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Side Hustle in the Flesh

The Guild presents: Side Hustle in the time of Covid-19! They’re back. They’re brilliant. And they’re ready to get the heck out of the house on numerous occasions just to thumb their noses at pandemics, lockdowns and the fact only 50 people can come to each show. That’s why there are two! And maybe more! If you buy tickets, that is… no pressure or anything. Join the collective comedic team as they bulldoze their musical, manic and maniacal way through your suggestions, their hopes and dreams for a better future and all things happy and hopeful while you laugh, judge and probably wish you were as cool as them in two spectacular (not an endorsement) nights of frivolity fed by feral females needing attention and adoration Side. Find them at The Guild February 19th and March 11th. Tickets only $25. And may Side Hustle have mercy on your suggestions.

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Downchild Blues Rescheduled

“The Legendary Downchild Blues Band – The Longest 50th Anniversary Tour Ever!” at Harbourfront Theatre has been rescheduled to Thursday, November 11, 2021. 

All tickets previously purchased will be honoured in every way for the new date. 

Visit our website for more information: www.harbourfronttheatre.com. You can also contact our Box Office via email with any inquiries: boxoffice@harbourfronttheatre.com.

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New Year New Vision

Artistic Director Robert Tsonos has launched a new vision for Watermark Theatre, changing the mandate of the company to reflect the times in which we live. The company, located in North Rustico, has produced classic and modern classic plays since it’s inception 13 years ago. Mr. Tsonos has decided to now include contemporary plays in his programming to better reflect where we are as Canadians in 2021. “We must open up the mandate to include diverse voices”, explains Tsonos, “In light of the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, it now feels long overdue. Classic and modern classic plays are almost entirely written by white men, about white people, living in white societies. A narrow viewpoint that is not inclusive and not always reflective of our society in 2021.”
 
The company will continue to produce, what Tsonos now calls “time-honoured” plays, realizing that there is still an appetite and a need for plays that remain relevant and continue to explore the human condition. “But we must also produce plays written by playwrights that are Indigenous, Black, Persons of Colour (IBPoC), from the LGBTQ2+ community, people with disabilities, and more plays written by women. It’s just time,” says Tsonos.
 
The theatre has also started to take action to improve their environmental footprint by completing a sustainability project on their building in North Rustico. The company will also look at how they design, build, and dispose of set, prop, and costume pieces making sure they are being as environmentally responsible as possible.
 
Another change, is that all public bathrooms in the building will now be gender neutral, a further step in becoming as inclusive and welcoming to everyone as possible.
 
The Chair of Watermark’s Board Rodney Payne adds, “The Board of Directors is thrilled with the change in focus in our mandate and the new initiatives we are undertaking. In a time of renewal, for the theatre and for the community at large, we feel that the theatre is well positioned going forward.”
 
The theatre will announce their summer season plans in early March and the new mandate will be reflected in their new programming choices. A new vision, a new and improved theatre, and a new openness to diversity and inclusion are certainly something to celebrate in these difficult times.

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Follow the Bouncing Ball

PEI Public Libraries Service is excited to announce its new service MUSIC AND MEMORY! The Kings Playhouse is on board.

MUSIC & MEMORY is an organization that helps people with cognitive and physical impairment through personalized music. Through this program, island residents will be able to borrow MP3 players with personalized music playlists from the PEI Public Libraries Department .

WHO IS ADDRESSING THIS PROGRAM?- People with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia- bedtime people, on dialysis or on fan- People suffering from chronic pain- Those receiving palliative care

HOW TO REGISTER? Individuals, friends, family or caregivers can request this service by filling out an online application form on library. Pe. That’s it.Paper forms are also available at each public library branch.

