Reignited Music Series Reignited

Watermark Theatre’s Classic Music Reignited Series Announced

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Watermark is pleased to announce the Classic Music Reignited programming for the 2018 summer season. Entering its 5th year, the series features Island musical artists interpreting classic composers. This summer’s theme is Songs Through the Decades. “This year we will focus our interpretations on various decades that produced some unique music and even created new genres of music. It was a lot of fun putting together this series as the music from these decades is so rich, it’s challenging to whittle it down to just a few songs”, says series curator Rob Oakie.
The three Sunday performances are:

July 22nd at 7:30PM –  Dance through the 70’s
Disco was created by combining R&B and rock that resulted in a funk based dance music that became an international phenomenon. Three of the biggest proponents and innovators of the style were the Bee Gees (everyone remembers Saturday Night Fever), Donna Summer, the queen of disco, and KC and The Sunshine Band. Unique arrangements of these artists will be performed by our headliner The Collective. This trio of musicians have been at the core of the jazz scene on PEI for close to 3 decades now. They are Deryl Gallant on bass (remember the Jive Kings), Alan Dowling on drums (also a Jive King alumnus and countless other bands and recordings) and Ian Toms on guitar (arguably the top jazz guitarist to come out of PEI). They will be supported by Jocelyn Reyome, an international student at the amazing Holland College School of Performing Arts from Massachusetts. Jocelyn is a multi-instrumentalist and a terrific singer. Our special guest for the evening will be Liam Corcoran (formerly lead singer of Two Hours Traffic). ·

August 5th at 7:30PM – 80’s British Pop
The 80’s produced some memorable (and forgettable) music, but Britain was leading the creative charge. David Bowie was a trailblazer and one of the first of the androgynous type stars. His music evolved from folk, to rock, pop and was even a crooner with a bounty of hits. The Eurythmics also identified with the androgynous movement and explored the new synth driven pop sound with songs like Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This). Sade was definitely not androgynous and with jazz influenced hits like Smooth Operator oozed sensuality. Our interpreters for the evening will include headliner Rachel Beck (formerly of the Beck Sisters). Rachel’s recent album features the #1 CBC song Reckless Heart. Supporting Rachel is pianist and singer/songwriter Kim Dunn from Nova Scotia. An award-winning musician, producer, musical director and arranger, Kim has been fostering a successful musical career for over 30 years. Special guest for the evening is North Rustico’s own and brilliant guitarist, Nick Gauthier. Nick has toured across Canada and internationally and currently resides in Ottawa. ·

August 19th at 7:30PM – Zoot Suits and Speakeasies, Music of the 30s & 40s
Inspired by jazz roots from the early 1900’s, the music of the 30’s and 40’s combined show tunes, big band swing and pop music of the times and created many songs that are still popular today. Featuring the music of the likes of Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday and more, that era was a prolific time for American music. The Music PEI award winning Amanda Jackson Band is well known and loved by PEI music fans. They will be performing as a trio and will bring their own new and fresh arrangements to some time-tested standards. Supporting them will be the multi-talented Mark Haines who many will know through his shows with Patrick Ledwell. Mark’s career has spanned over 40 years and taken him around the world. The special guest for this show is the virtuoso ragtime piano player Max Keenlyside. Max has been a regular performer at the famous Scott Joplin Festival in Missouri since he was 16.

All tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 902-963-3963 or at the company’s website watermarktheatre.com

For more information or to interview Rob Oakie, please contact Andrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

Watermark is a proud member of the PTN – Professional Theatre Network of PEI

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Coming to Life

Canada 150 Exhibition set to take over the CCAG; official opening this Saturday June 17 at 7 p.m.

The Confederation Centre Art Gallery is transforming this month as one of the Centre’s largest ever art exhibitions, RE:collection, comes to life.

Taking over the entire 1,000 square meters of gallery space as well as the concourse cases and the public sculptures around the Centre, the exhibition explores the building of a Canadian art collection in Charlottetown, as both an optimistic mission and a reflection on the evolving country, its history, geography, people, and communities.

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Featured are L.M. Montgomery’s novel manuscript for Anne of Green Gables; selections from the Robert Harris collection; and the Expo 67 craft collection. Also showcased are the large-scale commissioned Confederation Murals series, which include Jack Shadbolt’s Flag Mural (pictured below) and Wanda Koop’s Native Fires, along with a new commission in this series entitled O-ween du muh waum, by Anishinabe artist Robert Houle, which will be installed alongside the other murals later this week

RE: collection and the exhibition Gretzky is Everywhere will be celebrated with an official Summer Opening Gala this Saturday, June 17 at 7 p.m. in the gallery. All are welcome for this festive kick off to the busy season which will include live music from P.E.I,’s own Mark Haines, remarks from a number of featured artists including Houle, and a cash bar.

The diverse visions, observations, and ideas of artists represented within the Gallery’s 17,000 piece collection allow us to mark the 150th anniversary with one of our largest exhibitions and publication projects,” remarks Kevin Rice, gallery director. “Collectively, we hope visitors will be delighted and engaged as they are linked to a century and a half of Canadian art and as they envision Canada’s future.”        

“We have commissioned artist Robert Houle to make a new painting which he has titled in Saulteaux, O-ween du muh waum, which translates to We Were Told,” explains Rice.  “This new commission will be installed this week and is a further rumination on the Indigenous figure in Benjamin West’s painting Death of Wolfe. Houle focuses on the Delaware warrior on the Plains of Abraham to underscore the long First Nations history in this land.”

A significant array of other historic, modern, and contemporary works of art-touchstones, signals, images that connect, challenge, and enrich people’s lives-will round out the exhibition.

RE: collection opens on June 17, 2017 and will be on exhibit through the remainder of 2017.