From Green Gables to the Fly Crew

JonoJosh (aka JJ Gerber) has already made an impression in the music and musical theatre scene, and his latest single combines both of those passions. JonoJosh currently plays Gilbert in The Charlottetown Festival’s production of Anne of Green Gables—The MusicalTM.

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During his free time, he performs with the band The Fly Crew that’s made up fellow musicians: Dan Minchom, Glo Campanelli, Jozef Teeuwson, Jordan Zagerman, Ali Wither, Vannessa Sears, Aisha Jarvis, and Ruth Altaye.

JonoJosh’s latest release “Waitin’” is a song about waiting for a beautiful redhead to take notice and was written shortly after he got the role of Gilbert. The associated lyric video encapsulates how a modern-day Gilbert may have felt upon first meeting Anne.

 

JonoJosh has years of experience as a dancer/choreographer with industry powerhouses such as Marianas Trench, Psy, Carly Rae Jepson, Kreesha Turner, and more. In 2016, also

released his debut EP Outside, which was about discovery and coming of age. CBC and

Kardinal Official called it “a master class of what R’n B should be.” The same year he went on to be a finalist in CBC’s Searchlight with the artist Andi and her song “Caffeine ft JonoJosh.” In 2017, JonoJosh and The Fly Crew released “Chance,” which stands alone as an art piece meant to inspire hope to its viewers.

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Family Time Two Times

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15TH, 8:00 PM
All Seats: $35.00 (tax & fees included) at the Harbourfront Theatre

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Harbourfront theatre is pleased to offer a double bill of entertainment Wednesday, August 15 with two of the Island’s most beloved musical groups, The Ellis Family Band and Fiddlers’ Sons.

Comprised of brothers Rick, Brian, Steve and Dave Ellis and Greg MacDonald, The Ellis Family Band has been a household name in PEI since the 1970’s, producing such hits as Summer Nights, Why am I Still Crying, their #1 Thank You For Being My Friend, and arguably their most popular song, Mother of Mine.

Fiddlers’ Sons features Eddy Quinn on lead vocals, John B. Webster on guitar, fiddler Courtney Hogan-Chandler, and Keelin Wedge on fiddle, vocals, guitar and bass. Since 1997, the group has released several recordings, including the popular All the Way to Cardigan and won numerous PEI Music Awards for their signature Celtic and roots traditional sound.

Head in the Sand at the Victoria Playhouse

Matt Murray’s Uproariously Funny Play

Myth of the Ostrich

When Pam finds a letter from her teenage son to his sweetheart, she turns up unannounced to discuss matters with the other teen’s mother Holly. What begins pleasantly enough soon becomes a complicated, bizarre, and hilarious roller-coaster ride of misunderstandings. The confusion only escalates with the arrival of Holly’s outrageous and filter-less friend, Cheryl.

Previews Saturday, August 4th  
Opens Sunday, August 5th 
Tuesday – Sunday until September 2nd

New Man at the Helm

Confederation Centre of the Arts (CCOA) is pleased to announce Steve Bellamy has been selected as the new Chief Executive Officer to lead the organization in the next phase of its evolution as the Centre for All Canadians.

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For over five decades, Confederation Centre has served Canada as a multifaceted cultural institution, offering a variety of visual and performing arts with a strong focus on educational programming. As a living memorial to the evolution of Canada, CCOA is taking the lead on the redefinition of our national priorities, expressed in particular through arts, culture, and heritage. Dedicated to world-class training in the arts, Steve Bellamy is uniquely qualified to continue to lead the Centre to explore this narrative and support Canadian artists.

“On behalf of the Board Directors and Staff of Confederation Centre, we are very pleased to welcome Steve Bellamy to assume the positon of CEO,” states Wayne Hambly, outgoing Chair, Fathers ofConfederation Buildings Trust. “Steve brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the arts and culture sector, and we are very fortunate to have a person of this caliber lead Confederation Centre into the future. We wish him every success in his new role.”

As the current Dean of the Humber School of Creative & Performing Arts, Bellamy is responsible for the delivery of degree, diploma, and certificate programs in music, creative writing, comedy, acting, production, as well as publishing, music business, and arts administration and cultural management. Bellamy also previously served as Associate Dean of Creative and Performing Arts and Professor ofMusic Production in Humber’s music degree program. As a recording engineer and music producer, he has worked with many leading jazz and classical musicians including Kenny Wheeler, Mike Downes, Kirk MacDonald, Dave Douglas, Anton Kuerti, Gryphon Trio, and Tafelmusik. Before joining Humber College in 2007, he served on the faculties of McGill University, the University of Hartford, and The Banff Centre for the Arts. Steve is especially committed to industry partnership development, Indigenous arts program development, and sustainable business models for the creative industries.

“It is a privilege to join the talented and dedicated team at Confederation Centre of the Arts,” saysBellamy. “At this time in particular, the Centre plays a vital role in the national dialogue about diversevoices and what it means to be Canadian. I’m honoured to support the continued success of this cherished institution and the artists who continue to move, teach, and inspire us with their work.”

Bellamy is extremely pleased to be returning to PEI with his family. He spent many of his younger years attending school on PEI, including completing his Bachelor of Music at University of Prince Edward Island before going on to complete his Master of Music at McGill University and an Advanced Executive Certificate from Queen’s School of Business. Bellamy will be starting at the Centre October 1, 2018.

 

 

Live at The Centre

Confederation Centre of the Arts launches Sobey’s LIVE @ The Centre’s 2018- 2019 season with an exciting and diverse collection of performances!

“This is a well-rounded season with something for everyone,” offers Darcy Campbell, Director of LIVE! @ the Centre. “The program includes A-list musicians, family entertainment, pay-what-you-will options, contemporary dance, and more!”

