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Workplace Video Contest

The Workers Compensation Board has launched the 2nd annual It’s Your J....

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United Way Campaign

In September, the United Way of PEI kicked-off their 51st annual fundrai....

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Volunteer Income Tax Program

Volunteers are needed to help file simple income tax returns for people ....

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Home and School Survey

The PEI Home and School Federation released highlights of its 2013 paren....

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Emergency Wait Times

Islanders are now able to view estimated emergency department wait times....

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MPEI Song Camp Submissions

Music PEI is now accepting submissions for the Song Camp Collaboration W....

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Snow Pass

The Grade 4 and 5 SnowPass program is available all across Canada and is....

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Licences for drivers from Taiwan

Drivers from Taiwan can now get their licence on PEI without taking the ....

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North Shore Winter Survivors

On January 12, the North Shore Community will host a meet and greet gath....

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Art in the Open Proposals

This town is small is seeking proposals for this summer’s Art in the O....

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Last Call to Perform at 150-Hour Jam

Baba’s Lounge will host 150 hours of continuous music and service (24 ....

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Report Bat and Fox Sightings

After last winter’s discovery of White-nose Syndrome (WNS) in Island b....

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BUZZIFIEDS—March

MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION—8 week courses in Summerside and Ch....

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Name a Confed Centre Seat

Confederation Centre is offering members of the public the opportunity t....

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Soundtrack for your Project

Claudie Mackula, an independent music composer, is interested in collabo....

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Acadian Genealogy

Genealogist Jean Bernard will be at the Acadian Museum, Miscouche, Sunda....

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PEI Cancer Services Drivers

The PEI Cancer Services Volunteer Driving Project uses 83 drivers from a....

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Be a CNIB Vision Mate

CNIB is seeking Vision Mate volunteers to provide sighted assistance to ....

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Understanding and Preventing Abuse of Persons with Disabilities

Cooper Institute is carrying out an on-line survey and want to hear from....

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Kindred Spirits Quilt Guild

Kindred Spirits Quilt Guild meets on Wed, March 19 and April 16, at 7 pm in....

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Grieving Support Group

Grief and Grieving Support Group meets the 3rd Thursday of every month (....

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Community Changers Photo Show

A Photovoice exhibition exploring the reality of living in poverty in PE....

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Stratford Resident Survey

The Town of Stratford had launched its 3rd annual resident survey. The T....

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Carnations for Kids

For a donation of your choice, you will enjoy a bouquet of 6 Carnations. Al....

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Donate to United Way of PEI

United Way of PEI has announced a projected $20,000 shortfall in donatio....

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Beaconsfield Open for Tours

Built in 1877, Beaconsfield was considered one of Charlottetown’s fine....

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Premiere Toastmasters

Premiere Toastmasters is a non-profit organization that helps people to ....

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Sociable Singles

PEI Sociable Singles is a non-profit social group with members in the 40....

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Art for Addictions

Art for Addictions will be displayed April 5 at Confederation Centre of ....

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Plein Air Fest Call for Registration

Artisans on Main Montague, with the support of PEI 2014 and the Town of ....

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Confed Centre Public Library Programs

Friends of the Library spring book sale will be held March 14–16. Full....

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At Kensington Library

Kensington Heritage Library will host a Meet the Author Event March 12, ....

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Fierce Short

Lee D. Thompson’s Fierce Short, Diary of a Fluky Kid, explores his rel....

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Culture PEI: Board Governance Workshop

Culture PEI extends an invitation to all Arts, Culture and Heritage non-....

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Big Brothers Big Sisters

What if every child fulfills his or her potential? Imagine what that cou....

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Donate to PEI Humane Society

The PEI Humane Society that it’s fundraising has fallen short of its g....

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Want to Write a Script?

Ever wanted to write a script? Now’s your chance. King’s Playhouse i....

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2014 Visitors Guide available

PEI’s 2014 Visitors Guide is now available. To assist you in planning ....

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Seniors Active Living Centre

Events at Seniors Active Living Centre, CARI Complex, UPEI, Charlottetow....

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Clothes Washer Rebate Program

Charlottetown Water and Sewer Utility Dept will is offering an Energy St....

