Crowe and Church Come to the Victoria

A stellar presence in the Canadian music scene, Cindy Church has crafted a body of work that is at once artistically successful and culturally significant, sought after by fellow performers and treasured by listeners. Now living in Halifax and originally from Bible Hill NS. Cindy spent her formative musical years in western Canada, making her first recordings with the Great Western Orchestra, touring and recording with Ian Tyson and embarking on a solo career. Her friendship with Sylvia Tyson helped lead to the formation of Quartette with Tyson, Caitlin Hanford, the late Colleen Peterson and later Gwen Swick. Currently, she is touring with “Lunch at Allen’s”, a collaborative venture with Murray McLauchlin, Ian Thomas and Marc Jordan.

 

Often described as a “writer’s writer”, Susan Crowe is one of Canada’s most respected singer songwriters in the folk genre. At once complex, challenging and accessible, Susan’s intelligent and moving songs have captivated audiences and reviewers from coast to coast, continent to continent. She possesses, in the words of Britain’s Folk Roots magazine, “that rare ability of crafting a lyric that bears scrutiny on its own terms.” That rare ability has earned her two Juno nominations and in 2009 the Canadian Folk Music Award for Best English Songwriter.

 

Cindy Church and Susan Crowe appear at the Victoria Playhouse on July 9th.

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Dancing Up a Storm

He can’t tell a lie.

She can’t face the truth.

Dancing Lessons is a  humorous, touching story about finding love in unexpected places. Senga, a professional dancer with a potentially career-ending injury, is thrown for a loop when Ever, a geoscientist with Asperger’s syndrome, offers her an absurd sum of money to teach him how to dance. This is a funny, compelling and wonderfully complicated story about understanding ourselves and others.

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Dancing Lessons is so warm and fuzzy, so funny and authentic, that time seems to fly.” – Richmond Times Dispatch

“Tender, clear-eyed, and gently humorous, Mark St. Germain’s Dancing Lessons takes the usual romantic comedy formula—throw two misfits together who initially react like oil and water—and weaves this straw into fine gold bullion.” – Ithaca Times

“Laughs abound in this new play and so do those plucked heartstrings”. – The Berkshire Edge

Dancing Lessons opens at the Victoria Playhouse on June 22nd.

Gordie and the Boys

Gordie MacKeeman exemplifies the term natural showman. An ace fiddle player nicknamed “crazy legs” for his frenetic loose-limbed step- dancing, he just loves to perform. Combine that exuberance and onstage dynamism with the stellar musicianship of his multi-instrumentalist comrades His Rhythm Boys, and you have an unstoppable roots music force. That potent combination has made the group highly sought-after performers on the international roots music circuit, thrilling audiences from Adelaide, Australia, to Edinburgh, Scotland.

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The group comprises Gordie MacKeeman (fiddle, acoustic guitar, feet percussion, vocals), Peter Cann (guitars, banjo, vocals), Thomas Webb (guitars, bass, banjo, steel guitar, vocals), and Jason Burbine (bass, percussion, guitar, vocals). They have been together for six years, but many of the members played together in different combinations prior to that, as is audible in their aural chemistry. The fact that each member is skilled on multiple instruments gives Gordie MacKeeman and The Rhythm Boys a high-powered musical arsenal. The result is an eclectic signature sound that draws upon bluegrass, old time country, folk, rockabilly, swing, Celtic, and other styles in genre-defying fashion.

“This band is a real breath of fresh air and fun. Given the generic ‘roots’ label, there are heavy influences of bluegrass, western swing, Celtic and even Scottish country dance music in here. It all adds up to a mighty fine package.” – Maverick Magazine, UK

Gordie MacKeeman and the Rhythm Boys are at the Victoria Playhouse on July 2nd.

Coming Soon Victoria Playhouse

Victoria Playhouse Festival 2018!

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Announcing our 37th season of professional theatre in Victoria by the Sea – quirky romance, side-splitting comedy, a fascinating musical revue, and the very finest in traditional Island storytelling!
And don’t miss the ever-popular Musical Mondays Concert Series – from toe-tapping traditional tunes to smooth jazzy favourites – you’ll love this year’s line-up!
Everything you’ve come to love about PEI’s Longest Running Little Theatre… and more!

Victoria Playhouse Wins Premier’s Award

We are honoured to be the recipients of the 2017 Premier’s Award for Tourism which was presented at the TIAPEI Gala Awards Dinner.

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From left to right: Emily Smith, Assistant Manager, Pat Stunden Smith, General Manager and Susan Williams Bulman, Administrative Officer.