Monthly Archives: January 2019
Family Sundays Are Back
Talking About Art
January 9 Conservator Jill McRae will discuss the cleaning and restoring of the Ron Bloore White on White mural.
A brief Q & A will follow each ArtTalk
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2019, 7:30 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
All Seats: $32.00 (tax & fees included)
JAMES MULLINGER – ALMOST CANADIAN
2019 CROSS CANADA TOUR
– ONLY SUMMERSIDE SHOW OF 2019 –
featuring Patrick Ledwell
British comedian James Mullinger has taken Canada by storm. Sold out shows across the country, appearances on CBC’s The Debaters, movies, TV shows, festivals, awards, magazines, stand up specials – since moving to Atlantic Canada four years ago he’s done it all.
But he’s putting movies and TV shows aside to go out and do what he loves most. Live stand up comedy. For all of Spring James is on the road again and this is his only Summerside date in 2019!
In April 2016, James sold out New Brunswick’s biggest indoor venue Harbour Station with his uniquely hilarious stand up show. This record breaking show was documented for a CBC documentary film ‘City On Fire’ (which you can watch here: https://youtu.be/MJRItrjyHnY) which has aired across Canada to rave reviews and high ratings. The stand up special of the show itself was picked up by Hulu and Amazon Prime so his tales of life in Atlantic Canada are now being enjoyed by people in Germany, Japan and America. Read more about it here. (Link: http://www.theeastmag.com/2017/08/27/james-mullingers-stand-comedy-hits-world-stage-amazon-prime/).
In April 2018 he sold out Harbour Station a second time, this time beating how own record which made headlines across the pond: https://www.chortle.co.uk/other-news/2018/05/03/39868/unknown_comic_outsells_seinfeld_%E2%80%93%C2%A0again
James tours extensively to packed houses across Canada and England and written and produced a big screen feature film starring actors from Downton Abbey and Twilight about his early years in stand up, which was described as “unmissable” by GQ Magazine and “essential viewing. A funny, realistic look at what it takes to become a stand up comedian,” by the Montreal Times.
James is one of Canada’s biggest cheerleaders. He loves it here and spends his time promoting it across the world and raising money for charities and non-profits. James has raised more than $100,000 for Maritimes charities. He has also become one of Canada’s top comics, being nominated for both a Just For Laughs comedy award and a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Live Show.
He is also a much sought after corporate clean comedian and keynote speaker on the subjects of marketing, media and uplifting positivity celebrating where you live and work. Performing his keynote speech ‘Anything Is Possible’ for companies as varied as Irving Oil, TD Canada, New Brunswick School Board, Construction Association of Nova Scotia, Road Builders Association, Atlantic Canada Regional Council of Carpenters, the Crane Rental Association of North America, Moosehead Breweries, New Brunswick Immigration Symposium and hundreds more. A highly skilled MC, he has hosted the 2017 East Coast Music Awards, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards, The ContactNB Awards and the GQ Comedy Extravaganza featuring Russell Peters.
He also launched his own international magazine The Maritime Edit (www.maritimeedit.com) to share his love of the small towns and cities of Atlantic Canada with the rest of the world.
This is his first ever solo stand up show at the Harbourfront Theatre featuring brand new material as well as some of his classic routines including Maritime Directions. Book now for this show, it will sell out!
Please be advised this performance contains occasional use of strong language and mature themes or subject matter.
Going the Gadfly
Urban Roots Dance Crew ‘GADFLY’ Takes Centre Stage January 31
The crew is led by directors Ofilion Sinbadinho and Apolonia Velasquez, who created their signature Aybrid Movement style, an urban dance style with a twist. Born from Chilean and Guatemalan parents Velasquez and Salvadorian native, Sinbadinho have been creative collaborators for almost two decades. Both Francophones raised in Montreal, they established GADFLY in Toronto, an urban dance-rooted company that “challenges established formats with moves that will set you back in your seat”, according to a recent Toronto Star review.
As a Repertoire Dance Company, GADFLY has been moving people, posing provocative questions through their works, and fusing styles and inspirations since 2006. With their full evening production of ‘Klorofyl,’ GADFLY was the recipient of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance. They have also been commissioned to create work across Canada for events and organizations such as Festival DansEncore, Nike, Ryerson University, and for several charitable organizations.
“Extraordinary choreography,” says Christopher Hoile, in a review of the crew for EYE Weekly. “It’s terrifically exciting to see street dance liberated from the robotics of music videos and imbued with emotional expression.”
Don’t miss this thrilling contemporary dance production, a rarity in an Island winter season of live performances! Gadfly makes their Island debut, firing up the Homburg Theatre stage on January 31 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $26 and are available at the 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 the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Province of Prince Edward Island, the City of Charlottetown; to Sobeys; and to media sponsors Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, and The Guardian.
Gowdy to Helm Crimes at Watermark Theatre
Watermark Theatre is delighted to announce that Charlotte Gowdy will direct “Crimes of the Heart” by Beth Henley in their 2019 summer season.
Born and raised on the Island, Charlotte has been performing, directing and teaching at theatres across Canada and internationally for the past 20 years. She is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s acting program, the Stratford Festival’s directing program, and trained extensively as a performer at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France.
Her work includes multiple seasons at the Stratford Festival and Shaw Festival, shows at Canadian Stage, National Arts Centre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre, The Grand Theatre, St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Neptune Theatre and the Blyth Festival, among many others.
