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UPROAR arts festival showcases diverse voices on stage—08.08.19 to 08.10.19 at Arts Court

By Apartment613 on August 5, 2019

By Cat Fiorindi. Cat is an arts administrator, producer and stage manager working in Ottawa. She is one of the executive producers of UPROAR Arts Festival.


UPROAR is a new arts festival that will showcase local cis and trans women and non-binary artists from August 8-10 at Arts Court. Performances include burlesque, dance, poetry, music, comedy, improv, theatre and visual art all created in Ottawa by Ottawa artists.

The festival was founded from a desire to see more women and non-binary artists on local stages. There are so many artists of these communities that are creating and living in Ottawa. UPROAR is an event that celebrates their work and brings them together across disciplines.

UPROAR is an event that celebrates their work and brings them together across disciplines.

For its inaugural year, UPROAR has programmed 8 shows and 4 visual artists for both the Arts Court theatre space as well as the studio. Performers will be on the festival stages twice over the course of its three days, and visual artists will be present showing their work as well as doing live drawings and paintings. This year’s lineup includes dance pieces of all kinds such as Dangerous Curves, Ontario’s first all plus-sized burlesque show; Speaking Vibrations, a collaboration between Jo-Anne Bryan, Carmelle Cachero, King Kimbit and Jordan Samonas that combines ASL interpretation with dance, music and spoken word; and finally a contemporary dance piece by Allison Burns and Alya Graham entitled You’re Never Fully Dressed.

Performing comedy in the Arts Court studio is the improv duo Bad Name Improv, as well as stand up comedian Aiden Javed. Joining them is drummer percussionist Kira Montfort and singer-songwriter Kimberly Sunstrum. In the same studio, patrons will also be able to see visual art by KJ Foreman, known as Lucky Little Queer, Stephanie Bouros, Brenda Dunn and Kim Valentine.

Back in the theatre, Priyanka Gopalkista will perform A South African Homecoming, a theatre and dance performance that takes the audience on a journey along with Priyanka as she moves from South Africa, to Newfoundland, and finally to Ottawa. In the same space, but on a different night, audiences can also see Rhube Knox’s Philic, an autobiographical anthology that mixes storytelling and poetry.


You can access the full festival schedule on the UPROAR website. Performances alternate each night and audiences will not want to miss any of these artists (note: Thursday and Saturday afternoon have the same performances and Friday and Saturday night have the same performances.). Doors open at 7:30pm August 8-10, with performances starting at 8pm. Doors open at 1:30pm for the August 10 matinee event. Tickets are available online for $20. For the latest information, follow UPROAR on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


Note: philic (originally programmed for Friday & Saturday night) has been cancelled. A panel discussion with our visual artists will take place on Friday and Saturday night instead.


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