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Creative arts and dance classes

Soul Play Studios is a new studio offering a wide range of classes for kids and adults in the Callbe [ ... ]

Cornwall Family Trail-Walk Series

Explore your ecologic community with a 1-hour trail walk through Hyde Park identifying plants and wi [ ... ]

Life of Brian


Life of Brian

Profile: Brian Burke

by Sean McQuaid

Brian Burke is a man who has found his niche. While his expressionist paintings hang in far-flung locations ranging from New York to San Francisco, the artist himself is comfortable hanging out in downtown Charlottetown-whenever he's not painting at his country home, that is. For Burke, the quiet life is picture-perfect.

An Islander by birth, Burke was always
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Classic Guitarist


Classic Guitarist

Profile: Paul Bernard

by Sean McQuaid

Paul Bernard's name has a certain resonance in Island music circles-especially among guitarists. He's been strumming his way into local lore for over two decades, and continues to explore new musical horizons today.

Bernard first felt the pull of the strings in his youth, when he began dabbling in guitar. Largely self-taught, Paul played pop songs in his
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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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Sirens season

Women’s choral ensemble announces concerts for 2018–19 Select dates
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Bookmark readings

Celebrities and authors in Charlottetown  November 12 & 14 Charlottetown’s independent  [ ... ]

The Ennis Sisters

Newfoundland sisters on the mainstage December 1
Homburg Theatre  On December 1, Sobeys LIVE @ [ ... ]

Recent News & Articles

A gift of Island poetry: Chris Bailey

Curated by Deirdre Kessler Things My Buddy Said Oh, brother, growing up I’d get into trouble
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A passion for cinema

Laurent Gariépy is screening the classics at City Cinema by Dave Stewart Anyone checking out City [ ... ]

Acadian showman

Profile: Christian Gallant by Jane Ledwell Forty-six musicians and step dancers took the stage at  [ ... ]