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For over 25 years, the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts has provided a world-class education to students within our community and around the world.

Building on the vision of our late founder Scott MacAulay, the College now enters into a new era of excellence. We have already raised initial funding of $2,700,000 and designed a modern facility that will provide new opportunities for enhanced learning, culture, and community.

The new Performing Arts Education Centre is equipped to facilitate the growing needs of students, faculty, and programming. Each space is carefully designed to invite hard work, inspire dedication and provide opportunity to o er more programming — and to more students — than ever before.

We invite you, our neighbors, to join us in a combined e ort of public, private and corporate partnership to make this project a reality. Let’s work together and empower generations to come. Let’s work together and build the Performing Arts and Education Centre.

Questions? Call us for more information.

Business Manager
The College of Piping and Performing Arts of Canada
619 Water Street East
Summerside, PEI C1N 4H8

Office: (902) 436-5377
Email: roger.downie@collegeofpiping.com


(All are welcome!)

Tuesday, November 27th 2018

at 5:00 pm in the Main Hall at

  The College of Piping

November 16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd & 24th, 2018


Fandango Musical Players present Sister Act this November at the College of Piping and Performing Arts.


This feel-good comedy smash hit based on the 1992 film will have audiences jumping to their feet. Featuring original music by Tony and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken, this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony awards, including Best Musical.


When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.

Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!


With a limited number of performances, tickets are available online or by calling the Box Office at The College of Piping and Performing Arts.




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Come Home to Us for Christmas

upcoming events at the

Celtic Performing Arts Centre

November 29th to December 16th


Purchase a Celebrate Season Pass!

See all 9 shows and save!

$180 all-inclusive price & $350 for two

Pass Excludes Spotlight Show Nutcracker



November 29th – Ledwell & Haines Christmas Special

November 30th – A Child’s Christmas with Michael Pendergast and the movie ‘The Polar Express’

December 1st – Noël  en Acadie

December 2nd – Vintage Christmas – Holiday Stories and Songs

December 4th – The Spirit of Christmas with Lennie Gallant & Fandango

December 6th – Sing-A-Long Sound of Music

December 7th – Christmas with the Ellis Family Band

December 8th – Matthew Byrne & Atlantic String Machine – A Classic Christmas

December 9th – Celtic Christmas featuring Patricia Murray,

the Gallant Family Band and special performances by

College of Piping instructors and students



 Keep scrolling down for all of the various Christmas shows!



Nov 29 – Ledwell & Haines Christmas Special – Curtain at 7:30pm – $30 all inclusive

On Thursday November 29, musician Mark Haines is getting together with comedian Patrick Ledwell, for a one-night-only Christmas Special at the College of Piping Celtic Performing Arts Centre, in Summerside. Patrick Ledwell will perform comedy and slideshows that explore a range of helpful seasonal topics, from the dangers of traditional Christmas candy, to pitfalls to avoid when re-gifting last year’s presents. Mark Haines will bring his multi-instrumental gifts to the stage, re-interpreting Christmas favourites on guitar, fiddle, and piano. Put it on your list for the end of November— it’ll get you right into the spirit of the season.




Nov 30 – A Child’s Christmas with Michael Pendergast & The Polar Express – Curtain time 6pm – $10 all inclusive

Michael Pendergast brings a lively blend of local and Maritime sounds to his shows and always provides lots of fun and shenanigans for the young and young at heart in the audience!  Following Michael’s performance the movie, “The Polar Express” will be shown.  In the movie, a young man embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express and learns about bravery, friendship and the spirit of Christmas.




Dec 1 – Noël en Acadie – Curtain time 7:30pm – $30 all inclusive

A glimpse into an Acadian kitchen party at Christmas time… Tunes, step-dancing, traditional songs, Christmas songs in French and English and beautiful carols played in harmony by the fiddlers.




 Dec 2 – Vintage Christmas – Holiday Stories and Songs – Curtain time 7:30pm – $20 all inclusive

This is a show filled with nostalgia as some of Marlene Campbell’s wonderful stories from her book will be read, along with musical interludes provided by Summerside’s Trinity Memorial Handbell Choir.   Marlene’s book will be available for sale and the author will be signing copies purchased at the show.  We are happy to be in partnership with Culture Summerside for this event!




Dec 4 – Spirit of Christmas with Lennie Gallant & Fandango – Curtain time 7:30pm – $30 all inclusive

Lennie Gallant will be performing along with Fandango Chorale Ensemble, some original songs with Christmas themes, such as The Inn Keeper, I Still Believe in Santa, and his newest recording, Christmas Day on Planet Earth that he recorded this summer with background vocals from the talented acappella band, Black Umfolosi, from Zimbabwe, along with other traditional favourites.  Lennie has also just released a new album Time Travel, from which some songs will be performed.  An evening not to be missed!



Dec 6 – Sing-a-Long-a ‘Sound of Music” – Curtain time 6pm – $20 all inclusive

Another event not to be missed and one that will no doubt become a seasonal tradition, much like the movie has, is the Sing-a-Long Sound of Music!  Each audience member will not only be singing-a-long to the movie with the words on the screen, but will receive a bag of props to bring out at the appropriate moments!  This will be an interactive evening of fun and laughs as well as singing your hearts out.  Feel free to dress up like your favourite character from the show…will there be best costume prizes?? You’ll have to buy a ticket to find out!!




Dec 7 – Christmas with The Ellis Family – Curtain time 7:30pm – $30 all inclusive


The Ellis Family Band have performed music since the 1970’s. The band consists of four brothers, Brian, Rick, Steve and Dave Ellis and long-time friend Greg MacDonald. They have enjoyed success with all 20 of their Nashville recorded single releases reaching the national country music charts. Their success garnered them an international recording contract offer in the 1980’s. Strong family roots and a love of their home province Prince Edward Island made them re-evaluate their musical goals and they decided to return to PEI.

The Ellis Family Band have talked about doing a Christmas show for many years. They are very excited to perform this first Christmas with The Ellis Family Band event at the beautiful new Celtic Performing Arts Centre in their home town of Summerside, PEI. The show will include some of their original hits and a number of the family’s favourite Christmas songs.



Dec 8 – Matthew Byrne & Atlantic String Machine – A Classic Christmas – Curtain time 7:30pm – $30 all inclusive

Matthew Byrne and the Atlantic String Machine are teaming up this Christmas for a beautiful evening of soaring melodies, with new holiday compositions and rich arrangements of Christmas classics. These two award-winning acts first crossed paths at the 2016 PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls where they discovered their mutual love of breathing new life into their respective genres. They are excited to combine their sounds for Christmas 2018 with a unique and memorable holiday concert.



December 9 – Celtic Christmas – Curtain time 7:30pm – $20 all inclusive

 The College of Piping is wrapping up ‘Celebrate the Season’ with Celtic Christmas.  This evening will feature the many talented instructors and students that teach and learn at The College of Piping & Celtic Performing Arts of Canada.  Patricia Murray, an alum of The College, will be performing some of her favourite songs both in English and Gaelic.  The Gallant Family will provide stunning musical orchestrations to play on their own, along with Patricia, and also with The College’s pipers, drummers, fiddlers, and dancers!