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Orford Joins Confederation Board

Confederation Centre of the Arts Welcomes New Board Member

Prince Edward Island’s own Angus Orford joins board executive

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The Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust, known as Confederation Centre of the Arts (CCOA) is very pleased to announce the appointment of Angus Orford to its local board of directors.

“Angus brings a wealth of experience, a strong business background, and a passion in cultural heritage and the performing arts,” says Robert Sear, CCOA board chairman. “On behalf of Confederation Centre of the Arts, we are pleased to welcome Angus as we begin a new five-year strategic plan, aiming to connect with people across the nation and produce programming that explores Canada’s evolving identity.”

Orford is the current V.P. of Corporate Planning and Energy Supply for Maritime Electric (MECL), Prince Edward Island’s electric utility. He is responsible for engineering, operations, and system planning for the utility, providing transmission and distribution service to approximately 80,000 customers. He previously worked with FortisOntario Inc., and several other positions within MECL.

“Growing up in Downtown Charlottetown, Confederation Centre was a focal point of the neighbourhood; the various expressions of art enriched my life from an early age and continue to do so for my children,” remarks Orford. “As Islanders, we are all fortunate to have access to this artistic hub and I am proud to be a part of its continued success.”

Orford’s education includes a Masters of Business Administration from Dalhousie University as well as both Bachelor of Science (UPEI) and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Technical University of Nova Scotia).

Orford’s philanthropic work includes past and current board work with Charlottetown Airport Authority; the UPEI School of Sustainable Design Engineering; the Charlottetown Downtown Residents Association; the Charlottetown Rotary Club; and previously with the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts; the Provincial Easter Seals Campaign, and the Summerside Rotary Club. 

The new board member joins fellow Executive members Robert Sear, chair; Alex MacBeath, vice-chair; Lori Pendleton, secretary-treasurer; Margo Thompson; and Kateri Coade. For a complete list of all board members, visit the Centre’s website.

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On the Ground Floor

Tunes & Tales on the Barn Floor!

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Come celebrate community in a truly unique venue. An afternoon or music, stories, and fun for the whole family at the Sherren Family Farm.
 
Featuring performances by John Connolly, The Stanley Brothers, Megan Ellands, and more, with MC Nils Ling!
We’ll be grilling hamburgers from Dixon Farms!
Saturday, August 24th from 2:00 to 4:00 at the Sherren Farm, 724 Route 13 in Crapaud.
Admission by donation. All funds raised will help support the Victoria Playhouse.

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A Pat on the Back

Time to recognize some amazing people at Confederation Centre!

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Each year the Centre passes out awards to staff.

This year Lynn McCaughey was awarded the Chairman’s Spirit Award and Charlottetown Festival cast member Jamie Murray received the Peter Mews Memorial Award.

The Centre introduced the H. Wayne Hambly Volunteer Award last year and the 2019 recipients were the Showcase Gift Shop volunteers.

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Hamlet Hits the Road

Kronborg—The Hamlet Rock Musical to Embark on World Tour

Rights for The Charlottetown Festival-made musical acquired for stages across Canada, Australia, U.K. and more;

Final four more performances remain at Confederation Centre

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Confederation Centre of the Arts is excited to learn that David Carver Music has acquired the world-wide touring rights to the acclaimed Kronborg—The Hamlet Rock Musical. The masterful stage musical balances high energy vocal and dance performances and rousing power ballads with songs reaching into the darker emotions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

This Saturday July 20, Kronborg—The Hamlet Rock Musical wraps up a successful three week run in Charlottetown, P.E.I. “We are not surprised David Carver Music has picked up this show to go on tour,” says Confederation Centre CEO, Steve Bellamy. “The music is powerful and audiences have absolutely loved it during its run at The Charlottetown Festival. Confederation Centre of the Arts is thrilled that more people will be able to experience this exciting show in Canada and around the world!”

With a bright future ahead, Confederation Centre invites the public to come and celebrate this home-grown musical one last time before it prepares for audiences across the globe. The production, sponsored by SYSCO Food Services, is on stage now in the Homburg Theatre, with select dates and tickets still available. See full calendar and ticket info here. The title sponsor of The Charlottetown Festival is CIBC.

Audiences and critics alike have lauded the epic production, with extensive media attention drawn nationally from The Globe and Mail, National Post, Broadway World, the flagship CBC Radio program q, and the Canadian Press.

For over 30 years, David Carver Music (DCM) has been producing major concert tours with some of the biggest names in music, including Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Sheryl Crow, Bon Jovi, Bob Dylan, Bryan Adams, Brooks and Dunn, Bob Seger, and many more.

DCM’s 2020 tour is planned to visit theatres in Canada, Australia, the U.K., and the U.S. Complete tour dates and production information for this version of the production—dubbed Hamlet: The Rock Musical–will be announced in the months ahead from DCM.

Created by Cliff Jones, Kronborg—The Hamlet Rock Musical first debuted at The Charlottetown Festival in 1974. The rock musical went on to take the nation by storm in the 1970’s and later became the first Canadian musical to play on Broadway, and later Los Angeles. In 2019, Kronborg returned, reimagined and re-orchestrated by Director Mary Francis Moore and Musical Director Craig Fair.

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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Taking Up the Reins at the Centre

Confederation Centre is excited to welcome Kelly Dawson as our new Chief Operations Officer.

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With over 20 years of experience, Kelly has spent most of her career in senior management roles serving organizations in various industries including Municipalities, Utilities, Manufacturing, Healthcare, and, most recently, Higher Education.

Give her a big welcome if you see her around our building!

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Behind the Scenes

Harbourfront Theatre Tours – By Donation

Tuesdays & Thursdays at 11 AM – June through August

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This summer on Tuesday & Thursday mornings, we invite you to go behind the scenes with us on a theatre tour.

“We’re excited to welcome the public to explore the theatre with us again this summer,” says Kieran Keller, Harbourfront Theatre’s executive director. “For those who want to learn more about how a theatre works, going behind the scenes can be a really fun experience.”

After 22 years of presenting and producing many different performances, the theatre has a lot of stories to share. The guided theatre tours allow anyone to come in and hear the stories, learn about the technical side of the performing arts, and learn some of the history of Harbourfront Theatre and theatre in general.

Tours run every Tuesday & Thursday at 11 AM during the months of June, July, & August. Tours begin at the theatre’s Box Office and can run 30-45 minutes.

Larger groups are encouraged to call ahead to register by calling the administration office (902-432-3046). Accessible tours are available, and tours can be modified to accommodate all ages. Admission is by donation. For more information, contact Box Office at 902-888-2500.

Before or after your tour, we encourage you to visit our neighbours at Eptek Art & Culture Centre.

Eptek Art & Culture Centre:
Located next door to the theatre. Drop in Tuesdays to Fridays (9:00-4:00) or Sundays (12:00 to 4:00) . Eptek offers regional and Prince Edward Island exhibits year round. Showcases include themes ranging from history to art with exhibits changing regularly. Admission is by donation.

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Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse