Art, Party, and the Glam Bat Cave

One night only, the Confederation Centre Art Gallery will be transformed into a sprawling dance party and showcase of artist creativity for afterimage, an event that animates the gallery at night. This promises to be an unforgettable night in Charlottetown, and a completely new way of experiencing contemporary art in the stunning architecture of the art gallery.

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The CCAG is in between exhibition cycles this month, hence the event title; a brief window in time where the gallery will be redefined visually and conceptually. “This will be a truly special night,” says Gallery Director Kevin Rice. “We are excited to bring a new audience into the gallery, to see what an amazing space it is, and experience it in an entirely new way.”

Stretching across multiple galleries – even including a service elevator – afterimage features a variety of artists from P.E.I., New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia and installations ranging from themed spaces, projections, and video works; to live music, guest DJs, and interactive games.

Belfast, P.E.I. painter and media artist Damien Worth is creating an interactive piece that allows users to navigate a virtual landscape. Another featured guest is Montreal’s Pascal Dufaux, who recently relocated his studio to the Guild, known for his interactive sculptures that capture the movements of partygoers through motion sensors. The galleries will also include a dance floor showcasing the music of guest DJs Willow Bell (Whaleskin) and DJ Lucy MOD (Kate Walchuk), as well as performances by Nathan Gill, Andrew Cairns, and some surprise off-Island guests.

afterimage is one night only and runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on May 13. The entire gallery team as well as other Centre staff and over a dozen artists will be working full tilt to make this an unforgettable combination of party and art experience, and a true showcase of talent from around the region. Event tickets are $20 (plus tax and service fees) in advance, via the Box Office, and $25 (plus tax and service fees) at the door.

Other highlights include an interactive installation dubbed ‘The Glam Bat Cave’ featuring creations by Halifax’s Mitchell Wiebe, and Island artists Ali O’Sullivan and Andrew Cairns, a wheel of prizes hosted by Tamara Steele and Charlottetown comedian Lennie MacPherson, a new projection work from Becka Viau, and a multimedia installation in the gallery elevator designed by Charlottetown’s Monica Lacey and Devon Ross. A more relaxed lounge area with specialty cocktails, a playlist by Colin Buchanan, and a Lucy van Pelt-inspired ‘advice booth’ will contrast the live performance space.

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McLauchlan Back in Front

Murray McLauchlan is one of Canada’s most highly regarded singer/songwriters, and with good cause. Over a 40-year career, he has released 18 albums and been awarded 11 Junos. His songs Farmer’s Song, Down by the Henry Moore, Whispering Rain and Sweeping the Spotlight Away are now considered Canadian standards. Murray is also a painter, an author, an actor, a radio host; he’s been bestowed an Honourary Doctor of Laws and appointed to The Order of Canada. That’s quite a ride. Yet some may wonder where he’s been of late.

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Murray did tour in support of his 2012 critically acclaimed release Human Writes, but then decided to take a break. Other interests prevailed and he restricted his touring to shows with Lunch At Allen’s, the supergroup he co-founded, whose members also include Ian Thomas, Marc Jordan and Cindy Church.

But now Murray is on the road in his own right once more. Here’s what he has to say: “As a songwriter I know that it’s not enough to sit in your kitchen and write. Your songs need to be heard. Music is a communicative art and if it isn’t brought in front of people there is no way to tell if that end has been met. I like to think of a concert tour as a kind of roving gallery to test your art and your ideas. I try to do my very best to make it worthwhile for folks to be there and to perhaps look at things in a new way when they leave.”

And this, in a nutshell, is the Murray McLauchlan concert experience.

Murray McLaughlan is at the Harbourfront Theatre on May 2nd at 7:30 PM.