Crowe and Church Come to the Victoria

A stellar presence in the Canadian music scene, Cindy Church has crafted a body of work that is at once artistically successful and culturally significant, sought after by fellow performers and treasured by listeners. Now living in Halifax and originally from Bible Hill NS. Cindy spent her formative musical years in western Canada, making her first recordings with the Great Western Orchestra, touring and recording with Ian Tyson and embarking on a solo career. Her friendship with Sylvia Tyson helped lead to the formation of Quartette with Tyson, Caitlin Hanford, the late Colleen Peterson and later Gwen Swick. Currently, she is touring with “Lunch at Allen’s”, a collaborative venture with Murray McLauchlin, Ian Thomas and Marc Jordan.

 

Often described as a “writer’s writer”, Susan Crowe is one of Canada’s most respected singer songwriters in the folk genre. At once complex, challenging and accessible, Susan’s intelligent and moving songs have captivated audiences and reviewers from coast to coast, continent to continent. She possesses, in the words of Britain’s Folk Roots magazine, “that rare ability of crafting a lyric that bears scrutiny on its own terms.” That rare ability has earned her two Juno nominations and in 2009 the Canadian Folk Music Award for Best English Songwriter.

 

Cindy Church and Susan Crowe appear at the Victoria Playhouse on July 9th.

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Liverpool Lads vs Jumping Jack

TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 7:30 PM

Harbourfront Theatre
Premium seating (rows A – G) $50
Regular seating (rows H-T) $45
tax and fees included

From the promoter who brought you ‘Rumours – The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show’and ‘Hotel California – The Original Eagles Tribute Show’, VaughnCo Entertainment brings you the ultimate ‘Beatles vs Stones Tribute Show’.

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A thrill-ride of a show! Don’t miss the story of the infamous rivalry between the two greatest bands of the rock & roll era.

The show begins with the Beatles in their famous black suits performing the songs that changed the world in so many ways. They are followed by the Rolling Stones, also in their early 60’s “look”, and featuring Mr. Brian Jones on his famous teardrop guitar.

As the show (and historical timeline) progresses, you will witness the Beatles in their Sgt. Pepper wardrobe, the Rolling Stones in mid-60’s psychedelic finery, and finally dressed in the fashions of the late 60’s/early 70’s.

The grand finale is a mash-up of both a Beatles and a Stones hit—yet another back & forth clash of these musical titans. The show culminates with a cast-member asking the audience, “Well, who do you think won tonight? Was it the Beatles or the Stones?” However, in the end, it’s the audience who are the true winners – having experienced such a magical performance!

If you didn’t see the Beatles or the Stones in the 1960’s – here’s your 2nd chance!

Rosie Revs It Up

FRIDAY, APRIL 13th, 7:30 PM
Regular Tickets: $28.00 tax and fees included
Youth Tickets (18 yrs & under): $14.00 tax and fees included

Friday, April 13th, Harbourfront Theatre is going vintage for Rosie & the Riveters and invites you to do the same! Dress-up in your best 1940′s outfit and hit the town for a great night of music. 

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Rosie & the Riveters never planned to get political. But opening a newspaper or watching the news these days made it impossible to see the status of women around the world and stay silent. The result is Ms. Behave – a collection of gritty, sultry, vintage-inspired folk anthems that paint a portrait of a woman’s voice in a man’s world.

The band wrote over 40 songs in a cabin in Northern Saskatchewan before travelling to Toronto to collaborate with heavy-hitting Canadian songwriters like Royal Wood and Matthew Barber.  A quick read through song titles like “Gotta Get Paid”, “Let ‘em Talk” and “I Wanna be King” gives an idea of what they have to say. While their single, “Ms. Behave”, lays down a Bill Withers-inspired groove and rejects the policing of women’s behavior, “I Believe You” sprung from the outrage and sorrow they felt after hearing the recent avalanche of stories of sexual assault. Produced by Joshua Van Tassel (Sarah Slean, Rose Cousins, Great Lake Swimmers), their sophomore album echoes Aretha Franklin’s demand for R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

Rosie & the Riveters believe women are the world’s greatest untapped resource which is why they invest 20% of merchandise profits in microfinance initiatives through KIVA.org. They’ve helped women like Alice in Kenya expand her horticulture farm and Maria in Ecuador purchase a sewing machine for her tailoring business. To date, they’ve contributed almost $9,000 to over 180 projects around the world.

