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NAC Goes National

The National Arts Centre (NAC) is announcing an unprecedented collaboration with partner organizations across Canada – including Confederation Centre of the Arts – in support of the Canadian music scene. The ambitious initiative called NAC Presents Across Canada will help support nearly 40 concerts in 10 cities across Canada in 2017-2018 to help build the careers of emerging Canadian musicians.


As part of this program,  Confederation Centre will present celebrated Canadian pop icons, the Barenaked Ladies, on Monday October 16. This show has been selling very strongly all spring, yet some tickets still remain. Visit the Confederation Centre box office online at, in person at 130 Queen Street, Charlottetown, or toll free at 1 800 565 0278.

 The creative force behind this project is Heather Gibson, the new Executive Producer of NAC Presents, who joined the NAC six months ago after a successful career in the music industry.  Immediately upon her arrival in Ottawa, Gibson saw the opportunity to build a network of live music organizations to support the career development of emerging Canadian musicians. She began travelling the country in her new role, and within a few months had made partnerships in St. John’s, Charlottetown, Halifax, Montréal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Vancouver and Whitehorse.

 “NAC Presents is a fantastic all-Canadian music series that was founded six years ago here at the National Arts Centre.  It brings some of Canada’s best emerging musicians and songwriters to the NAC stages in Ottawa,” said Gibson. “NAC Presents Across Canada will start to build a network of music organizations and community promoters that work together to promote talent, help artists develop audiences across Canada, and create touring opportunities and will build national networks for both the artists and the organizations involved,” said Gibson.

 NAC Presents Across Canada concerts will showcase a wide variety of Canadian emerging musicians in all genres. The series is programmed collaboratively between Heather Gibson and the artistic leadership in each partner organization. The programming will focus on emerging Canadian talent.

The National Arts Centre is Canada’s home for the performing arts, and NAC Presents across Canada will allow the institution to deepen its engagement with the contemporary music scene in every region. NAC Presents Across Canada will also help support the development of emerging artists, and in turn, will support the development of audiences in Canada for emerging music, which strengthens the artistic life of our nation.

 NAC Presents Across Canada will mirror the NAC Presents series of all-Canadian music at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa where throughout the year more than 90 concerts by emerging and established Canadian artists are presented on all four of the NAC’s performance stages.


 1)     Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Confirmed programming with NAC Presents Across Canada includes: Barenaked Ladies, October 16

 2)     Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon.

 3)     Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Vancouver, British Columbia.

 4)     Calgary Folk Music Festival, Calgary, Alberta.

 5)     Regina Folk Festival, Regina, Saskatchewan.

 6)     Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

 7)     Lula Lounge/Lula Music and Arts Centre, Toronto, Ontario.

 8)     Phi Centre, Montréal, Québec.

 9)     Halifax Pop Explosion, Halifax, Nova Scotia

 10)   Arts and Culture Centres of Newfoundland and Labrador.


Spring Fever On Tap

Spring Fever 2017 is showcasing the talents of the Somerset Dance Studio under the direction of Marlys Maclaren featuring dancers ages 2 and up featuring Creative Movement, Reels, Jigs, Strathspeys and special guest appearances by Marlys and Her Irish Group and Sony award winner, singer-songwriter Tara MacLean featuring a preview of her summer show at the Guild, Atlantic Blue .


Come join us for an afternoon of toe tapping music of song and dance ! Spring Fever is at the Harbourfront Theatre on Sunday, June 25th at 2 PM.

Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On

This summer’s mega-concert musical, Million Dollar Quartet is set to open at The Charlottetown Festival at Confederation Centre next week. Sponsored by Tim Horton’s, the most anticipated Island production of the year has been on fire at the box office all year and promises to wow theatregoers when the curtain lifts on June 14.


 In December 1956, a 20 yr. old Jerry Lee Lewis, 21 yr. old Elvis Presley, 24 yr. old Johnny Cash, and 24 yr. old Carl Perkins stepped into the legendary Sun Record Studios under the direction of Sam Phillips and created an evening of musicianship that, by today’s standards, would have taken months to arrange and negotiate.

