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Hooray Canada Day

Today we recognize the National celebration of Canada Day.

On this day, we encourage all Canadians to reflect on our nation’s shared history and the difficult truths of our past. We must acknowledge how the foundations of our country have disproportionality impacted indigenous lived experiences. As a National Arts Centre, we are committed to responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions’ calls to action and continuing to work together on the path of reconciliation. We work in collaboration and friendship with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists and storytellers from across Canada to promote cultural learning and understanding. 

Here are some ways we can all support, acknowledge and reflect on this Canada Day.

🔸Read the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. To read more go here

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Be a Gift Manager

✨We are currently accepting applications for the position of Major Gifts Officer.

🔸 Reporting to the Director of Development, the Major Gifts Officer is responsible for moving a portfolio of individual, corporate, and foundation major gift donors/prospects through the donor lifecycle to grow philanthropy at CCOA. This role is responsible for ensuring major gift strategy is informed by the insights of prospect research, community leaders, and internal strategy development within the larger organizational and sector-wide giving trends.

Closing Date for applications: July 15th 

✨ Apply today at 

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Anne’s Family Pack

Treat the whole family to an Anne-mazing night out! Family Pack Includes: four show tickets to Anne of Green Gables – The Musical™ and an Anne souvenir program for $150.

Up to four additional tickets can be purchased for $37.50 per ticket. Souvenir programs must be picked up at the box office prior to the shows start. Available on select shows performances June 25, 27, 28; tier 2 & 3 seats.

✨Use promo code: annefam22 ✨

Buy Tickets: https://confederationcentre.com/wha…/anne-of-green-gables/

Title Sponsor: The Gray Group Real Estate & Development

Production Sponsor: CAA | Atlantic

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Off to the Rock

Tell Tale Harbour to tour Newfoundland and Labrador this fall

The new musical comedy Tell Tale Harbour already has its next destination after it makes its world premiere at The Charlottetown Festival. After its summer run, the show and its original cast will pack up and head to Newfoundland and Labrador for a cross-province tour. 

“Confederation Centre of the Arts is thrilled to partner with the Arts and Culture Centres to bring Tell Tale Harbour to Newfoundland and Labrador,” says Steve Bellamy, Confederation Centre’s CEO. “It’s a musical full of East Coast pride about the true meaning of home, so it couldn’t be a more fitting addition to the Come Home 2022 celebrations.”

The tour was announced by the Honourable Steve Crocker, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts, and Recreation as part of the province’s Come Home 2022 programming. 

“We are thrilled to be bringing Tell Tale Harbour to our province,” says the Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. “I want to say a very special thank you to our partners involved in making this happen, including Alan Doyle and Confederation Centre of the Arts in Prince Edward Island. We couldn’t have done this without your energy and support.” 

Several members of the musical’s cast and creative team are Newfoundlanders, including director Jillian Keiley, and co-adaptors Alan Doyle and Edward Riche

Tour dates in Newfoundland and Labrador include: 

September 27 (Concert): Labrador West Arts and Culture Centre 

September 29: Stephenville Arts and Culture Centre 

October 1, 3: Cornerbrook Arts and Culture Centre

October 5, 7, 8: Grand Falls-Windsor Arts and Culture Centre

October 12, 13, 14, 15: St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre

For all performances dates of Tell Tale Harbour in Charlottetown and Newfoundland and Labrador, visit telltaleharbour.com.

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Rogers on Tap

Confederation Centre of the Arts announces 2022 Symons Medallist

– The Symons Medal Lecture will be held on Thursday, October 13 –

One of Canada’s most esteemed broadcast-journalists will be awarded the 2022 Symons Medal in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island this fall.

Confederation Centre of the Arts announced that Shelagh Rogers, OC will be the twenty-second recipient of the prestigious honour. The Symons Medal recognizes an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life. Held annually, the medal ceremony and its associated lecture offer a national platform for an eminent Canadian to discuss the nation’s current state, shared histories, and prospects using themes related to their professional pursuits.

