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Island Rock Summer Camps

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Recycled Book Exhibition

Colonel Gray students have spent several weeks of the new semester takin....

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Sharing a Love of Nature

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PEIMHF Sites Open

All seven PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation sites are open beginning in....

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Water Safety Day Camps

Water Safety Day camps are held for children 5–13 yrs Island-wide. Thi....

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Summer Dance Camps

Dancers from 3-18 years are welcome to attend summer dance camps in down....

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Crapaud Hall Wants Performers

Organizers at Crapaud Community Hall are seeking musical groups interest....

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Summer Art Camps

Confederation Centre of the Arts offers visual and performing art camps.....

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Longest Line of Coins

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Liveable Islands Conference at UPEI

The Master of Arts in Island Studies program at UPEI has announced an op....

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Call for Cuisine Art

The PEI Farm Centre is calling for entries into an exhibition entitled C....

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Acoustic Performers Needed

The Chowder House in Point Prim is looking for acoustic performers to en....

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Island Gymnastics Camp

Island Gymnastics Academy Summer Camp is for boys and girls, school age ....

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Art in the Open Needs Volunteers

Art in the Open 2014 is looking for volunteers. To hear more about this ....

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“PEI Has Talent” Show

The “PEI Has Talent” show, to be held on July 25 at 7:30 pm marks th....

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Art in the Open Call for Perfomers

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Slaymaker and Nichols’ Olympic ....

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North Shore Community Conversation

The Community of North Shore will have a meeting or community conversati....

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Periscope Pictures Film Auditions

Charlottetown’s Periscope Pictures is holding auditions for their feat....

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IMAF2014 Call for Submissions

IMAF2014—the little film festival of big dreams—invites PEI and Atla....

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Annual Greater Summerside Chamber Rotary Luncheon

Join the Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce for the 34th Annual Cham....

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Catherine Callbeck's Retirement

Everyone is welcome to an open house in celebration of Senator Catherine....

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Prince of Wales Reunion

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Macphail Woods Workshops

On July 19 a workshop on Pruning Trees and Shrubs will be held at the Na....

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Free Embroidery Workshops

Ode to a Tree: Free Embroidery Workshops in Honour of a Tree, a series o....

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Bedeque Area Historical Society AGM

The AGM of the Bedeque Area Historical Society will take place in the Be....

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Shedding the Shadows

PEI Family Violence Prevention Services (PEI FVPS) has launched an open ....

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Groove School

Young singers, horn players and rhythm section players will find their g....

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1864 Arts Camp

An 1864 Arts Camp for youth Grades 7-12 will be offered at Crapaud Commu....

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October 2013
I’d Like To Thank The Academy...

by Derek Martin

On September 28, 1993, City Cinema screened its first movie for the public, Strictly Ballroom. Fast-forward some 1, 700 movies and it’s our 20th anniversary! Check our listings for some special events. We’ll be reprising Food & Film with the appropriately named Haute Cuisine—see the movie, then enjoy a meal based on the film. For some fun around Halloween we’ll have The Movie Repairmen fix Ato

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October 2013
Top of the Lists
Derek Martin researches the City Cinema archives

by Derek Martin

Our Top 20 Films by Attendance

I love documentaries but they drive me crazy—they are the most unpredictable genre to program. The hugely entertaining Academy Award winner Man On Wire was one of the most acclaimed films of its year. It is still the second-highest rated film (of any type) on Rotten Tomatoes. Yet it ranks 1,446 on our list—we c

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June 2013
Stay with the Program
by Derek Martin

City Cinema

Congratulations to The Buzz on 20 years of terrific coverage of Arts & Culture on P.E.I.! I’m usually too busy planning future programmes to spend much time looking back, but anniversaries inevitably inspire a trip to the memory bank.

I’ve written here before about being a fan of Peter’s Sunday Cinema, volunteering at his offshoot Off The Wall Video, and our startup of

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August 2012
Farewell to Film
Farewell to Film
City Cinema undergoes transformation to digital projection

by Derek Martin

As many of you have read here, City Cinema is undergoing a dual transformation—from a private company to a community-owned non-profit, and from running 35mm film to a 2K digital projection system. The changes won’t make much difference for the average trip to the movies, but digital projection will have some advantages, and the

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April 2012
City Cinema Evolves
The Charlottetown Film Society incorporated to run cinema

by Derek Martin

It doesn’t seem that long since City Cinema opened in September 1993, but we have customers now whose parents started dating there! It has been a terrific adventure so far—on top of the over 1,600 films we’ve shown in our regular schedule we have done hundreds of screenings for non-profit and private groups, hosted film festivals and f

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December 2007
What’s on the Menu?
What’s on the Menu?
A report from the Toronto International Film Festival

by Derek Martin

This year there were 349 films at that great movie buffet, The Toronto International Film Festival. I got my guide, about the size of the PEI phone book, a couple of days before leaving, and drew up a want-to-see list of about 60. I managed 31, less than ten percent of the menu, but still a tasty sampling. Here are some notes on

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November 2006
Moving Experiences
City Cinema owner reports on the Toronto International Film Festival

by Derek Martin

I imagine a minister would need, from time to time, to get away from his responsibilities and re-experience the pleasures of simply taking in a service in a church not his own. That's how I felt on my break from City Cinema to attend this year's Toronto International Film Festival in September. I saw 25 movies in

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January 2000
Millennial Hoopla
The owner of Charlottetown's City Cinema shares his insights

by Derek Martin

While I'm more than happy to have made it to the odometer rollover that is New Year's 2000, I think I share the feeling of a lot of people that it is not as significant as media and advertisers would have us believe. History as taught in high school would be a lot easier if important events stuck to round numbered years,

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November 1996
Chairman of the Board
Profile: Scott Purdy

by Derek Martin

Scott Purdy's name is one that you'll see if you stay for the credits at the movies, As a re-recording mixer, he's one of the last people to work on a film before it gets printed and handed over to the theatre. He's just received his second Genie nomination, for his work on Lilies (the first was for Johnny Mnemonic). I had called him last winter for some sound

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Some of What's Going On

Celebration Zone

70-day free festival at Confederation Landing July 1 to September 7 The PEI 2014 Celebration Zone ...

College of Piping Mini Concerts

Mon–Fri, July & August
College of Piping Mini Concerts are held at the College of Piping Amphi ...

Classic Music Reignited

July 18, Aug 15, 29
Watermark Theatre A new Classic Music Reignited concert series at the Theatre fe ...

Montague Summers Days includes DiverseCity

July 11 to 13 The Town of Montague, PEI 2014 and the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada are pa ...

at Trailside Café

June July 4, 5, 6–7, 11, 12, 13…
Nathan Wiley — July 4 Nathan Wiley is a singer-songwriter f ...

Some of What's New

How’s It Tasting?

Savour Food and Wine Show presents awards The PEI Savour Food and Wine Show, a project of the PEI R ...

OUTeast Film Festival

The 3rd edition of OUTeast Film Festival took place in Halifax, NS in June. At OUTeats Brunch, organ ...

Red Shores 3rd Annual Drive for Charity

Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and Red Shores Summerside presen ...

Can Red Cross Rescuer Award

Coady MacDougall was celebrated recently with the presentation of a Rescuer Award by the Canadian Re ...

Love Is All Around

Peter Forbes Having cut his teeth performing across Canada with Northwest Division and The Rude Mec ...