About Edward Staskus

Edward Staskus is a free-lance writer from Sudbury, Ontario, and lives in Lakewood, Ohio. His short stories and non-fiction are at www.147stanleystreet.com. Monthly write-ups about modern yoga are at www.paperbackyoga.com. The serial biography 'Dogs Never Bite Me' is at www.dogsneverbiteme.wordpress.com. A year of high school is at www.slightlyunhappyconstantly.com. Feature stories about Prince Edward Island are at www.redislandpei.com. 'Storm Drain', a Stan 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.

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Serena Ryder Christmas

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Multiple Juno Award-winner Serena Ryder returns to the Homburg Theatre to deliver a rollicking set of Serena favourites mixed with holiday classics.
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For Serena, music is medicine. It’s the thing that soothes any ailment, and it’s the reason to keep going, even when times get tough. Serena has always been compelled to write songs, both because she loves creating music and because it heals her, inside and out.

The musician has won six Juno Awards and has had her songs placed in over 50 TV shows and commercials, including Grey’s Anatomy, VEEP, and Suits. Her single “Stompa” is 4x platinum in Canada and she’s sold over one million singles from her previous releases. “Stompa” also hit No. 1 at AAA radio in the U.S. for eight weeks (the most weeks at No. 1 since Adele) and landed in the Top 10 at Alternative radio, Hot AC, and AC.

Serena has shared the stage with OneRepublic, Kanye West, Sara Bareilles, HAIM, Pitbull, and Melissa Ethridge, and proved herself as a strong live performer with an avid fanbase. It’s clear that listeners feel the same sort of healing in the music as Serena does when she writes it. Music is the cure for anyone open to hearing it.
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Scrooge Goes Improv

An Improvised Christmas Carol
December 6, 2018 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm at The Guild
ACT’s latest production sees The Island Improv Company present Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, with a comedic twist: the audience is Dickens’ co-writer.
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Ebeneezer Scrooge (Noah Nazim) is still a miser who becomes a better person after meeting three ghosts, but key details are changed based on audience suggestions.

It’s a fun, hilarious, and sincere blast of Christmas cheer that is different every night.

Starring Noah Nazim, Johnny Novak, Nadine Salami, Nason Scribner, Darlene Lund, Stacy Dunn, Sophie MacInnis, Sophia Ball and John Mazerolle.

Out of the Basement

Sandra Meigs: The Basement Paintings

A series of paintings that transform personal experiences of grief into monumental panoramas of swirling line and intense colour.

In 2012, overwhelmed by grief, Hamilton-based painter Sandra Meigs produced a series of four large-scale paintings that translated her emotional state following the death of her husband into an imagery of subterranean architecture. One of the inspirations for the work was her sister’s basement in New Freedom, Pennsylvania. She found in the claustrophic, disused space, in the arrangements of half-forgotten things, a scene she linked to her emotional state and to the processes of stasis and change that preoccupied her. She described the experience:

“To get into the basement there’s a small door and rickety stairs, the ceiling there is quite low, and incandescent lights hang down just by their wires, from the ceiling. I found the basement so beautiful, especially when it was lit that way…there’s random stuff piled on other stuff, with narrow walkways through. It’s kind of like being in a museum…[but deposited] through normal accumulation over 40 years.”

The approximately 500 photographs Meigs took in New Freedom became source material for a series of modestly scaled paintings, The Basement Piles, and a catalyst for the more monumental The Basement Panoramas, which are each based on real basements whose locations are named in their titles.

Basements, often filled with unsorted things we store for future use and collections of the residue of lives, ornamented by tangled systems of wiring, heating and plumbing, hidden from everyday existence above ground, can be read in these works as an architectural scenario analogous with the structures and processes of the unconscious mind. In Meigs’ paintings, the physical shape of the basement breaks down into vigorous spirals and swirling lines, spreading and layering and changing direction as if of their own accord. Frequently interspersed with charged text, The Basement Panoramas reflect on mortality and rebirth, the hidden drives that both animate us and hold us in their confining embrace. Alternating between exuberant, expansive colour and gesture, and nightmarish claustrophia and repetition, these works are a document of the will, as intensity, as persistence, and as escaping endlessly beyond our control.

-Pan Wendt, Curator

Man For All Seasons

Atlantic Canada is very familiar with issues around labour. Conditions of seasonal work, underemployment and redundancy are a part of the reality of this region, but so are qualities of self reliance and communal activity. In this show, photography, sculpture, poetry, drawing and video all contribute to a portrait of our evolving work environment.
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Featuring work from artists working in or concerned with this region, this exhibit provides an opportunity to reflect on ideas such as value, obsolescence, and local sustainability.

At the Guild Gallery.
On display until January 19, 2019.

Honkytonk Holiday

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1ST, 7:30 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre.

REGULAR SEATS: $56.50 tax & fees included
VIP PACKAGES: $106.50 tax & fees included
30 VIP packages available. Packages include:

  • VIP seat in row C, D, or E in centre section.
  • Meet and Greet with Gord Bamford
  • Photo-op with Gord
  • Copy of Gord’s latest CD ‘Neon Smoke’
  • Gord Bamford T-Shirt

Australian-born & Alberta-raised, Gord Bamford stands as one of the most decorated artists in Canadian country music with an impressive 24 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) awards, multi JUNO nominations and the only two-time winner out of Nashville’s Country Music Association (CMA) receiving the 2013 & 2015 CMA Global Country Artist award. But it is his distinctive sound and song-writing ability that defines Gord Bamford as one of country music’s best neotraditional artists and like so many others that have come before him; Bamford is not an overnight success. He has spent the better part of the last 20 years honing his craft, working to get where he is today.

