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).

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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 email@brittanybanks.ca.

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

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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 khughes@confederationcentre.com, 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.

Winter Buds and Blooms

Flowers of Canada: A Celebration of Canadian Unity 

Watercolour paintings by Island Artist Mary Margaret Land

An exhibition of 14 watercolour paintings by Island artist Mary Margaret Land will open with a public reception on December 14 at 7 p.m. in the Boardroom of Confederation Centre of the Arts and remain on exhibition until December 22.

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Land created the paintings over the last decade; to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial, Land has been inspired to present the collection of paintings and prose reflections representing the floral emblem of each province and territory along with a painting entitled “Canadian Unity.”

“Each provincial and territorial flower conveys its own unique character, and together they represent the best of Canada,” says Land. “It is my hope that this exhibit will serve to inspire and re-energize Canadians as they reflect on these values we share as the community of Canada.” 

Land will be attending the opening reception and will also be present at the exhibition December 15 and 17 from 1- 4 p.m. to talk to visitors about her project.

Come and Be Merry

Rejoice in Choral Christmastime with Sing Noël

Beloved holiday tradition presented at Trinity United Church in Charlottetown

Come and be merry on December 17 when the Chorus takes to the stage at 3 p.m. to perform Sing Noël – an evening of classic Christmas carols performed in the beauty of Trinity United Church. The large youth choir will be joined by audience favourite Joey Kitson and guest host Valerie Moore.

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Featured concert selections include both contemporary and classic Christmas carols, such as ‘Welcome Yule’, ‘In Bethlehem’, ‘Star Carol’, ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’, ‘Angel Tidings’, and ‘O Holy Night.’

“The Youth Chorus really captures the spirit of the season every year in this beautiful concert,” says Donald Fraser, choral music director at Confederation Centre. “The beauty and purity of these blended voices in three- and four-part harmonies is always something very special”.

Tickets and more info for this and other upcoming concerts are available at the box office at (902) 566-1267, toll free at 1-800-565-0278, or online at confederationcentre.com.

Appreciation is extended to Maritime Electric, program sponsor for the Youth Chorus, and to Sobeys, the title sponsor for LIVE @ the Centre. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5, and Ocean 100. Follow along on social media @confedcentre (Instagram and Twitter) and via Confederation Centre of the Arts.

Home for the Holidays

Returning to the Harbourfront Theatre on Friday, December 15, 7:30 pm, is Home for the Holidays featuring all the best of popular Christmas and Holiday music performed by some of PEI’s finest singers :   Kendall Docherty, Catherine O’Brien and Caroline Bernard backed up by a great band, The Reindeer Express, with Deryl Gallant, bass, Alan White, drums, Don Fraser, keyboards, and Perry Williams, guitar.  The icing on this special Christmas cake will be the reading of well known Island entertainer, Marlane O’Brien featuring Island Christmas stories.

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This show, Home for the Holidays featuring classic and contemporary Christmas music and Island stories will be as warm and cozy as a good glass of egg-nog in front of a crackling fireplace on Christmas Eve.  Prepare to have your spirits lifted just as high as that bright shining star so many years ago. This year’s edition has many new songs, as well as old favourites.

On Thin Ice

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.
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With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Elf Jr. is at the Guild December 8th through the 17th.