Home for the Holidays

Returning to the Harbourfront Theatre on Friday, December 15, 7:30 pm, is Home for the Holidays featuring all the best of popular Christmas and Holiday music performed by some of PEI’s finest singers :   Kendall Docherty, Catherine O’Brien and Caroline Bernard backed up by a great band, The Reindeer Express, with Deryl Gallant, bass, Alan White, drums, Don Fraser, keyboards, and Perry Williams, guitar.  The icing on this special Christmas cake will be the reading of well known Island entertainer, Marlane O’Brien featuring Island Christmas stories.

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This show, Home for the Holidays featuring classic and contemporary Christmas music and Island stories will be as warm and cozy as a good glass of egg-nog in front of a crackling fireplace on Christmas Eve.  Prepare to have your spirits lifted just as high as that bright shining star so many years ago. This year’s edition has many new songs, as well as old favourites.

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Humbug at the Harbourfront

Back by popular demand this Christmas, Fandango Musical Players Inc. is proud to once again bring the Broadway Musical, “A Christmas Carol” to the Harbourfront stage.

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Broadway heavy hitters Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Little Shop Of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once On This Island) breathe fantastic new life into the classic tale of A Christmas Carol.

Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he’s forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present, & Future.

Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful “Happy Christmas” before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him. (MTI Shows)

See A Christmas Carol at the Harbourfront Theatre on November 30, December 1, or December 2 at 7 PM.

Dancing the Night Away

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 4:00 PM

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An upbeat energetic array of dance styles to stir the soul. Enjoy a diversity of professionally choreographed dances for young and old. This production incorporates the skill of adorable little ones straight through to adults from all over Prince Edward Island. Dance Virtuosa welcomes you to join us for an unforgettable showcase of skilled bodies in motion.

Dance Virtuosa is at the Harbourfront Theatre.

Old Man Luedecke Up Front and Personal

Old Man Luedecke is the real thing, a modern-day people’s poet and traveling bard and balladeer. He’s played around the world to a loving and increasing fan base, and won two Juno awards in the process. Luedecke has always insisted on a solid poetic heft in the way he uses words, and highly personal stories are what have always connected him to the universal in his audience.

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The haunting strains of twin bagpipes have become a defining signature of Breabach – a chiming herald of Scottish folk being embraced by a new generation. The energetic five-piece deliver a thrilling and unique brand of contemporary folk music and those who have seen their live show will see why the group has earned international recognition on the world and roots music scene as one of the UK’s most dynamic and influential bands.

Old Man Luedecke is at the Harbourfront Theatre on Sunday November 12 at 7:30 PM.

This tour is part of the Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) and RADARTS’ Canada 150 Performance Series. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada.

College of Piping Breabach Celtic Ensemble Workshop:
November 12th, 10 am-12 am, at the College of Piping in Summerside
The focus of the ensemble workshop will be piping, Scottish Gaelic song, fiddle, guitar and accompaniment, whistle and flute.

Buffy Back on PEI

Renowned Cree singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie is an activist, educator, visual artist, and winner of countless awards – Oscar, Juno, and Golden Globe among them.

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Perhaps you know Sainte-Marie from her 1960s protest anthems (“Universal Soldier”), open-hearted love songs (“Until It’s Time for You to Go”), incendiary powwow rock (“Starwalker”), or the juggernaut pop hit “Up Where We Belong,” which Sainte-Marie co-wrote and Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes sang for the soundtrack to An Officer and a Gentleman. One of her earliest classics, “Cod’ine,” was covered by everyone from Janis Joplin to Donovan to Courtney Love. Or maybe you remember Sainte-Marie from her five years on the television show “Sesame Street” beginning in the mid-’70s.

Power in the Blood is a follow-up to 2008’s acclaimed Running for the Drum and only her fourth studio release in more than 20 years. Although just because you don’t hear from her for long stretches doesn’t mean she’s not playing. Quite the opposite. Sainte-Marie’s creativity is always in motion, and her passport’s always in hand, touring for lectures and performances around the world with her high-octane backing band. She records only when she feels like touring, and currently Sainte-Marie is taking center stage around the world, including North America, Europe and Australia.

Producer Chris Birkett (Sinéad O’Connor, Bob Geldof) has worked with Sainte-Marie on four albums, and recognized from the start that Sainte-Marie was a singular force.

“She pays a lot of attention to her lyrics,” Birkett says, “and when Buffy says something, she actually means something.”

“I love words, I love thinking, and I recognize and value the core of a universal idea simplified into a three-minute song,” she says. “What appealed to me in folk music were the songs that have lasted for generations, but I wasn’t trying to be one of those guys. I wanted to give people something original.”

Buffy Sainte-Marie is at the Harbourfront Theatre on Wednesday November 1st at 7:30 PM.

This tour is part of the Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) and RADARTS’ Canada 150 Performance Series. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada. 

Chow Down at the Harbourfront

Lunch At Allen’s is a musical powerhouse comprised of four remarkable Canadian talents: Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church, Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas.  As individuals, they have written for or sung on over 25,000,000 cds, penning hits for Josh Groban, Chicago, Bonnie Raitt, America, Santana, Cher and Rod Stewart, as well as Murray’s “Farmer’s Song,” Marc’s “Marina Del Rey” and Ian’s “Painted Ladies,” just to name a few.

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These artists have come together adding the incredible voice of Cindy Church (Quartette, Great Western Orchestra) to form Lunch At Allen’s. Their stage show is intimate and humourous, featuring many songs familiar to anyone who has turned on a radio in the past two decades.

“You would be hard pressed to find another Canadian ensemble with more collective depth of influence over Canada’s musical landscape than Lunch At Allen’s.” – The Beat Magazine

Lunch At Allen’s is at the Harbourfront Theatre on Sunday, October 29th at 7:30 PM.