Love is in the Air

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day at The Mack. Join Island serenaders Joey Kitson and Catherine O’Brien for an intimate soiree at The Mack this Valentine’s. Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre’s popular Valentine’s Cabaret returns Tuesday, February 14 featuring the sizzling jazz trio of Don Fraser on piano, Alan White on drums, and Deryl Gallant on bass.

Get a little closer to that special someone and celebrate love with an irresistible set-list of love songs, ballads, and some hearty cheer.


Enjoy classics of the jazz canon as you sit sipping your favourite drink in the low light of The Mack. “I always enjoy the Valentines Cabaret,” says O’Brien, as she prepares for the annual performance, “It is such a treat to perform with such talented friends. The Mack is a warm, intimate space and couples can cozy up together, sip some wine, and listen to some of the great jazz standards that never get old.”

The trio will back Kitson and O’Brien across two delightful sets of ballads, jazz numbers, and blues gems, including ‘Night and Day’, ‘My Funny Valentine’, ‘A Foggy Day’, ‘Fly me to the Moon’, and ‘The Way you Look Tonight.’

This annual celebration is presented by performance sponsor, Charm Diamond Centres. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at The Mack and tickets are moving fast! Contact the box office at (902) 566-1267, toll free at 1-800-565-0278, or online at

Dinner On Tap at The Mack

Chef Michael and Chastity Smith will play host to the Confederation Centre’s annual fundraiser next month, and this year’s event is something completely different — a riotous dinner party at The Mack. This intimate and interactive soiree will be held Friday, February 3 at the Centre’s cabaret theatre, meaning tickets are limited.


6pm: Sample unique local food stations with champagne in hand.

7pm: An unforgettable interactive dining experiece, where everyone has a part to play!

10pm: Dance the night away with Chastity & Soul Food

Online Silent Auction! Can’t attend the dinner? Some amazing experiences are now open for bidding including dinner and overnight at the Inn at Bay Fortune, a theatre lover’s trip to Toronto, artwork from our gallery, a pet lover’s package, and a Halifax getaway that includes dinner at Barrington Steak House.

The annual fundraiser for arts education programs at the Centre has manifested in recent years as a black tie dinner or benefit concert and promises to be something fresh and exciting for 2017. Expect amazing food, live music, glamourous and fun attire, engaging activities related to the dinner, and a spectacular transformation of this well-known Island theatre.

Songwriter’s Tour Stops at the Harbourfront Theatre

ANDREW WAITE is the front man and songwriter for the gutsy roots-rock band Andrew Waite & the Firm from Charlottetown, PEI. Andrew’s songwriting is honest, rugged and evocative and when paired with the band is a collective of heavy hitters with rich harmonies and soundscapes. Their debut EP, Burning Through the Night, was released in September 2015; and as a regional finalist in the 2015 CBC Searchlight competition, garnered the attention of CBC’s Grant Lawrence, who selected them as one of his stand-outs. Their title track, Burning Through the Night (feat. Irish Mythen), was released in November of 2015 to much success including an eight week stint on the East Coast Countdown. Andrew Waite & the Firm have quickly developed and maintained a loyal and consistent following and have since shared the stage with Peter Katz, Irish Mythen, Slowcoaster, The Sadies, The Novaks, Coyote, and Liam Corcoran.


IAN SHERWOOD: “Everywhere To Go” is Ian Sherwood’s latest studio creation. Considered to be his best to date, it is chalk-full of instantly appealing hooks and singable choruses while sitting comfortably in Sherwood’s signature style of imaginative, narrative writing. Sherwood is a guitar-playing, sax-blowing, crowd-pleasing looping singer/songwriter. A born story teller and a constant creator, his music dances the line between folk and pop. His live performances thrive on intimacy. Whether it’s a theatre show or large festival stage, his persona is irresistible and completely destroys fourth walls. He has penned tunes for many other artists as well as for theatre, film and television. He was named Contemporary Singer of the Year by the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Best Male Artist of the Year by the 2012 International Acoustic Music Awards and was the 2008 and 2010 Music Nova Scotia Musician Of The Year.

