Don’t Pray For Haiti

By: Obinna Esomchukwu

In our world today, we are constantly bombarded with new information from social media platforms, television, and radio stations. This barrage of data can be very overwhelming. So, in order to cope, we resign the task of processing this enormous information to various agencies like media outlets. Such agents are therefore not only responsible for how we separate the consequential from the trivial, but also determine which issues hold precedence, and hence are able to shape popular opinion around those topics. Essentially, they determine to a reasonable extent, our perception of any occurrence.

A few weeks ago, hurricane Matthew ravaged some countries in the Caribbean. According to the Saffir-Simpson scale, this hurricane was a category four storm, which is the second most powerful type of hurricane. While there is not a definitive number of lives lost, The Telegraph reported a death toll of over 842 in Haiti. Anything that stood in the path of the hurricane came down crumbling. Businesses, churches, houses, roads, and schools fell face down leaving the people of Haiti to lay in the rubble of the life they once had.  

Although major news outlets provided up-to-speed reports on the havoc reigned by the hurricane, it seemed the reaction of many especially on social media, was at best equanimous and worst inhumane. This apathy surely exacerbated what was already a painful experience.

Many of us could not travel to Haiti to express our sympathy and compassion. Just like we could not travel to France, to mourn those who lost their lives in the 2015 terrorist attack in Paris. But, we had the option to extend the same love and compassion.  

Permit me to use the Paris attack in 2015, as an example again. After the killings in France, there was a profound sense mourning around the world. Once more we were reminded of the caprice of life and how the malevolence of a few threatened our safety.

However, instead of responding with fear, people responded with courage. Most people took to various social media platforms to encourage the people of France by using hashtags, “Pray for Paris” and other tags, to show solidarity with the French. Even some of my friends who could not point out France on a map adorned their Facebook profile picture with the blue, white and red tricolor band.

The show of support was facilitated by a number of factors namely; incessant Facebook prompts to show solidarity by adding the French national flag to your profile picture, endless runs and reruns of the various political leaders extending their condolence to France, and extensive coverage and update by every media outlet.  At this juncture, I should point out, that I do not hold anything against those who changed their profile picture and I also believe that the tragedy in Paris had a fitting amount of media coverage. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the tragedy in Haiti.

Some people, especially those who were personally affected by the hurricane have pointed an accusing finger at Facebook. Their dissatisfaction stems from the apparent disparity in the way Facebook and other media outlets handled this disaster. They claim that if Facebook had applied the same measures it did after the attack in France to the situation in Haiti, Perhaps much more people would have been aware of the extent of damage caused and the Hurricane. And thus, show their support to the affected people.

Considering that Facebook has over 1.7 billion active users, I believe they make a good case. I want to note, however, that it is our responsibility as human beings to share the pain experienced by others and in cases where possible seek to ameliorate their situation. Therefore, we cannot rely on a biased media or some computer programmers to determine what issues should hold precedence. We ought to consciously decide which issues get our attention. Alternative media and independent news sources are great places to start.  

Finally, the people of Haiti are hurting. We must not only remember them in our prayers, but      

actively support them as they move forward to rebuild their nation.

Why Are You So Mad?

By: Zach Geldert

Have you ever read a political news article online (or seen the link to a news article on Facebook) and scrolled down to the comments section? If you scroll down, you will notice the astounding amount of unfounded claims, childish name calling, bigoted views, and other nonsense that makes you shake your head and ask “why do people waste their time writing this garbage?”.

In my opinion, there is nothing to be gained from reading, let alone writing a comment about anything on the Internet. What is to be gained from arguing over an opinion with some stranger on the Internet? Some people may reach for a free speech quote, maybe some think they can actually change a stranger’s opinion. Let us examine each of these scenarios and paradoxically form an opinion about people who form opinions in comment sections on the Internet, and why they are wasting their time. Also note that I will be referring largely to Canadian examples because the American situation deserves about two dozen Ph. D. theses worth of analysis, not a 700-word opinion piece.  

