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The Tashme Project: A powerful look at the internment of Japanese Canadians during WWII

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Graphic provided by the Great Canadian Theatre Company Graphic provided by the Great Canadian Theatre Company

60 minutes (no intermission) | Storytelling | G “Our neighbour was German.  How come we have to leave and he doesn’t?” What more is there to say about the internment of Japanese Canadians that we haven’t already read in Joy Kogawa’s novel Obasan, published in 1981?  It turns out that there’s plenty. Obasan and The Tashme Project share many issues: memory, forgetting, prejudice, identity, injustice, internment, persecution. What is most striking in The Tashme Project are the voices. It’s a verbatim theatre piece based on interviews with over 60 Nikkei about the experience of Nisei (2nd... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Bridal Show Giveaway & Winter Jazz!

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This weekend is dusted in snow, ice and romance with both Winterlude and Valentines Day and its  jam packed with activities once again for singles and couples alike. It’s also an extended weekend for some with Family Day Monday. On Thursday, if you are in the mood to treat yourself or buy your sweetheart a Valentine’s gift head down to Wellington West between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. where Flock, Victoire, Jasmine Virani Jewelry and viens avec moi will have treats, deals, and giveaways. Later, stop by Shanghai for the Art is Up,... | Continue reading article

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Celebrate Family Day at the NAC with numerous theatre-related (and free) activities

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Photo of the 2013 NAC Family Day courtesy of the NACPhoto of the 2013 NAC Family Day courtesy of the NAC

As part of this year’s Winterlude, the National Arts Centre is organizing various events to promote arts and culture among children and young people. For music lovers, this past Saturday offered auditory delights with several musical activities and a concert of Peter and the Wolf.  Now it’s the turn for theatre buffs, thanks to the 4th Annual English Theatre Family Day, which is taking place at the NAC this Monday, February 17, from noon to 4 pm. “The event is all about spending time with your family, in a fun and educational... | Continue reading article

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Broken is a complex story of memory and loss told through generational ties

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Photos provided by The Great Canadian Theatre Company.Photos provided by The Great Canadian Theatre Company.

55 minutes (no intermission) | Drama | G Brian Fidler has dramatized his memories of his grandfather from when Fidler was around 10, and his grandfather came to live in Fidler’s parents’ basement. As Fidler points out early in the show, some of the props are real and some are stand-ins for what used to be. Similarly some parts of the story are factual, and some have been altered by dramatic license. The names have been changed. For instance, Brian Fidler becomes William, or Will. The play is set in... | Continue reading article

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Age of Arousal fails to arouse

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Lisa Jeans and Tim Oberholzer in Age of Arousal. Photo: Bear & Co.Lisa Jeans and Tim Oberholzer in Age of Arousal. Photo: Bear & Co.

In 1893, George Gissing published a novel called The Odd Women.  The title derived from the fact that there were a million more women than men in Victorian England.  These “odd” women weren’t able to land a husband, and this had a severe economic impact on women. Gissing’s story was of three impoverished sisters - Alice, Virginia and Monica – whose paths cross with an orphaned 30-something woman, Rhoda.  Rhoda is unmarried and living with an older unmarried woman, Mary.   Together, they are running a secretarial school to teach marketable... | Continue reading article

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This is War shows the human scars caused by Canada’s military role in Afghanistan

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(L-R) Sarah Finn, Brad Long, John Ng and Drew Moore.  Photo by Andrew Alexander.(L-R) Sarah Finn, Brad Long, John Ng and Drew Moore. Photo by Andrew Alexander.

Hannah Moscovitch has been called Canada’s most competent and hottest young playwright.  This praise extends abroad, with such publications as the Chicago Tribune and The Guardian recognising her talent. Watching her newest play This is War, which runs at the Great Canadian Theatre Company until February 23, it is clear why the 35-year-old has received so much acclaim. Set in Afghanistan in the Panjwaii region, the story revolves around four Canadian soldiers who are struggling to deal with their wartime experiences.  Lurking in the background are reports of a massacre committed by the Afghan National Army during... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + ticket giveaway

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Photo of the Yips, courtesy of Ming Wu.Photo of the Yips, courtesy of Ming Wu.

The weekend’s almost upon us and Winterlude is in full swing. You might want to save your mandatory stop to look at the pretty sculptures for Sunday, because the weekend is chalk full with fun things to do. Start your Thursday evening early at the Ottawa Art Gallery with the dual exhibit of David R. Harper & Rémi Thériault and Painters Eleven. Thériault’s exhibition consists of a series of large colour photographs on the physical transformation of European sites where Canadian armies fought in WWI. Harper’s exhibit “Entre chien et... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Olenka by Patrick Schmidt.Photo of Olenka by Patrick Schmidt.

2014: the Year of the Horse! Yup, it’s Chinese New Year this weekend – celebrate down in Chinatown at Shanghai or party with jazz group Bamboo Groove Saturday night. At Babylon Thursday night, it’s another edition of “I can’t believe it’s not“, with Nirvana’s Nevermind being played full-out with more than a dozen local musicians. In other covers, Jonesey and The GreyTones continue their quest to cover the Beatles’ 1964 content. On Friday, it’s a night of folk at Pressed with Olenka, Bosveld and Jos Fortin, while The Standstills are down at... | Continue reading article

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Grain of Salt tries to explore the role of Christianity in modern culture

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"Grain of Salt" ensemble cast in rehearsal, from L - R: Robin Hodge, Mitchel Rose, Megan Piercey Monafu, Lori Jean Hodge, Jeff Lefebvre. Photo provided by 9th Hour Theatre Company."Grain of Salt" ensemble cast in rehearsal, from L - R: Robin Hodge, Mitchel Rose, Megan Piercey Monafu, Lori Jean Hodge, Jeff Lefebvre. Photo provided by 9th Hour Theatre Company.

It isn’t often a play staged in a bar takes on the role of Christianity in modern culture. Thus on the coldest night of the year we settled into The Mercury Lounge with a glass of wine and the day’s headlines of the Joe LeClair affair on our mind eager to see how this production would address the controversial role of organised religion. The narrative of the play loosely follows Megan (Megan Piercey Monafu) a young Christian conflicted by her faith. Megan’s concern about the exclusion of homosexuals is further... | Continue reading article

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With lovable characters and impressive set Kim’s Convenience is a hit (+ ticket giveaway)

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Photo of Jean Yoon (Mrs. Kim) and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Mr. Kim) by Cylla von TiedemannPhoto of Jean Yoon (Mrs. Kim) and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Mr. Kim) by Cylla von Tiedemann

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to the evening show of Kim’s Convenience on Saturday, February 1. To enter the contest email apartment613@gmail.com by noon Wednesday with the subject line “Kim’s Convenience – Contest.”  The winner will be notified on Wednesday afternoon. To quote playwright Michel Tremblay, “Why should we be surprised to see our people on our own stages?” Kim’s Convenience, which is playing at the National Arts Centre until February 8, is a short (85-minute) distillation of the inter-generational clashes that inevitably arise between first- and second-generation Canadians.... | Continue reading article

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