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Showcasing the Showcase

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The Showcase full store clearance sale begins today! ūüõćūüíę

After many years of wonderful service, The Showcase Gift Shop, located in our theatre lobby, will be closing on September 5.

The entire store will be 50% off, with quality hand-crafted items, jewelry, pottery, women’s fashions, music, and so much more.

Store hours are Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Making a Manuscript

Major Digital Exhibition of Anne Manuscript Announced

Original ‚ÄėAnne of Green Gables‚Äô Manuscript to be exhibited virtually; Presented by the CCAG, L.M. Montgomery Institute, and UPEI‚Äôs Robertson Library

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For the first time ever, L.M. Montgomery’s famed Anne of Green Gables manuscript will be made widely accessible as the central feature of an upcoming online exhibition. Announced today, the ambitious new exhibition, Exploring a National Treasure: L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables Manuscript, will be developed through a partnership between the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG), and the L.M. Montgomery Institute (LMMI) and the Robertson Library at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI).

Launching in 2022, Exploring a National Treasure is envisioned as a rich digital experience for readers and fans around the world, showcasing the writing of the famous novel in an unprecedented digital manner. The virtual exhibition will be curated by Montgomery scholar, Dr. Emily Woster. Dr. Elizabeth Epperly, founder of the LMMI, will be a consultant on the exhibition. The online project will be developed with an investment by the Virtual Museum of Canada. 

Key themes in the exhibition include Montgomery’s creativity, writing, and editing processes; the story of Anne and her origins in Cavendish, P.E.I. in the early 20th century; the novel’s international success; and creative adaptations of the Anne story.

Viewers will be invited to rediscover this famous literary work and its rich legacy. The exhibition will increase accessibility to the manuscript while the digital version will help preserve the original pen and ink on paper manuscript, acquired for the CCAG’s permanent collection in 1967.

‚ÄúI have certainly observed Montgomery scholars visiting the Island to conduct research on the manuscripts here at the CCAG,‚ÄĚ shares Gallery Director Kevin Rice. ‚ÄúI have also witnessed international visitors being mesmerized at seeing the handwritten Anne manuscript on exhibition. This upcoming new virtual exhibition is an opportunity to make this rare artifact widely accessible to readers and scholars.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúIt is a very exciting opportunity to create this exhibition, and we are extremely appreciative of the investment in this project by the Virtual Museum of Canada,‚ÄĚ Rice continues, adding that the CCAG is pleased to be collaborating with the Robertson Library and the LMMI on this initiative, which speaks to the organizations‚Äô shared mandate to preserve works of cultural value and foster educational outreach.

‚ÄúThe LMMI exists to promote research into, and informed celebration of, Montgomery‚Äôs life and works, and so we could not be more excited about partnering in this project,‚ÄĚ offers Dr. Philip Smith, chair of the LMMI Management Committee. ‚ÄúMaking the handwritten manuscript of Montgomery‚Äôs most famous novel‚ÄĒcomplete with editing marks and strike-throughs‚ÄĒavailable for scholars and fans across the world will generate new understanding and appreciation of the book and author. Added features, such as a 360-degree animation of the Macneill Homestead‚Äôs kitchen in Cavendish, where the novel was written, will enrich our connection with Montgomery‚Äôs beloved home, her community, and her times.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúA leader in digitization and a steward of physical and digital collections by and about Montgomery, the Robertson Library at UPEI welcomes the opportunity to partner with the CCAG and the LMMI on this project,‚ÄĚ remarks University Librarian Donald Moses. ‚ÄúBy digitizing Montgomery‚Äôs original manuscript for Anne of Green Gables, we will be able to display, navigate, and visualize the novel and the writer‚Äôs creative process in new ways. Through interactive experiences, Canadians and the international Montgomery community will be reintroduced to this literary treasure.‚ÄĚ

Visitors to the bilingual exhibition, Exploring a National Treasure, will have digital access to all 853 pages of the manuscript, including the interesting material‚ÄĒnotes and short snippets of work‚ÄĒthat exists on the backs of pages. With the manuscript as the exhibition‚Äôs central pillar, visitors, whether new to Montgomery‚Äôs works or researchers familiar with the author, will be able to engage with new research, watch animations and videos of places and moments vital to the book, and hear expert commentary and dramatic retellings of Anne‚Äôs important place in Canadian history.