This year’s line-up includes Canadian and Atlantic Canadian artists and performers that truly showcase the wealth of talent in this country, including Brett Kissel, Serena Ryder, Alan Doyle, and comedian Jeremy Hotz, among many others.

 

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Brett Kissel is one of Canada’s leading country music artists and the recipient of numerous Canadian Country Music Association Awards (including Male Artist of the Year) and JUNO awards. He performs at Confederation Centre’s Homburg Theatre October 3 and tickets are now on sale.

Another exciting show in the lineup is Serena Ryder’s holiday performance on December 7. This must- see seasonal concert will feature music from her 2017 record Utopia with the song “Electric Love”. Ryder has won six JUNO awards, and her songs have been placed in more than 50 TV shows and commercials. Her single “Stompa” went platinum four times and has sold more than one million singles from her previous releases.

“This season provides engaging performances – both established and emerging – and keeps the Centre vibrant and accessible year-round. Because LIVE is not a long run of single shows, a great variety can be enjoyed. So, take a look and try something new this season — there’s so much to explore!” says Campbell.

More information and the full line-up of performers can be found on the Confederation Centre website. Tickets for Serena Ryder’s concert and for most other performances go on sale on August 8 with advance sale for Founders Circle members on August 6 and 7. Tickets can be purchased at Confederation Centre Box Office or online.

Special thanks are extended to the Government of Canada for their support of Confederation Centre and to LIVE! @ the Centre’s title sponsor, Sobeys. Appreciation is extended to media sponsors Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, and The Guardian.

 

A Family Affair

Married actors Madeleine Donohue and Geoffrey Pounsett drove from Toronto with their two small children in early June to North Rustico PEI to spend the summer performing at the Watermark Theatre. Madeleine is starring in “Dial M For Murder” as Margot Wendice, while Geoffrey tackles the roles of James Tyrone in “A Moon for the Misbegotten” and Max Halliday opposite his wife in “Dial M For Murder”.

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“In the play I have an affair with my husband’s character, Max, while my stage husband- played by Artistic Director Robert Tsonos- seethes in the background”, says Madeleine, “Despite the spooky subject matter I’m having SO much fun playing Margot, and the whole creative team’s done a terrific job”. “We’ve never worked together before”, says Geoffrey. “The opportunity has arisen a couple of times, but each time one of us was already committed to something else. In the past, one of us has usually stayed in Toronto with the kids while the other is away for work. This was the perfect opportunity to finally share the stage while also having a great summer experience together as a family.”

The two met in the summer of 2008, when they each appeared in both the Fringe and Summerworks Festivals. Madeleine had written her very first play, and Geoffrey was appearing in Erin Shield’s “If We Were Birds”, which continued on to a successful run at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre . “The Fringe/Summerworks scene is pretty social, so we bumped into each other often. Eventually we discovered that we lived a block away from each other” recalls Madeleine. “Our colleagues were pretty encouraging; we had both attended the same theatre school so we had a lot of friends in common, though we’d never met.  I’d just ended a relationship, and my girlfriends wasted no time in “suggesting” that I check out this Geoffrey guy. Thank goodness for pushy friends!”

Having performed at both the Neptune Theatre (A Few Good Men, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) and the Charlottetown Festival (Fire, Anne of Green Gables), Geoffrey was eager to return to an east coast stage this summer. His work has taken him across the country, including multiple seasons at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Calgary and the NAC, as well as a villainous turn in the Canadian production of the international hit “War Horse”.  He is also a noted director of new Canadian plays, including two Governor-General’s Award nominees, and a classical theatre instructor at George Brown Theatre School in Toronto.

Madeleine has appeared in 9 Shakespeare productions, including five tours with Ontario’s Driftwood Theatre Group. She has also performed in four shows with Theatre Gargantua, a physical theatre company in Toronto.  She has worked extensively in children’s theatre, touring North America with Roseneath Theatre and Metaphysical Theatre. With her company Down n’ Out Productions, Madeleine produced five productions at Toronto’s Campbell House Museum, including a play she wrote about the war of 1812 which went on to tour the province. Her most recent children’s plays were commissioned by the Royal Ontario Museum.

Madeleine also loves teaching theatre to kids and teens. “With both of us working in theatre, scheduling is probably the biggest challenge we face as parents, whether in Toronto or elsewhere”, says Geoffrey.  “We’re very lucky to have a reliable network of friends in the city, as well as the world’s most committed grandparents. Our kids have spent quite a few hours in audition waiting rooms and theatre greenrooms, or hanging in parks with friends while we audition. They’re pretty familiar with the transit system already” Madeleine adds “I did two shows when they were tiny babies, and both times the companies were incredibly supportive when it came to scheduling issues, or providing space for babysitters or nursing, etc. And we love that our kids are already passionate theatregoers! So far, puppets are a MAJOR hit.”

Geoffrey reports “the kids are loving the island. They just went to their first Ceilidh and have now decided that they’re step-dancers. I’d worked here twice before (at the Charlottetown festival) but it’s Madeleine’s first time on the island, so we jumped at the opportunity to drive east. The kids are at the perfect age; at 3 and 4 they don’t mind being whisked away from friends and activities for a few months.”

“I don’t think they want to go back!” adds Madeleine. “I don’t blame them. We’re living in York, and they have so much space to run around. And they’re fascinated by the fishing boats in North Rustico. It’s been a magical summer so far.”

Both plays, “Dial M For Murder” and “A Moon For The Misbegotten” run to September 1st. Tickets can be purchased via the company’s website http://www.watermarktheatre.com or by calling 902-963-3963.

For more information, or to further interview Madeleine or Geoffrey, please contact Andrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

Watermark Theatre is a proud member of the PTN (Professional Theatre Network of PEI)