First of all, the people who appeal to the old mantra “I am exercising my freedom of speech!!!” need a reality check. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982) protects you against government censorship and punishment for having and expressing your beliefs. However, all you racist, sexist, and general bigots beware! The government also has the ability to spew hate-speech, or if it “frustrates the pursuit of truth, the participation of a community, or individual self-fulfillment and human flourishing” (see R. v. Keegstra or the Charter if you have literally nothing else to do, they’re both boring). So, now that there is an understanding as to what freedom of expression actually means, I am extremely curious as to when the last time these “commenters” have felt that their ability to speak freely was jeopardized. After all, that must be the only reason that they feel the need to appeal to their “I’m exercising my freedom of speech” excuse, right? Has the government suddenly begun a crack down on writers of opinions? Is this the last opinion I will ever write? If it is, I’d best work quickly and move on to explain why ‘commenters’ should really stop trying to change peoples’ opinions online.
I don’t even think I need to write a paragraph here because if you have made it this far through my opinion you are at least capable of reading at a grade 4 level, and any 4th-grade student can understand and answer the following scenario/question. Bob and Jo were on the playground, playing and doing whatever kids do. Bob becomes smitten with Jo so, being the super cool and suave 10-year-old that he is, Bob walks up to Jo and says “hey…my favorite color is blue”. Jo responds “that’s nice, mine is red”. Bob becomes furious that his future wife does not like the same color as him and begins to yell at Jo, calling her names and generally attacking her opinion while not considering why she likes what she does. Jo responds similarly. The goal for each person is to convince the other to like their favorite color. Question, will this work? Survey says…NOPE. Now imagine that exact same scenario, only this time happening online and concerning politics. Survey still says that this will not work. The people doing the online ‘shouting’ are like Donald Trump, all they do is try and spew attack after attack, with little fact, in an effort to shout down any opposition, without considering the opposing side’s views (note: Donald Trump is just an example and I am fully aware that all sides of the political spectrum have people who engage in this sort of behaviour. However, most of these people are keyboard warriors who don’t have a shot at becoming President).

I feel that it fairly clear that Internet comment sections contribute nothing to our society. They are simply vessels of hatred, racism, shouting matches, senseless spewing of “facts”, and bigotry. If you don’t believe me, I invite you to read any comments section of virtually any online news source. A well-written news article quickly devolves past the last period and there is no turning back. I would be welcoming of comments sections if they didn’t contain any of the aforementioned materials. Alas, it is not to be. That being said, I am not disenchanted about debating political (or any) news stories. But please, Cadre readers, do not waste your precious time (like you have any free time already) writing comments (even good ones) because you will simply become a victim of the snarling weasels on the Internet. Instead, write to the Cadre! We can publish your opinion as an article! It allows you more space to form your arguments in a proper way and freedom from the vile cesspool that is comment sections. Finally, please note that I am aware that this opinion piece is somewhat hypocritical and paradoxical. However, I have tried to form it in such a way that represents my emotions while remaining factual or flat out identifying my speculation as such, and without writing any bigoted, sexist, or racist comments (because we don’t live in the 1400’s anymore eh). Ugh.

International Relations Office: Bi-weekly Buddy

This semester the Buddy Program is trying out a new concept called the Bi-Weekly Buddy. This Bi-Weekly Buddy program will recognize a pair of “buddies” who have done extraordinary work in the weeks before. Hammad Ahmed the coordinator, selects the Bi-Weekly buddy pair for the quality and quantity of time they spend with their buddy which is tracked through an attendance sheet that they fill in. We present to you Sabrina and Cassandra!

