Sound­ing board

New sound sys­tem com­ing for Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre of the Arts

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre of the Arts, which has re­cently com­pleted up­grades to its main per­for­mance stage is set to re­place its aged sound sys­tem with new state-of-the-art au­dio equip­ment.

The cen­tre has pur­chased two ma­jor pieces of equip­ment to im­prove the qual­ity of the pro­duc­tions on stage and the pa­tron ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing a new dig­i­tal sound con­sole and a new PA sys­tem.

Fed­eral Fish­eries Min­is­ter Gail Shea joined Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre of the Arts staff and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Fathers of Con­fed­er­a­tion Build­ings Trust, which op­er­ates as Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre, to an­nounce fed­eral fund­ing for the pro­ject re­cently. The gov­ern­ment of Canada, through ACOA’s Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram, is con­tribut­ing $375,000 to­wards the pur­chase of new equip­ment.

“The Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre of the Arts is a part of our na­tional history and one of At­lantic Canada’s lead­ing tourism at­trac­tions,” Shea said. “This is why our gov­ern­ment is pleased to sup­port this pro­ject which will en­hance the great per­for­mances at the cen­tre, while pro­vid­ing last­ing in­fra­struc­ture that will ben­e­fit Is­lan­ders for years to come.”

The Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre of the Arts show­cases both Cana­dian per­form­ing and vis­ual arts and also stands as a na­tional me­mo­rial to the Fathers of Con­fed­er­a­tion. Opened in 1964, this com­plex com­mem­o­rates the 1864 Char­lot­te­town Con­fer­ence and the Found­ing Fathers of Con­fed­er­a­tion.

The cen­tre of­fers pro­gram­ming year-round, rang­ing from cabarets, choral mu­sic and lec­tures, to dance shows, theatre and live con­certs. It show­cases in­ter­na­tional, na­tional, re­gional, pro­vin­cial and lo­cal com­mu­nity tal­ents.

The fa­cil­ity is also home to the world’s long­est-run­ning an­nual mu­si­cal, “Anne of Green Gables - The Mu­si­cal”, a part of the Char­lot­te­town Fes­ti­val, which at­tracts spec­ta­tors from across the coun­try and around the world.

“This new equip­ment will pro­vide a tremen­dous com­ple­ment to the acous­tic and in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments made in re­cent years, and will en­hance the pa­tron ex­pe­ri­ence year-round for this Class-A per­for­mance space,” said Jessie In­man, Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre of the Arts CEO.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Jessie In­man, CEO of Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre of the Arts, is ex­cited about the new state-of-the-art au­dio equip­ment.

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