All posts by Edward Staskus

Edward Staskus is a free-lance writer from Sudbury, Ontario, and lives in Lakewood, Ohio, on the northeastern edge of the Rocky River valley.

Raise the Roof with Side Hustle

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October 25, 2019 at 7:30pm at The Guild

Side Hustle, PEI’s all-women improv comedy company in returning to The Guild this fall and in support of various shelter-based Island charities. Coming together to laugh and share their off-the-cuff skills while having a fantastic time making each other giggle, these veterans of Island improv scene include Kirstin Lund, Patti Larsen, Caron Prins, Nancy McLure, Monica Rafuse, Sarah Brown, and Doris Jenkins.

Your $20 ticket gets you an evening of hilarious entertainment, with a portion of the proceeds going to [Blooming House / Habitat for Humanity / Anderson House]. All are welcome, though content may be mature in nature.

 

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
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Slowing Down the Look

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This exhibition presents new work developed from a residency in PEI in 2017. The artist’s photographs and objects investigate the relationship between cultural assumptions and the natural world. Supported by Alberta Foundation of the Arts.

In its infancy, photography was conceived as the harnessing of a distinctly natural process of image-making. It was understood to be a literal impression of light, transcending the cultural history of human-made images. This dream, of “sun pictures” that capture the physical and objective means by which nature is revealed to us, persists in the circulating images that filter our subjective experience of the natural world.

In his photo-based installations, Banff-based artist Tyler Los-Jones collapses these two opposed conceptions of photography in meditations on the specifics of a given environment. In Look slowly and all that moves, that environment is the unstable, shifting context of Prince Edward Island. This exhibition focuses on a combination of Island specific gestures of stability Los-Jones found embodied in lichens, marram grass, and fishing nets, all of which can be read as an analogue to the photographic process,

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

United By Song

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Join us for a special evening of courageous Islanders and talented local songwriters that tell the transformative stories of lives changed thanks to the generosity of those who support the United Way of PEI. 
United by Song is a celebration of our community and a thank you to those who help make it a better place for everyone to live, work and play.Four individuals will share their empowering personal stories with four local artists. Each artist will write and debut an original song inspired by the strength and resiliency of the storyteller, shining a light on the critical issues, diversity, possibility and talent found right here at home.

*There will be a special reception at Memorial Hall following the show.

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

Doing Better

Confederation Centre Announces Title of 2019 Symons Medal Lecture

Senator Murray Sinclair to receive the 19th Symons Medal on November 1; Tickets available tomorrow for Advance Members’ Sale and Thursday for general public 

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Confederation Centre of the Arts announced today that the 2019 Symons Medal Lecture is entitled Confederation: We Could Have Done Better. The 2019 Symons Medal Presentation and the delivery of the Symons Lecture will take place in the Homburg Theatre at 12:30 p.m. on November 1 and will also be livestreamed on the Centre’s YouTube channel.

 Tickets will be available tomorrow, Wednesday, October 16for the Confederation Centre members advance sale. Confederation Centre has just launched the Get Centre’d membership campaign, which guarantees–among many other benefits–advance ticket access to must-see events like the Symons Medal Lecture. Visit the new website for full details.

Lecture tickets for Confederation: We Could Have Done Betterwill be available for the general public as of 10 a.m. onThursday, October 17. There is no cost to attend the ceremony, but patrons must have a ticket in hand to enter and quantities are limited. Patrons can contact the box office online, via phone at 902.566.1267, or in person at the Centre.

Senator Murray Sinclair served the justice system in Manitoba for over 25 years and was the second Indigenous Judge to be appointed in Canada and the first Indigenous Judge in Manitoba. He also served as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry in Manitoba and as Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in Canada. In that role he participated in hundreds of hearings across the country, culminating in the issuance of the TRC’s report in 2015. He then oversaw an active multi-million-dollar fundraising program to support various TRC events and activities, and to allow survivors to travel to attend TRC events.

The Symons Medal is presented annually at Confederation Centre of the Arts in honour of the first meetings of the Fathers of Confederation, who gathered for the Charlottetown Conference in the fall of 1864. Since 2004, the Centre has honoured 18 distinguished Symons Medallists.

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

So Here’s the Thing

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27TH, 7:30 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
All Seats: $50.50 (tax & fees included)

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DEREK EDWARDS – “So Here’s The Thing…”

“So Here’s the Thing …”  – A  breath of fresh air, finely honed and relentlessly funny! Take a break from the world and settle in for a seamless glide over life’s troubled waters. Like the canoeist seated deftly atop his life jacket, with whiskey and pot cookies sealed in airtight containers, Derek Edwards has left little to chance in this polished comedic adventure.

