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Mack Named Venue of the Year

The Mack Theatre was recognized with the prize for 2016 Venue of the Year, Sunday afternoon at East Coast Music Week. Darcy Campbell, director of LIVE @ the Centre and winter programming, was on hand to proudly collect the trophy at the industry brunch held in Sydney, Cape Breton.

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“On behalf of CEO Jessie Inman, Chairman Wayne Hambly, the board of directors, and all staff at Confederation Centre, we are very honoured to be recognized by the East Coast Music Association as Venue of the Year,” says Campbell. “We wish to thank all our patrons, artists, and sponsors who support this performance space year-round.”

The Mack is also nominated for Venue of the Year at the upcoming 2016 Music P.E.I. Awards. Upcoming performers in the cabaret theatre with Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre include Red Moon Road (April 21), Kim Wempe (April 23), and Royal Wood (April 29 and 30).

The venue will then be reset to prepare for the Atlantic Canadian premiere of the musical Spoon River, produced in association with Soulpepper Theatre Company, playing select dates July 6 to August 20. For more, visit confederationcentre.com.

Pinch a Penny

The Pinch Penny Fair is an established Island tradition of spring hosted by the Friends of Confederation Centre. The annual fundraising event helps support the Art-to-the-School Program, the Festive Wreath Contest/Exhibition, the Confederation Centre Youth Choir, children’s art activities, and special projects for the Centre.
picture-of-piggy-bank-with-pennies-photoThe Pinch Penny Fair is more than a giant flea market — shoppers can explore the silent auction, plant tables, and baked goods, as well as locally made arts and crafts. The Kids Zone will feature games, face painting, balloon twisting, prizes, carnival treats, and The Music Man, Michael Pendergast, will be performing for kids of all ages at 10:30 am and 11:30 am in this area. There will also be live entertainment from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring Judy MacLean Dancers and Angelina MacKinnon.

The 48th annual Pinch Penny Fair is taking place this Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Confederation Centre of the Arts.

Donations are being accepted until April 21 at the Centre’s Richmond Street entrance. Admission is $2 and children 12 and under are free. For additional information call 902-628-6141 or email friends@confederationcentre.com.

Going, Going, Gone

Watermark Theatre is holding an online auction to help raise funds for their 2016 summer season. Sit down, log on, and place your bid on our special online auction from April 15th to May 1st, 2016. (Go to: http://watermarktheatre2016.eflea.ca).

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We’re auctioning off exciting items both local to PEI and further afield. Travel, sports, theatre, art, and restaurant options are all available at incredible prices.

A Week’s Accommodation in Disney World, Florida!
One Week Cottage Stay On PEI’s North Shore!
One Week Grand Bend Ontario Vacation!
Dinner for six at the home of Watermark Founding Artistic Director, Duncan McIntosh and his partner, Premier Wade MacLauchlan!
80,000 Aeroplan points up for grabs!
Dinner and Theatre packages in downtown Toronto!
Theatre tickets to the Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Confederation Centre, Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre, Victoria Playhouse, and The Grand Theatre!
Tickets to the Maple Leafs, The Island Storm, and golfing at Glasgow Hills Golf Club!
Dinner at Carrs, Rodney’s, and Red Shores!

And Much Much More………..

Watermark’s summer season will consist of the American modern classic The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, and the Noel Coward comedy Blithe Spirit.

A new initiative, The Watermark Play Reading Series, will be presented throughout the month of August, and our popular music series Classic Music Reignited rounds out the programming for the summer.

Showcase is Showcased

The Showcase Gift Shop at Confederation Centre was recently celebrated with a major award. Craft producers at the 2016 Atlantic Canada Trade Show selected the shop as a Top 5 Craft Retailer across the four provinces and Sandra Jeffery, manager, attended the ceremony in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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“We are delighted to be selected by craft producers across the region,” says Jeffery. “The award recognizes The Showcase’s contribution to the craft industry in Atlantic Canada and our commitment to selling a high variety of professional crafts. A big thank-you goes out to our staff and volunteers for all their efforts and our patrons who support us year-round.”

This is the second time The Showcase has won this award in the last three years. The popular shop specializes in quality handcrafted items, jewellery, pottery, women’s fashion, memorabilia from the famed Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ and more.

The Showcase is located in Confederation Centre’s theatre lobby, adjacent to the box office.

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.

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.