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Amabilè seeks new members

Amabilè (Ah-mah-beel-ay) is a SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) choir of approximately 20 members.  [ ... ]

School Calendar for 2017-2018

PEI’s 2017-2018 school calendar, which identifies instructional and professional learning days, is [ ... ]

Chipman, Gary

Chipman, Gary

Fiddler’s dream
Profile by Jane Ledwell

"Listening to (Don Messer and his Islanders as a kid, I was just a kid dreaming,” says Gary Chipman. They were “the best band of its kind in the world at the time,” he remembers. And with an ear to CFCY radio, from the age of five (“about a hundred years ago,” he jokes), Gary learned traditional fiddle tunes in Don Messer’s distinctive style. Soon, he was
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MacLean, Tara

MacLean, Tara

Grit and grace
Profile by Jane Ledwell

Tara MacLean-Grand’s grandmother always told her: one day, she’d feel the pull back to PEI, where she spent her childhood. While Tara says, “I always represented PEI, anywhere I’ve been in the world,” she certainly went far, as an internationally-known singer whose work as a solo artist rode the Lilith Fair wave and who also found pop success with the band
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Arsenault, Raymond

Arsenault, Raymond

Best Medicine
Profile by Jane Ledwell

"I really believe that saying, ‘Laughter is the best medicine,’” says Raymond Arsenault earnestly, writer and director of plays and dinner theatre productions in the Island’s francophone Evangeline region.

“I like to consider myself a doctor of laughter,” he says. The doctor is keeping office hours this summer in Abram-Village, where he has written a new show
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Quarles, Don

Quarles, Don

The experience
Profile by Jane Ledwell

Two years ago, Don Quarles was working with the Summerside Lobster Festival when invited to an Atlantic Presenters’ Association showcase at St. Mary’s Church in Indian River. He recalls driving from Summerside on a sunny Island day and across the field, seeing a beautiful church steeple rising into the blue sky. He remembers reaching his destination and
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Dowling, Kinley

Dowling, Kinley

At the microphone
Profile by Jane Ledwell

Interviewing Kinley Dowling, you meet many musical personae in one. “’Kinley Dowling’ is more folk, and she is who plays with Hey Rosetta! or with Dennis Ellsworth,” she says. Kinley Dowling is the in-demand strings player. Then she cocks her head and frames her face with a sparkly grin. “’KINLEY’ is someone different.”

Kinley, who loves nothing more than
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Hamilton, Kathleen

Hamilton, Kathleen

Resistance fighter
Profile by Jane Ledwell

Contrivances and secrets—lies—they cause a lot of problems,” intimates Kathleen Hamilton. The playwright, actor, writing workshop leader, and author of Sex After Baby—Why There Is None says, “Right now, I’m deeply immersed in memoir—officially for the past five years. Unofficially for ten.

“Writing my own memoir, reading memoirs, and helping other women
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Rehder, Jon

Rehder, Jon

Servant of Song
Profile by Jane Ledwell

Jon Rehder describes himself as a “jack-of-all-trades” musician, known on the scene for playing bass, guitar, piano, or singing as a sideman with all kinds of PEI musicians, and doing sound for live events – but a change is coming. After 45 years as a freelance player, “never knowing two months ahead how I will pay my bills,” Jon will soon be eligible for his
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Profile: MacMillan, Jenna

Profile: MacMillan, Jenna

Real Stories
Profile by Jane Ledwell

"I want my work to be a love letter to the East Coast, the people who live here,” says filmmaker Jenna MacMillan. She’s hoping that she won’t have to write that letter from Toronto, where she works six months a year.

Increasingly accomplished and recognized as a documentary filmmaker, Jenna’s heart is also divided between telling true stories and fictional ones.
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Some Upcoming Events

Angel card readings

Ronita Baird, PEI’s Medium and Karen Forrest, The Angel Lady are teaming up for a fundraising even [ ... ]

Pop Aye

August 23—26
City Cinema 14A, sexual content, nudity, language may offend
Dir: Kirsten Tan, Thailan [ ... ]

PEI International Shellfish Festival

Celebrity chefs Lynn Crawford and Chuck Hughes join lineup September 14–17
various locations The  [ ... ]

Recent News & Articles

Grit and grace

Profile: Tara MacLean by Jane Ledwell Tara MacLean-Grand’s grandmother always told her: one day, [ ... ]

Cloggeroo

Island Folk Festival back for its 4th year Cloggeroo is back for its 4th annual Island Folk Festiva [ ... ]

Fiddler’s dream

Profile: Gary Chipman by Jane Ledwell "Listening to (Don Messer and his Islanders as a kid, I was  [ ... ]