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A Stacked Sobeys Season

Confederation Centre has pulled back the curtain on a dazzling lineup for the upcoming season of Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre. Centre officials are proud to present their most dynamic season of LIVE to date, including contemporary dance, chamber music, Indigenous performance, choral concerts, rock’n’roll, family fun, and live theatre.

The advance ticket sale for Members of the Centre’s Founders’ Circle is available as of noon on Monday August 14. E-news subscribers will be able to purchase tickets as of Tuesday August 15 at 9 a.m., while tickets for the general public will be available as of 9 a.m. on Wednesday August 16.

 

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The ’17-18 season kicks off on October 16 with major pop-rock icons, The Barenaked Ladies and their Canada 1-FIVE-0 TOUR, presented by the National Arts Centre. October 24 marks the return of Canadian troubadour Joel Plaskett, joining his father Bill Plaskett for a collaborative show in the Homburg Theatre to celebrate their duo album, Solidarity.

November is jam-packed month with 11 shows on deck. These include Liam Corcoran’s album release for Nevahland; the Island premiere of A Passage to Bollywood, a rollicking family musical experience; the return of Classic Albums LIVE with the prog-rock classic 2112 by Rush; and a one night only musical comedy performance of the international hit, Menopause the Musical.

The holiday season is equally busy in December with Tomato/Tomato’s A Maritime Christmas channeling old school holiday concerts with special guests Heather Rankin and Dave Gunning. From December 14-16, Adam Brazier’s Holiday Spectacular variety show brings big laughs, guest stars, stunning dance and musical numbers, and sketches to the mainstage.

Sprinkled throughout December, the Choral Music Programme – under the direction of Donald Fraser – presents three beloved annual concerts, with Handel’s Messiah, Sing Noël, and Sing Along Messiah.

The 2018 portion of the LIVE calendar is equally exciting, and more stacked than ever with the theatre renovations now complete and no more closures planned. January offers critically acclaimed Indigenous artist Susan Aglukark as well as the return of Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT). TDT has produced an exceptional body of original Canadian choreography and had a major impact on the development of national dance audiences.

Other highlights in 2017 include Island artists The East Pointers, Dennis Ellsworth and Kinley Dowling, and The Atlantic String Machine. The Songwriters Series also returns with three heavy hitting raconteurs from Canada’s East Coast: Old Man Luedecke, Hillsburn, and Fortunate Ones, each performing for one night only in the intimate listening space of The Mack. Fellow Maritimer, Classified makes a rare Charlottetown appearance on April 14, with a special acoustic performance with guest artists entitled Classified and Friends.

The Centre’s own dance umbrella program culminates their 2017-18 instructional season with four public performances — musical theatre romps The Nifty Fifties and All the World’s A Stage in March and April at The Mack, and the matinee and evening Annual Showcases, May 5 on the mainstage.

For ticket information and the entire Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre season calendar please visit confederationcentre.com/live or contact the Confederation Centre box office at (902) 566.1267 or toll free, at 1-800-565-0278. Special thanks are extended to the Government of Canada for their support of Confederation Centre; as well to Sobeys, the returning title sponsor for LIVE @ The Centre. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5, and Ocean 100.

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NAC Goes National

The National Arts Centre (NAC) is announcing an unprecedented collaboration with partner organizations across Canada – including Confederation Centre of the Arts – in support of the Canadian music scene. The ambitious initiative called NAC Presents Across Canada will help support nearly 40 concerts in 10 cities across Canada in 2017-2018 to help build the careers of emerging Canadian musicians.

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As part of this program,  Confederation Centre will present celebrated Canadian pop icons, the Barenaked Ladies, on Monday October 16. This show has been selling very strongly all spring, yet some tickets still remain. Visit the Confederation Centre box office online at confederationcentre.com, in person at 130 Queen Street, Charlottetown, or toll free at 1 800 565 0278.

 The creative force behind this project is Heather Gibson, the new Executive Producer of NAC Presents, who joined the NAC six months ago after a successful career in the music industry.  Immediately upon her arrival in Ottawa, Gibson saw the opportunity to build a network of live music organizations to support the career development of emerging Canadian musicians. She began travelling the country in her new role, and within a few months had made partnerships in St. John’s, Charlottetown, Halifax, Montréal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Vancouver and Whitehorse.

