Miller and Ross On Tap

Just booked my first live gig since last summer! Here on Prince Edward Island, they’ve been incredibly effective at keeping Covid at bay (less than 200 total cases and ZERO, count ’em, ZERO Covid deaths). So they can actually book indoor shows here with limited capacity. Amazing. Brooke Miller and I are thrilled that we’ll be playing the Victoria Playhouse in Victoria-by-the-Sea, PEI, Canada on Monday, July 26, 2021! Hope you can make it if you’ll be on the Island this summer. More details as they arise.

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What’s Your Story?

Often referred to as “the Island’s biggest little theatre,” we are so proud of our intimate atmosphere while still seating over 500 guests. Our friendly and dedicated team works hard to make everyone feel at home in Our Theatre, Your Theatre! We want to hear what you love about Harbourfront Theatre – submit your story on our website at

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Better Budget Better Art

Federal Budget will Better Support the Arts and Artists   

-New funding for Canadian Heritage will assist in the pandemic recovery

Close to $120-million for Canadian Heritage over the next three years was announced in the recent federal budget. This funding will accelerate pandemic recovery for theatres, cultural sites, musicians, and artists across the country. 

The arts and cultural sectors have been hard hit during the pandemic with most venues offering vastly reduced programming or being shuttered all-together. This has caused months of hardship for performers, musicians, designers, and many others who work in the sector.

“This new funding will help the arts and cultural sectors get back on their feet and once again begin offering programming to their patrons,” says Steve Bellamy, CEO of Confederation Centre. “It has been a particularly difficult year for the thousands of Canadians who make their living through the arts. We are very optimistic these funds will help to bring venues and cultural centres back online and once again give these artists spaces to perform and create within.”

“We offer our gratitude to The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, and the federal government for offering this additional support at such a crucial time for the arts,” adds Bellamy. “We look forward to working with Canadian Heritage as these new funds are rolled out.”

Confederation Centre receives approximately 30 percent of its annual operating budget from Canadian Heritage, and taps into various funds within the Department to assist on such projects as the development of new, original works; art exhibitions; and heritage programs.

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Thanks to Volunteers

In honour of National Volunteer Week, we wanted to introduce you to The Friends! The Friends of Confederation Centre is the Centre’s long-standing volunteer group, established in 1965. The Friends act as a bridge between the community and the organization, volunteering their time and talents to fundraise, beautify the Centre grounds, and organize impactful programs.Some of their community engagement programs include Art to the Schools, the Arts Scholarship Award Program, the Festive Wreath Contest, and of course the Pinch Penny Fair!

YOU can help support the arts by lending your time and expertise to The Friends of Confederation Centre. Learn more:

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Centre and Symphony Partner Up

Confederation Centre and P.E.I. Symphony Orchestra Reach New Partnership

-New partnership program makes Confederation Centre of the Arts the “official home” of the Symphony-

The P.E.I. Symphony Orchestra is coming home. Confederation Centre of the Arts is very pleased to announce a new agreement with the province’s large community orchestra.

This agreement solidifies a two-year partnership between the Centre and the P.E.I. Symphony Orchestra(PEISO), including four annual concerts in the Mainstage Theatre. The organizations will share marketing and ticketing resources to promote both PEISO programming, and other classical concerts. Audiences can anticipate more fluid and affordable access to entertainment, both live from the Mainstage and through digital presentations.

“Sustaining a symphony orchestra is an enormous challenge in any market, and Confederation Centre of the Arts applauds PEISO and Bruce Craig for providing Islanders with outstanding symphonic music as part of the Island’s rich cultural fabric,” offers Steve Bellamy, CEO of Confederation Centre. 

“This partnership contributes to the stability of PEISO and supports the consistent delivery of great music in a great venue, four times each year on the Mainstage,” continues Bellamy. “The Centre is proud to be the official home of the P.E.I. Symphony Orchestra.” 

According to Bruce Craig, president of the PEISO, “For years, the P.E.I. Symphony has performed from time-to-time at Confederation Centre. Today, we are delighted to announce that with this agreement in hand, when our 65-plus musicians take to the stage next season, the Island’s orchestra will have a new permanent home. This venue is one that both acoustically and visually will provide Islanders with concert experiences second to none. We are delighted to call the Mainstage our new permanent home.”

The new 2021 – 2023 agreement will allow the two organizations to better collaborate to deliver excellence in classical music. This marks the debut of the Centre’s new Lou MacEachern Community Partnership Program, which supports Confederation Centre initiatives to engage in strategic partnerships with a number of local organizations, such as PEISO, who share priorities with the Centre. More details on this program will be announced in the coming weeks.

Led by versatile Conductor Mark Shapiro, the PEISO will be perform a unique chamber music event called “A Mighty Wind – Music for Brass and Organ” this spring, taking place at Zion Church in Charlottetown and St. Simon and St. Jude Church in Tignish (dates TBA).

Additionally, soloists from within the orchestra will perform at the Historic St. Mary’s Church at the Indian River Festival on July 11. Announcements will be made this summer regarding the orchestra’s 2021-22 season at the Centre and beyond.

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Live at the Pub

A great chance to see live theatre, please join us for the ACT COMMUNITY THEATRE FESTIVAL

Date: April 24, 2021, Starts at 1 pm, times approximateLocation: Fox and Crow Pub at UPEI Cost: Pay what you can, doors open at 11:30 and the pub will be serving food and drink.

1PM: Ferret Envy- Jyoti is in her late 20’s. She has just murdered her roommate’s ferret (Foozu) due to jealousy and wanting her roommate’s complete attention. Julia (her roommate) has just walked into their living room to find Jyoti with a knife over Foozu’s box.

1:30 Playground – An original absurdist comedy written by Malcolm Murray.

2:30 Apple Bones – An original mature drama by local playwright Jennifer Platts-Fanning. Imagine a world … a green era when procreation is problematic for the planet. Having children? … definitely frowned upon. But Mother Nature weaves her tale, and Lily’s rounded tummy provokes strong emotions and consequent mayhem.

3:30 Deenies Exit – An excerpt of an original work, written by Louise Burley. A 95 year old woman named Deenie (Doreen) is sick of old age: the physical hardships, the loneliness, the boredom etc. She decides to quietly stop eating and end the ordeal. She has a close friend Max who visits her at her retirement home and they read literature together. Deenie persuades Max that she and he should write a play about an old lady who decides to do herself in. Max doesn’t know the fiction is fact.

4:30 The Valiant – Written by Holworthy Hall and Robert Middlemass. The Valiant tells the story of James Dyke, a confessed murderer who has been sentenced to die and now awaits his fate on death row at a prison in Wethersfield, Connecticut. The only problem is that no one knows who he really is or where he comes from, and he is determined to take his secret to the grave.

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First Lady of Song

Remembering a Maritime legend today – Cape Breton’s First Lady of Song, Rita MacNeil. We welcomed Rita to our Harbourfront Theatre stage several times and we will forever be inspired by her music which focused on family, community and living your dreams. She still reminds us that hard work and humility are important virtues, and that real success is staying true to yourself. Watch her live performance of “It’s A Working Man, I Am” here:

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