TD Under-30 Marks Down Tickets

TD Bank and Confederation Centre of the Arts have partnered on a year-round ticket access program that offers youth 30 and under a $10 discount on theatre and concert tickets.

“We want to remind young people 30 and under that discount tickets are available for the Centre’s LIVE @ the Centre shows this fall and winter, and that this generous investment from TD allows more young people to attend performances at a discounted cost,” said Confederation Centre CEO Jessie Inman.

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TD Under-30 Tickets are available for select performances from Sobeys LIVE @ THE Centre, which runs until the end of April and applies to twelve different performances this month alone. These include Dylan Menzie, Theory of a Deadman, Handel’s Messiah, and Out Innerspace Dance Company.

“TD understands that investing in the arts can give back significant returns to the communities where we live and work,” said TD Branch Manager Deborah Mercer. “That’s why we believe that supporting ticket access programs with arts organizations such as Confederation Centre will encourage young audiences to participate, and give talented emerging artists the opportunity to flourish here at home.”

TD Under-30 Tickets must be purchased in person at the Box Office and ID is required for proof of age. Individuals 30 and under are allowed one discounted ticket per person and one discounted ticket per show. This program also applies to The Charlottetown Festival. Contact the box office, toll-free, at 1 800 565 0278 for more.

Remembering Our War Veterans

Confederation Centre of the Arts is proud to present a Remembrance Day concert of choral music and readings in honour of the nation’s war veterans. In Remembrance takes place Friday, 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 choral music at Confederation Centre. “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 the selection I’m Dreaming of Home, which 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 Elgar’s As Torrents in Summer, the In Remembrance of Canadian composer Eleanor Daley, Calling My Children Home, arranged by Joseph Jennings, the beautiful Pie Jesu by Fauré and a new composition by Charlottetown’s own Terry Pratt, Crossing the Bar, based on the poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Tickets for the annual In Remembrance performance are $15 and are available at the door, at Confederation Centre’s box office, online at confederationcentre.com, or via phone at or via phone at 902-566-1267 (toll free at 1-800-565-0278.)

Maritime Electric sponsors Confederation Centre’s Choral Music Programme and Sobeys is the title sponsor for Live @ the Centre! Media sponsors are The Guardian, Ocean 100, and Hot 105.5.

Home for the Holidays

Adam Brazier’s holiday musical has added a local star, with the pride of Ten Mile House, Jessica Gallant joining the production as Maid Marion.

Robyn Hood: This Tale’s Even Fairlier marks the first time the Charlottetown Festival mainstay has performed in a Christmas musical comedy for Confederation Centre, and Gallant is excited for everything this hilarious adventure will hold.

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“I’m thrilled to be performing at home during my favourite time of year — Christmas!” says Gallant, who spends the fall and winter months in Toronto. “Although the Island temperatures may feel cold, the season is so warm and exciting. I’m expecting nothing but belly-laughs and wit with Adam’s take on Robyn Hood!”

Although this marks her first role in one of Brazier’s holiday farces, which include Cinderella and Aladdin, Gallant has been a Festival favourite for more than five seasons. She first debuted with the Confederation Centre Young Company in Abegweit: the Soul of the Island before making her Homburg Theatre debut as Diana Barry in Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™.

She also appeared in the world premiere of Evangeline, and productions of Mamma Mia! and Alice Through the Looking-Glass. She played Canada’s favourite redhead for the past two Festival seasons while continuing to perform in musicals and workshops in the Toronto area during the year.

Robyn Hood: This Tale’s Even Fairlier will be staged at Confederation Centre on select dates, December 9 to 17, 2016. Enjoy an alluring song list of musical theatre and pop hits – including ‘9 to 5,’ ‘Holding Out For A Hero,’ ‘Imagination,’ and ‘The Final Countdown’ – and a cast of dozens of Island school children and community performers.

Artistic Director Adam Brazier will direct and the script is by Brazier and Graham Putnam, with Festival mainstay Craig Fair as music director and Matthew MacInnis as production stage manager. Maria Campbell stars as the female Robyn Hood with Alana Bridgewater as Friar Tuck, and more principle casting to be announced next week.

Symons Medal Award for Storyteller

Legendary Acadian novelist, broadcaster, and scholar, Antonine Maillet C.C. will be presented with the 2016 Symons Medal, one of Canada’s most prestigious honours, in a ceremony at Confederation Centre on Friday, November 4 at 12:30 p.m. in the Homburg Theatre.

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Maillet’s lecture in response to the awarding of the Symons Medal is entitled “Canada From Sea to Sea…To Sea. Le Canada d’une mer à l’autre… à l’autre.” Tickets for this important ceremony are still available via the Box Office. There is no cost to attend but a printed ticket is required for admission and the booking limit is two tickets per person. Tickets are available in person at the Box Office, via phone at 1(800) 565-0278, or online at confederationcentre.com.