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Bamford’s eighth studio album Neon Smoke was released in early 2018 and follows his Tin Roof album, winner of the 2016 CCMA ‘Album of The Year’. Tin Roof, nominated for the 2016 JUNO Country Album of The Year follows the Juno Nominated Country Junkie album and its #1 Billboard hit song ‘When Your Lips are so Close’.

The 3-time CCMA ‘Male Artist of the Year’ once again collaborates with distinguished songwriter/producer Phil O’Donnell (Blake Shelton, Tyler Farr, George Strait). “Phil and I instantly connected in the studio. Working with him really brought a fresh, new sound to this album and I’m really proud of the results,” said Gord. “Phil is truly a genius in the studio.”

Gord is a man who believes with his whole heart in giving back. The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation has generated over $3 million since its inception in 2008 for children’s charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House,

Big Brothers & Big Sisters, numerous children’s hospitals across Canada and MUSICOUNTS. “Those organizations have had an impact on my life, and that’s why we do what we do. It’s always great to get out, play music, be on stage and wake up every morning loving what I do. But probably the greatest thing I get to do is interact with a lot of these children and try to make a difference in their lives. It’s hard to comprehend, but it’s an awesome thing to see a kid’s face light up who is really sick and all he wants to do is go to Disneyland. It puts it all into perspective as to why I think God put me on earth to do what I do because it’s helping other people.”

That humble, likable approach is what continues to draw legions of new fans to Gord Bamford. But it’s the music that keeps them loyal. Gord Bamford has the amazing ability to evolve, sense where his fans want to go, and take us all along with him.

With special guest Jojo Mason

JoJo’s music is about having fun, appreciating life and sharing stories. It is passionately country,
but with no fear of a deep groove, fresh lyric or original melody. He will charm you with his
personality, wow you with his beat boxing, earn your respect with his work ethic, inspire you
with his character and compassion, elicit a smile with his message but most importantly, JoJo will
sweep you off your feet with his voice. From a moonshine slinging, shower singing prairie boy to
Canada’s next country music sensation.

“The first time I heard him on the radio, I could tell he was a truly unique voice in country
music. He is an engaging, charismatic young man who has a long career ahead of him.”
– Jonathan Simkin, CEO, 604 Records

Fast forward to 2017, JoJo has 4 Top 20 singles under his belt and is on the heels of releasing his debut album on June 9th. Follow along as he reveals the track listing via a new video each week of stripped down versions of the songs.

And with special guest Jade Eagleson

Jade Eagleson has the kind of traditional sound that is the heart and soul of country music. Even at only 24-years-old, he has a unique ability to take you back in time to the glory days of Johnny Cash, George Jones and Randy Travis.

Jade was raised on his grandparents’ farm in Ontario, Canada, where he worked alongside his father tending crops and livestock. While life may have lead him off the farm for a stint here and there, it always brought him back just the same. Even these days when he’s not playing his guitar you’ll still find a shovel in his hand.

Jade has been making music most of his life but only considered country music as a career when confronted with the harsh reality of figuring out how to save the farm and keep it in the family. While he may have started playing in empty bars, he soon caught his break when he earned his way into the Emerging Artist Showcase for Canada’s largest country music festival in 2017. Jade’s sound stunned audiences and easily separated him from the pack, which saw him take home top prize. Jade was immediately signed to Universal Music Canada and has been working on his debut album.

Tour Sponsored by Kubota.

Give a Little

GivingTuesday is the global day of giving. Across Prince Edward Island, from coast to coast to coast in Canada, and around the world, GivingTuesday unites people and communities by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another. Join the movement dedicated to giving back!
After the sales of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday is a time to celebrate and encourage activities that support charities and non profits.
This year, Confederation Centre of the Arts is directing #GivingTuesdayCA gifts to our Foundation, and all donations will be MATCHED by Canadian Heritage!

We’re asking YOU to decide which area to support at Confederation Centre! What is most important to you?
* Youth Education * Art Gallery * Performing Arts * Heritage * General Operations *
Choose your favourite cause at Confederation Centre and your gift will be MATCHED up to dollar for dollar by Canadian Heritage! 
Foundation Funds each have a donor-designated area of support. You can opt to give to the development of new theatrical works, acquisition of new works for the art gallery’s permanent collection, classical music performance and education, scholarships for youth, the annual Symons Medal and Lecture, or select a General Operations Fund and we will ensure your gift is directed to the area of greatest need.

The Once One Time Only

Newfoundland has a storied history of stunning songwriters, poets and players. Over the course of the last decade The Once have writ and knit themselves into that story. They are at The Mack on November 27 at 7:30 PM.

Opening Act – Megan Bonnell

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Within the nine songs on their new album Time Enough, The Once offer some of the most vulnerable and honest material of their career. The up-tempo album opener, “I Can’t Live without You,” reflects on women battling with self-image issues and offers wise words to be the positive change in their own lives. The gritty guitar-driven “Before the Fall” succumbs to the notion that we must accept our past and use those memories to grow. Riff rocker “Any Other Way” reflects the fact that true love accepts us at our worst but insists we do the work to be our best selves to keep it together.

On this, their fourth studio album, the band stays true to the root strength of their harmony-driven sound, while extending the borders into fresh, yet familiar territory. They craft a sonically understated, but emotionally fulsome sound that accomplishes what they’ve always done so well: stun listeners with what Amelia Curran calls “perfect vocal harmonies, thick enough to stand on.”

“…nine pristinely cut tracks that represent the very best of three amazingly talented artists.” – The Newfoundland Herald

The arrangements are wonderful. Hollett’s vocals are hauntingly beautiful and the three-part harmonies she, Churchill and Dale create are nearly perfect, bordering on the angelic.” The Guardian