Czeching In

Confederation Centre of the Arts is pleased to host the Czech Republic’s Ambassador to Canada, Pavel Hrnčíř (pronounced Paul Hern-cheesh), on May 29 in The Confederation Chamber at 4:00 p.m.

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Ambassador Hrnčíř is coming to the Centre to show his support of our new travel program, “Imperial Cities,” developed in partnership with CAA Member Choice Vacations. This new travel program takes members on an 11-day cultural experience of Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. The program also serves as a fundraiser for the Centre with a percentage of each booking being donated back to support arts education.

As Prague is the Ambassador’s homeland, he wanted to stop by the Centre during his visit to Charlottetown to meet the travellers and show his support for the work of the Centre in educating communities on the role of the arts in creating cross-cultural understanding.

You’re invited to join us at the meet and greet on:

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Confederation Chamber

Confederation Centre of the Arts

145 Richmond Street Charlottetown, PEI

4:00 p.m. to 4:35 p.m.

 Message from the Consulate – “The main purpose of the visit is to inaugurate the new Honorary Consulate under the presence of the Czech Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. At the same time we wish to promote the relations between the Czech Republic and the province PEI. We plan for meetings at the office of the Premier and Lieutenant Governor. The new Honorary Consul, John Steinsky, will be instrumental in our endeavours. John is an Islander who resides in Gaspereaux, PEI.”

 If you’re interested in the Imperial Cities travel pack, trip details can be found at by visiting the Charlottetown CAA office.

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Brenley and Lisa Make Madison Violet

For those who don’t know of Madison Violet, it all began in 1999. Brenley and Lisa met over weak coffee and broccoli omelettes, in a restaurant called The Green Room, in Toronto. It was a chance meeting, 1900 kms away from the small town where both Lisa and Brenley’s fathers were born. That was 17 years ago, and the pair have been writing and creating beautiful music together ever since.

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Over the years, Madison Violet have acquired numerous accolades, including a Juno nomination, a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Vocal Group Album of the Year and a Critic’s Choice award from Country Music People’s Magazine. Their songs have been featured in the notorious music magazine MOJO’s Top 10 Playlist, and received a mass of acclaim from outlets such as the BBC, the CBC, Maverick Magazine and NPR, and have earned the duo the Grand Prize in the 2010 Maxell John Lennon Song Writing Contest.

They have been described as pop, roots, indie, dance and Americana, but think that this quote sums them up best…

“Madison Violet has suddenly appeared like a ray of sunshine on a rainy day.”                                                    – No Depression

Madison Violet is at the Victoria Playhouse on July 23rd.

Hear Ye Hear Ye

Plays Announced For Play Reading Series Featuring Local Playwrights

Three local PEI playwrights will have their plays read at the Watermark Theatre this August as part of the theatre’s Play Reading Series. The three plays are “Through Eden”  by Stuart Smith, “Past Artistry” by J.J. Steinfeld, and Jennifer Platts-Fanning’s play “Held to the Fire”.

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Actors from the Watermark acting company, with scripts in hand, will read the plays to an audience. This allows the playwrights to further develop their work. “Plays are meant to be heard and it’s so helpful to the development of a play for a playwright to be in a theatre amongst the audience to hear how the play is working”, says Watermark Artistic Director Robert Tsonos.

Stuart Smith‘s play tells the story of Evey Gaudet who has arrived back on PEI to see her old flame, Aden MacKenzie, after a three year absence. Over the course of a single, storm-filled evening, old resentments are revisited, and new secrets are revealed. Can the pieces of the past be put back together again? Stuart studied theatre arts at Acadia, where he completed a thesis on the plays of Peter Shaffer. In the decades since then, he acted, directed, and produced shows in New Brunswick and Maine, in both community theatre and through drama programs at schools. In the early 90s, he co-founded the St. Croix Theatre Company in New Brunswick. He was artistic director of that company for six years, until he moved to PEI. Since moving to the island in 2000, Stuart’s focus has been on educational theatre in junior high, but he has recently started writing again for the stage as well as getting back on the boards as an actor.

J. J. Steinfeld is a fiction writer, poet, and playwright who lives on Prince Edward Island. He has published eighteen books, including Anton Chekhov Was Never in Charlottetown (Stories, Gaspereau Press), Would You Hide Me? (Stories, Gaspereau Press), Misshapenness (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions), Identity Dreams and Memory Sounds (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions), Madhouses in Heaven, Castles in Hell (Stories, Ekstasis Editions), An Unauthorized Biography of Being (Stories, Ekstasis Editions), and Absurdity, Woe Is Me, Glory Be (Poetry, Guernica Editions). Over fifty of his one-act plays and a handful of full-length plays have been performed in Canada and the United States, including the full-length plays The Franz Kafka Therapy Session, The Golden Age of Monsters, and A Television-Watching Artist; and the one-act plays Godot’s Leafless Tree, The Waiting Ends, The Entrance-or-Not Barroom, The Word-Lover, Laugh for Sanity, Back to Back, Imaginative Drinking, In a Washroom of a Prestigious Art Gallery, More Than Money, A Play of Disbelief, Memory Sounds, and A Question of Eternity.

