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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.

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Music Theatre School Kick Starts at the Guild

The Guild is excited to announce The Guild Music Theatre School, beginning September 18th! Led by Lori Linkletter, Artistic Director or Children’s theatre and community programming at the Guild, Theatre School at the Guild will focus on training young performers in music, theatre, dance and more!
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With a team of qualified instructors including Sarah MacPhee (theatre) and Lacey Koughan (dance), classes will be held every Monday from 5:30-8pm. On top of music, theatre and dance, each week will feature a different element of theatre such as lighting, stage makeup and improv, with some of the best guest instructors the Island has to offer!
Students will have the opportunity to put into practice everything they’ll learn with many performance opportunities on the Guild stage, including two Christmas shows -Elf and Fairytale Christmas Carol – and a Spring production of Into the Woods Jr and TBA. There will also be two summer productions of Aladdin and The Lion King!

Watermark Announces 2018 Season

Watermark Theatre’s 2018 Summer Season Announced!

Watermark Theatre’s Artistic Director Robert Tsonos, and General Manager Andrea Surich are proud to announce the 2018 Summer Season.

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The season will include the classic thriller Dial “M” For Murder by Frederick Knott and the powerful A Moon For The Misbegotten by Eugene O’Neill. Our popular music series Classic Music Reignited returns once again, celebrating its 5th year, and the Watermark Play Reading Series will focus on new plays in development by Atlantic Canadian Playwrights.

Dial “M” For Murder by Frederick Knott, written in 1952, tells the frightening story of a husband planning the murder of his adulterous wife. He arranges the perfect crime by blackmailing a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her at a time when he has the perfect alibi. Of course, things do not turn out as planned. The play that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s film classic weaves an ever-tightening web of danger and deception. Full of twists, turns, and suspense, this gripping thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Written in 1943 by four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Eugene O’Neill, A Moon for the Misbegotten is set on a Connecticut tenant farm where two lost souls find hope and redemption under a lover’s moon. Josie Hogan is a boisterous woman with a quick tongue and a tarnished reputation. It’s been a hard and lonely life, working the Tyrone farm with her bullying father. One night, with the man she is in love with, James Tyrone, sparks fly and hope burns anew as two “misbegotten” souls come together.
“O’Neill at the height of his powers… hauntingly poetic truths about love and self-delusion”. — The Los Angeles Times

In a shift in programming to the Play Reading Series, this year’s plays will showcase new work in development by Atlantic Canadian playwrights. A selection process will begin immediately to choose three new, unpublished, and unproduced plays, to be read by our company of actors during the month of August. A list of plays and playwrights will be released in the Spring of 2018.

Yes, it’s been 5 years since we began our Classic Music Reignited series, our popular music series curated by Rob Oakie. As always, Island musical artists interpret classic composers in a way that you have never heard before. Stay tuned for our list of composers and Island musicians soon.

Season Ticket Passes are now on sale at early bird rates until December 31st, 2017. $99 for 4 tickets, $135 for 6 tickets, and $210 for 10 tickets.
902-963-3963 or visit http://www.watermarktheatre.com

Watermark Theatre strives to produce the finest professional theatre on the Island. By producing and presenting theatre, music and artwork, our goal is to enrich and contribute to the community in which we work, the province in which we live, and the Canadian theatre community to which we belong. Watermark believes in the development of the next generation of theatre artists and arts administrators through mentorship and professional training. Plays are chosen from the international repertoire of classic and modern classic plays that are at least 50 years old and Canadian plays at least 30 years old. In all of our programming we strive for artistic excellence and a diversity of voices, while endeavouring to inform, to affect, and to engage with our audience.

Watermark is a proud member of the PTN (Professional Theatre Network of PEI).

For more information please contact Andrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

Belles Come Swinging

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2:00 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre

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ONCE YOU’VE EXPERIENCED THE INFECTIOUS JOY, ENERGY AND MUSICIANSHIP OF THE SWINGING BELLES, YOU DECIDE WHAT, IF ANYTHING, TO PAY
ON YOUR WAY OUT AFTER THE SHOW!

The Swinging Belles, a JUNO award-winning swing band for kids from St. John’s, NL, are intent on getting both kids and adults to kick up their heels and have a swinging good time with the whole family!

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The Swinging Belles feature child educators and performers Laura Winter and Erin Power joined by guitarist extraordinaire Duane Andrews. This show is all about getting kids and parents out to have a dance and enjoy some swing country and jazz…kid style. As primary school teachers, both Laura and Erin know firsthand the joy that kids feel when they can boogie to some good time music, and as parents, Duane and Erin know the importance of enjoying the music that our kids are listening to! The show is packed with music, interactive storytelling and dancing…lots of dancing!

Both Erin and Laura have recently completed Masters degrees in Education and Folklore respectively. By night, the two are part of folk/country group The Dilettantes who have recorded 3 albums and perform in the local music circuit. Guitar guru Duane Andrews is an established international performer having performed on stages such as the Newport Folk and Montreal Jazz festivals. He is an accomplished composer and producer as well. This multi-award winning artist is thrilled to be able to bring his passion for Swing Jazz and NL traditional music to an enthusiastic young audience.

