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Going on Ten

We love all kinds of performances!! Spoken-word poetry… theatrical… magic shows… stand-up comedy… conventional, unconventional, we love it all!! Get in our lottery for Island Fringe Festival 2021!! 

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Mourning the Passing of Tom Symons

Confederation Centre of the Arts is mourning the passing of Professor Thomas H.B. Symons, CC, O.Ont, FRSC, LLD, DU, DLitt, DCnL, FRGS, KSS. Professor Symons passed away on New Year’s Day at the age of 91.

Professor Symons was a long-time colleague of Confederation Centre of the Arts (CCOA), serving as both board director and governor and was the founding force behind the now annual Symons Medal Lecture. He is widely recognized for his contributions in the areas of public policy, heritage, and education, dedicating his life to community and nation building. 

Born in Toronto in 1929, Professor Symons was educated at the University of Toronto and later Oriel College, Oxford. Returning to the University of Toronto he taught both Ancient and Canadian History. 

Professor Symons made myriad contributions to his larger Ontario community and public initiatives across Canada, while also leaving his mark on Prince Edward Island. He joined the board of CCOA in 1986 and in 2004 led the establishment of the Symons Medal Lecture at CCOA. Each year, this nationally televised ceremony and lecture is held on the Mainstage at Confederation Centre, recognizing an eminent individual who has made a major contribution to Canadian life. The event has grown steadily each year, having recognized 20 Medallists to date.

“It is with deep sadness that we reflect on the passing of Tom Symons, “states Robert Sear, chair of board of the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust. “As many Islanders know, Tom was one of the Centre’s most passionate and committed members. He carried a great love for the Island and we are forever thankful for his many contributions and generous guidance over the past 35 years as board member, governor, and friend.”

Says Steve Bellamy, CEO, “Tom has left a profound impact on Confederation Centre of the Arts through his efforts to promote the Centre nationally, particularly through the establishment of the Symons Medal Lecture. We are very proud to have received decades of support and attention from Tom, and are equally proud to ensure that his legacy will on through the Symons Medal Lecture series.”

Professor Symons has been coming to P.E.I. annually for 50 years and will be missed by many in the community. Says Island Historian Catherine Hennessey, OC, of her colleague, “Tom Symons has long connections with this place, having arrived here as a hitch hiker while he was a teenager. That trip took him to the gate of Shaw’s Hotel in Brackley. His loyalties run deep on this island, spending summers at Shaw’s; caring for us when he was chair of National Historic Sites and Monuments Board; and then later on the Centre’s board. He is a true Canadian icon and I will always be honoured to call him a friend.”  

The Centre board and staff wish to extend sympathies to Professor Symons’ wife Christine; their children, Mary, Ryerson and Jeffery; and the entire Symons family. In lieu of flowers, the Symons family has asked that donations be made to, among others, The Symons Trust of Confederation Centre of the Arts.

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Pointer Show Postponed

Fans of the Island indie-folk trio The East Pointers will have to wait a little longer to enjoy the acclaimed group at Confederation Centre of the Arts (CCOA). Due to the recent public health measures, the Centre is required to postpone the December 30 and 31 concerts to new dates in 2021.

Presented by Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre and performance sponsor KKP, the new dates are Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13 at 8 p.m. These dates coincide with the kick off to March Break and patrons are invited to plan ahead and celebrate mid-winter break with a night out at the Centre’s Mainstage Theatre, the crown jewel venue of P.E.I.

“We are thrilled that The East Pointers are available for these new dates and we invite our patrons to hold on to that New Year’s Eve excitement and join us to celebrate, safely, at the start of March Break,” says Darcy Campbell, director of LIVE @ the Centre. “This Island band is a must-see and the energy is always electric when they play a hometown concert with us.”

Patrons holding tickets for the original December dates will be automatically rolled into the new dates, with those holding December 30 tickets moved to March 12 and those holding December 31 tickets moved to March 13.

Patrons also have other options with their previously booked tickets: the value can be retained for future credit on a CCOA account; the ticket value can be donated to the Centre (a registered charity organization; or a refund can be issued in full.

