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Logjam at the Gallery

Major Touring Exhibition ‘The Drive’ Pulls Up at the CCAG

-New exhibition centred on famed Tom Thomson painting examines representations of landscape and resource development-

Opening this weekend at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) is a new touring exhibition from the Art Gallery of Guelph, entitled The Drive

Anchored by Art Gallery of Guelph’s major Tom Thomson canvas of the same title, The Drive situates the work of Thomson, the Group of Seven, and their peers in relation to contemporary Indigenous and Canadian artists in order to highlight the complexity of the representation of landscape – particularly as it relates to the history of resource development.

Based on a sketch produced in the summer of 1916 when Thomson was employed as a fire ranger in the park, the canvas depicts a massive flow of timber emerging from a dam at Grand Lake near Achray in Canada’s oldest provincial park. The logs being guided through a narrow gap in the dam were headed towards the Ottawa River. 

The Drive painting captures the intensity of logging in a park that had already been widely clear-cut in Thomson’s day. The industry was the primary shaper of the landscape the artist painted and made famous, defining this landscape as post-industrial, not the untouched wilderness it is so often described as. 

A.Y. Jackson’s depictions of mining settlements and J.E.H. MacDonald’s agricultural scenes and views made accessible by rail are contextualized within the exhibition. 

Complemented by the work of Indigenous and Canadian artists including Sonny Assu, Christi Belcourt, Bob Boyer, Edward Burtynsky, Bonnie Devine, Robert Houle, Isuma, Sarah Anne Johnson, Daphne Odjig, Kelly Richardson, Don Russell, Frank Shebageget, Peter von Tiesenhausen, and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, the exhibition documents the effects of colonization and changing relationships to the land through creative interventions that advance ecological sustainability and environmental justice.

The Drive opens Saturday, January 23one of three new exhibitions opening this month at the CCAG. Curated by Shauna McCabe and Brian Meehan, this circulating exhibition is organized by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, and in conjunction with Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Museum London, and Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

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Taking a Breath


Harbourfront Theatre
Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 6:30 PM EDT – 7:45 PM EDT Tickets http://www.harbourfronttheatre.com/artistic-fraud-between-breaths

Join us for this profoundly moving play that celebrates the wonders of the human spirit and the incredible impact one person can have. The story of Dr. Jon Lien (beloved and forever remembered in Newfoundland as the Whale Man) will touch your heart. With a focus on release and salvation, Between Breaths is an impeccably written piece of theatre, performed beautifully and backed by stirring live musical arrangements.

Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland’s

Written by Robert Chafe
Directed by Jillian Keiley
Music composed and arranged by The OnceWell known in Newfoundland as the Whale Man, Dr. Jon Lien during the course of his work pioneered techniques for rescuing whales entrapped in fishing nets. Often risking his very life in the water with the formidable and frightened animals, Dr. Lien would seek to earn their trust as much as the fishermen’s. He looked for the best way to free whales while doing as little damage to the fishing gear as possible.His efforts saved the lives of over 500 animals, and earned him the hard-won respect of the island’s fishermen. Despite his risky work, Lien’s biggest fight came at the hands of a lengthy illness, the suspected long-term result of a random highway accident. He passed away in 2010, but not before his body was slowly conquered over 8 years by a progressing immobility and dementia.Between Breaths jumps time backwards, from the final moments of Lien’s life – in a wheelchair and dealing with brain damage – to his very first whale intervention. As his life becomes further and further confined, his mind stretches itself in memories of release and salvation.

Written by Robert Chafe
Directed by Jillian Keiley
Original Music Composed & Arranged by
The Once (Phil Churchill, Andrew Dale & Geraldine Hollett)
Additional Arrangements by Duane Andrews
Musical Direction Kellie WalshCast:
Jon – Steve O’connell
Judy – Berni Stapleton
Wayne – Darryl HopkinsMusicians:
Brianna Gosse, Steve Maloney & Kevin Woolridge

Dramaturgy………………………………………Iris Turcott
Additional Dramaturgy ……………………..Sarah Garton Stanley
Assistant Director………………………………Sharon King-Campbell
Costume Design…………………………………Shawn Kerwin
Sound Design & Technical Director……..Brian Kenny
Production Manager & Stage Manager…Mara Bredovskis
Managing Producer……………………………Patrick Foran
Production Assistant………………………….Nefren Feizo-Gas

Please be advised this performance contains occasional use of strong language.

