Light Up the Dark

Confederation Centre carries a long and proud tradition of producing a holiday musical, pantomime, or Christmas show each year. This holiday season, organizers are dreaming up something a little different, presenting Light Up the Dark! An Arts Education Celebration.

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Staged as part of Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre, this spirited celebration of theatre, dance, choral and Celtic music, and visual art is one night only – December 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Homburg Theatre. The theme Light Up the Dark! is in reference to the festivity of the Winter Solstice, marking our communal triumph of reaching the end of the calendar year and the return of the sun as days begin to get longer again.

Sponsored by Long & McQuade, this unforgettable concert will feature a variety of talent. This includes members of dance umbrella ranging from 10 to 70 years of age, such as the ‘Dance for Health’ class dancing to Sarah Bareilles’ ‘Wintersong’, youth dancers performing excerpts from The Nutcracker, and a selection from the School of Performing Arts (SoPA) Musical Theatre program.

“I’m excited about the theme of this performance; there is a universality to celebrating the solstice – cultures around the world acknowledge the changing of the season, regardless of religious tradition. And for those of us living in the northern hemisphere, getting past the dark days of November is certainly something to celebrate!” says Peggy Reddin, director of arts education with the Centre. “There is also a second meaning, which is that arts education does indeed light up people’s lives. It is a vehicle for self-expression, and a place to find joy.”

Light Up the Dark! will feature more than 75 performers, including the Celtic Music Ensemble from Holland College’s SoPA program and students from the SoPA/Confederation Centre dance and theatre programs. In addition, the Centre is delighted to collaborate with local troupe, the Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors who will perform a winter legend based on traditional Mi’kmaq legends. Lastly, the SoPA a cappella show choir, ‘the SoPA-tones’ will perform ‘You Will Be Found’ and ‘Song for a Winter’s Night’.

The celebration will also feature the work of 15 students from Confederation Centre’s visual arts stream, whose work will be exhibited in Memorial Hall prior to show-time. These students are participating in a partnership project with the PEI Association of Newcomers to Canada, led by Kate Sharpley, visual arts educator with the Art Gallery.

More programming details and a creative team announcement will be made in late-November. For more, visitconfederationcentre.com. Tickets can be purchased at the Centre box office, or online. Special thanks are extended to the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Province of Prince Edward Island, and the City of Charlottetown, as well to media sponsors Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, and The Guardian.

On the Move East

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD, 8:00 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
All Seats: $42.00 (tax & fees included)

Jimmy Rankin: Moving East Tour 2018
with special guest Ashley MacIsaac

JIMMY RANKIN FROM NASHVILLE TO NOVA SCOTIA WITH NEW ALBUM, MOVING EAST BRINGS THE PARTY TO THE KITCHEN.

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Now this is big news. One of the true originals in Canadian music has moved from Nashville to Nova Scotia, and is celebrating with music only he could make. Jimmy Rankin’s new Moving East is pure East Coast, a homecoming album featuring true stories, tall tales and bittersweet ballads, and the classic folk-rock sound that Rankin helped pioneer.

Just at a time when people are searching out authentic cultural voices, strong stories and well-crafted songs, Rankin has made an unapologetically East Coast folk-rock record, with a raw, unsentimental and current edge. “I’m putting the party back in the kitchen” quips Rankin.

It’s called Moving East because that’s exactly what Jimmy’s done. He’s moved back to Nova Scotia after seven years living and working in Nashville. Hooking up with fellow Nova Scotian Joel Plaskett as producer, he’s made an album appealing to young and old alike, with songs running the gamut from gritty pub tunes to soulful ballads all featuring great storytelling and fine songwriting.

One of the most famed Canadian songwriters, Jimmy Rankin wrote such classic Rankin hits as “North Country,” “You Feel The Same Way Too,” and the Juno winning single “Fare The Well Love,” voted the #1 East Coast song of all time by CBC listeners across Canada. His own hits include “Followed Her Around,” “Morning Bound Train,” and “Cool Car.” Jimmy’s the guy who wrote “Mull River Shuffle” a Cape Breton anthem with an all-ages cult following, jamming dance floors and mosh pits at parties, weddings and raves as the last big song of the night.

Says Rankin, “With Moving East, I was trying to distil the fabric of Maritime culture into a musical collection replete with life’s highs and lows, and breathe life into stories that capture a feeling, a moment in time, live off the floor and organic.” It’s an album full of classic Cape Breton storytelling, unashamedly celebrating his moving back, and making the music he loves. Now that’s a homecoming.

About Special Guest Ashley MacIsaac

Ashley MacIsaac is widely considered to be one of the most celebrated Canadian roots musicians of all time, having sold over 500,000 albums to date. Since his first album in 1992, MacIsaac has garnered international acclaim by playing the fiddle in the traditional Cape-Breton style, while adding his own spin, mixing genres and updating Celtic music to appeal to a broader spectrum of fans.

Save On Next Year’s Shows

Purchase your 2019 Charlottetown Festival tickets from November 17 to December 1 and SAVE 50% off the regular price on select performances!

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Kronborg-The Hamlet Rock Musical  |  Applies to Tier 2 & 3 seating for  July 3, 4, 5, 6 performances.

Anne of Green Gables-The Musical™  |  Applies to Tier 2 & 3 seating for June 29, July 1, 2 ,3 performances.

Mamma Mia!  |  Applies to Tier 2 & 3 seating for August 14, 15, 16, 17 performances.

Spinning Yarns  |  Applies to Tier 1 seating for July 22, 23, 27, 29, 30, August 3 performances.

Atlantic Blue  |  Applies to Tier 1 seating for August 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 performances.

