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Guitar Bliss at the Mack

Shaun Ferguson Brings Instrumental Guitar Bliss to The Mack

Sponsored by La Voix Acadienne, April 26 concert is one of the final LIVE @ the Centre events of the season

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Acadian musician Shaun Ferguson will be in performance with Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre next Friday, April 26. Through his modern and at times transcendent instrumental music, the guitarist and composer captivates his audience with soaring songs that enchant both music enthusiasts and less-experienced spectators.

Born and raised in Caraquet, in the Acadian Peninsula of New Brunswick, Ferguson has been navigating and exploring various musical fields for nearly 20 years. His latest album, Résilience, released last winter, is an acoustic album, mainly instrumental, rooted in a range of contemporary folk music. At its heart lies the guitar, “a beacon guiding other strings and sometimes vocals, bearing them up from the earth and into the ether” he says in a recent release on the album.

A self-taught musician, Ferguson has always relied on his instincts to learn how to play, compose and explore different musical forms, which are harmonized to his musical impressions. Through various collaborations, he was able to transfer his guitar-playing skills to many other string instruments, namely the cello and bass guitar, as well as various percussion instruments. With a true passion for art in all its forms, the Acadian loves to involve himself in projects that combine poetry, visual arts, dance, and music.

Through Intermède Média, a Montreal-based company, some of the artist’s pieces have travelled the world for the last decade. To this day, audiences have had the chance to hear samples of his compositions in documentaries broadcast all over the world, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia, Spain, France, South Korea, Japan, China, the Czech Republic and the United States. 

Shaun Ferguson performs at the Mack on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 plus fees and taxes, and are available at the door, at Confederation Centre’s box office, online at confederationcentre.com, or via phone at 902-566-1267 (toll free at 1-800-565-0278.)

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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Home On the Range

SATURDAY, APRIL 13TH, 7:30 PM

Harbourfront Theatre
All Seats: $66.00 tax & fees included

THE STAMPEDERS ~ IN CONCERT
Presented by Shantero Productions

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‘They’re on their way, to the city lights’ … and, THE predominant Canadian Rock ‘n’ Roll band of the 1970s – The Stampeders – are bringing along all their classic hits: Wild Eyes, Carry Me, Oh My Lady, Devil You, Monday Morning Choo Choo, Minstrel Gypsy, Hit the Road Jack and, of course, the quintessential Canadian – and Hall of Fame – song, Sweet City Woman! A veritable soundtrack to a whole generation that will ‘carry you home’ … maybe not to Birmingham … but back to a time of tie-dyed t-shirts and elevator shoes, 15¢ coffee and homemade apple pie, dating and dreaming … By the time The Stampeders get to the first chorus of the first song, everyone will be singing along.

No seventies group represented Canada’s musical identity to the world like The Stampeders. A quick look at Canada’s music scene from 1971 until 1976 confirms The Stampeders were truly the country’s international musical ambassadors, touring more extensively in Canada and overseas than any other Canadian group during that time. In 1977 the trio: Rich Dodson (lead guitar), Kim Berly (drums) and Ronnie King (bass) parted company but reunited, fittingly at the Calgary Stampede, 15 years later in 1992. Since then they’ve been recognized by SOCAN for their Lifetime Achievement, been inducted into the SOCAN Songwriters Hall of Fame on five occasions and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame for their 1971 seminal hit Sweet City Woman.

The enduring musical legacy of The Stampeders… ‘better catch a noon train, better get there for a rock ‘n’ rolling good time!’

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

Opera Queen Style

Queen’s ‘A Night at The Opera’ will be LIVE @ the Centre 

Classic Albums Live returns to the Homburg Theatre with 1975 Queen Masterpiece

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On the heels of Bohemian Rhapsody becoming the highest-grossing music biopic of all time, Classic Albums Live returns to P.E.I. with the Queen masterwork, A Night at the Opera. Confederation Centre of the Artswelcomes the much-celebrated touring act for its second performance of the Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre 2018-19 season, taking to the Homburg stage this Saturday April 6 at 7:30 p.m. This must-see show is sponsored by Charlottetown Inn & Conference Services.

A perennial Centre must-see, Classic Albums Live presents skilled musicians recreating the greatest albums of the ’60s and ’70s live on stage—note for note, cut for cut. The concerts are delivered as a pop symphony. The first half of the show presents the album in full, then the second act stages a ‘best of’ from Queen. Don’t look for costumes and look-alike theatrics at these ‘rock recitals’, just pure musicianship and the songs that shaped a generation.

“Nothing succeeds like excess—at least that’s the case with Queen’s breakthrough classic,” says music historian, Daniel Durchholz of A Night at the Opera. The 1975 full-length is regarded as Queen’s quintessential recording and includes the timeless hit ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Widely seen as one of the most significant rock songs of all time, the six-minute single was championed by head-bangers a generation before being revived by the Wayne’s World fans. 

The album is remembered for its precisely produced anthems, but it contains a wide variety of material, from the gorgeous piano-based ‘You’re My Best Friend’ and the Paul McCartney-esque ‘39’ to the volume-11 rockers ‘Death on Two Legs’ and ‘I’m in Love with My Car.’”

