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Cousins Does Bravado

Rose Cousins Brings BRAVADO to the Mainstage

JUNO-Award winning singer-songwriter is LIVE @ the Centre on March 21

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Rose Cousins’ new album went live to the world last month and now she’s bringing the new baby home. The pride of Kensington, P.E.I. is presented by Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre, next Saturday, March 21 at Confederation Centre of the Arts. Visit the box office or confederationcentre.com for tickets through the Centre’s new online ticket service.

Entitled BRAVADO, Cousins’ fifth studio album came out on Outside Music in February, following the ascension of her first single, ‘The Benefits of Being Alone’ to #1 on CBC Radio’s weekly Top-20.

“I’m really excited about this record and hope that people connect with the songs and see themselves in them,” Cousins remarks, during a stop between national tour dates. “I’m incredibly grateful to make music for a living and can’t wait for our big show at home on March 21.”

The record tackles themes of modern isolation, heartache, social media fatigue, and independence, among others. “My inspiration continues to come from the human condition,” she reflects. “BRAVADO is that disparity between what we show the world and what our true experience is.”

She continues, “I struggle with that like everyone else; that desire to be seen and hide at the same time. We need to look up more often and be in the same room together.”

Audiences will have that chance as Cousins returns to red soil with a much-anticipated hometown show in the Homburg Theatre. “It means everything to play at home; the landscape of my soul is this Island,” she offers. “I walk through the world as an Islander and I really think my sense of collaboration and desire for community comes from growing up in a small and supportive place. We want to see each other succeed.”

The singer says patrons can expect lots of special guests from home and away, including her five-piece band, various local singers and artists, and the Atlantic String Machine. “I’d be so grateful for Islanders to join me at Confed Centre to celebrate together,” she adds.

Rose Cousins is LIVE @ the Centre March 21, with opening act John Paul White (The Civil Wars). Confederation Centre wishes to acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support.

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

Back in Full Force

Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre Back in Full Force this Winter! 

Live concert series includes: Rose Cousins, Andrew Waite, Letterkenny, Catherine MacLellan, Ian Sherwood, and more!

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This month, Confederation Centre of the Arts’ live performance series kicks off a bustling winter calendar of dance, choral music, rock, folk, and more. The complex will stage more than two dozen events between now and early May, hosting these shows between the Mainstage, The Mack, Memorial Hall, and partner venues, St. Paul’s Anglican and Trinity United.

On February 20 at The Mack, the Centre presents East Coast singer-songwriter with a twist, Ben Caplan and his five-piece band. With his unruly mane, intimately booming voice and beguiling charm, Caplan brings a striking presence to the stage. Combining timeless melodies with a contemporary folk feel, the big bearded musician explores subjects with profound understanding, an open heart, and wry, noir humour. Expect a mix of songs from all of his albums, including his latest, Old Stock.

Saxophone quartet PROTEUS come together in Memorial Hall on February 28, delivering a unique and personal repertoire that promises to take the audience on a journey through traditional works, reimagined classical arrangements, and new music with “incredible precision and a great deal of emotion” (Le Voyageur). The group all perform on different sax types and strive to present music from many styles, which highlight the character of the sax and its diverse personas.

March welcomes the return of JUNO-winning Island songwriters, Rose Cousins and Catherine MacLellan, with individual concerts on March 21 and 28, respectably. Cousins’ hometown release show for her new record BRAVADO will take place in the lush setting of the Homburg Theatre, featuring an opening set from John Paul White (the Civil Wars).

While the record itself comes out February 21, Cousins has already dropped two singles; the first, ‘The Benefits of Being Alone’, is thought provoking, upbeat, and poppy with an unforgettable horn section. The second, ‘The Fraud’, is a heart-wrenching ballad that features backing by Atlantic String Machine. The songwriter describes the new album as the sound of a heart trying to open. “It explores the complication of emotion, its irrational tendencies, and its wisdom,” she offers. “It invites us to feel the courage it takes to be vulnerable.”

April promises much more than showers, with dance umbrella and the Choral Music Programme staging three rousing public performances for springtime. Consummate fan favourites, Classic Albums Live also return with tribute to Tom Petty: Damn the Torpedoes. Later in the month, CBC Radio darling Basia Bulat is back to the Mainstage, bringing her national tour to the Island in support of her new album, Are You in Love?, due out March 27.

For a full list of all LIVE @ the Centre concerts and additional theatre bookings from visiting acts like Letterkenny: Live on Tour, Jesse Cook, please visit confederationcentre.com. Confederation Centre wishes to acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support.

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

In and Out of the Shadows

Driven by a voice that evokes raw emotion, Rose Cousins’ music bravely explores the shadowy corners of the heart. Just as her songs embrace sadness, pain, and longing for all that love offers – its simplicity as well as its complexity – these are counterbalanced in her performances by Cousins’ quick, wry wit between songs.

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A native of PEI, she lives in Halifax, deeply values being part of multiple music communities and is constantly fueled by collaboration. Her 2012 album “We Have Made A Spark” won a JUNO Award, 3 East Coast Music Awards, and a Canadian Folk Music Award. Her 2014 EP, “Stray Birds,” among other meaningful covers, includes a moving interpretation of Gordon Lightfoot’s “If You Could Read My Mind.” Her music has found its way into several TV shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Rookie Blue, Heartland & Drop Dead Diva.

Rose releases a new album ‘NATURAL CONCLUSION” in February 2017 – recorded with Grammy award-winning producer Joe Henry. This appearance at the Confederation Centre will be her PEI album release show and will feature a full band.

“Some voices hit you hard from first blush and this is one of them.” Exclaim!
“Stark, impeccably written songs … elegantly understated …” NOW Toronto ★★★★★

Rose Cousins is at the Homburg Theatre April 8th at 7:30 PM.

Return of the Mittentime Revue

After a four year hiatus to spend time touring, releasing records, winning awards, making movies, writing books, and undertaking a host of new projects, The Mittentime Revue crew is reuniting to bring P.E.I. the kind of artistic Christmas pageantry that only it can present.

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Performing for one night only on December 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Homburg Theatre, the Revue features a who’s who of the East Coast Music scene. Jenn Grant, Rose Cousins, Catherine MacLellan, Tanya Davis, Dan Ledwell, Patrick Ledwell, and Kinley Dowling join forces for a rousing festivity of words and music, laughs and antics, dashing theatrics, and holiday cheer.

Born out of friendship and a shared love of performing, The Mittentime Revue kicked off in 2007 to a sold-out crowd and instant critical and audience acclaim. A five year run solidified its reputation as a season highlight before the team took a break to follow other creative pursuits. Well, pursuit will bring them together for Christmas, eager to dust off the decorations and present the newest version of their hit show.

Said Ann Thurlow in her Guardian review for the last edition of the production, “The Mittentime Revue is exactly like the very best Christmas at home. Except it’s on a stage and there are no dishes. I love this show and I wouldn’t miss it.” Her review continues, “…wrapping a blanket around us that could warm the chill of a thousand winter months.”

Join these celebrated Islanders or a gleeful reunion in P.E.I.’s premiere performance hall. Expect creative renditions of your favourite carols, original poems and stories written just for this occasion, and, of course, the best holiday medley yet. Come ready for serenades and escapades, for the humour this dynamic group so easily expresses – charming, candid, infectious.

The Mittentime Revue is presented as part of Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre. This one-night only performance is sponsored by Hansen Electric. Tickets for this and other seasonal concerts are available at the box office at (902) 566-1267, toll free at 1-800-565-0278, or online at confederationcentre.com. Appreciation is extended media sponsors The Guardian, Hot 105.5, and Ocean 100.