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Soup’s On!

As part of the 2016 Rendez-vous de la Francophonie and International Francophonie Day, the public is invited to the third annual edition of SOUP’ART at Confederation Centre of the Arts. This event will take place in Studio 1, this Monday, March 21, from 5 to 7 p.m.

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The audience will be served a bevy of delightful soups from many different countries. This experience will be enhanced by a rich exhibition of visual art from the Acadian community as well as arts and crafts created by newcomers to Canada.

“SOUP’ART has been tremendously popular the last two years. The public enjoyed both the soups and the arts that were on view,” says Monique Lafontaine, French programming and arts education director with the Centre. “This year we are proud to be including a performance performer and artist Yao who will warm your heart with his rich and deep voice.”

Born in Ivory Coast, Yao emigrated to Ontario at the age of 13. This musician, singer, poet, and actor is a modern troubadour. His music is a gentle mix of slam, jazz, and blues, and his texts are poems created to be put to music. The evening will also include brief trivia segments and door prizes.

Admission to this event is free and all are welcome. In the spirit of sharing, members of the public are asked to bring a cash donation for the Syrian Refugee Fund.

This great event, which coincides with the first day of spring, is a partnership of Confederation Centre of the Arts, La Coopérative d’intégration francophone de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard, Fédération culturelle de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard, Société Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin and Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean.

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Not a Tommy

In 1918, Canada was a different country than the one that had marched, almost cheerfully off to war four years earlier. In 1914, the main concern was that the war might be over before Canada got a chance to get into the fight.

Four years, and more than 60,000 deaths later, Canadians had lost many of their illusions about the glories of war. They also, though, had gained a new sense of where they fit in the world as a nation. On Tuesday, March 15, Exhibition Curator Boyde Beck will explore these and other themes with an art talk entitled Not a Tommy: World War One and Canadian Identity.

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The featured exhibition is Snapshots of Armageddon: Jack Turner and the Great War, capturing the experience of the front lines of the First World War from the perspective of a Prince Edward Islander. Snapshots of Armageddon is a collaboration between the P.E.I. Museum and Heritage Foundation, the P.E.I. Regiment Museum, and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

The Gallery can be accessed through entrances off of Grafton or Great George streets, and through the entrance gallery near Mavor’s. Gallery winter hours are: Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.

Make a Map and Win a Camping Trip

Parks Canada and Confederation Centre of the Arts invite Prince Edward Island youth to participate in the Road to 2017 Poster and Graphic Novel Contests. The contests are open to youth in grades 6 to 8, or ages 11 to 14. Classes and organized youth groups falling within the age range are also invited to submit group posters or graphic novels.ExperiencesCanada_800x600-01

Participants in the poster contest are asked to illustrate the map of Canada’s journey to its 150th anniversary in 2017, including stops along the way reflecting important Canadian events, people, or places. Participants in the graphic novel contest must create a book with a maximum of eight pages that tells a part of Canada’s story and its development as a nation.

Individual grand prize winners will receive a free weekend of camping in P.E.I. National Park, and the grand prize and second place winners will receive a seven-day family combo pass for P.E.I. National Park and Green Gables Heritage Place. The grand prize winning class or youth group will receive an exclusive art class with visual artists Jeff Alward or Maurice Bernard. Top placing groups will also receive a copy of the DVD A Building of Destiny and a special class trip to the Confederation Chamber for a tour with a Confederation Player.

Full contest details can be found at parkscanada.gc.ca/ph-contest-2016. The deadline for entries is March 11, 2016.

Mack Gets Nom Nod Again

For a second consecutive year The Mack theatre at Confederation Centre of the Arts has been nominated for Venue of the Year by a jury with the East Coast Music Association. A much loved Island venue, The Mack was selected as a top-5 finalist in this Atlantic Canadian-wide category, which also includes fellow PEI theatre Harmony House. The ECMA’s will be handed out in Sydney, Cape Breton, April 14-17, 2016.

