About 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. Ed's short stories and non-fiction are at www.147stanleystreet.com. Feature articles about yoga are at www.paperbackyoga.com. The biography Dogs Never Bite Me is at www.dogsneverbiteme.wordpress.com. A year of high school is at www.slightlyunhappyconstantly.com. Storm Drain, a Stanislaw Rittman Mystery, is at www.maninthesewer.com. He edits PEI Theatre, the web site of the Professional Theatre Network of Prince Edward Island, which is at www.peitheatre.com.

Cruising for the Arts

Confederation Centre of the Arts is pleased to announce that long-time Centre supporter Lori Ronahan has won The Viking Cruise for the Arts Lottery. Ronahan and a guest will be heading on an eight-day Danube or Rhine river cruise provided by Viking River Cruises Canada sometime this year.

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Ronahan’s name was drawn on December 21, 2017 at a sold-out Matt Andersen performance where she happened to be in the audience. On her way into the show, Ronahan had purchased a lottery ticket to support the Centre’s arts education programs. We can attest to the fact that she was extremely surprised, pleased and excited when her name was announced as the winner of a Viking River Cruise.

Congratulations to Ronahan and a huge thank you to Stewart Travel and Viking who generously contributed the prize trip. And thanks to everyone who purchased tickets to help the Centre continue its excellent arts education programming.

All those who were not quite so lucky as Ronhan are invited to learn more about our supporting companies and where fundraising dollars are invested at the Viking Cruise Cultural Exchange information night with Stewart Travel on March 1. Reception is at 6:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall with presentations beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Please RSVP by emailing Travis Stewart or call 902.894.9389. Deadline to RSVP is February 26.

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From Smoky Wails to a Princely Baritone

THURSDAY, MARCH 15th, 7:30 PM
Regular Tickets: $32 (tax & fees included)

This March, Indian River Festival brings Digging Roots & William Prince presented with Confederation Bridge to Harbourfront Theatre.

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In Digging Roots, the husband and wife team of Raven Kanatakta and ShoShona Kish trade lead vocals and fluidly compliment each other’s strengths while going from whispery intimacies to smokey wails. Firmly inhabiting roots and blues, their music is an eclectic tapestry of light and dark sound with sweet harmonies and melodic accompaniments of ukulele, banjo, mellotron and of course Raven’s bombastic resonator guitar.

William Prince is a JUNO AWARD winning storytelling singer/ songwriter from Peguis First Nation who sidesteps cliches to provoke thought and facilitate discovery. His baritone vocals pay tribute to his late father, and his genuine delivery acknowledges the hundreds of hours he’s spent on stage.

This concert is being presented to you by the Indian River Festival in partnership with the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEILennox Island and Harbourfront Theatre.

The Indian River Festival appreciates the support for this concert from the Government of Canada, through the Department of Heritage and Canada 150, the Province of Prince Edward Island, the City of Summerside, RADARTS, the Atlantic Presenters Association and the Confederation Bridge.

See the New Lineup

The Confederation Centre Art Gallery will celebrate its winter and spring exhibitions with one of its ever-popular opening reception events on February 24 at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to come see the Gallery’s new lineup featuring a contemporary Island artist, an early 20th Century amateur Island photographer, videos by 11 well-known Quebec artists, a collection exhibition, and a mid-career survey of a New Brunswick artist’s print and installation works.

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“The opening is a great opportunity to catch up with friends and check out several new exhibitions and an impressive range of art-making. It promises to be a lot of fun,” says Kevin Rice, Director of the Gallery.

New exhibitions include Norma Jean MacLean’s Accumulated, Positioned, Reflected, curated by Pan Wendt and a part of the Gallery’s Studio Watch Series that is supported by the RBC Foundation. Wish You Were Here: W.S. Louson’s Picture Postcards featuring images of PEI landscapes was curated by Harry Holman. Motion includes short videos by Jean-Pierre Aubé, Patrick Bernatchez, BGL, Caroline Boileau, Michel de Broin, Pascal Grandmaison, Nelson Henricks, Myriam Laplante, Eduardo Menz, Nadia Myre, and Chih-Chien Wang. Motion was organized and circulated by Galerie l’UQAM and curated by La Fabrique d’expositions, a collective of Montreal curators, Julie Bélisle, Louise Déry and Audrey Genois. Luminous looks at effects of light and colour in eleven works from the Gallery’s Collection and was curated by Kevin Rice. Eric Edson’s Other Stories, includes the large-scale installation ruins (2017) alongside a selection of Edson’s work that spans two decades, and was curated by Pan Wendt and organized collaboratively by the Confederation Centre Gallery and Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University.

Several featured artists will be in attendance at the opening and attendees can enjoy light snacks, a cash bar, and live music provided by SOPA music performance students.

There is no cost to attend the event. For more information, please visit

http://www.confederationcentre.com/en/exhibitions.php.

