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Courtyard Bliss

These are the moments! 💫The Charles and Pauline Scott Courtyard is now available to book for intimate weddings. For the month of October, we’re offering a 15% discount on 2021 courtyard weddings. Get in touch to inquire: events@confederationcentre.comhttps://confederationcentre.com/venues-rentals/weddings/Planner – Elysian Weddings & EventsCo-planner – Red Aisle WeddingsPhotographer – Jenna Rachelle PhotographyFlowers – Island Meadow FarmsDress – Once Upon A Wedding

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

Andrea Surich Joins Confederation Centre

General Manager Andrea Surich to leave Watermark
 
It is with both great appreciation and regret that Watermark Theatre announces the departure of General Manager Andrea Surich.  Andrea will be stepping down from her position at Watermark to assume the role of General Manager of Theatre at The Charlottetown Festival at Confederation Centre of the Arts. Effective immediately, Andrea will be sharing her time between the two organizations for the next few months, facilitating a smooth transition for both.
 
Andrea joined Artistic Director Robert Tsonos in the leadership of Watermark Theatre in 2015. Since then, the company has experienced exponential growth at the box office, launched a hugely successful Mentorship Program, and placed the theatre on solid footing for years to come, while delivering theatre productions every summer to great critical and audience acclaim.
 
“Andrea has had an incredible impact on our company and is a major reason why the theatre is in such great shape, both artistically and financially”, explains Robert, “her hard work, dedication, and infectious enthusiasm has immeasurably shaped this theatre. We are going to miss her immensely but also wish her well in her new position”.
 
Watermark Theatre Board Chair Rodney Payne added, “It would be difficult to overstate how important Andrea has been to the Watermark Theatre.  Her engagement and commitment over the past five years is greatly appreciated and she will be sorely missed.”
 
Watermark Theatre’s Board of Directors, artists, staff, and volunteers extend their deepest gratitude to Andrea for her leadership and service to the company and wish her all the best as she embarks on a new stage of her career.
 
For more information or interview requests please contact:
Robert Tsonos, Artistic Director
artisticdirector@watermarktheatre.com
or at 902-963-3963
 
Watermark Theatre
57 Church Hill Ave
North Rustico, PE
C0A 1X0
http://www.watermarktheatre.com

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

Almighty Proud on Turkey Day

Gather the family after Thanksgiving dinner this season for a heartwarming celebration of Anne Shirley! Featuring up-close highlights from Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™, cameos from Canadian icons, and re-imaginings of your favourite songs from the musical, Feelin’ Mighty Proud is set to make its world premiere Sunday, October 11 at 9 p.m. on Eastlink and Confederation Centre social media.

This Island-made celebration weaves patrons’ favourite moments from the iconic Charlottetown Festival musical (taped live on the mainstage this season!) with a summertime journey across the Island, stopping at key destinations that focus on the works of L.M. Montgomery and the lore of Anne Shirley.

Feelin’ Mighty Proud! is a must-see TV event this Thanksgiving that will make every Canadian proud,” says Confederation Centre Artistic Director Adam Brazier. “It is a charming reminder of the incredible impact our heroine has made world-wide—one who has brought so many people together for generations.”

Directed by Brazier and Jason Rogerson, the one-hour special is rich with cameo appearances, including such luminaries as Megan Follows, Amybeth McNulty and R.H. Thompson (Anne with an E), Gracie Finley, and current ‘Anne’, Emma Rudy.

More than a dozen Charlottetown Festival company members also appear, including Islanders Marlane O’Brien, Glenda Landry, Catherine O’Brien, Hank Stinson, Aaron Hastelow, and Michelle Bouey, as well as the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra. Patrons are invited to enjoy a one-minute trailer for the special online through Vimeo.

Stirring new performances include original interpretations of the treasured songs of the famed musical, such as ‘Open the Window’ from I and the Village(pictured); ‘The Words’  by Lennie Gallant; and ‘Gee I’m Glad I’m No One Else But Me’ from Meaghan Blanchard.

Feelin’ Mighty Proud will be broadcast October 11 on Eastlink and live on the Centre’s Facebook and YouTube feeds at 9 p.m., nation-wide It is made possible due to the generous support of Canadian Heritage, the Province of Prince Edward Island, title sponsor CIBC, and production sponsor, CAA. Patrons can follow the Centre’s social media pages and confederationcentre.com for more details. 