Concert tickets always make a wonderful Christmas present, and patrons can connect with the box office at confederationcentre.com<http://www.confederationcentre.com&gt; or at 902.566.1267. Concert patrons will be sent a video explaining all social distancing and masking guidelines for the Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre concert.

With Billboard-worthy pop hooks, deep acoustic grooves, trance-like breakdowns, and three-part harmonies, Tim Chaisson, Koady Chaisson, and Jake Charron capture the furious energy of their live shows and push the boundaries of folk while lighting a new path for a new generation of music lovers. The music trailblazers have performed more than 500 live shows world-wide in the past five years, but nothing beats an Island crowd on the weekend.

Appreciation is extended to the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Province of Prince Edward Island, the City of Charlottetown, and the Special Events Reserve Fund.

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Working on the Clampdown

Confederation Centre of the Arts will be closed to the public as of Tuesday December 8. This follows the Chief Public Health Office’s (CPHO) instigation of a two-week ‘circuit breaker’ approach to protocols, extending until December 21.

This closure includes the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, the Confederation Centre Public Library, The Story of Confederation, and other arts education offerings. The remaining 2020 dance umbrella classes are cancelled, and the program will resume in the new year.

The Centre’s two scheduled holiday concerts, Comfort & Joy (Dec. 20) and The East Pointers (part of Capital New Year, Dec. 30-31) are tentative at this time, pending updates from CPHO. Depending on the unfolding public health situation, one or both of these concerts may proceed and patrons are asked to hold on to their tickets and watch confederationcentre.com<http://www.confederationcentre.com&gt; and Centre social media for updates in the next week.

Patrons with ticketing questions can contact the Centre’s box office via email, boxoffice@confederationcentre.com<mailto:boxoffice@confederationcentre.com>. All Confederation Centre staff are still available via email and phone and are either working from home or safely on-site.

Patrons are also reminded that year-end giving is still available at this time, with options to give online at confederationcentre.com/donate<http://www.confederationcentre.com/donate&gt; or via mail: 145 Richmond Street, Charlottetown, PE, C1A1J1. End-of-year donations must be received by December 31, 2020 in order to receive a taxation receipt.

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Expand Your Horizons

The Guild’s Musical Theatre Classes are EXPANDING! Since The Guild has started Musical Theatre Programming for children, it has blossomed into a very successful Musical Theatre School! So, why not take it a bit further? The Guild will now be offering classes in Broadway Tap Dance for youth, Junior and Intermediate Hip Hop, Teen and Adult Tap as well as Step for all ages!Our Music Theatre School director is Lori Linkletter. Lori Linkletter owns and operates Linkletter Music Studio in Charlottetown, teaching voice, piano, theory, history, harmony and Music Theatre. Ms. Linkletter has studied at Sheridan College Music theatre program, The Glenn Gould School of music, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto obtaining her Performance and Teaching Certificates in 1997. Ms. Linkletter’s principal voice teacher was Paul Massel, and her piano teachers were Jenny Regher and Charlene Biggs. Lori studied choral conducting techniques with Dr. Tuttle at the Royal Conservatory of Music and sang with the Eastminister United Church Choir under the direction of Alan Coffin. Lori taught at the studio of Paul Massel at the royal conservatory of Music, Toronto where she taught private students, beginning male singing techniques and conducted the 150 member beginner’s chorus before returning to PEI in 1997.Instructing our specialized dance classes is Kennedy Leard? Kennedy is a recent graduate from Randolph College for the Performing Arts in Toronto, and has also earned a diploma in Theatre Performance at Holland College School of Performing Arts on Prince Edward Island. Kennedy has been in Anne and Gilbert as “Gertie Pye” for five consecutive years and has full training as a choreographer and a dance captain in many musical productions such as Bring it On the Musical, and Happy Days the Musical and is thrilled to be back on the island to teach! “I’m so excited to have Kennedy return to the Guild MTS as a Graduate from the Randolph school of performing arts in Toronto.” Lori Linkletter

We’re so excited to get these new classes underway, but spaces are very limited! Register on our website theguildpei.com or call (902)620-3333 today to snag your spot!

Media Contact Alanna Jankov – CEO The Guild 9026203475.

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