Category Archives: News Flash

Lighting It Up

In case you are seeing a lot of RED lights in your feed tonight, it is in support of #LightUpLive. Our Executive Director

 

Kieran Keller

had a chance to talk with

Matt Rainnie

about it. You can check it out here: https://www.cbc.ca/…/1-130…/clip/15799255-light-up-live

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre, Confederation Centre for the Arts, Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Pride Meets at the Guild


Pride PEI is holding the Annual General Meeting of our Members online this year on October 1 at 6:00pm ADT. Members will have the opportunity to connect via Zoom Video Webinar for an interactive presentation, or to call in via telephone to participate.IMPORTANT: Please note that you must be a registered Member of Pride PEI to attend the Annual General Meeting and to vote during the meeting. To sign up or renew your membership for the 2019-2020 year, please fill out the membership form at:
• https://bit.ly/ppei-memberAll Members in Good Standing who have registered for the AGM will be credentialed for secure online voting by the start of the Meeting and will have further details on how to vote electronically sent to them via the e-mail they have used to sign up for the meeting here on this platform. Any questions about Membership, Voting, or AGM prep should be directed to the Board at board@pridepei.ca—–
📍 Land AcknowledgementPride PEI operates in Mi’kma’ki, the homeland of the Mi’kmaq People. We recognize that the land on which we gather is the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq First Nation, and we pay our respects to the Indigenous Mi’kmaq people of this territory: past, present, and future. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” with Mi’kmaq Peoples. 🤝 Safer Space Agreement 
Pride PEI is dedicated to providing space that is accessible, inclusive, and free from oppression, harassment, and discrimination. In this space, we will treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of age, race, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, levels of ability, and all our other diverse identities. Everyone entering this space has a responsibility to uphold these values.

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Bob Rae Awarded Symons Medal

The Confederation Centre of the Arts has announced the 2020 Symons Medal will be awarded to the Honourable Bob Rae, PC, CC, OO, QC through an online broadcast on Friday, October 30. 

The Symons Medal and Lecture Series is named in honour of Professor Thomas H.B. Symons, a long-time supporter of Confederation Centre and a Board Governor. The Symons Medal recognizes an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life and is presented annually at the Centre. 

The Symons Medal Ceremony and Lecture will be streamed online via the Centre’s Facebook and YouTube channels on October 30 at 8 p.m. AT. 

Remarks of welcome will be made by the Honourable Premier Dennis King and official response will be delivered by the Honourable Roy Romanow, PC, OC, SOM, QC, former premier of Saskatchewan and current chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan. The Medal Lecture will be followed by a live question and answer component with viewers. 

Hon. Rae’s lecture is entitled: Learning from The Past, Imagining the Future: Reflections from a Political Life. “I am delighted to be following so many distinguished Canadians as this year’s Symons Medal recipient,” states Hon. Rae. “I have long admired Tom Symons’ vision and leadership and it is also wonderful to be associated with Confederation Centre of the Arts and my many friends in Charlottetown and Prince Edward Island.”

Throughout the video address, Hon. Rae will explore themes around: Canada’s improbable origins as a nation; post-war emergence onto the global stage; active membership within the United Nations (U.N.); and the significance of the ever-evolving Canadian constitution—a “living tree document”.

Hon. Rae is the 2020 recipient in part for his many years of work on humanitarian issues, most recently the Rohingya Refugee crisis, as well as his time focusing on indigenous issues with Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, and his decades of public service and teaching. He has always been deeply involved in the political life of Canada including as MP, former premier of Ontario, and interim leader of the federal Liberal Party. While premier, he was involved in many of the initiatives for constitutional reform.

In July, Hon. Rae was appointed Canada’s ambassador to the U.N. by the Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Humanitarian and Refugee Issues. 

Stay tuned to the Confederation Centre’s news page for further updates, including further potential distribution or screenings of the lecture.

About the Medal: The Symons Medal was designed by Dora de Pedery-Hunt, CM, OOnt (1913 – 2008). The famed Canadian sculptor was inspired by the Jean Paul Lemieux 1964 painting Charlottetown Revisited (submitted).

Symons Medallists: 

Since 2004, the Centre has honoured 19 distinguished Symons Medallists:

·         2019 Senator Murray Sinclair, Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

  1. 2018 Dr. Margaret MacMillan, historian
  2. 2017 The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
  3. 2016 Antonine Maillet, novelist and playwright
  4. 2015 Paul Gross, actor, writer, director
  5. 2014 Stephen Lewis, politician, human rights activist, UN Special Envoy
  6. 2014 His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales
  7. 2013 The Right Honourable Paul Martin
  8. 2012 Dr. David Suzuki
  9. 2011 Dr. Ivan Fellegi, former Chief Statistician of Canada
  10. 2010 The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada
  11. 2009 Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, national Inuit organization
  12. 2008 The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada
  13. 2008 Dr. Ian E. Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada
  14. 2007 The Honourable John Crosbie
  15. 2007 The Honourable Peter Lougheed
  16. 2006 Mark Starowicz, producer and journalist
  17. 2005 The Honourable Roy McMurtry, Chief Justice of Ontario
  18. 2004 The Honourable Jean Charest, Premier of Quebec

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre, Confederation Centre for the Arts, Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

