Upcoming Events – The College of Piping And Celtic Performing Arts of Canada
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Robbie Burns Fundraising Gala

Saturday, January 25th, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

The College of Piping Honours Robbie Burns at Fundraising Gala                                  

SUMMERSIDE – On Saturday, January 25, 2020, The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada will host a celebration of the life and works of Robbie Burns at their annual Robbie Burns Fundraising Gala.  This year, this special event will be hosted by Island Storyteller and humourist, Alan Buchanan (previously of The Four Tellers).  The College is excited to add a different dynamic to the event with Alan’s presence to guide attendees through this wonderful evening! 

The funds raised from this event will go towards the operational expenses of The College and directly supporting the operational mission statement of “Empowering students to realize their full potential through Celtic Performing Arts”.  There are step dancing, highland dancing, piping, drumming, fiddle, theatre arts, ballet, jazz, hip hop, acro, and art classes held every week as after school programs. In addition, The College of Piping has two competition pipe bands, a dance company and a theatre performance team.  As well, there are summer programs, weekend workshops, ceilidhs, competitions, concerts, theatrical performances and recitals throughout the year in our new Celtic Performing Arts Centre at The College, which opened its doors in 2018.

Students and faculty of The College are involved in the community on a very regular basis doing parades, as well as piping, drumming, dancing, and acting at events. Students also spend lots of time traveling throughout the year, competing against other pipe bands, highland and step dancers and theatre performance teams.  It’s an organization that students excel not only in Arts and Theatre but also within themselves. The programs foster personal growth and confidence and teach goal setting. With a new, state of the art theatre and recording studio, students can gain valuable performance experience both in front of the audience and behind the scenes.

The ninth annual Robbie Burns Fundraising Gala will take place at Credit Union Place starting at 6:30 pm featuring a Scottish Ceilidh with students and faculty performing traditional and contemporary choreographies.  Come enjoy the music of Robbie Burns along with piping, drumming, fiddling and dancing. A three course roast beef dinner, with haggis, will be served. Tickets are $100.00 per person with a $75.00 tax receipt being issued.  Tables will be set for 8 and will be elegantly decorated. A complimentary shuttle is offered from Charlottetown to Summerside (& return) for the event.   

Robbie Burns, born in Alloway, Ayrshire, in 1759 to William Burness, a poor tenant farmer, and Agnes Broun, Robert Burns was the eldest of seven. He spent his youth working his father’s farm, but in spite of his poverty he was extremely well read. At 15, Burns penned his first verse, “My Handsome Nell”, which was an ode to the other subjects that dominated his life, namely scotch and women.  Burns contributed songs to the likes of James Johnston’s “Scot’s Musical Museum” and George Thomson’s “Select Collection of Original Scottish Airs.” In all, more than 400 of Burns’ songs are still in existence. The last years of Burns’ life were devoted to penning great poetic masterpieces such as The Lea Rig, Tam O’Shanter and a Red, Red Rose. He died aged 37 of heart disease.  On the day of his burial, more than 10,000 people came to watch and pay their respects.  However, his popularity then was nothing compared to the heights it has reached since. 

On the anniversary of his birth, Scots both at home and abroad celebrate Robert Burns with a supper, where they address the haggis, enjoy music and dance and perhaps some whisky. A celebration which would undoubtedly make him proud. 

If you will be taking the shuttle, please make sure to add a complimentary shuttle ticket to your order (one for each person riding the shuttle, as shuttle seats are limited to 24 spots).

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Jimmy the Janitor’s
“The Crowd Will Be Roarin’ Tour”

Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

“OMG LAUGH! From the first How’s she goin’ by, Jimmy certainly did have the crowd roaring, what a treat on a wintry night” – Ontario Festival of Small Halls

“Listeners calling in to say it was awesome…..great job!! So many people trying to get tickets, maybe next time two shows!”– Big Country 93.1 Grand Prairie AB

 “What a great show! We were overwhelmed with inquiries and sales. The show was completely sold out.” – Geoff Keymer, General Manager King’s Theatre 

Comedian Jimmy the Janitor, one of Canada’s most popular comedy characters, is packing up his funniest new comedy and heading to the Celtic Performing Arts Centre in Summerside, Saturday February 1, 2020. This East Coast funny man has appeared on CBC Radio and Television, CTV, the Comedy Network, and has 11 comedy albums. He is also featured in “Jimmy Live”, his own nationally syndicated daily radio show in 80 radio markets across Canada. “Jimmy the Janitor” has sold out theatres and community halls from coast to coast.

