30 Years of Hoofing It

dance umbrella registration is now open for 2018-2019 classesCelebrating 30 years of collaboration, inclusivity, and creativity

dance umbrella, an arts education training programme under Confederation Centre of the Arts, is celebrating 30 years of providing high-quality dance and movement classes. The school offers instruction in a wide range of dance styles for children, young people, and adults, such ascreative movement, ballet, jazz, contemporary, afro-jazz, hip-hop, tap, and musical theatre.Registration for 2018-2019 classes are now open with classes starting on September 10, 2018.

 

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Founders Peggy Reddin and Julia Sauvé established dance umbrella in 1988 with the vision to make a more inclusive and collaborative dance community. For the past 30 years, dance umbrella has strived to highlight dance as an enriching art form that helps build self-confidence, create healthy bodies and minds, and develop creativity. Thousands of students have gone through its training programmes, many of whom have successful careers in the arts. Students under the programme have the opportunity to perform in works outside the context of school recitals and increased opportunity to work with other artists in the community. Notable collaborations have included the National Ballet School and thePrince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra.

 

Registration for classes are open until September 10. To view the full list of classes or to register, please visit: confederationcentre.com/arts-education/dance-umbrella

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Taking the Tour

Insta-takeover time!

Paul from Parks Canada and Carly from the Confederation Players are taking people on a tour of different parts of the Centre and to show people a bit of what they do.

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Head over to our instagram account @confedcentre to learn more!

New Man at the Helm

Confederation Centre of the Arts (CCOA) is pleased to announce Steve Bellamy has been selected as the new Chief Executive Officer to lead the organization in the next phase of its evolution as the Centre for All Canadians.

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For over five decades, Confederation Centre has served Canada as a multifaceted cultural institution, offering a variety of visual and performing arts with a strong focus on educational programming. As a living memorial to the evolution of Canada, CCOA is taking the lead on the redefinition of our national priorities, expressed in particular through arts, culture, and heritage. Dedicated to world-class training in the arts, Steve Bellamy is uniquely qualified to continue to lead the Centre to explore this narrative and support Canadian artists.

“On behalf of the Board Directors and Staff of Confederation Centre, we are very pleased to welcome Steve Bellamy to assume the positon of CEO,” states Wayne Hambly, outgoing Chair, Fathers ofConfederation Buildings Trust. “Steve brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the arts and culture sector, and we are very fortunate to have a person of this caliber lead Confederation Centre into the future. We wish him every success in his new role.”

As the current Dean of the Humber School of Creative & Performing Arts, Bellamy is responsible for the delivery of degree, diploma, and certificate programs in music, creative writing, comedy, acting, production, as well as publishing, music business, and arts administration and cultural management. Bellamy also previously served as Associate Dean of Creative and Performing Arts and Professor ofMusic Production in Humber’s music degree program. As a recording engineer and music producer, he has worked with many leading jazz and classical musicians including Kenny Wheeler, Mike Downes, Kirk MacDonald, Dave Douglas, Anton Kuerti, Gryphon Trio, and Tafelmusik. Before joining Humber College in 2007, he served on the faculties of McGill University, the University of Hartford, and The Banff Centre for the Arts. Steve is especially committed to industry partnership development, Indigenous arts program development, and sustainable business models for the creative industries.

“It is a privilege to join the talented and dedicated team at Confederation Centre of the Arts,” saysBellamy. “At this time in particular, the Centre plays a vital role in the national dialogue about diversevoices and what it means to be Canadian. I’m honoured to support the continued success of this cherished institution and the artists who continue to move, teach, and inspire us with their work.”

Bellamy is extremely pleased to be returning to PEI with his family. He spent many of his younger years attending school on PEI, including completing his Bachelor of Music at University of Prince Edward Island before going on to complete his Master of Music at McGill University and an Advanced Executive Certificate from Queen’s School of Business. Bellamy will be starting at the Centre October 1, 2018.

 

 

Live at The Centre

Confederation Centre of the Arts launches Sobey’s LIVE @ The Centre’s 2018- 2019 season with an exciting and diverse collection of performances!

“This is a well-rounded season with something for everyone,” offers Darcy Campbell, Director of LIVE! @ the Centre. “The program includes A-list musicians, family entertainment, pay-what-you-will options, contemporary dance, and more!”

This year’s line-up includes Canadian and Atlantic Canadian artists and performers that truly showcase the wealth of talent in this country, including Brett Kissel, Serena Ryder, Alan Doyle, and comedian Jeremy Hotz, among many others.

 

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Brett Kissel is one of Canada’s leading country music artists and the recipient of numerous Canadian Country Music Association Awards (including Male Artist of the Year) and JUNO awards. He performs at Confederation Centre’s Homburg Theatre October 3 and tickets are now on sale.

Another exciting show in the lineup is Serena Ryder’s holiday performance on December 7. This must- see seasonal concert will feature music from her 2017 record Utopia with the song “Electric Love”. Ryder has won six JUNO awards, and her songs have been placed in more than 50 TV shows and commercials. Her single “Stompa” went platinum four times and has sold more than one million singles from her previous releases.

“This season provides engaging performances – both established and emerging – and keeps the Centre vibrant and accessible year-round. Because LIVE is not a long run of single shows, a great variety can be enjoyed. So, take a look and try something new this season — there’s so much to explore!” says Campbell.

More information and the full line-up of performers can be found on the Confederation Centre website. Tickets for Serena Ryder’s concert and for most other performances go on sale on August 8 with advance sale for Founders Circle members on August 6 and 7. Tickets can be purchased at Confederation Centre Box Office or online.

Special thanks are extended to the Government of Canada for their support of Confederation Centre and to LIVE! @ the Centre’s title sponsor, Sobeys. Appreciation is extended to media sponsors Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, and The Guardian.

 

A Pat on the Back

Recognizing our staff, cast, crew and volunteers.

We give out annual awards to people in the building who’ve made the Confederation Centre shine a bit brighter.

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Congrats to Kristen Pottle, Ashley Peck and the Friends of Confederation and thank you for all that you do!

Stepping Up Stepping Down

A stage debut after 25 years as chair with the Confederation Centre!

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Wayne Hambly is stepping down from his role with the Board of the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust. We couldn’t let him go without getting him on stage at least once! Yesterday he made a cameo in Anne of Green Gables: The Musical (he’s the man in the tan hat next to Anne).

Thank you for everything, Wayne Hambly, and a huge round of applause!

You can also catch him as the Spintime DJ with CBC Mainstreet on Friday.