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Man With a Suitcase

Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada Presents ALIEN*

| Homburg Theatre

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CHOREOGRAPHY: Igor Dobrovolskiy
Join the international dancers of Atlantic Ballet Canada for Igor Dobrovolskiy compelling contemporary ballet Alien. ALIEN is an intimate exploration of the human side of immigration. As a newcomer to Canada in 2000, Igor understands well the many challenges that new immigrants face when they leave their home in search of new life. What happens when you leave your home behind? What happens when you are out of context? What happens when you lose your identity?Alien is part of the PEI Immigration Summit.

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Guitar Bliss at the Mack

Shaun Ferguson Brings Instrumental Guitar Bliss to The Mack

Sponsored by La Voix Acadienne, April 26 concert is one of the final LIVE @ the Centre events of the season

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Acadian musician Shaun Ferguson will be in performance with Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre next Friday, April 26. Through his modern and at times transcendent instrumental music, the guitarist and composer captivates his audience with soaring songs that enchant both music enthusiasts and less-experienced spectators.

Born and raised in Caraquet, in the Acadian Peninsula of New Brunswick, Ferguson has been navigating and exploring various musical fields for nearly 20 years. His latest album, Résilience, released last winter, is an acoustic album, mainly instrumental, rooted in a range of contemporary folk music. At its heart lies the guitar, “a beacon guiding other strings and sometimes vocals, bearing them up from the earth and into the ether” he says in a recent release on the album.

A self-taught musician, Ferguson has always relied on his instincts to learn how to play, compose and explore different musical forms, which are harmonized to his musical impressions. Through various collaborations, he was able to transfer his guitar-playing skills to many other string instruments, namely the cello and bass guitar, as well as various percussion instruments. With a true passion for art in all its forms, the Acadian loves to involve himself in projects that combine poetry, visual arts, dance, and music.

Through Intermède Média, a Montreal-based company, some of the artist’s pieces have travelled the world for the last decade. To this day, audiences have had the chance to hear samples of his compositions in documentaries broadcast all over the world, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia, Spain, France, South Korea, Japan, China, the Czech Republic and the United States. 

Shaun Ferguson performs at the Mack on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 plus fees and taxes, and are available at the door, at Confederation Centre’s box office, online at confederationcentre.com, or via phone at 902-566-1267 (toll free at 1-800-565-0278.)

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
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Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

 

Casting Announced for Mamma Mia

The Charlottetown Festival: Complete Casting Announced for Mamma Mia!

Co-production between Charlottetown and The Grand Theatre has begun rehearsals in London, ON

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The Charlottetown Festival returns to an idyllic Greek island for Mamma Mia! this summer, and rehearsals are underway for the first leg of the show’s co-production with The Grand Theatre.

The blockbuster musical plays in London, Ontario from April 23 to May 18 and then The Charlottetown Festival company makes its homecoming to “the other island paradise” to begin work on Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ and Kronborg—The Hamlet Rock Musical.

Mamma Mia! will play in Charlottetown from August 9 to September 28. Artistic Director of Confederation Centre of the Arts, Adam Brazier is directing the ABBA-driven phenomenon, and has announced complete casting. This week marks 20 years since the world-wide smash hit first premiered in London’s West End.

As previously revealed, the production stars Katie Kerr, as bride-to-be ‘Sophie’ and Rebecca Poff as her single-mother ‘Donna’. Aaron Hastelow plays Sophie’s beau, ‘Sky’, while her two best friends ’Ali’ and ‘Lisa’ are anchored by Hailey Lewis and Kim Truong.

Sophie is to be married but wants to first find her father so he can walk her down the aisle. She invites three possible men from Donna’s past to the wedding—Cam MacDuffee (the Festival’s On the Road with Dutch Mason) as ‘Harry’; Stephen Guy-McGrath (Million Dollar Quartet) as ‘Bill’, and Festival newcomer, Michael Torontow as ‘Sam’.

Rounding out the principal cast are Festival favourites Nicole Dawn Brook (Bittergirl—The Musical) and Susan Henley (Anne™) as the Super Troupers, ‘Rosie’ and ‘Tanya’; as well as Connor Lucasand Anthony MacPherson as party boys, ‘Eddie’ and ‘Pepper’. See complete casting in addendum.

Mamma Mia! is sponsored by Tim Hortons and plays the Homburg Theatre at Confederation Centre of the Arts. Musical direction is from Craig Fair, choreography by Lisa Stevens, set and costumes by Cory Sincennes, lighting design from Renée Brode, and sound design from Peter McBoyle.

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.

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

Coade Joins Confed Board

The Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust, known as Confederation Centre of the Arts (CCOA) has announced the appointment of Kateri Coade to its board of directors.

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Robert Sear, CCOA board chairman, says the organization is delighted to have Coade join the board. “Kateri brings an expertise in social work and community engagement as well as years of experience educating othersabout Mi’kmaq cultures, traditions, and ways of life,” he remarks. “We are pleased to welcome her and are sure she will help strengthen Confederation Centre of the Arts as it continues to grow its reach and become accessible to more people.”

Coade is a member of the Abegweit First Nation and currently resides in Rocky Point with her husband and two daughters. She works for Abegweit First Nation as the director of social development programs and is a strong voice for Mi’kmaq people living on P.E.I. Her robust network and friendships in the Mi’kmaq community has led to increased opportunities for performers to present and share Mi’kmaq songs and traditional dancing at various events.

The new board member holds her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UPEI, and her Bachelor of Social Work and her Master’s in Social Work from Dalhousie.

She currently volunteers on other boards including the P.E.I. Rape and Sexual Assault Board of Directors; the P.E.I. 2023 Canada Games Bid/Host Committee; the MCPEI Indigenous Justice Committee; the Abegweit First Nation Mental Wellness Committee; and various other committees related to front-line social work and the First Nations population.

Coade joins returning executive members Bob Sear, chair; Alex MacBeath, vice-chair; Lori Pendleton, secretary-treasurer; Margo Thompson; and Pamela Williams.

Continuing national directors for CCOA include: Arlene Perly Rae, ON; Dan Mathieson, ON; Charles Scott, ON;  Dr. Frederic L.R. Jackman, ON; Murray Kilfoyle, MB; Dr. Peter Stoicheff, SK; Richard Homburg, NS; and Sean Finn, QC.

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
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Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Symons Medal Coming Soon

Confederation Centre Announces Date for 2019 Symons Medal Ceremony

Annual medal ceremony and lecture on the state of Canadian Confederation returns this fall

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Confederation Centre of the Arts announced today that the 2019 Symons Medal will be awarded on Friday, November 1 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

The Symons Medal is one of Canada’s most prestigious honours, recognizing an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life. Held each fall, the medal ceremony and its associated lecture create a national platform for a prominent Canadian to discuss the nation’s current state and future prospects.

The award is presented 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 at Province House in the fall of 1864.

The Centre also announced today that the 2019 recipient of the Symons Medal will be revealed on Tuesday, May 7. The Symons Medal Ceremony also includes an hour long address in which the medallist reflects upon the current state of Canadian Confederation using themes related to their professional pursuits.

Since 2004, the Centre has honoured 18 distinguished Symons Medallists. These include: the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau; His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales; historian Margaret MacMillan; human rights activist Stephen Lewis; the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., former Chief Justice of Canada; and the former President of the national Inuit organization, Mary Simon.

The 2019 Ceremony will take place in the Homburg Theatre and will also be livestreamed on the Centre’s YouTube channel. Tickets for this important ceremony will be available via the Box Office at a later date. Stay tuned for further event updates on social media: @confedcentre and via hashtag, #Symons2019.

In related matters, the annual Symons Medal Student Essay Contest for the 2018-19 school year is still active, with prizes totalling $2,000. Organizers are accepting submissions until April 30, 2019 and the top three award recipients will be recognized during the 2019 Symons Medal Ceremony. For complete details, visit Confederation Centre’s website.

About the Symons Medal Ceremony and Lecture:         
The Symons Medal and Lecture Series is named in honour of Professor Thomas H.B. Symons, a long-time supporter of Confederation Centre of the Arts and a Board Governor. Professor Symons, the founding President of Trent University, is widely recognized for his work in the field of Canadian Studies, particularly within public policy, heritage, and education.

