Barenaked Ladies, Joel Plaskett, Susan Aglukark & more
Confederation Centre of the Arts
Confederation Centre has announced its lineup for the upcoming season of Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre.
The 2017–18 season begins on October 16 with major pop-rock icons, The Barenaked Ladies and their Canada 1-FIVE-0 TOUR, presented by the National Arts Centre. October 24 marks the return of Canadian troubadour Joel Plaskett, joining his father Bill Plaskett for a collaborative show in the Homburg Theatre to celebrate their duo album, Solidarity.
November has eleven shows. These include Liam Corcoran’s album release for Nevahland; the Island premiere of A Passage to Bollywood, a family musical experience; the return of Classic Albums LIVE with the prog-rock classic 2112 by Rush; a one-night-only musical comedy performance of Menopause the Musical, and a concert by Baroque music ensemble Tafelmusik.
The holiday season is busy in December with Tomato/Tomato’s A Maritime Christmas with special guests Heather Rankin and Dave Gunning. From December 14-16, Adam Brazier’s Holiday Spectacular variety show brings laughs, guest stars, dance and musical numbers, and sketches to the mainstage.
Throughout December, the Choral Music Programme—under the direction of Donald Fraser—presents three annual concerts, with Handel’s Messiah, Sing Noël, and Sing Along Messiah.
January will have indigenous artist Susan Aglukark as well as the return of Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT). TDT has produced an exceptional body of original Canadian choreography and had a major impact on the development of national dance audiences.
Other highlights in 2017 include Island artists The East Pointers, Dennis Ellsworth and Kinley Dowling, and The Atlantic String Machine. The Songwriters Series also returns with three acts from Canada’s East Coast: Old Man Luedecke, Hillsburn, and Fortunate Ones, each performing for one night only at The Mack. Classified makes a rare Charlottetown appearance on April 14, with an acoustic performance with guest artists entitled Classified and Friends.
The Centre’s own dance umbrella program culminates their 2017–18 instructional season with four public performances—musical theatre shows The Nifty Fifties and All the World’s A Stage in March and April at The Mack, and matinee and evening Annual Showcases, May 5 on the mainstage.