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Speak–Easy Toastmasters

Speak–Easy Toastmasters meet the first and third Wednesday of the month from 6:00–8:15 pm a [ ... ]

Be an In-School Mentor

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

Here and Away on Air Canada Flights

Here and Away on Air Canada Flights
Andrew MacCormack film selected for enRoute Film Festival

Prince Edward Island born filmmaker Andrew MacCormack’s latest short film Here and Away will be playing on all Air Canada flights worldwide during the month of November 2013 as a part of the enRoute Film Festival.

MacCormack, who is now a freelance filmmaker in Halifax, shot half of the story on PEI and the other half in Shanghai, China.

The Sound of a Movie

The Sound of a Movie
Luke MacDonald finds work as sound recordist

The Canadian feature film The Oxbow Cure was shown at City Cinema in October, and, if you are one of those people who stay in your seats and watch the credits roll, you might have noticed the name Luke MacDonald—credited with the sound recording for the film.

Luke is from Cymbria, PEI, now living in Toronto, and he dropped by The Buzz office recently to

Night Watchman

Night Watchman
Profile: Derek Martin

by Jane Ledwell

I’ve had a lot of different jobs, and most of them feed into my work here in the cinema,” says City Cinema owner Derek Martin. “I’ve been a stage manager for theatre, and I know about making sure a show is running on time, managing a crowd. I’ve worked in a supermarket, so I know all the pop bottle labels should be facing out, and to check the best-before

City Cinema @ 20

City Cinema @ 20

by Dave Stewart

There are places and people that we sometimes take for granted in PEI. These mainstays create a backdrop to our day-to-day, enhance our quality of life here, and gently influence us whether we interact regularly with them or not.

Without a doubt, City Cinema falls into this category, providing Islanders with the opportunity to see culturally significant movies onscreen while also

I’d Like To Thank The Academy...

by Derek Martin

On September 28, 1993, City Cinema screened its first movie for the public, Strictly Ballroom. Fast-forward some 1, 700 movies and it’s our 20th anniversary! Check our listings for some special events. We’ll be reprising Food & Film with the appropriately named Haute Cuisine—see the movie, then enjoy a meal based on the film. For some fun around Halloween we’ll have The Movie

I Remember the Time…

I Remember the Time…
Some favourite memories from friends of City Cinema

The Wedding

It was almost ten years ago. I was selling tickets at the cinema when he turned the corner, faced me and said cheerfully “Hey I know you!” He was standing with a cute redhead, (I had spotted the two of them a month earlier and thought to myself “damn shame he’s taken.”) At this meeting though, he saw me and despite my announcement

Top of the Lists

Derek Martin researches the City Cinema archives

by Derek Martin

Our Top 20 Films by Attendance

I love documentaries but they drive me crazy—they are the most unpredictable genre to program. The hugely entertaining Academy Award winner Man On Wire was one of the most acclaimed films of its year. It is still the second-highest rated film (of any type) on Rotten Tomatoes. Yet it ranks 1,446 on our

Going to the Movies

The Other Notebook
by David Helwig

I don’t know when I saw my first movie. I only know it was when I lived in Toronto in the 1940s. What I do know is that not long after my tenth birthday we moved to a small town which had a movie theater only one block away from our house. I was too young to be allowed into night movies alone, but I soon became an addict of the Saturday matinees—the Bowery Boys,

Islanders at Atlantic Film Festival

Islanders at Atlantic Film Festival
Short films by Harmony Wagner, Jeremy Larter, Millefiore Clarkes selected for Showcase

PEI is being well represented at the Atlantic Film Festival which runs September 12–19 in Halifax, NS. Harmony Wagner’s short dramatic film The Queen of the Crows, Jason Arsenault and Jeremy Larter’s documentary The Crow Agenda, and Millefiore Clarkes’ documentary Island Green are all screening in the Atlantic

Sap to Syrup

Director Marlowe Wood

Sap to Syrup a recent documentary on the maple syrup production process was a semi-finalist at the 2013 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival.

“Many Canadians don’t know how maple syrup is made,” said Marlowe Wood, PEI resident and director of Sap to Syrup. “We produced Sap to Syrup so people could see how they can get involved in making maple syrup, and how the

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Raised on TV #3

February 15 & 16
The Guild Now in its third season, Raised on Television (RoTV3) is taking a loo [ ... ]

Bluegrass at the Carriage House

February 3
Beaconsfield Carriage House Janet McGarry and Wildwood, a favourite PEI band, will be fea [ ... ]


Harbourfront Players March 1–2 & 8–10 
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Music PEI Canadian Songwriter Challenge

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