Gunning and Keelaghan Light Up Summerside

Friday, January 12, 7:30 PM
All seats: $30.00 tax & fees included

Singer-songwriters Dave Gunning and James Keelaghan will take to the Harbourfront stage for an intimate night of award-winning music Friday, January 12th. These two top Canadian artists will showcase their artistic craftsmanship and quality musicianship individually and collaboratively.

“Harbourfront is proud to welcome two of Canada’s top singer-songwriters to the Island for an enriching musical experience this January.”–Kieran Keller, Harbourfront’s Executive Director


After two decades in the industry, Dave Gunning is still providing audiences with fresh and energetic folk music that covers a wide range of styles, tones, and subject-matter. An eight-time ECMA winner and a two-time Canadian Folk Music Award recipient, Gunning has been heralded as one of the top Canadian musicians in his field.

 “Truly, what makes Gunning so remarkable as an entertainer is his rare gift to be able to befriend the audience as a whole from the stage throughout the course of the concert.” – The Guardian

Likewise, James Keelaghan delights and inspires audiences with his original music that pushes boundaries and never allows stagnancy. As Keelaghan says, “I want my audiences to know that I am open enough to try new things and push their bounds.” His songs are all part of a musical journey he’s been on with his fans for the past 25 years.

Gunning and Keelaghan come to the Harbourfront as part of the Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) and RADARTS’ Canada 150 Performance Series, supported by the Government of Canada. Tickets are available at the Harbourfront box office and online at

Shouting Out Bouey and Hastelow

January 6, 2018 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm at The Guild.

After three consecutive years of sold-out performances, Michelle Bouey and Aaron Hastelow are coming home to PEI to present an all-new night of music this January 6th at The Guild. Join these well-known best friends as they share not only their voices but their stories.

Reserved seating, so book fast!

Ho-Ho-Home for the Holidays

Ho-Ho-Home for the Holidays Comedy Show
December 23, 2017 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm at the Guild.
After finding success in other provinces, five
PEI-born comedians will be returning home, just in time for Christmas. They will perform for
one night only, with two local favorites joining in on the festivities; The Ho-Ho-Home For the
Holidays Comedy Show takes place at The Guild in Charlottetown.
Tickets to this special
holiday event are $20 and available at The Guild box office and online. Doors open at 7:30
with the show starting at 8 PM.
The holidays can be hard. Come to The Guild on December 23rd to brush off the snow and
the stress with some of the best PEI comedians at the Ho-Ho-Home For the Holidays
Comedy Show! The all star, all Islander line-up includes: Justin Shaw, Brittany Campbell,
Jeremy Francis, Dan Hendricken, and a possible special guest. All of these performers have
been wowing audiences nationwide. It will be your only chance to catch these talents before
they head ‘away’ again. The evening will be hosted by Sharlene Kelly and presented by Sam

Holiday Hours By the Hour

Confederation Centre of the Arts will operate at reduced hours between Christmas Eve and January 2, 2017. The Art Gallery, The Showcase gift shop, public library, Mavor’s Restaurant, box office, admin offices, and the Confederation Chamber Exhibition will all follow unique schedules, outlined below.


Confederation Centre will also be opening at 2 p.m. on January 1, 2017 for the Premier’s New Year’s Day Levee at 3 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

 Administrative Offices 
Dec 23-Jan 1: closed
Jan 2: regular hours resume

Box Office
Dec 23: open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Please note: Centre gift cards available until 9 p.m. at Mavor’s and The Showcase)
Dec 24-Jan 1: closed
Jan 2: regular hours resume

Confederation Centre Art Gallery 
Dec 24-26: closed
Dec 27-30: regular hours (11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.)
Jan 1-2: closed
Jan 3: regular hours resume

Confederation Centre Public Library 

Dec 24-26: Closed (book returns unavailable)
Dec 27-31: regular hours (10 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
Jan 1: closed
Jan 2: regular hours resume

Confederation Chamber Exhibition (Upper Foyer) 

Dec 23: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dec 24/31: closed
Jan 6: winter hours resume (Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., or by private booking)

Mavor’s Restaurant 

Dec 23: open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Dec 24-30: closed
Dec 31: open for NYE seating at 7 p.m.
Jan 1: closed
Jan 2: regular winter hours resume

The Showcase Gift Shop 
Dec 23: open 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Dec 24-Jan 1: closed
Jan 2: regular hours resume

Media contact:         
Tanya Wiltshire, Communications Manager, Confederation Centre of the Arts
T: 902.628.6135 (office) E: | Twitter/Instagram: @confedcentre
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Never Far From Home

Never Far From Home – an evening of songs and stories in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association (PEI Division).

Both currently living in Toronto, proud Islanders Brittany Banks and Natalie MacFadyen (nee Sullivan) return to Charlottetown on Friday, December 29th to present “Never Far From Home,” a cabaret in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association (PEI Division).


Friends for nearly twenty years, these two young women will share songs and stories from the last two decades of making music together: from quirky duets in the Queens County Music Festival to originating roles in Anne & Gilbert, from their years in the UPEI music department to navigating life and love now. The evening will include well-known Island performers Nathan Keoughan, Andrew Murray, Hannah Rose, Aaron Crane and more, as well as a silent auction featuring local goods and services.

Tickets are $20 each (or more, by donation at the door) and all proceeds will go directly towards the CMHA-PEI, which offers services and supports tailored to Islanders and their mental health needs. If you are a local business who would be interested in donating an item or service to the silent auction, please feel free to contact Brittany at

Never Far From Home is at the Guild December 29 at 7 PM.

Prayer Flags at the Guild

Photographers Glen Strickey and Rosalyn Strickey’s images visually interpret Asian culture and people’s connections to spiritual pursuits. These images were taken over a year of study. The photographs illustrate Glen and Rosalyn’s extensive travels across 9 countries within Asia, as well as, images taken of the monks and nuns of PEI.
The focus of this exhibit is on people’s spirituality and what motivates them. The photographers encourage the audience to interpret these images through the lens of their own personal motivation. Motivation: A Visual Exploration of Asian Culture is at the Guild through January 1, 2018.

Get in Your Two Cents

Confederation Centre of the Arts launches the 2017 Symons Medal and Lecture Essay Contest

The Symons Medal and Lecture Essay Contest invites PEI students in grades 11 and 12 to submit an original and creative essay on the State of Canadian Confederation. Winning essayists will receive prizes totaling $2,000.


The 2017 Symons Medal was awarded to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin P.J. Trudeau at Confederation Centre of the Arts on November 23. The Symons Medal is one of Canada’s most prestigious honours and recognizes a distinguished person who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life.

Students are asked to address the topics and themes presented by the Symons Medalist. The essay should be between 700-1000 words in English or French, on any topic that was discussed in Mr. Trudeau’s lecture or during the question and answer period. The presentation is available online at Confederation Centre’s website.

Students must deliver their submissions by March 23, 2018 via email to, or mail to Kara Hughes, Confederation Centre at 145 Richmond St, Charlottetown PE, C1A 1J1, or hand delivery to the same address.

First place winner will receive $1,000; second place $650; third place $350. The essays will be reviewed by a panel of judges appointed by the Centre.

The winners will be contacted and announced in May 2018.