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An East Coast Christmas

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The Barra MacNeils bring their latest seasonal show to the Confederation Centre on Wednesday December 18 at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are on sale now at the Confederation Centre Box Office.

A traditional favourite, the Barra MacNeils’ An East Coast Christmas is a treat for the whole family.  The five siblings are known for their brilliant instrumentals, ringing harmonies and delightful flair for story-telling.  Their unique seasonal show is crafted each year to bring a special Celtic spin on traditional favourites and original east coast treasures with songs, stories and dance. Their stunning rendition of O Holy Night is just one of the many highlights that brings audiences to their feet.  Fans can also look forward to gems like Ave Maria, Christmas in Killarney, and Auld Lang Syneamong an array of originals and seasonal delights.

Hailing from Sydney Mines, Cape Breton Island, they are deeply rooted in Celtic music, culture, dance, language and history.  Their numerous critically acclaimed recordings have included their own original songs as well as tried and true standards, both instrumental and vocal.

The Barra MacNeils live concert experience is family entertainment at its highest level, leaving memories that will last beyond the season for a lifetime.

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

See the Symons

Symons Medal Presentation 2019 Now Available Online

Senator Murray Sinclair Received the 19th Symons Medal on November 1, 2019

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Last month at Confederation Centre of the Arts, Canadian Senator, the Honourable Murray Sinclair received the 2019 Symons Medal for exceptional contribution to Canadian life.

Before a full house in the Homburg Theatre and webcast live across the country, Senator Sinclair received the medal and delivered his thoughtful lecture Confederation: We Could Have Done Better. Now, the medal presentation and lecture is available online in its entirety.

The presentation includes: an opening performance from the Confederation Centre Youth Chorus; words of welcome from the Honourable Premier of Prince Edward Island, Dennis King; response from fellow Senator, the Honourable Brian Francis, also from P.E.I.; and a Q+A segment with the audience. YouTube links to the archived video are available in English and French.

Senator Sinclair served the justice system in Manitoba for over 25 years and was the second Indigenous Judge to be appointed in Canada and the first Indigenous Judge in Manitoba. He also served as Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in Canada. As Chair of the TRC, he participated in hundreds of hearings across Canada, culminating in the issuance of the TRC’s report in 2015.

Senator Sinclair was the 19th recipient of the Symons Medal. Since 2004, the Centre has honoured 18 others, including: 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., Chief Justice of Canada; and the President of the national Inuit organization, Mary Simon.

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. 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.

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

Christmas in Twangtown

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CHRISTMAS In Nashville is a live tribute to the wonderful World of Country music that began in Nashville, Tennessee over 100 years ago.

With radio broadcasts over WSM in Nashville this showbusiness phenomenon has entertained Millions of Country music fans on that most famous of stages, the Ryman Auditorium.

Christmas In Nashville will recreate for you some of Country music’s finest moments starting way back at it’s earliest beginnings in Nashville, Tennessee.

On Saturday, December 14th, come with us as we take you back in time and a visit with, Minnie Pearl, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Kitty Wells, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Comedienne, Bobby-Jo and more.

The fun starts at 7:30 PM. Y’ALL COME DOWN NOW, Y’HEAR?

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

Burke at the Movies

Now Showing: Two Film Screenings Planned Honouring Brian Burke

Confederation Centre Art Gallery also launching exhibition catalogue Predicaments: Brian Burke, a Retrospective’

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The Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) is hosting multiple events over the next month to celebrate its current retrospective exhibition on prolific P.E.I. painter Brian Burke. Special thanks are extended to CN 100, exhibition and catalogue sponsor.

Tomorrow—Wednesday, December 4at 12-noon in the CCAG, a free screening will be held of Island filmmaker Brian Pollard’s Figure in a Landscape. This 25-minute documentary focusing on Burke includes scenes from the painter’s Island studio and opening receptions of his works in San Francisco and New York.

Next, on Thursday, December 12 at 7 p.m., the CCAG will host a book launch and film screening. Enjoy refreshments and a cash bar as the Centre launches the exhibition catalogue Predicaments: Brian Burke, a Retrospective, with essays by Judith Scherer, Robert Slifkin, Heinz Stahlhut, and Pan Wendt.

Following this launch, the public is invited to take a look behind Burke’s well-known 2004-05 portrait series Many Years Later with a screening of Pollard’s 45-minute documentary, also titled Many Years Later. Co-produced by William Harrington, the film features interviews with Burke and the subjects of these paintings—the artist’s friends—who, in the late 1960s, were part of the teenage social scene that frequented the Basilica Recreation Centre in Charlottetown.

Predicaments: Brian Burke, a Retrospective is showing until Sunday, January 5, 2020. Curator Pan Wendt will present a closing day ArtTalk around the exhibition on Sunday, January 5 at 2 p.m. at the CCAG.

The exhibition features over 117 pieces loaned by galleries and private collections all around the world, including several pieces from the permanent collection.  Burke’s paintings are characterized by a challenging intensity and dark wit, focusing on the human figure, and addressing existential themes of isolation, alienation, as well as broader social and political questions. The artist died in 2017, leaving behind an unforgettable visual legacy.

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

A Closer Look

A Closer Look: Five Questions with P.E.I.’s Michelle Bouey

Islander talks ‘Dear Rita’, Soulpepper’s ‘Rose’, growing up at the Centre, and why representation in theatre matters

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Islander Michelle Bouey will make her Festival debut next year, performing in the musical love-letter to icon, Rita MacNeil, Dear Rita at The Mack.

An alumna of the TD Young Company, Bouey effectively grew up at the Centre, including years of dance recitals and drama festivals. The Sheridan College graduate will also appear in Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ next summer, playing Prissy Andrews.

