The winter months

Film, music and dance to kick off 2024 in Summerside

Heather Rankin

The Filmworks Summerside at Harbourfront season continues in January, with a screening of the acclaimed Canadian documentary Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe on January 8 at 7 pm, shining a spotlight on the legendary children’s entertainer Ernie Coombs. Tickets for Filmworks Summerside screenings can now be purchased in advance at harbourfronttheatre.com.

In February, the Theatre welcomes singer-songwriter Heather Rankin back to their stage with her forthcoming Atlantic Canada tour, Sounds of Cape Breton on February 15 at 7:30 pm. Showcasing a collection of songs and stories from her roots growing up in a musical family in Mabou, Rankin is sharing her culture internationally and continuing to strengthen her ties to the Gaelic language and heritage.

Coming in February and March are four of Canada’s most in-demand music and dance acts, which make up the winter Harbour Highlights series—work that is hand picked and curated by the Harbourfront team as a hallmark of quality and high artistic standard. These artists include Morgan Toney on February 15, Bboyizm: The Evolution of B-Boying on February 17, Guy Davis on February 28, and David Myles on March 10. Showtime is 7:30 pm for all Harbour Highlights series performances.

Music is an almost alchemical force to Canadian Mi’kmaq fiddler and singer Morgan Toney. In just a short amount of time, Toney has invigorated both the Atlantic music communities and Mi’kmaq communities by bringing together the fiery fiddling of Cape Breton Island with the old songs of the Mi’kmaq, some dating back to 500 years.

Bboyizm: The Evolution of B-Boying takes the audience from the 70s through the 80s and into the 90s with dramatic costume and music changes, building up to the dance form as it is practiced today. Yvon Soglo (B-boy Crazy Smooth) brings together some of the best street dancers in Canada to present an interactive show to amaze young audiences and adults alike, while educating them on the evolution of the dance.

Guy Davis is a two-time, back-to-back Grammy nominee for Best Traditional Blues, a musician, actor, author, and songwriter. Davis uses a blend of roots, blues, folk, rock, rap, spoken word, and world music to comment on, and address, the frustrations of social injustice, touching on historical events and common life struggles.

David Myles is a songwriter and performer, originally from New Brunswick. He has performed hundreds of shows both in Canada and beyond. Myles is a versatile artist who has collaborated with everyone from hip hop star Classified, to Grammy award-winning Alex Cuba, to classical diva Measha Bruggergosman.

Tickets can be booked online at harbourfronttheatre.com or by calling the box office at 888-2500 or visiting in-person during operating hours, 12–5 pm, Monday to Friday, at 124 Heather Moyse Drive, Summerside.