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Celebrating 50 years since PM laid CCOA Cornerstone

August 26, 2013

Fifty years ago today Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson made front-page news in The Guardian on August 26, 1963 when he laid the cornerstone at Confederation Centre of the Arts and called for "Canadian Unity in Spirit of Compromise." It was former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker who first committed the federal investment to the project in the years leading up to 1963, a project which at the time may have seemed an unlikely addition to the Charlottetown cityscape. Fifty years later, in 2013, Confederation Centre continues to be a symbol of Canadian unity. Our former prime ministers had a great vision for Confederation Centre, and we like to think we have surpassed those expectations with our current culture and heritage programming.

While the province of P.E.I. is rolling out the red carpet for the sesquicentennial of The Charlottetown Conference in 2014, Confederation Centre of the Arts will be celebrating a milestone birthday of its own with special projects, looking both backward and forward.

The art gallery will feature an ambitious and relevant exhibit called Oh Canada, while another original Canadian musical will be presented on the main stage, and of course Anne of Green Gables - The MusicalTM reaches its 50th season at The Charlottetown Festival.

The 50-year old complex has stood the test of time, but as with any building, renovations are required over time; the renovations to the Homburg Theatre will continue in January 2014 with exciting improvements to the orchestra level seating.

Stay tuned for further birthday party announcements over the next months.

- Jessie Inman, CEO of Confederation Centre of the Arts