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True stories
Profile: Julie Pellissier-Lush

by Jane Ledwell

When I meet her the day after her installation as the new provincial Poet Laureate, Julie Pellissier-Lush is animated. “I’m still walking on the clouds,” she says in wonder. “It’s still surreal, as you can imagine—for a Lennox Island girl, who grew up all across the Island and lived away—to hear amazing, powerful people saying beautiful things about
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Rachel Beck

Rachel Beck
Talking Bands

by Evan James Ceretti

Rachel Beck has had an amazing year in music — a cross-country tour, a successful debut album, a chart-topping single, a long list of award nominations, and more.

Beck grew up singing in choirs, playing in school band, and singing harmonies with her sister, Amy, which gradually produced the folk duo The Beck Sisters. In 2013, the duo threw a song into the CBC
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The facilitator

The facilitator
Profile: Steve Bellamy

by Jane Ledwell

“Arts are ways into emotions. Arts are where we connect,” Steve Bellamy says. In his third month as CEO of Confederation Centre of the Arts, he’s still pinching himself that he has arrived in this place.

“I’ve been lucky to live in a number of places in Canada,” he says, “and towns of 250,000, or larger, would be lucky to have a place like (Confederation
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Shining the light

Shining the light
Spotlight Theatre in Summerside

Way Up West
by Jan Cox

In early November a water pipe burst behind the costume room of Spotlight School of Arts Inc. in Summerside. Most of the costumes used by the school were saved thanks to the quick thinking of Executive Director Reasha Walsh and staff. However, the school’s big production of The Nutcracker had to be cancelled.

“We were heartbroken. Not for
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This old house

This old house
The Cove Journal

by JoDee Samuelson

Along the shore where the highway makes a gentle s-curve as it dips and crosses the brook, there stood an imposing house with steeply pitched roof, gingerbread trim and wide shady veranda. It was the envy of all the farmhouses around, for none of them had such a grand polished maple staircase, or chandelier in the front parlour, or front door adorned with a ruby
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Winter birding

Winter birding
The Nature of PEI

by Gary Schneider

I took my first and only birding course many years ago from Geoff Hogan, a wonderful Island naturalist who unfortunately passed at much too young an age. I clearly remember Geoff telling the class that “Sometimes I just hear a chickadee calling and it makes my day!”

I’ll always remember his enthusiasm, and that he helped me see beauty in simple things. That was
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A gift of Island poetry: John MacKenzie

The Feet of Blue Herons

If you happen to live in another town,
Or country, or even galaxy
As dim and distant in time as in space
From these words, this language, the narrow
Range of pitch across its plosive phonemes,
Do not worry if you’ve never heard of me. 

I only make things of quiet lies arranged
To describe the folding and unfolding
Wings and limbs continually attempt
In lust and flight and
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An Improvised Christmas Carol

Yule Be Amazed

Review by Sean McQuaid 

Charles Dickens’ classic 1843 novella A Christmas Carol has been reprinted, adapted, imitated and lampooned endlessly, so coming up with a new spin on this grand old tale is a daunting task. Community theatre group ACT’s latest version of the story sidesteps that hurdle by having their audience choose how the story gets revamped in An Improvised
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