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Seniors Active Living Centre

Events continue at the Seniors Active Living Centre, Bell Aliant Centre, UPEI, Charlottetown: Novem [ ... ]

Livable Income

November 20 (International Children’s Day-UN) PEI Working Group for a Livable Income in partnershi [ ... ]

Mary’s Wedding

Dream Couple

Review by Sean McQuaid 

Dreams don’t always make sense. Take it from a guy who once spent most of a dream in a sing-along stock car rally teamed with Ray Charles and Anne Shirley (Ray was driving, naturally); but logical or not, true or not, dreams are often emotionally powerful. Sentimental and surreal, dream-spun drama Mary’s Wedding channels that power in spades. 

Penned
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Review: PEI Symphony Orchestra

On Fire

Review by Ivy Wigmore

On October 21, the PEI Symphony Orchestra blazed into its 51st season with a performance entitled “Exquisite Fires,” under the direction of conductor Mark Shapiro. We heard good news immediately: For the first time in many years, the PEISO is out of debt, and that means that those dedicated and wonderful musicians have gotten a much-deserved raise. Bravo!

“Exquisite,”
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The House of Martin Guerre

Review by Doug Gallant

In what had already been an extraordinary summer for the Charlottetown Festival, the producers of the Festival may well have saved the best for last.

The House of Martin Guerre, presented September 18 as a one-night-only staged concert, was absolutely brilliant, a powerful and emotionally stirring tale of love, loss, deception, betrayal and ultimately of sacrifice, played
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Métis Mutt

The power of words 

Review by Norah Pendergast

Justice is a basic human need, and for many Canadians, including people of Métis heritage, justice has been illusory since the birth of our nation. 

How does one find meaning in life without justice? Sheldon Elter embodies that quest for meaning in the auto biographical play, Métis Mutt, which demonstrates how claiming public space and
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The Island Summer Review

Rolling in the Isle 

Review by Sean McQuaid 

Your derelict diarist is a fraud, folks. Or I was until last Wednesday, anyway. Here I was masquerading as an alleged quasi-authority on PEI theatre when I’d never seen a Patrick Ledwell show. Feel free to hurl your newspaper across the room in disgust, or just scowl scornfully at your screen if you’re reading this electronically. Maybe shake
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Haunted Georgetown

Ghost Town 

Review by Sean McQuaid 

It’s Thursday night at the historic Kings Playhouse in Georgetown, PEI. An ornate black podium looms above the audience as swirling wisps of fog and the faint strains of eerie music fill the dimly lit air. Eventually, the stage lighting turns blood red as a cloaked, hooded figure appears like the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come. 

The apparition
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Stories from the Red Dirt Road

Women of Conviction

Review by Doug Gallant

If I’m driving through the country and my eyes fall on an abandoned house or a farm that has long since fallen into disarray I can’t help but wonder who might have lived there.

What kind of lives did they lead?

Was it place where people lived full, happy lives, a place where music and laughter were heard, or one where sadness dwelled and life was just a
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Myth of the Ostrich

Complex comedy

Review by Norah Pendergast

Perhaps the word ‘crisis’ should have more positive connotations, at least within a personal context. Directed by Islander, Charlotte Gowdy, Myth of the Ostrich, playfully illustrates the dysfunction caused by avoiding threatening realities. When branches of distortion are finally torn away in a painful pruning, a more fruitful existence is possible. That
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Some Upcoming Events

The Ennis Sisters

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

PEI Symphony Orchestra with guest David ...

November 25
Confederation Centre of the Arts Following the fiery season opener Exquisite Fires & [ ... ]

Wintertide Holiday Festival

November 24 & 25
Charlottetown Wintertide Holiday Festival begins November 23 with a Wintertide  [ ... ]

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  [ ... ]