library was looted and destroyed in 2003. Upon the exhibition’s closing, the donated books will be sent to this university to help rebuild their library.

The CCAG is delighted to present a striking series of oversize paintings by Hamilton-based artist Sandra Meigs, entitled The Basement Paintings. The work, inspired by the artist’s process of mourning the passing of her husband, finds resonance and exuberance in the face of tragedy. Described as “the most potent work of Meigs’ career” the exhibition features three expansive paintings from 2012-13 that draw from the artist’s feelings of claustrophobia – they are based on her imagination of a subterranean landscape – as well as a number of smaller, complementary pieces that are derived literally from photographs of a family member’s basement.

The October 27 opening reception will also highlight the exhibitions Objects of the Mind: Chinese Brush and Ink Paintings by Dianyu Zhao continuing until November 11, and The Ronald Bloore Conservation Project, where the public can see conservation treatment being carried out on the large abstract painting until near the end of the exhibition on January 13. 2019. For more details on all exhibitions and visual arts programs at the Centre, visit confederationcentre.com/gallery.

The Wonders of Wiebe

Curated by Pan Wendt

Mitchell Wiebe: VampSites

An exhibition that launches a national tour of space activations by the Halifax painter, performer, and installation artist.

 

Based in Halifax, Mitchell Wiebe has been something of a cult artist in Canada for decades. Known for his instantly recognizable paintings of fantastical creatures and warped worlds, Wiebe is also a performer who has fronted numerous experimental bands. Over the past decade Wiebe has branched out into installation art, and this new show involves his occupation and response to the Brutalist architecture of the Confederation Centre.

“We’re doing something special with Mitchell, actually putting him and his process on display,” says curator Pan Wendt. “Not only are we showing a selection of his work, in various states and contexts, including a black light gallery, but the artist will create a giant painting and installation in the public eye. You can actually watch him work, almost as a performance, for the week of October 15-19.”

During the run of the exhibition, the gallery will feature a number of performance pieces involving collaboration with artists and musicians. The show kicks off a national tour, involving a series of responses to gallery spaces across the country, and will feature a publication that includes critical essays by prominent curators in Canada and the United States.

Mitchell Wiebe received his M.F.A. at NSCAD University, and his work was included in the national survey Oh, Canada, organized by the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. P.E.I. viewers may be familiar with his many contributions to Art in the Open and afterimage, including collaborations with Graeme Patterson, Ray Fenwick, and Russell Louder.

When Naked Gets Funny

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18th, 7:30 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
Regular tickets: $47.50
Group tickets(10+): $42.50

THE COMIC STRIPPERS
A Male Stripper Parody and Improv Comedy Show
Canadian Comedy Award Winners – Best Live Production
Back By Popular Demand With An All New Show!

 

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The Comic Strippers, back by popular demand with an all new show, are afictitious male stripper troupe played  by a cast of some of Canada’s best improvisational comedians. These guys try to be sexy… it just comes out funny. Constantly grooving and gyrating, in between scenes they banter with the crowd and perform their sexylarious twist on improv sketches. They sing, they “dance;” these guys are oiled up and ready to make you laugh. Women often say the most attractive thing about a man is his sense of humour – so ladies, these stripped-down comedians are sure to make your head explode. And not to worry, gentlemen, this is definitely a parody of male strippers. Some of the performers have what’s called ‘Comedy Bodies’ – they will make you look fabulous by comparison!

Semi-undressed and completely unscripted, The Comic Strippers take off their shirts and take on your suggestions to create a whole new genre of comedy.

WARNING: No extreme nudity, just extreme hilarity. A show for all genders… 19+ only

Fresh from sold out shows in Vegas, Australia and  Canada and Canadian Comedy Award Winners for Best Live Production, The Comic Strippers are:

Roman Danylo -For five seasons, Roman starred on CTV’s Comedy Inc. As a stand-up comedian, he has appeared on Just For Laughs and The Debaters.

Ken Lawson – Ken starred in the Canadian sitcom Health Nutz and has performed all over North America with The Vancouver Theatre Sports League and The Second City.

Chris Casillan – An improv comedy vet with The Vancouver Theatre Sports League, Chris is also a Canadian Comedy Award winner with his sketch comedy group Canadian Content.

Michael Teigen As well as being a professional improviser and theatre actor, Michael has been in over 30 television shows and over 40 feature films.

 

★★★★★ “Extremely funny comedy show that showcases their mercurial improvisational talents.” – UK Fringe   Review ★★★★ “A high- energy evening that never loses pace.” – Adelaide Now “A show suitable for both men and women… an entertaining ride where anything goes.” – Rip It Up Magazine “One of the most hilarious shows I’ve ever seen.” – Vancouver Sun

Are Dreams Just in Your Head?

Dream Chaser: Comedy Hypnosis at The Guild
October 19, 2018 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
THE DREAM CHASER IS HERE!

Have you ever wanted to travel to a tropical paradise? How about the Arctic? Ever wanted to ride the world’s best roller coaster or even take a trip into outer space!? Well, you can experience all of this and more by coming to The Guild for Matt MacPhee’s (The Mattman’s) hilarious comedy hypnosis show!

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Matt has dreamed of entertaining for most of his life and began studying hypnosis while attending UPEI. Now Matt has mastered his craft and has been certified and recognized by the World Hypnosis Network of Canada and is ready to bring his show to you! Matt was with us for shows throughout the summer and this is your last chance to catch him on October 19th at the Guild!

Performance is at 7:00 pm and tickets are $20.

Objects of the Mind Brought to Life

Objects of the Mind: Chinese Brush and Ink Paintings by Dianyu Zhao

Dianyu Zhao is a highly regarded artist at the national level who specializes in painting nature, particularly flowers and birds. He is known as a student of “Qi’s Lineage” as he studied under the guidance of Qi, Liangchi, a son of Qi, Baishi, one of the two most famous painters in modern Chinese art history. This exhibition, presented in the Fred S. and Ogden Martin Concourse Gallery, is a collaboration between the Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.
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Dianyu Zhao was born in 1943 in Rushan, Shandong Province, China. He is recognized as one of China’s preeminent artists. Having studied painting since childhood,  Zhao became famous for his spontaneous freehand brushwork of flowers and birds. His work embodies the innate character of traditional Chinese paintings. Zhao’s painting technique is governed by classic theories, which he innovates upon using his own personal touch. His brush strokes and ink colors are intriguing, stimulating, unrestrained, and highly personalized.

In addition to his artistic practice, he is a member of the Shandong Province Artists Association, a senior artist at the Shandong Art Institute, and a respected professor. Zhao has participated in exhibitions in France, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea. Many of his works have been collected by domestic and foreign institutions as well as private collectors.