All Aboard for Fredericton

History will come alive when The Confederation Players visit Fredericton, New Brunswick on Sept. 24th – 25th. This troupe of costumed, young, bilingual Canadians, trained as the Fathers and Ladies of Confederation, will be making stops in the city to provide people with a glimpse into the cultural and historical context of the Charlottetown Conference.

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Through their portrayal of key figures such as Sir John A. Macdonald, George Coles, and Sir George-Étienne Cartier, The Players for Confederation Centre of the Arts are heading to Fredericton to walk and perform throughout the city streets.

”We are proud to be a sponsor of the Confederation Players, especially this year as we celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary. At CN, we are not only proud of our history as a nation building and economic actor, but we are also proud of Canadian history,” said Sean Finn, CN Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services, and Chief Legal Officer. “As part of this year’s celebration, we are excited to bring the Confederation Players to different events in different cities.”

 First stop in Fredericton is the Canadian Chamber of Commerce conference where CN will be presenting the Confederation Players as their gift to the members. The Players will be opening the conference with the singing of O Canada and having a role throughout the conference in emceeing, historic interpretations, and reception hosts.

Also, while in the New Brunswick capital, the Players will be emceeing Tree Planting on September 25 at the Old Government House, located at 51 Woodstock Road at 10:00 am. This tree planting is a part of CN EcoConnexion program From the Ground Up in partnership with Tree Canada. Make sure to lookout for the Confederation Players during the two days while they walk around town.

Special thanks are extended to the Government of Canada for their support of Confederation Centre. Appreciation is extended to media sponsors Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, CTV, and The Guardian.

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All Aboard for Players Tour

History will come alive when our Confederation Players visit Ottawa, ON from Sept 16th – 18th and Fredericton, NB on Sept. 24th – 25th. This troupe of costumed, young, bilingual Canadians, trained as the Fathers and Ladies of Confederation, will be making stops in both cities to provide people with a glimpse into the cultural and historical context of the Charlottetown Conference.

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Through their portrayal of key figures such as Sir John A. Macdonald, George Coles, and Sir George-Étienne Cartier, the Confederation Players kick off their tour walking and performing through the streets of Downtown Ottawa. On Monday, the troupe will perform on the steps of Parliament to welcome back all MP’s for the first day of the House of Commons fall sitting. Next stop, is the CN Community Reception in Support of CHEO (Children’s Hospitals of Eastern Ontario) in the Great Hall at the National Gallery of Canada. This event being hosted by CN, the players will be in full character to mingle with guests. The last stop on this tour, will be a behind-the-scenes tour of the beautiful National Arts Centre as part of their commitment to continuing education.

 ”We are proud to be a sponsor of the Confederation Players, especially this year as we celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary. At CN, we are not only proud of our history as a nation building and economic actor, but we are also proud of Canadian history,” said Sean Finn, CN Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services, and Chief Legal Officer. “As part of this year’s celebration, we are excited to bring the Confederation Players to different events in different cities.”

First stop in Fredericton is the Canadian Chamber of Commerce conference where CN will be presenting the Confederation Players as their gift to the members. The Players will be opening the conference with the singing of O Canada and having a role throughout the conference in emceeing, historic interpretations, and reception hosts. Also, while in the New Brunswick capital, the Players will be emceeing Tree Planting at the Old Government House located at 51 Woodstock Road at 10:00 am. This tree planting is a part of CN EcoConnexion program From the Ground Up in partnership with Tree Canada. Make sure to lookout for the Confederation Players during the weekend while they walk around town.

Special thanks are extended to the Government of Canada for their support of Confederation Centre; and The Charlottetown Festival sponsor, CIBC. Appreciation is extended to media sponsors Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, CTV, and The Guardian.

Laurier Project Premiers Tonight!

In honour of Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s 175th birthday, Confederation Centre of the Arts is launching an original theatre production, The Laurier Project, which opens tonight in Charlottetown, the first performance in a national tour.

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Presented in partnership with Theatre New Brunswick, this new show is an inspirational blend of movement and sound and an exploration of Laurier’s words, ideas, and passion for Canada told by a multicultural cast of Canadian performers. This CN-sponsored production is set to music composed by violinist Deanna Choi, and choreographed by Kerry Gage, highlights the transformative words of Laurier in a bold new way.

“Sir Wilfrid Laurier was a great statesman who led Canada through its most formative years,” says Sean Finn, CN Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services, and Chief Legal Officer. “He was a leader ahead of his time. He saw the railway as instrumental in tying the country together and as the key to building strong communities. CN is excited to sponsor The Laurier Project as it represents the first step in Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations, exploring the nation’s shared history and our bold future ahead.”

Sir Wilfrid Laurier was Canada’s seventh prime minister and the country’s first francophone prime minister. A champion of the Quebec-Canada partnership, he served in the House of Commons for 45 years and is the longest serving leader of a major political party

The Laurier Project cast is made up of five Canadians from diverse backgrounds and Laurier’s vision for an inclusive country resonates: “His fairness and willingness to embrace all people stands out,” states one company member. The cast includes Byron Abalos, Christy Adamson, Emily Barker, Devon Michael Brown, and Ayesha Mansur Gonsalves.

The new production is directed and created by Thomas Morgan Jones, with set and costume design by Snezana Pesic, lighting design by Kaileigh Krysztofiak, and stage management from Crystal MacDonell. Accomplished Canadian author and political speechwriter, Arthur Milnes served as historical consultant.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with CN to present this exciting, original theatre piece celebrating the legacy of Sir Wilfrid Laurier,” says Jessie Inman, CEO, Confederation Centre. “Through CN’s support of this heritage initiative and others, such as our Confederation Players Program, we are together able to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary and ongoing evolution as a nation.”

The Laurier Project tour kicks off in Charlottetown tonight before being presented in six Canadian cities, concluding November 18 in Edmonton.

The Laurier Project invites Canadians from across the country to follow the discussion at lauriertour.ca and to share their thoughts on what Laurier and Canada’s cultural identity means to them on social media using the hashtag #lauriertour2016.

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.