Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Southern Kings Arts Council 2011 Memberships Are Now Due....

Hello to all of our Southern Kings Arts Council blog readers,

This post is both an invitation and a reminder.

1st, the invitation: We would like to let everyone know that this is a great time to become a member of the Southern Kings Arts Council. The new membership year began on April 01, 2011 and continues to March 31, 2012. As a member of the SKAC you are fully entitled to all of the rights and privileges that comes with membership. Of course the cost is a benefit as $5.00 is the total cost of a full years membership 

Just two other benefits are: As a council we receive funds to provide funding grants for artistic projects within our geographic coverage area and  we host guest speakers and presenters each month at our regular monthly meetings.

The SKAC can act as a networking venue within the community as well as a supporter of education and awareness events to promote arts and artists within the community.

2 nd, the reminder: We would like to remind all 2010 - 2011 members that the 2011 - 2012 memberships were due on April 01, 2011 and can now be paid.

Memberships can be paid to treasurer Gene Murphy. This can be done at the next regular meeting on April 19th in the Active Communities board room in Montague, or by contacting Gene at

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Note:  Don't forget the writers workshop this weekend in Montague.

Southern Kings Arts Council

Friday, April 8, 2011

Award-Winning Singer Songwriter Ashley Condon Guest At SKAC April Meeting

Ashley Condon

pic - (Photo Credit Mat Dunlap)  Former Murray Harbour North native Ashley Condon has returned to the Island, and now lives in Sturgeon.  The award-winning singer, songwriter and raconteur is guest speaker at the Southern Kings Arts Council meeting at 7:30 pm  Tuesday April 19, 2011  Admission is free.

Article Submission – ECMA Nominee Chats and Performs in Montague
Southern Kings Arts Council  583-2888

Fans of multi-talented Ashley Condon get a rare opportunity next week for a folksy evening of songs and stories at the 19 April meeting of Southern Kings Arts Council, in Montague.

This 29-year-old actress, songstress and storyteller grew up in Murray Harbour North , and displayed great potential during her years at Montague Regional High School.   Since then, she has released a demo EP of three songs, and the full-length CD “Come in From the Cold”, which won her a nomination for Nova Scotia’s Country Album of the Year last summer.  Her album, which contains a tribute to her mother, the late Betty Stuart, was nominated in the same category for this month’s East Coast Music Awards.

“The album was such a unique project” Ashley explained, “and couldn’t have been produced without the financial and moral support of dozens of investors and other friends here in Eastern Prince Edward Island’.  A second CD is in the works, and will reflect Ashley’s strength as a talented raconteur with a love for Island life.

“I moved back to the Island earlier this year”, she continued, “after several years in Ontario and Nova Scotia.  While I am grateful for the Fine Arts degree I earned in Toronto and the opportunity to live in Guelph and Halifax, another benefit was the appreciation this gave me for Island life when I returned to my roots.”

Ashley has just returned from a multi-week Ontario tour, and is an ECMA Showcase
Performer this week (1:30 pm, 14 April - Murphy Community Centre; 9:00 pm, 15 April - Fishbones; 5:30 pm, 16 April - Baba's Lounge; 10:45 pm, 16 April - The Alibi Lounge). Starting in June, she appears alongside Patrick Ledwell, Caroline Bernard, John Connolly and Mark Haines onstage at the MacKenzie Theatre six nights a week as part of the Charlottetown Festival program “Come All Ye”. 

 Southern Kings Arts Council is one of seven regional organizations supporting artists with Professional Development grants and working to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts on Prince Edward Island.  The public is invited to “meet our artists” at evening meetings held on the third Tuesday of each month, commencing at 7:30 pm in the main floor boardroom of Active Communities, Inc., Main Street, Montague. Admission is free.  For more information, contact SKAC President Fran Feher at 583-2888.