 “NAC Presents is a fantastic all-Canadian music series that was founded six years ago here at the National Arts Centre.  It brings some of Canada’s best emerging musicians and songwriters to the NAC stages in Ottawa,” said Gibson. “NAC Presents Across Canada will start to build a network of music organizations and community promoters that work together to promote talent, help artists develop audiences across Canada, and create touring opportunities and will build national networks for both the artists and the organizations involved,” said Gibson.

 NAC Presents Across Canada concerts will showcase a wide variety of Canadian emerging musicians in all genres. The series is programmed collaboratively between Heather Gibson and the artistic leadership in each partner organization. The programming will focus on emerging Canadian talent.

The National Arts Centre is Canada’s home for the performing arts, and NAC Presents across Canada will allow the institution to deepen its engagement with the contemporary music scene in every region. NAC Presents Across Canada will also help support the development of emerging artists, and in turn, will support the development of audiences in Canada for emerging music, which strengthens the artistic life of our nation.

 NAC Presents Across Canada will mirror the NAC Presents series of all-Canadian music at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa where throughout the year more than 90 concerts by emerging and established Canadian artists are presented on all four of the NAC’s performance stages.

 NAC PRESENTS ACROSS CANADA PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS:

 1)     Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Confirmed programming with NAC Presents Across Canada includes: Barenaked Ladies, October 16

 2)     Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon.

 3)     Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Vancouver, British Columbia.

 4)     Calgary Folk Music Festival, Calgary, Alberta.

 5)     Regina Folk Festival, Regina, Saskatchewan.

 6)     Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

 7)     Lula Lounge/Lula Music and Arts Centre, Toronto, Ontario.

 8)     Phi Centre, Montréal, Québec.

 9)     Halifax Pop Explosion, Halifax, Nova Scotia

 10)   Arts and Culture Centres of Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

Not Just Naked, but Barenaked

Barenaked Ladies have announced an extensive Canada ONE-FIVE-0H Fall tour that will take the beloved band coast-to-coast. With more than 24 dates to be announced, this major tour includes one night only, LIVE @ the Centre, hitting the deck at Confederation Centre’s Homburg Theatre on October 16.

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Confederation Centre member tickets and concert VIP-seating will go on sale this Wednesday March 15 at 10 a.m. while Confederation Centre E-News subscribers can purchase tickets on March 16 at 10 a.m. General public tickets will go on sale Friday, March 17 at 12 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit the Confederation Centre box office in person, online at confederationcentre.com/theatre, or via phone at 902.566.1267.

Barenaked Ladies (BNL) are currently putting the finishing touches on their 16th studio album Fake Nudes, expected to be released this fall. More information will be announced in the coming weeks. BNL has partnered with Plus1 to collect $1.00 from every ticket sold that will go to support MusiCounts, putting musical instruments into the hands of kids who need them most.

“Gotta see the show, ‘cause then you’ll know,” sings lead singer Ed Robertson on BNL’s chart-topping hit, ‘One Week.’ That’s as good a description as any about seeing these rock icons in concert, an experience filled with the kind of energy, precision, finesse, and celebration among its fans that is a tribute to the group’s remarkable longevity.

The band, which also includes Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, and Tyler Stewart, is still together after nearly three decades. In that time they have produced 14 studio albums, winning eight Juno Awards, multiple Grammy nominations, and owning the theme song to one of TV’s most popular shows, The Big Bang Theory.

“I still love writing songs,” insists Robertson. “And it’s such a privilege to work with these guys. They have my back, and I have theirs. It’s pretty amazing to watch the crowd light up when we play a song we recorded 25 years ago, and then hear them sing along with something brand-new.”

BNL have most recently announced a very special collaboration with the legendary ‘Kings of A Cappella’ The Persuasions, with an album entitled, Ladies And Gentlemen: Barenaked Ladies And The Persuasions to be released April 14. The album features 14 tracks re-imagining BNL’s award-winning catalogue and the classic ‘Good Times’.

“Our fans have been on this journey with us, so we’ve kind of grown up together,” continues Roberston. “It’s a special relationship, within the band and between our fans. Every band says they have the best fans, but we actually do. And we know that because other bands tell us that.”

Special thanks are extended to Sobeys, the title sponsor of LIVE @ the Centre, as well as media sponsors The Guardian, Hot 105.5 and Ocean 100.