Bob Rae Awarded Symons Medal

The Confederation Centre of the Arts has announced the 2020 Symons Medal will be awarded to the Honourable Bob Rae, PC, CC, OO, QC through an online broadcast on Friday, October 30. 

The Symons Medal and Lecture Series is named in honour of Professor Thomas H.B. Symons, a long-time supporter of Confederation Centre and a Board Governor. The Symons Medal recognizes an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life and is presented annually at the Centre. 

The Symons Medal Ceremony and Lecture will be streamed online via the Centre’s Facebook and YouTube channels on October 30 at 8 p.m. AT. 

Remarks of welcome will be made by the Honourable Premier Dennis King and official response will be delivered by the Honourable Roy Romanow, PC, OC, SOM, QC, former premier of Saskatchewan and current chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan. The Medal Lecture will be followed by a live question and answer component with viewers. 

Hon. Rae’s lecture is entitled: Learning from The Past, Imagining the Future: Reflections from a Political Life. “I am delighted to be following so many distinguished Canadians as this year’s Symons Medal recipient,” states Hon. Rae. “I have long admired Tom Symons’ vision and leadership and it is also wonderful to be associated with Confederation Centre of the Arts and my many friends in Charlottetown and Prince Edward Island.”

Throughout the video address, Hon. Rae will explore themes around: Canada’s improbable origins as a nation; post-war emergence onto the global stage; active membership within the United Nations (U.N.); and the significance of the ever-evolving Canadian constitution—a “living tree document”.

Hon. Rae is the 2020 recipient in part for his many years of work on humanitarian issues, most recently the Rohingya Refugee crisis, as well as his time focusing on indigenous issues with Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, and his decades of public service and teaching. He has always been deeply involved in the political life of Canada including as MP, former premier of Ontario, and interim leader of the federal Liberal Party. While premier, he was involved in many of the initiatives for constitutional reform.

In July, Hon. Rae was appointed Canada’s ambassador to the U.N. by the Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Humanitarian and Refugee Issues. 

Stay tuned to the Confederation Centre’s news page for further updates, including further potential distribution or screenings of the lecture.

About the Medal: The Symons Medal was designed by Dora de Pedery-Hunt, CM, OOnt (1913 – 2008). The famed Canadian sculptor was inspired by the Jean Paul Lemieux 1964 painting Charlottetown Revisited (submitted).

Symons Medallists: 

Since 2004, the Centre has honoured 19 distinguished Symons Medallists:

·         2019 Senator Murray Sinclair, Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

  1. 2018 Dr. Margaret MacMillan, historian
  2. 2017 The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
  3. 2016 Antonine Maillet, novelist and playwright
  4. 2015 Paul Gross, actor, writer, director
  5. 2014 Stephen Lewis, politician, human rights activist, UN Special Envoy
  6. 2014 His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales
  7. 2013 The Right Honourable Paul Martin
  8. 2012 Dr. David Suzuki
  9. 2011 Dr. Ivan Fellegi, former Chief Statistician of Canada
  10. 2010 The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada
  11. 2009 Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, national Inuit organization
  12. 2008 The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada
  13. 2008 Dr. Ian E. Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada
  14. 2007 The Honourable John Crosbie
  15. 2007 The Honourable Peter Lougheed
  16. 2006 Mark Starowicz, producer and journalist
  17. 2005 The Honourable Roy McMurtry, Chief Justice of Ontario
  18. 2004 The Honourable Jean Charest, Premier of Quebec

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Come Sing With Us

Our choral music program has gone digital, so you can join from anywhere with an internet connection! 🎼📡Love to sing? There are no auditions; registration is now open. Try something new this fall at the Confederation Centre! https://confederationcentre.com/arts-education/choral-music/

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More Amazing Tales of the Atlantic

