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Confederation Centre Announces 2018 Symons Medal Lecture Title: ‘The Lion’s Cub: The First World War and the Evolution of the Canadian Nation’

Lecture to be delivered by 2018 Symons Medal recipient Dr. Margaret MacMillan   Confederation Centre of the Arts has revealed the title for the upcoming 2018 Symons Medal Lecture, ‘The Lion’s Cub: The First World War and the Evolution of the Canadian Nation.’ As previously announced, the 2018 Symons Medal will be awarded to internationally-acclaimed…

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The TD Confederation Centre Young Company Bound for Calgary

Young Company bringing ‘Aqsarniit’ production to National Child Welfare Conference   (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – The TD Confederation Centre Young Company is hitting the road again. After a busy 2017 season that saw two troupes crisscross the country, the 2018 company has been invited to perform at the Future of Child Welfare in Canada: National Child…

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Jill Barber Reinvents Herself on ‘Metaphora’

Canadian songbird will be LIVE @ the Centre with new and album and national tour, October 11 (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – Two-time Juno Award-nominee Jill Barber is one of Canada’s brightest stars, selling out theatres coast-to-coast and headlining festivals. The troubadour brings her national tour to Charlottetown this month, helping to launch the 10th anniversary season of Sobeys…

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afterimage Set to Transform Art Gallery into After-hours Fun-house

afterimage, the Gallery’s after-hours art party, returns to Charlottetown this Saturday, September 29, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Gallery will be transformed into a multi-level living, dancing hive of creativity. Expect signature cocktails, dancing, sculpture and video installations, live music, guest DJs, games, and more dancing. Guest DJ Will Yarr of Halifax will…

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Confederation Centre Lifts the Curtain on Festival 2019

The Charlottetown Festival to present Mamma Mia!, Kronborg, Atlantic Blue, and more!  (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – A fiery redhead. A grieving son. A gregarious family on the Rock. The musical pull of the Atlantic. A young woman’s search for family. Sit a spell. Have we got a story for you! Confederation Centre has announced the playbill…

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Kevin Parent Launches LIVE @ the Centre! Season

Confederation Centre is pleased to welcome singer-songwriter Kevin Parent as the first concert of the 2018-19 Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre season. The songwriter will be on stage in the Sobey Gallery of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery on Tuesday, September 25, at 7:30 p.m.

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Culture Days Coming to Confederation Centre

Coast-to-coast celebration includes free events at the Centre on September 29 (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – Canadians are once again getting set to celebrate Culture Days and Confederation Centre is getting in on the fun. Culture Days is a three-day nation-wide celebration of arts and culture, hosted by local arts groups and municipalities. People from all walks…

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Complete Ensemble Announced For The House of Martin Guerre

Concert performance of celebrated Canadian musical will star Josée Boudreau and Adam Brazier (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – An intimate concert performance of The House of Martin Guerre will be presented for one night only in the Homburg Theatre this Tuesday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m. The Charlottetown Festival has announced complete casting for the musical, which is…

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Bringin’ It Home: Last Call for ‘Dutch Mason’ and ‘Stories’

40% off sale offered for closing run of two original Maritime musicals at The Mack  (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – With The Charlottetown Festival in September twilight it’s last call on two Maritime musicals. On the Road with Dutch Mason and Stories from the Red Dirt Road both made world premieres at The Mack this summer, drawing…

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LIVE@ The Centre back for another amazing season!

Confederation Centre of the Arts launches Sobey’s LIVE @ The Centre’s 20182019 season with an exciting and diverse collection of performances! “This is a well-rounded season with something for everyone,” offers Darcy Campbell, Director of LIVE! @ the Centre. “The program includes A-list musicians, family entertainment, pay-what-you-will options, contemporary dance, and more!” This year’s line-up…

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“It’s very alive!”: SOCAN Award-winners Milk & Bone Hit The Mack

Milk & Bone, a pop duo from Montreal, Quebec, is made up of Laurence Lafond-Beaulne and Camille Poliquin. The two women have performed at Osheaga and across the world, including opening for Lorde and Cyndi Lauper. This week they bring their electro-pop, dream music to Charlottetown, with a show that promises to be dynamic and engaging.…

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30 years of dance umbrella

dance umbrella, an arts education training programme under Confederation Centre of the Arts, is celebrating 30 years of providing high-quality dance and movement classes. The school offers instruction in a wide range of dance styles for children,  young people, and adults, such as creative movement, ballet, jazz, contemporary, afro-jazz, hip-hop, tap, and musical theatre. Registration…

