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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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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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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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Never Snowed In On Saturday Nights

Snowed in Comedy Tour

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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”.

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Up the Pole Down the Pole

Chute Libre is a highly physical performance integrating circus arts, contemporary dance, and the art of parkour. A creation with five artists that plays with risk, trust and gravity, trying to reset the verticality of the body.  This is a show that challenges perspectives, a playground for five acrobats navigating one same space. Imagine contemporary dance, parkour, partnering acrobatics, Chinese pole, aerial hoop, and live music in a 60-minute show.

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Five individuals explore their environment, creating their own path interlaced with the others. They develop their unique physical language and challenge the trust relations that emerge between them. Breath, wind, and suspension animate these bodies in movement as well as the raw energy and play that drive them to overcome their limits.=

Artistic direction and choreography: Simon Durocher-Gosselin and Elise Legrand
Artists on stage: Joachim Yensen-Martin, Gabriel Catudal, Marc Benazet, Simon Durocher-Gosselin and Elise Legrand.


How does Pay What You Will work?
You still need a ticket for the show – you can book your seats by visiting our box office, by phone 1.800.565.0278 or online.

You decide the price of your tickets! When you attend the performance, we’ll provide you with an envelope, and will ask you to pay whatever amount you wish (based on your own individual experience) following the show, using cash, credit card or cheque.

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Celebrating a Pioneer

The Charlottetown Festival Celebrates the Life of Founding Member Fen Watkin

Member of the Order of Canada, Watkin had a profound influence on Canadian musical theatre

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The Confederation Centre of the Arts community is mourning the passing ofJoseph Fenwick “Fen” Watkin, O.C. 

Watkin was a founding member of the team that brought Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ to life in 1965 and was a driving force within The Charlottetown Festival for more than 40 years. Watkin passed away Thursday in Toronto. He was 96 years young.

“Fen will always be remembered for his kindness and humour,” offers Adam Brazier, artistic director of Confederation Centre. “His love of music and storytelling kept him engaged in the theatre throughout his celebrated life. He was a blessing to everyone who had the pleasure of working with him.”

Joseph Fenwick “Fen” Watkin was a virtuoso pianist and a highly accomplished arranger, conductor, and musical director involved in more than 200 original Canadian productions. He served for 12 years as associate music director of The Charlottetown Festival and 28 years as music director, spanning more than four decades from 1965 to the late 2000s.

The Toronto Symphony, CBC variety shows, and countless community theatre projects also benefitted from Watkin’s talents. As a mentor and coach he inspired generations of amateur and professional performers. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 2005 for his considerable contribution to musical theatre.

Dean Constable, general manager of theatre at the Centre, fondly remembers Watkin, with whom he collaborated during the musical director’s final season leading Anne™. “Working alongside Fen you immediately realized that he was at the heart of those who had built The Charlottetown Festival,” Constable recalls. “He had a wonderful, gentle demeanour, and a terrific sense of humour, but rest assured if you were doing something wrong musically, he would see it corrected. The Canadian musical theatre community has lost an instrumental member and friend and we are grateful for his many contributions.”

Watkin first served as associate musical director at The Charlottetown Festival from 1965-77 alongside John Fenwick during a thriving era for musical theatre in Canada. Working with then artistic director Alan Lund, both Fenwick and Watkin conducted the orchestra for Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™and dozens of other productions, such as By George!, Kronborg 1582, Johnny Belinda, Singin’ & Dancin’ TONIGHT, and many more. Watkin became musical director in 1978 and continued to lead in this way until the mid-2000’s, including national and international tours of Anne™.

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Sing Along With the Show

Celebrate World Theatre Day with a Sing-along Choir at Confederation Centre

Adam Brazier and Jenn Cullen to lead group singalong of Kronborg musical tune, Wednesday, March 27

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In celebration of World Theatre Day, Artistic Director Adam Brazier is inviting anyone and everyone onto the Homburg Theatre stage for a pop-up choir event, this Wednesday, March 27. The group will learn a song from this summer’s much anticipated production, Kronborg—The Hamlet Rock Musical.

This special event for World Theatre Day will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Homburg Theatre. World Theatre Day was initiated in 1961 and is celebrated each year by the theatre community across the globe to share the joy of theatre and its impact in the arts community with others.

Performing Arts instructor, Jennifer Cullen, participants will be handed lyrics and sheet music for ‘Something’s Rockin’ in Denmark’, a spirited anthem from Kronborg, written and composed by Cliff Jones. Equal parts singing and community-engagement, the night will unfold in a fun and easy-going setting, in the spirit of other drop-in groups like Treble with Choir and Choir! Choir! Choir!

Arriving in the theatre lobby, guests will be escorted backstage to the renowned Homburg Theatre stage where singers will be divided into sections based on range. After learning the arrangements, the groups will reunite to sing through this energetic number on the professional stage, looking out at the sea of 1,100 red seats, just like The Charlottetown Festival company! Everyone will have a blast and go home with a catchy ‘ear-worm’ they can sing from the musical.

No previous choir or singing experience is necessary but interested parties should RSVP. Sheet music is available ahead of time, upon registration. Singers and others can register or send any send questions to Ellen Theuerkauf,development and events coordinator, at etheuerkauf@confederationcentre.com or (902) 629-1159.

Set in Kronborg Castle in Denmark, Kronborg–The Hamlet Rock Musical revolves around the revenge Prince Hamlet is called to wreak upon his uncle by the ghost of his father, King Hamlet. P.E.I. favourite son Aaron Hastelow will star in the powerhouse rock show, sponsored by SYSCO Food Services. Playing June 28 to July 20, 2019, this summer’s electrifying production features a thrilling rock opera score, a cast of 28 stellar Canadian actors, and a full orchestra.

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