• Created by Adam Brazier, Alan Doyle, Bob Foster and Edward Riche
  • Directed by Jillian Keiley

Adapted from the film screenplay The Grand Seduction by Ken Scott, Tell Tale Harbour is a new large-scale musical that is inspired by Atlantic Canada and the resilient people who proudly live there. Set in a fictional town, the musical tells the story of how a tight-knit community must learn to lie, cheat, con, and perhaps most difficult of all, work together to convince an American doctor to make Tell Tale Harbour his home, and save what’s left of their beloved harbour. 

Led by a creative team of acclaimed East Coast artists, the musical draws on the folk-art traditions of the region, and its many musical styles and dances. Tell Tale Harbour is a celebration of smaller industry towns, both in Atlantic Canada and throughout the country, that continually struggle to feel relevant in an ever-changing world.    


For more than 55 years, Confederation Centre of the Arts has been providing Canadians and visitors with an opportunity to experience the multiple cultures, histories, stories, and contexts of Canada’s origins and evolution. Through engaging visual arts exhibitions, theatrical performances, music, dance, education, and heritage programming, it is Canada’s hub for learning about how this nation was formed, and how our identity continues to evolve. 

As a national cultural hub in the Atlantic region, the Centre plays a critical role in the economic and social well-being of the community. In the heart of downtown Charlottetown, the birthplace of Canadian Confederation, the Centre brings Indigenous, Francophone, and multicultural Canadian voices to the world and help visitors connect with the past, present, and future.  

Creative team

  • Created by Adam Brazier, Alan Doyle, Bob Foster and Edward Riche
  • Directed by Jillian Keiley
  • Adapted from the original screenplay by Ken Scott
  • Choreographer / Assistant Director Dayna Tekatch
  • Stage managers Krista Blackwood and Chantal Hayman

National Creation Fund investment

The National Creation Fund’s investment of $175,000 supported several additional workshops to further develop the musical’s book, score, choreography, and design, and also made it possible to expand the number of musicians involved.


Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund. 

Performance dates

Past performances

June 23 to September 24, 2022:  World premiere, Confederation Centre of the Arts (Charlottetown).

September 27, 2022:  Arts and Culture Centre (Labrador City)

September 29, 2022: Arts and Culture Centre (Stephenville)

October 1 and 3, 2022:  Arts and Culture Centre (Corner Brook)

October 5, 2022:  Gordon Pinsent Centre for the Arts (Grand Falls / Windsor)

October 7 and 8, 2022:  Joseph R Smallwood Arts & Culture Centre (Gander)

October 12 to 15, 2022:  Arts and Culture Centre (St. John's)

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