Pleasureville on the Horizon

Every small Canadian town needs a SEX SHOP, right? Come to Pleasureville to find out! What’s a city gal to do when she gets dumped, reno-victed, and has zero job prospects? Move to a small town and open a sex shop! Millennial Leah Bowman may have more experience with emojis than running a business, but she’s got a Masters in Human Sexuality, and a mission to destroy the stigma on female pleasure… The problem? Her only customer is a local granny named Rose, who talks her way into a job. Featuring one of the first non-binary characters written for professional Canadian theatre, Pleasureville invites us all to discover our blindspots. Written by Canadian actor/playwright Ellen Denny, this warm comedy is bursting with heart as its characters learn to claim their power and their pleasure. Tickets on sale now at TheGuildPEI.com and 902-620-3333.

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Trading Card Time

It’s Time to Sign Up for the 15th Annual Artist Trading Cards event!

-Confederation Centre Art Gallery makes call for Artist Trading Cards registrations-

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – The Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) is looking for artists of all ages and disciplines, professional and non-professional, to register for their upcoming summer event, Artist Trading Cards. The 15th annual trading event will be held on Thursday, August 12 at 7 p.m.

With the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, the CCAG cannot accommodate more than 39 people per event, therefore registration for Artist Trading Cards will be limited to 39 participants. However, this number does not include participants who will be mailing their cards in to the gallery. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis and those submitting are kindly asked to inform organizers if they become unable to participate in the event on site, as a waiting list will be used. 

The main requirement is the size: cards MUST be the same size as modern baseball cards, or 2 ½ x 3 ½ inches (6 cm x 9 cm)–small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets or sheets. Also, ATC’s must be self-produced. The artist’s name and contact information, as well as the card title and the edition or series number, is to be written on the back. For more information on ATCs, please click here.

This year’s registration deadline is Friday, July 9. Shortly after registration, participants will be contacted to confirm the number of cards they will need to make for the event; those who sign up will have to make as many cards as there are participants. 

The ever-popular trading event will be held in Memorial Hall to allow for social distancing. Participants will be required to wear a mask. Further details on the evening’s program will be announced at a later date. Should there be a change in the local COVID-19 situation, participants will be updated as needed.

For more information, or to register, please contact Monique Lafontaine by email at moniquel@confederationcentre.com.

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Box Office Bingo

Student Customer Service Representative for Box Office


You will be the first point of contact for the Victoria Playhouse and set the tone for an enjoyable theatre experience. Your responsibilities will include:


– Selling tickets and answering enquiries in person and on the phone using an online ticketing platform and preparing a daily settlement of sales; 
– Communicating with technical crew before and during performances;
– Cleaning of theatre and lobby;
– General box office duties including filing and correspondence.


Please send your resumé to Emily at emily@victoriaplayhouse.com.

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The Gin Man

Actor Profile: Richard Clarkin 
Will play the role of Weller Martin in “The Gin Game”.
July 13th to 31st, 2021. 
For tickets www.ticketwizard.ca or call 902-963-3963.

An Award-Winning performer and graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Richard Clarkin has created a versatile catalogue of characters on both stage and screen. Clarkin’s acting career began in 1984 when he originated the role of “Jacob Mercer” in David French’s iconic play Salt Water Moon for Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. Most recently, also for Tarragon, Clarkin played “Menelaus” in Rick Robert’s adaptation of Orestes, a digital performance for the pandemic era, and a first of its kind for the theatre.


Clarkin has performed in large scale musicals such as Jukebox Hero and in the long running Disney/Mirvish hit production The Lion King, where he played the iconic role of “Scar”. Clarkin has fostered long associations with iconic theatre groups such as VideoCab and the Company Theatre in Toronto, as well as performing in leading roles for decorated companies across the country, including The Stratford Festival, Soulpepper Theatre, Necessary Angel, Grand Theatre, Atlantic Theatre Festival, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, The Globe Theatre, Citadel, National Arts Centre and The Belfry. 


In 2018 Clarkin won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film for his work in The Drawer Boy. Other notable screen roles include “Captain Gord Ogilvey” in the hit hockey comedy movies Goon and Goon II: Last of the Enforcers by director Michael Dowse, and recently the David Bowie biopic Stardust, and the soon to be released film Carmen opposite Natasha McElhone.


Clarkin’s extensive television credits include the recurring role of “Chief Inspector Davis” on Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, Burden of Truth (CBC), Rogue (Audience), Killjoys (Syfy), Republic of Doyle (CBC), Flashpoint (CBS/CTV) and a series regular role on the popular teen sitcom Naturally, Sadie for Disney Channel and Family Channel.


Clarkin divides his time between Toronto and PEI. His island roots run deep, owning an old Farmhouse in Savage Harbour, and his parents coming from farming communities in Kelly’s Cross and Watervale.

