Feds Support the Arts

Federal Budget 2019 supports Live Concerts and Arts Presenters across Canada

Confederation Centre of the Arts (CCOA) is pleased to learn the Government of Canada has announced an increase to the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) of $16-million over two years. This strategic investment helps festivals and presenters across the country showcase Canadian productions domestically.

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Steve Bellamy, CEO for Confederation Centre of the Arts says, “Support for the domestic performing arts market is critical to the success of Canada’s world-class artists. This wise investment complements the national strategies for arts production and export, making it possible to showcase Canada’s rich diversity of culture and heritage which benefits audiences from coast to coast to coast.”

CCOA is a proud member of the Canadian Arts Coalition (CAC), which is a collaborative non-partisan movement spearheaded by a group of national arts service and membership organizations. CAC has spent the past year advocating for an increase to the CAPF fund, including an enormous effort of more than 100 sector representatives at “Arts Day on the Hill” in October, 2018.

Confederation Centre of the Arts congratulates CAC Co-Chairs Frédéric Julien and Kate Cornell and all cultural sector allies for the many presentations to government, including to the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, and to the Standing Committee on Finance of the House of Commons. We thank Ministers Rodriguez and Morneau for recognizing the value of the performing arts sector to all Canadians, and for providing the conditions necessary to support Canadian artists at home and abroad.

Confederation Centre of the Arts (CCOA) provides Canadians and visitors with an opportunity to experience multiple cultures, histories, stories, and contexts of Canada’s origins and evolution. CCOA engages through visual arts exhibitions, theatrical performances, music, dance, education, and heritage programming.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and Victoria Playhouse

New GM and Exec Take the Helm

Executive Director and General Manager Named at Victoria Playhouse

The Board of Directors of the Victoria Playhouse is excited to announce that Emily Smith has been hired as the Executive Director and Susan Williams Bulman will assume the role of General Manager. Founding General Manager Pat Stunden Smith retired at the end of January but will continue to work on special project initiatives on an ad hoc basis. “I am confident the new management team has the skills and vision to carry on the valuable work of Prince Edward Island’s longest Running Little Theatre. Emily and Susan understand and value our place within the Island community and will bring a fresh energy moving forward,” commented Smith.

Emily Smith brings both experience and a diverse background to the newly formed role of Executive Director. The daughter of Founding Artistic Director Erskine Smith and Pat Stunden Smith, Emily spent many of her formative years onstage as part of the Victoria Playhouse Drama Club. After graduating from UPEI with a BA she moved to Montreal where she obtained her MA in Literature from Concordia University. While in Montreal, she worked with McGill University in the Department of Development and Alumni Relations.  After returning to the Island in 2009, she joined the team in the Holland College Advancement Office.  She has been in a mentorship role preparing for this transition for the past three years. “The Playhouse has been a part of my life since I was a child. It’s a place that I, like many others, have a deep connection with and it’s both exciting and a little scary to be at the helm.”

Susan Williams Bulman has worked with the Playhouse for the past 27 years as the Assistant Administrator and bookkeeper. She earned a Business Administration degree from UPEI and also runs her own bookkeeping business. Susan is the volunteer treasurer for South Shore Health & Wellness Inc. and has worked as the CAO for the Municipalities of Crapaud and Victoria. Susan reflected on her role at the Playhouse “I am very lucky. I love my job and the people I work with.”

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and Victoria Playhouse

Banjo Stand-up Bass Mandolin Dobro Fiddle Bluegrass Jamboree

SATURDAY, MARCH 23RD, 7:00 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre All Seats: $23.50 (fees included)

20th Annual Bluegrass Old Country Jamboree
Sponsored by Atlantic Equipment Repair

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Join us for the 2oth Annual Bluegrass Old Country Jamboree featuring Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass, The Bluegrass Brothers, and PEI’s own Joe Casey & Westwind. The Master of Ceremonies for the night will be Marilyn Singer.

About Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass:
Virginia-based Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass play powerful, unadorned, and intense traditional bluegrass. There is no hybrid or genre-bending music here. Their combination of instrumentation and vocals convey the energy and emotion of classic bluegrass and country music. Danny’s lead vocals will captivate your senses, so much so that many prominent musicians, including Alison Krauss, have considered Danny as one of their favorite singers.

About The Bluegrass Brothers:
Nominees for Instrumental Group of the year at the 2017 SPBGMA Awards. The Virgina-based band consists of Jamie Sparks (banjo), Donald Dowdy (mandolin), Victor Dowdy (bass), & Chris Hart (dobro). The band performs the traditional bluegrass music they grew up with.

