A Concrete Bed (This Sat & Sun 9 AM On the Dot)

February 23, 2020 at 9:00am

A Series of Poems from Homeless Men on PEI Presented by The Gallery @ The Guild, February 19 – March 1.

What started as a reflective writing practice for the men experiencing homelessness while living at PEI\’s only men\’s shelter – The Salvation Army Bedford MacDonald House – has become a beautiful heartfelt glimpse into their world. The poems will be accompanied by a series of artistic pieces from Island artist Jen Coughlin.

“We are very honoured to present this incredible body of work and very pleased to partner with The Salvation Army Bedford MacDonald House on this project” Says Alanna Jankov CEO of The Guild.

Jennifer Coughlin is a multidisciplinary artist who has been creating art from the moment she could hold a pencil.
After sustaining a spinal cord injury at the age of ten, Jennifer worked hard to regain the ability to draw again despite her disability. Creating art is one of the few areas in her life where she is totally independent and it gives her a sense of freedom she otherwise would not have.
Jennifer’s passion for creating is closely matched by her willingness to help others and, in her free time, she is a tenacious advocate for people with disabilities

The Salvation Army Bedford MacDonald House provides emergency shelter services for men ages 18 and older. Supports and Services at Bedford McDonald House go beyond meeting immediate needs. Emergency shelters often serve as the “front door” to a broader system of support. The Salvation Army staff use their extensive knowledge and strong agency partnerships to assist residents to connect with the resources and services they need to find stable housing and contribute and participate in community. Stable housing is a goal for all persons residing in shelter.

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
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Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

 

Riding the Rita Rodeo

The Charlottetown Festival and The Savoy Theatre Announce Dear Rita is Coming Home

World Premiere production will play June to September on P.E.I., then head to Cape Breton

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Rita MacNeil is coming home. Today, The Charlottetown Festival, in association with The Savoy Theatre, is pleased to announce that the new musical celebration Dear Rita will make its Nova Scotia premiere in October 2020.

Sponsored by Key Murray Law, Dear Rita is a musical toast to Cape Breton superstar Rita MacNeil. Celebrating the life, tenacity, and music of the late singer, the production is being written by Cape Breton’s own Lindsay Kyte with creative new imaginings of Rita’s songs from P.E.I.’s Mike Ross.

“We are so excited to be sharing this work with The Savoy Theatre,” states Adam Brazier, artistic director of The Charlottetown Festival. “Rita’s home and heart were in Cape Breton and the Savoy was one of her favourite theatres. It is so very appropriate for this production to be shared on Cape Breton Island.”

 Playing at The Mack, a part of Confederation Centre, from June 25 to September 25, the show’s 2020 season will now include an exclusive, one-week run in Glace Bay at the Savoy. The 760-seat Victorian theatre is Cape Breton’s premium entertainment and cultural showplace, and will play host to Dear Rita from October 1 to 4. Tickets for both theatres are on sale now.

“Rita MacNeil’s connection to The Savoy Theatre was very strong, and so we are beyond thrilled to be able to present Dear Rita on our stage, where Rita spent countless hours,” says Pam Leader, executive director of the Savoy. “We are also extremely grateful for the opportunity to co-develop this project with Confederation Centre. Rita’s incredible journey and her vast catalogue of songs deserve to be shared with anyone who will listen.”

Developed closely with Rita’s son Wade Langham, Dear Rita features traditional and new, re-imagined arrangements of Rita’s songs. Director Mary Francis Moore, Kyte, and Ross will weave Rita’s lyrics and music into new perspectives, inviting her spirit into the room and letting her songs live on through the audience’s own experiences.

The cast includes actor-musicians who both sing and play instruments, channeling MacNeil’s stories and spirit through their own identities as oppose to a literal depictio of the Canadian icon herself. A full company casting announcement will be made in late February, during a week-long workshop in Toronto for this exciting new production.

For more on the historic Savoy Theatre, visit their website. Confederation Centre wishes to acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support. The title sponsor of The Charlottetown Festival is CIBC.

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Baby Shark Comes Alive

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Frost: Live Family Stage

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From South Korea to Charlottetown’s Confederation Centre or the Arts, we have the pleasure to bring to town a global phenomenon,
the YouTube 5th most-viewed video of ALL TIMES : the one and only Baby Shark mini show.

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Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Through the Gardener’s Universe

CCAG set to unveil carrer retrospective ‘Victor Cicansky: The Gardener’s Universe’ on January 25

 

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Opening January 25 at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) is a retrospective exhibition focusing on the ceramic and bronze works of Regina-based artist, Victor Cicansky. Curated by Timothy Long and Julia Krueger, and organized by the MacKenzie Art Gallery (Calgary), The Gardener’s Universe brings together over 100 works that present a richly layered picture of Cicansky’s career, one that has been firmly rooted in his garden.