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Confederation Players Auditions for 2014

Confederation Players Program is expanding to its greatest troupe size s....

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Northern Lights Quilt Guild

Northern Lights Quilt Guild meets at the O’Leary Community Complex Mar....

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Programs at Confed Art Gallery

PD Day Art Camp: Visual art in the Schurman Family Studio during Art PD ....

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Red Clay Quilt Guild

Red Clay Quilt Guild meets on the 2nd Tue of the month (March 11) at 7 p....

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Free Sobeys Nutrition Events

Taste and Learn—Pizza! class will be held on Wednesday, March 12, from....

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Grief and Grieving Support

March 20 the Grief and Grieving Support Group will meet at the Palliativ....

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this town is small inc. AGM

this town is small inc., PEI’s artist run centre, will hold it Annual ....

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PEI Motorcycle Show 2014

PEI Motorcycle Show 2014 takes place March 21–23 at the Eastlink Centr....

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Youth Workplace Video Contest

The Workers Compensation Board challenges Island high school students to....

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Island Wide Hike for Hospice

Hospice PEI’s Island Wide Hike for Hospice takes place May 4 in Summer....

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Acoustic Performers Wanted

The Chowder House is looking for acoustic performers to entertain on its....

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NDP PEI District 8 Meeting

Rural and urban progressives are invited to gather to organize when NDP ....

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Submissions Open for Contact East

Reminder to all artists! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to showcas....

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Family Earth Expo

The 2014 Charlottetown Family Earth Expo will be held April 21 from 12-4 pm....

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Children’s Haiku Contest

Children up to age 15 are invited to participate in the JAL Foundation T....

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PEI 2014 Celebration Zone Info Session

The PEI 2014 Celebration Zone will be operating daily at Confederation Land....

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Ball Hockey Program

A seven-week, Ball Hockey Program will begin on April 2, continuing unti....

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Easter Beef Show & Sale

PEI’s Annual Easter Beef Show & Sale takes place March 27–28 at ....

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Sowing Seeds

Are you a Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 educator interested in Environmen....

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Children's Memorial Tree Planting Ceremony

Plant a tree in memory of a child. International Children's Memorial Pla....

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PEI Tweet Up

Eastern College staff and students will host a PEI Tweet Up March 28. An....

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Order of PEI nominations

Nominations for the Order of Prince Edward Island are being received by ....

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Learning and Caring for Ourselves

The PEI Seniors’ Secretariat invites you to attend a conference for pe....

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March Break Youth Activity

A March Break Youth Activity Drop-in Program will be held in the morning....

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Soul Food

Soul Food is held in Studio 2 of the Confederation Centre the last Sunda....

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PEI Suicide Prevention Concert

Variety concert fundraiser in aid of Suicide Prevention will be held Mar....

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Cultural Forum: Creative Placemaking

On March 31 Culture PEI will present its 2014 Cultural Forum with the th....

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Love of Art, Community, & PEI

The Voluntary Resource Centre (VRC) has announced a call for submissions....

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Prize Bingo

There will be a Prize Bingo in aid of PEI Citizen Advocacy on April 1 at....

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Stop Colon Cancer Before It Starts

Stop colon cancer before it starts. If you are between the age of 50–7....

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Free Soup and Gardening Workshop

Are you concerned about eating healthier? Are you concerned about the hi....

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Prince of Wales College Reunion 2014

On July 26 there will be a Prince of Wales (PWC) reunion at the newly na....

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Benefit for Monica Thibaudier-Ness

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January 2014
Haunted Holiday
A Christmas Carol

Review by Sean McQuaid

Your yuletide yammerer is a sucker for Christmas. In fact, if he has a happy place, it’s probably basking in the soft rainbow glow of a well-decorated Christmas tree, with the likes of Bing Crosby, Boney M or Vince Guaraldi waxing seasonal on the CD player as loved ones gather near. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Not surprisingly, this deep and abiding

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December 2013
Drawing Conclusions
Doubt

Review by Sean McQuaid

Your sedentary second-guesser has about as much sporting blood as the average garden gnome, but there’s something undeniably compelling about two great talents in any field squaring off against each other; and ACT’s new production of Doubt offers that in spades, with a couple of ace actors waging one of the stage’s best verbal tennis matches.

