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Red Moon is Bright

Born in a Canadian storm, Manitoba’s Red Moon Road create magic with the help of a roots drum kit cunningly split between two band members, an acoustic guitar that doubles as a bass, a twilight-voiced lead vocalist, and immaculate three-part harmonies.

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Their lively take on modern roots, peppered with bright banter and storytelling, is all warm and very familiar, like a campfire crackling where the microphones are placed. The trio make their PEI debut on April 21 at The Mack.

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Ian Sherwood Makes the Mack

Pop and folk songwriter Ian Sherwood is in a constant state of creative motion. When not touring his high-energy act across the country, he’s often penning tunes for other artists and writing music for theatre, film, and TV.

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A masterful storyteller and charming performer, Sherwood was named Contemporary Singer of the Year by the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2013, and comes to The Mack on April 8. The venue is a regional favourite for the Halifax-based tunesmith, who hit the stage many times as part of the hit group, The Jive Kings.

Rugged Raspy & Roaring

The Mack lights up again on Saturday, March 19 for tireless touring musician Ben Caplan. Rugged, raspy, and roaring with charisma, the Halifax bluesman is to folklore what smoke is to bourbon.

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The U.K. Guardian raved about his performance last month, giving the “larger than life, bellowing ringmaster” a four-star review that was “rollicking good fun…with tunes ranging from hoedowns to swaying country heartbreakers.”

Mack Gets Nom Nod Again

For a second consecutive year The Mack theatre at Confederation Centre of the Arts has been nominated for Venue of the Year by a jury with the East Coast Music Association. A much loved Island venue, The Mack was selected as a top-5 finalist in this Atlantic Canadian-wide category, which also includes fellow PEI theatre Harmony House. The ECMA’s will be handed out in Sydney, Cape Breton, April 14-17, 2016.

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“On behalf of all management, staff, crew, and the board of directors at Confederation Centre, we are very honoured to be recognized with an ECMA nomination,” says Darcy Campbell, director of winter programming at the Centre. “We congratulate our fellow nominees and thank the many patrons who support us year-round through Sobeys LIVE at the Centre, The Charlottetown Festival, and many private bookings of this great space.”

A key part of Confederation Centre, The Mack is listed on TripAdvisor’s Top-15 things to do in Charlottetown. Upcoming performances at the 200-seat cabaret theatre include the dance umbrella musical Flapper!, singer-songwriter Ian Sherwood, Canadian pop star Royal Wood, and the musical Spoon River, playing July 6 to August 20 at The Charlottetown Festival.

Cast of Spoon River Surfaces

Confederation Centre will play host to one of the most celebrated new musicals in Canada this summer. Today, the Centre announced an impressive 11-member ensemble for Spoon River, a mystical, musical celebration of life, co-produced by Soulpepper Theatre Company and The Charlottetown Festival.

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Playing The Mack cabaret theatre from July 6 to August 20, this uplifting hootenanny is composed and adapted by Charlottetown’s own Mike Ross and directed by Albert Schultz. The cast features a who’s who of Canadian musical theatre, including eight Charlottetown Festival veterans. They are:

Alana Bridgewater – Hairspray, Mirvish’s We Will Rock You, Gemini-nominated vocalist

Matt Campbell – lead in The Full Monty and Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad, Canada ROCKS!

Jonathan Ellul – Forever Plaid, King Lear and Oklahoma! at Stratford Festival

Susan Henley – ‘Rachel Lynde’ in Anne of Green Gables—The Musical, Evangeline, Hairspray! 1st U.S. National tour

Amanda LeBlanc – lead in Dear Johnny Deere, 2016 National Arts Centre Ensemble

Mary Francis Moore – co-writer of Bittergirl and Bittergirl-The Musical, lead in TPM’s The Thing Between Us

Alicia Toner – Evangeline, lead in the Centre’s Cinderella, Mirvish’s Once

Sandy Winsby – four seasons as ‘Matthew’ in Anne, Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway, Mirvish’s Kinky Boots

The ensemble also features three Soulpepper Theatre Company regulars marking their first performances with Charlottetown:

Richard Lam – Spoon River world premiere, The Crucible and Of Human Bondage

Brendan Wall – Spoon River world premiere, War Horse for Mirvish and London’s West End,  Mirvish’s Once

Daniel Williston – Soulpepper’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Death of a Salesman, Mirvish’s Kinky Boots

Based on the seminal Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters, townsfolk of long ago are brought to life in this dream-like production whose soundtrack calls to mind the music of O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Spoon River’s residents raise their voices in song in an immersive portrait of early 20th-century rural life. The production won the 2015 Dora Award for Outstanding New Musical as well as the 2015 Toronto Theatre Critics’ Association Award for Best Musical.

Mike Ross is thrilled to bring this production to his home province. “Spoon River is a show dear to my heart, and I think that Charlottetown is the perfect place to tell these incredible stories about small town living, and love and loss,” he said. “I know this very talented cast will make the show an unforgettable musical and theatrical experience this summer.”

Bringing the Bluegrass

Husband & Wife Bluegrass Team Bring The Noise To The Mack

Comprised of New Brunswick’s John and Lisa McLaggan, quirky folk duo Tomato/Tomato present their signature take on old timey roots music at The Mack on February 20.

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The couple’s unique sound, strong vocal harmonies, and colourful outlook on life have led to them becoming one of the most sought-after acts in Atlantic Canada. Tomato/Tomato’s dynamic live show features John on vocals and guitar and Lisa on washboard, bass-drum, vocals, and tambourine. It’s not unusual to find her performing all four at once!

Island audiences may recall the group from 2015 Festival of Small Halls appearances in Tracadie and Long Creek, one of just 60 gigs they performed across the Atlantic provinces last year. Other stops included Harvest Jazz and Blues, the Larlee Creek Hullabaloo, and two weeks filling in for David Myles as guest hosts of CBC Radio’s East Coast Music Hour.

The duo released their debut album last year, So It Goes, a strong set of original music that embodies their patented musical style and clever and comedic writing. The album was nominated for multiple accolades and earned the pair an East Coast Music Award for 2015 Roots/Traditional Album of the Year and three Music New Brunswick Awards.

“Their music is bound to put a smile on your face,” says a Here magazine review, while The Musicnerd Chronicles describe the group “striking a wonderful balance between playful and serious at virtually every turn, helping ensure you’re back for another listen by the time the record is over.”

Tomato/Tomato are on deck at The Mack on Friday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets 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 to Sobeys, the returning title sponsor for LIVE @ The Centre. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5, and Ocean 100.