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The Alzheimer Society of Prince Edward Island is looking for Islanders, organizations, and businesse [ ... ]

Write Where You Are

A fall writing retreat at The Hideout Lead by author Trevor Corkum, this full-day writing retreat i [ ... ]

Multi-Media Music Man


Multi-Media Music Man

Profile: Perry Williams

by Sean McQuaid

Perry Williams is an honest-to-gosh dynamo: teacher, musician, computer video production artist and recording technician. I had a few thousand words with the balding, bespectacled viscount of versatility over coffee, and skimmed a cup of highlights for your literary refreshment: no cream, no sugar-just the facts.

A Beach Point native, Perry got his Music
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Chairman of the Boards


Chairman of the Boards

Profile: Paul Whelan

by Sean McQuaid

If you think Paul Whelan looks familiar, you're probably right. The silver-maned actor has been teaching school on the Island for decades, and he's in a class by himself as a respected fixture of the Island theatrical community.

A Charlottetown native, Whelan went to university, taught school in New Brunswick, returned to the Island and got married. As he
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Key Player

Key Player
Profile: 
Frances Gray

by Sean McQuaid

Pianist and professor Frances Gray has literally been a key player in the University of Prince Edward Island music department since its beginning-she joined the staff in time for UPEI's official inception in 1969. This, she jokes, makes her "something of an antique."

Gray's antique pedigree dates back to Quebec, her birthplace. Born into a musical family,
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Wisdom for Sale

Wisdom for Sale
Profile: 
Copthorne MacDonald

by Sean McQuaid

I'm hesitantly groping for the word that describes Copthorne MacDonald's occupational repertoire and professional background when he volunteers it: "weird." The soft-spoken, silver-haired gentleman looks and sounds suited to his role as a laid-back freelance writer and budding motivational guru; however, his checkered resumé sports everything from
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Non-Toxic Poetry


Non-Toxic Poetry

Profile: Julie Bruck

by Sean McQuaid

Julie Bruck oughtta be in pictures-and in a sense, she is. The Montreal-based poet has become well-known for writing what she describes as "visual poems [with] a lot of concrete imagery, specific detail." Enthusiastic reaction to those visuals has sent her first book, The Woman Downstairs, into a third printing.

Despite this success, Bruck confesses that she
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All She Wants to Do Is Dance

All She Wants to Do Is Dance
Profile: 
Martha Nicholson

by Sean McQuaid

Martha Nicholson is a woman who can think on her feet. She opened her Island Dance Academy a scant two years ago in 1993, and now boasts a thriving student body-including, believe it or not, a boys' class. "It's really taken off," Nicholson says.

Nicholson teaches pupils as young as four years old, and her program goes as far as age eighteen. At that
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Cross-Country Colours

Profile: 
Emily Carrington

by Sean McQuaid

Rocketed from the doomed planet Karrington as an infant, Emi-Lee was found and raised by a kindly rural couple who instilled in her a deep and abiding respect for truth, justice and livestock. Armed with her unearthly aesthetic prowess, she brushed into legend as…Super Painter!

Okay, so maybe that's not exactly how it happened. Thing is, I was supposed to
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Interview with the Writer


Interview with the Writer

Profile: J.J. Steinfeld

by Sean McQuaid

J.J. Steinfeld's world-weary eyes and gently friendly voice offset his occasional fidget or stammer as I scribble his words into my notepad. He remains skeptical of this interview business-like a jungle headhunter wary of a camera trapping his soul.

Steinfeld, of course, has nothing to be nervous about. He is one of Prince Edward Island's most prolific and
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Some Upcoming Events

The Bruce Guthro Songwriters Circle

November 3
Delta Prince Edward The Bruce Guthro Songwriters Circle, presenting Maritime legends and  [ ... ]

The Children Act

September 27–October 4
City Cinema PG, language warning
Dir: Richard Eyre, UK, 105 min. Emma Thomps [ ... ]

The Thank You Canada Tour

Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, Patrick Chan and more in Summerside November 15
Credit Union Place Canada [ ... ]

Recent News & Articles

Drawing the line

Profile: Sandy Carruthers by Jane Ledwell Retired for a year now after twenty-five years teaching  [ ... ]

Free transportation at Cloggeroo

The provincial government will sponsor free transportation at this year’s Cloggeroo festival to he [ ... ]

Charlottetown’s Historic Squares exhibit...

The City of Charlottetown Planning and Heritage Department has created an exhibit exploring the hist [ ... ]