Tickets are selling very well for this show but there is still some availability. To order, connect via the Centre’s box office, in person, online at confederationcentre.com, or by phone at 902-566-1267 (toll free at 1-800-565-0278.)

Special thanks are extended to the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Province of Prince Edward Island; the City of Charlottetown; to Sobeys; and to media sponsors Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, and The Guardian.

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

Queen for a Day

Wednesday, April 3rd, 7:30 pm at the Harbourfront Theatre
Regular seating: $44.75 (tax & fees included)
Under 19 yrs: $22.75 (tax & fees included)

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CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE PERFORMS:
QUEEN – A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
Note for Note. Cut for Cut.

Queen’s ‘A Night at the Opera’ was a game changer for rock ’n’ roll. If you grew up in the 70s, this album was everywhere. All of a sudden, long haired rockers were singing along to operatic songs with soaring arrangements. A far cry from Foghat.

Queen became one of the world’s greatest bands by working hard. They toured endlessly and in the studio – they strived for perfection. And that’s our challenge. How do you learn perfection? Answer: By working hard.

Nick Walsh rallied to sing this album. Originally a rock singer, Nick found his theatre vibe singing the David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust album. Now he’s immersed in the brilliance and effortlessness of Freddie Mercury’s voice. Alongside the vocals comes the challenge of Brian May’s overdubbed guitar sound. We’ve got a small army of guitarists to cover the flash and fun.

Classic Albums Live loves a good challenge. Queen provides just that. We’re all familiar with “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “You’re My Best Friend” but it’s the deep tracks like “Prophet Song” and “Love of My Life” that reveal a profound depth of songwriting. We’re ready.

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

Banjo Stand-up Bass Mandolin Dobro Fiddle Bluegrass Jamboree

SATURDAY, MARCH 23RD, 7:00 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre All Seats: $23.50 (fees included)

20th Annual Bluegrass Old Country Jamboree
Sponsored by Atlantic Equipment Repair

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Join us for the 2oth Annual Bluegrass Old Country Jamboree featuring Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass, The Bluegrass Brothers, and PEI’s own Joe Casey & Westwind. The Master of Ceremonies for the night will be Marilyn Singer.

About Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass:
Virginia-based Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass play powerful, unadorned, and intense traditional bluegrass. There is no hybrid or genre-bending music here. Their combination of instrumentation and vocals convey the energy and emotion of classic bluegrass and country music. Danny’s lead vocals will captivate your senses, so much so that many prominent musicians, including Alison Krauss, have considered Danny as one of their favorite singers.

About The Bluegrass Brothers:
Nominees for Instrumental Group of the year at the 2017 SPBGMA Awards. The Virgina-based band consists of Jamie Sparks (banjo), Donald Dowdy (mandolin), Victor Dowdy (bass), & Chris Hart (dobro). The band performs the traditional bluegrass music they grew up with.

Weekend Packages Available through Quality Inn:
Package includes 2 nights accommodations and 2 tickets for Saturday’s show at the Harbourfront Theatre.

Call the Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf (902-436-2295 or 800-265-5551) to book your accommodations for a weekend filled with excellent music!

Please note: There will be a 7 PM open mic at the Quality Inn on Friday, March 22nd.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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

Warm Songs on a Winter Night

Colombian Singer-songwriter Cristian de la Luna in Performance at Confederation Centre

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Presented as part of Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre, Cristian de la Luna and his
backing band will be in performance on Friday, March 8, in Studio 1 at Confederation Centre of the Arts.

 The performer and human rights activist creates songs inspired by the harsh realities of exile from his homeland and adaptation in a new country. Although confronting difficult topics, these songs are infused with words of friendship. Writing in Spanish, French and English, de la Luna understands that music is a universal language that knows no boundaries.

de la Luna was born in Colombia and grew up in the noisy bustle of Cumbia, Porro, and San Juanero. He played trumpet in a traditional Colombian music ensemble and percussion in the school band. It was there that he found the unalterable passion of his life: music. The young musician emigrated to Quebec at the age of 17 where the exile and nostalgia for his homeland served him to compose his first songs, and deliver his first concerts and tours in the province of the “language of Molière”. 

de la Luna now calls Edmonton home and recently released first solo album, Sabes (“do you know”). This album takes listeners to the South and invites you to dance to the sound of syncopated rhythms and catchy melodies. Sabes is a fusion of Afro-Caribbean, Funk, and Pop. Some of songs are rhythmic and dancing while others feature poetic lyrics and exuberant melodies. Exploring themes such as universality, de la Luna’s music pays homage to his Colombian roots and his newfound experiences in Canada.

 De la Luna will be in performance on Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, plus fees and taxes, and are available at the door, at Confederation Centre’s box office, online at confederationcentre.com, or via phone at 902-566-1267 (toll free at 1-800-565-0278.) This show is sponsored by La Voix acadienne.

The Guild, Watermark Theatre, Harbourfront Theatre, Confederation Centre for the Arts, and Victoria Theatre.

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