They say, “Brevity is the soul of wit.” And like in a Hollywood movie when the fleeing hero has to jump off a cliff into a waterfall, and the bad guys say, “Nobody could have survived THAT,” then they cut back to a single hand reaching out of the rushing water, finding purchase on a floating log. Derek is like that sodden log: an island of stability amidst the frenzy. An oft saturated and not entirely stable respite from life’s turmoil.

From Vegas to St. John’s, this Just For Laughs veteran is universally considered to be among the comic elite. Certainly his peers think so, as evidenced by the fact that he’s a four-time nominee, and winner of Best Standup Comic – Canadian Comedy Awards, as well as a multiple Gemini nominee for Best Performance in a Comedy. As Rick Mercer says, “Everyone knows Derek is the funniest man in Canada.”

Clearly the critics agree: “5 STARS – the funniest man on earth” – Winnipeg Free Press; “4 STARS – the crowd howled” – Victoria Times Colonist; “still the funniest man in Canada” – Toronto Sun; “Edwards reigns as the King of Canadian comedy” – Charlottetown Guardian; “Derek Edwards is hysterical” – Calgary Sun; “Edwards takes stand-up to next stage” – Georgia Straight; “the epitome of timing & storytelling” – Halifax Chronicle Herald; “the comedian’s comedian” – London Free Press.

“So Here’s the Thing …” – Derek Edwards’ new 90-minute stand-up comedy show, …a richly textured and enthralling ‘cut above,’ delivered with pace and authority by the consummate Canadian Comedian.

NOTE: May contain adult language & subject matter.

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

Feet On the Ground

French Programming: Guillaume Arsenault Brings Instrumental Folk and Thoughtful Storytelling to the Art Gallery

With his feet mainly rooted in the folk genre, Guillaume Arsenault concocts his songs with a keen craftsmanship. He is at once sensitive and resolved, funny and placid. In his backpack, he carries his successes (numerous awards, six original albums) and collaborations with a herd of acclaimed artists, such as Eric Dion, Charles Imbeau, and Erik West-Milette.

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Presented in collaboration with RadArts, and as a key part of the Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre season, Guillaume Arsenault will be up close and intimate, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the sleek surroundings of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. Arsenault is presenting this concert in promotion of his new album La partie de moi qui tremble, being released October 11.

The singer-songwriter was born in Gaspésie, a distinct and rugged region of Quebec, and his voice is consistent with the scale of his landscape, calling on the power of the elements. On his sixth album—alternately instrumental and sung in French—his music seeks a balance between being crisp and melodic and keeping the listener guessing. Folk songs are dressed with keyboards and hypnotic rhythms from the world of electronica music, keeping the sweet melodies charged and intense, at times. The songs here blend the simplicity of folk and storytelling with flavours of the contemporary and more experimental. The result is a dynamic set of songs that are at once hopeful and nostalgic but also contemplative and apprehensive.

Confederation Centre invites Islanders and visitors to explore something new this fall, discover Guillaume Arsenault in the spacious and rich surroundings of the Gallery. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. Tickets for all performances are now on sale and can be purchased at the Confederation Centre Box Office or online. 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.

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

When Pigs Fly Pink

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26th, 7:30 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
All Seats: $49.50 (tax & fees included)

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PIGS: Canada’s Pink Floyd In the Flesh Tour 2019

“A must-see for Pink Floyd Fans!”

Hailed as Canada’s finest tribute to Pink Floyd.  PIGS celebrates one of the greatest bands of all time with a flawless performance of both classic and rare Pink Floyd songs, complete with a state of the art light, laser and visual performance.

The In The Flesh Tour 2019 is bringing the authentic music and concert experience of Pink Floyd to fans across North America.  PIGS celebrates the history of Pink Floyd by bringing to life countless fan favourites from Pink Floyd’s vast catalogue of songs.  Audiences can look forward to performances of well known, hit songs from The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and Animals.  In addition, other favorites and rarities from Meddle to The Division Bell will be performed.

PIGS uses authentic equipment, going through great lengths to recreate the sound and live concert experience of 70s era Pink Floyd.  Pink Floyd’s intricate live show was a significant part of the original band’s appeal, and PIGS works to keep that experience alive for generations to come.  PIGS’ band and crew have a deep love and respect for Pink Floyd, and bring the voices, sound, mannerisms, instruments, lights, lasers, visuals, and even a giant Mr. Screen (a circular projection panel made famous during Pink Floyd’s 1974 Dark Side of the Moon Tour) to create an authentic live Pink Floyd Experience.

Formed in 2008 in Victoria, British Columbia, PIGS: Canada’s Pink Floyd Tribute, have spent over a decade perfecting their craft in front of sold out audiences across Canada.

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