Royal Wood Lands at The Mack

CBC Music has called Royal Wood “the best performer in Canada right now” and the LIVE @ the Centre favourite returns to the Island April 29 and 30 at The Mack. Since being proclaimed Songwriter of the Year by iTunes five years ago, the pop star has continued to evolve – maintaining an unmistakable identity while uncovering and reinventing his sound over six studio recordings.

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Royal Wood followed a 2013 Juno nomination with the release of Ghost Light in 2015, which debuted atop the Canadian charts, and his national tour brings him to Charlottetown for a two-night stand.

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.

Browne Brings the Love to the Watermark

After graduating with a BFA in Acting from the University of Windsor, Joshua Browne has had the privilege of working with an array of great companies in Toronto and around the country, including IFT Theatre, Circlesnake Theatre, Theatre Gargantua, Shakespeare Bash’d, Theatre By the Bay, Hart House Theatre, and many more.

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His paternal grandmother was born and raised in Charlottetown and he’s thrilled to be headed to PEI and the Watermark Theatre for the first time to do what he loves to do.

Recent credits include: Mercutio/Laertes/Macduff/Sir Toby for The Classical Theatre Project, Tybalt for Theatre By The Bay, Dark Matter (Circlesnake Theatre), Avaricious (Theatre Gargantua), nightmareDREAM (IFT/Obsidian), and the hit world-premiere of Byhalia, Mississippi (cue6 Theatre).

Rising Star Lights Up the Mack

An evocative and powerful performer, Kim Wempe has earned an ECMA for Rising Star of the Year in 2015 as well as multiple nominations for Female Artist of the Year. From Canada to the U.S. to Australia, the smoky-voiced crooner has performed with Jill Barber, Sam Roberts, Matt Andersen, Rose Cousins, Tim Chaisson, and more.

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Says Jill Barber, “Kim Wempe sings directly from the soul and the result is incredibly powerful. She instantly draws you in with her voice, and holds you there with the strength of her performance and her songs.”

Kim Wempe is at The Mack on Saturday, April 23.

Red Moon is Bright

Born in a Canadian storm, Manitoba’s Red Moon Road create magic with the help of a roots drum kit cunningly split between two band members, an acoustic guitar that doubles as a bass, a twilight-voiced lead vocalist, and immaculate three-part harmonies.

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Their lively take on modern roots, peppered with bright banter and storytelling, is all warm and very familiar, like a campfire crackling where the microphones are placed. The trio make their PEI debut on April 21 at The Mack.

Cy Rolls Into Studio 1

The members of Cy blend stunning vocal and guitar harmonies to create acoustic music that is at once edgy yet rooted in traditional Acadian and Celtic music. Children of the new wave of Acadian indie-folk, Cy bring their salt-licked sound to Studio 1 for Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m.

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Made up of Jacques Blinn, Jacques Boudreau, Eric Dow, and Guyaume Boulianne, Cy first came together while all living in the French Acadian Shore in South West Nova Scotia. With three guitars and four voices, the quartet – who now call Moncton home – manage to unite folk, traditional, and progressive styles to create folk and folk-pop songs that are warm and harmonious.

Adding mandolin, percussion, and keyboards in recent years, the group toured their self-titled 2014 record to numerous Quebecois and Acadian music festivals, and as far as France.

They draw their name from a local Baie Saint Marie folk hero from the early 1900’s named Celestin Trahan a Amateur, or ‘Cy a Mateur’ for short. “He was a man who was supposedly possessed by the devil who could be in many places at the same time and whose cup of wine was never empty,” explains Boulianne with a laugh in a recent interview. “He loved gambling and chasing after women, so we wanted to channel a bit of that.”

Tickets are available at the Studio 1 doors and at the box office, via telephone at (902) 566-1267, or toll free at 1-800-565-0278. Book online and review the full LIVE calendar for April and May at 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.

Briere Joins Watermark Cast

Daniel Briere has joined the 2016 Watermark Theatre acting company. Trained at Mount Royal College in Calgary and The National Theatre School in Montreal, he has spent the last three seasons at the Stratford Festival of Canada.

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Recent credits include: Hamlet (Shakespeare Bash’d), The Diary of Anne Frank, Antony and Cleopatra, Romeo and Juliet (Stratford Festival), Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Shrew! (Storefront Theatre). TV/Film credits include: Reign, Rookie Blue, Murdoch Mysteries, The Bridge.

Eyeballing at the Guild

Pascal Dufaux, visiting artist from Montreal, and local artist Sarah Wendt will be hosting an open studio event in the Guild Gallery and conjoining Guild art studio.

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They will show some of the work they have been making in the past 6 months, including sculpture, video, photography, music, dance etc.

The event will take place between 6 and 8pm on Sunday April 10th.

Super Troupers Come Trooping

Additional casting has been revealed at The Charlottetown Festival for the international smash, Mamma Mia! Inspired by ABBA’s unforgettable collection of hits, the musical is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and newfound family. The Festival recently announced Katie Kerr as Sophie and co-starring as her free-spirited mother is Dora-Award nominee Eliza-Jane Scott.

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Audiences will remember Scott for her 100-megawatt smile and delight as the White Queen in last year’s Alice Through The Looking-Glass and roles in Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™. The Kingston, Ontario native has performed with Soulpepper Theatre Company, the First National and Canadian Tours of The Producers, and for Theatre 20, Stratford Festival, and more.

Donna owns a small hotel on a beautiful Greek island, and she is about to let go of the spirited daughter she has raised alone. For the wedding, Donna invites her two lifelong best girlfriends – practical and no-nonsense Rosie and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya – from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. Sophie has secretly invited guests of her own however, bringing back three men from Donna’s past to the paradise they visited 20 years ago. Over 24 magical hours, new love blooms on this lush island full of possibilities.

“I am so excited to be back to play Donna,” exclaims Scott. “It’s so meta! This summer I am playing a woman who escapes to a beautiful island to make a living and support her family and here I am, a woman coming to beautiful P.E.I. to make a living and support my family! What? Am I the winner and did I just take it all? Yes Rose!”

Joining her as the Dynamos are Nicola Dawn Brook (Rosie) and Jan Alexandra Smith (Tanya). Smith co-starred in Alice last year as the Red Queen and has appeared in Anne™ in Charlottetown over multiple seasons as Miss Stacey, Mrs. Sloane, and Mrs. Spencer. The Toronto native has performed across Canada, including with the Shaw Festival, Theatre Calgary, Stage West, Theatre 20, and more. This marks Brook’s debut with the Festival, having recently played ‘Trish’ in Mirvish’s blockbuster Kinky Boots. She has also performed in her native U.K. on London’s West End and others with Prince of Wales, Victoria Palace, and Theatre Cymru, as well as film and TV roles in Sweeney Todd and The X-Factor.

Supported by production sponsor, Tim Horton’s, Mamma Mia! plays from June 1 to September 3, 2016 in the Homburg Theatre. Confederation Centre wishes to recognize CIBC as the returning 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 their continued support. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5, Ocean 100, and CTV.