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Off to Ottawa

With Canada 150 celebrations in full stride, the Confederation Players are preparing for their most dynamic season yet. The iconic troupe kicks off their summer at Confederation Centre on July 1, although the CN-sponsored program has been plenty busy all spring.

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On Monday May 29 the troupe hits the road for Montreal and Ottawa, riding a special anniversary train filled with municipal leaders from Eastern Canada. On May 31, the train will leave from Montreal’s Central Station bound for Ottawa and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Conference, where they will perform for more than 1,500 municipal leaders.

The Players troupe, CEO Jessie Inman, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee, and many more will arrive in Ottawa aboard this commemorative train on May 31 at 3:45 p.m. Media and public are invited to welcome Sir John A. Macdonald, Sir George-Étienne Cartier, and many more at the Ottawa Station, platform 2, located at 200 Tremblay Road, where they will be greeted by VIPs and media.

“CN are the perfect partner for Confederation Centre to collaborate with to share our nation’s stories and commemorate the dreams of our founders,” offers CEO Inman, “I invite those in Ottawa to come out and welcome the Players while they are in the capital to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation.”

Courtesy of this unique partnership, the 13-member Players troupe will entertain all week long at the FCM Conference. There are also three public opportunities to see the troupe, including two dates at Inspiration Village – a City of Ottawa attraction in the ByWard Market inspired by the PEI Celebration Zone, made up of repurposed shipping containers.

The Players will perform From Sea to Shining Sea at Inspiration Village from 3-3:30 p.m. on Friday June 2, and 6-6:30 p.m. on Saturday June 3. Admission is free.

The troupe will also perform a suite of Victorian songs on the steps of Parliament on Sunday June 4 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Other activities include two special Canada 150 tree-planting ceremonies with CN in Montreal and Ottawa and emceeing events at the FCM conference.

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Getting Ready to Dream

Take hip hop, spoken word, and folk. Blend it with contemporary and Indigenous dance, and experience a new musical, full of original Canadian music, dance, and story. The Dream Catchers is a Canada150 Signature project, featuring the TD Confederation Centre Young Company, that will take you on a one hour quest to find hope for the future and dare you to believe that no dream is too small.

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The show is a vibrant music and dance-filled spectacle that explores the dreams of young Canadians through a lens of reconciliation, inclusion, and the environment. The musical features brand new original works from a host of Canadian artists: Paper Lions, City Natives, Fred Penner, Emm Gryner, Kinnie Starr, Khodi Dill, Nikki Payne, Carmen Braden, Tiny Emperor, Daniel Maté, Riley Simpson-Fowler, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Caroline Savoie, and Twin Flames.

Funded by the Government of Canada, sponsored by TD, and produced by Confederation Centre, The Dream Catchers is written by Mary Francis Moore with direction by ahdri zhina mandiela, choreography by Barbara Diabo, set/costume design from Rachel Forbes, sound design from Bobby Smale, and musical direction by Scott Christian. The original project idea is based on a concept by Yvonne Mosley.

The musical opens on National Aboriginal Day, June 21, in the Outdoor Amphitheatre at Confederation Centre. At the exact same time, a second touring company will open The Dream Catchers at the Museum of Canadian History in Ottawa. The two companies will both spend time touring the nation and performing in Charlottetown this summer.

Company members are from every province and territory and represent a wealth of different backgrounds. The company debuting in Charlottetown includes: Nadia Haddad (of P.E.I.), Josh Graetz, Randy Plain Eagle, Garrett Woods, Kira Fondse, Germaine Konji, Laura Coulter-Low, Ria Kapur, Kirkland Doiron, Colleen Nakashuk, Morgyn Davies, Kevin McLachlan, and Keira-Dawn Kolson.

The company debuting in the nation’s capital includes: Madison Bernard (of P.E.I.), Faly Mevamanana, Rachelle Block, Stephen Thakkar, Emily Meadows, Rohan Dhupar, Clarence Jura, Kaitlyn Post, Erin LeBlanc, Jerry Laisa, Danik McAfee, Alita Powell, and Christopher Mejaki.

For complete touring and local schedules, or for more information, please visit: dreamingcanada.ca.

Dream Catchers Goes On Tour

It’s off to the races for the creative team behind The Dream Catchers, a national touring production and signature initiative supported by the Government of Canada’s Canada 150 Fund.

For the next eight weeks, an artistic team from the Centre is traveling coast to coast to coast, facilitating creative workshops and engaging more than 260 young people. These workshops will take place in each province and territory, tapping into the visions that youth have for our country, with a focus on the environment, inclusion, and reconciliation.

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The 13 workshops launch this weekend Saturday, February 4, at the Trinity United Church Community Hall in Summerside, P.E.I. with partner organization Generation XX. Each of these sessions will be led in collaboration with regional artists, including Fred Penner, Emm Gryner, City Natives, and in Summerside, the Island’s own Paper Lions.