The Cadre Recommends: Nap Zones On Campus

By: Morin Mawhinney

With so much controversy in the world, it’s refreshing when we can all agree on something and today, that something is taking a nap. Whether you’re exhausted emotionally, physically or spiritually, a nap will cure you. If that nap has to happen at school,  it’s fine, we’re not judging. In fact, we concur. So to make make your nappuccino (cappuccino followed by nap) as reviving as possible, I asked the world wide web where the best places to nap on campus are. To prove how seriously I take my work, I even tried them out and rated them for posterity. As I did so I took into account the level of noise, the brightness of light, the amount of privacy, the quality of comfort, and the amount of time acceptable to stay. So enjoy, exhausted students of UPEI, it’s my honor to serve you in such a way.


  • The Dawson Lounge


Recommended by Erin, Kali and Nathan

As the most recommended Nap Destination on campus, it made sense to make Dawson Lounge my first stop. Further, after the four flights of stairs I had to climb to reach the fifth floor of main building, I was definitely ready for a nap. Nuzzled at the end of a hallway, Dawson Lounge invites you in with a waft fresh, peaceful, non-judgemental air, while the chairs call to your with their neutral, calming, earth toned, plushy cushions. Although the Dawson Lounge is brightly lit, the light streams in from large windows giving the brightness a comforting rather than invasive feel. There’s nothing like watching rain drip calmly down a large window to ease your anxiety and help you drift into slumber. Depending on the number of people in the room, the Dawson Lounge offers privacy and peaceful silence. However, since the silence really is dependent on what happens in and around the Dawson Lounge, I would recommend headphones so as to not be startled by any unexpected noises that might occur. If the sound of music prohibits your ability to fall asleep, they are completely optional. Overall, I would give the Dawson Lounge a 4-star rating; a very lovely place to recover from stress.



  • Library: Quiet Section Sunroom


Recommended by Alexandra

What the library has to offer is everything! There is peace, there is quiet, there are big comfy chairs that engulf you into a little cave of joyful comfort. It is a welcoming space where everyone just agrees not to talk because school is really hard so no headphones required. Even with people there, the sunroom is three steps down from the main level so there is a distinct feeling of privacy and separation from the working world. One drawback, however, is that the chairs are not large enough to stretch out fully, so this space would work best for sleepers who like curling up like cats (i.e me). One final note, since this is the library, you must consider the appropriate amount of time you can spend napping there. I would give it around 30-45 minutes before you either move spots, or find something to do. As my personal favourite, I give the library sunroom 4 ½ stars.



  • Library: Under a table in a study room


Recommended by Kathleen

Yes it is quiet, but you will experience the creepiest and most anxiety filled silence here! Maybe it would’ve helped if I actually booked the room, but the fear of someone walking in and finding me lying under a table as well as staring bleakly at the packages of chewed gum stuck underneath it made it near impossible to get some shut eye. I don’t think I even need to explain that concrete is not a comfortable surface, especially when it smells like feet, moldy snacks, and death. This Nap Destination is for the truly desperate!  In order to enjoy this, you cannot care at all. I would give this recommendation 1-star for the lighting situation. Being under the table blocked out the light nicely. For the truly brave, you could shut the lights off entirely, but be ready to scare the living daylights out of whoever flicks the switch and finds a pair of limp looking feet peeking out from under the table. They’ll probably think you got murdered, so get ready for the screams and let me tell you, those are not conducive for a slumber-filled atmosphere.



  • McDougall Hall


Recommended by Erin, Nathan and Zach

McDougall Hall is a big building, so this was a bit of a vague recommendation. I decided on the space upstairs, walked straight to the end and turned right. It’s the very corner…the dark, secluded corner. At first, I had some doubts. I could hear a class raging on behind the door closest to me, which made sleeping difficult. In addition to that, the open concept of McDougall Hall allows you to hear pretty much everything that happens throughout the entire building. However, my skepticism soon melted away. By putting in headphones, one can easily create a noise equilibrium, making it easier to drift off. What’s more, the couch/chair hybrids that furnish Mcdougall Hall are long and come conveniently with pillows, allowing for the most bed like atmosphere of all. In fact, the secluded and sheltered area I was in almost made me feel like I was a house guest, taking a lovely afternoon siesta. McDougall Hall gets a 3 ½ stars for napping purposes.