Winner of a Pulitzer,

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November 2013
Tennis, Anyone?
Doubt

Review by Sean McQuaid

Your sedentary second-guesser has about as much sporting blood as the average garden gnome, but there’s something undeniably compelling about two great talents in any field squaring off against each other; and ACT’s new production of Doubt offers that in spades, with a couple of ace actors waging one of the stage’s best verbal tennis matches.

Winner of a Pulitzer,

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September 2013
Quick Bright Things
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Review by Sean McQuaid

First and foremost, ACT’s new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is funny. In fact, it’s the second-funniest Shakespeare this reviewer has seen in recent memory, surpassed only by Joss Whedon’s delightful film version of Much Ado About Nothing – which made ye olde reviewer laugh harder and longer than he has in ages at anything, Shakespearean or otherwise

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August 2013
Quality Drama
Rondelay

Review by Sean McQuaid

Your puritanical prattler was shocked, shocked to find the picture postcard purity of North Rustico wantonly sullied by the summer sex romp known as Rondelay. Even more disturbingly, he rather liked it.

The scene of the orgiastic crime? The newly minted Watermark Theatre, which changed its name from the Montgomery Theatre around the same time this show’s previews opened. C

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August 2013
Humour and Heart
Anne & Gilbert, the Musical

Review by Sean McQuaid

Your shopworn showman was surprised to hear that Anne & Gilbert, the Musical was moving to Charlottetown, literally right across the street from ceaseless summer institution Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™.

It’s the ultimate (red)head-to-(red)head theatrical showdown. One can almost picture the two shows’ casts facing off in the street, men

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August 2013
Epic, Rich and Moving
Evangeline

Review by Sean McQuaid

Your Anglophone analyst feels conflicted about this review. First-person full disclosure: writing an article about the making of Evangeline in May led to my writing some paid promotional material for the Charlottetown Festival about the musical and its source material, so I have a professional link to this show.

The editor asked me to review it anyway, suggesting

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August 2013
Rustico Sunset
The Shore Field

Review by Sean McQuaid

The Watermark Theatre rounds out its 2013 summer season with the world premiere of a very new play (The Shore Field, written and directed by Watermark artistic director Duncan McIntosh), based on the story and characters of a very old play (The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekhov’s 1904 classic about social change in Russia).

McIntosh shifts the tale from 1904 Russia

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June 2013
That’s Show Buzz
That’s Show Buzz
by Sean McQuaid

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Fond as I am of poking fun at my advancing years, I don’t quite date back to the very beginning of The Buzz. Like Captain America in the old Avengers comics, I’m an odd historical footnote—the longtime fixture who was around nearly from the start, but not quite.

When Peter Richards and Derek Martin first joined forces to produce a newspaper that chronicled the PEI arts scene

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May 2013
Labour of Love
Labour of Love
Creating a new musical

by Sean McQuaid

Success has many fathers. For me, that old saying evokes Anne of Green Gables – the Musical where nearly the entire population of Avonlea takes credit for Anne’s accomplishments. The same adage applies less debatably to Anne’s long-gestating stage sister Evangeline, in which an interprovincial extended family of theatre professionals are helping give birth to one o

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April 2013
Fairy Traffic
An Evening of Fairy Tales

Review by Sean McQuaid

A first-person confession: I’m prone to poking fun at my own ever-advancing years in these pages, partial as I am to a good running gag; but ACT’s latest show makes me feel seriously ancient, as its very young cast includes multiple children of actors whom I reviewed as young adults way back in the previous millennium.

Yes, my reviewing work now spans

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April 2013
Women of the Year
Calendar Girls

Review by Sean McQuaid

It’s an age-old naked truth in entertainment: skin sells. Whatever the product or project, any hint of nudity will often attract attention and bolster business. P.E.I. theatre has tested that truism twice in recent years, with two plays based on popular film comedies about nudity: the Charlottetown Festival’s 2011 production of The Full Monty, and the Harbourfront Pla

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