Holiday Magic at the Victoria Playhouse

Victoria Playhouse
Laura Smith brings her unique and powerful talent to the Victoria Playhouse stage for a special holiday concert. Laura will be accompanied by the award-winning musician Kim Dunn.
Gather with friends and neighbours to ease into the holiday season with beautiful music and complimentary seasonal treats in the beautiful Victoria Playhouse!
Sunday, November 25th at 2:00 pm
Laura Smith
For Tickets Click Here!
Or call our Box Office at 1-800-925-2025. 
Victoria Playhouse gratefully acknowledges the support of the following:
Canadian Heritage Patrimoine canadien

Shine a Light

A Bright Night with Becca and Rebecca
  • Holiday songs and stories featuring Becca Griffin and Rebecca Parent
  • December 14 and 15, 7 PM at the Watermark Theatre
  • Tickets $20 all in at the door
  • Free cookies and cider
Becca Griffin and Rebecca Parent present LIGHT: A Solstice Celebration at the Watermark Theatre on December 14 and 15. LIGHT will be a magical evening of wintertime songs and stories sharing a multi-denominational theme.
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“Light is the thread we find woven through all the different celebrations of this season,” says Parent. The theme also ties into a holiday tradition in the Watermark’s community: North Rustico’s home lighting displays. “We can’t think of a better way for your family to cap off the evening than taking in the splendour of the lights.”
The two were last seen making Island audiences laugh and smile as L.M.’s quintessential kindred spirits in Anne & Gilbert. “The summer season was so easy-going, fun, and full of chemistry”, says Griffin. “It only seems natural for us to continue collaborating through the winter because, let’s face it… we’re hilarious together.” Joining them for LIGHT is fellow A&G cast-mate  and musical director, Aaron Crane.
Neither Griffin nor Parent is new to the Watermark Theatre. Parent was a company member for 6 seasons, while Griffin performed children’s theatre there over two summers with her company, Cat’s Pajamas Theatre Company.
Tickets are $20, all fees included, and sold at the door. There will be free cookies and cider, as well as a cash bar. Watermark Theatre is located at 57 Churchill Ave in North Rustico, PE.
Becca Griffin and Rebecca Parent are Island-based theatre arts professionals. In LIGHT, they combine their talents as well as their personal artistic intentions: bringing together families and involving communities through the performing arts.

Messiah Makes It Back to the Homburg

A Musical Rite of the Holiday Season: Handel’s Messiah

Confederation Singers, orchestra, and guest soloists perform Handel’s Messiah Sunday, December 2 in the Homburg Theatre.

Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre presents an afternoon celebrating one of the most enduring pieces of music in the Western choral cannon. On Sunday, December 2 at 2:30 p.m., the Confederation Singers, orchestra, and four guest soloists perform Handel’s Messiah, the Baroque-era oratorio that celebrates the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Written in 1741, Messiah is the most famous creation of German composer George Frederic Handel, and its performance still awes listeners more than 250 years after the composer’s death. Ludwig van Beethoven himself, citing Messiah, said Handel was the “greatest composer that ever lived.”

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Sponsored by Maritime Electric, the concert is an annual tradition at Confederation Centre of the Arts, led by Choral Music Director Donald Fraser. Joining the Centre’s adult choir, the Confederation Singers, this year are four guest vocalists, well known in the choral community: mezzo-soprano Hannah O’Donnell, soprano Shannon Scales, baritone Parker Clements, and tenor James Smith.   

The Confederation Singers include more than 60 members from across the community. The Singers present an interesting and varied program of music throughout the year, performing seasonal concerts on local stages and at a variety of events. Other concerts include Choral Music on a Holy Day (April 19, 2019) and the popular holiday tradition Sing Along Messiah, December 28, 2018, where the audience is invited to participate.

Handel’s Messiah will be presented on December 2 at 2:30 p.m., in the Homburg Theatre of Confederation Centre. Tickets are $25 and are available at the door, at Confederation Centre’s box office, online at confederationcentre.com, or via phone at 902-566-1267 (toll free at 1-800-565-0278)

Special thanks are extended to Maritime Electric, sponsors for the Centre’s Choral Music Programme, and Sobeys, the title sponsor for LIVE @ the Centre. Appreciation is also extended to the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Province of Prince Edward Island, and the City of Charlottetown, as well to media sponsors Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, and The Guardian.

A Million Words and a Million Laughs

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16th, 7:30 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
All Seats: $60.00 (tax & fees included)

RON JAMES…FULL THROTTLE!

Award-winning comedian RON JAMES has been selling out theatres for 15 years with his marathon, side-splitting, kinetically charged performances. Marshaling a comedian’s eye for satire and a writer’s ear for language, Ron takes his audience on a breath-taking, non-stop roller coaster ride, cutting a wide swath through contemporary culture with his razor-sharp ribald wit, uncompromising standards and unique, poetically honed delivery … a stand-out amongst ‘stand-ups’.

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With nine critically acclaimed one-hour comedy specials under his belt, plus five seasons starring in his own series, “The Ron James Show”, Canada’s #1 road warrior is back doing what he does best: delivering laughs face to face and coast to coast … a high octane Full Throttle ride!

“a man of a million words and a million laughs … genius” – Globe & Mail
“Utterly Brilliant” –  Ottawa Sun
“a unique brand of funny all his own” – Winnipeg Free Press
“hysterically funny … at the top of his game” – Toronto Star
“fits of helpless laughter” – Halifax Chronicle Herald
“funniest man in Canada” – Victoria Times-Colonist
“a wheezing, snorting, chortling, gasping night of hilarity” – Edmonton Sun
“fast, funny and smart” – Montreal Gazette
“simply the best” – Toronto Sun
“thunderous standing ovation” – Saskatoon Star Phoenix