Charlotte is an Artistic Advisor for the National Arts Centre, English Theatre, she is an Associate Artist and core member of Troubadour Theatre Collective in London, and she spent two years as the Associate Artistic Director of the Thousand Islands Playhouse where she also led the TIP Young Company on two province-wide touring shows.
She is a professor of acting in the music theatre department at Sheridan College and a professor of clown for the theatre conservatory at Fanshawe College. Charlotte is also a guest instructor at schools across the globe including Queen’s University (Kingston), Wheaton College (Boston), Holland College’s SOPA program, UPEI, and at Unversidad Andres Bello (Santiago, Chile).
Warm-hearted, irreverent, zany and brilliantly imaginative, “Crimes of the Heart” teems with humanity and humour as it examines the plight of three young Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the play brings you into the Mississippi household of the Magrath sisters. Babe has just shot her husband because she didn’t like his looks. Meg is back in town after a failed attempt in the music business and a nervous breakdown. And poor Lenny – everyone has forgotten her 30th birthday…plus, her pet horse was just struck by lightning! Bad luck certainly runs deep among the Magrath clan. But with warm-hearted laughs and touching family moments, the sisters forgive the past, face the present, and embrace the future in this contemporary American stage classic.
Last summer Charlotte had the great pleasure of directing “Myth of the Ostrich” for Victoria Playhouse, which received rave reviews and much success at the box office. Having grown up on the island, Charlotte caught the performance bug early as a dancer at Dance Umbrella in Charlottetown and playing violin for the Singing Strings.
On her upcoming directing job, Charlotte enthusiastically says, “I am absolutely thrilled to be back home again this summer, in the land that makes my heart sing”.
For more information, or to set up an interview with Ms. Gowdy please contact Andrea Surich at 902‐963‐3963 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Do the Hustle
Get Out of Town
The Imperial Cities Tour: Experience Breathtaking Group Travel In Support of the Arts
CEO Steve Bellamy, CAA, and more to host travel night presentation Wednesday, January 30
With a new year comes new opportunities and in that spirit, Confederation Centre of the Arts is launching a truly distinctive experience for members of its “Founders Circle” — the chance to join an exclusive 11-day cultural adventure to the Imperial Cities: Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.
With proceeds going to support arts and heritage programming at the Centre, this grand group travel tour comes at the request of the Founders’ Circle membership. Taking place from October 21 to 31, 2019, this trip will be organized by partners at CAA Member Choice Vacations, with flights leaving from Charlottetown. CAA are the production sponsor for the Centre’s crown jewel, Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™.
Hosted by Founders’ Circle Members John Steinsky, the Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic, and Brenda Steinsky, this thrilling expedition will include castle tours, guided excursions, a classical music performance, and a cruise down the Danube River.
“Our membership has been asking for a group travel experience and we have listened,” remarks Steve Bellamy, CEO of Confederation Centre. “We are thankful to the Steinskys for their hospitality and to our members for their commitment to supporting arts and heritage programming at the Centre. This promises to be an unforgettable tour of the Imperial Cities and the Steinskys are already going above and beyond building the itinerary.”
The tour will also include a Renaissance-style dinner in a medieval castle near Budapest and a stop at the Lobkowicz Palace, home to the largest art collection in the Czech Republic, spanning over 600 years of family history. Other highlights consist of wine-sampling and dinner in the picturesque Grinzing region, and striking countryside views and cultural outings in each of the three famed cities.
CAA, the Steinskys, and Bellamy will host a travel presentation night on Wednesday, January 30 at 7 p.m. in the cozy confines of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. Shane Coupland with CAA Member Choice Vacations will guide interested members through all the details, from booking to passports to currency and take any questions. The Centre’s culinary team will also offer a sampling of European cuisine from the Imperial Cities. Come and learn more about the experience, the hosts, and how to join group travel to one of the most spectacular destinations in the world.
Prospective travelers and Founders’ Circle members can RSVP or send questions to Ellen Theuerkauf, email@example.com or (902) 629-1159. For more information on the Founders Circle, visit confederationcentre.com/support/membership/
Theatre classes for children and teens are back at Victoria Playhouse in 2019!
Thursday afternoons, beginning on January 10th
3:30 to 4:30 for ages 5-10
4:30 to 5:30 for ages 11-16
Location: Victoria Playhouse Green Room
Call 902-658-2370 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Classes are made possible through the support of the Province of PEI and Canadian Tire Charlottetown and Summerside.
A Night Out Winners
YOU DESERVE A NIGHT OUT!
A holiday season contest presented by Harbourfront Theatre in partnership with Spud FM and Brothers 2
Congratulations to our winners:
December 6 – Winner #1 Julie Ramsay
December 7 – Winner #2 Sonya Pauley
December 8 – Winner #3 Terry Arsenault
December 9 – Winner #4 Loyde Bruce
December 10 – Winner #5 Marion Toole
December 11 – Winner #6 Bethany W.
December 12 – Winner #7 Barbara Gallant
December 13 – Winner #8 Robert Stewart
December 14 – Winner #9 Frank Szwarc
December 15 – Winner # 10 Chelsey Culleton
December 16 – Winner #11 Andy Gallant
December 17 – Winner #12 Charlie Kennedy