Rugged Raspy & Roaring

The Mack lights up again on Saturday, March 19 for tireless touring musician Ben Caplan. Rugged, raspy, and roaring with charisma, the Halifax bluesman is to folklore what smoke is to bourbon.

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The U.K. Guardian raved about his performance last month, giving the “larger than life, bellowing ringmaster” a four-star review that was “rollicking good fun…with tunes ranging from hoedowns to swaying country heartbreakers.”

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Family Affair

Island native, Bryde MacLean, was born to play the role of Ruth in Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit.” Her mother, veteran Charlottetown actor Sharlene MacLean, was pregnant with Bryde when she stage managed a production of the play at The Confederation Centre in 1984. Her father, the well-known Island actor Bill McFadden, starred as Charles Condomine in that same production. (A side note: the production was directed by Ron Irving and also starred Cathy Grant, Laurel Smyth, Martha Irving, and Deb Allen)

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With this lineage, Bryde was clearly destined for the stage. Encouraged by teachers at Kensington High School, trained at the Summerside School of Dance, Bryde went on to Ryerson University in Toronto, completing the four-year acting program in 2011. Bryde appeared as Anne at Avonlea Village and was invited to bring the Island’s favourite red-head to Barbados, appearing as Anne at the High Commissioner’s Canada Day Celebrations. Island audiences saw Bryde at The Confederation Centre last summer in “Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad”. She recently completed some film and media projects with Island-based Tiny Town Media, and can be seen in season 2 of the television series “Just Passing Through.”

This summer, while Bryde is playing Ruth in “Blithe Spirit,” at the Watermark Theatre, her husband Jeremie Saunders will be playing Owen in “The Melville Boys” at Victoria Playhouse, in Victoria-by-the Sea. Bryde also looks forward to the arrival of her sister, singer-songwriter Tara MacLean, who will open her new musical show “Open Road” (a celebration of Atlantic singer/songwriters) at the Harmony House on July 23rd and 24th.

For Bryde, the summer of 2016 on the Island will definitely be a “family affair.” There is nothing Bryde would rather do than be working in great theatre at home on the Island, and she is absolutely thrilled to be joining the company this summer on the Watermark Theatre stage.

 

Jekyll and Nothing to Hide!

Join us for what is sure to be extraordinary night of music featuring George Canyon’s Jekyll and Nothing to Hide Tour! at the Harbourfront Theatre.

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George Canyon’s show will feature his full band and performances of past hits as well as songs from his brand new album “I Got This”. He’ll even treat you to a few acoustic versions of some of his biggest hits. This is sure to be a powerful show, packed with high energy and emotion!

Jekyll and Nothing to Hide! is on Sunday, March 13, at 7:30 PM. All seats are $55.80.

Not a Tommy

In 1918, Canada was a different country than the one that had marched, almost cheerfully off to war four years earlier. In 1914, the main concern was that the war might be over before Canada got a chance to get into the fight.

Four years, and more than 60,000 deaths later, Canadians had lost many of their illusions about the glories of war. They also, though, had gained a new sense of where they fit in the world as a nation. On Tuesday, March 15, Exhibition Curator Boyde Beck will explore these and other themes with an art talk entitled Not a Tommy: World War One and Canadian Identity.

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The featured exhibition is Snapshots of Armageddon: Jack Turner and the Great War, capturing the experience of the front lines of the First World War from the perspective of a Prince Edward Islander. Snapshots of Armageddon is a collaboration between the P.E.I. Museum and Heritage Foundation, the P.E.I. Regiment Museum, and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

The Gallery can be accessed through entrances off of Grafton or Great George streets, and through the entrance gallery near Mavor’s. Gallery winter hours are: Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.

Quartet Showcases New Canadian Works

The Afiara Quartet is a 2016 Juno-nominated string ensemble, described by The Montreal Gazette as balancing “intensity and commitment with frequent moments of tenderness.”

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The quartet will showcase classical masterworks in Studio 1 on March 17 as well as two new Canadian works: ‘String Quartet No. 3,’ representing celebrated composer Christos Hatzis, and one of the most exciting young composers in Dinuk Wijeratne, who recently guest conducted with the P.E.I. Symphony.

Dancing Umbrellas at The Mack

The musical comedy Flapper! by dance umbrella is on tap this week at The Mack.

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A showcase for the Intermediate II and Senior Musical Theatre classes, this madcap adventure celebrates the Roaring 20’s in song and dance, following young flapper Polly Pepper in the era of mobsters, Ziegfeld girls, zoot suits, and the Charleston.

Show times are 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday March 12 at The Mack.