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Confederation Players Hit the Road

The Confederation Players are headed to the nation’s capital for the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation.

Confederation Centre of the Arts is very pleased to announce a major sponsorship for the youth theatre program, which commemorates the 1864 Charlottetown Conference and the origins of the nation. CN will sponsor the troupe for the next two seasons, ensuring the continued growth of Confederation Centre’s heritage programming in the lead up to the sesquicentennial of Canada’s birth in 2017. As part of this $225,000 sponsorship, the Players will also appear in Ottawa in 2017 for a special event.

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“On behalf of the board of directors and all staff at Confederation Centre, I would like to congratulate CN on this major sponsorship,” says Jessie Inman, CEO of Confederation Centre. “In the late 19th century, the Canadian railway bound our great country together from sea to shining sea and made us one people. As we approach the 150th anniversary of Confederation, I cannot envision a more perfect partner to aid us in sharing our nation’s stories and commemorating the dreams of our founders.”

The sponsorship will assist the Players program with professional costuming, travel, and labour associated with the 2017 celebratory programming, and will ensure the stable growth and authenticity of this long-valued experiential tourism product.

“As we head into July 1st celebrations, CN and Confederation Centre take great pride in celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s birth and building for the future of our communities,” says Sean Finn, Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President – Corporate Services CN. “We believe that tourism and heritage programs like the Confederation Players create an exciting opportunity to commemorate our nation’s shared history, and we look forward to working together in 2016 and 2017.”

First founded in 1989, the Confederation Players Program operates six months a year at Confederation Centre and is made up of college-age men and women from across Eastern Canada. Through walking tours, vignettes, Victorian song, and colourful street encounters, the troupe brings to life the landmark events of the 1860’s in British North America and such personalities as John A. Macdonald, George-Étienne Cartier, Thomas D’Arcy McGee, Miss Mercy Coles, and many others. The Players undertake an intensive training program studying regional, national, and Island history, public speaking, improvisation, and performance.

Island Strong Anne Opens

The curtain lifted last night at 7:30 p.m. on an especially Island-strong edition of the long-running musical Anne of Green Gables. Jessica Gallant of Ten Mile House, P.E.I. stars as the world-famous orphan, with Charlottetown’s Hank Stinson and Aaron Hastelow as Matthew Cuthbert and Gilbert Blythe. This marks the first time an Islander has played Gilbert in the historic production, and thus the first time both romantic leads have been played by locals.

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Festival veteran Marlane O’Brien, of Crapaud, P.E.I. plays iconic busy-body, Miss Rachel Lynde, while Dora Award-winner Charlotte Moore reprises her turn as Marilla Cuthbert. New Island home-owner Katie Kerr returns to the role that first brought her to the Festival, as Diana Barry, and another Festival favourite and ‘Islander-by-choice’, Josée Boudreau debuts as Miss Stacey.

The creative team that brought the Guinness Record-holding musical to life last season has returned in 2016, with Wade Lynch in the director’s chair alongside Musical Director Bob Foster and Choreographer Robin Calvert.

“With a history that has enjoyed success under some of the country’s greatest directors, and that has benefited from the talents of legions of actors, musicians, designers, technicians, and theatre artisans of every stripe, it is no small task to approach a new season with the responsibility of maintaining the high standards of previous productions while attempting to bring something new to the play and the story,” says Lynch, who performed in many seasons of the beloved musical himself.

“That said, we must never treat our production as an antique; Anne is new every time the curtain goes up,” he continues. “When Anne Shirley arrives at Bright River she is not only encountering the possibility of a new family, she is entering a whole new world. As theatre artists it is our challenge and our responsibility to present a musical theatre experience that is new for every performance. With the tremendous talents and abilities of our 2016 company, you can be certain that the Anne of Green Gables experience our audiences enjoy this summer is brand spanking new!”

Anne of Green Gables plays select dates until August 27. Confederation Centre wishes to recognize CIBC as the returning title sponsor of The Charlottetown Festival. The Centre also acknowledges the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for continued support. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5, Ocean 100, and CTV.

Linda Tweel Portrait Joins Harris Collection

The Collections Committee at Confederation Centre recently accepted a large 1887 portrait, painted by Robert Harris, for the Art Gallery’s extensive Harris Collection.

The oil on canvas painting was gifted to the Centre in memory of Linda Tweel, to recognize the many contributions she made throughout her lifetime in the fields of education, culture, and community affairs. Linda Tweel was an early member of the Woman’s Committee of Confederation Centre of the Arts, and served as Chair of the Friends of Confederation Centre for several years.

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Gallery Director, Kevin Rice welcomed the addition. “It is always exciting to have collectors offer interesting works for the Collection; the support of donors like Mr. Tweel is critical in building a Canadian art collection in Charlottetown,” said Rice. “With this gift we see a continuation of support for Confederation Centre from the Linda Tweel family.”

