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Kissing Laments Away

Lovers’ Lament: A Vaccine for Relationships is an 80-minute cabaret performance at the Confederation Centre that promises a side-splitting, delightful, and original take on Valentine’s Day. Special thanks are extended to program sponsor, Charm Diamond Centres, and Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre. 

Presenting songs from musical theatre and beyond, this hilarious look at relationships is the perfect Valentine’s event for anyone who’s ever fallen in – or out – of love. Directed by Adam Brazier, Lovers’ Lament features some of the most cherished stars of recent Charlottetown Festival musicals, including: Aaron Hastelow, Emma Rudy, Michelle Bouey, Josée Boudreau, and Cam MacDuffee. Musical direction and live accompaniment is from Bob Foster.

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Mourning the Passing of Tom Symons

Confederation Centre of the Arts is mourning the passing of Professor Thomas H.B. Symons, CC, O.Ont, FRSC, LLD, DU, DLitt, DCnL, FRGS, KSS. Professor Symons passed away on New Year’s Day at the age of 91.

Professor Symons was a long-time colleague of Confederation Centre of the Arts (CCOA), serving as both board director and governor and was the founding force behind the now annual Symons Medal Lecture. He is widely recognized for his contributions in the areas of public policy, heritage, and education, dedicating his life to community and nation building. 

Born in Toronto in 1929, Professor Symons was educated at the University of Toronto and later Oriel College, Oxford. Returning to the University of Toronto he taught both Ancient and Canadian History. 

Professor Symons made myriad contributions to his larger Ontario community and public initiatives across Canada, while also leaving his mark on Prince Edward Island. He joined the board of CCOA in 1986 and in 2004 led the establishment of the Symons Medal Lecture at CCOA. Each year, this nationally televised ceremony and lecture is held on the Mainstage at Confederation Centre, recognizing an eminent individual who has made a major contribution to Canadian life. The event has grown steadily each year, having recognized 20 Medallists to date.

“It is with deep sadness that we reflect on the passing of Tom Symons, “states Robert Sear, chair of board of the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust. “As many Islanders know, Tom was one of the Centre’s most passionate and committed members. He carried a great love for the Island and we are forever thankful for his many contributions and generous guidance over the past 35 years as board member, governor, and friend.”

Says Steve Bellamy, CEO, “Tom has left a profound impact on Confederation Centre of the Arts through his efforts to promote the Centre nationally, particularly through the establishment of the Symons Medal Lecture. We are very proud to have received decades of support and attention from Tom, and are equally proud to ensure that his legacy will on through the Symons Medal Lecture series.”

Professor Symons has been coming to P.E.I. annually for 50 years and will be missed by many in the community. Says Island Historian Catherine Hennessey, OC, of her colleague, “Tom Symons has long connections with this place, having arrived here as a hitch hiker while he was a teenager. That trip took him to the gate of Shaw’s Hotel in Brackley. His loyalties run deep on this island, spending summers at Shaw’s; caring for us when he was chair of National Historic Sites and Monuments Board; and then later on the Centre’s board. He is a true Canadian icon and I will always be honoured to call him a friend.”  

The Centre board and staff wish to extend sympathies to Professor Symons’ wife Christine; their children, Mary, Ryerson and Jeffery; and the entire Symons family. In lieu of flowers, the Symons family has asked that donations be made to, among others, The Symons Trust of Confederation Centre of the Arts.

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The Art of Giving

December is the most generous time of the year among Canadians! With only a few more days for donations to receive a 2020 tax receipt, we ask you to consider us in your year-end giving 🎁👐🧡
Donations of $20 or more are fully tax deductible, and those who donate $50 or more automatically become Members.
Now that our website can accept online donations, giving to Confederation Centre of the Arts has never been easier! Visit https://confederationcentre.com/donate/

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Pointer Show Postponed

Fans of the Island indie-folk trio The East Pointers will have to wait a little longer to enjoy the acclaimed group at Confederation Centre of the Arts (CCOA). Due to the recent public health measures, the Centre is required to postpone the December 30 and 31 concerts to new dates in 2021.