JON PIKE: Originally from Steady Brook, Newfoundland, Toronto-based songwriter Jon Pike is proud to call the East Coast of Canada home. Pike was raised in a musical home and began composing his own music in high school. Relocating to St. John’s to pursue music in 2010, Pike’s first major songwriting success was as front man for the pop rock band RocketRocketShip. Pike wrote two songs on their album “Shake It Off”, including the lead single “Here’s To Us” which was featured on radio nationwide. Pike currently writes for and fronts the alternative pop duo Everglow, their single “Feel Your Heart” having peaked at #93 on Canadian National Radio, and the video for the song having won the 2016 East Coast Music Award for “Fans Choice Music Video of the Year”. Pike has had the opportunity to write with some of North America’s top talent, including Brian Lee (“Work From Home” – Fifth Harmony) and SEVN (“Pop Style” – Drake, “Work” – Rihanna) in Canada as well as in Los Angeles.

JORDAN MUSYCSYN: Jordan is a hard working singer/songwriter and a masterful storyteller writing songs about life and love with pathos and humour in a Folk-Country style. He sustains a busy touring schedule throughout Canada in support of his Music Nova Scotia award-nominated debut album The Pitch. Drawing on his own life experiences he writes relatable songs of love, loss and the human condition. A dynamic performer, Jordan moves the audience from laughter to tears and back again.

MIKE BIGGAR: New Brunswick’s Mike Biggar is a soulful roots and country artist known for his soaring vocals and warm, disarming onstage humour. After receiving the 2011 Music NB Award and the 2012 East Coast Music Award for ‘Spiritual Recording of the Year’ for his much-loved Christmas album ‘The Season’, Biggar was signed to roots record label Busted Flat Records for distribution of his release ‘Feels Like Now’. His sophomore album was awarded the 2014 Music NB Award for ‘Country Album of the Year’ and was nominated for the 2015 ECMA in the same category. Biggar has also received Music NB nominations for SOCAN Song of the Year and Video of the Year, and finalist status in the International Songwriting Competition. He has been a featured performer on major festival stages across Eastern Canada including the iconic Stan Rogers Folk Festival, the Cavendish Beach Country Music Festival, and the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival.

The ECMA Songwriter’s Tour is at the Harbourfront Theatre on Saturday, February 18, at 7:30 PM.

Searching for Guides

The Confederation Centre Art Gallery is looking for volunteers for the summer docent program beginning in early June. The summer is always a bustling time across the gallery’s seven exhibition spaces and with 2017 promising another banner year for Island tourism, what better opportunity is there to interpret visual art and connect with visitors from around the world.


A docent is a volunteer guide who gives gallery-goers insight into the exhibitions, artists, and Confederation Centre at large. If you are interested in the arts and enjoy meeting people and telling stories, this is the perfect volunteer opportunity for the summer months.

Being a docent is a great opportunity to share one’s love and knowledge of the remarkable permanent collection and exhibitions that the Island’s major art gallery has to offer.

The Gallery is looking for individuals to volunteer up to six hours throughout the week, from the beginning of June to the end of August. A background or interest in visual arts is valuable though not essential and bilingualism is also an asset.

For more information, contact, or 902.628.6111.

Green Gables Quick Facts

Anne of Green Gables was an immediate success when it was first published in 1908. It sold nineteen thousand copies in the first five months.

It went into ten printings in its first year and was translated into Swedish as early as 1909.

It has since been translated into more than a dozen languages.


It is believed that more than 50 million copies have been sold worldwide.

The term “Anne of Green Gables” is currently a registered trademark, owned jointly by the Province of Prince Edward Island and the heirs of L.M. Montgomery. Producers of Anne-related products outside of PEI pay a royalty to the family while Island producers make Anne items royalty free.

First staged at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown in 1965 as part of the inaugural Charlottetown Festival, Anne of Green Gables-The Musical™ now holds a Guinness World Record as the longest running annual musical!

About 3.3-million people world-wide have seen the musical – in Charlottetown and other Canadian cities, as well New York, London (England), and Japan. In Charlottetown alone, over 2.1-million people have seen the show (from 1965 to 2015)

Seventeen Canadian actors have performed the lead role of Anne Shirley since 1965.