La Voix acadienneLe Réveil Île-du-Prince-Édouard @Alzheimer Society of Prince Edward IslandPrince Edward Island Government

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Letter from the Artistic Director

Dear Watermark Theatre Patrons and Supporters, 

This past year has been transformational. I do not believe any of us can look at our lives, our communities, or the world the same way we did prior to March 2020. The financial hardship, emotional turmoil, and collective stress endured during this past year have been tremendous. There has also been an enormous amount of change for the good. People have reevaluated their lives, made significant changes for the better, and prioritized family, health, and their own mental wellbeing. We have also seen incredible calls for social justice and now look at diversity, equality, and our own behaviours and beliefs in a new light.
 
Theatres across the country have used this time to reevaluate what it means to create art, whose stories should be told on our stages, and what role theatre plays in our society. We have had time during this pandemic to look inward and think about why we do what we do.
 
Since its inception 13 years ago, Watermark Theatre, and under its previous name The Montgomery Theatre, has produced classic and modern classic plays. There have been a few exceptions, (The Canada 300 Project, What to Wear to the Birth of a Nation) but the company originally produced plays written during the lifetime of L.M. Montgomery (1874 to 1942), and more recently, plays written more than 50 years ago.
 
Given the time to reflect during this pandemic, in light of the Black Lives Matter movement, and my own conscience, I have decided with the full support of our Board of Directors to open the theatre’s mandate to include contemporary plays reflecting the times in which we live. I do not make this change lightly, knowing that the founders of the theatre created a classical theatre company in a rural setting believing that was what the Island needed at the time.
 
But times change and we must adapt and grow. Classic and modern classic plays are almost entirely written by white men, about white people, living in white societies. A narrow viewpoint that is not inclusive and not always reflective of our society in 2021.
 
In addition to contemporary plays, I will continue to produce what I am now calling “time-honoured” plays – those that remain relevant and reflect who we are as Canadians. There are beautifully written plays that continue to explore the human condition, remind us where we have been, and shed light on our own lives.
 
We have also made other changes to our theatre to modernize our building and to be more inclusive.
 
With the help of Rural Development PEI and Heritage Canada we have recently completed a large sustainability project updating our theatre lighting instruments to more energy efficient units, insulating and fortifying parts of our building, and installing a heat pump in our office and box office area. We will also start looking at how we design, build, and dispose of set, prop, and costume pieces to make sure we are being as environmentally responsible as possible.
 
Another change, is that all public bathrooms in our building will now be gender neutral, a further step in our goal to becoming as inclusive and welcoming to everyone as possible.
 
With all that being said, I now present to you the new mandate of the Watermark Theatre:
 
Located in North Rustico, PEI, on land that is the traditional unceded territory of the Mi’Kmaq, the Watermark Theatre is a professional theatre company that produces time-honoured plays, as well as contemporary plays that resonate with our times.
As a company we are led by the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility and commit to incorporating these core values in everything we do.

We prioritize environmental stewardship and sustainability.
The Watermark Theatre is dedicated to the development of the next generation of theatre artists and arts administrators through mentorship and professional training.
In all of our programming we strive for artistic excellence while endeavouring to inform, affect, and engage our audience and our community.

Our 2021 summer season will be announced in early March and you will see some of these changes clearly reflected in my programming choices.
 
I look forward to seeing you all this summer at the new and improved Watermark Theatre.
 
Until then, be well and stay safe.

Robert Tsonos
Artistic Director

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Heads Up On the Love Story

February: a love story

Due to Ontario’s latest COVID-19 restrictions, february: a love story can no longer proceed as an in-person, live production. While we are deeply saddened to not be able to gather with you all in the courtyard, we are thrilled to announce that we will be filming this production for you to enjoy online from the safety and comfort of your home. Thank you for your support of this project, as it evolves to meet the continuing challenges of the pandemic. Pay-What-You-Can TICKETS are now available at februarytheplay.com We would love for you to join us for our **Online Premiere** at 8pm EST on February 14th! The film will remain available to view at your leisure until March 7th.

With love in the time of COVID, Ellen & Emilio Sudden Spark Collective

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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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