Since the Art Gallery began collecting in 1964, its holdings have grown to over 17,000 items including a comprehensive research collection and archive on the works of Charlottetown-raised Robert Harris (1849-1919),  a painter of the iconic group portrait, The Fathers of Confederation.

From Sea to Shining Sea (On Dry Land)

‘From Sea to Shining Sea’ Historic Vignette

Location: Richmond Street side of Province House, Rain location: Confederation Chamber exhibition located in the Upper Foyer of Confederation Centre.

Hours of Operation: Daily historic vignette runs at 12:50 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday.

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In addition to the daily historic vignette, the Confederation Players will be offering guided walking tours, beginning July 2nd. See schedule and details below:

(Departing from the Visitor Information Centre, 178 Water St.)

· 10 a.m.-11 a.m. – Tuesday to Saturday – Historic Great George Tour

· 2 p.m.-3 p.m. – Wednesday to Saturday – Visite guidée de la rue Great George

· 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. – Tuesday to Saturday – Historic Great George Tour

(Departing from the 1864 sculpture beside Province House)

· 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m. – Friday to Saturday – La place historique Queen

· 2:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m. – Tuesday-Saturday – Queen Square Tour

 

Everything’s Got a Story (and an app)

The Story of Confederation Kiosk

Location: beside the 1864 sculpture on the historic grounds surrounding Province House National Historic Site.

Hours of Operation: July and August: 9 a.m. –5 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 12 p.m.–5 p.m. Sunday (weather depending).

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Cost: Free of charge

The kiosk will offer the following services:

Information on Confederation Centre of the Arts, the Confederation Players, the Confederation Centre Young Company, Province House National Historic Site and other Parks Canada heritage places on PEI.

Wifi access to the official Parks Canada Province House app. The app is available for free download to your handheld device or with the use of an iPad, which will be available for loan.

Parks Canada’s Green Screen, which allows visitors to have their image superimposed on a stunning Parks Canada backdrop image (weather depending).

Visitors are also welcome to learn more about this iconic site through interpretive panels that have been installed on the grounds of Province House.

Experience the Confederation Players

Confederation Chamber Experience

Location: Confederation Centre Upper Foyer
Hours of Operation:
June: 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. Mon. to Sat.; Closed Sunday
July and August: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon. to Sat.; 12 p.m.–5 p.m. Sunday

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Cost: free of charge. The Chamber visitor experience includes the following:

A stunning replica of the historical Confederation Chamber where the Fathers of Confederation met during the Charlottetown Conference; Parks Canada’s new 20-minute film ‘Building of Destiny’ which transports viewers back in time to the first eight days in September 1864 when history was made at Province House that would change the face of North America. This film also showcases related themes, including the First Nations context at the time of Confederation and the role of women in Victorian society.

A short film about the role of Confederation Centre of the Arts as Canada’s national living memorial to the Fathers of Confederation.

Historic vignettes from the Confederation Players.

Guided interpretation of the exhibition, which includes a few original artifacts from the Confederation Chamber.

Parallel Journey Lands on PEI

Landon Mackenzie is a nationally celebrated, Vancouver-based artist, admired for her large-scale paintings on canvas. Lesser known are her works on paper, which she produces as a tandem practice to her paintings, and often while away from her home. These ink and watercolour creations are spontaneous and free-form and speak to the deepest levels of the creative urge with minimal forethought or revision. As part of a national tour, Landon Mackenzie: Parallel Journey is now exhibiting at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

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Born in the U.S. and raised in Toronto, Mackenzie studied printmaking at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. Some of her student etchings will be included in the show including layered works often featuring text, which shed light on some of her mature painting practice, in which she often writes words and phrases into the painting that later get covered over by marks and images.

After completing her MFA at Concordia University she turned to painting and her Lost River Series, which she began in 1981, was an overnight sensation. Mackenzie moved to teach at Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver in 1986. She travels each summer to work on P.E.I., and had the opportunity to work for part of the year in Berlin in 2013, and in the Canada Council Paris studio in 2009. Whenever she is on the road as a speaker or visiting artist she tends to work only on paper, but most of these works have rarely been exhibited. This exhibition provides the opportunity for audiences to delve deeply into this aspect of Mackenzie’s practice.

Mackenzie’s strengths as an artist are her inventive energy, her intellectual restlessness and curiosity, and her love of imagery, maps, language, and history. Landon Mackenzie: Parallel Journey is accompanied by a multi-authored, full-length book published by Black Dog Publishing in the U.K., with special support from the Audain Foundation.

Mackenzie’s survey exhibition will be highlighted at the Art Gallery’s Summer Exhibition Opening Gala, which takes place this Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m. at Confederation Centre.