Shelagh Rogers is a veteran broadcast-journalist at CBC, most recently as the host and producer of The Next Chapter, an award-winning program devoted to writing in Canada. Over her illustrious career, she has hosted other national radio programs such as This MorningThe Arts Tonight, and Sounds Like Canada.

Rogers is a vocal advocate for mental healthcare, adult literacy, and for a reckoning with the truth of Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples. In 2011, she was inducted as an Honorary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a life-changing honour. In the same year, she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for elevating the cause of adult literacy, fighting against the stigma of mental illness by sharing the story of her own depression, and for promoting Canadian culture. In 2016, she received the inaugural Margaret Trudeau Award for Mental Health Advocacy.

She co-edited three books in the Aboriginal Healing Foundation’s Speaking My Truth series and, in 2019, was named an inaugural Library and Archives Canada Scholar in recognition of her dedication to the promotion of the country’s literary and historical heritage. She holds eight honorary doctorates from Canadian universities and is Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Victoria. Rogers is a member of the Métis Nation of Greater Victoria.

“The selection committee enthusiastically chose to award Shelagh Rogers with the Symons Medal this year,” says Robert Sear, chair of the board of Confederation Centre of the Arts, and co-chair of the Symons Medal Committee. “She is one of the nation’s most beloved storytellers, and her advocacy work has had a monumental impact on our country.”

The Symons Medal Lecture is named after Professor Thomas H.B. Symons, the founding president of Trent University and a long-time board member and supporter of Confederation Centre of the Arts. Since 2004, the Centre has honoured 21 distinguished medallists, including the Honourable Louise Arbour, Dr. David Suzuki, the Honourable Bob Rae, and Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon.

The Symons Medal Lecture will take place at Confederation Centre of the Arts on Thursday, October 13 and will also be livestreamed. A limited number of tickets for the in-person event have been released; additional seats may become available closer to the event. Confederation Centre Members can book now, and the general public can book starting Thursday, May 19. To become a member and take advantage of priority ticket booking, visit confederationcentre.com/membership. Seats can be booked online or through the box office at 1-800-565-0278. There is no cost to attend the ceremony but donations can be made to the Symons Trust Endowment Fund of the Confederation Centre of the Arts Foundation.

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Lobster Lady Songs

Island singer-songwriter Ashley Condon shares her mother’s story in Betty’s Song

The funny and heartfelt show Betty’s Song is coming to Confederation Centre of the Arts this summer as part of The 2022 Charlottetown Festival.

Proudly sponsored by The Gray Group Real Estate & Development, The 2022 Charlottetown Festival includes seven productions across the Centre’s three venues – including Tell Tale HarbourAnne of Green Gables—The Musical™, and Hey Viola!

Sponsored by Key Murray Law, Betty’s Song is a new solo show created and performed by Island singer-songwriter Ashley Condon. The production is inspired by the story of her late mother, who was one of the first women to captain her own lobster boat in Eastern P.E.I. This quirky coming-of-age story, featuring a soundtrack of Condon’s original music, takes you through the perils of a tough lobster lady raising a saucy teenager in 1990s Murray Harbour North.

The idea for the show first came from a track (also titled Betty’s Song) on Condon’s 2013 album This Great Compromise. As she performed the song over the years, Condon started to share more about her mother’s life as a young widow working as a fisherwoman. “Each year the stories would expand, and it seemed like something everyone could relate to,” she says.

For the final credit for her theatre degree, Condon took a playwrighting course during which she developed the idea for the show. She then asked Adam Brazier, the Centre’s artistic director of performing arts, to read the script for feedback. The two went back-and-forth fine-tuning the piece, which led to it being a part of the Festival.

The show features several colorful characters, all performed by Condon, and a ‘90s-inspired set and wardrobe. “What started off as a sentimental piece has turned into something very funny and endearing,” she says. The timing of this show is especially poignant, as Condon became a new mother herself last year.

Betty’s Song runs at The Mack as part of The 2022 Charlottetown Festival from July 5 – 29.