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The House of Martin Guerre

The Confederation Centre of the Arts’ is bringing the critically-acclaimed and multi-award-winning The House of Martin Guerre to The Charlottetown Festival this September. An intimate concert presentation starring Adam Brazier and Josée Boudreau, plus a full accompanying cast and orchestra, is based on a true story from 16th century France and explores what limits an…

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A New Way to Experience Jesus Christ Superstar

The story of Jesus Christ Superstar is told through the eyes of Judas Iscariot – a tragic figure who is dissatisfied with how Jesus is leading his disciples and what downfalls may come because of it. This season at The Charlottetown Festival, audiences have been raving about actor Lee Siegel’s interpretation of the role. This…

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Confederation Centre of the Arts announces new Chief Executive Officer

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – Confederation Centre of the Arts (CCOA) is pleased to announce Steve Bellamy has been selected as the new Chief Executive Officer to lead the organization in the next phase of its evolution as the Centre for All Canadians. For over five decades, Confederation Centre has served Canada as a multifaceted cultural institution,…

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Finding the Right Notes of Dutch Mason

Dutch Mason was known for his idiosyncratic performances — seeing him stage often left a lasting impression on those who saw him. That includes Island musician and performer John Connolly, who saw him in 2006, a few months before Mason died. “I think there was a great duality to Dutch. He could be the sweetest,…

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A Summer Season of Canadian Art

Confederation Centre Art Gallery welcomed audiences to major new exhibitions by Marlene Creates and Kent Monkman as it kicked off its summer programming. It is the Gallery’s ongoing goal to feature the diverse narratives of artists from across Canada in the exhibition program. Places, Paths and Pauses Marlene Creates’ exhibition, Places, Paths and Pauses, is…

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Anne Opens for its 54th Year with a big refresh

Anne of Green Gables, the story of Anne Shirley has evolved from the beloved Lucy Maud Montgomery series about this spirited red-head to the musical we know today. This is the 54th year that Anne of Green Gales – The Musical™ has played on the mainstage of the Confederation Centre, and it’s been refreshed for…

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Ghost Light: A story that needed to be told

Shawn Wright, one of Canada’s most recognized stage actors, is making his debut at The 2018 Charlottetown Festival with his compelling show, Ghost Light. As both the actor and the author, this is the first play he has written; and it has already won acclaim in both Toronto and New Brunswick. A tribute to Wright’s…

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Confederation Centre of the Arts Announces Recipient of the 2018 Symons Medal

Confederation Centre of the Arts announced today that the 2018 Symons Medal will be awarded to internationally acclaimed historian and author Professor Margaret MacMillan. The Symons Medal is one of Canada’s most prestigious honours and recognizes a distinguished individual who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life. The award will be presented to Dr.…

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Celebrating Indigenous Culture at the Confederation Centre

The Canada150 Dream Catchers project was a chance for the Confederation Centre of the Arts to celebrate Indigenous culture from across Canada. We are continuing this conversation by having a diverse cast and crew with The Charlottetown Festival and featuring the stories of Indigenous people, on and off the stage. A Year after Dream Catchers…

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Czech Republic Ambassador shows support of Centre

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – Confederation Centre of the Arts is pleased to host the Czech Republic’s Ambassador to Canada, Pavel Hrnčíř (pronounced Paul Hern-cheesh), on May 29 in The Confederation Chamber at 4:00 p.m. Ambassador Hrnčíř is coming to the Centre to show his support of our new travel program, “Imperial Cities,” developed in partnership with…

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Dance Umbrella students “Dance it Out!”

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – Confederation Centre of the Arts presents Dance Umbrella’s annual showcase performance on Saturday, May 5 in the Homburg Theatre. A cherished spring tradition, participants in the Dance Umbrella programs showcase the amazing results of a whole year’s worth of training in a special end of year performance. Dance Umbrella celebrates dance as…

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Festival Casting announced for Jesus Christ Superstar

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – Casting has been announced for Jesus Christ Superstar at The 2018 Charlottetown Festival. The Adam Brazier-directed production will present his take on Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s legendary rock opera. The 2018 cast is anchored by Festival newcomer Lee Siegel as Judas, with PEI’s Aaron Hastelow as Jesus Christ. Joining them…

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Mark Holy Day with The Confederation Singers

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – Confederation Centre’s adult choir, the Confederation Singers, present the annual Choral Music on a Holy Day on Good Friday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Church. Under the direction of Donald Fraser, the Singers will perform a stirring selection of music of the greatest French composers. The headline work is…

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Come celebrate World Theatre Day at the Centre

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – Confederation Centre of the Arts will be celebrating World Theatre Day on March 27 with a free play reading of One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean, happening in the Art Gallery at 7:00 p.m. Since 1962, World Theatre Day has been celebrated by theatre professionals, organizations, universities and theatre lovers all…

