A Shake Joint at The Harbourfront

THE COMIC STRIPPERS
A Male Stripper Parody and Improv Comedy Show

The Comic Strippers are a fictitious 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.

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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

Roman DanyloFresh from sold out shows in Vegas, Australia and Canada, 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

Confederation Centre Remembers Michael Shurman

The staff and board of Confederation Centre of the Arts are mourning the loss of Michael S. Schurman, a beloved friend who served for 12 years on the board of directors, and for the past eight years as chair of the Major Gifts and Endowments Committee. He was also the Founding Chair of the Confederation Centre of the Arts Foundation Board, a position he held until his death on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at age 79.

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“Mike’s counsel to the board of directors and management, and his contributions, insights, and knowledge across both boards were greatly valued by his fellow directors as well as Centre staff,” said Wayne Hambly, chair of the board of directors, “His presence at Confederation Centre will be sorely missed. We offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends.”

Mike was also a generous, long-time Centre donor, passionate about the value of arts education and the significance of Confederation Centre to Prince Edward Island. Mike spent Friday night at the Centre with his wife Pat, dining at Mavor’s before attending The Nylons concert in the Homburg Theatre.

His legacy at the Centre will continue through the Michael S. Schurman Family Foundation Endowment Fund, which supports programming in arts education. Through school collaborations, summer camps, and year-round classes and activities, this fund helps introduce children to the arts in a fun and professional setting. The Schurman Fund also provides individual youth scholarships, arts outreach to youth in Summerside, and allows the Centre to continue long-running programs, such as the Confederation Centre Youth Chorus and dance umbrella. Appropriately, the venue where a number of these activities take place is named The Michael S. Schurman Family Studio in honour of his dedication and kindness.

In 2009, Mike was honoured with the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Patron of the Arts, honouring an Islander who has made a significant financial contribution in any of the practices of visual arts, writing and publishing, music, dance, fine craft, theatre, film, or video. He donated the honourarium portion of the award back to dance umbrella.

“Besides being an exceptionally generous supporter, Mike’s experience, leadership, and commitment was extraordinarily valuable to the board, and he was hugely important in the creation and oversight of the Confederation Centre of the Arts Foundation,” said Centre CEO Jessie Inman. “This is a great loss for the Centre, and for our entire Island community.”

The Schurman family were well-known for their leadership in business and the local community, having owned and operated a construction, building supply, and related businesses throughout the Atlantic region for over 100 years. The Schurman family were Summerside residents for more than a century, with Mike having only recently relocated to Stratford. Mike led his family’s lifelong and very active involvement in many Island community causes through their charitable foundation, the Michael S. Schurman Family Foundation.

Mike built a great reputation as a talented business executive, a passionate community leader with an unparalleled commitment to his home province and devotion to his family. He was awarded an honourary degree from UPEI in 2009 in recognition of his many contributions to P.E.I. Generous gifts from the Michael S. Schurman Family Foundation span the entire Island, some of the highest profile being the re-launch of the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Change of Heart program; the dramatic entrance at UPEI’s School of Business Administration, The Schurman Market Square; and The Schurman Resource Centre located at Holland College’s Waterfront Campus in Summerside, encompassing both a library and a computer commons.

Resting at Belvedere Funeral Home, funeral service will be from the St. James Presbyterian Church ‘The Kirk’ this Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Visiting hours are Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Prince County Hospital Foundation or the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation.

Scottish Tapestry Goes Big

A visual art initiative from more than 30 communities around the world celebrating Scottish heritage has arrived at Confederation Centre, including contributions from several Island stitchers, illustrators, and historical societies.

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One of the world’s largest community art projects, Scottish Diaspora is a large-scale tapestry made up of hundreds of panels, and five of the panels tell stories about Prince Edward Island’s deep Scottish roots through the ages. The exhibition is now open and shows until October 22, sprawling across the five display cases and beyond in the Centre’s concourse.

Scots have migrated all over the world and have often had a profound impact on the areas where they settled. Organized by Scotland’s Prestourngrange Arts Festival with the support of the P.E.I. Scottish Settlers Historical Society and the Community Cultural Partnership Program, Scottish Diaspora celebrates the influence of Scots worldwide.

The works are presented with support from Bord na Gaidhlig.

According to a representative from the Prestourngrange Arts Festival the result is “a remarkable and heart-felt homage to the determination, courage, and achievement of Scottish migrants and their descendants across the centuries.”

This project brings together stories from more than 30 communities, and 1000 stitchers, including five from P.E.I. These Island stories are: the landing of the Glenalladale Settlers in 1772, the building of a pioneer’s first house; the Scots involved in the Charlottetown Conference and Confederation, A.A. MacDonald and Colonel John Hamilton Gray; ‘Keep The Faith,’ recognizing 300 Catholic Highlanders who arrived in 1772; and a final piece called ‘The Landing.’

Island stitchers Lucille Hogg, Aggi-Rose Reddin, Dr Heather Keizer, Mary J. Gallant, and Anita Gordon started the process of stitching and bringing to life these works in August 2013 while stitchers in two dozen other Scots communities around the world also set to work creating their own images. The tapestry was assembled and unveiled in Scotland before beginning its global tour.

Introducing Kate

Confederation Centre Art Gallery welcomes new Visual Arts Educator

Confederation Centre of the Arts is pleased to announce the addition of Kate Sharpley to the Art Gallery team.

In this full time role, Kate will be offering guided interpretation of both touring and Gallery-curated exhibitions for school classes and local community groups. She will also direct art classes and special events in the Centre’s Schurman Family Studio, including the fall series of Saturday art classes for children, which begins October 15. There are still spaces available for those interested in this exciting exploration of visual art for kids.

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“I am very pleased to be have someone as enthusiastic about art education as Kate joining the Gallery staff,” says Gallery Director, Kevin Rice. “I know she is looking forward to welcoming students to art classes and connecting with educators interested in guided tours of our diverse exhibitions.”

Originally from the United Kingdom, Kate has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wolverhampton and has worked as a freelance artist, illustrated children’s books, and created many 3-D models and animations for U.K. and P.E.I.-based video game companies. In recent years, she has led art classes with youth and adults for the town of Stratford and worked with several local elementary schools on art projects.

Casting Call For the Hood of Sherwood

Confederation Centre Conducting Auditions for ‘Robyn Hood: This Tale’s Even Fairlier’

Robyn Hood is riding to the rescue this holiday season and Confederation Centre is looking to build a company around the hero of Sherwood-Parkdale Forest.

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Artistic Director Adam Brazier – who is directing and co-writing his third musical pantomime for Confederation Centre – will be holding auditions on Saturday and Sunday October 22 and 23 at the Centre. Audition appointments can be booked by contacting Cindy Riley via email at criley@confederationcentre.com. Those with an audition time will be asked to prepare one song of choice – with sheet music for the accompanist piano player – and tell a short joke.

All are welcome for this fun and exciting adventure.

Following the tradition of 2014’s Cinderella: A Fairly Tall Tale and last year’s Aladdin: Another Fairly Tall Tale, the Centre brings you a new ridiculous musical celebration at Christmastime this year. Enjoy stunning music, dancing, and laughter, plentiful local references, and a cast of dozens of Island children and performers, including some students from the School of Performing Arts – a partnership between the Centre and Holland College.

Additional core casting announcements will be made in the weeks ahead. For more on Robyn Hood, visit this earlier announcement. Follow along on social media @confedcentre (Instagram and Twitter); via Confederation Centre of the Arts; and using #RobynConfed.