Man For All Seasons

Atlantic Canada is very familiar with issues around labour. Conditions of seasonal work, underemployment and redundancy are a part of the reality of this region, but so are qualities of self reliance and communal activity. In this show, photography, sculpture, poetry, drawing and video all contribute to a portrait of our evolving work environment.
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Featuring work from artists working in or concerned with this region, this exhibit provides an opportunity to reflect on ideas such as value, obsolescence, and local sustainability.

At the Guild Gallery.
On display until January 19, 2019.
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Honkytonk Holiday

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1ST, 7:30 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre.

REGULAR SEATS: $56.50 tax & fees included
VIP PACKAGES: $106.50 tax & fees included
30 VIP packages available. Packages include:

  • VIP seat in row C, D, or E in centre section.
  • Meet and Greet with Gord Bamford
  • Photo-op with Gord
  • Copy of Gord’s latest CD ‘Neon Smoke’
  • Gord Bamford T-Shirt

Australian-born & Alberta-raised, Gord Bamford stands as one of the most decorated artists in Canadian country music with an impressive 24 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) awards, multi JUNO nominations and the only two-time winner out of Nashville’s Country Music Association (CMA) receiving the 2013 & 2015 CMA Global Country Artist award. But it is his distinctive sound and song-writing ability that defines Gord Bamford as one of country music’s best neotraditional artists and like so many others that have come before him; Bamford is not an overnight success. He has spent the better part of the last 20 years honing his craft, working to get where he is today.

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Bamford’s eighth studio album Neon Smoke was released in early 2018 and follows his Tin Roof album, winner of the 2016 CCMA ‘Album of The Year’. Tin Roof, nominated for the 2016 JUNO Country Album of The Year follows the Juno Nominated Country Junkie album and its #1 Billboard hit song ‘When Your Lips are so Close’.

The 3-time CCMA ‘Male Artist of the Year’ once again collaborates with distinguished songwriter/producer Phil O’Donnell (Blake Shelton, Tyler Farr, George Strait). “Phil and I instantly connected in the studio. Working with him really brought a fresh, new sound to this album and I’m really proud of the results,” said Gord. “Phil is truly a genius in the studio.”

Gord is a man who believes with his whole heart in giving back. The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation has generated over $3 million since its inception in 2008 for children’s charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House,

Big Brothers & Big Sisters, numerous children’s hospitals across Canada and MUSICOUNTS. “Those organizations have had an impact on my life, and that’s why we do what we do. It’s always great to get out, play music, be on stage and wake up every morning loving what I do. But probably the greatest thing I get to do is interact with a lot of these children and try to make a difference in their lives. It’s hard to comprehend, but it’s an awesome thing to see a kid’s face light up who is really sick and all he wants to do is go to Disneyland. It puts it all into perspective as to why I think God put me on earth to do what I do because it’s helping other people.”

That humble, likable approach is what continues to draw legions of new fans to Gord Bamford. But it’s the music that keeps them loyal. Gord Bamford has the amazing ability to evolve, sense where his fans want to go, and take us all along with him.

With special guest Jojo Mason

JoJo’s music is about having fun, appreciating life and sharing stories. It is passionately country,
but with no fear of a deep groove, fresh lyric or original melody. He will charm you with his
personality, wow you with his beat boxing, earn your respect with his work ethic, inspire you
with his character and compassion, elicit a smile with his message but most importantly, JoJo will
sweep you off your feet with his voice. From a moonshine slinging, shower singing prairie boy to
Canada’s next country music sensation.

“The first time I heard him on the radio, I could tell he was a truly unique voice in country
music. He is an engaging, charismatic young man who has a long career ahead of him.”
– Jonathan Simkin, CEO, 604 Records

Fast forward to 2017, JoJo has 4 Top 20 singles under his belt and is on the heels of releasing his debut album on June 9th. Follow along as he reveals the track listing via a new video each week of stripped down versions of the songs.

And with special guest Jade Eagleson

Jade Eagleson has the kind of traditional sound that is the heart and soul of country music. Even at only 24-years-old, he has a unique ability to take you back in time to the glory days of Johnny Cash, George Jones and Randy Travis.

Jade was raised on his grandparents’ farm in Ontario, Canada, where he worked alongside his father tending crops and livestock. While life may have lead him off the farm for a stint here and there, it always brought him back just the same. Even these days when he’s not playing his guitar you’ll still find a shovel in his hand.

Jade has been making music most of his life but only considered country music as a career when confronted with the harsh reality of figuring out how to save the farm and keep it in the family. While he may have started playing in empty bars, he soon caught his break when he earned his way into the Emerging Artist Showcase for Canada’s largest country music festival in 2017. Jade’s sound stunned audiences and easily separated him from the pack, which saw him take home top prize. Jade was immediately signed to Universal Music Canada and has been working on his debut album.

Tour Sponsored by Kubota.

Give a Little

GivingTuesday is the global day of giving. Across Prince Edward Island, from coast to coast to coast in Canada, and around the world, GivingTuesday unites people and communities by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another. Join the movement dedicated to giving back!
After the sales of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday is a time to celebrate and encourage activities that support charities and non profits.
This year, Confederation Centre of the Arts is directing #GivingTuesdayCA gifts to our Foundation, and all donations will be MATCHED by Canadian Heritage!

We’re asking YOU to decide which area to support at Confederation Centre! What is most important to you?
* Youth Education * Art Gallery * Performing Arts * Heritage * General Operations *
Choose your favourite cause at Confederation Centre and your gift will be MATCHED up to dollar for dollar by Canadian Heritage! 
Foundation Funds each have a donor-designated area of support. You can opt to give to the development of new theatrical works, acquisition of new works for the art gallery’s permanent collection, classical music performance and education, scholarships for youth, the annual Symons Medal and Lecture, or select a General Operations Fund and we will ensure your gift is directed to the area of greatest need.