Maillet’s most recent release, Lettres de mon phare, was published this fall by Leméac. Lettres de mon phare is a collection of reflections and reminiscences, written from her lighthouse writing studio in Bouctouche, looking out across the Northumberland Strait. The work’s title is a tribute to Alphonse Daudet’s Lettres de mon moulin, a favourite book from Maillet’s childhood.

Maillet is the foremost voice in literature for Acadian people. Her hometown of Bouctouche, New Brunswick, boasts “Le Pays de La Sagouine,” a theme park based on her award-winning La Sagouine (1971). The attraction celebrates the uniqueness of the Acadian dialect and history, and brings tens of thousands of tourists annually to a town of 2,500 people. La Sagouine is a series of dramatic monologues that broke new ground in Canadian theatre, selling over 100,000 copies. The title character, an old Acadian washerwoman, embodies Acadian language and culture.

The historic events of le Grand Dérangement are monumental in Maillet’s writing. In 1979, she won France’s most coveted literary award, the Prix Goncourt, for her novel, Pélagie-la-Charette. The award is France’s highest literary honour for literature and Maillet was the first ever North American to win it. Pélagie made Maillet famous in France, where it sold over a million copies.

Publisher Goose Lane Editions describes Pélagie as “…a funny, lyrical account of a daring Acadian widow’s journey home from exile.” Lead character Pélagie is a survivor of le Grand Dérangement of 1755. Ripped from her home and herded onto overcrowded American-bound sailing ships, she spends more than a decade working as a slave in the cotton fields of Georgia.

Fifteen years pass and Pélagie can bear no more. Inspired by her love of her family, the heroine sets off to take her people on a 3,000-mile trek back to their beloved homeland. Her single cart, pulled by six oxen, soon attracts scattered Cormiers and LeBlancs, Maillets and Légers, Landrys and Poiriers. This caravan of determined Acadians embarks on a ten-year journey up the Eastern seaboard to their childhood homes.

Maillet is a Companion of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the French Légion d’Honneur, a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres de France, a member of the Order of New Brunswick, and an Officer of the Order of Quebec. She is the author of some fifty books, including novels, short stories, plays, and essays. She lives in Montréal, Québec.

All Live Dance and Music at the Centre

November is the busiest touring month in many artists’ calendars, and Confederation Centre will see 16 different performances over a jam-packed few weeks for Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre.

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The Homburg Theatre hosts virtuosic violinist James Ehnes tomorrow, November 2 for a performance the Ottawa Citizen has called “the very best kind of chamber music experience.” This Grammy Award and 10-time JUNO-winning artist is considered one of the world’s finest violinists and to celebrate turning 40, he is throwing a super-sized birthday party in the form of a national tour. Joined by acclaimed pianist Andrew Armstrong, they will perform ‘Stream of Limelight,’ by Bramwell Tovey, Handel’s ‘Sonata in D major,’ Beethoven’s ‘Spring’ Sonata, and a selection of dazzling pieces that are sure to bring down the house at the Homburg Theatre.

On the other side of the sonic spectrum, Canadian mainstays Theory Of A Deadman have been a major force in rock’n’roll for more than 15 years, touring the world and sharing the stage with everyone from Godsmack to Daughtry, to Nickelback and Mötley Crüe. The Delta, British Columbia-spawned band have the ability to transform their set into an acoustic landscape as well, maintaining the emotional intensity and timbre of their biggest hits. The road warriors visit the Homburg on November 17, playing selections from six different albums.

The Mack will also be busy in November welcoming P.E.I.’s rising star Dylan Menzie on the 12th for his first headlining performance since he released his full length album Adolescent Nature this summer. Fellow East Coast songwriter, Christina Martin returns to The Mack on November 19 while November 18 boasts two shows LIVE @ the Centre: Jill Barber and brother Matthew Barber bring their siblings tour for The Family Album to the main stage that night, while The Mack hosts Clip!, a must-see comedy performance from circus artist, Philippe Trépanier

Clip! is a clown solo show aimed at a young audience, from 4 to 101 — the young at heart. Philippe plays an employee in a theatre preparing for a major international conference. He is constantly distracted from his task, attracted by the only thing that interests him: playing. Playing in a theatre, playing at being a guest speaker, playing with a diabolo, playing the video producer. Will someone finally discover his many talents or will Philippe ‘drop the ball?’

On November 25, the Centre will host its most significant dance performance of the 2016-17 LIVE calendar. Out Innerspace Dance Theatre is a Vancouver-based contemporary company dedicated to the creation of innovative and integral dance works. Major Motion Picture explores timely themes of surveillance, otherness, propaganda and belief through eccentric characters. “The dancing is athletic, satisfying and accomplished,” says a recent Times Colonist review. “You will see things that you have never experienced before – abstract, visceral and challenging – this is bold and exciting contemporary dance.”

For the full Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre calendar, visit confederationcentre.com or drop by the box office. Confederation Centre wishes to recognize the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5, and Ocean 100.