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Full Cast Announced

Full Cast Announced For ‘DEAR RITA’ at The Charlottetown Festival

 World premiere will feature an ensemble of actor-musicians channeling Rita MacNeil’s songs and spirit

Tickets are “flying on their own” for this summer’s world premiere of Dear Rita,opening June 29 at The Charlottetown Festival. Sponsored by Key Murray Law, Dear Rita is a musical toast to ‘Cape Breton’s First Lady of Song’, celebrating the life, tenacity, and musical legacy of the late great, Rita MacNeil.

Confederation Centre of the Arts is pleased to announce the show’s cast of performers, including: Michelle Bouey (Lovers’ Lament), Sheldon Elter (Métis Mutt; Evangeline), Kristi Hansen (Citadel Theatre), Melissa MacKenzie (Good Girl), and Festival favourite, Brendan Wall.

Additional musical accompaniment is from guitar legend Chris Corrigan (P.E.I.), who in fact recorded and toured as Rita’s lead guitarist for many years; and drummer Trevor Grant.

“We picked songs from Rita’s catalogue, from her popular hits to ones that made her bandmates weep, and created narratives around these to offer new perspectives,” shares Kyte, the playwright. “I keep getting asked, ‘Who plays Rita?’ The answer is that it’s not one person. Everyone is Rita — everyone on the stage, and everyone whose heart she touched with her music. In Dear Rita, we invite Rita’s spirit into the room so her songs can live on through our own experiences.”

MacKenzie and Bouey share the distinction of both being Islanders making their Mainstage debuts in Dear Rita and are also both alums of the Confederation Centre Young Company. For Bouey’s part, she can’t wait to connect with audiences through Rita’s music. “I grew up listening to Rita MacNeil and watching her Christmas TV specials,” she shares. “To think that a small group of us get to honour her legacy on East Coast soil is so special”

An Edmonton native, Hansen is also marking her Festival debut, following turns with the NAC, Citadel Theatre, and Vertigo Theatre. Elter, Hansen’s husband is a versatile actor,  writer, and musician, known nationally for his one man show, Métis Mutt, which he performed at the Festival in 2018. His TV credits include CAUTION: May Contain   Nuts, Hank Williams’ First Nation, Delmer & Marta, and Hell on Wheels

Dear Rita is presented from June 29 to August 6. Festival tickets can be purchased online, via phone at 1 (800) 565.0278, or in person at the Centre’s box office. Shows will be presented with no intermission and concessions are to be ordered online in advance. 

Confederation Centre wishes to acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support. The title sponsor of The Charlottetown Festival is CIBC.

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See It Before It’s Gone

This beautiful show from Newfoundland’s Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland closes Saturday. 🎟🐋🎭 Get tickets to any remaining performance for 20% off: https://confederationcentre.com/whats-on/between-breaths/Between Breaths at The Charlottetown Festival is sponsored by CAA Atlantic.

Field Tripping

Grade 9 students from East Wiltshire Band had their FIRST field trip of the year this week; they came to see a matinee performance of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland‘s Between Breaths. “It was a beautiful play and it felt so good to be in a theatre again!” – @EastWiltshireBand (Twitter) ☺️We’re thrilled to see student groups back in the building! Thanks for visiting 🧡🎭

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Rocking the Open

Coming Soon to the CCAG – Art in the Open at 10 Years: An Incomplete Archive

-Opening June 19, retrospective exhibition celebrates art festival’s first decade-

It may be hard to believe, but Art in the Open, Charlottetown’s outdoor public art festival, is 10 years old! The first edition, held in August 2011, brought together the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, this town is small, inc., and the City of Charlottetown to collaborate and create a festival that celebrated visual art in the setting of the city’s parks and other public spaces. 

Charlottetown-based artist-archivist Donnalee Downe and Wendt have been sourcing documentation, artifacts, and artworks from artists as well as the general public, all towards a new exhibition, entitled Art in the Open at 10 Years: An Incomplete Archive, that will be open to the public in the Centre’s concourse this summer. theatre

He welcomes visitors to visit the exhibition from June 12 to September 19 at the Centre. “I think audiences would love to see all of the images and records we’re collecting in one place. Donnalee is a master organizer, categorizer, and collector, and she’s bringing an artistic vision to the exhibition as well,” he adds.

Art in the Open at 10 Years: an Incomplete Archive can be seen at Confederation Centre in Charlottetown. Art in the Open 2021 runs from 4 p.m. to midnight, August 28.