Up and Coming

2018 CONFEDERATION CENTRE YOUNG COMPANY AUDITIONS

We invite young performers from across the country, between the ages of 16 – 30, to audition to be a part of this incredible group of young professionals.

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Come join us and learn from experienced theatre professionals, and show the
country what you’ve got!

Details here: http://www.confederationcentre.com/en/auditions.php

Dreamin’ of Spring

Watermark Theatre is thrilled to announce a spring concert, Dreamin’ of Spring, featuring two dynamic east coast artists. Meaghan Blanchard (PEI) and Gabrielle Papillon (NS). Meaghan Blanchard and Gabrielle Papillon came together in 2017 as part of a Music PEI songwriting project. Their pairing created a magic that the two felt so strongly about, they created a songwriting duo that continues on. They will each perform solo sets and then sing a couple of their co-written songs.

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Watermark Theatre will partner with sponsor North Rustico Home Hardware Building Centre to present Dreamin’ of Spring on Friday, March 16, 2018.

Desserts will be served at intermission; provided by creative North Rustico caterers, The Yellow House!

Meaghan Blanchard
Originally from Hunter River, multiple ECMA and Music PEI award winning Meaghan Blanchard has spent her entire young adult life touring and recording her self-penned songs, spreading her music across Canada, the UK and the USA. It was in the spring of 2016 that Meaghan, after realizing how out of balance she was feeling, made one of the best creative decisions of her career. She slowed down her touring schedule, packed up her things and moved to a little cottage on the Mill River, in West Prince, PEI. There she wrote her new collection of songs for the upcoming 2018 release “The Great Escape”. This album captures Meaghan’s 27th year: a year of love, belonging and deep heartache. “The Great Escape” was produced by Jim Bryson, in 2017 and will be released in the spring of 2018.

Gabrielle Papillon
“This is the kind of music that’s going to make you stop in your tracks. One of the finest new songwriters in Canada.”
–Tom Power, host of CBC’s Deep Roots

“When you come to your knees / when you hold what you need / you will know what to keep,” sings Gabrielle Papillon near the end of her sixth, most adventurous album. Hear it as a promise, hear it as a mantra, hear it as a weary warning from someone who’s been there—the sweeping and heart-piercing “Keep the Fire” album is packed full of thoughts like this: wise and poignant, empathetic and understanding, open to interpretation. Papillon’s music, too, is now open to interpretation—though it remains confidently, almost nonchalantly rooted in folk strumming and gentle vocal phrasings, on Keep the Fire she has embraced her pop leanings and pushed them to the forefront. Gabrielle’s awards include 2015 Music Nova Scotia Recording of the Year.

Dreamin’ of Spring on Friday, March 16, 2018 

Doors open at 7:00 pm
Show starts at 7:30 pm
Tickets only $22 (plus HST & fees)

To buy tickets go to  www.ticketwizard.ca

Ticket includes intermission desserts.

(Snow date:  Sunday, March 18, 2018)

For more information please contact Andrea Surich at 902-330-0131 (cel) or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

Sharing the Sound

Montréal-based band from Chad, H’Sao has been capturing the hearts of audiences and taking over dance floors across the world since 2001. On February 21 at 7:30 p.m. they’ll be at The Mack, performing songs from their most recent album entitled Saar, a Kabalai word meaning “the Source.” Saar marks the band’s return to their roots.
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The four members of H’Sao (pronounced as Ash – sah – oh) grew up together in Chad, Africa, which is one of the poorest countries in the world. Dono Bei Ledjebgue formed the a cappella group with his childhood friends, the three Rimtobaye brothers: Caleb, Mossbass, and Izrael.
The band’s passion for sharing their voices and harmonies to create a blend of modern sound and traditional African music is what makes them special, but you’ll be surprised to learn that the choice to become an a cappella group was based partly on the lack of available instruments.
“We developed a cappella skills because growing up our voices were the only instruments that we had,” says H’Sao drummer, Bei Ledjebgue. “The only place that you could touch a drum or a bass guitar was in a church on Sunday.”
Chad’s location in central Africa has meant their culture has absorbed influences from the countries that surround it. H’Sao blends the four main languages in Chad (French, English, Arabic, and the Chadian dialectic Kabalai) to create songs that have a universal sound.
“It doesn’t matter if you can’t understand the words, it’s about feeling the music,” says Bei Ledjebgue. He goes on to explain, “We want the people who come to our show to let the music take them on a journey through our culture.”
He also promises lots of dancing in the second half of the show. “In Africa we have to move when there is music playing, we can’t stand still, it’s a part of who we are,” says Bei Ledjebgue. He ends by saying “It’s a show for anyone looking for a fun way to discovery traditional African music performed using modern musical influences.”
H’Sao show is happening at The Mack On February 21 @ 7:30 p.m.
For tickets please visit: http://www.confederationcentre.com/…
Special thanks are extended to Sobeys, the title sponsor for LIVE @ the Centre! Media sponsors are The Guardian, Ocean 100, and Hot 105.5. This show is supported by RADARTS.