Victor Cicansky: The Gardener’s Universe promises to engage visitors of all ages and will display in the Upper West Gallery at the CCAG until April 26, 2020. As part of a series of Art Talks, Evan Furness, visual arts educator, will introduce the Cicansky exhibition on February 20 from noon to 12:30 p.m. These talks are offered free-of-charge at the Gallery and all are welcome.

For over 50 years, ideas for sculptures in ceramics and bronze have grown out of Cicansky’s intimate relationship with the plants and trees of his backyard. His approach embraces both the immigrant knowledge of his Romanian-Canadian family and more contemporary concerns around urban ecology and environmental sustainability. Grounded in local realities, his work speaks to the wider world of the joys and trials of supporting life in an urban prairie space.

Drawn from 39 public and private collections in Canada and the U.S., the selections embody the energy of Cicansky’s varied production. Challenging craft expectations of pottery and furniture, Cicansky engages the language of making to celebrate “hand smarts,” as his blacksmith father called them. From the subversive experimentation of his student days in California, to the recognition of his prairie immigrant roots, to his celebration of shovel-to-plate gardening — Cicansky has unearthed a politics of place using humour, play, and provocation.

The work of Victor Cicansky asserts that history and locality are vital sources for healthy creative expression, just as gardens are essential for the health of our bodies and the planet. This exhibition celebrates a “garden universe” — as Regina writer Trevor Herriot calls it — and marks Cicansky’s lasting contributions to Canadian art and craft history.

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Call for Submissions at the Watermark

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Call For Submissions – New Plays in Development by PEI Playwrights
Watermark Theatre in association with PARC (Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre) is calling for submissions of new non-musical plays from PEI playwrights to be included in Watermark’s 2020 Play Reading Series during the month of August 2020 at the theatre in North Rustico, PEI.

Plays must:
– be written by playwrights who currently reside in PEI or were born or previously lived in PEI but currently reside elsewhere
– be unpublished and must not have had a professional production (previous workshop or Fringe productions are fine)
– be non-musicals
– have a cast size of 8 or less
– be submitted in English (although portions of the play may be in another language)

Plays can be of any topic or genre the playwright chooses. Each playwright may submit no more than two scripts. Plays that were submitted in previous years are ineligible.

Please send submissions of plays along with a playwright biography, short synopsis of the play, brief description of development history (how long you have been working on it, draft number, further work you think it needs), and contact information by e-mail to artisticdirector@watermarktheatre.com

Deadline for submissions is March 6th, 2020.

Playwrights of the plays selected will be notified by March 30th, 2020.

For more information please contact Andrea Surich at 902‐963‐3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

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Getting Centre’d

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Built as a living monument to Confederation, the Centre is Canada’s hub for learning, through the lens of the arts, about how this nation was formed and how our identity continues to evolve. Generations of visitors have had their lives enhanced through the Centre’s visual and performing arts, education, heritage, and community engagement programs.

BECOME A MEMBER 
Get Centre’d at the $1,000 level before December 31 and receive a named seat in the Homburg Theatre!


We need your help:

The Centre is a registered Canadian charity and a non-profit organization. Revenues from sales in our theatre, restaurant, and gift shop are simply not enough to cover the annual cost of operating Confederation Centre of the Arts, which is between $13-15 million.

The Centre depends on YOUR SUPPORT through membership, donations, and special events to raise 12-15% of our operating costs, or at least $1.5 million each year.

We have created a membership program designed to enhance the experience of those who give. We put your donations to work at the Centre, and then ensure that you are the first to enjoy its benefits.

As you can see, the Centre could not operate without the generosity of its donors and sponsors!

The Centre depends on YOUR SUPPORT through membership, donations, and special events to raise 12-15% of our operating costs, or a minimum of $1.5-2.5 million each year.

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French English Old Acadian Songs

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February 07, 2020 at 7:30pm at The Guild

Fayo, Sirène & Matelot (featuring Lennie Gallant and Patricia Richard), SoPA World Music Ensemble, Vishtèn, and special guests. Step into the multicultural world of Music Mosaic featuring some highly accomplished Music PEI Week award nominees: Fayo, Sirène & Matelot (Lennie Gallant and Patricia Richard), SOPA World Music Ensemble, Vishtèn, and special guests. Fayo is a french singer-songwriter by the name of Mario Leblanc. Residing in Mont Carmel, Fayo writes and sings in chiac, a bilingual dialect mixing french, english, and old Acadian words.

Lennie Gallant and Patricia Richard formed the duo Sirène & Matelot and released their self-titled debut album in 2019. With Sirène & Matelot, they wanted to explore songwriting that reflects not only their roots and influences but also their concerns about the current state of the world. Their voices blend seamlessly and their melodies reach beyond language barriers. The Holland College School of Performing Arts (SoPA) World Music Ensemble are students in the popular performing arts program in Charlottetown. They will showcase a variety of different musical genres and instrumentation. For over a decade, the Acadian trio Vishtèn has dazzled audiences with its fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern rock sensibility and indie-folk influences.

 

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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