Editor’s note: This is part of a series of posts Apartment613 is hosting on behalf of MASC, showcasing the artists they work with and their programming in our community. Singer-songwriter, poet, writer, actor, radio columnist: Mehdi Cayenne is a free spirit from the Francophonie, a quick-witted chameleon who writes over, under, and outside the box. Charismatic, […]
Interview: Ottawa playwright Vishesh Abeyratne on Divide & Rule, a Sri Lankan-Canadian play about systemic racism in a big box store
Some playwrights are ahead of their time. Among them is Vishesh Abeyratne, the Ottawa-based playwright who began tackling complex intersections of systemic racism, class, and gender… in a play.
Write On Ottawa: Frances Boyle’s new short story collection explores the interplay between intentions and actions
Ottawa author Frances Boyle recently spoke with Apt613 about where she finds inspiration, her writing process, and the value of artists among us during uncertain times. Last month, Porcupine Quill published her first collection of short fiction, titled Seeking Shade.
Claudia Salguero has created more than 30 community murals in Ottawa.
Arts education has been a critical part of Jennifer Cayley’s life work, both as co-founder of MASC and as a teller of tales in community and educational settings. She has told stories in schools, libraries, community centres, and performance festivals across the country.
Yvon Soglo has been dancing for over 10 years, during which time he has become known as one of Canada’s top street dancers.
Before COVID-19, Kaylie had four tattoo conventions and one guest spot lined up, and all of them had to be cancelled. Three months of appointments were gone in hours. However, when external forces distort the picture, Kaylie believes we should simply keep drawing.
Emily Rose Michaud is an interdisciplinary artist and educator working at the crossroads of community organization, ecology, and civic participation.
Here, Jacqui talks about creating opportunities for performers of colour in Ottawa’s theatre scene and providing a safe space for vulnerability in young storytellers.
At the time of this writing, Andrea Ross has spent an uninterrupted 850 days creating one-of-a-kind doodles at gruntled.ca. She looks back on each day, through all the things she’s experienced, picks her favourite moment of joy, draws it, and posts it to her site.
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.
“Volunteering found me and I found volunteering,” Nancy tells me, with the sounds of skaters at Charlie Bowins in the background. Through volunteering, she found meaning and purpose. She says it helped her sort her life out, and she owes a lot to volunteering.
Amanda Lewis: “I wanted the children to know that they could continue learning and having fun, but most importantly I wanted them to feel seen and heard and valued. I wanted to give them a small sense of normalcy by continuing their relationship with a trusted and familiar instructor.”
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.