Well Friends, #FreshFromTheIsland2021 is in the books, and after such a marvelous weekend, we simply must give a shout out to the fine folks that made this all possible: our Sponsors! The Kings Playhouse so dearly appreciates their support, and encourages each and every one of you to support them too!
Starting October 5, 2021, Prince Edward Island is introducing the PEI Vax Pass Program. What this means at the Kings Playhouse: Visitors will not need a Vax Pass to visit the Gallery, or the building, but it will be required for any organized events (shows, meetings). For classes, Does not apply to individuals 18 years old or younger participating in youth group activities and classes (spectators must be vaccinated). If a group activity or class includes participants under age 19 and over age 19, proof-of-vaccination is required for all participants. Initially, you will need to show proof using your government-issued vaccination record, along with a valid government-issued photo ID. In the coming weeks, Prince Edward Island will be introducing a proof of vaccination that features a secure QR code confirming you are fully vaccinated. Thank you for your ongoing diligence as we work to support our community through a safe return to gatherings.
September 30th, 2021 marks the inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, formerly known as Orange Shirt Day. This is a day for all Canadians to reflect upon our cruel history of forcibly removing Indigenous children from their homes to attend Indian Residential Schools and Indian Day Schools, for the purpose of assimilation. It’s a somber day to honour victims and survivors of the horrific crimes committed in the Residential School system in what is now called Canada, leading to the recent recovery of over 6,000 bodies of stolen Indigenous children. The federal government and provincial governments have both recognized this day as a statutory holiday. Non-Indigenous Canadians are being encouraged to spend time educating themselves about our colonial history and reflecting on how Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples can take action toward reconciliation and decolonization. It’s important to recognize how much further we have to go as a society. Just one example is how P.E.I. is only 1 of 3 provinces that has formally acknowledged this day as a provincial holiday. One way that we at The Kings Playhouse are taking action is by keeping our doors open on September 30th and encouraging members of our community to attend Settle Down, Settlers! a (he)art exhibition by two-spirit, non-binary, Inuk artist, Julie Bull. The exhibition runs from Tomorrow, September 29th until November 6th, 2021. Take a journey through their works of art and poetry, grab some free resources, and take the time to deeply reflect. Slow down. Pay attention. Actions speak louder than words.More info about this event, Orange Shirt Day, the Truth and Reconcilliation Comission’s Calls To Action, and suggested ways to recognize the day can be found here: https://linktr.ee/kingsplayhouse
Next up in our Kings Playhouse Art Gallery, we have Shine: Art by the UPEI Seniors College Art Class. The show will feature the works of 15 artists, including pieces done in watercolour, acrylic, oil, pastel, drawings, stained glass and multimedia, and runs from August 8th through September 11th.
PEI’s Ariel Sharratt and Mathias Kom are the lead duo behind the band The Burning Hell, and have released two albums of folk songs under their own names. Their most recent release Never Work (2020) was a collection of contemporary labour songs about the gig economy, automation, and rebellious digital assistants. With The Burning Hell, Sharratt & Kom have toured extensively internationally and appeared frequently in session on BBC Radio; at festivals such as Glastonbury and Mariposa, and have claimed an unofficial world record for performing ten concerts in ten countries in 24 hours. Their joyful, witty story-songs celebrating underdogs and imagined worlds have earned them a loyal fanbase throughout the world and have been critically praised in The Globe and Mail, Rolling Stone Germany and Uncut. This is their first performance in Eastern PEI.
“He’s our Randy Newman and Cole Porter rolled into one, with one eye on the coming apocalypse and another on the neck of his ukulele.” – The Globe and Mail
“Canada’s The Burning Hell write the kind of literate, funny, catchy songs that make you want to learn all the words and shout them passionately back in their faces.” – Drowned in Sound