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Bones, Broths, And Braising

PEI Certified Organic Producers Cooperative, in collaboration with Brad Doiron, whole animal butcher [ ... ]

Be an In-School Mentor

Who can be a mentor? You can! Kids need real people with real experience to help them realize their  [ ... ]

MacLean, Todd

MacLean, Todd

Life of the Party
Profile by Jane Ledwell

Everything in life is about community. It’s a continuous chain of community,” says Todd MacLean, whose community activities range from playing keyboards in the rock band English Words to writing about musical performances for The Guardian to working on his wife Savannah Belsher-MacLean’s fashion magazine, Panache. We are chatting on Victoria Row, a street
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O’Hanley, Ghislaine

O’Hanley, Ghislaine

‘G’ for Ghislaine
Profile by Jane Ledwell

When I meet Ghislaine O’Hanley, the new executive director of the downtown Charlottetown arts complex The Guild, she is fresh from releasing the pressure on the building’s air compressor. “Every week, it needs to be decompressed,” she said, “or I am told bad things will happen.”

Ghislaine sees good things happening at The Guild and is excited to have a
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MacDonald, Hugh

MacDonald, Hugh

Engaging Poet
Profile by Jane Ledwell

PEI Poet Laureate Hugh MacDonald is alert to how the marvelous reaches us through daily life. “You’ve had the experience…” he says, invitingly. “You walk to work the same way every day twelve days in a row – and the thirteenth day, the light comes in, and you experience something special.”

Hugh says, “I think of poetry as the little bursts of reaction to what’s
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Fitzgerald, Rowan

Fitzgerald, Rowan

Goodbye Mr. Fitz
Profile by Jane Ledwell

After 30 years as a junior-high instrumental music teacher, 22 of those years at Queen Charlotte, Rowan FitzGerald is retiring. “Mr. Fitz” is a consummate band teacher, so when he decided to retire to be a stay-at-home dad, he says “people were aghast.” But, he says, “It’s no contest. It’s a no-brainer.”

“Mr. Fitz” was my band teacher 25 years ago. Funny and
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Hennessey, Catherine

Hennessey, Catherine

The Good Fight
Profile by Jane Ledwell

Know it, love it, protect it” is the motto of Charlottetown heritage activist Catherine Hennessey. We speak by phone while she is on a West Coast holiday, so I’m missing the whirlwind of her presence, the interruptions of her many friends, and the opportunity to duck down chance alleys to see her favourite places. A walk with Catherine is a catalogue of what
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O’Brien, Catherine

O’Brien, Catherine

All Heart
Profile by Jane Ledwell

It seems the things I fear the most, I have to do,” says Catherine O’Brien, gamely. A nationally successful musical theatre performer, she is “absolutely apoplectic at auditions”—a fact that has not prevented her gaining roles in prestigious festivals across Canada, including the Charlottetown Festival, which brought her to PEI. Catherine arrived here in 2000 for
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Waddell, Jackie

Waddell, Jackie

All About Nature
Profile by Nina Linton

Standing on the snow-covered ground Jackie Waddell looks up, a delicate veil of afternoon sun drapes her in a soft light. Ageless trees tower above, their craggy limbs, outstretched, create a sinuous web overhead with pockets of blue peeking through the meandering branches. A self confessed lover of nature, Waddell is at home under the big sky.

The current
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Kwan, Hok

Kwan, Hok

The Concertmaster
Profile by Ann Thurlow

There’s a moment right before the PEI Symphony starts to play. As if on cue, the audience grows quiet. The orchestra members stop their last minute practice. Then, into the silence steps concertmaster Hok Kwan. The audience applauds, as is the custom. The oboe plays a single note. Section by section, Kwan makes sure all the instruments are in tune. Then, the
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What They Had

November 26–December 2
City Cinema PG, coarse language
Dir: Elizabeth Chomko, US, 101 min. Hilary S [ ... ]

Jimmy Rankin shows

November 22 at Trailside Café
November 23 at Harbourfront Theatre Jimmy Rankin's new Moving East (o [ ... ]

Sirens season

Women’s choral ensemble announces concerts for 2018–19 Select dates
Select locations Sirens is  [ ... ]

Recent News & Articles

Acadian showman

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

The St. Lawrence

The Cove Journal by JoDee Samuelson We lean against the rails as the Island slips by. Souris, Litt [ ... ]

The same mistakes

The Nature of PEI by Gary Schneider When I’m teaching the UPEI course on ecological forestry, I  [ ... ]