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Ottawa’s Tedd Robinson presents new dance work + ticket giveaway

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We are giving away a pair of tickets to see the Saturday, May 9 performance of Facets by choreographer Tedd Robinson at the National Arts Centre.  To enter, send an email to apartment613@gmail.com with the subject line “Tedd Robinson” by noon Thursday, May 7.  A winner will be picked by random draw and notified on Thursday afternoon. With more than three decades of experience in professional dance, Ottawa-born choreographer Tedd Robinson has earned a reputation for creating unique works. As a solo artist, his shows have won both awards and critical... | Continue reading article

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The flesh and spokes of our common humanity

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Photo by Chrystia ChudczakPhoto by Chrystia Chudczak

You probably have heard that a person who loses one sense, such as sight or hearing, can compensate by strengthening their other senses. Science supports this view – see, for instance, a study on how people who are born deaf use parts of their brain that normally processes sound to process touch and vision.  In other words, the loss of hearing literally led to the rewiring of the brain. Does a similar principle apply to art?  I thought of this while pondering Ottawa-based Propeller Dance, who perform at the Great Canadian Theatre Company on May 8-9... | Continue reading article

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Friends With Benefits to raise money for mental health awareness

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All photos from the Friends with Benefits Facebook event page.All photos from the Friends with Benefits Facebook event page.

The fourth annual Friends With Benefits fundraising auction, which supports mental health care and research in Ottawa, will be taking place Friday, May 8 at Lago Bar & Grill. The event will include a silent auction, cocktails, appetizers, and a dance party with a DJ. The event raises money directly for the Jennie James Depression Research Fund. Jennie James’ family established the fund with the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health in Jennie’s honour, after she took her own life in 2005 following a long battle with depression. The fund supports... | Continue reading article

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Intermezzi: The Art of Time Ensemble proves dolls and dance don’t mix

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Photo by John Lauener, courtesy of The National Arts Centre.Photo by John Lauener, courtesy of The National Arts Centre.

Intermezzi: Art of Time Ensemble, enjoyed this past Wednesday at the National Arts Centre, marked both the commencement of this year’s Ontario Scene, the annual program celebrating provincial artists of all kinds, as well as International Dance Day. Fitting, as the presentation featured renowned Canadian contemporary choreographers, Peggy Baker and James Kudelka, and internationally celebrated dancer, Evelyn Hart. The performance was a physical exploration of several of nineteenth-century German composer, Johannes Brahms’ pieces from his Intermezzi, written at the end of his life and teeming with emotional depth. Brahms’ compositions... | Continue reading article

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Make sure to go to Arts Court during Ontario Scene

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Photo of The Yips (Bruised Tongue Records)Photo of The Yips (Bruised Tongue Records)

With 600 artists from numerous genres, the Ontario Scene festival is a true cultural cornucopia. But with so many performances on offer it can be a bit overwhelming to know what to pick.  If I can therefore make a friendly suggestion, consider the shows and exhibit taking place at Arts Court (2 Daly Ave.) as part of Ontario Scene.  I say this after attending a few events there on the evening of Thursday, April 30. On the top of my list is Compagnie ODD’s performance of Speeds and Slownesses 1a.  After watching this... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Gum Heel by Michael DeForge. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Gum Heel by Michael DeForge. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

This weekend kicks off NAC’s Ontario Scene festival that runs until May 10 and showcases 600 Ontario artists from all disciplines. Tonight, you can check out Next Wave: Bondar, Boonie Doon and The Yips playing Club SAW as part of the opening for SAW’s exhibit with Michael Forge titled All Dogs are Dogs. It’s also the start of Hintonburg Happening which highlights the beauty and eclectic collection of businesses in the Hintonburg area. Those events alone could keep you busy for a weekend, but just in case they don’t Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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Compagnie ODD performs three highly physical works

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Photo of Compagnie ODD by Ben WellandPhoto of Compagnie ODD by Ben Welland

Since being founded in 2010, the Ottawa Dance Directive (ODD) has provided a vital space for local artists working in contemporary dance. One of the key roles that ODD plays is providing a home to their resident dance company Compagnie ODD, which begins this evening a two-day run at Arts Court as part of Ontario Scene.  (The second performance is scheduled for Saturday). Directed by the company’s artistic director Yvonne Coutts, an award-winning choreographer from Ottawa, Compagnie ODD will be presenting three different works. The programme includes the world debut... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s female-led bands form the Next Wave

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Members of Bonnie Doon. Photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Members of Bonnie Doon. Photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

This content originally appeared in Scene, a free newsprint prologue to the National Arts Centre’s Ontario Scene Festival. Scene was created collaboratively by Guerilla, Apt613, and Herd Magazine. Between the four female-led musical acts to be featured in Ontario Scene’s Next Wave: Ottawa Music Spotlight, there are Pizza Sharks, Ouija rockers, legal discussions with a certain legendary Canadian astronaut, and, of course, plenty of dance-worthy beats. Ottawa’s diverse and fun music scene will be showcased at Next Wave, just around the corner on Thursday, April 30 and taking place at... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Creatives: Kwende Memetic Kefentse

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Kwende Memetic Kefentse grew up in the Greater Toronto Area, surrounded by people who were serious about music. Young and curious, he emulated them and began collecting music himself. Once his collection had grown to a substantial size, he began playing his music for people at parties. It was then that Kwende realized playing music for people was something he truly loved doing. Upon moving to Ottawa, Kwende continued making music. He became involved in the Ottawa music scene, engaging in radio at CKCU and connecting with DJs Zattar and... | Continue reading article

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Scène Ontario: 600 raisons de justifier votre fierté !

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Stef Paquette. Photo by Photocaptiva.Stef Paquette. Photo by Photocaptiva.

Cet article apparaît dans la version originale de Scène, une publication imprimée; un prologue pour Scène Ontario présenté par le Centre national des Arts. Cette année, le public de la région de la capitale nationale pourra découvrir la septième édition des « Scènes », une série de festivals nationaux présentés par le Centre National des Arts depuis 2003. Après avoir fait découvrir aux yeux du Canada les artistes de l’Atlantique, de l’Alberta, du Québec, de la Colombie-Britannique, des Prairies et du Nord, c’est la scène artistique de l’Ontario qui est cette fois... | Continue reading article

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