Return of Generator

Thursday April 13th at The Guild, it’s the Q93 Battle of the Bands Reunion Show! Don’t miss your chance to see to Big Tilda, last years winners Generator, with special guests, The Royal North.

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Show starts at 8:00PM. Admission is a minimum $5.00 donation with proceeds going to Music PEI as they get geared up for the May Run Music Festival.

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Last Chance to Hear Youth Chorus

The Confederation Centre Youth Chorus will present its popular annual spring concert Voices of Spring this Sunday, April 9, at 3 p.m., at Trinity United Church in Charlottetown.

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The concert will include classics by Bach, Handel, Palestrina, and Pergolesi as well as contemporary and traditional folksongs. Selections will be featured that the Chorus will be singing on their upcoming tour to Rome and Florence, Italy. Donald Fraser, Choral Music Director, will direct the 55-member Chorus, with accompaniment provided by Sara White.

The Chorus is scheduled to sing at St. Peter’s Basilica,The Vatican, on Sunday, April 23, at 10:30 a.m. This high-profile opportunity promises to be the highlight of the year for the Youth Chorous, and follows many months of preparation and fundraising.

The Confederation Centre Youth Chorus provides Island youth, ages 8 to 20 with a unique opportunity to develop their musical skills at home and abroad. The Chorus performs regularly at Confederation Centre, Trinity United, and other venues. Members have recorded two studio albums and have toured extensively, travelling to Italy, France, Belgium, Great Britain, Florida, Washington D.C., New York City, British Columbia, Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Tickets for this Sobeys LIVE at the Centre concert are $20 and can be purchased at the box office, at 1-800-565-0278 or online at confederationcentre.com. Tickets are also available at the main door of Trinity United Church the afternoon of the concert.

Strike Out to See Something Striking

It’s last call on three winter exhibitions at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. Comfortable Modernism closes its showing in the concourse cases on April 9; New Positions: Alexis Bulman, Andrew Cairns, Monica Lacey, Alexandra O’Sullivan closes on April 23; and Rachel Beach: Mid-Sentence wraps on May 7.

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Curated by the Gallery’s own Jill MacRae, Comfortable Modernism features a selection of handmade tapestries designed by Canadian sculptors and painters in the mid-1970s, intended to be displayed in public spaces. Toronto’s Fay Loeb initiated the tapestry project in response to the often cold and stark common areas found in public buildings. The idea was to bring visual and physical warmth to these spaces by providing cost effective, large-scale works that could withstand the wear and tear of high-traffic areas. Over the course of the following two years, Loeb commissioned 23 tapestries of designs by sculptors and painters from across the country, such as Michael Snow and Jack Shadbolt.

Trial fabrications were completed by skilled artisans in Mexico using a punch hooking method with a hand-guided, single-needle implement, allowing the artisan to complete approximately one square foot of the tapestry per day. The completed tapestries showcase designs made specifically for this medium, while reflecting the artists’ work in other media. The complete set of 23 artists’ proof wall hangings belonging to the Art Gallery’s permanent collection are a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Jules Loeb. Comfortable Modernism is on display in the Centre’s concourse until April 9.

Closing on April 23 is a selection of recent work by four young Prince Edward Island artists who represent a cross-section of developing local practices. Following a year of studio visits and interviews with over a dozen local visual artists, four were selected to represent a wide range of interests and ways of working. Ranging from photography to painting, video to installations, New Positions showcases the continual renewal of an inventive and challenging cultural scene.

The sculptures and two-dimensional works of New York-based Canadian artist Rachel Beach create a dialogue between form and surface, image and material, embracing geometry and clear lines, as well as colour, texture and pattern. While flirting with origins and the possibility of a fundamental formal order, however, the artist undermines such fixations through play, juxtaposition and staging. There is a pleasure in such play, a pleasure enhanced by the artist’s love of colour and texture. And there is also an opening up of meaning, in which the bodily references of Beach’s paper collages and inventive sculptures suggest new outlines, new limits of being, and new forms of being together. Mid-Sentence is curated by Robin Metcalfe and Pan Wendt, and produced in collaboration with Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery.

The Gallery remains open on winter/spring hours until May 14, welcoming the public from Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday 1-5 p.m.

Meet the Spirit Keepers

You are invited to meet five Aboriginal women at the celebration of the halfway point of their journey exploring Mi’kmaq arts and culture through an artisan and cultural learning project. Join them for a reception at the Guild, on Wednesday, April 12th, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM, where they will be sharing their individual works of art, “Spirit Keepers.”

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The Guild will be exhibiting “Spirit Keepers,” until April 24th. The women will also be demonstrating and discussing their individual works on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2pm-4pm

This is an initiative of the Mi’kmaq Confederacy Employment Services Program in partnership with the Guild.

For further information, the artists and facilitator can be contacted at (902) 394-6861.

What’s in a Name?

Twenty-eight years ago, successful spy novelist David Kilbride employed Ms. Hopperstaad as his housekeeper … and tonight, he’ll finally learn her first name.

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While she knows all there is to know about him, David realizes he knows nothing about the woman who has spent every day for almost three decades in his home. He decides the time has come to get to know her better. Over wine and scotch and more scotch, confessions are made, witty barbs are exchanged, and a friendship is forged.

A new play from a perennial favourite on the Victoria Playhouse stage, this is Norm Foster at his funny and insightful best. On A First Name Basis pairs smart, witty dialogue with well-rounded characters and the result is intelligent and laugh-out-loud funny.

“Witty repartee that proves that comedy can still be smart and sparkling.” – Artsforum.ca

“Funny and enthralling. A phenomenal script.” – Wellington Advertiser

“Foster strikes a chord with audiences all over the English-speaking world due to his striking sense of compassionate realism.”
– Halifax Chronicle Herald

On A First Name Basis by Norm Foster is at the Victoria Playhouse August 5th through September 3rd.

Opening Reception and Tour On Deck

The Confederation Centre Art Gallery will celebrate the recent launch of Leah Garnett’s installation work, When One Space Meets Another.

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An opening reception and tour with the artist is planned for next Saturday, April 8 at 7 p.m. in the Gallery. There will be a cash bar and all are welcome for this event. The Leah Garnett tour is offered free of charge and the public is encouraged to ask questions and take advantage of this opportunity for engaging interpretation around visual art.

For future gallery events, including Afterimage art party on Saturday May 13, visit confederationcentre.com/gallery or facebook.com/ccoagallery.

Based in Sackville, New Brunswick, Garnett’s installations explore the shaping of public spaces — how we construct, mold, and contain them. Channeling her experience growing up on construction sites, the artist’s work, in which she creates installations that combine mark-making and building with tape, string, wood, and other materials, has been described as “drawing in space.”

For the Centre’s Art Gallery, Garnett has playfully created a unique piece in which she transposes various sites – woods in Maine, an exhibition space in Sackville, a construction site – into the more traditional exhibition space of the gallery.

Leah Garnett: When One Space Meets Another is on exhibition in the Upper East Gallery until June 4, 2017.