All Aboard for Players Tour

History will come alive when our Confederation Players visit Ottawa, ON from Sept 16th – 18th and Fredericton, NB on Sept. 24th – 25th. This troupe of costumed, young, bilingual Canadians, trained as the Fathers and Ladies of Confederation, will be making stops in both cities to provide people with a glimpse into the cultural and historical context of the Charlottetown Conference.

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Through their portrayal of key figures such as Sir John A. Macdonald, George Coles, and Sir George-Étienne Cartier, the Confederation Players kick off their tour walking and performing through the streets of Downtown Ottawa. On Monday, the troupe will perform on the steps of Parliament to welcome back all MP’s for the first day of the House of Commons fall sitting. Next stop, is the CN Community Reception in Support of CHEO (Children’s Hospitals of Eastern Ontario) in the Great Hall at the National Gallery of Canada. This event being hosted by CN, the players will be in full character to mingle with guests. The last stop on this tour, will be a behind-the-scenes tour of the beautiful National Arts Centre as part of their commitment to continuing education.

 ”We are proud to be a sponsor of the Confederation Players, especially this year as we celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary. At CN, we are not only proud of our history as a nation building and economic actor, but we are also proud of Canadian history,” said Sean Finn, CN Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services, and Chief Legal Officer. “As part of this year’s celebration, we are excited to bring the Confederation Players to different events in different cities.”

First stop in Fredericton is the Canadian Chamber of Commerce conference where CN will be presenting the Confederation Players as their gift to the members. The Players will be opening the conference with the singing of O Canada and having a role throughout the conference in emceeing, historic interpretations, and reception hosts. Also, while in the New Brunswick capital, the Players will be emceeing Tree Planting at the Old Government House located at 51 Woodstock Road at 10:00 am. This tree planting is a part of CN EcoConnexion program From the Ground Up in partnership with Tree Canada. Make sure to lookout for the Confederation Players during the weekend while they walk around town.

Special thanks are extended to the Government of Canada for their support of Confederation Centre; and The Charlottetown Festival sponsor, CIBC. Appreciation is extended to media sponsors Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, CTV, and The Guardian.

Snowbirds in September

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 7:00 PM

Harbourfront Theatre
All Seats: Free, limit of 6 per party

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Join us for a FREE event to celebrate the snowbird lifestyle! Entertainment includes Canadian country superstar Michelle Wright, Scottish-Canadian tenor John McDermott, and the funny fisherman, Jimmy Flynn; event also includes a special presentation by Canadian Snowbird Association President Karen Huestis.

Sponsored by Medipac Travel Insurance and The Canadian Snowbird Association.

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Admission is FREE  – limit of 6 tickets per party, please!

Not Quite Sherlock Finds Itself

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Not Quite Sherlock: The Case of the Deceptive Detective

 
Dust off your deerstalkers and pull out your pipes. Sherlock Holmes is (not quite) coming to Victoria Playhouse!
Chris Gibbs is back and better than ever with his hilarious one-man play about Victorian London’s most overlooked detective. But there’s more: Not Quite Sherlock is also a ridiculous comedy about an ex-street-performing comedian attempting to do a one-man comedy play about Victorian London’s most overlooked detective.
With wit, charm, timing, and almost no respect for the rules of theatre, Chris Gibbs creates a simple, hilarious theatrical experience unlike any other.
“Gibbs’ performance as the witless and self-deprecating Barnaby is near flawless. His martini-dry wit is characteristically sharp, in both script and performance, and his comic timing is beautiful.” – Joff Schmidt, CBC
“Clueless, guileless and absolutely priceless.” – Liz Nicholls, Edmonton Journal
“a highly skilled, confident comic actor whose writing is unrelentingly clever and whimsical” – Adrian Chamberlain, Victoria Times Columnist
Not Quite Sherlock is at the Victoria Playhouse September 13 – 17.

Misfortune’s World Premiere

A Misfortune makes its world premiere tonight at The Charlottetown Festival.Sponsored by Key Murray Law, the bittersweet Canadian musical is playing a short run at the Centre’s cabaret theatre, The Mack until Sept 22.

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Adapted from a short story by Anton Chekhov, the musical starts with two old friends going for a walk in the woods. Their conversation soon takes a turn, revealing hidden depths to their relationship and forcing them to question the lives they’ve chosen.