The Centre is currently offering the biggest Festival sale of the year. Until midnight on December 3 (tomorrow), patrons can purchase tickets for all four summer theatre productions at 50% off. Tickets can be accessed online, by phone at 1 (902) 566-1267, toll free at 1 (800) 565-0278, or at the box office. The sale is offered for select dates and is based on availability.

 

Q1: Michelle, you’re coming home in 2020. What’s your favourite thing about a PEI summer?

A: Seafood and the beach! I love being so close to some of the best beaches in the world and the sense of timelessness that goes with it. After a day at the beach it’s fun to have a drink with a friend, while listening to jazz on the Row. A classic Island experience is running into at least three people you know, almost anytime you walk around the downtown area. My favourite thing of all is being able to spend time with my family, who I don’t get to see as often as I’d like.

Q2: Do you have a cherished Centre memory?

A: So many…from dance recitals, summer camps, high school shows, fundraisers, drama fests, and being in the Young Company, it often felt like the Centre was my second home. My summer in the Young Company was my last on the Island before I moved to Toronto for college—what a summer it was! I had dreamed about being in the Young Company since the age of seven and I almost had to shake my head at times that it was me up there performing.

Q3: Are you excited to perform in two very different productions all summer?

A: This is my first time doing theatre in rep [two shows at once], so I actually can’t believe I get to live in two worlds at once. It’s thrilling to me. I love The Mack and the intimate safe space it creates. It’s the kind of venue that gives you more of a chance to connect with your audience.

I grew up listening to Rita MacNeil and watching her Christmas special. To think that a small group of us get to honour her legacy—on East Coast soil, none the less—is so special. For ‘Anne’, I’ve always wished I could be a part of that story. As a child, I never thought being in the show was something that could happen, because of my Asian heritage. Being in a space that feels like home, in a show I’ve cherished in my heart for so long, is special, full-stop. Also, there might just be that kid who looks a lot like me and has their own aspirations to be on stage one day.

Q4: What’s one thing you think many people don’t realize about Anne™?

A: I think many people go into the show thinking it’ll just delightful and fun—and it certainly is! But, I don’t think anyone can prepare you for the heartwarming, deep, emotional journey it takes you on.

I’ve seen the show every year and then some since 1997 and it never fails to touch me greatly. I didn’t think I would see it last year but, my good friend, Emma Rudy, took on the role and I had to go. She shone so brightly and captured the sparkly personality of Anne perfectly. I’m so excited to be working with her next summer. 

Q5: You’re also an active songwriter, what were your personal highlights in 2019 and anything on the horizon to look out for?

 A: 2019 has been, thankfully, a busy year. I would say that two things stand out and it’s interesting how they represent my two passions. Firstly, being part of Mike Ross’s new musical ‘ROSE’ at Soulpepper Theatre was incredible. Based on Gertrude Stein’s children’s book of the same name, Mike captured the magic and innocence of the book perfectly. I played many different parts, as well as my cello. The cast, the show, the magic…I’ll never forget.

 The other amazing experience of 2019 would have to be taking part in Musical Stage Company’s production of ‘UnCovered.’ On the stage of Koerner Hall in Toronto, we sang the songs of Stevie Wonder and Prince, uncovering the different layers of their music in unique and personal ways. Working with Canadian musical icons such as Jully Black, Divine Brown, and Jackie Richardson was deeply rewarding.

As far as my own music goes I’ve released three singles on the usual platforms and a few more are on their way. Aaron Hastelow, no stranger to Island audiences, and I will also be performing a cabaret at The Guild on January 3rdand 4th in the New Year. I may just be revealing a new song or two…

 

Special thanks are extended to Festival title sponsor, CIBC, and to Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ sponsor CAA Atlantic. The 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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Watch the Parking Meters

Traffic and Parking Advisory: Weekend of Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 at Confederation Centre of the Arts

Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre concerts; Christmas Market; Christmas Parade, and Wintertide Holiday Festival Tree Lighting all impacted

 

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This weekend—from Friday November 29 to Sunday December 1—will be a busy one in and around Confederation Centre of the Arts. As a result, patrons are advised that driving and parking around the Centre block will be limited.

The Christmas Market  runs Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. As a number of road closures are required, motorists are advised that fromFriday, Nov. 29 at 3 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 1, the following streets will be closed to all traffic, with no parking permitted:

  • Queen Street, between Grafton and Sydney;
  • Richmond Street and Victoria Row, between Pownal and Great George.

Additionally, the Wintertide Holiday Festival Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place Friday at 6:30 p.m. This will require Grafton Street, from Queen to Great George, to be closed from 4 to 7:30 p.m. (or until the conclusion of the event).

People with mobility concerns will still be able to access the Queen Street elevator into the lobby level of Confederation Centre. Those patrons being dropped off will need to do so at the corner of Queen and Grafton.

Saturday November 30

On Nov. 30 the City of Charlottetown’s Christmas Parade takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. and will further limit parking and traffic flow. Streets between Great George and West Street will be closed from 4 to 7 p.m. (or until the conclusion of the event). For more information, visit: charlottetown.ca and click ‘Events and Initiatives’.

Also on Nov. 30, Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre will present The East Pointers at 7:30 p.m. This show is sold out and the Homburg Theatre will be full (1,100 people). Concertgoers and patrons headed to Mavor’s or The Showcase should leave extra time, parking a few blocks away or in one of the nearby parkades.

Sunday December 1

This same advice is extended to: patrons attending Handel’s Messiah on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Homburg Theatre; as well as those students attending dance umbrella classes this weekend; and those participating in Saturday Art Classes.

For any questions, contact Joy Gallant, director of guest services, at 902.629.6118, or jgallant@confederationcentre.com.

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