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Hello to Troy

Welcome to Troy Gallant, who has joined the Senior Management group at Confed Centre as Director of Operations! 💡🌡️🎭

A professional engineer, Gallant’s diverse career has spanned over twenty years and four provinces in the industrial, healthcare, institutional, bioscience, and consulting sectors. He started his career with PEI Energy before venturing to Western Canada for an opportunity with FVB Energy. He moved back to Atlantic Canada with Cape Breton District Health Authority, later returning to Prince Edward Island for roles at UPEI and Biovectra.

Learn more: https://confederationcentre.com/…/new-director-operations/

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The Red Head is Back

Full Cast and Creative Team Announced for Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ at The Charlottetown Festival

After a two-year hiatus, P.E.I.’s most iconic redhead is back with a talented cast of performers from across Canada.  

Proudly sponsored by The Gray Group Real Estate & Development, The 2022 Charlottetown Festival includes seven productions across Confederation Centre of the Arts’ three venues – including Tell Tale HarbourBetty’s Song, and Hey Viola! 

Sponsored by CAA Atlantic, this summer marks the first time Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ has been staged at the Centre since 2019 due to COVID-related challenges.  

The Centre previously announced that the titular role will be played by Kelsey Verzotti, a Calgary-born, Toronto-based performer who has entertained audiences across the country. The character’s best friend and kindred spirit, Diana Barry, will be performed by Emma Rudy, who returns after playing the titular character in the Festival’s 2019 production as well as the 2020 broadcast special Feelin’ Mighty Proud.  

The ensemble features a mixture of Festival alumni and fresh faces. Laurie Murdoch and Islander Marlane O’Brien, who were originally cast in the cancelled 2020 production, will play reluctant adopters Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, with Justin Eddy as foe turned friend Gilbert Blythe.  

Other Islanders in the cast include Cameron MacDuffee, Charlotte Moore, Kristen Pottle, and Charlottetown’s Nadia Haddad, who will make her mainstage debut after performing at the Centre’s Outdoor Amphitheatre. “I have always dreamed of being on the Centre’s mainstage,” says Haddad. “It is really special to have my debut in a show that means so much to P.E.I.”  

Ten Island youth have also been cast as the children of Avonlea: Cole BriouxBlaire DudleyNathan DudleyPaige DudleyKatie GrandyBrielle HunterAdia LaureijsJames MorumHanaye Ono, and Zoe White.  

Several Festival alumni are set to make their return, including Stephen Guy-McGrath, Alana Hibbert, Jacob MacInnis, Laurie Murdoch, Jamie Murray, and Nicole Norsworthy

Cast members making their Festival debut include Michelle Bardach, Jahlen Barnes, Alexander BatyckiLyndsey BrittenJustin Eddy, Taran KimTama MartinTrevor PattShakeil RollockBrian RossStéphanie Visconti, Marquita Walsh, and Alison Woolridge

The musical will be directed by Adam Brazier, the Centre’s artistic director of performing arts. “We are so excited to bring the Island’s most beloved orphan back to the stage,” he says. “This talented ensemble will breathe new life into this classic show while honouring the cultural and historic importance of the piece.”

Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ starts previews June 18, with opening night slated for June 25. The production will run until September 3. For tickets and more information, visit confederationcentre.com or call the box office at 1-800-565-0278.  

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Concert for Ukraine

Due to circumstances beyond our control, it will not be possible for the PEISO to perform the music originally intended for the April 24th concert at the Confederation Centre. However, this presents us with a unique opportunity, having access to the venue, most of our musicians, and our Music Director.

We have chosen to use this opportunity to pivot to a benefit concert for Ukraine, featuring music written by Ukrainian Composers, music written for Ukraine, and music which symbolizes unity and strength in adversity, including Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

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Just for Laughs

This performance may contain mature language and content.

Following his successful turn as host in 2019, Canadian comedy legend Rick Mercer returns to lead a stellar line-up of Canada’s most hilarious and diverse comedians at the Confederation Centre. This 19th edition will feature co-star of STARZ’s Ramy Dave Merheje, Just For Laughs Festival favourite Eman El-Husseini and 2018 Juno award winner Ivan Decker. 

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