More Amazing Tales of the Atlantic

There’s another chance to catch the second episode of The Amazing Tales of the Atlantic: Presented by The Guild!
Mark your calendars for September 28th!
The Guild brings thrills and adventure to the stage this summer! Amazing Tales of the Atlantic is a live radio play anthology series celebrating the unique residents of the Atlantic. It takes the characters in our community we all know and love and puts them in wild scenarios. Each evening of Amazing Tales of the Atlantic will feature three unique stories and every month audiences will be treated to 3 new chapters of the three ever-evolving tales!
Those tales are:
The DDT Detectives – Set in the wrestling heydays of the 1980’s, Crusher Kevin Cormier and Dashing David Doiron are a hard hitting tag team by night and hard drinking super sleuths by slightly later at night. Kevin and David help the helpless and solve mysteries as they travel from town to town thrilling crowds. It’s the Littlest Hobo meets Murder She Wrote meets Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling.
The B’ylight Zone – There’s some friggin’ thing on the hull of the lobster boat! The B’ylight Zone is a show in the style of the Twilight Zone or Black Mirror and puts colorful maritime locations and characters at the centre of all of the freaky deaky scenarios. Each episode is it’s own thrilling self contained story and set of characters.
Anne of the Green Planet – A precocious human orphan named Anne from the planet Nova Nova Scotia is taken in by a brother and sister scientist duo who live on the space station Avonlea, which orbits a mysterious planetoid called P31. Between school and duties in the lab, Anne and her new friend GilBot find themselves in all sorts of scientific adventures.
Entry is $20 at the door, seats can be reserved in advance by contacting The Guild, 111 Queen Street, Charlottetown at (902)620-3333 or by emailing boxoffice@theguildpei.com with details.

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Babes on Broadway

Yesterday we kicked off our fall musical theatre school at The Guild with our broadway classes! All levels of dance are welcome. 

Spots are still available so if you’re interested in signing up visit our website theguildpei.com for more info, or give our box office a call at 902-620-3333!

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Feelin’ Mighty Proud!

Confederation Centre announces broadcast special celebrating Anne across the Island; 

Guest appearances include Amybeth McNulty, Lennie Gallant, Meaghan Blanchard, Gracie Finley, Emma Rudy and more!

Confederation Centre of the Arts is set to release a one-hour broadcast special entitled Feelin’ Mighty Proud! This Island-wide celebration weaves highlights from the iconic Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ with a summertime journey across the Island, stopping at key destinations that focus on the works of L.M. Montgomery and the lore of Anne Shirley. 

Feelin’ Mighty Proud! is an homage to Montgomery, the original Anne of Green Gables novel, our famed Anne musical, and the Island as a whole,” shares Adam Brazier, artistic director with the Centre. “This project will make every Canadian proud and is a heartfelt reminder of the incredible impact our heroine has made world-wide—one who has brought so many people together for generations.”

Directed by Brazier with Jason Rogerson, this new production is rich with special appearances, including video interviews from such luminaries as Amybeth McNulty (Anne with an E), RH Thompson, Gracie Finley and Glenda Landry, and current ‘Anne’, Emma Rudy. This past summer would have marked Rudy’s second straight season starring in Charlottetown. This season marked the first time in the musical’s 55-year Guinness Record-setting run that it could not be mounted, as the entire Charlottetown Festival was cancelled due to COVID-19. 

Rudy is joined here by Hank Stinson and Marlane O’Brien as the Cuthberts, and Catherine O’Brien as Rachel Lynde in a selection of scenes shot on the iconic Homburg Theatre mainstage. More than a dozen Charlottetown Festival company members also appear performing the musical’s title theme, including Islanders Aaron Hastelow, Michelle Bouey, and Josée Boudreau, as well as the Festival Orchestra. 

New performances for the special include rousing original interpretations of the songs of the famed musical, such as ‘If it Hadn’t Been for Me’ by Vishten; ‘The Words’  by Lennie Gallant; ‘Gee I’m Glad I’m No One Else But Me’ from Meaghan Blanchard shot in the famed ‘Anne house’ in Cavendish, ‘Kindred Spirits’ from Ava and Lilly Rashed, and more. Click here to enjoy two sneak peek audio samples from the special!

Feelin’ Mighty Proud will be broadcast in late September and is made possible due to the generous support of Canadian Heritage, the Province of Prince Edward Island, title sponsor CIBC, and production sponsor, CAA. Patrons can follow the Centre’s social media pages and confederationcentre.com for broadcast date and platform details.

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A Wayward Feather

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This summer at the Victoria Playhouse we are reaching out to friends who have worked with us in past seasons and asked them to share their stories of the time spent with us here at the Playhouse.

Trilby Jeeves performed with us for three seasons in the eighties. She played the female lead roles in ‘Talley’s Folly’, ‘Sinners’ and ‘Seamarks’.
Here is an excerpt from her reminiscences The complete story will appear on our new website coming soon.

“The best feeling was being on that lovely stage when the audience couldn’t stop laughing. My advice from the comedy ‘Sinners’ that my friend, Michel Houde, and I were in, is to not wear a costume with lots of feathers. Seeing one sticking out from Michel’s sweaty forehead as he made a “serious” phone call took great effort for me to not break out laughing. He had no idea it was there. He wondered why I whacked him in the head as we ran “up the stairs” (back stage) to return to the bedroom set. That feather had to go!

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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

Showcasing the Showcase

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The Showcase full store clearance sale begins today! 🛍💫

After many years of wonderful service, The Showcase Gift Shop, located in our theatre lobby, will be closing on September 5.

The entire store will be 50% off, with quality hand-crafted items, jewelry, pottery, women’s fashions, music, and so much more.

Store hours are Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Calling All Superstars

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The Confederation Centre is calling all superstars aged 7-11! ⭐️

Sign up now for next month’s Performing Arts Camps and make unforgettable summer memories.

Learn more: https://confederationcentre.com/arts-education/exploring-performing-arts/

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse