FEAST DINNER THEATRES – WHO'S YOUR FATHER? | Select dates
If you grew up on the Island, you’ve likely been asked this key question: Who’s your father? But what if you don’t know the answer?
This holiday season, Feast Dinner Theatres presents the comic side of this paternal dilemma in its latest production, Who’s Your Father? “It’s Mamma Mia on PEI—until it goes off the rails,” says artistic director Sherri-Lee Darrach, noting the dinner theatre provides humorous echoes of the famous musical.
At this show, guests attend a holiday party hosted by Hayley, an Islander who uses the festive occasion to finally confirm her father’s identity. Her investigation provides an evening packed with plot twists, laughter, Maritime musical entertainment, and interaction with the talented performers who bring her story to life.
With references to Mamma Mia and flashbacks to the ’90s, the show offers an engaging blend of music that adds to the nostalgia and fun of the night. “Music creates the mood of the show,” says musical director Adam MacGregor.
Guests can expect to connect with musical memories of ABBA, top bands of the ’90s, and holiday favourites arranged in Feast-style.
The casts features a full slate of dinner theatre veterans, including Aaron Ellis, returning for his ninth show. Ellis agrees the celebration of the season adds to the energy of the audience. “They aren’t afraid to laugh,” he says.
Who’s Your Father? is produced by Don Groom of White Rose Entertainment and written by Mike Allison, a Feast veteran and head writer for CBC comedy This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
The menu features a traditional Christmas buffet.
Performances run at Rodd Charlottetown (November 22-26; December 5–10, 12–21), Summerside’s Brothers 2 (November 23–26, 30; December 1–3, 6–10, 12–17, 19–21), and Rodd Miramichi River (November 29–December 2).
Tickets: 902-629-2321 (Charlottetown), 902-436-7674 (Summerside) or www.feastdinnertheatres.ca.
WINTERTIDE OPENING CEREMONY AND CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING | November 24
Wintertide Opening Ceremony & Christmas Tree Lighting takes place November 24 in Confederation Centre of the Arts Upper Plaza in Charlottetown.
At 6:15 pm you can pick up your free candle at Peakes Quay (bottom of Great George Street) for the candlelight walk, or gather at the Confederation Centre of the Arts Upper Plaza to hear the caroling voices of the Confederation Centre Children’s Choir and other guests while awaiting the arrival of the candlelight promenade.
At 6:30 pm join the candlelight walk along Great George Street, Victoria Row and Queen Street from Peakes Quay to the Confederation Centre of the Arts Upper Plaza for the Official Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony with special guest Father Christmas. Entertainment and treats will be provided.
CLINTON HILLS CHRISTMAS SHOWS | November 24, 25, December 2, 9, 15 & 16
CHARLOTTETOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE | November 25
CHRISTMAS DINNERS AT MACPHAIL HOMESTEAD | November 25 & 26
ISLAND A CAPPELLA | November 25 & December 1
PEI audiences can enjoy Island A Cappella, PEI’s women’s barbershop chorus, at the Confederation Court Mall on November 25 at 1 pm where they will be singing a selection of Christmas carols for shoppers and young visitors to Santa. On the evening of December 1, Island A Cappella will be the guest performers in “A Maritime Christmas” with Tomato Tomato, Heather Rankin and Dave Gunning at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Tickets for the show are available from the centre’s Box Office or online at www.confederationcentre.com.
FOUR TELLERS CHRISTMAS SHOW | November 26, December 9, 10 & 17
Following their sold-old shows in September, the Four Tellers are back on The Victoria Playhouse stage for one performance only. Christmas in Victoria with The Four Tellers will be presented on November 26 at 2 pm. From hilarious to touching, the stories of David Weale, Gary Evans, Alan Buchanan, and Dennis King will recall Christmases past in Prince Edward Island, with their signature witty conversational style. The Four Tellers will be joined by musicians Rachel and Amy Beck and Garnett Buell who will round out the afternoon of entertainment. For tickets visit victoriaplayhouse.com or call 1-800-925-2025.