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Blue Whale Makes Landfall

Strange animal sightings abound in PEI this spring! Our security footage captured a glimpse of a humpback whale making its way across our property in Historic Charlottetown… unusual indeed 🐋📹

Sign up to volunteer as a Whale Puppeteer following any of the remaining performances of The Charlottetown Festival‘s Between Breaths (1-hour commitment): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e44aca82aa3fb6-whale

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Trading Card Time

It’s Time to Sign Up for the 15th Annual Artist Trading Cards event!

-Confederation Centre Art Gallery makes call for Artist Trading Cards registrations-

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – The Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) is looking for artists of all ages and disciplines, professional and non-professional, to register for their upcoming summer event, Artist Trading Cards. The 15th annual trading event will be held on Thursday, August 12 at 7 p.m.

With the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, the CCAG cannot accommodate more than 39 people per event, therefore registration for Artist Trading Cards will be limited to 39 participants. However, this number does not include participants who will be mailing their cards in to the gallery. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis and those submitting are kindly asked to inform organizers if they become unable to participate in the event on site, as a waiting list will be used. 

The main requirement is the size: cards MUST be the same size as modern baseball cards, or 2 ½ x 3 ½ inches (6 cm x 9 cm)–small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets or sheets. Also, ATC’s must be self-produced. The artist’s name and contact information, as well as the card title and the edition or series number, is to be written on the back. For more information on ATCs, please click here.

This year’s registration deadline is Friday, July 9. Shortly after registration, participants will be contacted to confirm the number of cards they will need to make for the event; those who sign up will have to make as many cards as there are participants. 

The ever-popular trading event will be held in Memorial Hall to allow for social distancing. Participants will be required to wear a mask. Further details on the evening’s program will be announced at a later date. Should there be a change in the local COVID-19 situation, participants will be updated as needed.

For more information, or to register, please contact Monique Lafontaine by email at moniquel@confederationcentre.com.

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2021 Symons Medallist Announced

Confederation Centre of the Arts Announces 2021 Symons Medallist

-The Honourable Louise Arbour to receive the 21st Symons Medal for exceptional contribution to Canadian life-

Confederation Centre of the Arts announced today that the 2021 Symons Medal will be awarded to the Honourable Louise Arbour, CC, GOQ on Friday, October 29 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

The Symons Medal—one of Canada’s most prestigious honours—recognizes an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life. The award and its associated lecture are presented annually at Confederation Centre of the Arts—Canada’s living monument to Canadian Confederation—in honour of the meetings of the Fathers of Confederation, who first gathered in Charlottetown in the fall of 1864.

Each year since 2004, the Symons Committee, co-chaired by Robert Sear and George Kitching, selects a recipient from a list of outstanding nominees. “On behalf of Confederation Centre of the Arts and CEO Steve Bellamy, I am pleased to announce the Honourable Louise Arbour as the 21st Recipient of the Symons Medal,” states Sear, chair of the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust.

“We look forward to welcoming Madame Arbour to Charlottetown this fall to share her perspective and reflect on a life spent in pursuit of civil justice for all, including her important work with the United Nations, the Supreme Court of Canada, and beyond.”

The Symons Medal Lecture offers an eminent Canadian a national platform to discuss the state of Confederation from their vantage point and through their professional lens.

In 1996, the Security Council of the United Nations appointed Madame Arbour Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. In this role, she secured the first conviction for genocide (Rwanda) since the 1948 Genocide Convention and the first indictment for war crimes by a sitting European head of state (Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic).

Madame Arbour was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1999 and in 2004 she was appointed High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations, and later the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on International Migration. 

Madame Arbour, Senior Counsel at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, was recently appointed to lead an independent review into sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Madame Arbour has received numerous honorary doctorates and awards. She is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec. She follows a formidable line of Symons Medallists, including the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Dr. David Suzuki, and the Honourable Bob Rae. 

The medal and events are named for Professor Thomas H.B. Symons, CC, O.Ont—the founder of Trent University and a long-time board member and supporter of Confederation Centre. Professor Symons passed away in January at the age of 91.

The 2021 Ceremony will take place in the Mainstage Theatre at Confederation Centre and will also be live-streamed on the Centre’s Facebook and YouTube. Ticket information and access for this important ceremony will be made available through the box office in early fall.

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