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Ebb & Flow: Tides of Settlement on P.E.I. to be presented weekly at the Carriage House July 11 to Aug. 22

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

Show creators and producers Laurie Murphy and Amanda Mark invite people of all ages to experience Ebb & Flow: Tides of Settlement on P.E.I., Saturdays, July 11 to Aug. 22, 8 p.m., in Charlottetown’s Beaconsfield Carriage House. 

“With fellow Island artists, Amanda and I are presenting original writing, music and storytelling along with photography, archive materials and film that together present a living poem,” Murphy says,

“It’s a snapshot of P.E.I.’s in and out-migration of settlers, from the indigenous Mi’kmaq to colonizers and from newcomers to refugees.”

The inaugural production of the show in 2019 was given a P.E.I. Museum & Heritage Foundation Heritage Recognition Award this past February.

Returning artists Tiffany Liu (pipa), Amanda Mark (vocals, flute, bass, tenor sax), Laurie Murphy (vocals, bodhran), Teresa Kuo (vocals) and Julie Pellissier-Lush (vocals, storyteller) welcome Haley Zavo (vocals, keyboard, acoustic guitar) and Vince the Messenger (vocals, percussion). 

Confirmed weekly artists include Victor Cal Y Mayor (opera singer, dancer) on July 11 and Dutch Thompson (author and storyteller, Bygone Days) on Aug. 15. Additional writing is by Margie Carmichael (a song titled Calling Johnny Home), Yvette Doucette (a poem titled All Fruits Ripe, Mama as recorded by Tamara Steele), Jason Kun (a short story titled Swamp Water about working at his parents’ restaurant, The Golden Wok, presented onstage by Teresa Kuo) and Emily Nasrallah (a passage from Flight Against Time, as recorded by her daughter, Mona Nasrallah). 

New, this year, animation will appear with each artist’s segment and provide transition between each piece. Kuo, who is also a professional video artist, has created original artwork that animates and helps tell the stories about settlement on P.E.I.  

New to the team in 2020 is Dylan Smith, a stage lighting and sound professional providing technical direction to the production.

Contributions to the production include historical expertise by Jim Hornby, Ed MacDonald (UPEI Department of History) and staff and curators at the P.E.I. Museum and Heritage Foundation, statistics by Jim Sentence (UPEI Department of Economics), select Guardian articles featuring newcomers to the Island by journalist Sally Cole and show photography by Mitsuki Mori and Brian McInnis. The show will be recorded for online audiences later in July by Pat Martell.


At a glance

  • Tickets for Ebb & Flow: Tides of Settlement on P.E.I. are $25 regular and $15 student/senior 65+/arts worker/unwaged. There is a limited number of 40 tickets available per show. To book, send an e-transfer to lauriemurphy@marram.ca.
  • The P.E.I. Museum and Heritage Foundation Beaconsfield Carriage House, at 2 King St., Charlottetown, is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible and has parking available nearby. The venue is cleaned and sanitized as per Health P.E.I. Phase Four regulations during COVID-19.
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