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Parent, Rebecca

Parent, Rebecca

Dress Days
by Jane Ledwell

Rebecca Parent smooths her dress before sitting, a ritual she’s getting accustomed to. She is 15 days into “150 Days of Dresses,” which Rebecca and her creative co-conspirator Laurie Campbell have undertaken to promote What to Wear to the Birth of a Nation. They are co-creating, co-writing, co-producing, co-directing, and co-starring in this sesquicentennial two-woman
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Reddin, Peggy

Reddin, Peggy

Human Impulse
by Jane Ledwell

As a human race, we dance. It’s an impulse—a basic, natural impulse to move,” says Peggy Reddin. It has been several years since the dance umbrella co-founder’s role at Confederation Centre of the Arts flowered into a role as Director of Arts Education, also working with Holland College-Confederation Centre partnership School for Performing Arts (SOPA). Dance and
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MacDonald, David Cyrus

MacDonald, David Cyrus

Big Dreams
Profile by Jane Ledwell

I want the life of my dreams,” says David Cyrus MacDonald with world-embracing verve. “And I feel very fortunate that in many ways I do have that. I love being in my band (Paper Lions), having a creative outlet. I love making life on PEI better (with my sponsorship company, Confederation Entertainment).”

When we talk, David’s enthusiasm for life—and sense of its
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Dowling, Alan

Dowling, Alan

Difference Drummer
Profile by Jane Ledwell

Pick a month and play a game: How many listings in The Buzz include drummer Alan Dowling? “In the course of a year, I play with at least a dozen totally different groups,” he says. It’s a steady, hectic rhythm: “In a one-month period, I might do country, rock, jazz, blues, and drumline (marching drums). That might be a typical month.”

Alan loves variety.
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Cole, Laura

Cole, Laura

Many Facets
Profile by Jane Ledwell

In Ontario, what was one in a million here is one of a kind,” says Laura Cole of her chosen Island home, where she settled almost ten years ago first in Pinette and then in Charlottetown to pursue her passion for craft and creation.

“We came here to retire…someday,” she adds with a wry smile, in the busy studio/office where she creates glass-on-glass mosaic and
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Martin, Derek

Martin, Derek

Night Watchman
Profile by Jane Ledwell

I’ve had a lot of different jobs, and most of them feed into my work here in the cinema,” says City Cinema owner Derek Martin. “I’ve been a stage manager for theatre, and I know about making sure a show is running on time, managing a crowd. I’ve worked in a supermarket, so I know all the pop bottle labels should be facing out, and to check the best-before
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White, Nancy

White, Nancy

Thoroughly Island
Profile by Jane Ledwell

Visiting from Toronto, writer and singer-songwriter Nancy White calls herself a “lapsed Maritimer.” Nationally-known for wry wit in songs and musical political commentary, she adds self-deprecatingly, “You have to invent some phrases for yourself or else people will do it to you.”

The Island-born artist is on a fly-in trip to PEI to beach, visit friends,
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Sauvé, Jullia

Sauvé, Jullia

The Light Within
Profile by Jane Ledwell

Julia Sauvé has a “glow” about her, and it lights up in black light. The dancer, choreographer, and teacher is founder of Luminosity Black Light Theatre, the only black light performing company in the Maritimes. Julia is working with a cast ranging in ages from 10 to 16 to create The Mermaid and the Droplets at The Guild.

“With black light, you have a lot in
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