2016 Season is HERE
Festival of Small Halls June 12th – 25th 2016
With more than 50 performances over 14 days in June, in over 40 rural community halls, the PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls is a critically acclaimed traditional music, storytelling and dance festival that will have your toes tapping across the Island.
Recognized as an East Coast Music Award nominee for “Event of the Year” in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and winner of the Music PEI 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Event of the Year, the Festival mixes music and dance from PEI’s rich Irish, Scottish and Acadian cultures, along with the Island’s proud tradition of singer-songwriters and folk tales. Please visit http://www.smallhalls.com/ for venue and ticket information.
Vacation the Kids Took Over is back again
June 18th – July 15th and August 27th – September 2nd
Packages include four Vacation Passports with unlimited access to PEI National Park, Green Gables, Black Magic Indoor Blacklight Mini-Golf, Shining Waters Family Fun Park, Sandspit, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Wax World of the Stars, and Mariners Cove.
Cavendish Beach Music Festival
July 7th – 8th – 9th – 10th 2016
Summerside Lobster Carnival July 18th – 24th 2016
The partnership between the Shediac Lobster Festival and Summerside Lobster Festival will continue this year and see both Festivals sharing activities and support. One of the highlights of last year will be at the Festival again: the Kids Summer Fun Zone will feature Sandcastle Building and the ever popular LEGO Lobster zone. The themed days include Youth Talent day, Celtic Day, Acadian Day; Mi’Kmaq Cultural Day and DiverseCity Festival.
A partnership with the East Coast Music Association, Music PEI and Festival of Small Halls will feature a theme day offering performances by several Atlantic Canadian artists on the outdoor waterfront stage. The event will be book-ended by two world class sporting events: the 2nd annual Tri-Lobster triathlon (a world championship qualifying triathlon July 17) and Sandjam Summerside, a national beach volleyball tournament (July 22-24) on the Festival Grounds at Green’s Shore.
Visit http://summersidelobsterfest.com/ for a complete list of activities and times.
Panmure Pow Wow – August 19 -August 21, 2016
Old Home Week August 11th – 20th
The tradition of Old Home Week is as rich and varied as the events and activities that make up the week itself. It is filled with tradition and innovation and a love for the excitement, challenges, exchanging of ideas, and ties between friends and family.
World-class entertainment, an ever-more exciting midway and attractions are combined with the agricultural and family farm-based customs of years past, making Old Home Week one of the most anticipated events each year on Prince Edward Island.
The TD PEI Jazz and Blues Festival, now in its 12th season, features artists from across Canada performing a rousing series of affordable concerts and free street parties and workshops in historic downtown Charlottetown. Concerts and workshops take place in a variety of locations, from the big tent on the waterfront to an historic church and intimate clubs in the shadow of historic Province House, birthplace of Confederation. Listeners are treated to the best jazz and blues artists anywhere, in addition to a wide variety of other musical styles including soul, R&B, Latin, Indie pop and rock.
Visit http://www.jazzandblues.ca/ for full listing of festival activities.
Brackley Drive- In
Open for weekends until June 17th, then open all week long. You cannot miss seeing their giant screen, over 5 stories tall from the ground and 72 feet wide — truly the best way to see any movie! Many hours were put into the restoration to establish its 1950s theme. Step back into the 50s when you enter the canteen, showing off its vintage Coca-Cola machine, jukebox and 1950s Morris Miner car. Truly is an experience you don’t want to miss. Visit http://www.drivein.ca/home for movie listings and show times.
Ceilidhs Stanley Bridge W.I. Hall Monday – Saturday with all shows starting at 7:30pm, door opening at 7pm and just 5 mins drive away, this is a must for a musical evening.
Monday & Wednesday- Ross Family Ceilidh Last performance September 23rd
Tuesday – Leon Gallant and Friends
Thursday – Tom McSwiggan & Michael Perndergast Last performance Sept 24th
Friday – Leon Gallant and Friends
Saturday – Richard Wood Kitchen Party
Anne of Green Gables The Musical
is performing at Confederation Center of The Arts June 29th – August 27th 2016
For showtimes and ticket information please visit http://www.confederationcentre.com/en/show/2-Anne-of-Green-Gables-The-Musical
Now in its Guinness Record-setting 52nd season, the original Anne musical is a Canadian classic in every sense of the word. Based on L.M. Montgomery’s beloved novel, the musical adaptation of the story of an imaginative red-haired orphan searching for belonging is guaranteed to tug at heartstrings and tickle funny bones. The tradition continues this summer with PEI’s own Jessica Gallant as Anne Shirley, alongside a live orchestra and a thrilling cast of 23 Canadian triple threats.
Anne & Gilbert the Musical
is performing at The Guild Theatre in Charlottetown.
Please visit http://www.anneandgilbert.com/ for showtimes and ticket information.
Tuesday – Sundays until June 30th, 2016.
Sunday – Friday July 1st – August 31st
Monday – Saturday September 1st – October 18th
Harmony House – Island Summer Review July 8th – September 9th (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Weekly)
Harmony House, Hunter River – Featuring comedian Patrick Ledwell and musician Mark Haines, The Island Summer Review 4 will present another all-new show, geared to give Islanders, friends, and visitors a special night full of Island spirit. Shows will run three nights a week, each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night at 8:00pm.
Victoria Playhouse Festival – Great Entertainment with a series of Plays and Musical evenings through out the season
For information on tickets and show times please visit http://www.victoriaplayhouse.com/
June 24 – July 31 ♦ The Melville Boys by Norm Foster ♦ Classic Canadian Comedy
“The Melville Boys effortlessly weaves the comic and tragic.” – Variety.
It is late September. Owen and Lee Melville arrive at their uncle’s lakeside cabin for a weekend of relaxation, fishing, brotherly bonding and – on Owen’s part – a unsettling disclosure. However plans go astray with the unexpected arrival of two local sisters. Many beers, tear and laughs ensue as the weekend progresses. This upbeat, thoughtful comedy is the signature production of Canada’s most produced playwright.
Aug 6 – Sept 4 ♦ The (Post) Mistress by Tomson Highway ♦ The Little Musical with Big Secrets
“So endearing, so funny, and ultimately so heartbreaking” —The Chronicle Herald.
For thirty years, feisty Marie-Louise has worked at the post office in the fictional small town of Lovely, and through the letters she intimately handles, has come to know (and is willing to share) all the juicy gossip.
The (Post) Mistress is a one-woman musical tour de force – fun and flirty, and oh so Canadian!
September 9 – 16 ♦ Like Father, Like Son? Sorry ♦ Written & performed by Chris Gibbs
“It’s all fresh, it’s all funny, it’s presented with wit and style… Highly recommended” – Toronto Star.
Chris Gibbs opened for the sold out run of Stranger to Hard Work starring Cathy Jones last summer. Our patrons loved his stories, his clean and self-deprecating humour, and many asked to hear more from him. We listened! And Chris is coming back, with his own award winning show.
Like Father, Like Son? Sorry is a stand-up comedy show that playfully explores the fears, worries and surprises of being a new father, and the absolute terror of wanting to be a good one.
Like Father, Like Son? Sorry premiered at the 2009 Toronto Fringe Festival, where it won Patron’s Pick. It then played to sell-out houses at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, the 2010 Next Stage Theatre Festival, and later in the 2010 Uno Festival and at the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival. Then the show sold out and was held over at the Edmonton Fringe Festival. In 2011 the show garnered more rave reviews and sold-out audiences at the Calgary and Vancouver Fringe Festivals.
July 4th – Lion Bear Fox
July 11th – Lynn Miles
July 18th – Laura Smith with Kim Dunn
July 25th – Eastern Bells
August 8th – Ken Whiteley
August 15th – Dennis Ellsworth with Kim Dunn
August 22nd – Bumarang
August 29th – Gordie MacKeeman & his rhythm boys
Watermark Theatre is performing 2 fantastic plays this summer
Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward
Researching his new novel, Charles Condomine invites the implausible medium Madame Arcati to his house for a séance. Arcati unwittingly summons the ghost of Charles’ dead wife Elvira who soon makes a play to reclaim her husband, much to the chagrin of Charles’ new wife Ruth. One husband, two feuding wives and a whisper of mischief in the air – Noel Coward at his comedic best!
Performances July 2nd – August 27th
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
The Glass Menagerie became an instant and enduring hit when it appeared on Broadway in 1945, winning the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play and brought Tennessee Williams, until then an obscure young playwright, to prominence. In a cramped St Louis apartment in 1945 the regrets, hopes and frustrations of an abandoned family are revealed with the truth, humour, and compassion for which Tennessee Williams is renowned. Celebrated as one the greatest plays of the English-speaking world!
Performances July 8th – August 26th
Please visit www.watermarktheatre.com for show times and ticket purchases.
Seawalk Park Summer Concert Series – North Rustico