Presented by Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre and performance sponsor KKP, the new dates are Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13 at 8 p.m. These dates coincide with the kick off to March Break and patrons are invited to plan ahead and celebrate mid-winter break with a night out at the Centre’s Mainstage Theatre, the crown jewel venue of P.E.I.

“We are thrilled that The East Pointers are available for these new dates and we invite our patrons to hold on to that New Year’s Eve excitement and join us to celebrate, safely, at the start of March Break,” says Darcy Campbell, director of LIVE @ the Centre. “This Island band is a must-see and the energy is always electric when they play a hometown concert with us.”

Patrons holding tickets for the original December dates will be automatically rolled into the new dates, with those holding December 30 tickets moved to March 12 and those holding December 31 tickets moved to March 13.

Patrons also have other options with their previously booked tickets: the value can be retained for future credit on a CCOA account; the ticket value can be donated to the Centre (a registered charity organization; or a refund can be issued in full.

Concert tickets always make a wonderful Christmas present, and patrons can connect with the box office at confederationcentre.com<http://www.confederationcentre.com&gt; or at 902.566.1267. Concert patrons will be sent a video explaining all social distancing and masking guidelines for the Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre concert.

With Billboard-worthy pop hooks, deep acoustic grooves, trance-like breakdowns, and three-part harmonies, Tim Chaisson, Koady Chaisson, and Jake Charron capture the furious energy of their live shows and push the boundaries of folk while lighting a new path for a new generation of music lovers. The music trailblazers have performed more than 500 live shows world-wide in the past five years, but nothing beats an Island crowd on the weekend.

Appreciation is extended to the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Province of Prince Edward Island, the City of Charlottetown, and the Special Events Reserve Fund.

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Capital New Year

‘Capital New Year’ Brings Holiday Cheer to Confederation Centre Dec. 30 and 31. City of Charlottetown presents family-fun activities across the Centre this holiday season

Come gather ‘round at the Centre this holiday season for some family fun and creative cheer, courtesy of the City of Charlottetown. Capital New Year will offer free, socially-distanced events across Confederation Centre of the Arts on December 30 and 31.

“Charlottetown – the Birthplace of Confederation – is the place to ring in the New Year on Prince Edward Island,” says Mayor Philip Brown. “Capital New Year is a long-standing tradition in our city, and although it is not able to take place in its traditional format due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are thrilled to be able to partner with Confederation Centre to offer this safe, celebratory programming at a time when excitement is so needed.”

Steve Bellamy, CEO of Confederation Centre agrees. “We are delighted to come together with the City of Charlottetown to present some fun and art-making for families looking to revel in the season or just unwind,” he states. “We are thankful to the City for their leadership in bringing Capital New Year together. Also, we wish to assure all patrons that each event will take place under approved health guidelines from the Chief Public Health Office.”

Patrons can sign up for one of four Family Art Activities, December 30 and 31 at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG). Participants will be provided with all of the materials they need to create their own winter landscape collage inspired by their favourite seasonal activities. Times run from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 2-3:30 p.m. and pre-registration is required.

The CCAG will host Scavenger Hunts from December 28-31 where patrons will use holiday clues to search for artworks and decorations in the Gallery and around the outdoor concourse. Visitors can also pick up a complimentary ‘Sketch Kit’ from the CCAG and study the artworks on site, hone sketching skills, and take the kit home for personal projects. Kits are available at the Gallery reception desk while supplies last.

The Centre is also offering New Year’s Dance Parties on December 30 and 31, as led by dance umbrella instructors. Families will learn fundamental dance steps in a relaxed, fun, and safe environment, which will then be incorporated into a festive holiday dance. This activity is free for families and requires pre-registration.

Participants in the Dance Parties and registered gallery activities will be treated to hot chocolate and cookies at the conclusion of each event. To register for the Dance Parties and Family Art Activities, patrons must book in advance by contacting the Centre’s box office online<http://www.confederationcentre.com>, in person, or via phone at 902.566.1267.

Appreciation is extended to the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Province of Prince Edward Island, and the City of Charlottetown.

About the Centre: A national arts centre located in Charlottetown, P.E.I., Confederation Centre of the Arts celebrates the origins and evolution of Canada through a wealth of visual and performing arts and heritage programming. Open year-round, the Centre aims to inspire Canadians to consider the country’s past, present, and future through live music, musical theatre, visual arts, arts education, and interactive experiences.

