Mansbridge Sells Out, Livestream at Home

The National In Conversation with Peter Mansbridge in P.E.I. has proven to be extremely popular. Tickets went in less than an hour. But you can still take part from the comfort of your home.

This panel discussion will be streamed live from 7 p.m to 8:30 p.m.. Watch the live stream online on or on the CBC PEI Facebook page, YouTube or online at


You can also follow the conversation at #TheNational.

Join Peter Mansbridge and a panel of top CBC journalists for a lively discussion about the changing nature of news in today’s world.

CBC News: The National and its award-winning journalists will embark on a tour across Canada called The National In Conversation to discuss our journalism, coverage, and behind the scenes decisions, and to engage with Canadians in a series of townhalls.

Moderator: Peter Mansbridge – Chief Correspondent – CBC News Network

Introductions: Bruce Rainnie – CBC News Compass

Joining Peter Mansbridge will be panelists:

Rosemary Barton – Host – Power & Politics
Susan Ormiston – CBC Senior Correspondent – The National
Rex Murphy – Correspondent – The National
Mark Critch – Co-Host – This Hour Has 22 Minutes
Ian Hanomansing – Host – CBC News Network
Tom Murphy – Host – CBC Nova Scotia News, Maritimes Correspondent – The National

Date: Friday, March 24, 2017

Confederation Centre of the Arts
130 Queen Street, Charlottetown, PE

6 p.m. – Doors Open
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Meet and Greet with Peter Mansbridge and panelists

View of The Guild

I love the incredibly wide variety of production this building has hosted over the years and the number of artists, entertainers and most importantly audience members that come through the doors.


It is a pillar in the community for grass-roots creative ventures and a platform for all levels of artistic productions from professional to completely home-spun-fun. I am one of the many people lucky enough to be involved in some capacity with such a cultural hub and hope to be for as long as I am on the Island, which looks like indefinitely.

Graham Putnam
PEI Writer/Comedian/Actor

Port Cities at The Mack

Dylan Guthro, Breagh Mackinnon, and Carleton Stone met in 2011 at the Gordie Sampson Song Camp, an annual event in Cape Breton that gathers promising songwriters from across Nova Scotia There they formed a three-way friendship that soon led to various collaborations in the context of their individual musical lives. Eventually they were writing and playing together often enough that the idea of forming a band arose naturally.


“We just thought, there’s such a great chemistry between us, why not try to join forces and do something that’s bigger that any of us could do on our own?” said Carelton Stone in a 2015 interview.

As individual musicians, the three members of Port Cities had collectively released six solo albums prior to the band’s first release. As a group they write songs to take advantage of each member’s strength and experience as a vocalist, often employing two- and three-part harmonies in their music.

In 2016, Port Cities won Casino Nova Scotia’s third annual Artist in Residence competition, which awarded them $20,000 to assist them in their ongoing musical development.

Also in 2016, the band released its first two songs, “Astronaut” and “Back to the Bottom.”

Port Cities and the release of their new CD are at The Mack on March 24 at 7:30 PM.


From Gray to Red, Yellow, and Blue

Colonel Gray High Studio 10 invites everyone to visit and enjoy a varied display of artwork, including paintings, drawings, printmaking and photographs. These original student artworks, produced by CGHS’s grade 10 art classes and IB Visual Art classes, will be on display at The Guild from March 29 until April 9th.




A special invitation is extended for parents of Grade 9 students who are thinking about selecting Art as an elective as they register for high school next year. Come out and see some of the impressive work these students have created.

Opening Reception is March 29, 7 – 9 PM.

World Class Swan Lake at The Harbourfront

Bengt Jörgen, one of Canada’s most distinguished classical ballet choreographers is delighted to bring the production across Canada so that everyone has the opportunity to see, experience and be touched by this most extraordinary of all ballets.


