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Harbourfront Cancels Ria Mae

 

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SATURDAY, MARCH 14TH – CANCELLED

Ria Mae:
The Stars Tour

Halifax-born, Toronto-based songwriter Ria Mae hits the road with her Stars Tour in support of her highly anticipated Stars EP and new single, “Too Close”, featuring Dan Talevski.

The EP Stars serves as a follow-up to the JUNO Award nominated pop album, My Love. The EP’s first single “Bend,” released summer 2017, became an instant hit skyrocketing to the top of the CBC Radio 2 charts for four weeks.  Shortly thereafter it catapulted up the Canadian radio charts reaching Top 5 at Hot AC, Top 10 at AC, and Top 15 CHR radio.  Together with its Platinum-certified debut “Bend” and follow-up “Red Light,” My Love garnered over 12 million combined worldwide streams. The EP was produced by Adam King at Canterbury Studios in Toronto, mixed by Grammy® Award-winning Engineer Joe Visciano, and mastered by Stuart Hawkes. It features several notable collaborators including: Tegan Quin (Tegan & Sara), Joel Stouffer, Serena Ryder, and Dylan Guthro (Port Cities).

Ria’s self-titled major label debut, released in 2016, features the Platinum-selling “Clothes Off” and the anthemic “Ooh Love” (certified Gold). The critically acclaimed album garnered multiple award nominations including ‘Single of the Year’ at the 2016 JUNO Awards and ‘Best New Canadian Artist’ at the iHeart Radio MMVAs.

Ria has toured Europe with Tegan & Sara, North America with Dido, and Canada with Scott Helman.  She has performed with Elle King, Xavier Rudd, Shawn Hook, Family of the Year, Francesco Yates, Coleman Hell and more. To date, Ria’s music has been streamed over 60 million times worldwide.

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Weatherman Blues

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March 04, 2020 at 9:00am at The Guild

Local photographer’s exhibit focuses lens on impact of climate change

It was after reading rising sea levels could turn Prince Edward Island into three islands over the course of the next 100 years that Nathan Rochford started thinking differently about the work he does as a photographer.

Suddenly, the images of politicians, farmers and fishermen he had taken over the years working as a photojournalist in Charlottetown had new meaning to him. They were more than just photographs of the news of the day. They told the story of a place that, by the beginning of the next century, may not exist as a unified province.

It’s that idea that sparked the exhibition ‘The Guild Presents: Memory – P.E.I. and Climate Change over the next 100 years,’ on display at The Guild from March 4 to March 15.

Opening Reception March 4, 7-9

 

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Farm Girl (Down a Dirt Road 1941)

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FARM GIRL

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Here is something I have writen about my mother. It’s not about theater or PEI, but it is about farming.

Ed Staskus, editor, PEI Theatre

Click here to read the story: https://147stanleystreet.com/2019/12/05/farm-girl/

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Click here to see more writing between fiction and non-fiction by Ed Staskus

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A Closer Look

A Closer Look: Five Questions with P.E.I.’s Michelle Bouey

Islander talks ‘Dear Rita’, Soulpepper’s ‘Rose’, growing up at the Centre, and why representation in theatre matters

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Islander Michelle Bouey will make her Festival debut next year, performing in the musical love-letter to icon, Rita MacNeil, Dear Rita at The Mack.

An alumna of the TD Young Company, Bouey effectively grew up at the Centre, including years of dance recitals and drama festivals. The Sheridan College graduate will also appear in Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ next summer, playing Prissy Andrews.

The Centre is currently offering the biggest Festival sale of the year. Until midnight on December 3 (tomorrow), patrons can purchase tickets for all four summer theatre productions at 50% off. Tickets can be accessed online, by phone at 1 (902) 566-1267, toll free at 1 (800) 565-0278, or at the box office. The sale is offered for select dates and is based on availability.

 

Q1: Michelle, you’re coming home in 2020. What’s your favourite thing about a PEI summer?

A: Seafood and the beach! I love being so close to some of the best beaches in the world and the sense of timelessness that goes with it. After a day at the beach it’s fun to have a drink with a friend, while listening to jazz on the Row. A classic Island experience is running into at least three people you know, almost anytime you walk around the downtown area. My favourite thing of all is being able to spend time with my family, who I don’t get to see as often as I’d like.

Q2: Do you have a cherished Centre memory?

A: So many…from dance recitals, summer camps, high school shows, fundraisers, drama fests, and being in the Young Company, it often felt like the Centre was my second home. My summer in the Young Company was my last on the Island before I moved to Toronto for college—what a summer it was! I had dreamed about being in the Young Company since the age of seven and I almost had to shake my head at times that it was me up there performing.

Q3: Are you excited to perform in two very different productions all summer?

A: This is my first time doing theatre in rep [two shows at once], so I actually can’t believe I get to live in two worlds at once. It’s thrilling to me. I love The Mack and the intimate safe space it creates. It’s the kind of venue that gives you more of a chance to connect with your audience.

I grew up listening to Rita MacNeil and watching her Christmas special. To think that a small group of us get to honour her legacy—on East Coast soil, none the less—is so special. For ‘Anne’, I’ve always wished I could be a part of that story. As a child, I never thought being in the show was something that could happen, because of my Asian heritage. Being in a space that feels like home, in a show I’ve cherished in my heart for so long, is special, full-stop. Also, there might just be that kid who looks a lot like me and has their own aspirations to be on stage one day.