Their debut record, Good Clean Fun!, has an impressive list of accolades from sell-out shows across Canada to performing for British royalty and multiple nominations along the way. In 2016, they took home a Saskatchewan Arts Award, a prestigious recognition for emerging artists.

Rosie & the Riveters’ unmistakable visual branding of red lipstick, pin curls, and overtly feminine costuming may be deceiving, but this is not a throwback band. Ms. Behave embraces the feminist undertone of their moniker, Rosie the Riveter, in a way they hadn’t previously; one that allows them to shed their please-all attitudes, take a purposeful stance and dare be themselves. Listen closely to hear playfully defiant lyrics and confident talk-back harmonies. Every word, note, and movement in their live show is done purposefully to empower and challenge.

Hands Down Great Choral

Confederation Centre hands out choral music awards

Confederation Centre of the Arts handed out its 2018 music department awards and citations at the 41stannual choral music fundraising dinner on April 5. The 17 awards recognize the Youth Chorus members for their contributions and achievements over the past year.

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“The Youth Chorus work had collectively and individually to bring great music to Islanders and to a broader audience,” says Donald Fraser, music director at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. “These awards are a form of recognition for excellence within the choir.”

The Public Relations Department Award: “To a member of the Chorus who has enhanced the image of Confederation Centre of the Arts through her participation in Confederation Centre Children’s Chorus” – ZANETA AMBASSA

The Holman’s Annual Award: “For loyalty and dependability” – ABBY BATCHILDER

The Mrs. G. Elliot Full Award: “To a member of the Chorus who has demonstrated exceptional all‑round musical ability and potential” – ALLIE DURLING

The Frank J. Storey Award: “To a member of the Chorus who by dedication, sacrifice, regular attendance, deportment and general musicianship has made an out-standing contribution to the Choir” – TRISTA MACNEILL

The Catherine MacKinnon‑Crabbe Award: “To a senior girl in the Confederation Centre of the Arts Children’s Chorus who has shown out‑standing ability combined with loyalty and enthusiasm” –  GRACE LEWIS

The CBC FM Award: “To a first‑year member of Confederation Centre Children’s Chorus showing exceptional vocal‑progress” –  KEELEY DOUCETTE

The Bank of Montreal Award: “For loyalty, enthusiasm and musical ability in the Confederation Centre of the Arts Children’s Chorus” –  DAISEY & KATE HOWE

The Liz Coady Memorial Award: To the member of the Confederation Centre Children’s Choir who best exhibits qualities of honesty, integrity, compassion, and a true love of music –  EVA LIU & TAYLOR DURLING

The Manning Award: “To a Senior member of Confederation Centre Children’s Chorus displaying qualities of musical ability, commitment, self‑discipline and loyalty to her fellow‑choristers and Director” –  SOPHIA GALWAY

The Music Department Award: “To a girl in the Confederation Centre of the Arts Children’s Chorus who has enhanced the image of the Centre by her ability and dedication to the choir” –  LEIA MCMILLAN

The Mary Hancox Award: “To a first‑year member of Confederation Centre of the Arts Children’s Chorus showing exceptional vocal progress” – KOBY-LYNN GALLANT

The MacRae Award: “To a senior member of Confederation Centre Children’s Chorus making an outstanding contribution to the overall work of the Music Department” – EMMA CHRISTENSEN

The Friends of Confederation Centre Award : “To a member of the Confederation Centre Children’s Chorus given in the spirit of striving for excellence” – ELLE WHITTY

The Hon. Lloyd G. MacPhail Award: “To a senior member of Confederation Centre Children’s Chorus whose outstanding talents have been fully used in both Music Department and Community events” – SIOBHAN ARMSTRONG

The Hon. Gordon L. Bennett Award: “To a member of the Children’s Chorus, Confederation Centre of the Arts, showing outstanding qualities of leadership, combined with all-round musical ability” – DENAÉ LAVALLÉE

The Hon. Marion L. Reid Award: “To a member of the Confederation Centre Children’s Chorus who has displayed a large measure of dedication, hard work, and discipline to further the musical goals of the Chorus” – JADE DOUCETTE

The Hon. Gilbert R. Clements Award: “To a member of the Confederation Centre Children’s Chorus who through the qualities of leadership and musical ability is a source of inspiration to other chorus members” –  KATRINA GALLANT

Special thanks are extended to Maritime Electric sponsor for Choral Music.