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Bob Rae Awarded Symons Medal

The Confederation Centre of the Arts has announced the 2020 Symons Medal will be awarded to the Honourable Bob Rae, PC, CC, OO, QC through an online broadcast on Friday, October 30. 

The Symons Medal and Lecture Series is named in honour of Professor Thomas H.B. Symons, a long-time supporter of Confederation Centre and a Board Governor. The Symons Medal recognizes an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life and is presented annually at the Centre. 

The Symons Medal Ceremony and Lecture will be streamed online via the Centre’s Facebook and YouTube channels on October 30 at 8 p.m. AT. 

Remarks of welcome will be made by the Honourable Premier Dennis King and official response will be delivered by the Honourable Roy Romanow, PC, OC, SOM, QC, former premier of Saskatchewan and current chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan. The Medal Lecture will be followed by a live question and answer component with viewers. 

Hon. Rae’s lecture is entitled: Learning from The Past, Imagining the Future: Reflections from a Political Life. “I am delighted to be following so many distinguished Canadians as this year’s Symons Medal recipient,” states Hon. Rae. “I have long admired Tom Symons’ vision and leadership and it is also wonderful to be associated with Confederation Centre of the Arts and my many friends in Charlottetown and Prince Edward Island.”

Throughout the video address, Hon. Rae will explore themes around: Canada’s improbable origins as a nation; post-war emergence onto the global stage; active membership within the United Nations (U.N.); and the significance of the ever-evolving Canadian constitution—a “living tree document”.

Hon. Rae is the 2020 recipient in part for his many years of work on humanitarian issues, most recently the Rohingya Refugee crisis, as well as his time focusing on indigenous issues with Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, and his decades of public service and teaching. He has always been deeply involved in the political life of Canada including as MP, former premier of Ontario, and interim leader of the federal Liberal Party. While premier, he was involved in many of the initiatives for constitutional reform.

In July, Hon. Rae was appointed Canada’s ambassador to the U.N. by the Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Humanitarian and Refugee Issues. 

Stay tuned to the Confederation Centre’s news page for further updates, including further potential distribution or screenings of the lecture.

About the Medal: The Symons Medal was designed by Dora de Pedery-Hunt, CM, OOnt (1913 – 2008). The famed Canadian sculptor was inspired by the Jean Paul Lemieux 1964 painting Charlottetown Revisited (submitted).

Symons Medallists: 

Since 2004, the Centre has honoured 19 distinguished Symons Medallists:

·         2019 Senator Murray Sinclair, Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

  1. 2018 Dr. Margaret MacMillan, historian
  2. 2017 The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
  3. 2016 Antonine Maillet, novelist and playwright
  4. 2015 Paul Gross, actor, writer, director
  5. 2014 Stephen Lewis, politician, human rights activist, UN Special Envoy
  6. 2014 His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales
  7. 2013 The Right Honourable Paul Martin
  8. 2012 Dr. David Suzuki
  9. 2011 Dr. Ivan Fellegi, former Chief Statistician of Canada
  10. 2010 The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada
  11. 2009 Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, national Inuit organization
  12. 2008 The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada
  13. 2008 Dr. Ian E. Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada
  14. 2007 The Honourable John Crosbie
  15. 2007 The Honourable Peter Lougheed
  16. 2006 Mark Starowicz, producer and journalist
  17. 2005 The Honourable Roy McMurtry, Chief Justice of Ontario
  18. 2004 The Honourable Jean Charest, Premier of Quebec

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

Come Sing With Us

Our choral music program has gone digital, so you can join from anywhere with an internet connection! 🎼📡Love to sing? There are no auditions; registration is now open. Try something new this fall at the Confederation Centre! https://confederationcentre.com/arts-education/choral-music/

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Sixties Scoop Postcard

In this Postcard from the Island, artist and activist Patricia Bourque Photography

speaks about her craft, and her experience as a part of the Sixties Scoop.

Confederation Centre of the Arts is proud to be delivering ‘Postcards from the Island,’ a weekly online series featuring a rich depth of creative pioneers in quintessential Prince Edward Island locales.

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Sing a Song of PEI

Do you know someone who loves to sing, and wants to try something new?

