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Everything’s Got a Story (and an app)

The Story of Confederation Kiosk

Location: beside the 1864 sculpture on the historic grounds surrounding Province House National Historic Site.

Hours of Operation: July and August: 9 a.m. –5 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 12 p.m.–5 p.m. Sunday (weather depending).

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Cost: Free of charge

The kiosk will offer the following services:

Information on Confederation Centre of the Arts, the Confederation Players, the Confederation Centre Young Company, Province House National Historic Site and other Parks Canada heritage places on PEI.

Wifi access to the official Parks Canada Province House app. The app is available for free download to your handheld device or with the use of an iPad, which will be available for loan.

Parks Canada’s Green Screen, which allows visitors to have their image superimposed on a stunning Parks Canada backdrop image (weather depending).

Visitors are also welcome to learn more about this iconic site through interpretive panels that have been installed on the grounds of Province House.

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Luke Ignace is 1st Recipient of Erskine Smith Award

Luke Ignace is the inaugural recipient of the Erskine Smith Memorial Award for the Performing Arts at Holland College.

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Despite clearly possessing a talent for theatre, Luke had never considered a career in the performing arts before age fifteen. He was a member of a dance troupe in his native Bahamas, but his plan for post-secondary education was to study marine engineering at The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute. Those plans were forever changed when he was spotted dancing by Gloria McGlone, the woman who would become his mentor and benefactor. Ms. McGlone encouraged him to audition for a production of Fame at the Regency Theatre in Freeport. He did and was cast in the role of Tyrone.

Over the next three years, Luke performed parts in several Bahamian plays, as well as the playing Scar in The Lion King.

Eager to develop his talents, Luke applied to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City for a five-week intensive summer course. Shortly thereafter, he applied and was accepted to Holland College’s School of Performing Arts.

International living and student expenses can be daunting and Luke is very grateful to all those who made gifts in support of the Erskine Smith Memorial Award which has helped to make it possible for him to pursue his career in theatre.

Luke’s future plans may include further study of the dramatic arts at the National Theatre School in Montreal. He recently auditioned for a place there. But wherever he ends up next year, he ultimately wants to build on his education and experience before returning to the Bahamas with a view to making a significant contribution to the performing arts in his native country.

Photo Show Opens at the Guild

The PEI Photo Club has undergone several incarnations. The first Camera Club, organized by Roland Taylor in 1937, was short-lived. With the help of Vic Runtz, Roland organized the Charlottetown Camera Club after the end of World War II and supported it for many years. The club currently presents an annual Roland Taylor Award in his honour. The club saw a new birth in 1982 as the Monday Night Club, but the name didn’t stick so the group called itself the PEI Photo Club.

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Richard Carson writes: “The ‘pros’ like Carmen Paynter of the PEI Photo Lab, Rollie Taylor of Taylor’s Jewellers who sold Minoltas, and George Wotton were a great help to the members in the early years of the new club.”

Over the years, the Club has benefited from the membership of a Who’s-Who of Island business owners, teachers and commercial photographers, and today it is proud of the diversity of its members ranging from high school students to retirees, from those using point-and-shoot cameras to those who have invested in professional gear.

The 34th Annual PEI Photo Club Print Show opens at the Guild on June 8th. The photo club is grateful to all of the sponsors and volunteers who make this show possible.

Antonine Maillet Awarded Symons Medal

Renowned Acadian novelist, playwright, broadcaster, and scholar, Antonine Maillet, C.C. is the winner of the 2016 Symons Medal, one of Canada’s most prestigious honours, Confederation Centre of the Arts announced today

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Confederation Centre – Canada’s national memorial to the founding of the country – presents the Symons Medal each year to recognize a distinguished person who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life. Previous recipients of this award include His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales; His Excellency Governor General David Johnston; former Prime Minister Paul Martin; President of the national Inuit organization, Mary Simon; broadcaster and environmental leader, David Suzuki; and former Quebec Premier, Jean Charest.

Born in 1929 in Bouctouche, New Brunswick, Maillet is one of the most celebrated writers in Canadian literature. Her play La Sagouine (1971), which celebrates the rich, colourful, and distinctive culture of Canada’s Acadian people, has become a classic of French-language theatre in this country. Her 1979 novel Pélagie-la-Charette was the first work by a non-European to win the Prix Goncourt, France’s greatest literary prize. This story charts the triumphant return home of the Acadian people after the 1755 Expulsion, and made Maillet an overnight success in France, where it sold over a million copies.

