Category Archives: Everything Was Once New

Potatoes and Passengers

Thursday Aug 26 @ 2pm – “Potatoes & Passengers, Schooners & Steamers” with Harry Holman at the Victoria Playhouse.

An illustrated talk on the development of Victoria, once known as Westmorland Harbour, a bustling Island seaport, and the vessels which brought the business. 

Harry Holman, now an independent heritage researcher, worked as the provincial archivist for the Prince Edward Island government for 10 years. He also served as the Director of Culture, Heritage and Libraries retiring in 2013. During his tenure Holman oversaw the Heritage Places Initiative Program for P.E.I., which now leads the country in the number of places listed on the Canadian Register of Heritage Places per capita. In 2017 he was appointed to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

‘Our Island Talks’ is a collaborative project between the Victoria Playhouse and the Victoria Historical Association. Seating is limited due to Covid restrictions so advance reservations are recommended. Please call 902-658-2025 or 1-800-925-2025 to reserve seats. Admission is free and donations are gratefully accepted at the door. 

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Courtyard Bliss

These are the moments! 💫The Charles and Pauline Scott Courtyard is now available to book for intimate weddings. For the month of October, we’re offering a 15% discount on 2021 courtyard weddings. Get in touch to inquire: events@confederationcentre.com – Elysian Weddings & EventsCo-planner – Red Aisle WeddingsPhotographer – Jenna Rachelle PhotographyFlowers – Island Meadow FarmsDress – Once Upon A Wedding

PEI Professional Theatre Network


PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre, Confederation Centre for the Arts, Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

What Happened Here?


Exploring Abandoned Houses with Tony Gallant and the Grade 11/12 English Class at Immanuel Christian School.

The Grade 11/12 English class at Immanuel Christian School partnered with PEI photographer Tony Gallant this past September and October in a project called ”What Happened Here?” The students visited abandoned houses at several different locations on the island, accompanied by Tony, trying to discover what had, in fact, happened there, causing these homes to be abandoned. Students then were given the task of writing a story based on the photos they had taken of these houses and locations. These stories are works of fiction that they have written and invented themselves. Tony was an excellent expert for the class as he has a keen interest in abandoned houses and has taken many photographs of these places himself, including showcasing his work in a published book entitled ”Door to the Past: Abandoned Properties of Prince Edward Island.”

The English students are pleased to be showcasing their work – their photographs and their stories – along with a display of Tony’s work at The Guild from February 5th -16th.

PEI Professional Theatre Network


PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Book of Canadian Hope Arrives

At sunrise on July 1, 2017, A Book of Canadian Hope/ Un livre d’espoir canadien was presented to the Premier of Prince Edward Island with a request that it be sealed in the building and be opened on this day in 2167.


The book arrived by canoe carried by Mi’kmaq Legend leader, Julie Pelletier-Lush. Elder Thirley Levi led a smudging ceremony which was followed by a silent walk during which participants made wishes for the future. The path traced the steps of those who attended the 1864 Charlottetown Conference. At Province House, Julie will give a copy of the book to Premier Wade MacLauchlan with a request that it be sealed in the walls of Province House to be opened and read to our descendants on this day, 2167.

A Book of Canadian Hope/Un livre d’espoir canadien completes a project created by PEI’s Watermark Theatre. Nine short plays designed to help express what Canadians wished for the next 150 years were commissioned. Between January and May 2015, the plays toured to 21 cities and created conversations with more than 8000 people.

Three wishes expressed in every session were identified and a partnership with the Palmer Conference on Public Policy at the University of Prince Edward Island in September 2015 was made. This led to an exploration by world experts on how we can start to make these wishes come true for our descendants.

The Book contains samples of how we live, love and care for our country today in excerpts from the plays, curated samples of the wishes made, photographs from throughout the journey and excerpts from advice given at the Palmer Conference. A limited number of first edition copies will be available for $29.95 by writing to and selected outlets in Prince Edward Island.

All proceeds go to the non-profit Watermark Theatre.

Centre 150

Canada turns 150 in 2017 – why not come to Canada’s birthplace to celebrate? In 1864, delegates to the Charlottetown Conference came up with an interesting concept – why not merge the colonies and form a country? A series of meetings and conferences followed and on July 1, 1867 the Dominion of Canada was declared.


Charlottetown is proud of its role as Canada’s Birthplace and the activities planned for our 150th birthday revolve around the country’s origins, its current standing especially in the arts, and our future as a great nation. Most of the action will take place in and around Confederation Centre of the Arts, located right in the heart of Charlottetown.

Built in 1964 to commemorate the Charlottetown Conference, Confederation Centre has a mission to “inspire Canadians through heritage and the arts to celebrate the origins and evolution of Canada.”