For information on current exhibitions on display at the CCAG in Charlottetown, please visit Confederation Centre’s website.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Creative Obsessions on Tap

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Fine craft is equal parts tradition and innovation, passion and obsession, filtered through the skills and the sensibilities of artisans. Making craft is a form of thinking, a communication across generations.

In a new exhibition opening August 8 at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG), Island artisans respond to the theme of ‚Äėcreative obsessions‚Äô with innovative works drawing on craft traditions to mark Craft Year 2020. Creative Obsessions is organized by the CCAG in collaboration with the PEI Crafts Council, and is guest curated by Ray Cronin and Sarah Maloney.¬†

Fine craft has always demanded an element of obsession: the artist has to master varied techniques, often difficult materials, and do so in a manner that keeps them engaged in the long hours from conception to production, all the while striving to make something that viewers will find equally compelling. Success is never a given‚ÄĒfailure is an all too familiar studio companion for every artist and craftsperson. Of course, it is often through failure that artists learn the most.

Participating craftspeople in this new exhibition include: Jim Aquilani, Nancy Cole, Jamie Germaine, Arlene MacAusland, Rilla Marshall, Melissa Peter Paul, Jody Racicot, Ayelet Stewart, Isako Suzuki, Jane Whitten, and Bette Young.

The 11 artists in Creative Obsessions have also been challenged by our times, with the increased isolation brought on by COVID-19, interruptions in their supply chains for materials, and the disruption of their normal routines. Some artists have chosen to respond directly to the issues of our day, while others have redoubled their focus on their materials and the specific technical and historical processes in which they practice.

‚ÄúEvery artist, like every person, has been affected by COVID,‚ÄĚ states Sarah Maloney, co-curator. ‚ÄúIt has been remarkable to hear from the artists how they have risen to the challenges set for them in these difficult times. You can really see how their passion drives them.‚ÄĚ

There is no one right answer of course, acknowledges Co-curator Ray Cronin: ‚Äúart is more about questions, anyway.‚ÄĚ Creative Obsessions highlights the probing questioning‚ÄĒ of techniques and materials, of local and global issues, of historical and cultural contexts‚ÄĒ that define the work of 10 of the Island‚Äôs most accomplished fine craftspeople.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Calling All Superstars

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The Confederation Centre is calling all superstars aged 7-11! ‚≠źÔłŹ

Sign up now for next month’s Performing Arts Camps and make unforgettable summer memories.

Learn more: https://confederationcentre.com/arts-education/exploring-performing-arts/

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Get a Seat in the Sun

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Our FREE outdoor concert series continues next week with Vince The Messenger (Jul 29) and Anna Blanco (Aug 1) ūüé∂ūüĆě

Tickets for these SET IN THE SUN performances have just been released! Reserve your seats now: https://confederationcentre.com/set-in-the-sun/

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Postcards From the Island

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CCOA Unveils ‚ÄėPostcards from the Island‚Äô Series¬†

-New series from ‚ÄėCIBC Confed Centre Presents‚Äô features the Black Cultural Society of PEI, Mi‚Äôkmaq Heritage Actors, Tim Chaisson, Ashley Condon, & more!

 

Confederation Centre of the Arts is looking beyond its walls for its next act. Under the banner of CIBC Confed Centre Presents, the Centre will soon deliver Postcards from the Island, a weekly online series featuring a rich depth of creative pioneers and local artists in unique locations.

This new 12-part digital series from Director Adam Brazier will launch on Facebook and YouTube Premiere on Thursday, August 6 at 8 p.m. Each 8-10-minute episode will profile a unique Island talent performing and sharing conversation with Brazier, all set within a range of culturally significant venues.

‚ÄúThis series is a love letter to the rest of the country saying: we wish you were here, but since you can‚Äôt be, here‚Äôs a taste of the Island,‚ÄĚ glows Brazier. ‚ÄúWe have an opportunity to present something different right now, to get out beyond our centre and share some creative dialogue and moving performances with our patrons at home‚ÄĒwherever that may be.‚ÄĚ

Upcoming episodes include Ashley Condon sharing songs and conversation with Brazier from her Montague-based Copper Bottom Brewing on August 13 and the 2020 Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors performing on location in Skmaqn-Port La-Joye-Fort Amherst National Historic site the following week.

