Le R Premier: “While it is true that the arts often mirror the world we live in, the arts must above all embody the positive transformations that we would like to see in the world, in addition to denouncing injustice.”
Eleanor Crowder is an award-winning actor, playwright, and director. She is a member of several artist collectives, including Bear & Co., Calalou, The Skin Songs Collective, and The AWAY Collective. With MASC, Eleanor works in classrooms to explore text and dramatic creation.
How can you tell if a call for diverse board or staff members is just a branding exercise, and how can you protect yourself, your time, and your energy? Tiffanie Tri shares five steps BIPOC can take to reduce that risk.
Multi-award winning Twin Flames is led by Jaaji, an Inuk Mohawk man from Nunavik, and Chelsey June, an Algonquin Cree Métis woman from Ottawa. Their newest single “Battlefields” speaks to ending the stigma associated with mental health. Jaaji and Chelsey June speak about life as touring musicians and arts educators adapting to COVID-19.
Chris McKhool has been delighting audiences with infectious songs and world instruments for two decades. In this interview, Chris talks about launching a new album in the midst of a pandemic and connecting with children of all ages through joyful music and positive messaging.
Interview: Brad Lafortune teaches Métis jigging workshops and shares the intricacies of Métis culture
Brad Lafortune hails from the Métis community in Sudbury, Ontario. He works as a physiotherapist in Ottawa and offers Métis jigging workshops and performances through MASC. Here, he talks about the unique identity created through a blending of rich cultures, as well as the opportunity to bring the joy of dance into people’s homes during COVID-19.
Ally Squared’s CommunALLY project explores avenues for allyship between First Nation, Métis, Inuit, immigrant, and refugee communities. Ally Squared is opening a call for stories from people in immigrant, refugee, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities to talk about a time when they experienced discrimination and didn’t have an ally.
For 613 Day we’re sharing highlights CM Ottawa archives. Enjoy these talks with your morning coffee today.
Founded in 2007, Propeller Dance is recognized as a leader in Canada for their innovative, inclusive creations and teaching practices, and for demonstrating that dreams can be achieved for people of all abilities. Artistic associate and company dancer Liz Winkelaar speaks about Propeller Dance as a role model for students and the community.
Trained in jazz ballet at the Montreal Jazz Dance Academy and then at the West Can Folk Performing Company in Montreal, Suzan is an accomplished artist and a seasoned teacher and choreographer. She recently appeared on CTV News Ottawa and will be offering workshops through MASC’s online program and the National Arts Centre’s #CanadaPerforms.
The Beechwood Market has moved online for the 2020 season. A guest post from market president Chris Penton about why and how he made that decision.
Rhonda Doxtator is a pow wow dancer from the turtle clan of Oneida nation. Here, Rhonda talks about working with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth, finding cause for celebration beyond Canada’s devastating history of colonization, and art as medicine.
Skeleton Key Theatre produces original Canadian work that creates an immersive theatrical experience outside of traditional theatre spaces. Artistic Director Kate Smith shares her love of imaginary worlds and the “limitless” potential for creative collaboration during COVID-19.
Jamaal Jackson Rogers (AKA Just Jamaal the Poet) is well-known as a driving force for good in Ottawa’s spoken-word and literary scene, as well as a member of the MASC community. He talks about working with youth, being inspired by his family, and how he’s managing to stay creative in our COVID-19 world.
MASC is a charitable arts organization that brings the arts and culture alive for over 120,000 children, youth, and seniors in the Ottawa region each year. They have developed online programming that will soon be offered through school and community platforms.