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Fresh From the Island

Kings Playhouse, Young at Heart Theatre and Desert Island Theatre Company are accepting play submissions for Fresh from the Island – a new works festival.
The festival will present new plays in readings to help the development process of the playwright.

To apply for Fresh from the Islandclick here.

What We’re Looking For:

Kings Playhouse, Young at Heart Theatre and Desert Island Theatre company are committed to presenting performances, offering educational opportunities, and championing connection through storytelling.

We employ a blind submission process to avoid unintentional bias on the part of our team of qualified readers.

A $20 submission fee supports the producing of the 2021 Fresh from the Island festival.

Fresh From The Island will present the three finalist playwrights in live readings in a festival weekend Sept 23-26, 2021. Each of the three selected scripts will be paired with local actors and directors for an 8-12 hour rehearsal process culminating in three live, concert-style readings that are open to the public. Additionally, finalist playwrights will also have access to experienced dramaturgs to help facilitate the development process.

A small honorarium will be awarded to each finalist selected.

Kings Playhouse Executive Director, Haley Zavo
Young at Heart Theatre Artistic Producer, Catherine O’Brien
Desert Island Theatre Company Founder/Artistic Director, Benton Hartley

Script Submission Guidelines

PLEASE READ ALL of the guidelines and prepare your PDF accordingly BEFORE submitting your play.
Fresh from the Island will accept all plays that meet the following requirements:

1. Previously unproduced work.

All scripts submitted to Fresh from the Island must be unproduced. Workshops or readings do not count as productions. However, any staging by a theatre (including non-Equity, regional, or community theatre) where actors are off-book and admission is charged does count as a production.

2. Maximum of FIVE actors.

Doubling is permitted, provided a doubling plan is included with the cast list.

3. Submitting author is sole owner of script copyright. All playwrights submitting must be 18 years or older.

4. Legibly typed.

5. No indication of authorship on any of the pages (“blinded”).

6. Submitted as a single PDF.

PDFs should be one continuous file only. No hard copies will be accepted. PDF files are made with Adobe Acrobat Reader. For a free download and automatic installation of the newest version, go to http://get.adobe.com/reader.

Formatting Requirements

PLEASE INCLUDE in your PDF:

Page 1 – Cover page with ONLY PLAY TITLE and the following disclaimer:

This script is copyright protected and may not be reproduced, distributed, or disseminated without the prior written permission of the author.

Page 2 – Cast list that includes each character’s name, age, and brief character description.

All pages should be numbered.

PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE in your PDF:

Please DO NOT include playwright name on the cover page or any of the following pages.

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2021 Symons Medallist Announced

Confederation Centre of the Arts Announces 2021 Symons Medallist

-The Honourable Louise Arbour to receive the 21st Symons Medal for exceptional contribution to Canadian life-

Confederation Centre of the Arts announced today that the 2021 Symons Medal will be awarded to the Honourable Louise Arbour, CC, GOQ on Friday, October 29 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

The Symons Medal—one of Canada’s most prestigious honours—recognizes an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life. The award and its associated lecture are presented annually at Confederation Centre of the Arts—Canada’s living monument to Canadian Confederation—in honour of the meetings of the Fathers of Confederation, who first gathered in Charlottetown in the fall of 1864.

Each year since 2004, the Symons Committee, co-chaired by Robert Sear and George Kitching, selects a recipient from a list of outstanding nominees. “On behalf of Confederation Centre of the Arts and CEO Steve Bellamy, I am pleased to announce the Honourable Louise Arbour as the 21st Recipient of the Symons Medal,” states Sear, chair of the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust.

“We look forward to welcoming Madame Arbour to Charlottetown this fall to share her perspective and reflect on a life spent in pursuit of civil justice for all, including her important work with the United Nations, the Supreme Court of Canada, and beyond.”

The Symons Medal Lecture offers an eminent Canadian a national platform to discuss the state of Confederation from their vantage point and through their professional lens.

In 1996, the Security Council of the United Nations appointed Madame Arbour Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. In this role, she secured the first conviction for genocide (Rwanda) since the 1948 Genocide Convention and the first indictment for war crimes by a sitting European head of state (Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic).

Madame Arbour was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1999 and in 2004 she was appointed High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations, and later the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on International Migration. 

Madame Arbour, Senior Counsel at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, was recently appointed to lead an independent review into sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Madame Arbour has received numerous honorary doctorates and awards. She is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec. She follows a formidable line of Symons Medallists, including the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Dr. David Suzuki, and the Honourable Bob Rae. 

The medal and events are named for Professor Thomas H.B. Symons, CC, O.Ont—the founder of Trent University and a long-time board member and supporter of Confederation Centre. Professor Symons passed away in January at the age of 91.

The 2021 Ceremony will take place in the Mainstage Theatre at Confederation Centre and will also be live-streamed on the Centre’s Facebook and YouTube. Ticket information and access for this important ceremony will be made available through the box office in early fall.

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