J.J.’s play Past Artistry deals with the relationship between creativity, the past, family, artistic life and artistic vision. A forty-seven-year-old artist is visited by the man, now old and wanting to confess his act before he dies, who shot him thirty-two years before. The shooting, when the artist was fifteen, led him to become an artist and he does not want to know the truth about the unknown assailant who has never been caught. The entrance of the old man into his life affects the artist’s relationship with his artist daughter and with his art-dealer friend.

Jennifer Platts-Fanning is a playwright and short story writer. She spent a year acting in various ACT (A Community Theatre) gigs including Plays in a Day, A Man of Two Minds and Our Town.  As a backpacking vagabond in her 20s, she slung pints for a living at The Worlds End in Edinburgh, Scotland and “worked” alongside Christopher Lee as an extra in the movie Greyfriars Bobby. While living in Cork, Ireland she once sat sipping warm Guinness in a small, brightly lit IRA pub teaching the gruff old men the lyrics to Barrett’s Privateers. Jennifer’s ultimate goals for writing Held to the Fire are twofold. Firstly, she hopes people struggling with bipolar will feel represented, understood and heard. Secondly, she hopes those outside the disorder will have a better understanding of this life-changing illness.

Jennifer’s play’s main character, Phoenix, is spinning, caught in her own maelstrom. Inner demons threaten to dismantle her life. A lover, a mother, a woman saddled with a frenzied mind, she journeys from constellation mythologies to moon gardening, yurts to communing with Death. A raw and unveiled window into the dark depths of human consciousness.

The dates and times of the plays are:

August 4th at 1:30PM – Through Eden by Stuart Smith
August 15th at 1:30PM – Past Artistry J.J. Steinfeld
August 22nd at 1:30PM – Held to the Fire by Jennifer Platts-Fanning

Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased by going to the company’s website http://www.watermarktheatre.com

For more information, or to set up an interview with any of the playwrights please contact Andrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

When Art is Smart

ArtsSmarts is a national program that brings hands on arts education into the core curriculum of schools. Through the program, artists work with teachers and students on projects that integrate arts activities into non arts school subject areas. Students combine their learning of core subjects such as math and languages with the help of visual and literary arts, dance, music and theatre.

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Once again, the Confederation Centre Art Gallery is holding an exhibition of artwork from the program. This year’s exhibition will include work by students from seven Island schools.

We invite you to come and see the amazing creations by Island students participating in this year’s ArtsSmarts program. The opening reception is Friday, May 18 at 6 p.m. but we encourage you to come at 5:30 p.m. for the demonstration of tessellations by Queen Charlotte students. Everyone is welcome.

Hooked and Needled

This first exhibition by a group of dynamic women artists will surprise you with the scope and depth of their original craft work. Drawn together by a love of rug hooking and a shared interest in design and color and with a lively approach to their work, they have produced a vivid display of varied pieces to delight the eye. These include rug hooking, quilting, embroidery and appliqué from pocket-sized pieces to full-sized quilts. These works offer a modern spin on classic projects.
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The focal point of the exhibition is the design by Susan Dundee which has been executed by each of the artists showing her own interpretation of the piece in a variety of mediums. As artists and teachers of our crafts, we are delighted to share our vision of the world.

The group is comprised of Susan Dundee, Caroline Jenner, Shelagh Lindley, Anne Lockhart, Sandra MacDonald, Joanne McVicker and Valerie Moore.

The opening reception for Hooks and Needles, Thread and Wool is at the Guild will be held on May 30th from 7-9 pm.

Talking Country Roads and Rocky Mountains

SATURDAY, JUNE 9TH, 7:30 PM Harbourfront Theatre
Premium Seating (Rows A-G): $50.00
Regular Seating (Row H-T): $45.00

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since the world lost music icon John Denver, yet his legacy continues on through his many hits songs including: “Rocky Mountain High”, “Take Me Home Country Roads”, “Thank God I’m a Country Boy”, “Annie’s Song”,  “Back Home Again”, “Sunshine On My Shoulders”,  “Leaving On A Jet Plane,” and more!

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Many generations have adored this amazing singer, songwriter, actor, and humanitarian.

Relive the music of John Denver with award winning Chris Collins and his band Bolder Canyon as they create an unforgettable John Denver experience. The similarity between Collin’s and Denver’s voice is uncanny, and Collins brings to the stage the unmistakable enthusiasm that was a hallmark of a John Denver concert.

From the same VaughnCo Logopromoter who brought you “Hotel CaliforniaThe Original Eagles Tribute Show,  “RUMOURSThe Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show and Beatles vs Stones, now brings you the world’s most exciting John Denver tribute show.

For all you John Denver fans, The John Denver Experience is a must see!