CHARLOTTETOWN – Confederation Centre of the Arts invites the public to share in a tribute of remembrance called “Unsung Heroes - Héros méconnus.”
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P.E.I. Acadian Songbird Angele Arsenault will be among the more than 100 performers coming together for the first ever “Unsung Heroes – Héros méconnus” tribute of remembrance on P.E.I.
Every year, on Remembrance Day, Canadian war heroes are honoured and remembered across the country. “But, all too often, it’s a selective memory. Many heroes from visible minorities remain, to this day, largely invisible,” notes a release from the Confederation Centre.
This year, for the first time in Charlottetown, the history, the bravery and accomplishments of these communities will be honoured at a remarkable gathering at the centre.
“Unsung Heroes – Héros méconnus” takes place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Homburg Theatre and brings together more than 100 musicians and performers of all ages, together raising their voices to celebrate the heroes who, until now, have gone largely unrecognized.
Tickets are complimentary for this event.
Along with the veterans traditionally celebrated on these occasions, “Unsung Heroes – Héros méconnus” will include spoken word artists, and special guests from the Mi’kmaq, Acadian, and African-Nova Scotian communities.
Performers include celebrated P.E.I. songbird, Angele Arsenault. Arsenault performed at the Juno Centre in France for National Acadian Day recently, singing a moving song using the words from Acadian soldiers who actually landed on Juno Beach during the Second World War.
Also performing will be Nova Scotia Poet Laureate, El Jones, reciting a piece on women and war; celebrated P.E.I. songwriter and guitarist Scott Parsons; the Confederation Singers and the Youth Chorus; the Cherry Brook Gospel Choir; and a number of young people from Maritime Acadian and Aboriginal communities.
During this performance a related art exhibit on the history of the M.S. St. Louis will also be on display in the Centre’s concourse. This German ocean liner was a refugee ship for more than 900 German Jews displaced during the Second World War, and was denied entry in Cuba, the U.S., and Canada.
“Unsung Heroes – Héros méconnus” takes place one night only – Tuesday – at Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown. Visit the box office or phone 566-1267 for your complimentary tickets.
Nova Scotia Poet Laureate, El Jones, reciting a spoken word piece on women and war at the 2012 “Unsung Heroes – Héros méconnus” tribute of remembrance – a piece she will present again in Charlottetown this year: http://youtu.be/ueDbIC2A0qc