Open Sky Series
July 21st to August 25th
July 21st - 7pm
Soup' du Jour
Like a sporadic item featured on a restaurant menu, Soup’ du Jour delivers a bowlful of fun and surprise. Composed of multi-disciplinary artists Chris Driedzic and Sabrina Roberts, this duo from St. John’s serves up their unique songs with a variety of ingredients from rock to folk and ballads, in both French and in English… and sometimes bilingually. With over 10 years as staples of the franco-terre-neuvienne music scene, Soup’ du Jour continues to serve up an amusing spectacle that is sure to please their audience’s diverse tastes.
August 4th 7:00pm
Shakespeare by the Sea: Picnic in the Garden
Three sisters gather in the backyard for their childhood home one final time to reminisce on their lives together, and what they might be as they move apart. Written by an emerging playwright in NL, Bailey Jackson, this one act play serves as a love letter to families and siblings of all kinds.
This piece first premiered on July 23rd 2023 at the Anglican Cathedral grounds in St. John's, NL as part of Shakespeare by the Sea's 30th anniversary season and presented by Downtown St. John's.
August 11th 7:00pm
PerSIStence Theatre's Stolen Sisters
Written by L’nu (Mi’kmaw) playwright Leahdawn Helena and performed by renowned Inuk soprano Deantha Edmunds, Stolen Sisters is a one woman show that centers around the lives and legacies of three Osayana (Beothuk) women and girls whose names have survived in historical record, and whose stories have been mistold, misrepresented and mythologized by colonial interference.
The Stolen Sisters include Oubee, a ten-year-old girl abducted from her family and sold to English settlers; Shanawdithit, a woman captured and forced into slavery, falsely touted by colonists as the last of her people; and elder Santu Toney, who’s mixed L’nuk and Osayana bloodline is carried on by her descendants to this day, her voice persevering despite all odds.
By shifting the lens of history to reflect Indigenous perspective and experience, these women set the record straight, telling their own stories with both humour and unflinching honesty.
Based on the oral and written histories of colonization locally and world-wide, these women shine a light on the experiences of Indigenous women and girls, and Newfoundland’s part in that legacy.
Reflecting on her own journey, Leahdawn has crafted a script honouring the need for Truth on the path toward Reconciliation.
Colonial violence, child abuse, religious abuse, mentions of sexual violence, and slurs against Indigenous peoples.
These sensitive topics are discussed through first-person storytelling from the perspective of a child, a young woman, and an elder.
August 18th 7:00pm
Jodee Richardson* and Nicole Hand
Jodee Richardson* and Nicole Hand, the creative team behind Perchance's music and sound, have been playing together across the island since their debut at Open Sky in 2022.
Their duo sound is a combination of their individual strengths, from Jodee's renowned singer/songwriter abilities to Nicole's (figurative) instrumental juggling, drawing from acoustic guitar, saxophones, piano, vocals, melodica and omnichord.
Come enjoy their set of well-known tunes of all genres in a beautiful acoustic space, featuring reimagined covers, original songs and recitations inspired by a love of Newfoundland people and places
* The participation of these artists is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance-Opera-Theatre Policy (DOT).
August 25th 7:00pm
Mom's Girls: Cruel Summer
For their third summer in a row, Moms Girls are back for the Perchance Open Sky series! Mom’s Girls have been performing their fun, silly, rowdy sketches around St. John’s since 2018, and are hot off two sold out performances at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival. Mom's Girls: Cruel Summer promises some big 80s flashback vibes, dancing, bass playing, singing, and maybe even a Shakespeare parody or two!