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Art in the Open Returns

Art in the Open returns for its seventh year with an inspiring array of FREE, all ages events and contemporary art works by locally and nationally renowned artists.

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The main event, Saturday August 26 from 4 p.m. until midnight, historic downtown Charlottetown will become an open air gallery presenting ephemeral works of public art. Each year numerous generous sponsors, artists and volunteers, come together to infuse creativity and beauty into the public spaces of the city. In total, there are about 40 artworks, installations and performances for people to discover and interact with.

Since its introduction in 2011, Art in the Open has become a well-loved and inspiring festival that takes pride in transforming many of downtown Charlottetown’s green spaces. “The City’s historic buildings and open green spaces provide the perfect canvas for Art in the Open and we are so proud to host this amazing event each year,” said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. “Attending this event is such a unique experience and I encourage residents and visitors to explore the city during this magical evening.”

Formed out of a partnership among the City of Charlottetown, this town is small, inc. and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, the annual festival showcases a variety of contemporary art set within historic downtown Charlottetown. Co-curator and festival organizer Becka Viau encourages festival goers to park their preconceptions of contemporary art and take their time strolling through the festival sites, exploring the diverse program.

“To truly Art in the Open, one must be open to making unexpected memories,” said Viau. “You don’t need a set plan, but there will be some scheduled performances that should not be missed, like the Carnavale en Promenade at 4 p.m. on Victoria Row and Lennie MacPherson at the Grafton St. loading dock of Confederation Centre of the Arts as Pelly McGeogeghan – Spoutist, who will have you in stitches every hour on the hour from 6 p.m.- 10 p.m. But overall, my advice for festival goers is to plan for a journey of the imagination, that can take a few hours, and have FUN!”

Again this year, Art in the Open has attracted some extremely high-profile artists. Festival goers can look forward to a variety of new programming as well as a few fan favourites. Artist in residence at this town is small, Rémi Belliveau is a multi-disciplinary Acadian artist who will be joining us from Moncton, N.B. His project, Passe-Pierre, is an outdoor installation and performance that explores the notion of Acadian rurality through the culinary traditions of goose tongue greens and Island potatoes with the local Acadian community while hearing their stories.

Millefiore Clarkes, will present SOFT SNOW, a projection and live performance will present a contemporary classical score in an immersive experience that combines musical performance for three voices, flute, and piano, with a large-screen video projection. Music composed by Gerard L. Clarkes.

Alongside the new programming, organizers say festival goers can expect to see a few fan favourites again this year such as the March of the Crows, an annual parade where hundreds of local residents dress up in handmade crow costumes. On August 16th and August 24th, we invite the community to join our Crow Costume Workshop which will take place at the Schurman Family studio at the Gallery between 5 p.m. – 7p.m. Material will be provided, but we encourage bringing any special sparkly treasures.

The festival is presented by the City of Charlottetown, this town is small, La Fédération culturelle de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard, Island Media Arts Cooperative, The Architects Association of PEI, Discover Charlottetown and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. With support from many community partners; KENT, Sobeys, Upstreet, Maritime Electric, The Dunes, Stantec, The Ten Spot, PEI Crafts Council, Synergy Screens, Charlottetown Area Development Corporation, Wicked eh?, Bell Aliant, Receiver Coffee Company, Playing with Choir, East Coast Art Party, and Downtown Charlottetown Inc.

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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.