Previous Symons Medalists: (chronological order, from most recent):

Ø  Historian Margaret MacMillan;

Ø  The Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau;

Ø  Novelist Antonine Maillet;

Ø  Actor/director Paul Gross;

Ø  His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales;

Ø  Human rights activist Stephen Lewis;

Ø  Former Prime Minister Paul Martin;

Ø  Environmentalist David Suzuki;

Ø  Canada’s Chief Statistician Emeritus, Ivan P. Fellegi;

Ø  Former Governor General David Johnston;

Ø  Former President of the national Inuit organization, Mary Simon;

Ø  The Right Hon. Beverley McLachlin, P.C., former Chief Justice of Canada;

Ø  Ian E. Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada;

Ø  The Hon. John Crosby, former Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador;

Ø  The Hon. Peter Lougheed, former premier of Alberta;

Ø  Mark Starowicz, broadcaster and journalist;

Ø  The Hon. R. Roy Murray, former Chief Justice of Ontario; and,

Ø  The Hon. Jean Charest, former premier of Quebec.

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
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Opera Queen Style

Queen’s ‘A Night at The Opera’ will be LIVE @ the Centre 

Classic Albums Live returns to the Homburg Theatre with 1975 Queen Masterpiece

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On the heels of Bohemian Rhapsody becoming the highest-grossing music biopic of all time, Classic Albums Live returns to P.E.I. with the Queen masterwork, A Night at the Opera. Confederation Centre of the Artswelcomes the much-celebrated touring act for its second performance of the Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre 2018-19 season, taking to the Homburg stage this Saturday April 6 at 7:30 p.m. This must-see show is sponsored by Charlottetown Inn & Conference Services.

A perennial Centre must-see, Classic Albums Live presents skilled musicians recreating the greatest albums of the ’60s and ’70s live on stage—note for note, cut for cut. The concerts are delivered as a pop symphony. The first half of the show presents the album in full, then the second act stages a ‘best of’ from Queen. Don’t look for costumes and look-alike theatrics at these ‘rock recitals’, just pure musicianship and the songs that shaped a generation.

“Nothing succeeds like excess—at least that’s the case with Queen’s breakthrough classic,” says music historian, Daniel Durchholz of A Night at the Opera. The 1975 full-length is regarded as Queen’s quintessential recording and includes the timeless hit ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Widely seen as one of the most significant rock songs of all time, the six-minute single was championed by head-bangers a generation before being revived by the Wayne’s World fans. 

The album is remembered for its precisely produced anthems, but it contains a wide variety of material, from the gorgeous piano-based ‘You’re My Best Friend’ and the Paul McCartney-esque ‘39’ to the volume-11 rockers ‘Death on Two Legs’ and ‘I’m in Love with My Car.’”

Tickets are selling very well for this show but there is still some availability. To order, connect via the Centre’s box office, in person, online at confederationcentre.com, or by phone at 902-566-1267 (toll free at 1-800-565-0278.)

Special thanks are extended to the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Province of Prince Edward Island; the City of Charlottetown; to Sobeys; and to media sponsors Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, and The Guardian.

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
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Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Never Snowed In On Saturday Nights

Snowed in Comedy Tour

| Homburg Theatre

The Snowed In Comedy Tour has turned in to a Canadian success story, celebrating its
eleventh year. In a market still dominated by American acts with American TV credits a
small Canadian comedy tour has managed to succeed.

 

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Like the Tragically Hip they have done it by touring and making more and more people laugh year after year.  The tour has now performed in Australia, The US, France, and Switzerland. The 2018 tour received numerous Standing Ovations and was the most successful to date. It has now grown to become the biggest comedy tour in Canada. Playing in 65 cities this year coast to coast.

Four international comedians come together to create one amazing show with each bringing a unique and hilarious take providing something for everyone. Just for Laughs winner Dan Quinn returns as well as the Great Canadian Laugh Off winner, Paul Myrehaug. 5 time Canadian Comedian of the year nominee Pete Zedlacher is back.

We are proud to announce that Debra DiGiovanni, 3 time female comedian of the year and from Video on Trial, will be joining us. Don’t miss out on the comedy show called “Better than the Just for Laughs Tour” and “Delivers a Flurry of Laughs”.

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