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Alzheimer caregiver support

Alzheimer caregiver support groups are held in 3 locations across PEI. All are welcome to attend. T [ ... ]

Volunteer to do tax returns

Volunteers are needed at a free tax clinic to complete tax returns for eligible people in your commu [ ... ]

Fruitful pursuits

Island Fringe Festival:
Life as a Pomegranate

Review by Sean McQuaid 

Your nomadic natterer has lived in multiple small towns in multiple provinces. Shortly after moving to a remote northern Alberta village years ago, I was introducing myself to one of the locals during a supply run to High Prairie. Asked what I did for a living, I alluded briefly to my checkered past in the arts, academics
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Nothing more than...

Island Fringe Festival:
Feelings

Review by Sean McQuaid 

Your subdued scribbler tends to be none too outwardly emotional, so perhaps it's no surprise I had trouble relating to a play called Feelings. Deemed a "semi-autobiographical" show by authors/actors Emile Beauchemin and Bill Black, it's a dramatic comedy in which these two young Quebec thespians analyze their friendship, their theatrical
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Étrange carnaval

Island Fringe Festival:
Un Glitch Absurde

Review by Sean McQuaid 

Your Precambrian prattler had Browning on the brain during this show. The director of 1931's seminal original Dracula flick, Tod Browning spent years working in carnivals, circuses and vaudeville before breaking into the movies, where his films repeatedly mined outsider themes in general and Browning's sideshow past in
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Breaking Bard

Island Fringe Festival:
A Better Play Than Hamlet 

Review by Sean McQuaid 

As a longtime admirer of both literary icon William Shakespeare and accomplished funnyman Lorne Elliot, your crumbling chronicler was eager to sample Elliot’s new Shakespeare-inspired comedy despite its ominously hubristic title: A Better Play Than Hamlet

Perhaps the most celebrated and highly anticipated
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A Tale of Two Dances

Island Fringe Festival:
Ceilidh on the Coast and Hikari

Review by Sean McQuaid

Your torpid typist danced in his prehistoric preteen days. Trained in tap but lacking the terpsichorean drive to stick with it, I ultimately evolved into an eerily lifelike adult with the nimble grace of a woolly mammoth, post-tar pit. Retaining a fondness for footwork regardless, I was intrigued to see two different
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Rocket mania

Island Fringe Festival:
It's a Spaceship Now

Review by Sean McQuaid 

Your weary wordsmith managed to see all eight Island Fringe Festival shows this year, but I only saw one of them twice: It’s a Spaceship Now, a delightful one-man comedy written by and starring Rhode Island performer Stuart Wilson. 

It's a show with technical issues, in more ways than one. The play includes recorded
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Lovely Stories

The (Post) Mistress

Review by Jane Ledwell

“You see how these letters enter my heart!” laughingly laments post-mistress Marie-Louise Faucon, played by Martha Irving. The one-woman musical The (Post) Mistress by Tomson Highway is playing at the Victoria Playhouse where the audience can, indeed, see precisely how letters enter the small-town Ontario postmistresses’ heart and life, in a visually and
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The Island Summer Review 4

Review by Darcy Cudmore

P.E.I. funny men Patrick Ledwell and Mark Haines are back for another year of their Island Summer Review at the Harmony House Theatre in Hunter River.

One Thursday night I gathered among the visitors (or ‘come from awayers’ as Ledwells calls them early on in the show) and Islanders to take in the great mix of comedy and music that Ledwell and Haines have put together for
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Rumors

Harbourfront Players March 1–2 & 8–10 
Harbourfront Theatre The Harbourfront Players p [ ... ]

Bluegrass at the Carriage House

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

Make a contribution

Confederation Centre exhibition encourages contributions to University of Baghdad Library Until Jan [ ... ]

Recent News & Articles

Music PEI Canadian Songwriter Challenge

In partnership with ECMA 2019 Music PEI and ECMA 2019 have announced a partnership bringing togethe [ ... ]

The facilitator

Profile: Steve Bellamy by Jane Ledwell “Arts are ways into emotions. Arts are where we connect, [ ... ]

A gift of Island poetry: John MacKenzie

The Feet of Blue Herons If you happen to live in another town,
Or country, or even galaxy
As dim and  [ ... ]