“The Playhouse is the perfect setting for our Christmas show,” says storyteller, Dennis King. “It’s homey and intimate, and we’re hoping to create an atmosphere reminiscent of the old school concerts. We’ll have stories that will make you laugh and stories that will make you cry. Most of all, we want our stories and music to help us reflect on life and all we have to be thankful for.”
The Dean of Island storytellers, David Weale adds: “The unique thing about the Four Tellers is the fact that we represent four generations. We offer four perspectives on the traditions of Christmas, and it’s all done with fun and good spirit.”
In addition to the show in Victoria, “Christmas With the Four Tellers” will be playing at the Florence Simmons Hall on December 9 and 10 with shows at 2 pm and 7 pm each day. On December 17, the Tellers take the show back to their home theatre, The Kings Playhouse in Georgetown, for a performance at 2 pm.
THE MOUNT CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CELEBRATION | December 1
The Mount's Christmas Tree Lighting celebration will be held December 1 at 6 pm. Entertainment provided by fiddler Luca Hall and the Sherwood Elementary School Choir. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit and hot chocolate and cookies will be served. All are welcome. 141 Mount Edward Road, Charlottetown.
CHRISTMAS HOUSE TOUR | December 1
GARY'S CHRISTMAS SEQUENCED LIGHTS & MUSIC SHOW | December 1–31 (times vary)
CHRISTMAS WITH JOHN GRACIE and A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER | December 1 & 2
The City of Charlottetown will be presenting two Christmas concerts as part of the Wintertide Holiday Festival and the free tickets for the public are now available.
The two concerts, Christmas with John Gracie and A Christmas to Remember, will take place at Trinity United Church on December 1 and December 2, respectively. Christmas with John Gracie is an annual Christmas concert featuring recording artist John Gracie. A Christmas to Remember features heart-warming holiday music and Island Christmas stories with popular Islander performers Kendall Docherty, Catherine O’Brien, Caroline Bernard, Marlane O’Brien, Don Fraser, and The Reindeer Express Band.
The free tickets for both events will be handed out at the Eastlink Centre, 46 Kensington Road, between 11 am–12 pm on Saturday, November 18 (while quantities last). There will be a limit of four tickets per show, per person.
For more information on these and other Wintertide Holiday Festival activities, visit www.charlottetown.ca or call 902-566-5548.
CHRISTMAS DADDIES TELETHON 2017 | December 2
On December 2 Christmas Daddies will present their 54th Annual Telethon, airing from 11 am to 6 pm on CTV and online at Bell Aliant Fibe TV1.
The Telethon includes a lineup of PEI artists set to deliver musical performances from the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Throughout the program, viewers can watch performances by singer-songwriter and Music PEI’s reigning Producer of the Year Jon Matthews as well as Island songwriter Hailey MacIsaac, The Greenfield Elementary School Choir from Summerside with teacher Linda MacIsaac-Gallant, and more to be confirmed.
Throughout the telethon, volunteers will be standing by to take donations from viewers across the region by calling 1-844-400-1964. Financial donations can also be made online at ChristmasDaddies.org or any Royal Bank of Canada branch.
The telethon is hosted by a roster of personalities. In Charlottetown comedian Jimmy the Janitor will take the mic. “This is my 13th year as the host of the PEI Christmas Daddies Telethon on CTV and my 40th year as a volunteer. Over those four decades I’ve seen this fundraiser bring smiles to the faces of children and their families who would not normally have a Christmas so bright. One important note for donors on Prince Edward Island, is that all the money raised in PEI is given to families here, on the Island” said Sandy Gillis (Jimmy the Janitor).
By making a donation as little as $20 to Christmas Daddies, donors are eligible to win two airline tickets from the Air Canada Foundation to travel to any Air Canada destination in North America, including Hawaii, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
To date the Telethon organization has raised more than $28.5 million. Its partnership with The Salvation Army provides more than 17,000 Maritime children with toys and gifts at Christmas each year. All funds collected within a specific geographic area are redistributed within that area.
CTV donates airtime, equipment, and resources for the event while employees, families, and friends volunteer to produce the program. View CTV in PEI through Eastlink HD Channel 603, SD Channel 9; Bell Fibe HD Channel 402, SD Channel 9; Bell ExpressVu HD Channel 1011, SD Channel 201; Shaw Direct HD Channel 052, SD Channel 341; Over the Air HD Channel 8, SD Channel 5. Facebook CTV Christmas Daddies
MISSING CHRISTMAS—A MUSICAL FOR WORLD VISION | December 2 & 3
What do three preoccupied wisemen and two disgruntled Christmas shoppers have in common? They all missed Christmas. The New Glasgow Christmas Choir will present the musical Missing Christmas at 7:30 pm on December 2 and 3 at New Glasgow Christian Church, 617 Route 258, New Glasgow.
Admission is free but the choir hopes to raise enough money through donations to send a stable full of animals to a World Vision village.
Through World Vision, it is possible to send farm animals to the world's neediest children and their families. The World Vision Christmas Gift Catalogue gives groups and individuals the opportunity to bring health and lasting income to a hungry family. The gift of animals is a gift that keeps giving year after year. The animals aren't just handed over – families attend training classes about animal rearing and breeding. Through the Pass On program, when a family receives goats, for example, they agree to pass on to another family the same number of goats once the animals have reproduced. Around the world, the gift of animals is creating a domino effect of generosity to help families living in poverty. A stable full of animals can transform an entire community. Each Christmas for the past few years, the choir has raised enough money to send several stables to a needy village.
PEI HUMANE SOCIETY SANTA PIX FUNDRAISER | December 2 & 3
FESTIVE FIDDLERS' FEAST CEILIDH | December 3
On December 3 at 5 pm the Emerald Community Centre hosts a ceilidh and Christmas dinner. This is a fundraiser for the hall and will include entertainment by the PEI group Fiddlers’ Sons with Courtney Hogan. You will hear Celtic and traditional music with hints of Christmas flair and sounds of the season. Everyone is welcome to attend. 902-886-2479, www.emeraldcommunitycentre.com
AND ON EARTH, PEACE | December 3
The Summerside Community Choir Christmas Concert, "And on Earth, Peace" will be held at 7 pm on December 3 at Trinity United Church in Summerside. Choir director Dr. Margot Rejskind has arranged “a concert of Christmas peace, including old favourites, new classics, and the ever-popular sing-along, as an antidote for the troubles of the world today.”
CENTRAL QUEENS UNITED CHURCH LIVE NATIVITY | December 3
The Sunday School members of Central Queens United Church, Hunter River are presenting a live Nativity event in the parking lot of the church on December 3 at 6 pm, 6:20 pm and 6:40 pm. Admission is a free will offering with light refreshments served inside the church following your tour through the Nativity. Central Queens United Church is located on Rte 2 in Hunter River.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE | December 4
Her Honour, Lieutenant Governor Antoinette Perry, invites Islanders and visitors to drop in to Government House for the Annual Christmas Open House on December 4 between the hours of 12 noon and 2 pm and then in the evening from 5:30–7:30 pm. View the Christmas decor while listening to the sounds of seasonal music in the background. Government House is located at 1 Terry Fox Drive, Charlottetown.
CHRISTMAS CEILIDH IN THE CITY | December 6
The Christmas Ceilidh in the City takes place December 6 at Jack Blanchard Family Centre, 7 Pond St, Charlottetown. The show is hosted by Island musicians with Kendall Docherty as host on vocals and keyboard, Peter Burke, vocals, guitar, harmonica as co-host, Heartz Godkin, bass guitar and Brian Knox, drums. Show starts at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This is a family friendly accessible venue with parking. Admission is at the door. 902-569-1133, FB CeilidhInTheCity.