Let them know we’re recruiting for The Confederation Centre Youth Chorus and the Confederation Singers! 🎼🎤🎶

Rehearsals will resume in September on Monday evenings from 7-9 pm (Adult), and Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 6-7 pm (Youth).

For more information, visit https://confederationcentre.com/arts-education/choral-music/

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Feelin’ Mighty Proud!

Confederation Centre announces broadcast special celebrating Anne across the Island; 

Guest appearances include Amybeth McNulty, Lennie Gallant, Meaghan Blanchard, Gracie Finley, Emma Rudy and more!

Confederation Centre of the Arts is set to release a one-hour broadcast special entitled Feelin’ Mighty Proud! This Island-wide celebration weaves highlights from the iconic Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ with a summertime journey across the Island, stopping at key destinations that focus on the works of L.M. Montgomery and the lore of Anne Shirley. 

Feelin’ Mighty Proud! is an homage to Montgomery, the original Anne of Green Gables novel, our famed Anne musical, and the Island as a whole,” shares Adam Brazier, artistic director with the Centre. “This project will make every Canadian proud and is a heartfelt reminder of the incredible impact our heroine has made world-wide—one who has brought so many people together for generations.”

Directed by Brazier with Jason Rogerson, this new production is rich with special appearances, including video interviews from such luminaries as Amybeth McNulty (Anne with an E), RH Thompson, Gracie Finley and Glenda Landry, and current ‘Anne’, Emma Rudy. This past summer would have marked Rudy’s second straight season starring in Charlottetown. This season marked the first time in the musical’s 55-year Guinness Record-setting run that it could not be mounted, as the entire Charlottetown Festival was cancelled due to COVID-19. 

Rudy is joined here by Hank Stinson and Marlane O’Brien as the Cuthberts, and Catherine O’Brien as Rachel Lynde in a selection of scenes shot on the iconic Homburg Theatre mainstage. More than a dozen Charlottetown Festival company members also appear performing the musical’s title theme, including Islanders Aaron Hastelow, Michelle Bouey, and Josée Boudreau, as well as the Festival Orchestra. 

New performances for the special include rousing original interpretations of the songs of the famed musical, such as ‘If it Hadn’t Been for Me’ by Vishten; ‘The Words’  by Lennie Gallant; ‘Gee I’m Glad I’m No One Else But Me’ from Meaghan Blanchard shot in the famed ‘Anne house’ in Cavendish, ‘Kindred Spirits’ from Ava and Lilly Rashed, and more. Click here to enjoy two sneak peek audio samples from the special!

Feelin’ Mighty Proud will be broadcast in late September and is made possible due to the generous support of Canadian Heritage, the Province of Prince Edward Island, title sponsor CIBC, and production sponsor, CAA. Patrons can follow the Centre’s social media pages and confederationcentre.com for broadcast date and platform details.

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Showcasing the Showcase

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The Showcase full store clearance sale begins today! 🛍💫

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 ‘Anne of Green Gables’ Manuscript to be exhibited virtually; Presented by the CCAG, L.M. Montgomery Institute, and UPEI’s 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.

“I have certainly observed Montgomery scholars visiting the Island to conduct research on the manuscripts here at the CCAG,” shares Gallery Director Kevin Rice. “I 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.”

“It 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,” 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’ shared mandate to preserve works of cultural value and foster educational outreach.

“The LMMI exists to promote research into, and informed celebration of, Montgomery’s life and works, and so we could not be more excited about partnering in this project,” offers Dr. Philip Smith, chair of the LMMI Management Committee. “Making the handwritten manuscript of Montgomery’s most famous novel—complete with editing marks and strike-throughs—available 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’s kitchen in Cavendish, where the novel was written, will enrich our connection with Montgomery’s beloved home, her community, and her times.”

“A 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,” remarks University Librarian Donald Moses. “By digitizing Montgomery’s original manuscript for Anne of Green Gables, we will be able to display, navigate, and visualize the novel and the writer’s creative process in new ways. Through interactive experiences, Canadians and the international Montgomery community will be reintroduced to this literary treasure.”

Visitors to the bilingual exhibition, Exploring a National Treasure, will have digital access to all 853 pages of the manuscript, including the interesting material—notes and short snippets of work—that exists on the backs of pages. With the manuscript as the exhibition’s central pillar, visitors, whether new to Montgomery’s 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’s important place in Canadian history.

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

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