The best Christmas present actor, director, and drama coach Martha Irving ever received was professional stage makeup from her parents. “It was a realization I came to at about 13 years of age, that all my thinking—how I processed the world—was through the eyes of an actor. So I just started to build my life toward that.” The makeup kit was a sign that her read more ››
On perfect summer days, of which there are many, we take our supper to the shore, sit on flat picnic rocks and eat uncomplicated meals made delicious by sun and surf. A towel must be spread to protect one’s bottom from barnacles that, on this rock, come in two sizes and colors: small white (about 2 mm diameter) and large amber (12 mm). The two groups keep read more ››
When I was invited to write a column about the cultural life of PEI, I was flattered but flummoxed. After all, what did I know about it? I sure as hell knew that what passed for culture Back of Cardigan, where I come from, was different from the “culture” performed, say, at the old Charlottetown Opera House by the likes of Madame Albani or E. Pauline “The Song read more ››
In just four years the East Pointers have become one of the busiest groups in Atlantic Canada and accumulated numerous awards and nominations. Islander Tim Chaisson plays fiddle, with his cousin Koady Chaisson on banjo and Ontario-native Jake Charron plays guitar.
As East Pointers the boys are busy enough, add each member’s other projects to the mix and there isn’t time read more ››
In only a handful of live shows, Lonely Kid has gone from playing a beach party in West Point (his first show) to playing Showcases at the ECMA Awards in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He’s gone from working on his own in his basement, to working with some of the Maritimes most talented musicians like Kinley Dowling, Tim Chaisson and others that will be on his upcoming EP. read more ››
Steller’s jays at the feeder, goldfinches and cedar waxwings, back when clouds of blossoms rose from plum, pear and cherry trees in our yards, the cityscape still jingled with blackberries and yellow broom feeders on every porch, my grandmother shooing the greedy jays, calling me down from my pear tree intrusions on robins’ nests. Listening star-struck with her on our porch for read more ››
Dr. Ryan O’Connor, a historical consultant, writer, and graduate of the University of Prince Edward Island, was recently honoured with the Provincial Book Award from the Ontario Historical Society (OHS) for his book The First Green Wave: Pollution Probe and the Origins of Environmental Activism in Ontario, published by UBC Press.
The First Green Wave traces the emergence of the read more ››
Island writer Jeff Bursey has written two critically acclaimed experimental novels: Verbatim: A Novel (2010) and Mirrors on which dust has fallen (2015). His newest book, released in July, is Centring the Margins: Essays and Reviews (Zero Books). It contains reviews that appeared in American Book Review, Books in Canada, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, The Quarterly Conversation, read more ››