 “Despite being written over a hundred years ago, the play’s themes are timeless,” says Kevin Michael Shea, scriptwriter and musical co-creator. “We’ve all loved the wrong people, or not loved the right people enough.”

 A Misfortune promises audiences a romantic, bittersweet musical about small moments and momentous decisions. Set at a dinner party among friends, sordid secrets are revealed with every shot of vodka.

Confederation Centre will present only nine performances of A Misfortune, so get your tickets for this must-see show. Please visit: http://www.confederationcentre.com/en/show/350-A-Misfortune

The cast includes Rejean Cournoyer (Andrey), Kelsey Falconer (Sofya), Connor Lucas (Ivan), Melanie Phillipson (Masha), and Brendan Wall (Pavel).

A Misfortune is directed by Eliza-Jane Scott with music by Scott Christian and lyrics by Wade Bogert-O’Brien.

Special thanks are extended to the Government of Canada for their support of Confederation Centre and to The Charlottetown Festival title sponsor, CIBC. Appreciation is extended to media sponsors Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, CTV, and The Guardian.

Stones Roll in to the Guild

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Stones and Things–a show of sculpture by Tom Connor — will take place at The Guild, September 13 to 24. Pieces range from 5 feet high to hand size. Most are in various types of stone.

This will be Connor’s second solo showing at The Guild, with all new pieces. He has also shown at the Ringling Gallery in Longboat Key, Florida, where he was awarded Honorable Mention two years running.

The opening reception will be Wednesday, 13 September, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. All are invited.

Tribute to Erskine Smith On Tap

Erskine Smith was the founding Artistic director of the Victoria Playhouse and a much-loved Island storyteller.

Even though Erskine never heard of the group The Four Tellers, the Four Tellers have all heard of him, and of his passion and gift for storytelling. Two of them, Alan Buchanan and David Weale, performed with him on many occasions and counted him as a friend.

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In this tribute show The Four Tellers will be recalling with affection, and repeating, what they remember of Erskine’s stories, and supplementing them with their own.

The Four Tellers are of four generations – David Weale, Alan Buchanan, Gary Evans and Denny King – and they have been performing to sold-out crowds at the Kings Playhouse in Georgetown for three summers.

Their shows recreate the Island tradition of individuals sitting around a kitchen table telling stories, with one drawing the next, like tissues out of a box. You thought that had disappeared? Not quite. It is alive and well in this unique show.

The Four Tellers are alternately poignant, and hilarious, and will entertain you in a way you’ve never been entertained before.

The Tellers are at the Victoria Playhouse September 8 – 10.

Bone on Bone

Bruce Cockburn is embarking on a tour of North America. The Harbourfront Theatre show will consist of a quartet with drummer Gary Craig, bassist John Dymond and accordionist John Aaron Cockburn. All 3 of them are featured on Bruce’s new True North album ‘Bone On Bone” slated for release in the fall of 2017. And for the record, John Aaron is Bruce’s nephew.

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One of Canada’s finest artists, Bruce Cockburn has enjoyed an illustrious career shaped by politics, spirituality, and musical diversity. His remarkable journey has seen him embrace folk, jazz, rock, and worldbeat styles while travelling to such far-flung places as Guatemala, Mali, Mozambique, and Nepal, and writing memorable songs about his ever-expanding world of wonders. “My job,” he explains, “is to try and trap the spirit of things in the scratches of pen on paper and the pulling of notes out of metal.”

Cockburn’s songs of romance, protest, and spiritual discovery are among the best to have emerged from Canada over the last 40 years. His guitar playing, both acoustic and electric, has placed him in the company of the world’s top instrumentalists. And he remains deeply respected for his activism on issues from native rights and land mines to the environment and Third World debt, working for organizations such as Oxfam, Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, and Friends of the Earth.

For his many achievements, the Ottawa-born artist has been honoured with 12 Juno Awards, an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, and has been made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

His commitment to growth has made Bruce Cockburn both an exemplary citizen and a legendary artist whose prized songbook will be celebrated for many years to come.

Bruce Cockburn is at the Harbourfront Theatre on Sunday, September 17, at 7:30 PM.