Swan Lake is one of the world’s most beloved ballets, famed for its intricate dancing, fairy tale fantasy, and sweeping Tchaikovsky score. Now, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen performs this timeless tale in all its heroic classical beauty. With dazzling choreography and lively, imaginative storytelling, Swan Lake is a delightful experience that will captivate young and old alike.

Swan Lake is at The Harbourfront March 31 at 7:30 PM.


Award Winning Uke at The Mack

Huge congratulations to James Hill for winning Best Ukulele Album or EP AND Best International Artist at the UKE Magazine Awards!


Get tickets to hear James Hill and Anne Janelle – Sobeys LIVE at the Centre and hear his award-winning uke skills matched only by Anne Janelle’s sweet voice and sultry cello at The Mack this Saturday!

Alan Kinsella Returns to the Watermark

Watermark Theatre in North Rustico is pleased to announce that director Alan Kinsella will return to the theatre to direct “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” after his very successful staging of “Blithe Spirit” last year. The Guardian called “Blithe Spirit” the “best comedy on P.E.I.” and the theatre added extra performances to accommodate the high demand that this rollicking comedy warranted. The production was a major reason Watermark had a 31.4% increase in individual ticket sales last year.

alan kinsella directing

While Mr. Kinsella directs the George Bernard Shaw drama this summer, Artistic Director Robert Tsonos tackles Neil Simon’s comedy “Barefoot in The Park”. A reversal of sorts, since Mr. Tsonos directed the drama of last summer, “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams. “Switching things up, keeps everyone on their toes”, says Mr. Tsonos, “ audiences will get to see another side to Alan’s work, and I get to bring a light comedic sensibility to our stage”.

Mr. Kinsella is a native of County Wexford, Ireland, who began his career as an actor at the famous Abbey Theatre in Dublin. He settled in Canada in 2013 and over the past four years has directed over 25 Canadian productions in Toronto including “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”, “The Woman in Black”, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Hair”, and “Anything Goes”.

Originally from Montreal, Robert Tsonos enters into his 2nd season as Artistic Director after building an international theatre career acting in, or directing, over 60 productions across Canada, Japan, England, Venezuela, Hong Kong, and Australia. Robert began as an actor with the company appearing in “ An Ideal Husband”, “The Rainmaker”, “The Lion in Winter”, and “Romeo & Juliet” as well as directing the tour of “Canada 300”.

Acting Conservatory Opportunities at the Watermark

The Acting Conservatory at the Watermark Theatre offers young actors from the ages of 11 to 18 the opportunity to train with our professional acting company members. Sign up for your place in this remarkable experience at


Full Day Acting Workshops Monday to Friday July 24th to August 4th, 2017

One week session: $99 plus HST

Two week session: $199 plus HST

Limited Numbers. Sign up now to ensure participation.

Young’uns Burst Into Song

England’s triumphant trio The Young’uns have proved themselves a unique proposition – writing and performing a cappella or subtly accompanied songs that tell it how it is alongside traditional songs from their native North-East and further afield. These are songs of conscience, songs of warmth and wit, songs to provoke and songs to inspire.


A decade of performance around the country, national radio sessions, more than 40 festival appearances (Cambridge to Glastonbury) and increasingly acclaimed album releases has delivered a gregarious, sharply honed, pull no punches act that clinched the Best Group trophy at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in Cardiff.

Beguiling audiences around the world, they seamlessly switch from beautiful ballads to brilliant banter, from profoundly poignant songs to infectiously irreverent humour. This, combined with their passion for storytelling and commitment to maintaining the tradition of social commentary, has led to five star reviews, live sessions on BBC Radio 2, 3 and documentaries on Radio 4 as well as countless sell out shows and main stage festival appearances throughout the UK and abroad. They are a superb live act who should not be missed!

The Young’uns perform at the Victoria Playhouse on July 3rd.

“Glorious harmonies, waspish wit, powerful songs
and relentless banter…..irresistible” ★★★★★
– The Guardian