Awards/Nominations & Highlights
2016 JUNO WINNER – Children’s Album of the Year
2015 Canadian Folk Music Award WINNER – Children’s Album of the Year
2015 MusicNL Award Nominee – Group of the Year, Jazz/Blues Recording of the Year
2015 Intl’ Songwriting Competition Finalists – “Sock Gnomes” and “Some Monsters”

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.

ArtTalk on Tap With John Greer

The Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) is pleased to present Greer View Mirror, a selection of early work by Nova Scotia-born artist John Greer. Please join us for an ArtTalk with John Greer Thursday, October 12 @7pm at the gallery.

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The talk will be followed by a reception and the launch of two recent CCAG publications: New Positions: Alexis Bulman, Andrew Cairns, Monica Lacey, Alexandra O’Sullivan. This publication documents a recent exhibition of these Prince Edward Island artists at an early stage in their careers. The exhibition and publication are supported by the RBC Emerging Artists Program.

The second new publication, RE:collection, features 150 works of art from the CCAG’s Canadian Art Collection along with an introduction by CCAG director, Kevin Rice and short interpretive texts by 35 writers bringing multiple viewpoints to the publication. Such major works as Robert Harris’s The Atelier Bonnat, 1882; Arthur Lismer’s Sand Lake Algoma, 1923; Kenojuak Ashevak’s, The Arrival of the Sun, 1962; Jean Paul Lemieux’s, Charlottetown Revisited, 1964; Teresa Marshall’s sculpture, Peace, Order and Good Government,1993; and Robert Houle’s recently commissioned painting, O-ween du muh waun (We Were Told), 2017 are featured. John Greer’s 1981 sculpture, TV Idol Time, (which is currently on exhibition in Greer View Mirror) is also reproduced.

“This wonderfully illustrated book documents key works in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery’s Canadian Art Collection,” said CCAG director Kevin Rice. “I am very pleased with the collaborative nature of this project looking at a selection of diverse works from the collection.”

Greer was associated with the Isaacs Gallery in Toronto (1970 to 1990) and his exhibition looks back at that period. It was a time when Greer’s work was characterized by a humble scale, a love of visual and verbal puns, and an interest in engaging viewers through surprise and paradox. Born in Amherst, Nova Scotia in 1944, John Greer is one of Canada’s most critically acclaimed artists of the past 40 years. He received the Governor General’s Award in 2009 and his monumental sculptures have been commissioned in Canada, Italy, South Korea, Switzerland, and the United States.

Nevahland Comes to Life at the Mack

Liam Corcoran possesses one of the most recognizable voices in the region. As a founding member of the East Coast Music Association (ECMA)-winning group Two Hours Traffic, he entertained audiences around the world for more than a decade.

Now focused on his solo career, this show will celebrate the release of his new album Nevahland, a collection that showcases Liam’s poetic lyricism and gift for melody.

21199415_1679701318721166_6682343402551173304_oThis will be a dynamic show, featuring a mixture of solo and full-band performances, and a set list including old and new favourites.

“Easily one of Canada’s most distinct and solid rock vocalists…” -Pop Matters

“Corcoran excels at honest, well-crafted songwriting” -Grayowl Point

Liam Corcoran’s Album Release Party is at The Mack on Friday November 10th at 7:30 PM.

Claire Lynch Lands at Harbourfront

Long recognized as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch has had a career decorated with many accolades including three GRAMMY nominations, six International Bluegrass Music Association awards and the prestigious United States Artists Walker Fellowship, as well as membership in the Alabama Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.

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Dolly Parton credits Lynch with “one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today.” Her harmonies have graced the recordings of many stellar musicians, including Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Pam Tillis, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea and Ralph Stanley. Equally gifted as a writer, her songs have been recorded by Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, The Whites and many others.

Blazing her own trail in the mid 70′s when there were few role models for young women in the genre, Claire Lynch made history when she led the Front Porch String Band which evolved in the ‘80s and ‘90s into “one of the sharpest and most exciting post-modern bluegrass bands on the circuit.” She formed her own Claire Lynch Band in 2005 and has since consistently been a top pick of prestigious publications, critics and audiences across the U.S. and beyond.

DigitalJournal.com has listed Claire as “One of the 10 Best Angelic Voices of Our Time.” She has shared that honor with such luminaries as Judy Collins, Alison Krauss, Sarah McLachlan, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris.

Opening the show will be well-known PEI artists Katie McGarry and Dan Currie.

Singer-songwriter Katie McGarry can write a real, aching heartbreak song. She has a country/Americana feel to her music and a timeless voice that washes over her catchy melodies and sincere lyrics. Her last album, Waiting On, received four 2015 Music PEI award nominations, including Songwriter of the Year and Album of the Year and she took home the award for Country Recording of the Year at the annual Music PEI Country Jubilee. She was also one of six finalists in the 2015 Canadian Country Music Association’s Discovery Atlantic Program. Plans are in the works for a new recording from Katie in 2018.

The Claire Lynch Band is at the Harbourfront Theatre on Thursday October 12 at 7:30 PM.