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Pay What You Will to see a show-stopping performance

PSS…PSS is coming to the Centre Charlottetown (P.E.I) – LIVE @the Centre is taking a new approach to ticket pricing with a Pay What You Will (PWYW) offer to see Compagnia Baccalà’s  PSS…PSS on March 21 at 6:00 p.m. in the Homburg Theatre. This is the only stop in the Maritimes for the duo on their Canadian tour. “With PWYW theatre-goers…

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Confederation Centre Accepting Donations for Annual Pinch Penny Fair

The Friends of Confederation Centre are now accepting donations for one of their most anticipated annual fundraising events, the Pinch Penny Fair. The Centre is now accepting gently used items including: household items, books, sporting goods, toys, plants, music, jewelry, furniture, tools, glassware, etc. Please note: clothing, televisions and computer donations cannot be accepted. Donations can…

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The 2018 “Cute as a…” collection to be released

Charlottetown (P.E.I) – The popular button event, “Cute as a …” is returning to the Confederation Centre Art Gallery on March 9 at 7 p.m.  Come see the 2018 collection, featuring original, jury-selected designs by 20 local artists. It’s free admission for the event, and button packs are available to buy on the night to trade…

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Luedecke standing in front of cabin

March into the Mack this month to see Old Man Luedecke

Charlottetown (P.E.I) – Two-time Juno-winning balladeer Chris Luedecke, a.k.a. Old Man Luedecke, is coming to The Mack on March 3 at 7:30 p.m. with a show that promises to have you craving sardines by the end of the night. You may know Luedecke from his 2015 hit song, “Early Days,” where he used humour and…

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The Charlottetown Festival announces the next Gilbert Blythe

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – J.J. Gerber is more than excited to be the next actor to play Avonlea’s beloved Gilbert Blythe in The 2018 Charlottetown Festival production of Anne of Green Gables: The MusicalTM. “I grew up enjoying this story with my sister and Gilbert was always my favourite,” says Gerber. “When I heard that I…

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Flowers of Canada: A Celebration of Canadian Unity

Watercolour paintings by Island Artist Mary Margaret Land (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – An exhibition of 14 watercolour paintings by Island artist Mary Margaret Land will open with a public reception on December 14 at 7 p.m. in the Boardroom of Confederation Centre of the Arts and remain on exhibition until December 22. Land created the paintings…

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Rejoice in Choral Christmastime with Sing Noël

Beloved holiday tradition presented at Trinity United Church in Charlottetown (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – Come and be merry on December 17 when the Chorus takes to the stage at 3 p.m. to perform Sing Noël – an evening of classic Christmas carols performed in the beauty of Trinity United Church. The large youth choir will be…

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A Musical Rite of the Holiday Season: Handel’s Messiah

Confederation Singers, orchestra, and guest soloists perform Handel’s Messiah (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre presents an afternoon celebrating of one of the most enduring pieces of music in the Western choral tradition. On Sunday, December 3 at 2:30 p.m., the Confederation Singers, orchestra, and four guest soloists perform Handel’s Messiah, the Baroque-era…

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You’re Invited to an Evening of Music and Poetry

The Gallery presents Dominic Langlois and Andy Creeggan (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) -On November 30 at 7:30 p.m. Tapage et Symphonie (Racket and Symphony) featuring poet Dominic Langlois and musician Andrew Creeggan will be performing in the Gallery as part of this year’s Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre program. Langlois, who hails from Quebec, spent many years…

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Public Security Checks for the 2017 Symons Medal and Lecture

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – The 2017 Symons Medal and Lecture starts at noon on November 23rd. This year the Symons Medal is awarded to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin P.J. Trudeau. For the safety of the public, security measures have been put in place. We asking for the public’s assistance in helping…

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Islanders Come and Join the Sisterhood

Menopause The Musical Comes to Charlottetown for One Night Only (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – Menopause can be a difficult time in woman’s life. Hot flashes and night sweats can be annoying, but finding the humour in the experience can make it a little bit better. That is where Menopause The Musical comes in. It’s a show…

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Come for the Story and Stay for the Dancing

A Passage to Bollywood is straight from the heart entertainment (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – A Passage to Bollywood is a classic tale of love and friendship. It’s a story of a young village boy who moves to the big city to follow his dream. The musical follows his journey and the relationships he builds with the…

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Confederation Centre of the Arts Announces Recipient of the 2017 Symons Medal

Prestigious honour to be awarded to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – Confederation Centre of the Arts announced today that the 2017 Symons Medal will be awarded to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin P.J. Trudeau. The Symons Medal is one of Canada’s most prestigious…

