What is ARCH?

ARCH is the unified voice of community halls across PEI. ARCH is the sharing of knowledge and the use of strong communication via this website and e-newsletter. ARCH is a network of halls working together to strengthen their own communities. Visit our calendar of events to find out what's happening in community halls across PEI, and use our hall finder to locate those halls and print driving directions! If you are a community hall interested in joining our network, please contact us.

What is RUR


The Association of Rural Community Halls (ARCH PEI) and the Atlantic Presenters Association are thrilled to announce a new performance series called ‘Rural Routes’, that will debut this fall with its first tour, thanks to the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

‘Rural Routes’ is the product of several years of creative discussion by ARCH members who had a desire to see more cultural performances in rural communities across PEI. Thanks to the support of Canadian Heritage, participating halls have taken part in professional development and programming workshops over the past year, with the goal of becoming performance venues that can host live acts regularly throughout the year.

The series’ first tour will kick off September 30th at the Carrefour Theatre in Charlottetown.  Renowned Canadian magician Eric Leclerc will present a total of six shows across five venues in Charlottetown, Milton, DeBlois, Abrams Village and St. Peters, including one school performance.  

The tour will feature Canada’s Two Time Magic Champion, Eric Leclerc. Leclerc is a globe trotting speaker and magician performing feel good magic for your brain. His popular YouTube videos have gathered over 10 million views worldwide. He currently co-hosts the game show AU DÉFI on TFO Networks and is a regular guest on National Geographic's top rated show Brain Games. His original magic and hilariously crazy attitude have made him a two-time winner of the "Canadian Magic Championship" title. More information about his show is available at www.ericleclerc.com.

The Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) has played an integral role in helping Rural Routes members develop their skills as professional presenters. ARCH members have taken part in various workshops covering topics such as programming, budgeting, artist hospitality, ticketing, audience development and marketing. They have also been able to learn from experienced presenters from the Imperial Theatre, the Fredericton Playhouse and the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils, among others, and attend Contact East.


ARCH Mandate

  • Inspiring dialogue between community halls in the spirit of sharing knowledge and strengthening communities
  • Reducing costs to community halls through purchasing power and group buys
  • Promoting the merits of supporting your local community hall
  • Fostering public awareness on how community halls function
  • Providing a unified voice for halls when lobbying is necessary

Structure of the ARCH Board of Directors

  • Six to nine directors from across Prince Edward Island elected by the membership at an Annual General Meeting
    • Comprised of 6 regional directors, one from each of the 6 community development regions
    • Up to 3 members-at-large
  • Executive Positions were decided by the Board members after the AGM
    • President – Shari MacDonald, Milton Community Hall
    • Jeannette Blaquière, Village Musical Acadien
    • Haley Zavo, King's Playhouse
    • Jo Schieck, Tracadie Community Center
    • 4th Vice President-
    • Treasurer-

Benefits of an ARCH membership:

  1. Sharing of knowledge and strong communication among halls via website and e-newsletter
  2. ARCH Website
  3. Individual Web page for each hall
    1. Main Calendar of Events for sharing information and promoting events
    2. Interactive Map of Halls with driving directions to each hall
    3. E-newsletter – monthly newsletter which will keep all halls informed of current issues, events, and opportunities
    4. Opportunity for Lobbying
    5. Group Promotion of Events
      1. Group buys for newspaper and radio promotion of ARCH Events
      2. Summer Season Posters for hall events by region
      3. Training Opportunities:
        1. Volunteer Management
        2. Beverage Servers’ Course
        3. Hall management
        4. Boards of Directors’ training
        5. Grant applications
        6. Land tax refunds

Future Benefits of an ARCH membership

  1. Group Rate Purchasing of:
    1. Building and Fire Insurance
    2. Directors’ Liability Insurance
    3. Heating Oil & Propane
  2. Group Purchasing of:
    1. Kitchen, bathroom and cleaning supplies; and
    2. Maintenance personnel and repair work
    3. Infrastructure grants (sharing work crews funded by Service Canada)
    4. Snow blowing
  3. ARCH Website
    1. Check lists for “How To’s”…
    2. Infrastructure Page
    3. Testimonials
    4. Do’s and Don’ts
    5. List of infrastructure programs with eligibility criteria
    6. Sources of job funding
    7. Architecture tips – how to layout your hall design
    8. Energy savings tips
    9. Fee structures for hall rentals

ARCH’s Bylaws are available here.