Confederation Centre of the Arts launches 50th

Journal Pioneer staff
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CHARLOTTETOWN – For many Canadians of all ages, Confederation Centre created a bounty of memories. The doors to the centre were first opened in 1964, and in the half-century that’s followed, a cross-section of cultural beacons, celebrities, politicians, and influencers have passed through the national memorial complex.

As a special 50th anniversary project, Confederation Centre has assembled a retrospective publication, entitled “The Centre for All Canadians.” The 200-page commemorative hard cover is a collection of stories and rich images that celebrate the history of the memorial to the Fathers of Confederation.

The publication includes a wealth of content contributed by 50 Canadians who have passed through the centre’s galleries, theatres, and concourse, including Adrienne Clarkson, Anne Murray, Jian Ghomeshi, Karen Kain, Barachois, Lionel Stevenson, Henry Purdy, and Jonathan Torrens. As well, celebrities like David Clayton Thomas, Walter Learning, and Gracie Finley and Glenda Landry shared their memories in short essays.

A book launch will take place in Confederation Centre’s Upper Foyer (Grafton Street side) on Wednesday, May 21, at 5 p.m. and is open to the general public. A number of contributors will be in attendance.

Harvey Sawler wrote and collected the content for “The Centre for All Canadians” and Kate Westphal of Graphic Detail handled the design for the book, which was published by the centre.

“The Centre for All Canadians" is available at the Showcase gift shop at the Centre, as well as in select shops across the Island.

 

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