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.

Ian Sherwood Makes the Mack

Pop and folk songwriter Ian Sherwood is in a constant state of creative motion. When not touring his high-energy act across the country, he’s often penning tunes for other artists and writing music for theatre, film, and TV.

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A masterful storyteller and charming performer, Sherwood was named Contemporary Singer of the Year by the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2013, and comes to The Mack on April 8. The venue is a regional favourite for the Halifax-based tunesmith, who hit the stage many times as part of the hit group, The Jive Kings.