There’s another chance to catch the second episode of The Amazing Tales of the Atlantic: Presented by The Guild!
Mark your calendars for September 28th!
The Guild brings thrills and adventure to the stage this summer! Amazing Tales of the Atlantic is a live radio play anthology series celebrating the unique residents of the Atlantic. It takes the characters in our community we all know and love and puts them in wild scenarios. Each evening of Amazing Tales of the Atlantic will feature three unique stories and every month audiences will be treated to 3 new chapters of the three ever-evolving tales!
Those tales are:
The DDT Detectives – Set in the wrestling heydays of the 1980’s, Crusher Kevin Cormier and Dashing David Doiron are a hard hitting tag team by night and hard drinking super sleuths by slightly later at night. Kevin and David help the helpless and solve mysteries as they travel from town to town thrilling crowds. It’s the Littlest Hobo meets Murder She Wrote meets Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling.
The B’ylight Zone – There’s some friggin’ thing on the hull of the lobster boat! The B’ylight Zone is a show in the style of the Twilight Zone or Black Mirror and puts colorful maritime locations and characters at the centre of all of the freaky deaky scenarios. Each episode is it’s own thrilling self contained story and set of characters.
Anne of the Green Planet – A precocious human orphan named Anne from the planet Nova Nova Scotia is taken in by a brother and sister scientist duo who live on the space station Avonlea, which orbits a mysterious planetoid called P31. Between school and duties in the lab, Anne and her new friend GilBot find themselves in all sorts of scientific adventures.
Entry is $20 at the door, seats can be reserved in advance by contacting The Guild, 111 Queen Street, Charlottetown at (902)620-3333 or by emailing boxoffice@theguildpei.com with details.

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Babes on Broadway

Yesterday we kicked off our fall musical theatre school at The Guild with our broadway classes! All levels of dance are welcome. 

Spots are still available so if you’re interested in signing up visit our website theguildpei.com for more info, or give our box office a call at 902-620-3333!

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Sixties Scoop Postcard

In this Postcard from the Island, artist and activist Patricia Bourque Photography

speaks about her craft, and her experience as a part of the Sixties Scoop.

Confederation Centre of the Arts is proud to be delivering ‘Postcards from the Island,’ a weekly online series featuring a rich depth of creative pioneers in quintessential Prince Edward Island locales.

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Back Again This Saturday

We are excited to present Popalopalots at The Guild again this Saturday night. We have limited seating so call or email today to reserve your seat – our last presentation of Pops sold out !

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Sing a Song of PEI

Do you know someone who loves to sing, and wants to try something new?

Let them know we’re recruiting for The Confederation Centre Youth Chorus and the Confederation Singers! 🎼🎤🎶

Rehearsals will resume in September on Monday evenings from 7-9 pm (Adult), and Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 6-7 pm (Youth).

For more information, visit https://confederationcentre.com/arts-education/choral-music/

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The Songs That Make It happen

Victoria Playhouse presentsThe Songs of Anne & Gilbert – The Musical The Songs of Anne & Gilbert will play at Victoria Playhouse on September 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th. This beloved musical, which has been presented by The Guild in Charlottetown since 2013, had its world premiere on our stage in 2005.
The concert production is conceived and created by acclaimed Music Director Lisa MacDougall, whose storied national career includes twelve years as Rita MacNeil’s music director, band leader, and pianist.There will be four performances of The Songs of Anne & Gilbert at Victoria Playhouse: September 12th and 19th at 7:30pm and September 13th and 20th at 2:00pm. 
Click Here to Purchase Tickets! Or call our Box Office at 1-800-925-2025. We are observing COVID-19 safety protocols. Physical distancing will be in place in the theatre and we strongly recommended you wear your mask until seated. Thank you for helping us open the theatre safely! Want to make it dinner & a show? Our friends at The Landmark Oyster House will be open for four weekends starting on the 11th of September.Call 902-658-2286 to book your table!

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Key to the Cage

his Saturday check out Popalopalots! The Guild loves presenting this Live Improv Comedy team!In this world of uncertainty, where our biggest desire is a return to normalcy, Popalopalots Improve Comedy heads in the opposite direction with a night of the unknown and abnormal!

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