If I’ve missed any perfect nap destinations, please let us know. Email me at 

A Classic Show: Little Shop of Horrors

By: Rob Thomson

Here’s a Halloween treat for the Island: Little Shop of Horrors plays over the end-of-October weekend, staged by ACT (a community theater) in the grand new Florence Simmons Performance Hall.

This is the story — told with music and action-drama — of the little flower shop where a plant which appeared during a solar eclipse changes lives … and indeed the world!  It’s a sci-fi horror story, just the thing for Halloween, but one that is (mostly) a tongue-in-cheek spoof. It’s a comedy, a good show for a family to have fun at.  (There is a bit of strong language and themes, so let’s consider it PG-10.)  And would you believe it’s a love story?

The Little Shop musical was created by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman — the duo famed for The Little MermaidBeauty and the Beast and Aladdin.  It won the Best Musical award and became the third longest running off-Broadway show of all time.  A movie adaptation starred Rick Moranis and Steve Martin.  Performances continue all over North America.  This is a very popular show, and now it’s in Charlottetown!

It’s a classic premise — Seymour the nerdy clerk makes a deal with the devil. Mr. Mushnik’s grubby flower shop blossoms; the sadistic dentist Orin gets his reward; naive Audrey finds love; and Seymour becomes a hero … while ‘Audrey II’, the mystery plant, grows its blood-thirsty way into a monster bent on world domination.

This production has 30 on-stage performers.  The pit band plays infectiously catchy music that ranges from rock-and-roll and doo-wop to touching ballad, and the smart lyrics carry the story.  There’s great dancing by the full company and particularly by the trio of street girls who link the scenes with a sort of Greek chorus commentary.

ACT’s creative team is led by director Peter Krauskopf, who staged so many of Colonel Gray’s hit musicals.  Music direction is by Rowan Fitzgerald and Owen Aylward. The choreographer is Morgan Wagner, and Pam Jewell is the lead costumier.

The star of the show is Audrey II, the plant with attitude and appetite.  She/He/It grows from a coffee can to a two-metre monster that can actually devour people on-stage.  This is the remarkable creation of Deb Erb of Woodstock, Ontario.  Alongside her daughter, she built the four puppets over several months in her home and then in the back of a theater in Windsor.  Those puppets are astonishing — a rainbow-coloured Venus Flytrap with a visual personality which develops from cuddly to voracious.  “The other actors are really good,” says producer Rob Thomson, “but Audrey II will steal the show.”

Little Shop is not entirely comic sci-fi.  There are strands of lessons-in-life commentary here which give the show depth.  Life is a dull grind for many: these characters are stuck on Skid Row in the drab rut of poverty, pointlessness, and non-opportunity.  They ‘know’ they are ‘losers’: they have zero confidence or expectations.  That lack of self-esteem leaves them open to bullying and abuse.  And then there’s the Faustian sell-your-soul theme: what would we do, how far are we willing to go to get success and the good life?  For Seymour, it’s a bloody awful decision!

Little Shop of Horrors plays October 27th to 30th … Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (7:30), plus matinees (2:30) on Saturday and Sunday.  This is the first staging of a major theater production in the wonderful new Florence Simmons Performance Hall of Holland College’s downtown campus, and the Hall has provided significant support.  A bar service will be offered at the evening performances.  A special feature of the Saturday and Sunday performances: a candy treat for audience members who come in a Hallowe’en costume (but no mask).

Tickets are $28 and $25 (for seniors, students, limited income).  The purchase can be made online at  There is no HST charge.  A portion of the price is contributed to Holland College’s Florence Simmons Scholarship fund. Some tickets may be available at the door (if there is not a sell-out).


