Loving the Dancing Lessons

People are loving Dancing Lessons, starring Melissa Kramer and Jeff Schissler and directed by Ted Price.
“Dancing Lessons is a bit of a marvel, mixing tragedy, humor and romance … all with a light and deft touch that ensures all the pieces fit together convincingly and enjoyably” – Ivy Wigmore, reviewer for The Buzz
“it shows that fleeting moments are sometimes the richest part of the human experience. This is a sensitive piece that doesn’t lop off the funny bits” – Lennie MacPherson, reviewer for The Guardian 
Dancing Lessons at Victoria Playhouse
Dancing Lessons plays Tuesday through Sunday at Victoria Playhouse til July 29th. Don’t miss your chance to see this gem!
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Leahy and MacMaster Are Back

THURSDAY, JULY 26TH, 2018, 7:30 PM
FRIDAY, JULY 27TH, 2018, 7:30 PM
All Seats: $42.00 (tax & fees included)

Harbourfront Theatre
Sponsored by: Centennial Auto Group

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The entertainment world is filled with extraordinary stories. But few match the beguiling true-life tale of Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Canada’s reigning couple of Celtic music, whose dazzling career achievements underpin an incomparable off-stage life.

Indeed, when two of the planet’s very best fiddle players married in 2002, the proverbial mantelpiece was instantly crammed with JUNO and East Coast Music Awards. Though MacMaster and Leahy followed different trajectories – she a Cape Breton native who could step-dance before she could walk; he the oldest brother of acclaimed family group Leahy – both had assuredly crested the traditional music peak.

Their first recorded collaboration, 2015’s Bob Ezrin-produced album One, which was followed by 2016’s A Celtic Family Christmas (and which cemented the couple’s status as powerhouses on the seasonal circuit) confirmed MacMaster and Leahy were as dynamic working together as they were working apart.

That’s no small feat when your combined album sales exceed one million; when past collaborators include classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bluegrass star Alison Krauss and banjo ace Béla Fleck; and when your ecstatic fan base (which boasts Shania Twain and The Chieftains) stretches from Sydney, Nova Scotia to Sydney, Australia.

This summer, their Prince Edward Island fans can see them perform at Harbourfront Theatre two nights only, July 26th & 27th.

Church at the Theatre

A stellar presence in the Canadian music scene, Cindy Church has crafted a body of work that is at once artistically successful and culturally significant, sought after by fellow performers and treasured by listeners. Now living in Halifax and originally from Bible Hill NS. Cindy spent her formative musical years in western Canada, making her first recordings with the Great Western Orchestra, touring and recording with Ian Tyson and embarking on a solo career.

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Her friendship with Sylvia Tyson helped lead to the formation of Quartette with Tyson, Caitlin Hanford, the late Colleen Peterson and later Gwen Swick. Currently, she is touring with “Lunch at Allen’s”, a collaborative venture with Murray McLauchlin, Ian Thomas and Marc Jordan.

Cindy Church is at the Victoria Playhouse with Susan Crowe on July 9th.

Lighting the Way

Reviews are coming in for our production of Ghost Light at the Confederation Centre.

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“Wright’s well-written, well-performed show is uproariously funny, achingly sad, and frequently thought-provoking. Though it’s a one-act play, it feels like a full theatrical meal with plenty of entertainment value and heart. Wherever she is, I’m sure Regina is both flattered and proud.”
-The Buzz, 2018

Acadie Story Comes to Life

July 8, 2018 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
ACADIE STORY at The Guild

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Presented by La Fédération Culturelle de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard in collaboration with The Guild, Acadie Story is an interactive bilingual concert series celebrating the story and the traditions of Island Acadians by bringing together a variety of high caliber artists from the six Acadian regions of Prince Edward Island. The audience will discover the cultural richness of the Acadian and Francophone Islanders through traditional music, song and dance as well as other artistic expressions showcasing their story and joie de vivre. Acadie Story presents eight shows on Sundays throughout July and August, starting Sunday, July 8th, each with a special guest celebrating the musical traditions of a particular Island Acadian region.

Gordie Goes Victoria Tonight

“Gordie and the Boys are great players, sharp songwriters, invigorating company…..not to mention the nifty dancing. Frankly, what’s not to like?” Mark Radcliffe, The Folk Show, BBC Radio 2, UK

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Hailing from Prince Edward Island, The Rhythm Boys’ exhilarating live show has drawn international attention. They were awarded the Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year at the 2014 East Coast Music Awards. They were given the Galaxie Supernova Award at the 2012 Ottawa Folk Festival for their outstanding performance. Tom Power, host of CBC Radio’s Deep Roots, called them his “Best Discovery Band” at the 2012 East Coast Music Awards. The group toured the United Kingdom three times last year, including performing on one of the main stages at the Glastonbury Festival. They also toured Australia and Belgium in early 2014.

Gordie and the Boys are at the Victoria Playhouse tonight at 7:30 PM.

Highlights

  • Winners of Roots/Traditional Group Recording at 2014 ECMAs
  • Toured the UK four times in 2013-2014, along with Australia, Belgium and the US. Highlights include performances at Glastonbury Festival, Celtic Connections and Woodford Folk Festival
  • Winners of Galaxie Supernova Award at 2012 Ottawa Folk Festival for outstanding live performance
  • Tom Power’s “Best Discovery Band” at 2012 East Coast Music Awards