Category Archives: Music

The Music Series Returns

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Watermark Theatre is delighted to announce that the Watermark Music Series will go forward this summer, online. The concerts will be live streamed to our audience members while local musicians perform on the Watermark stage in North Rustico.

These free concerts, curated as always by Rob Oakie, can be viewed in the comfort of your homes by going to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Watermark-Theatre-93969977499

The first concert will be July 26th at 7:30PM and will feature R&B classic songs from Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Sam & Dave, Michael Jackson and more…
Starring local PEI artists Logan Richard, Joce Reyome, and Tiffany Liu.

Spellbinding R&B grooves, pop hooks galore, a smooth voice that wraps you in, and tasteful blues-tinged guitar licks that make you realize why many are calling Logan Richard one of the best up-and-coming young guitarists in the country: This is what you get upon catching one of Logan Richard’s live shows, or upon a spin of his new self-titled 2020 EP. Honing his front man skills from a young age, belting blues music on stages for outdoor summer café diners on the streets of Charlottetown, PEI, Richard asserted himself on the Maritime blues music scene early on in his life. Continuing his steep career trajectory ascent since then, Richard released his successful debut EP called “The Split” in 2017, which escalated him to a headline slot at the TD Jazz/Blues Festival, and was nominated for Blues Recording of the Year at the 2019 ECMA’s.

Travelling from Boston, Joce Reyome has made this Island their home for the last four years. You can often find them singing originals at local bars, restaurants, and opening for your favourite musicians like Andrew Waite, Irish Mythen, and more. They’re now working on their first EP and are excited to share with this vibrant community.

Tiffany Liu was born in Tianjin city and grew up in Tangshan city China. She came to Canada in March 2016 and moved to PEI in September 2017. Tiffany has been playing the Pipa for 20 years, and her undergraduate major was Chinese Traditional musical instrument performance. She recently graduated from UPEI’s Master of education program.

For more information, or to set up an interviews with Rob Oakie, or any of the artists, please contact Andrea Surich at 902‐963‐3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

Watermark Theatre is a proud member of the PTN (Professional Theatre Network of PEI).

Watermark Theatre
57 Church Hill Ave
North Rustico, PE
C0A 1X0
(902) 963‐3963
http://www.watermarktheatre.com

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

Set in the Sun

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Scott Parsons is a multi-disciplined musician, gifted songwriter, powerful vocalist, and musical storyteller of Black Island history. A true testament to the maritime spirit, Parsons has enriched communities around the world with his performances. 
We’re pleased to welcome him as the first act of our new Set in the Sun series!

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The Brass Quintet is Back

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Announced today under CIBC Confed Centre Presents is the return of the Confederation Brass Quintet. This long-standing Centre program offers live recitals on the outdoor plaza, found on the corner of Queen and Grafton. Running July 14 to August 29, from Tuesday to Saturday, the ensemble will perform twice daily at 11:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

The Confederation Brass have delighted audiences over the years with a mix of popular and classical tunes arranged for brass. The quintet is comprised of horn, trombone, tuba, and two trumpets. The ensemble ranges from high school to university students who are on a career track to become teachers or professional musicians.  This year’s group includes Henry Orford, Shaw Nicholson, Justin Amador, Connor Nabuurs, and Olivia MacPhail.

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Tiny Island Series

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We’ve been really enjoying the Music PEI‘s Tiny Island Concert Series, and know so many of you have too! If you haven’t checked the series out, please do and donate to help support Island artists!

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New Hurricane On the Way

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The unbelievably talented singer and actress Brielle Ansems just released her first album titled This New Hurricane. Brielle starred as Josie Hogan in the Watermark Theatre’s 2018 production of A Moon For The Misbegotten. Her album can be purchased here:
https://bansemsmusic.bandcamp.com/releases
Digital Album $7
Compact Disc $15
You can also stream it here:
https://album.link/x9gwgnsvgd6bj
Album cover art by Sarah Eddie

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Cousins Does Bravado

Rose Cousins Brings BRAVADO to the Mainstage

JUNO-Award winning singer-songwriter is LIVE @ the Centre on March 21

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Rose Cousins’ new album went live to the world last month and now she’s bringing the new baby home. The pride of Kensington, P.E.I. is presented by Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre, next Saturday, March 21 at Confederation Centre of the Arts. Visit the box office or confederationcentre.com for tickets through the Centre’s new online ticket service.

Entitled BRAVADO, Cousins’ fifth studio album came out on Outside Music in February, following the ascension of her first single, ‘The Benefits of Being Alone’ to #1 on CBC Radio’s weekly Top-20.

“I’m really excited about this record and hope that people connect with the songs and see themselves in them,” Cousins remarks, during a stop between national tour dates. “I’m incredibly grateful to make music for a living and can’t wait for our big show at home on March 21.”

The record tackles themes of modern isolation, heartache, social media fatigue, and independence, among others. “My inspiration continues to come from the human condition,” she reflects. “BRAVADO is that disparity between what we show the world and what our true experience is.”