ISLAND CHRISTMAS REVIEW | December 7, 8, 14 & 15
When putting together “The Island Christmas Review,” Patrick Ledwell and Mark Haines look for new selections each year, like that search for a Christmas tree in the woods. The variety show needs to be different, with new branches going off in unexpected directions. And once decked, the whole thing should pull together to capture the spirit of the best season ever.
In “The Island Christmas Review,” Ledwell and Haines take the energy of their summer variety show and steer the sled straight into a Christmas wonderland. Mark Haines brings his multi-instrumental talents, on fiddle, guitar, and piano. Patrick Ledwell has a fresh batch of holiday comedy, including tips on how to pick a perfect tree and how to avoid creating horrible handicrafts.
“I get happy jitters when it’s time to get out ‘The Island Christmas Review’ again! You never know what Patrick and I are going to find in that treasure chest,” says Haines. “Be sure we’ll be shining up the fiddle for some favourites, adding an electric twist to the classics.”
You can catch the show on December 7 and 8, or December 14 and 15, at Harmony House Theatre in Hunter River.
WATERMARK COMMUNITY GATHERING | December 8
DRIVE THRU LIVING NATIVITY | December 8–10
The 7th annual Drive Thru Living Nativity will take place at the farm of Chyrs and Doreen Jenkins at 6452 Route 19 in Canoe Cove from December 8–10, 5:30–8:30 pm. Bring your family and friends to see baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, shepherds, kings, angels and live animals along with a choir singing Christmas songs. There will be a large display of Christmas lights and decorations. Freewill donations will be collected for the Children's Wish Foundation and Santa's Angels.
CHRISTMAS HOUSE TOUR FUNDRAISER | December 9
Christmas House Tour fundraiser for Fitzroy Centre, a program of Canadian Mental Health Association, takes place December 9 from 1–4 pm in Charlottetown and surrounding area. Tickets are $15 and are available at Fitzroy Centre, 170 Fitzroy St, Charlottetown, Mon–Fri 8:30 am–4:30 pm and Sat 8 am–4 pm. Info: 902-566-5111
LE TRIO BBQ CHRISTMAS SPECIAL | December 9
Le Trio BBQ Christmas Special is a bilingual holiday performance featuring nine musicians on stage including Le Trio BBQ with founding members Jean-Michel Bérubé, Mathieu Beaudet and Vincent Quirion, accompanied by Katerine Desrochers on vocals, Véronique Boucher on drums and the all-female barbershop quartet VoxA4 on back vocals. Inspired by gypsy jazz, a harmonious mixture of gypsy and Latin rhythms, and a bit of rock and roll, the band revisits Christmas classics in a new old-fashioned way. There will also be a special appearance by students from École-sur-Mer. Le Trio BBQ Christmas Special will be held at 7:30 pm on December 9 at Harbourfront Theatre, 124 Heather Moyse Drive, Summerside. Tickets: harbourfronttheatre.com
CHRISTMAS SINGALONG | December 9
There will be a Christmas singalong in York United Church on December 9 at 7 pm with musicians Gordon Boothroyd, Jordan McNally, Joe Doran and song leader Marilyn MacDonald. Enjoy an evening singing Christmas music for all ages. Admission is by donation.
THE JOYFUL SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS | December 10 (two shows)
Celebrate the Christmas season with A Joyful Sound, choir director Christie Beck, and accompanist Fran McBurnie, at 2:30 pm on December 10 at St Mary’s Church in Souris and again at 7:30 pm at Hillcrest United Church in Montague later that same day. Traditional Christmas music with many jazzy new versions. A Joyful Sound choir has been having fun together for 36 years. Admission by free-will offering. There will be a festive lunch and time to greet the performers after the evening concert.