Quite the Boo Boo: What You Should Not Be For Halloween

By: Iain Burhoe

It’s that time of year when the leaves start to fall and the days get progressively colder. People go out in flocks to get their sought-after pumpkin spiced lattes, visit corn mazes, and just take in the time that is fall. A lot of people are gearing up for Halloween when all the young ones get dressed up to go collect candy, and the older generation gets dressed to get drunk. While it’s fun to dress up and enjoy yourself with your friends in your costumes, you need to think smart about what you should be. Make one wrong choice and the whole world will know that you are lacking in the social etiquette department. If you are still deciding whether or not your costume will offend most of the general public, here are some guarantees for something you should not dress as.

Culturally Insensitive

You’ve seen the costumes, the ones where you can become an Indian, Mexican, Chinese, or any visible minority. All these costumes are in bad taste and are meant to portray these cultures in a humorous and comical way. It may seem fun to put on that sombrero, or even wear a hijab, but think of how many people live the life that you are mocking. Every day these people face scrutiny for their culture and your mocking of what is considered normal to them is not helping their case. We are all trying to be more proactive in this day and age, so let’s make an attempt at ending these hateful stereotypes.

Too Extreme

Every now and again, you get these costumes that scream hatred, that makes every step for change and equality fall short. The best way to derail the holiday spirit is to dress in something controversial. People honestly don’t want to see that. To make fun of events such as the Holocaust by dressing as Hitler or Anne Frank is extremely offensive to the survivors that went through that. Making light of disorders such as self-harm or anorexia makes these serious mental conditions seemingly unimportant, and portrays them as a joke. Think before you decide to dress as the Twin Towers or find yourself putting on black face.  


If you haven’t been looking at the news or have been living under a rock for a while, there has been numerous sightings of people dressing up as clowns to scare people. This has been seen all across the United States and in parts of Canada. Not only would seeing a clown freak most people, but many clowns have been recorded chasing their unsuspecting victims. Although the numbers fluctuate, there are reports of clowns either getting killed or clowns killing individuals. With all these different rumors and the dangers that have arisen with the sightings, it’s best for your safety to not dawn the wig, red nose, and overalls this year.

Oversexualized Costumes

Now do not take this the wrong way, which is that a male is telling a female what she can and cannot wear. To think of only the pros and not looking at the cons is not taking into consideration an entirely different perspective, one that you may not have been aware of. Now that every costume has to have a “sexy” version, these could have harmful repercussions. Feeling as though you have to wear some low cut fabric to impress people when you’d rather dress as a pumpkin could affect your self-esteem. Some people, perhaps nurses or military personnel, also don’t take too kindly to having their job considered sexy.

Professor Spotlight: Dr. Catherine Innes-Parker

By: Morin Mawhinney


TC: What position do you hold at UPEI?

Professor of Medieval English


TC: Why did you choose to become a professor in Academia?

I just loved it so much I couldn’t leave it! Really that’s the reason; I just loved the university, I loved graduate school. I just really love research. I really love teaching. It was just I worked at other things along the way but it was the only job I really had the passion for.


TC: And why English specifically?

That’s interesting, actually. I started out with a double honors in English and Religious Studies. I was working on graduate work in Religious Studies, and my husband was in Religious Studies also. Then I had to stop in the middle of a Ph. D because I was pregnant. He got a job and we moved. I went back partly because there was a Ph. D program at the University close to us in English and not in Religious studies, and partly because I decided it’d be better if we were in different departments; then I took two courses on Medieval Literature in my first year of graduate school and I was just hooked. Absolutely hooked.


TC: What University was this?



TC: Are you working on anything currently?

I am! I am working on two major projects. One is an edition of a middle english translation of thirteenth century latin text. I’m working on how that translation is used in two different manuscripts, and eventually that will be an edition. Actually it should’ve been an edition by the end of this summer, but that didn’t happen!

That’s a project that’s finishing, and then the project that I’m just beginning is I’m working with a colleague down in the states and we want do an edition of fourteenth century text that has been very little studied but it’s a compilation of two mainstreams of thought; one from some middle english text that I just finished editing, and one from some latin text that she’s been working on. We want to edit it and make it accessible, because people are interested in it but there’s no accessible edition of it. It’s very little studied, but it’s a very important text. We’re in the middle of writing a grant application that, we hope, will get us over to England to see the manuscripts. They’re going to be aimed at both scholars and students, and in very accessible teaching editions. We want to include students in our audience.