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In Remembrance, An Evening to Honour Our Nation’s War Veterans

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – The Confederation Singers and the Confederation Centre Youth Chorus present a Remembrance Day concert of choral music and readings in honour of the nation’s war veterans. In Remembrance takes place Saturday, November 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity United Church in Charlottetown. “In Remembrance offers an evening of thought-provoking poetry complemented by…

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Warm up in November with ArtTalks at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – Art lovers come out of the chill and into the warmth of the Gallery this November. Whether it’s learning about the history of Canadian art or understanding the operation of a national gallery, we have you covered with two series of ArtTalks. Topics include gallery staff members presenting on their role at…

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Mavor’s is On A Roll

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – Since taking over as the Executive Chef for Mavor’s in 2016, Chef Miguel Cervantes and his team are on a roll, winning five top culinary accolades: Best of Sea Fan Choice award; The Great Island Grilled Cheese Competition (two years in a row); Winterdine; and most recently Best Appetizer for Veg PEI’s…

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Go Cruising to Support the Arts

Enter to win a Viking River Cruise (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – Confederation Centre is offering an exciting new way to support arts programming at the Centre this fall. The Viking Cruise for the Arts Lottery offers a major prize consisting of a trip for two on a European river cruise by Viking River Cruises Canada, and…

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ArtTalk with John Greer Followed by Reception and Book Launch

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – The Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) is pleased to present Greer View Mirror, a selection of early work by Nova Scotia-born artist John Greer. Please join us for an ArtTalk with John Greer Thursday, October 12 @7pm at the gallery. The talk will be followed by a reception and the launch of…

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The Holiday Spectacular Wants Island Community and Family Groups to Audition

(Charlottetown, PEI) — It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The Holiday Spectacular is a powerhouse FESTIVE event where our community is the star. We’re inviting all island and family groups of performers to audition and be a part of our Island’s holiday variety show. From dancing and singing to comedy and musical groups,…

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The World Premiere of A Misfortune

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – A Misfortune makes its world premiere tonight at The Charlottetown Festival. Sponsored by Key Murray Law, the bittersweet Canadian musical is playing a short run at the Centre’s cabaret theatre, The Mack, until Sept 22. Adapted from a short story by Anton Chekhov, the musical starts with two old friends going for…

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ArtTalk with Bonnie Stewart and Daniel Lynds – Gretzky Is Everywhere

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – The Confederation Centre Art Gallery invites you to a free presentation on September 1, 2017 at 7 p.m. with Bonnie Stewart and Daniel Lynds. They will explore the work of Andy Warhol in light of contemporary digital practice, and consider what art means in an age of fictionless sharing and the “experience…

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Anne of Green Gables-The MusicalTM Commemorates 2500th show

Charlottetown, P.E.I. – The Confederation Centre of the Arts will be commemorating the 2500th showing of Anne of Green Gables-The MusicalTM at its August 23rd matinee performance with door prizes, treats, and cast appearances. Factoids: Anne of Green Gables-The MusicalTM is officially recognized as the longest running annual musical theatre production in the world. The…

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Confederation Centre Art Gallery Unveils New Commission in Murals Series

O-ween du muh waun (We Were Told) on display at the Centre until December 31 (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) — Anishnaabe artist, Robert Houle, a member of the Sandy Bay First Nation, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, recently attended the opening of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery’s major permanent collection exhibition, RE:collection, and made introductory remarks and presented a…

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Confederation Centre Announces Stacked Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre Season

Tickets on sale for 2017-18 concerts, including: Tafelmusik, Susan Aglukark, Classified, Toronto Dance Theatre, Joel Plaskett, and many more! (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – Confederation Centre has pulled back the curtain on a dazzling lineup for the upcoming season of Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre. Centre officials are proud to present their most dynamic season of LIVE…

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Kronborg Returns – Concert Performance Announced at Confederation Centre

Charlottetown Festival Ensemble and Orchestra will revisit rock classic September 5 in the Homburg Theatre (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – Kronborg is coming home. After a sold-out performance at Indian River in July, Confederation Centre is pleased to announce an encore concert performance of Kronborg 1582 – coming home to the Centre for one night only. The…

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Festival Casting: Ensemble Announced for World Premiere of ‘A Misfortune’

Eliza-Jane Scott directed musical includes Kelsey Falconer, Brendan Wall, Réjean Cournoyer, and more (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) -The Charlottetown Festival is in top gear this month, and producers are already preparing for the next round of productions, including the world premiere of A Misfortune, sponsored by Key Murray Law. The bittersweet Canadian musical plays a short run…

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