The Once One Time Only

Newfoundland has a storied history of stunning songwriters, poets and players. Over the course of the last decade The Once have writ and knit themselves into that story. They are at The Mack on November 27 at 7:30 PM.

Opening Act – Megan Bonnell

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Within the nine songs on their new album Time Enough, The Once offer some of the most vulnerable and honest material of their career. The up-tempo album opener, “I Can’t Live without You,” reflects on women battling with self-image issues and offers wise words to be the positive change in their own lives. The gritty guitar-driven “Before the Fall” succumbs to the notion that we must accept our past and use those memories to grow. Riff rocker “Any Other Way” reflects the fact that true love accepts us at our worst but insists we do the work to be our best selves to keep it together.

On this, their fourth studio album, the band stays true to the root strength of their harmony-driven sound, while extending the borders into fresh, yet familiar territory. They craft a sonically understated, but emotionally fulsome sound that accomplishes what they’ve always done so well: stun listeners with what Amelia Curran calls “perfect vocal harmonies, thick enough to stand on.”

“…nine pristinely cut tracks that represent the very best of three amazingly talented artists.” – The Newfoundland Herald

The arrangements are wonderful. Hollett’s vocals are hauntingly beautiful and the three-part harmonies she, Churchill and Dale create are nearly perfect, bordering on the angelic.” The Guardian

Traffic and Parking This Weekend

Traffic and Parking Advisory: Weekend of November 23-25 at Confederation Centre

Symons Lecture, Victorian Christmas Weekend, Wintertide Tree Lighting all on deck

The weekend of Friday November 23 to Sunday November 25 will be busy one in and around Confederation Centre of the Arts. As a result, the public is advised that driving and parking in the Centre block may be limited.

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The Victorian Christmas Market, presented by Discover Charlottetown, runs Friday evening through Sunday evening. In order for this event to take place, a number of road closures are required. Motorists are advised that on Friday, November 23, from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Sunday, November 25, the following streets will be closed to all traffic, with no parking permitted on either side of the streets:

 •        Queen Street, between Grafton and Kent;

•        Queen Street, between Grafton and Sydney;

•        Richmond Street, between Pownal and Great George.

People with mobility concerns will still be able to access the Centre’s Queen Street elevator into the lobby and concourse level. Also, the sidewalks around the complex will be open as usual, however those patrons being dropped off to the Centre will need to do so at the corner of Queen and Grafton.

The 2018 Symons Medal and Lecture is being presented to Dr. Margaret MacMillan, C.C., C.H. on Friday November 23 at 12:30 p.m. at the Centre. The Homburg Theatre will be full for this mid-day event so patrons attending the lecture, or headed to Mavor’s or The Showcase should leave extra time for parking nearby.

This same advice is extended to those students attendingdance umbrella classes this weekend and for those patrons taking in the P.E.I. Symphony Orchestra in the Homburg Theatre, Sunday at 12:30 p.m.  

 Lastly, the City of Charlottetown’s Wintertide Holiday Festival Tree Lighting begins Friday, November 23 at 6:15 p.m. on Confederation Centre’s Upper Plaza. For more information about the Wintertide Holiday Festival, visit: charlottetown.ca and click the Wintertide button under Events and Initiatives.

Light Up the Dark

Confederation Centre carries a long and proud tradition of producing a holiday musical, pantomime, or Christmas show each year. This holiday season, organizers are dreaming up something a little different, presenting Light Up the Dark! An Arts Education Celebration.

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Staged as part of Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre, this spirited celebration of theatre, dance, choral and Celtic music, and visual art is one night only – December 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Homburg Theatre. The theme Light Up the Dark! is in reference to the festivity of the Winter Solstice, marking our communal triumph of reaching the end of the calendar year and the return of the sun as days begin to get longer again.

Sponsored by Long & McQuade, this unforgettable concert will feature a variety of talent. This includes members of dance umbrella ranging from 10 to 70 years of age, such as the ‘Dance for Health’ class dancing to Sarah Bareilles’ ‘Wintersong’, youth dancers performing excerpts from The Nutcracker, and a selection from the School of Performing Arts (SoPA) Musical Theatre program.

“I’m excited about the theme of this performance; there is a universality to celebrating the solstice – cultures around the world acknowledge the changing of the season, regardless of religious tradition. And for those of us living in the northern hemisphere, getting past the dark days of November is certainly something to celebrate!” says Peggy Reddin, director of arts education with the Centre. “There is also a second meaning, which is that arts education does indeed light up people’s lives. It is a vehicle for self-expression, and a place to find joy.”

Light Up the Dark! will feature more than 75 performers, including the Celtic Music Ensemble from Holland College’s SoPA program and students from the SoPA/Confederation Centre dance and theatre programs. In addition, the Centre is delighted to collaborate with local troupe, the Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors who will perform a winter legend based on traditional Mi’kmaq legends. Lastly, the SoPA a cappella show choir, ‘the SoPA-tones’ will perform ‘You Will Be Found’ and ‘Song for a Winter’s Night’.

The celebration will also feature the work of 15 students from Confederation Centre’s visual arts stream, whose work will be exhibited in Memorial Hall prior to show-time. These students are participating in a partnership project with the PEI Association of Newcomers to Canada, led by Kate Sharpley, visual arts educator with the Art Gallery.

More programming details and a creative team announcement will be made in late-November. For more, visitconfederationcentre.com. Tickets can be purchased at the Centre box office, or online. Special thanks are extended to the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Province of Prince Edward Island, and the City of Charlottetown, as well to media sponsors Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, and The Guardian.