The doors open at 6:30, show time is 7:30pm and this is hilarious good clean comedy for ages 14+.
Tickets for the February 1st show are $25.00 advance
$30 on the day of the show and available at the Box Office or at ticketpro.ca..

This will be one of the funniest shows you’ll see in 2020.

“Our audience loved Jimmy!! He had us laughing ‘til we cried!”

-Dryden Cultural Centre.

“Sandy Gillis (Jimmy the Janitor) a professional at the top of his game kept the audience in stitches with a two-act barrage of hilarious observations of life on the East Coast.” – Marshall Button, Capitol Theatre, Moncton NB


Diggin' Deep Roots - Music PEI

Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

Join us for an evening of traditional and modern roots music with Music PEI award nominees Blair Gaudet, Greg Bungay, Maureen Trainor, Inn Echo, and Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys. This show features a taste of traditional toe-tapping tunes, heart-warming stories, and earnest songwriting.

Hailing from “up west”, Blair Gaudet is a story-teller who spins songs about the Island fishery, relationships, and moonshine-making in his album Storytime.

Islanders used to hearing Greg Bungay playing in the band Boys in the Kitchen will have a chance to see Bungay perform songs from his solo album A Radical Departure.

In 2017, Maureen Trainor was PEI’s finalist in CBC’s Searchlight competition for Canada’s next great musical acts. Since then, she has been working on her debut album, Nothing But The Stars.

Inn Echo are four young players who blend Irish and Canadian traditional music with elements of jazz and indie. Expect to hear lively music from their self-titled debut album.

Led by fiddling wiz Gordie “Crazy Legs” MacKeeman, the roots quartet features all-star pickers and singers playing everything from down-home country to reckless rockabilly to intricate bluegrass. Their fourth and latest release is Dreamland.

For more information on Music PEI Week events, click on the link.

Credit Union Music PEI Week 2020



April 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950’s in this rollicking musical. Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as “Greased Lightnin’,” “It’s Raining on Prom Night,” “We Go Together” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley, that became the soundtrack of a generation. An eight-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals, along with innumerable school and community productions place Grease among the world’s most popular musicals. 

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Whiskey Jack – The Stories & Songs of Stompin’ Tom – Friday, May 8, 2020

Whiskey Jack is the one and only “officially licensed” musical group performing Stompin’ Tom Connors’ music and they will be appearing on the stage of the Celtic Performing Arts Centre at The College of Piping in Summerside on Friday, May 8, 2020.
“Whiskey Jack Nails Dad’s Music” – Tom Connors Jr.
The “Stories & Songs of Stompin’ Tom” concert can best be described as a personalized, behind-the-scenes portrait of Stompin’ Tom Connors, that includes a multimedia presentation of audio, video and photos from the band’s many years on the road with Tom.  The show features a carefully crafted blend of Connors’ greatest hits and some of the outrageous, yet true stories of Whiskey Jack’s experiences with Tom.  The band will also perform songs from the performers who inspired Tom and those he inspired.  This is a show that will entertain fans of all musical genres and guarantees that everyone will leave the theatre with a smile on their face!
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Highland Storm Summer 2020

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Highland Storm – Directed by Peter Gallant

Presented by The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada along with the Confederation Bridge:

This exhilarating evening of Celtic music and dance will captivate audiences with a stunning display of Highland and step dancers and breathtaking sounds of pipes and drums. Combined with haunting melodies of beautiful traditional songs and the consuming fire of the fiddle, you WILL be moved by this authentic experience. Prepare to sit tight and hold on. There’s a Storm coming!