Charlottetown is a happening place in the Summer: The lush, tree-shaded streets are filled with visitors from all over the world, Victoria Row transforms into a pedestrian-only social and cultural melting pot where Islanders and visitors alike gather on sun-dappled patios to enjoy drinks or a meal while listening to live music, and Canada’s oldest and most renowned musical theatre scene kicks off!
Best know for what is now the longest-running musical in Canada—Anne of Green Gables—the Charlottetown Festival has featured an impressive lineup of over 70 original Canadian world premier productions since its establishment in 1965. If you have not yet seen the world famous Anne of Green Gables—the Musical, you will be relieved to know that it will be returning this year for its 49th season! The musical follows the escapades of Anne—a quirky, strong-willed orphan that has recently arrived on Prince Edward Island as she struggles to adapt to Island life and endear herself to her new community. The beautiful set design highlights the beauty of Prince Edward Island’s landscape, and the story line hits just the right balance between tenderness and humour.
If you have been to the Island before and are looking for something a little different the Confederation Centre of the Arts is also playing host to a number of other exciting shows including the world premiere of Evangeline—The Musical, Dear Johnny Deere, and the Confederation Centre Young Company’s, Les Feux Follets.
Evangeline is a sweeping story about the separation of two lovers: Evangeline and Gabriel, during the expulsion of the Acadians. Weaving together the complex history and rich culture of the Acadian, Maritime and Cajun cultures, Evangeline is a lively celebration of music, place, and the enduring power of collective memory, community and identity.
If you are a Fred Eaglesmith fan, Dear Johnny Deere is the musical for you! The story line explores the sacrifices and choices that Canadian families have to make in order to preserve their rural way of life. Set to Eaglesmith’s animated tunes, this musical will be a hit with audiences interested in learning more about farming as a way of life, and the impact that this calling has on family and community relationships.
Anne of Green Gables fans that are looking for more of their favourite heroine will be excited to hear that Anne & Gilbert will be showing at Charlottetown’s The Guild this summer! In this story Anne is taking her first steps as a woman, and finding the courage to love without losing herself. Full of the banter and play of young love, this musical also looks at the tension between following ones heart in love and fulfilling ones professional goals as an independent, modern woman.
If it is a sunny day in Charlottetown and you want to enjoy some music outside pick up a sandwich and take a walk over to the Confederation Centre of the Arts outdoor amphitheatre at noon. The Confederation Centre Young Company’s Les Feux Follets will be showcasing the colour and vibrancy of Canada’s cultural diversity through lively dance performances. This is a free performance you don’t want to miss.
To learn more about the vibrant music scene in Charlottetown visit www.DiscoverCharlottetown.com, and be sure to come back soon! In our next blog post we will share more details about the upcoming music and cultural festivals including the Big Red Music Festival, Canada Day Celebrations and Diversecity.