The August 27 episode will include a conversation with Tamara Steele, president of the Black Cultural Society of P.E.I and performers DJ Jane Blaze, Selecta Chevron, Reequal Smith, and Joe Dames. The four will deliver a two-on-two DJ battle and breakdance piece from Historic Rochford Square, a central site within The Bog, where Charlottetown’s Black community lived for many years.

The premiere episode will launch on August 6 and cast the spotlight on the Centre’s own mainstage, the Homburg Theatre, featuring a joyful traditional set from Island mainstays Tim Chaisson and the Chaisson Family. Immediately following the online broadcast, this episode will also include a fan Q+A on Facebook Live with Tim Chaisson and Brazier.

The creative team behind the project includes an all-Island crew, led by Brazier and Director of Photography, Jason Rogerson.  Postcards from the Island will air every Thursday through to October 29, with each of the 12 episodes also archived on the Centre’s YouTube.

Future episodes airing this fall will include artists: Patricia Bourque, Lennie Gallant, Gordie MacKeeman, Scott Parsons, Gadelle, Atlantic String Machine, and Tara MacLean. Featured venues and attractions will include Dalvay by the Sea, The Dunes Studio Gallery & Café, Watermark Theatre, and more.

Special thanks are extended to program sponsor, CIBC. The Centre is thankful to the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their ongoing support.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Showcasing Our Stuff

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Shop the Showcase at the Confederation Centre!

Mary showed us around some of the great sales on now, including Joules rain jackets (60% off), sunhats (40% off), and Anuschka hand-painted leather handbags (40% off).

Open 10 am – 5 pm Monday to Saturday.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Set in the Sun

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Scott Parsons is a multi-disciplined musician, gifted songwriter, powerful vocalist, and musical storyteller of Black Island history. A true testament to the maritime spirit, Parsons has enriched communities around the world with his performances. 
We’re pleased to welcome him as the first act of our new Set in the Sun series!

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

CIBC Confed Centre Presents

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The Confederation Centre of the Arts is very pleased to announce two special live performance programs coming soon to Downtown Charlottetown.

 

The first is an open-air concert series taking root in the Centre‚Äôs outdoor amphitheatre‚ÄĒthe venue known to most as the regular home for the TD Young Company. For this new series, entitled Set in the Sun, a different Island songwriter or instrumental duo will perform a live concert on site, every Wednesday and Saturday at 5 p.m.

Presented by program sponsor Honibe, Set in the Sun is part of a slate of programming being unrolled this summer under the banner, CIBC Confed Centre Presents. Another major announcement will be coming later this month around a digital series.

Set in the Sun is a 12-part live series that highlights a thrilling cross-section of local talent, ranging from fiddle music to classical, to folk, rock, and hip-hop. Seating will be limited to 40 people per concert, with parties of up to four staggered safely throughout the venue.

‚ÄúThe Centre team has been thrilled to reopen to the public over the past month, and now we invite our patrons to enjoy live music with us in a safe and relaxed setting,‚ÄĚ shares Adam Brazier, artistic director. ‚ÄúThis diverse series presents some of finest emerging and established songwriters from across the Island.‚ÄĚ

The July 22 concert will feature Island troubadour Scott Parsons, followed by modern traditional music group Inn Echo on July 25. In August, patrons can enjoy concerts from rising-star hip-hop performer Vince the Messenger, songwriter Rachel Beck, and more. Set in the Sun is programmed by Darcy Campbell, director of LIVE @ the Centre.

Tickets for the Scott Parsons and Inn Echo concerts are available now, online at confederationcentre.com, or by calling the box office at 902.566.1267 or toll-free 1.800.565.0278, Monday to Friday 9-5 p.m. Concerts are offered free-of-charge; however, a ticket is required to reserve a patron’s space. Patrons can book a max of four tickets per show.

Performance dates and ticketing will be made available each Wednesday throughout the series, revealing the performers’ names for the following week’s two concerts and allowing patrons to book their seats.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

The Centre is Hiring

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Do you know someone who would make a great addition to our administration team? Let them know we’re currently hiring for the following positions:

ūüĒłFinance Manager
ūüĒłHuman Resources Manager

Learn more & apply: https://confederationcentre.com/careers/

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse