Review: Doubt

Second chances

The best and worst part of live theatre is how fleeting it all is. Every single performance is a one-time-only, one-of-a-kind entity all its own; and ...

Review: At the Dog Leg Turn of the Road

Out of the past

My late, great grandfather Charles MacDonald – family man, checkers champ, covert dog fancier – was a World War II combat veteran. I don’t remem...

Review: Punch Up

Underground Comedy

PEI’s fringe theatre imports often consist primarily of whatever lands in the Island Fringe Festival each summer; but new local company Desert Islan...

Review: The Shame of the Meek

The Shame of the Meek is a deceptively simple show, yet also oddly complex. It’s simple structurally and conceptually – it’s a show about unwed ...

Bee Funeral

Sandy McCarney

In fifth grade Crybaby and Almost- Boobs hoarded curios in a Kleenex box: hunks of rock shaped like pizza slices, gel pens’ worn-out tips. Crud....

The yeast family

The key ingredient in the brewing process

Last month we took a look at the brewing process and what a brewer does each brewday in order to create wort, the bittersweet liquid that brewers yeas...

Skull Kid and the Giants

The birth of Skull Kid and the Giants might be one of the most cliche ways a band comes together. It’s the-co-worker-group-of-friends saying “hey,...

The Cork & Barrel

One of a number of new openings in Bloomfield

I recently visited a new homebrew shop, a new bar and grill, a wholistic, fitness, yoga and health studio and revisited a newly renovated Asian shop. ...

A list of my faves

Summer is over and most of the seasonal restaurants are closed. It’s always a bittersweet time of year, so many seasonal places close, but we also h...

A tough journey

As November arrives on Prince Edward Island, we notice fewer and fewer bird species that are common throughout the summer and fall. The warblers tha...

Review: PEI Symphony Orchestra

Tumultuous tunes

On October 20th, the PEI Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Mark Shapiro, presented “The Gathering Storm,” a concert featuring J...

Marti Hopson

Finding a home

Marti Hopson of Wheatley River counts her role as president of the board for ACT (a community theatre), in its 25th anniversary year, as one of her fi...

First frost

The evening air had that distinctive feel of frost, and as the night hours crept by, the clear sky drew the earth’s heat into the starry heavens. ...

Hurricane Harry

We have a wood-sawing whirligig named Harry in the backyard. Harry takes it pretty easy most of the time, only rousing himself to saw a few boards dur...

Search for truth

Pages From the Book of Light: Photography by Paul Vreeland

Pages from the Book of Light, an exhibition of photography by Paul Vreeland, will be displayed in Memorial Hall of the Confederation Centre of the Art...

Trading Post

After nearly a six-year hiatus, Charlottetown-based band Trading Post is back in action and they’re ready to take things to the next level, but at t...

In the brewhouse

A brewer has a few key tasks they need to accomplish in a work day. Number one (forever and always) is clean! The cleanliness in a brewery is paramoun...

Gracie’s return

Supernatural sightings at Strathgartney Homestead

There’s a lot of history at Strathgartney Provincial Park. Strathgartney Homestead was once part of the large estate of Robert Bruce Stewart, named ...

Tanya Davis

Change of climate

“I don’t know exactly where I’m living right now,” Tanya Davis says when we meet during her artist residency with this town is small at Upstre...

my mother

Judy Gaudet

she survives and smiles no the hail has not struck there that danced and crashed our party and the sun has reappeared chased cumulus to blue sky ...

Takako

And Yet I Blame Hollywood

Living their dream

Ron Holley and Sandra McLure are “Timeless Tunes”

With a passion for music, a shared commitment to their communities, and personalities that come together like a pair of folded hands, Ron Holley and S...

Review: Singalong Jubilee

A Musical Tribute to the Canadian Phenomenon

For more than 10 years in the 1960s and early 1970s Canadians crowded around their television sets faithfully every week to watch Singalong Jubilee. T...

The coneflower

It seems as though I learn something new every day. A few years ago I was gifted with some cut-leaved (yellow) coneflower seed from plants growing in ...

Mom’s books

One visitor who passed through our lives this summer was a young chef with an interest in edible wild plants. I lent him Mom’s collection of books o...

The taste of sour

Beer sours are a trend at Island breweries

With the constant demand for unique beers, brewers are always looking to find a new spin. It’s been known for a long time that beer can become sour,...

Is anything more delectable?

Summer is flying by but there’s still plenty of time to get out there to enjoy the beach and eat on a patio. One of the best things to do following ...

Bren Simmers

Leaps of life

The first time poet and publisher Bren Simmers visited Prince Edward Island, she was on a cross-country road trip, “in a van that broke down in all ...

A Gift of Blueberries

Lobie Daughton

This secret place. This juice that blooms upon my lips, that coats my fingertips. This purple harvest that I search for on the briny bank beneat...

Review: Salt-Water Moon

Moonstruck

One sees certain plays repeatedly in the reviewing racket, especially classics, and the best of these hold up well. It’s partly a matter of pure, en...

Review: Ebb & Flow

Tides of Settlement on Prince Edward Island

Ebb and Flow: Tides of Settlement on Prince Edward Island is a multi-faceted multimedia multicultural presentation put together by Laurie Murphy and A...

Review: Mamma Mia!

When members of your audience hum the music to your show on their way into the theatre that’s a pretty good indication you may have a hit on your ha...

Review: Island Fringe Festival 2019

Fringe Oddities

Despite his oft-muted mug, your somber scribbler likes a fun time. The Island Fringe Festival’s literally random selection of plays tends to be hit-...

Review: Island Fringe Festival 2019

Fringe Femmes

The Island Fringe Festival’s selection of shows via random drawing tends to produce an eclectic mix, but this year’s slate yielded an interesting ...

Review: Island Fringe Festival 2019

Magic vs. Science

Fringe 2019 features productions that are deep, dark, moving, profound, thought-provoking, stunningly original and/or just plain bizarre. My second-fa...

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