 “Imagine what it would have been like to be a fly on the wall and experienced that evening first-hand,” enthuses Director and Choreographer Tracey Flye. “The comradery, the competition, and the opportunity to get a private glimpse into the lives of these young men — out of the spotlight for a few precious hours and able to simply be themselves and revel in each other’s musical talents.”

 That is what Million Dollar Quartet promises — a momentary glimpse into these four extraordinary lives, under ordinary circumstances. Four young musicians unaffected by their public persona for an evening, able to play for the pure joy of playing. “How lucky are we that the producer and architect of that evening, Sam Phillips, had the foresight to make it all happen!? “ exclaims Flye.

 The cast includes Greg Gale (Cash), Matthew Lawrence (Elvis), Jefferson McDonald (Jerry Lee), Ed Murphy (Perkins), Alicia Toner (Dyanne), and Stephen Guy-McGrath (Sam Phillips). Additional accompaniment is provided by Trevor Grant (Fluke, the drummer) and Evan Stewart (Brother Jay Perkins, bass).

 Million Dollar Quartet is musically directed by Bob Foster, with sets and costumes from Corey Sincennes, lighting by Michael Walton, and sound design by Peter McBoyle. The original concept and direction is by Floyd Mutrux, with the book by Colin Escott and Mutrux. Adam Brazier is Artistic Director for The Charlottetown Festival.

 Special thanks are extended to the Government of Canada for their support of Confederation Centre; production sponsor, Tim Horton’s; and The Charlottetown Festival sponsor, CIBC. Appreciation is extended to media sponsors Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, CTV, and The Guardian.

On the Job

After a very successful introductory year, Watermark Theatre is thrilled to embark on its second year of the Mentorship Program to continue training young theatre professionals.

Last week the interns started work and will be with the company all summer. This year’s crop of interns are: Sarah Hiseler (Arts Administration), Sydney Gillis (Stage Management), Pat Caron (Technical Director), Kira Duff (Wardrobe), Carlie Dugan (Props and Scenic Art), and Brayden Crawford (Carpentry and Tech).


“I’m so excited to have been offered this fantastic opportunity in my home province. I can’t wait to share the Island with my talented, new coworkers, and to learn all that I can from them to bring back to my studies at Acadia in the fall!”, says PEI intern Sydney Gillis.

Watermark Theatre is a perfect training ground – small enough to nurture and large enough to have processes and policies in place. All sets, costumes and props are realized on site and production standards are high. Though there are many theatre training institutions in Canada there are very few internships available. Hands-on experience and training under a good mentor is one of the best ways to learn and grow.

“After being away in Montreal for school it’s great to be able to return to the Maritimes. I’m excited to be working with such a lovely and talented team of people this summer”, says Nova Scotian intern Sarah Hiseler.

The program is generously sponsored by the Joan & Regis Duffy Foundation, the RBC Emerging Artist Project, SYnC Youth Internship Program PEI, and Skills PEI.

Watermark is a proud member of the PTN – Professional Theatre Network of PEI

For more information please contact Andrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or

Acting Conservatory On Tap


July 24th to Aug 4th, 2017

The Acting Conservatory at the Watermark Theatre in North Rustico offers young actors from the ages of 12 to 18 the opportunity to train with our professional acting company members.


Previous year’s classes have included improvisation, scene study, dance, Shakespeare, voice and speech, monologues, stage combat, etc. The Acting Conservatory culminates in a public performance for family and friends at the end of the two-week session.

All classes will be taught by our team of professional actors who are in residence with the Watermark Theatre Acting Company for the 2017 summer season.

Full Day Acting Workshops Monday to Friday

One week session:  $99 plus HST
Two week session:  $198 plus HST

Sign up for your place in this remarkable experience at or call 902-963-3963

For more information please contact Andrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or

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