TC: What do you feel you contribute most to the University, through teaching?

I hope that I introduce students to the love of literature. That when they leave us, they love literature the way we do; and that they learn how literature can help make us better people. That reading opens up whole new vistas. So when they leave us, our students are prepared for lifelong learning; they are prepared to read both for the joy and for the horizons it opens up.


TC: So learning doesn’t end when you graduate from University?

Absolutely not! You keep going, boy. If you don’t keep going, we haven’t done our job.

TC: How do you stay so passionate about the stories after you read and teach them, time and time again?

First of all, I try to choose things to teach that I love, because if I’m not passionate about it, you’re not going to be passionate about it. So [Sonnet 18, Shall I compare thy to a summer’s day?] is a poem that just never fails to grab my interest. And every once in awhile, not with this sonnet, I’ll change things up. I’ll do a different author or different text, although the thing about Literature 121 is that it’s a course I’ve taught so many times that I don’t need notes. I can just go in there and do it, but also every time you teach a course, it’s different! It’s different students, it’s different atmosphere so I ask a question, and I get different answers every single time. I learn as much from my students as they do from me, especially as we go into the upper levels where our classes are smaller, and our students are more…secure, maybe? In their own knowledge. Every time I teach a particular text, someone has something to say that’s new!


TC: What’s the most rewarding moment you’ve had as a professor?

Oh god! I have no idea! I don’t know…well I love graduation every year. I love watching you guys walk across that stage. I love it when the students come back after they’ve graduated and they bring their babies to show us and they include us in their lives. There are some students that become very special. It’s really, really wonderful. You know, I don’t really do Facebook much, but I have a Facebook account and so some of my students that have been very special are on my Facebook and I hear the little moments in their lives, like when they get married.


TC: What’s your favourite thing to teach?

Medieval literature, obviously. My favourite course is the Survey of Medieval Literature, I get to look at different genres. I don’t really have a favourite THING. I kinda like it all!


TC: Outside of school, what do you fill your time with?

Well I have a horse and dogs! I tend to spend time with them. I love to read; I always have a book on my iPad, not academic books, but novels. One of my favourite things to do is to sit outside in the sunshine with the dogs, throw a ball for them and read a book. I also do needlepoint, but I’m finding now that my eyes aren’t as strong as they used to be.


Chartwells Hosts Local Farmers’ Market On Campus

By: Elizabeth Iwunwa

Chartwells at UPEI runs cafés on campus and the residence dining hall, and caters various events held on campus. It runs Samuel’s at the Robertson Library, the self-serve Micromarket at the new Engineering building, and the Courtyard Cafe in the UPEISU building.

Last Thursday, UPEI’s foremost provider of food services, put on a local Farmers’ Market event. This occasion hosted on the Quad, featured commodities including an Island Beef Stew and fresh biscuits which were absolutely delicious, apples from Arlington Orchards, stew bags, apple crisp, and gouda cheese from Glasgow Glen Farm which they also use on their 550 Pizza at the AVC Cafe. The purpose of the event was to showcase their local suppliers and to promote local.

The last time an event of this kind was held was two years ago at the Atlantic Veterinary College. Quite a number of activities aimed to promote local were planned for this October as part of a company-wide competition called “Are You A Local Hero?” in which different campus branches compete to win a thousand dollars for the charity of their choice. For Chartwells UPEI, their charity of choice is the campus Food Bank, which they have been supporting for a few years.

Aside from the Farmer’s Market, some of the other events planned for October were teaming up with some of the Residence Life Advisors to help residents make apple crisp and provide pumpkins for pumpkin carving, Thanksgiving dinners made with local ingredients, and a Local Showcase, where they bring in local businesses to showcase their product and tell their story! Chartwells UPEI also participates in Trick or Eat, a nationwide activity in which participants go around door to door, collecting canned goods and/or donation that all go towards the campus Food Bank.