She continues, “I struggle with that like everyone else; that desire to be seen and hide at the same time. We need to look up more often and be in the same room together.”

Audiences will have that chance as Cousins returns to red soil with a much-anticipated hometown show in the Homburg Theatre. “It means everything to play at home; the landscape of my soul is this Island,” she offers. “I walk through the world as an Islander and I really think my sense of collaboration and desire for community comes from growing up in a small and supportive place. We want to see each other succeed.”

The singer says patrons can expect lots of special guests from home and away, including her five-piece band, various local singers and artists, and the Atlantic String Machine. “I’d be so grateful for Islanders to join me at Confed Centre to celebrate together,” she adds.

Rose Cousins is LIVE @ the Centre March 21, with opening act John Paul White (The Civil Wars). Confederation Centre wishes to acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support.

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Royal North Goes North

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March 14, 2020 at 7:00pm at The Guild

Start your March Break off with the whole family and join the boys in The North and friends for a night of live music at the lovely Guild in Charlottetown. It’s an early show, so bring the whole family as there will be something for everyone!

Featuring:
Ava & Lilly
Brad Milligan Band
The Royal North

March 14, 2020 @ 7:00pm
Tickets: $20.00

 

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Twin Flames Building Bridges

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FRIDAY, APRIL 3RD, 7:30 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
All Tickets: Pay-What-You-Will

Building bridges across cultures, continents, and styles, Twin Flames brings together a richness of personal history and musical experience. Multi-Award-Winning Artists; 2x CFMA’s Aboriginal Songwriters of the year and 3x Native American Music Award winners their songs tell stories of courage and survival. Honoring their ancestor’s history and representing all three of their Indigenous Backgrounds, they sing songs in English, Inuttitut, and French. Pushing the boundaries of “Contemporary Folk”, their songs incorporate both Western and traditional instruments. Prepare to dive into the hearts and minds of this beloved powerhouse couple Chelsey and Jaaji, you are guaranteed to be transported on a journey like no other.

How Pay-What-You-Will Works:

You may book a ticket for this performance at no charge. When you attend the performance, we’ll provide you with an envelope, and will ask you to pay whatever amount you decide following the show using cash or credit card. Your support of shows like this help us to provide more pay-what-you-will opportunities.

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Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Raising Up Rita

Full Cast Announced For ‘DEAR RITA’ at The Charlottetown Festival

World premiere will feature six actor-musicians channeling Rita MacNeil’s songs and spirit

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Tickets are ‘flying on their own’ for this summer’s new cabaret production,Dear Rita, playing June 25 to September 25 at The Charlottetown Festival. Sponsored by Key Murray Law, Dear Rita is a musical toast to Canadian icon and songwriter Rita MacNeil that celebrates the life, tenacity, and musical legacy of the late singer.

This week, the company and creative team are gathering together for the first time to workshop the new musical. Artistic Director Adam Brazier is pleased to reveal the full cast, including Islanders Mike Ross and Michelle Bouey; Alana Bridgewater; Quinn Dooley; and Sheldon Elter. All five are veterans of the Festival, known to patrons for a wealth of beloved shows.

This marks Ross’ first time performing at the Festival in over a decade. A Charlottetown native, he is a leading force as a performer and composer in Canada. The founding director of music at Soulpepper Theatre Company, his musical, Spoon River was a critic’s pick in the New York Times. He was an international fellow at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London and also composes for the screen, having written the theme song for CBC’s Kim’s Convenience.

Dooley and Bouey’s repertory casting were both announced earlier this winter. Dooley recently appeared in the Grand’s Ring of Fire and performed in 2015’s Evangeline. Bouey recently performed in ROSE at Soulpepper and is an alumna of the TD Confederation Centre Young Company.

“It’s the kind of theatre that gives you more of a chance to connect with your audience,” she offers during a break from the workshop in Toronto. “I grew up listening to Rita McNeil and watching her Christmas TV specials. To think that a small group of us get to honour her legacy on East Coast soil is so special”

Sheldon Elter is a versatile actor, writer, musician, and comic, known nationally for his one man show, Metis Mutt, which he performed at the Festival in 2018. He also performed there inEvangeline and Stories from the Red-Dirt Road. His TV acting and writing credits include CAUTION: May Contain Nuts, Hank Williams’ First Nation, Delmer & Marta, and Hell on Wheels.

Alana Bridgewater has appeared at the Festival in Spoon River, Hairspray, and the Christmas panto Robyn Hood. An experienced professional, she has performed throughout North America with Soulpepper, Mirvish, and The Grand; live on live with Johnny Reid and others; and in TV and film.

Confederation Centre wishes to acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support. Experience it all, this summer at The Charlottetown Festival, sponsored by CIBC. Dear Rita is developed in association with the Savoy Theatre in Cape Breton, and will play there from October 1-4, following its run on P.E.I.

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