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Christmas Concert Cancelled

Confederation Centre of the Arts remains closed to the public following the instigation of a ‘circuit breaker’ measure for local health protocols.

Unfortunately, due to this ongoing public health situation, the Centre’s holiday variety concert, Comfort & Joy (scheduled for Dec. 20) will be unable to proceed.

For those currently holding tickets, please <https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T9WNFS2> fill out the online form<https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T9WNFS2> for processing options. The Centre team is dealing with a high volume of bookings and greatly appreciates the patience and support of patrons during this process.

Centre staff remain available via email and phone and are working safely on-site or at home.

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Working on the Clampdown

Confederation Centre of the Arts will be closed to the public as of Tuesday December 8. This follows the Chief Public Health Office’s (CPHO) instigation of a two-week ‘circuit breaker’ approach to protocols, extending until December 21.

This closure includes the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, the Confederation Centre Public Library, The Story of Confederation, and other arts education offerings. The remaining 2020 dance umbrella classes are cancelled, and the program will resume in the new year.

The Centre’s two scheduled holiday concerts, Comfort & Joy (Dec. 20) and The East Pointers (part of Capital New Year, Dec. 30-31) are tentative at this time, pending updates from CPHO. Depending on the unfolding public health situation, one or both of these concerts may proceed and patrons are asked to hold on to their tickets and watch confederationcentre.com<http://www.confederationcentre.com&gt; and Centre social media for updates in the next week.

Patrons with ticketing questions can contact the Centre’s box office via email, boxoffice@confederationcentre.com<mailto:boxoffice@confederationcentre.com>. All Confederation Centre staff are still available via email and phone and are either working from home or safely on-site.

Patrons are also reminded that year-end giving is still available at this time, with options to give online at confederationcentre.com/donate<http://www.confederationcentre.com/donate&gt; or via mail: 145 Richmond Street, Charlottetown, PE, C1A1J1. End-of-year donations must be received by December 31, 2020 in order to receive a taxation receipt.

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Get In On the Life

It’s a Wonderful Life

Presented by ACT in partnership with the Confederation Centre of the Arts

and at the Watermark Theatre

December 2020

It has been a difficult year for the performing arts, and so ACT is delighted to present live theatre in December, bringing It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry to the stage, in partnership with Confederation Centre of the Arts. This is the heartwarming tale of George Bailey, a typical American dreamer, who contemplates ending his life one Christmas Eve. With the help of his guardian angel, he discovers the true value of friendship and family. The play is set on a 1940’s radio stage, complete with local advertising jingles and live sound effects. 

“We are so excited to be partnering with ACT for this production on the Mainstage this holiday season,” offers Adam Brazier, artistic director of the Confederation Centre of the Arts. “One of our strategic priorities is to support local theatre initiatives and this has become more vital than ever during these challenging times for our community and the arts industry. It’s a Wonderful Life is an uplifting story of family, love, hope, and redemption–a perfect message for 2020 and the Island holiday season.”

ACT celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2020, and president Marti Hopson was determined to stage a production that could fit within public health guidelines after seeing the rest of the season cancelled due to the pandemic. “It’s terrific that we can take this show to multiple locations and I think the audience will enjoy seeing this classic in a new way, with 6 actors playing multiple parts,” she said, “Confederation Centre of the Arts, the Watermark Theatre and several sponsors have been very generous in helping us to make this a reality.” The cast includes Alex Arsenault, Jenna Marie Holmes, Amanda Rae Gallant, Mike Mallaley, Keir Malone, and Rob Thomson, joined by Mitchell Gallant on sound effects. 

The show opens December 3, 4, 5 at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, and continues on December 10, 11, 12 at the Watermark Theatre in North Rustico. Tickets are available at www.confederationcentre.com and www.ticketwizard.ca . This show is suitable for all ages and is sure to bring holiday cheer. The performances will all have COVID-19 protocols in place, with physically distanced limited seating. Title sponsor of the event is the Smith Team of RBC Dominion Securities.adam

For any additional information required, please email martihopson@hotmail.com or call 902-620-8289.

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