Based on L.M. Montgomery‘s novel Anne of Green Gables, first published in 1908, the musical was written and composed by Don Harron and Norman Campbell respectively, with lyrics by Elaine Campbell and Mavor Moore.

On Canada Day 1999, the Dominion Institute and the Council for Canadian Unity held two Internet surveys (one in English and one in French) asking people to nominate their favourite Canadian heroes; L.M. Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables, was voted one of the top twenty heroes of the Twentieth Century.

Anne of Green Gables and other works by Montgomery have been adapted for stage plays, radio dramas, musicals, movies, television miniseries and movies, and into an interactive CD-ROM.

CBC’s Road to Avonlea (based on Montgomery’s stories) held the record as the most-watched Canadian TV series averaging 1.97 million viewers in the 1989-90 season. (Surpassed by Canadian Idol in 2003).

Over 125,000 people visit Green Gables Heritage Place at L.M. Montgomery’s Cavendish National Historic Site each year.

In Japan, Montgomery became part of the school curriculum in 1952. In 1939, when New Brunswick missionary, Miss Shaw, left Japan, she gave to her friend Hanako Muraoka her prized copy of Anne of Green Gables. Secretly, the respected Japanese translator rendered Montgomery’s text into Japanese, Akage No Anne (Anne of the Red Hair).

When the Second World War ended and officials were looking for uplifting Western literature for the schools, Muraoka brought out her translation of Anne. Ever since, Anne has been a part of Japanese culture, with her exotic red hair and comic outspokenness. Yuko Izawa’s recently published bibliography of editions gives some idea of the continuing popularity of Montgomery in Japan.

Today, there is an Anne Academy in Japan; there are national fan clubs; one nursing school is nicknamed “The Green Gables School of Nursing” and is sister school with the University of Prince Edward Island’s School of Nursing. Thousands of Japanese come to Prince Edward Island every year as visitors to Anne country and the Land of Green Gables. When Green Gables House caught fire in May 1997, the Japanese responded immediately by sending money to restore and repair the building. Dozens of glossy Japanese magazines have devoted whole issues to photographs of Island scenery and crafts and of course to the sites devoted to Montgomery and her works.

In Poland, Montgomery was something of a hero in war time and later, becoming part of a thriving black market trade for the Polish resistance. Polish soldiers were issued copies of a Montgomery novel to take to the front with them in the Second World War. The Blue Castle was made into a musical in Cracow in the 1980’s and its performances were sold out. Today, there is a new L.M. Montgomery School in Warsaw.

Montgomery’s work introduces many readers to Canada. For example, as a child immigrant from China, Her Excellency, Adrienne Clarkson, the Governor General of Canada, understood Canadian customs and culture through reading Montgomery’s novels. In 2000, Her Excellency became the official Patron of the L.M. Montgomery Institute at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Every two years the L.M. Montgomery Institute at UPEI hosts an international academic conference concerning Montgomery’s life, works, culture, and influence. Participants and presenters have come from Australia, Canada, China, England, Ireland, Israel, Scotland, Sweden, Japan, and the United States. Montgomery scholarship is undertaken in countries around the world.

Korean Broadcasting System (the national network) has just aired a one-hour program on Montgomery and Anne of Green Gables. The broadcast is tied to the publication by the network of more than a dozen of Montgomery’s Anne novels as well as a promotion whereby 20 Koreans will win a trip to Prince Edward Island in Canada in May.
Montgomery saw the coming of the telephone, inexpensive Victrolas, wireless radios, cars, airplanes, motorized tractors, silent films and talking movies; she lived through the First World War and the beginning of the Second.

Her views–about culture and about women–changed with those of her times. Her own portraits of women grew sharper in some details–even Anne and Emily are worlds apart in their ambitions and in their resentment over the customary dismissal of women who write. The five published volumes of her journals reveal much about the complex woman behind the novels.

Readers of Nikkei Woman Magazine in Japan recently rated Anne of Green Gables as their number one favourite pick in the category of “My Favourite Book.”

Courtesy: PEI Tourism