Bound for Calgary

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The TD Confederation Centre Young Company is hitting the road again. After a busy 2017 season that saw two troupes crisscross the country, the 2018 company has been invited to perform at the Future of Child Welfare in Canada: National Child Welfare Conference 2018, October 23 to 26 in Calgary, Alberta.

The conference is a Canadian first that brings together the Provincial and Territorial Directors of Child Welfare with the Annual Prairie Child Welfare Consortium conference, and the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Social Work. A central theme is the need to address child welfare within an Indigenous context and to consider ways to move forward in light of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations. It is estimated that nearly half of Canadian children in foster care, under the age of 14 are Indigenous, and that, overall, Indigenous children comprise 30 to 40 percent of children in care.

Thanks to the generous support of Indigenous Services Canada, Confederation Centre is bringing 11 company members to Calgary, all of whom appeared in The Charlottetown Festival production of Aqsarniit (“awe-saw-nee”) this summer. These young artists come from across Canada and will be performing excerpts from Aqsarniit, the Inuktitut word used to describe the northern lights. This high-energy musical re-examines Canada’s past through the varied lenses of today’s youth and shares some of the stories they hope will be told in the future.

“Confederation Centre is at the forefront of engaging in a national dialogue and this event is reflective of the art we are creating at the Festival and the Centre,” says Mary Francis Moore, associate artistic director of The Charlottetown Festival. “It is an honour to be invited.”

The Young Company will have the opportunity to perform for an audience of stakeholders from every province and territory. The troupe will appear as part of the opening keynote address and just before the closing keynote from Senator Murray Sinclair, former chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. During the opening keynote, the troupe will perform excerpts from Aqsarniit and also participate in an audience Q+A with company members discussing what they wish to see for Canada’s future.

 “We are continuously proud of the work of our emerging artists and creative team with the Young Company,” says Steve Bellamy, CEO of Confederation Centre. “The National Child Welfare Conference is an important new initiative and we are humbled that our musical production, which speaks to the realities of Canadian history and this country’s efforts towards Truth and Reconciliation, can contribute to these proceedings in such a meaningful way.”

For more on this inspiring conference, visit their website. The Centre wishes to acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support. The title sponsor of The Charlottetown Festival is CIBC. Program sponsor for the Young Company is TD.

 
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Getting the Ball Rolling

That first day excitement! Our new CEO Steve Bellamy has started his first week at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

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If you see him around, give him a big P.E.I. welcome!

New Man at the Helm

Confederation Centre of the Arts (CCOA) is pleased to announce Steve Bellamy has been selected as the new Chief Executive Officer to lead the organization in the next phase of its evolution as the Centre for All Canadians.

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For over five decades, Confederation Centre has served Canada as a multifaceted cultural institution, offering a variety of visual and performing arts with a strong focus on educational programming. As a living memorial to the evolution of Canada, CCOA is taking the lead on the redefinition of our national priorities, expressed in particular through arts, culture, and heritage. Dedicated to world-class training in the arts, Steve Bellamy is uniquely qualified to continue to lead the Centre to explore this narrative and support Canadian artists.

“On behalf of the Board Directors and Staff of Confederation Centre, we are very pleased to welcome Steve Bellamy to assume the positon of CEO,” states Wayne Hambly, outgoing Chair, Fathers ofConfederation Buildings Trust. “Steve brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the arts and culture sector, and we are very fortunate to have a person of this caliber lead Confederation Centre into the future. We wish him every success in his new role.”

As the current Dean of the Humber School of Creative & Performing Arts, Bellamy is responsible for the delivery of degree, diploma, and certificate programs in music, creative writing, comedy, acting, production, as well as publishing, music business, and arts administration and cultural management. Bellamy also previously served as Associate Dean of Creative and Performing Arts and Professor ofMusic Production in Humber’s music degree program. As a recording engineer and music producer, he has worked with many leading jazz and classical musicians including Kenny Wheeler, Mike Downes, Kirk MacDonald, Dave Douglas, Anton Kuerti, Gryphon Trio, and Tafelmusik. Before joining Humber College in 2007, he served on the faculties of McGill University, the University of Hartford, and The Banff Centre for the Arts. Steve is especially committed to industry partnership development, Indigenous arts program development, and sustainable business models for the creative industries.

“It is a privilege to join the talented and dedicated team at Confederation Centre of the Arts,” saysBellamy. “At this time in particular, the Centre plays a vital role in the national dialogue about diversevoices and what it means to be Canadian. I’m honoured to support the continued success of this cherished institution and the artists who continue to move, teach, and inspire us with their work.”

Bellamy is extremely pleased to be returning to PEI with his family. He spent many of his younger years attending school on PEI, including completing his Bachelor of Music at University of Prince Edward Island before going on to complete his Master of Music at McGill University and an Advanced Executive Certificate from Queen’s School of Business. Bellamy will be starting at the Centre October 1, 2018.