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Kissing Laments Away

Lovers’ Lament: A Vaccine for Relationships is an 80-minute cabaret performance at the Confederation Centre that promises a side-splitting, delightful, and original take on Valentine’s Day. Special thanks are extended to program sponsor, Charm Diamond Centres, and Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre. 

Presenting songs from musical theatre and beyond, this hilarious look at relationships is the perfect Valentine’s event for anyone who’s ever fallen in – or out – of love. Directed by Adam Brazier, Lovers’ Lament features some of the most cherished stars of recent Charlottetown Festival musicals, including: Aaron Hastelow, Emma Rudy, Michelle Bouey, Josée Boudreau, and Cam MacDuffee. Musical direction and live accompaniment is from Bob Foster.

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Get Yourself Seduced

Glamour, glitz and big sound presented by The Guild! Join the sensational duo of Caron Prins and Lori Linkletter as they serenade you with their sizzling versions of modern music in a steamy twist you won’t want to miss! January 28th @ 7:30pm$20 Purchase your tickets by calling our Box Office at (902)620-3333, or coming in to our Box Office located at 111 Queen Street. the guildAll productions are being presented by The Guild with the permission of the Public Health Office of Prince Edward Island, and operates under its rules and guidelines. Within these guidelines, theatre seating has been limited to a maximum of 50 people. Chairs will be grouped with a maximum of 6 chairs per group, and each group is 6ft. from one another. It is possible that depending on the size of your party, you may be seated with other audience members within those 6 chairs. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please speak with our box office agents by calling 902-620-3333, or emailing boxoffice@theguildpei.com.

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Break Out the Tap Shoes

Break out the tap shoes this winter with Dance Umbrella’s Intermediate Tap class! 👯

In this upbeat and rhythmic class, dancers will continue to advance their tap skills as they learn new vocabulary and use their existing foundations to develop speed, technical execution, and artistry.  

Dancers must have a minimum 1-2 years of tap experience to register, ages 12+. Learn more & register: https://confederationcentre.com/arts…/dance-umbrella/

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Magic Haunted Lands

CCAG Presents Gerard Clarkes: A Haunted Land

-Gallery exhibiting a selection of enigmatic landscapes from Island-based painter this winter-

Opening this month at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) is a new exhibition of dramatic landscapes, dream worlds, and shadowy figures from P.E.I.-based artist, Gerard Clarkes

Born in 1934, Clarkes studied art in his native Winnipeg, as well as Montreal and Toronto. By the early 1960s, he was represented by major galleries in Toronto and Montreal and had solo exhibitions in Toronto and Vancouver. By the mid-60s he was appointed Director of Art at York University, and later Director of the Burnaby Art Gallery.

Gerard Clarkes: A Haunted Land features works that defy easy categorization. His paintings often depict enigmatic casts of characters positioned in allusive landscapes, like actors placed in a tableau.

When reviewing his formative exhibition Gerard Clarkes: transcending, reviewers of the day spoke with uncertainty of his mystifying subject matter and unique style, which had clearly struck a chord with art-lovers and collectors in the 1960s.

Said Manitoba art critic Robert Ayre in 1964, “Clarkes is a peculiar painter who entices us into a dream world of his own and holds us fascinated…” while Dorothy Pfeiffer of the Montreal Gazette wrote “Some of Clarkes’ incongruously garbed figures appear as phantoms from an earlier era; as lost souls wandering through a prairie twilight” before concluding that “time both is, and is not, of the essence” in Clarkes’ paintings.

Says Wendt, of the forthcoming CCAG exhibition: “These works resonate with us today because they captured a sense of up-rootedness and uncertainty in relation to where we find ourselves, which is uncannily familiar at this time.”

Gerard Clarkes: A Haunted Land runs January 16 to May 9, 2021 and was produced by the Confederation Centre Art Gallery with support from the Canada Council for the Arts. An accompanying publication will be launched during the exhibition.

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