Close to 300 dreamcatchers, encapsulating the dreams of Canada’s youth, will be created by the end of workshop tour each workshop and integrated by Indigenous visual artist Nick Huard into a stunning national dreamcatcher, exhibited in the Centre’s crown jewel, Memorial Hall, all summer long.

Mary Francis Moore, associate artistic director of The 2017 Charlottetown Festival will be guiding all of these workshops alongside Huard. Other collaborating artists include Romesh Thavanathan (Tiny Emperor) from Hey Rosetta!, Twin Flames, Kinnie Starr, Khodi Dill, Daniel Maté, Nikki Payne, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Carmen Braden and Riley Simpson-Fowler.

After engaging young people across Canada in workshops and through digital submissions, The Dream Catchers creative team will produce a vibrant musical for an expanded 2017 Young Company. Thirteen new pieces of performance art – music, stories, spoken-word, dance and more – will be created between now and April and woven into a brand new musical premiering at the Centre on National Aboriginal Day, June 21. Presented by both a touring company and a Charlottetown-based troupe, this production will also travel across the country this summer.

For more information, please visit: dreamingcanada.ca Follow hashtag #Centre150 for tour updates on this and other 2017 commemoration projects at Confederation Centre of the Arts.

Memo From the Boss

Canada 150 has arrived! As the national memorial to the founding of Canada, there is no better place to celebrate the sesquicentennial of our Confederation than right here. In the heart of Canada’s Birthplace visitors will find entertaining and expressive ways to honour this important anniversary across the complex, inside and out. Our ‘Centre for all Canadians’ has launched a diverse, accessible, and forward-thinking calendar of local and touring programming, entitled #Centre150. These exciting projects range from commemorative art exhibitions and a new commission in the Confederation Murals series, to expanded heritage programs, and an original touring production from some of Canada’s most gifted emerging performers.

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The Centre’s signature project is The Dream Catchers, a national touring production supported by the Government of Canada’s Canada 150 Fund. This winter, an artistic team travels to each province and territory to facilitate workshops, engaging young people and their dreams for our country, focusing on the environment, inclusion, and reconciliation. Actual dreamcatchers will be created in each workshop and integrated by Indigenous visual artist Nick Huard into a stunning national dreamcatcher, which will exhibited here all summer long. These sessions will be led in collaboration with regional artists, including Fred Penner, Emm Gryner, Paper Lions, City Natives, and more.

Inspired by young people’s visions for a better and brighter Canada, The Dream Catchers creative team will produce a vibrant musical for an expanded 2017 Young Company. Two troupes of emerging artists will present this new show across the country and on P.E.I., premiering here at Confederation Centre on National Aboriginal Day, June 21st.

In 2016 we announced a major sponsorship with CN for the Confederation Players. CN has now extended sponsorship of the Players through 2020 and invited the troupe to perform in Ottawa this June for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference where 2,000 municipal leaders will gather. CN is planning additional events that will engage our heritage troupe, including tree-planting ceremonies across the country. In the earliest days of our nation’s Confederation, the Canadian railway bound this far-reaching country together and I cannot imagine a more ideal partner to aid us in commemorating the dreams of our founders and sharing the nation’s stories.

From May 12-14, we will play host to the 20th annual Canadian Arts Summit, bringing together arts leaders from across the country to imagine the future of Canada’s creative life. As we look ahead, issues around cultural diversity and inclusion, evolving digital technologies, cross-cultural intersections, and reconciliation with Indigenous people in Canada are emerging as major drivers of cultural transformation. This event is Canada’s only national, cross-disciplinary gathering of arts leaders and this marks the first time the Summit has been held outside of Banff, Toronto, or Montreal. We are thrilled to welcome these thought leaders to their national memorial complex, many of whom will be enjoying their first-ever Island visit.

In other symposium news, we will present The Charlottetown Festival Conference in September, aligning with the dates of that famous 1864 conference. Celebrating new ideas and industry developments, this national gathering will include keynote lectures, workshops, a concert performance of the Dora-winning musical The House of Martin Guerre, and the world premiere of A Misfortune at The Mack.

On July 28, we will also revisit the classic Kronborg 1582, celebrating of one of our Festival’s most successful musicals. This hit show was produced here in 1975 before heading to Broadway and the Festival ensemble will deliver a concert performance at the world-renowned Indian River Church. This is just one highlight of a glistening summer calendar, which includes Adam Brazier’s debut directing our beloved Anne of Green Gables-The Musical TM, the East Coast premiere of the rollicking rock show Million Dollar Quartet, and the return of our cabaret theatre hits, Bittergirl and Glenda’s Kitchen.

As ever, the Centre is alive and buzzing in all corners. Our long-standing dance umbrella program is currently spearheading the creation of the inaugural DanceWorks Festival for this winter while the Confederation Centre Youth Chorus are preparing for their annual chorus tour, which will take them to Rome, Naples, and beyond this year.

As I commence my sixth year as CEO, I am immensely proud of the many innovations prospering across our departments, and am eager to see our organization embrace the central themes, inspiration, and reflection at the heart of Canada 150.

Jessie Inman is the Chief Executive Officer of the Confederation Centre.