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Up On the Law

2021 Symons Medal Lecture to Focus on Immigration, the Pandemic and the Law 

-The Honourable Louise Arbour to deliver the lecture on October 29- 

One of Canada’s most experienced international law experts will give her take on the state of Canadian Confederation on October 29 as the recipient of the 2021 Symons Medal.  

The Honourable Louise Arbour, CC, GOQ, is a former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, a former Supreme Court Justice, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and is currently leading an external review of sexual misconduct in the Canadian military. 

“Madame Arbour is one of Canada’s most respected and sought-after national and international law experts, and a most deserving recipient of the Symons Medal,” says Robert Sear, Chair of the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust. “We look forward to hearing her views on how our country has changed, and what may lie ahead as we navigate our rapidly changing world.” 

The Symons Medal Lecture provides a national platform for a distinguished Canadian to discuss the current state and future prospects of Confederation. It provides all Canadians an opportunity to reflect upon their country and its future. The medal ceremony and lecture is held each fall on the Mainstage of Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown. 

The title of Madame Arbour’s lecture is DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM, or “They Desire a Better Country” which is the motto of the Order of Canada. It will focus on the transformation of Canadian society through immigration, the pandemic, and the law. 

She follows a formidable line of Symons Medallists, including the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, The Honourable Murray Sinclair, and the Honourable Bob Rae. 

The 2021 Symons Medal Lecture takes place on the Mainstage of Confederation Centre of the Arts on Friday, October 29, at 7pm. The event will also be live-streamed on Confederation Centre’s Facebook page.  

Tickets will be available for Confederation Centre Members on Saturday, October 9. To become a member and take advantage of priority ticket booking, please visit . Tickets will open to the general public on Wednesday, October 13. To book your seats visit, or call the Box Office at 1-800-565-0278. 

There is no cost to attend the ceremony, but patrons must have a ticket to enter, and quantities are limited.   

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New Classes Under the Umbrella

Did you know? Dance Umbrella has added lots of NEW classes this year, including: 

⭐ My Parent & Me (ages 18 mo-3 years)
⭐ Musical Theatre (ages 6-7)
⭐ Inclusive Dance (ages 6-18)
⭐ Acro/Conditioning (ages 11+)
⭐ Teen Workshop (ages 12+)
⭐ Yoga (ages 12+) 
⭐ Beginner Adult Ballet (ages 18+)
⭐ Beginner/Intermediate Adult Dance Workshop (ages 18+)

New students welcome! See the complete list of classes, and get registered at:…/dance-umbrella/

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Vote for the Arts

Confederation Centre of the Arts is the province’s leader in performing arts, visual arts, arts education, and heritage programming.

Through the arts we help thousands of Islanders and visitors alike gain a deeper understanding of the origins and evolution of our country, and what it means to be Canadian today. 

Now is the time to remind candidates from all parties just how important the Centre is to the province and to the country! 🗳

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Casting Update at the Watermark

Casting Update – Cottagers and Indians
Geneviève Steele to play the part of Maureen Poole
Geneviève is thrilled to be joining the wonderful team of Cottagers and Indians and grateful for the opportunity to return to beautiful PEI/Epekwitk. Most recently she reprised the role of Sissy in Half-Cracked at Ship’s Company Theatre. Other theatre highlights include Calendar Girls, Snake in the Grass, Rabbit Hole (Neptune Theatre), Venus in Fur, Skylight, Molly’s Veil, and Educating Rita (Festival Antigonish) Uncle Vanya, Animal Farm, Pélagie (Two Planks and a Passion), The Overcoat, Twelfth Night (Canadian Stage Company) and The Birds and the Bees (Victoria Playhouse). Geneviève lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with her husband, singer/songwriter Ian Sherwood, and their two girls. Special thanks to them, and thanks to you for supporting the theatre.

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The Guild is Hiring

Have you heard? THE GUILD IS HIRING! 

We are currently looking for an organized, enthusiastic individual to join our team in the role of Part-Time Front-of-House Manager to ensure the success of our theatre, gallery events, and event staff.
Managers are responsible for the day-to-day operation and management of the reception, gallery and seating area of our theatre.
They are responsible for supervising the Front of House staff, assisting and answering questions if needed, and providing and warm and positive presence in the building.
Applicants should be comfortable working in a theatrical setting, with most shows operating on evenings and weekends.

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