Q4: What’s one thing you think many people don’t realize about Anne™?

A: I think many people go into the show thinking it’ll just delightful and fun—and it certainly is! But, I don’t think anyone can prepare you for the heartwarming, deep, emotional journey it takes you on.

I’ve seen the show every year and then some since 1997 and it never fails to touch me greatly. I didn’t think I would see it last year but, my good friend, Emma Rudy, took on the role and I had to go. She shone so brightly and captured the sparkly personality of Anne perfectly. I’m so excited to be working with her next summer. 

Q5: You’re also an active songwriter, what were your personal highlights in 2019 and anything on the horizon to look out for?

 A: 2019 has been, thankfully, a busy year. I would say that two things stand out and it’s interesting how they represent my two passions. Firstly, being part of Mike Ross’s new musical ‘ROSE’ at Soulpepper Theatre was incredible. Based on Gertrude Stein’s children’s book of the same name, Mike captured the magic and innocence of the book perfectly. I played many different parts, as well as my cello. The cast, the show, the magic…I’ll never forget.

 The other amazing experience of 2019 would have to be taking part in Musical Stage Company’s production of ‘UnCovered.’ On the stage of Koerner Hall in Toronto, we sang the songs of Stevie Wonder and Prince, uncovering the different layers of their music in unique and personal ways. Working with Canadian musical icons such as Jully Black, Divine Brown, and Jackie Richardson was deeply rewarding.

As far as my own music goes I’ve released three singles on the usual platforms and a few more are on their way. Aaron Hastelow, no stranger to Island audiences, and I will also be performing a cabaret at The Guild on January 3rdand 4th in the New Year. I may just be revealing a new song or two…

 

Special thanks are extended to Festival title sponsor, CIBC, and to Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ sponsor CAA Atlantic. The Centre wishes to acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support.

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Who’s Your Daddy?

November 19, 2019 at 7:30pm

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The Guild is pleased to announce a special concert “The Guild Presents: Christmas Daddies!” on Tuesday November 19th starting at 7:30pm.

The evening boasts an amazing lineup of talented PEI artists, set to deliver their musical performances on stage at The Guild. The audience will be treated to musical selections from critically acclaimed PEI folk artist Catherine MacLellan, award winning singer/songwriter Tara MacLean along with Dylan Menzie with his sprawling vocal range and compelling approach to composition. Maritime Comedian Jimmy the Janitor, host of the PEI portion of the Christmas Daddies Telethon, will be MC for an evening that will also include performances by folk singer/songwriter Ashley Condon, well known singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jon Matthews, Americana style singer/songwriter Brian J. Dunn along with phenomenal step dancers Luka Hall and Abi McCarthy.

Admission to “The Guild Presents: Christmas Daddies!” is by donation at the door. These funds will help less fortunate Island children have a better Christmas. The Guild is located at 111 Queen Street in Charlottetown.

For more than 55 years, CTV’s CHRISTMAS DADDIES TELETHON has raised funds for Island and Maritime children facing economic hardship during the holiday season. To date, the organization has raised more than $32 million, with funds channeled toward gifts, clothing, and food for less-fortunate families and their children.

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All the World’s a Stage

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The Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce and Journal Pioneer present
Egmont District Federal Debate

Wednesday, October 9th, 7:00 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
General Admission – No Tickets Required
*Doors open at 6:15 PM

Hear the debate and discussions on issues that matter to residents of the Egmont district at the upcoming Federal Debate on Wednesday, October 9, 7:00pm at the Harbourfront Theatre.

Participating Candidates (listed alphabetically) are:

Clark, Alex – Green candidate
Dunn, Sharon – NDP candidate.
McLellan, Logan – PC candidate
Morrissey, Robert – Liberal candidate

The Chamber of Commerce is inviting people to submit questions in advance to tara@summersidechamber.com.

Wednesday, October 9th, 7:00 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
General Admission – No Tickets Required
*Doors open at 6:15 PM

Hear the debate and discussions on issues that matter to residents of the Egmont district at the upcoming Federal Debate on Wednesday, October 9, 7:00pm at the Harbourfront Theatre.

Participating Candidates (listed alphabetically) are:

Clark, Alex – Green candidate
Dunn, Sharon – NDP candidate.
McLellan, Logan – PC candidate
Morrissey, Robert – Liberal candidate

The Chamber of Commerce is inviting people to submit questions in advance to tara@summersidechamber.com.

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Beck Pops Back

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 7:30 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
All Seats: $32.00 (tax & fees included)

Rachel Beck and The Atlantic String Machine

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Glowing with catchy pop hooks, Rachel Beck’s distinctive piano melodies and emotive vocals are captivating audiences across Canada. The PEI songbird’s first single, Reckless Heart, hit #1 on the CBC Music Top 20 in March 2018 after earning the most online votes for six weeks straight. The Atlantic String Machine is a multi award-winning classical crossover string quintet based on Prince Edward Island. As a collective, they have performed with Canadian treasures Sarah Slean, Lennie Gallant, and The Once, to name a few.

Rachel Beck featuring The Atlantic String Machine is an exciting new collaboration which invites audiences to experience Beck’s original compositions against a lush soundscape of piano, strings, and percussion. Exposed. Confessional. Connective. Beck’s warm stage presence and superb vocals envelope listeners as they collectively journey across a wide emotional range – from regret and grief to wonder and joy.

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