 Food banks are established in response to food insecurity and as of now 1 in 8 Canadian families struggle to place food on their tables. Perhaps an even more disquieting statistic is that an estimated $14 billion worth of food is wasted in Canada annually. In lieu of this, Chartwells UPEI is implementing “Project Clean Plate” this November. Within an all-you-care-to-eat system, waste can be high. Therefore throughout the month and the rest of the year, there efforts will be made and guidelines set to curb wastage, while encouraging students to do the same.

Speaking with Via Reyes, former UPEI student and Student Engagement Coordinator for Chartwells, she explained that for regular updates on events and specials, students would benefit by checking out their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

Harmonies & Horrors- Music Department Recitals and Annual Haunted House

By: Lorelei Kenny

The UPEI Department of Music is back with another exciting year full of daytime and evening performances, showcasing the talent of students and professionals alike, and the department invites everyone to come enjoy, celebrate, and experience all that the department has to offer.


Starting on October 21st , the “noon-hour recitals” will return to feature some impressive talent and hard work. These FREE recitals will take place each Friday at 12:40pm in the Dr. Steel Recital Hall for the rest of the semester. Student soloists and ensembles will take the stage to perform an array of musical genres, ranging from the most recognizable of classical literature to the ingenuity of post-modern selections.

This series has always been a wonderful display of student artistry and passion. The  noon-hour recital series is an excellent opportunity to get away from the stress of classes, to relax, and to support your fellow panthers.  


For a great number of years, UPEI has extended a warm welcome to many accomplished guest artists, this year musicians from across the country will perform on campus. The following events will take place at 7:30pm in the Dr. Steel Recital Hall (unless otherwise indicated) on their scheduled dates. The next upcoming recital, Love’s Hard. Love’s Hot. Love Hurts., is a compilation of art, folk, and love songs.


October 22:  Love’s Hard. Love’s Hot. Love Hurts. Jacques Arsenault (Tenor), and Maria Campbell (Mezzo-Soprano) and Frances McBurnie (piano)


November 1: Karem J. Simon (Clarinet), alongside James Kalyn (Clarinet/Saxophone)

November 8: The Feldsperling Duo, featuring Nicole Strum, and Liesel Deppe

November 25: UPEI Wind Symphony, directed by Karem J. Simon (off campus)

November 29: UPEI Jazz Band, directed by David Shephard

December 3: UPEI Choral Ensembles, directed by Sung Ha Shin-Bouey


Student tickets for these evening performances are either $10 or $15 depending on the concert. For more information on the recitals series this semester, visit:

REMINDER: Music Department Haunted House!

The UPEI Music Department’s Haunted House is an annual event that has  taken place since the late 90’s. Every year the entire department pulls together to host this spooktacular event. This year there are over 50 students directly involved to help produce this well-known haunted house.

Much of a music student’s degree is based on performance, the music society executives explained that this event gives the students the opportunity to use these skills in a creative and unconventional way. The haunted house also gives the rest of the student body an opportunity to interact with the music department.

The haunted house is by far the UPEI Music Society’s biggest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds stay within the department, most of the money being used to replenish the funds for music student scholarships. What’s left is used throughout the year for small initiatives. Ensembles can approach the music society if they need funds to put on an event. For instance, last year when the music department put on an amazing production of the opera comedy, The Marriage of Figaro, the music society helped fund the production.


What: UPEI Music Department’s Haunted House

When: Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th – 7:00pm to 11:30pm.

Where: Dr. Steel Recital Hall

Cost: General public – $5  / UPEI and Holland College students with valid student ID – $4


There will also be a bake sale with hot chocolate and delicious treats to snack on while waiting in line. Remember it will be the end of October, it will be chilly at night  dress warmly.   

Check out the facebook event page for more information on the UPEI Music Department’s Haunted House!


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