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“On behalf of all management, staff, crew, and the board of directors at Confederation Centre, we are very honoured to be recognized with an ECMA nomination,” says Darcy Campbell, director of winter programming at the Centre. “We congratulate our fellow nominees and thank the many patrons who support us year-round through Sobeys LIVE at the Centre, The Charlottetown Festival, and many private bookings of this great space.”

A key part of Confederation Centre, The Mack is listed on TripAdvisor’s Top-15 things to do in Charlottetown. Upcoming performances at the 200-seat cabaret theatre include the dance umbrella musical Flapper!, singer-songwriter Ian Sherwood, Canadian pop star Royal Wood, and the musical Spoon River, playing July 6 to August 20 at The Charlottetown Festival.

Pick 3 Ending Soon

The Pick 3 Pass for customized Charlottetown Festival ticket packages is available for just two more weeks, closing March 5. Patrons receive 30% off and can book any three Charlottetown Festival shows and select from the best available seats.three-fingers

 

Please visit confederationcentre.com or contact the box office, toll-free, at 800-565-0278.

Confederation Centre wishes to recognize CIBC as the title sponsor of The Charlottetown Festival. The Centre also acknowledges the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Government of P.E.I., through the Department of Education, Early Learning, and Culture, and the City of Charlottetown for continued support.

Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5, Ocean 100, and CTV.

Winning Hearts for the Arts

The Confederation Centre’s Find the Heart for the Arts fundraiser will launch a new and improved format beginning this Monday, February 1. Under the new format, ticket holders do not need to be in attendance at the weekly event, and can win from home.

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Tickets for the Tuesday night game will now be on sale at the Centre’s Box Office, Monday to Saturday, from 12 to 5 p.m. The weekly event remains on Tuesday nights in Studio 1 from 7-9 p.m., with the live draw at 8:45 p.m.

The Chase-the Ace jackpot currently stands at $2,424.00. Chase-the-Ace tickets are available at $2 each, with discounts based on the number of tickets purchased. Full rules and regulations as well as a full ticket price list is available at http://www.confederationcentre.com under the Chase-the-Ace icon.

For all information, rules and ticket prices, please visit the web site. Proceeds from the lottery will be go towards the $ million dollar cost of Phase Two improvements to the Homburg Theatre. The theatre closed in December for four months of essential restoration work to the back-of-stage, including rigging, hanging, fly systems, access and safety equipment, and needed infrastructure upgrades.

Aces Are High

Play has resumed for Charlottetown’s first large-scale Chase-the-Ace Lottery. The Confederation Centre’s ‘Chase-the-Ace for the Arts’ fundraiser for theatre improvements is held every Tuesday night in Studio 1, beside Mavor’s. Ticket sales run from 7 to 8:35 p.m. each night, with full bar service and board games on offer. The winning draw is held at 8:45 p.m.

Ace-of-Hearts

Chase-the-Ace is a classic card game that caught fire as a charity fundraiser in the Maritimes over the past year. The game is similar to a 50/50 draw, but has a twist — weekly ticket sales are split with 50% going to the fundraising charity, 30% being pooled into the jackpot, and 20% going to the weekly winning ticket holder, who also gets the chance to draw a card from the deck.

As weeks go on without the Ace of Hearts being drawn, the jackpot grows and the deck diminishes. The Centre has chosen an Anne of Green Gables themed deck of cards, with the hearts suit as jackpot trigger, hoping for good fortune with ‘hearts for the arts.’

Proceeds from the lottery will be put towards the $5-million cost of Phase Two improvements to the Homburg Theatre. The theatre closed in December for four months of essential restoration work to the back-of-stage, including rigging, hanging, and fly systems, access and safety equipment, and needed infrastructure upgrades.

While the public areas of the 1,100-seat theatre recently underwent significant restorations, the stage facilities and back stage areas have not seen major enhancements since the Island’s largest theatre first opened in 1964.