CHRISTMAS HOUSE TOUR | FUNDRAISER FOR FITZROY CENTRE | December 9
The Christmas House Tour fundraiser for Fitzroy Centre, a program with the Canadian Mental Health Association, will be held in the Charlottetown and surrounding area on December 9 from 1–4 pm. Tickets are available beginning November 20 at the Fitzroy Centre, 170 Fitzroy Street, Charlottetown, from Monday to Friday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm, and Saturday from 8 am–4 pm. Info: 902-566-5111
PHASE II & FRIENDS CHRISTMAS CONCERT | December 10
Phase ll and Friends will be performing a Christmas Concert at Central Queens United Church, Rte 2, Hunter River on December 10 at 7:30 pm. Admission at the door with light refreshments served.
STRATFORD CHRISTMAS CEILIDH | DECEMBER 10
The regular Stratford Ceilidh scheduled for December 10 at 7 pm, will be a Christmas ceilidh, and the admission is a non perishable item or monetary donation, to be donated to the Charlottetown food bank. It takes place at Cotton Center, 57 Bunbury Rd, Stratford. 902-569-2732
MEMORIAL CAROL EVENT | December 10
Did your mother or father have a favourite Christmas carol? Wouldn’t it be a nice tribute to have it sung in memory of your parent? Maybe there’s a friend whom you’d like to think warm thoughts about. An opportunity for such thoughtfulness comes on December 10 at 2 pm at St. Paul’s church in downtown Charlottetown at the Memorial Carol Event.
This is not a church service, but rather an hour and a half of Advent and Christmastime music, followed by a reception. Attendees will not only listen to and sing the music of the Christmas season, but, can more actively participate in one or both of two ways: A $10 (or more) donation lets you inscribe the name of a person you want to remember on a star which will be placed on the Memorial Tree and puts the name of your loved one in the keepsake printed program; a $50 donation lets you choose a carol for the service.
A tax receipt will be issued for a donation of $10 or more.
A third way of participating is by singing. The audience is invited to join in a number of the traditional pieces.
The proceeds contribute to the St. Paul’s Organ Fund, which sustains the church’s 1936 Cassavant organ. Donations are not required. The aim is that people join in fellowship and appreciate the music of the Carol Event.
FESTIVE WREATH CONTEST & EXHIBITION | UNTIL MID–DECEMBER
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS | December 15
Returning to the Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside on December 15 at 7:30 pm is Home for the Holidays featuring classic and contemporary Christmas music and Island stories. Performances by: Kendall Docherty, Catherine O’Brien and Caroline Bernard backed up by the band, The Reindeer Express, with Deryl Gallant (bass), Alan White (drums), Don Fraser (keyboards), and Perry Williams (guitar). Island entertainer, Marlane O’Brien, will read Island Christmas stories. This year’s edition has many new songs, as well as old favourites.
TREBLE WITH GIRLS CHRISTMAS CEILIDH WITH COURTNEY HOGAN-CHANDLER | December 17
Cardigan Feed Service and Cardigan Bearing & Steel presents the 3rd Annual QEH Winter Fundraising Concert Series hosted by Treble with Girls. All are welcome to enjoy some of the best in Island music and family-friendly fun in support of the QEH Foundation. Christmas Ceilidh with Courtney Hogan-Chandler is December 17. Series takes place at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Hall at 151 Stratford Road at 2 pm. All ages are welcome.
ANNUAL ST. DUNSTAN'S BASILICA CHRISTMAS CONCERT | December 22
The annual St. Dunstan’s Basilica Christmas concert will be held December 22 at 7 pm. Over 60 singers and a 30 piece orchestra under the direction of Leo Marchildon will offer an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary Christmas fare for people of all ages and musical tastes.
This year features “Mary Through the Ages,” an exploration of how the text of “Ave Maria” and "Magnificat" (Mary's song) have been interpreted by various composers over time.
Rather than showcasing a single cantata in the second half of the program as has previously been the norm, this year the concert features a “Best of..." — a mash up of highlights from the various works previously presented, including “The Wonders of His Love," “The Wonder of Christmas," and “A Light Still Shines."
One of the highlights of the evening will be the singing of "Silent Night" in the golden glow of candlelight.
Admission is by free will offering. People may wish to arrive early as this is a very popular event.