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On November 23 @ 12 p.m. Confederation Centre of the Arts will livestream, in both official languages, The 2017 Symons Medal and Lecture. This year the Symons Medal is awarded to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin P.J. Trudeau.
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The Symons Medal and Lecture event will also feature a live 30-minute performance of the Centre’s 2017 Young Company production The Dream Catchers. Join the livestream from the comfort of your home or office via the following links:

French YouTube  

English  YouTube   

 We’re also excited that 500 students from across the Island and the Maritime region will attend this year’s lecture. At this point all tickets are allocated, however, we are now taking names for a wait list. Here are a few details:

How do I get my name on the wait list for tickets in the Homburg Theatre?

Please visit Confederation Centre’s box office in person, or phone 902-566-1267 (toll free at 1-800-565-0278) to have your name added to the wait list. Maximum of two tickets per person.

If any tickets become available prior to the event the box office will contact people on the wait list, in the order that they were added, and if we don’t reach you we will not leave a phone message, and will move on to the next name on the list.

What if I am on the wait list and I don’t get a seat in the Homburg theatre for November 23?

You’re invited to view the 2017 Symons Medal and Lecture in Memorial Hall via livestream (English-language feed). This is on a first come, first served basis. Up to 250 seats will be provided in Memorial Hall for this purpose.

f any seats do become available, patrons in Memorial Hall will be invited to the Homburg Theatre.

Please present photo identification on the day in order to be granted access to the building.

Thank-you for your interest in this event. We will keep you informed as new information becomes available.

The 2017 Symons Medal Ceremony will take place in the Homburg Theatre at Confederation Centre. For more information, please visit www.confederationcentre.com/symonsmedallecture and follow event updates on social media @confedcentre and via hashtag, #Symons2017.

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Dancing the Night Away

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 4:00 PM

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An upbeat energetic array of dance styles to stir the soul. Enjoy a diversity of professionally choreographed dances for young and old. This production incorporates the skill of adorable little ones straight through to adults from all over Prince Edward Island. Dance Virtuosa welcomes you to join us for an unforgettable showcase of skilled bodies in motion.

Dance Virtuosa is at the Harbourfront Theatre.

A Bit of Bollywood

 A Passage to Bollywood is a classic tale of love and friendship. It’s a story of a young village boy who moves to the big city to follow his dream.  The musical follows his journey and the relationships he builds with the woman of his dreams and the ‘Don’- who takes him under his wing. Filled with romance and drama, the story takes on an unexpected twist with a surprise ending.

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It sounds like a journey that we can all connect to in one way or another. But that’s not the only draw for people to come and see the show as part of the Sobeys’ LIVE @ the Centre program this year. The artistic director is as they say in the biz…the real deal.

Ashley Lobo, the Artistic Director of Navdhara India Dance Theatre, is an acclaimed Indian choreographer with over 32 years of experience in performing, choreographing, and teaching, both in India and overseas. With more than 30 Bollywood films under his belt, he has worked with all the top stars from Sharukh Khan, Hritik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai, just to name a few. Lobo studied dance at the famous ‘Bodenweiser Dance Centre’ and the extremely famous Sydney Dance Company. He is also immensely trained in classical ballet, jazz and contemporary styles of dance.

He is excited to bring A Passage to Bollywood to the Island and describes it as a relatable human story told in an entertaining way, “Like a typical Bollywood film, the show is full of song and dance with all the melodrama, romance, action, colour, and excitement you would see on screen – except it is onstage.”

Bollywood is a movement style of dance that incorporates all forms of Indian dance from classical to modern. It also draws inspiration from everyday activities like undoing a light bulb to starting a bike to create dance steps. Set in a surreal canvas that tells real stories, Bollywood dance is what Lobo would describe as an India biryani – meaning a party.

All this talent behind the scenes should make for a spectacular experience for the audience, one that Lobo says they’ll connect with, “It could have been the life of any person who migrated from one city to another or from one country to another.”

Coming to the Homburg Theatre November 15 @7:30 p.m., A Passage to Bollywood promises to turn a night of entertainment on its head.

 For tickets please visit: http://www.confederationcentre.com/en/show/356-A-Passage-to-Bollywood

 

Old Man Luedecke Up Front and Personal

 

Two award winning acts come together for one exceptional evening of folk and roots music at Harbourfront Theatre.

Old Man Luedecke is the real thing, a modern-day people’s poet and traveling bard and balladeer. He’s played around the world to a loving and increasing fan base, and won two Juno awards in the process. Luedecke has always insisted on a solid poetic heft in the way he uses words, and highly personal stories are what have always connected him to the universal in his audience.

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The haunting strains of twin bagpipes have become a defining signature of Breabach – a chiming herald of Scottish folk being embraced by a new generation. The energetic five-piece deliver a thrilling and unique brand of contemporary folk music and those who have seen their live show will see why the group has earned international recognition on the world and roots music scene as one of the UK’s most dynamic and influential bands.

Old Man Luedecke is at the Harbourfront Theatre on Sunday November 12 at 7:30 PM.

This tour is part of the Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) and RADARTS’ Canada 150 Performance Series. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada.

College of Piping Breabach Celtic Ensemble Workshop:
November 12th, 10 am-12 am, at the College of Piping in Summerside
The focus of the ensemble workshop will be piping, Scottish Gaelic song, fiddle, guitar and accompaniment, whistle and flute.