Gordie and the Boys

Gordie MacKeeman exemplifies the term natural showman. An ace fiddle player nicknamed “crazy legs” for his frenetic loose-limbed step- dancing, he just loves to perform. Combine that exuberance and onstage dynamism with the stellar musicianship of his multi-instrumentalist comrades His Rhythm Boys, and you have an unstoppable roots music force. That potent combination has made the group highly sought-after performers on the international roots music circuit, thrilling audiences from Adelaide, Australia, to Edinburgh, Scotland.

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The group comprises Gordie MacKeeman (fiddle, acoustic guitar, feet percussion, vocals), Peter Cann (guitars, banjo, vocals), Thomas Webb (guitars, bass, banjo, steel guitar, vocals), and Jason Burbine (bass, percussion, guitar, vocals). They have been together for six years, but many of the members played together in different combinations prior to that, as is audible in their aural chemistry. The fact that each member is skilled on multiple instruments gives Gordie MacKeeman and The Rhythm Boys a high-powered musical arsenal. The result is an eclectic signature sound that draws upon bluegrass, old time country, folk, rockabilly, swing, Celtic, and other styles in genre-defying fashion.

“This band is a real breath of fresh air and fun. Given the generic ‘roots’ label, there are heavy influences of bluegrass, western swing, Celtic and even Scottish country dance music in here. It all adds up to a mighty fine package.” – Maverick Magazine, UK

Gordie MacKeeman and the Rhythm Boys are at the Victoria Playhouse on July 2nd.

The Sirens Are Back

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March 16, 2018 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Due to popular demand, Sirens sell-out cabaret is back! The second edition of “Songs of Sirens” will take place on Friday, March 16, 8:00pm at The Guild in Charlottetown. Singers will break out into solos, duos and trios for an evening of songs ranging from musical theatre, to folk, pop and jazz. Singers will be joined by Stephanie Cole at the piano, along with other special musical guests. Ensemble members come together to perform songs from Imogen Heap and Wailin’ Jennys and more! There will also be a silent auction with a number of fantastic prizes from local businesses and artisans. All proceeds are in support of Sirens programming and educational outreach, including the ensemble’s trip to Podium 2018 in Newfoundland. Podium is Canada’s choral conference and festival – Sirens is thrilled to represent Prince Edward Island at this national event! Named after the singing femmes fatales of Greek mythology, Sirens is an award-winning women’s choral ensemble based out of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Under the artistic direction of Kelsea McLean, the group has developed a strong following of supporters and has been lauded for its pure tone quality, sensitive musicality and tight ensemble. Sirens produces two full-length concert programs each season while maintaining a busy schedule performing at a variety of concerts, fundraisers, events and workshops. A recipient of several awards at the local and provincial music festivals in 2015, Sirens earned the Richard W. Cooke award at the FCMF National Music Festival, placing first in the Choral Ensemble Class. That same year, Sirens also received a nomination for Music PEI’s award for Achievement in Classical or Jazz. During the 2016-17 concert season, Sirens performed alongside the Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra and the Halifax Camerata Singers. The ensemble has also collaborated with The Atlantic String Machine, singer-songwriter Meaghan Blanchard, soprano Tracy Cantin, pianist Robert Kortgaard, and violinist Sean Kemp. Sirens has been featured at the renowned Indian River Festival (2015, 2016) and the UPEI Department of Music Recital Series (2015). Tickets for “Songs of Sirens” can be purchased through The Guild box office on the corner of Queen and Richmond Streets, over the phone (902-620-3333), or online at http://www.theguildpei.com