Since the breakthroughs of La Sagouine and Pélagie-la-Charette, Maillet has been one of the most respected figures in French-language literature in Canada, publishing over 20 novels, numerous plays, and several translations (including French translations of Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, and Bernard Shaw). Her remarkable body of writing, translated into numerous languages, is an immense contribution to literature in Canada and throughout the world, and makes her an unofficial but much-beloved, world-wide ambassador for the Acadian people.

In 1999, composer and lyricist Vincent de Tourdonnet brought Maillet’s Pélagie to Confederation Centre where the developing musical was workshopped. Pélagie-la-Charette became a successful musical produced in both French and English that toured several venues in Canada.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, CEO Jessie Inman, and Professor Tom Symons, for whom this lecture is named, we are elated to announce Antonine Maillet as the recipient of the 16th Symons Medal,” says Chairman of the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust, Wayne Hambly. “Mme Maillet is a leading creative voice for Canada, a writer of great renown, and a global champion for Acadians everywhere. We welcome her return to Confederation Centre this fall.”

Maillet is a Companion of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the French Légion d’Honneur, a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres de France, a member of the Order of New Brunswick, and an Officer of the Order of Quebec. She has received over 20 literary awards and prizes, including the Governor General’s Award for Literature, and the Lorne Pierce Medal from the Royal Society of Canada. In 1992, she was appointed a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada. From 1989 to 2001 she served as Chancellor of the Université de Moncton.

Maillet’s Symons Medal Ceremony will take place on Friday, November 4, 2016 in the Homburg Theatre. Tickets to attend the recipient’s medal ceremony and lecture will be made available through the Centre’s Box Office at a later date. For more information, please visit confederationcentre.com/symonsmedallecture and follow event updates on social media @confedcentre and via #Symons2016.

Since 2004, Confederation Centre has honoured 15 distinguished Symons Medalists. Held each fall to mark the 1864 meetings of the Fathers of Confederation, the medal ceremony creates a national platform for a prominent Canadian to discuss the nation’s current state and future prospects.

Don’t Forget to Give!

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is here! For the entire month of June, every $1 you donate to us at the Watermark Theatre through http://www.canadahelps.org qualifies us to win $10,000! The more you give, the more chances for us to win!

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Our summer season is fast approaching with Blithe Spirit and The Glass Menagerie about to start rehearsals. Our sets are being built, costumes are being made, and the theatre is being prepped to welcome local residents and visitors to the theatre for this very exciting 2016 summer season.

If you haven’t yet donated this season, now is the perfect time! If you’ve already made a contribution recently, we are so grateful for your support.

Watermark Theatre is a not for profit charitable organization and a charitable tax receipt will be issued with all donations.

Help us make the 2016 summer season our best ever!

Jessie Inmam of Confederation Centre Named a Top CEO

For a third consecutive year, Jessie Inman, CEO Confederation Centre of the Arts, has been named one the region’s top corporate managers. At a gala dinner in Moncton last week, Atlantic Business Magazine announced Inman as one of the ‘Top 50 Atlantic Canadian CEOs’ and will feature her in the May/June issue.

Inman was one of only two Island business leaders named this year, the other being John Griffin, president and general manager of W.P. Griffin Inc. who was also named CEO Innovator of the Year by Atlantic Business. W.P. Griffin Inc. is a recognized leader in producing, packaging and marketing P.E.I. potatoes locally and internationally.

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Wayne Hambly, Chairman of the Board of Confederation Centre – or the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust – acknowledged the notable achievements of both Ms. Inman and Mr. Griffin.

“On behalf of the board, I’d like to congratulate both of our Island recipients on being selected for this distinguished Canadian honour,” he remarked. “Our board and staff at the Centre greatly appreciate the hard work, perseverance, and sound leadership Jessie demonstrates for all projects and departments. To receive this accolade once is a major achievement, let alone three years running.”

Inman became CEO of Canada’s national living memorial to the Fathers of Confederation in November 2011. Originally from St. Catherine’s, P.E.I., she has worked all over the world but was thrilled to have been able to return to her roots and contribute to her province and country. She now lives in Charlottetown with her husband Allan.