Get to the Glory Hole at the Guild

Glory Hole: The Sexy Sex Art Show opens at the Gallery at the Guild in
Charlottetown from 7 to 9 pm on Wednesday, November 8 th .
Laura Chapin, Susana Rutherford, Dave Stewart and Jenni Zelin are the co-curators of the multi-
artist exhibit. In a release, the curators note that the show aims to positively and playfully
celebrate sexuality through diverse perspectives and mediums. It focuses on its “exciting, silly,
messy, inspirational and creative aspects”.
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“It’s a matter of being able to participate in something the artists believe in,” says Rutherford.
“Sex is something we still get very much hung up about, but it’s one of the fundamental aspects
of being human for most of us. To talk about it, to create artwork that reflects it, is to invite
conversation and reaction, but we’re aiming to keep that all very much in the positive.”
“The Sexy Sex Art Show, the subtitle of the show, says it all,” adds Zelin. “It indicates its playful
nature, and it lets people know what the theme of the exhibit is, so anyone who might be
offended by the topic is forewarned. We’ve made a point of stressing that in all our
communications about the show.”
More than twenty Island artists are participating in the show. Some are free to exhibit under
their names, while others will use pseudonyms or exhibit anonymously.
“Really, what we’re hoping for here,” Rutherford concludes, “is to give artists a challenge in
expressing this theme, and to give viewers an entertaining, and hopefully thought-provoking
tour of a key piece of the human experience.”
Admission to the exhibition is free, and adult accompaniment is recommended for children 14
and under. The show runs through Saturday, December 2.

Confederation Centre Announces 2017 Symons Medal Winner

Confederation Centre of the Arts announced that the 2017 Symons Medal will be awarded to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin P.J. Trudeau. The Symons Medal is one of Canada’s most prestigious honours and recognizes a distinguished person who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life. The award will be presented to Mr. Trudeau at Confederation Centre on November 23, 2017.

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Previous recipients include His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales; His Excellency Governor General David Johnston; former Prime Minister Paul Martin; the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada; President of the national Inuit organization, Mary Simon; environmental leader, Dr. David Suzuki; and former Quebec Premier, Jean Charest.

On October 19, 2015, Mr. Trudeau led his party to a majority government winning 184 seats, and ridings in every province and territory. He was sworn in as Prime Minister on November 4, 2015. Two years into his mandate, Mr. Trudeau leads a government that works hard every day to build an economy that works for the middle class and people working hard to join it. His team is focused on creating good, middle class jobs, fostering strength out of Canada’s rich diversity, fighting climate change, and achieving reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. A proud feminist, Mr. Trudeau also appointed Canada’s first gender-balanced Cabinet in 2015.

“On behalf of CEO Jessie Inman and Professor Tom Symons, for whom this lecture is named, we are elated to announce the Right Honourable Prime Minister as the recipient of the 17th Symons Medal,” says Chair of the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust, Wayne Hambly.

“During this significant year commemorating the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, we are proud to be recognizing the Prime Minister of Canada here on Prince Edward Island — the recognized Birthplace of Confederation. We look forward to welcoming Mr. Trudeau to Charlottetown to share his unique perspective on the evolving State of Canada and its nationhood.”

The oldest of three boys, Mr. Trudeau grew up with the profound influence of his father, former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, and his mother, Margaret Trudeau. He was raised speaking both French and English and has family roots in both eastern and western Canada.

Mr. Trudeau graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in 1994. He went on to complete the University of British Columbia’s education program in 1998, and spent several years teaching French, math, and other subjects in Vancouver. Before entering politics, Mr. Trudeau also served as the National Chair of Katimavik, as a board member for the Canadian Avalanche Foundation, and as an advocate for young people and the environment.

Since 2004, Confederation Centre has honoured 16 distinguished Symons Medalists. Held each fall, the medal ceremony creates a national platform for a prominent Canadian to discuss the nation’s current state and future prospects.

The 2017 Symons Medal Ceremony will take place in the Homburg Theatre at Confederation Centre. For more information, please visit www.confederationcentre.com/symonsmedallecture and follow event updates on social media @confedcentre and via hashtag, #Symons2017.

Remembrance Day Concert On Tap at Trinity Church

The Confederation Singers and the Confederation Centre Youth Chorus present a Remembrance Day concert of choral music and readings in honour of the nation’s war veterans. In Remembrance takes place Saturday, November 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity United Church in Charlottetown.

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In Remembrance offers an evening of thought-provoking poetry complemented by appropriate selections of choral music. One reflects and heightens the other,” says Don Fraser, director of music at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. “Much of the poetry is from the First World War, and included in the music is a Canadian choral setting of the famous In Flanders Fields poem.”

The concert will also feature I’m Dreaming of Home that members of the Youth Chorus performed at the dedication ceremony for the newly restored Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France on April 9, 2007, the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Other pieces of music include Bruckner’s Locus Iste,  the In Remembrance of Canadian composer Eleanor Daley, Calling my Children Home, arranged by Joseph Jennings, the beautiful Pie Jesu by Fauré and the beautiful Ubi Caritas of Ola Gjeilo.

Tickets for the annual In Remembrance performance are $15 and are available at the door or at the Confederation Centre’s box office or at 902 566-1267, toll free at 1-800-565-0278, or online at www.confederationcentre.com<http://www.confederationcentre.com/> .
Maritime Electric sponsors the Confederation Centre’s Choral Music Programme. Sobeys is the title sponsor for Live @ the Centre! Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5 and Ocean 100.