Weekend Packages Available through Quality Inn:
Package includes 2 nights accommodations and 2 tickets for Saturday’s show at the Harbourfront Theatre.

Call the Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf (902-436-2295 or 800-265-5551) to book your accommodations for a weekend filled with excellent music!

Please note: There will be a 7 PM open mic at the Quality Inn on Friday, March 22nd.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and Victoria Playhouse

Soup’s On!

Soup’Art is back!

Come out to the fifth annual event

As part of the 2019 Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, the public is invited to the fifth annual Soup’Art to celebrate International Francophonie Day. This event will take place at Confederation Centre of the Art’s Studio 1, on Wednesday, March 20, from 5 to 7 p.m.

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The audience will be served a bevy of delightful soups from many different countries with some gluten-free and vegan options. This experience will be enhanced by a rich exhibition of visual art and crafts created by Island artists and artisans, as well as jazz piano with Todd MacLean and singer-songwriter Fayo.

“SOUP’ART has been tremendously popular. The public enjoyed both the soups and the arts that were on view,” says Monique Lafontaine, French programming and arts education coordinator with the Centre. “This year we are proud to be including a performance by Acadian artist Fayo who now calls P.E.I. home.”

Admission to this event is free and all are welcome. In the spirit of sharing, members of the public are asked to bring cash donation for the Soup Kitchen.

This great event is a partnership of Confederation Centre of the Arts, La Coopérative d’intégration francophone de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard, Fédération culturelle de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard, Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean, and the World Acadian Congress.

For more information, please contact Monique Lafontaine at moniquel@confederationcentre.com or Germain Arsenault at germain.fcipe@gmail.com.

Prince Edward Island Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts, Watermark Theatre, and Victoria Playhouse

The Ladies Are Back

“What an amazing show… Amazingly talented ladies! Highly recommend going to see this show! – Facebook user Michelle
“You need to go to the Victoria Playhouse to see the Facinating Ladies… Their voices are amazing! One of the best shows I have seen at the best small Playhouse on PEI!” – Facebook user Trish

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Fascinating Ladies at the Victoria Theatre.

Five performances Only!
September 11th to 15th, 2019

Prince Edward Island Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts, Watermark Theatre, and Victoria Playhouse

March Into the Centre This March

March Into The Centre This Spring Break!

Magical performances and enthralling art camps on deck, March 16-22


There is plenty on offer for ‘stay-cationers’ keeping it local this March Break. Confederation Centre of the Arts is staging a night of wonder from world-renowned magician Justin Flom on Saturday, March 16 as well as a week’s worth of fun visual arts classes for kids in the Gallery.

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Justin Flom has toured the world and performed on marquee programs such as Ellen, The Today Show, and the late night talk show circuit. From touring and collaborating with superstars like Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, John Legend, and Nick Jonas, Flom finds himself in front of as diverse an audience range as any entertainer out there today.

The Las Vegas native has the ability to entertain anyone, anywhere, and is bringing his act for all ages to the Centre for a night of illusions and wonder! Presented as part of Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre the magician hits the Homburg Theatre on March 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Following the entertainment on the stage, it’s time to explore the visual arts! The Confederation Centre Art Gallery’s mARTch Break Camp in the Schurman Family Studio presents a chance for children explore the inspiring world of visual arts. These hands-on art activities are offered in many mediums–encouraging critical thinking and visual literacy through tours of the current exhibitions in the Gallery.

Taking place from March 18 to 22, these low-barrier activities are perfect for ages 6 to 12! For more information, contact Tamara Steele at artseducation@confederationcentre.com.

For Justin Flom’s Homburg Theatre performance, special thanks are extended to Sobeys, the title sponsor for LIVE @ the Centre! Media sponsors are The Guardian, Ocean 100, and Hot 105.5. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office, via phone at 1 (800)565-0278, or online athttps://boxoffice.confederationcentre.com.

Prince Edward Island Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts, Watermark Theatre, and Victoria Playhouse

Popping a Gut

March 16, 2019 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm at The Guild
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Performing their make-it-up-on-the-spot sketch comedy Saturday, March 9th at The Guild in Charlottetown, Popalopalots will have you laughing when they succeed, and laughing even harder when they fail.
Prince Edward Island Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts, Watermark Theatre, and Victoria Playhouse