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

Only Two More Abegweit Nights

SHOW DATES:
JULY 9, 10, 23 & 24 – 7:30 PM
AUGUST 13, 14, 27, & 28 – 7:30 PM

ALL SEATS: $42.00 tax & fees included

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SEARCHING FOR ABEGWEIT: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant returns to Harbourfront Theatre for 8 performances this summer 2019.

Hailed as a runaway theatrical hit with a solid track record of over 120 full house performances, SEARCHING FOR ABEGWEIT is a musical love letter to Prince Edward Island that stars the artist himself and presents his original folk, roots and rock music, alongside comedic stories, Island legends, and poignant tales in a multimedia format that utilizes film, and hundreds of paintings from well-known PEI visual artist and sibling, Karen Gallant. Sharing the stage with Gallant are nephews Jonathan Gallant on vocals and percussion and Jeremy Gallant on piano, along with fiddler Sean Kemp, and popular Acadian singer and multi-instrumentalist Patricia Richard.

SEARCHING FOR ABEGWEIT: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant features original music from the span of Lennie Gallant’s extensive career, along with a number of new compositions written specifically for the show.

Gallant last performed his hit production at Harbourfront Theatre in the summer of 2017, before taking it on the road and touring it throughout the Maritime provinces in the fall 2017.

ABOUT LENNIE GALLANT:

Recognized by his peers as one of Canada’s best performing songwriters, Lennie Gallant has released twelve albums (10 in English and 2 in French) of original songs which have won him a host of awards and nominations from the JUNOs, Les Prix Eloizes, as well as 18 East Coast Music Awards, including 2017 ECMA Entertainer of the Year.

His double CD of the 22 songs from his multimedia hit production, Searching for Abegweit, won him an ECMA. He was named Canadian Folk Artist of The Year and his song “Peter’s Dream” was voted one of the Top Ten East Coast Songs of All time.

A recipient of the Order of Canada, Lennie is an international touring artist, who has performed all over the continent, in Europe, for the troops in Afghanistan, and at the Winter Olympics. One of his albums, When We Get There, even went up to the International Space Station with Canadian Astronaut Julie Payette (now the Governor General) for the crew to enjoy and orbited the planet 248 times.

Fresh on the heels of his 2017 ECMA wins, Gallant buried himself in the studio to record his new album Time Travel. The new songs have been garnering significant airplay and stellar reviews. The album was recently named one of the Top Ten Folk Albums of the Year (alongside albums by Richard Thompson, John Prine and Joan Baez) by a panel of Canadian music industry professionals. Lennie is nominated for two 2019 ECMA’s including entertainer of the year.

Lennie Gallant has been involved in numerous charity events, and he has received the PEI Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year Award for his work and support of many worthwhile causes.

Artist Website: https://lenniegallant.com/
Artist Facebook: @lenniegallant

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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Orford Joins Confederation Board

Confederation Centre of the Arts Welcomes New Board Member

Prince Edward Island’s own Angus Orford joins board executive

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The Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust, known as Confederation Centre of the Arts (CCOA) is very pleased to announce the appointment of Angus Orford to its local board of directors.

“Angus brings a wealth of experience, a strong business background, and a passion in cultural heritage and the performing arts,” says Robert Sear, CCOA board chairman. “On behalf of Confederation Centre of the Arts, we are pleased to welcome Angus as we begin a new five-year strategic plan, aiming to connect with people across the nation and produce programming that explores Canada’s evolving identity.”

Orford is the current V.P. of Corporate Planning and Energy Supply for Maritime Electric (MECL), Prince Edward Island’s electric utility. He is responsible for engineering, operations, and system planning for the utility, providing transmission and distribution service to approximately 80,000 customers. He previously worked with FortisOntario Inc., and several other positions within MECL.

“Growing up in Downtown Charlottetown, Confederation Centre was a focal point of the neighbourhood; the various expressions of art enriched my life from an early age and continue to do so for my children,” remarks Orford. “As Islanders, we are all fortunate to have access to this artistic hub and I am proud to be a part of its continued success.”

Orford’s education includes a Masters of Business Administration from Dalhousie University as well as both Bachelor of Science (UPEI) and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Technical University of Nova Scotia).

Orford’s philanthropic work includes past and current board work with Charlottetown Airport Authority; the UPEI School of Sustainable Design Engineering; the Charlottetown Downtown Residents Association; the Charlottetown Rotary Club; and previously with the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts; the Provincial Easter Seals Campaign, and the Summerside Rotary Club. 

The new board member joins fellow Executive members Robert Sear, chair; Alex MacBeath, vice-chair; Lori Pendleton, secretary-treasurer; Margo Thompson; and Kateri Coade. For a complete list of all board members, visit the Centre’s website.

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

On the Ground Floor

Tunes & Tales on the Barn Floor!

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Come celebrate community in a truly unique venue. An afternoon or music, stories, and fun for the whole family at the Sherren Family Farm.
 
Featuring performances by John Connolly, The Stanley Brothers, Megan Ellands, and more, with MC Nils Ling!
We’ll be grilling hamburgers from Dixon Farms!
Saturday, August 24th from 2:00 to 4:00 at the Sherren Farm, 724 Route 13 in Crapaud.
Admission by donation. All funds raised will help support the Victoria Playhouse.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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

Ross & Miller Mix It Up

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Don Ross is one of Canada’s most accomplished musicians. The first Canadian and the only two-time winner of the US National Fingerpick Guitar Championship, Don’s musical style borrows from blues, jazz, folk and classical music. He has toured regularly since 1989, across Canada, the US, Europe, Japan, Taiwan, China, Australia, Russia, and India. Don has played with symphony orchestras in Canada and Germany; composes for television, radio and film; and does production and recording engineering for a variety of other musicians. For this show at the Victoria Playhouse, Don teams up with Island-born singer-songwriter, Brooke Miller who got her start playing in the burgeoning Charlottetown indie music scene at the age of twelve and whose unique folk-rock sound has since been heard in venues across Canada, the US, Europe, and Japan.\

Ross and Miller are at the Victoria Playhouse on August 19.

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

Reigniting the Igniting

August 18th, 7:30PM at the Watermark Theatre

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Songs of Social Justice and Protest will be a selection of songs about yesterday and today’s social issues, and a protest anthem or two, featuring a broad range of artists from Woody Guthrie to Crosby, Stills and Nash. The songs will be interpreted by Tara MacLean, Nick Gauthier & Tian Wigmore and Rob Oakie.

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

Getting the Gold On

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 7:30 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
All Seats: $32.00 (tax & fees included)

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Leisa Way and her phenomenally talented Wayward Wind Band have brought Canada many great shows, and this latest concert raises the roof with the hottest country songs from the last few decades.  Sing-a-long to Johnny Cash, Shania Twain, Vince Gill, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels, Zac Brown Band, Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell, Roy Acuff, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Gretchen Wilson, Tammy Wynette, Roger Miller, Waylon Jennings,  Kris Kristofferson, Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Darius Rucker, and more!

Opry Gold is a toe-tappin’, roof-raisin’ salute to the greatest music in the history of Country Music!

A one of a kind entertainment experience for audiences of all ages. Fun for the whole family!

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