Articles Tagged ‘National Arts Centre’

WEEKENDER: Laila Biali at the NAC! Easter eggs at the Museum of Civilization! An assortment of outings and activities to get you through March Break

Perhaps the rich and melodic sound of the cello will coax spring into arriving a little sooner this year. Superstar German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser performs pieces from Shostakovich, Haydn, and Brahms. From $22. Thursday, March 14, and Friday, March 15. National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin St.,

Proof that Easter eggs aren’t just for kids, artist Valentyna Galadza-Park of leads a three-hour workshop in psyanka, eggs decorated in traditional patterns using dyes and wax. All supplies are included, so all you need to bring are your design ideas and willingness to get a little messy. $30. Thursday, March 15, and Sunday, March 17. Canadian Museum of Civilization, 100 Laurier St.,

The whole family can learn about our solar system at the Helen Sawyer Hogg observatory.

Get up close and personal with the sun at the Helen Sawyer Hogg Observatory, where you’ll safely observe solar activity and sunspots. It’s a fun way for the whole family to learn a bit more about our solar system. Saturday, March 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Canada Science and Technology Museum, 1867 St Laurent Blvd.,

Wear green and show up along the parade route with the whole family for a fun Irish-themed celebration. Bring (non-perishable) food and cash donations too: volunteers will be collecting them along the parade route to benefit the Ottawa Food Bank. Saturday March 16, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. See website for parade route information,

Local wildlife takes over the Museum of Nature! Zoologists from the Ecomuseum Zoo are on hand to introduce your family to the amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds from around our region, plus give talks on diversity and conservation. $12, students and seniors $10, children (three to 12) $8, children two and under free. Saturday, March 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod St.,

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WEEKENDER: Rock of Ages brings back the ’80s, the Travel and Vacation Show gives you wanderlust, and five more fun events to keep you busy this weekend

It's all about rousing numbers that will have you dancing in your seat at Rock of Ages. All Rock of Ages photos © Scott Suchman.

“Don’t Stop Believin’” in the power of love and ’80s rock and roll. Rock of Ages, the five-time Tony-nominated smash hit, comes to town with Broadway Across Canada. The story is this: a young girl comes to L.A. in search of stardom and gets swept up the in the fast-paced life of the big city, meeting a boy named Drew along the way who’s got his eyes set on fame. Meanwhile, a developer is trying to change the Sunset Strip and tear down the beloved club the Bourbon Room where all the dreamers come to play. And the ultimate bad boy, rock star Stacee Jaxx, has returned for his final concert with the band Arsenal. The show is edgy, sexy, and campy, and features popular songs by Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, White Snake, and so many more. From $38. On until Sunday, March 10. National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin St.,

To raise funds aimed at ending violence against women and girls and in support of the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa, VDAY Ottawa presents their take on Eve Ensler’s iconic play. Be prepared to hear a range of stories that range from hilarious to heartbreaking. $25. Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, 8 p.m. The Bronson Centre Theatre, 211 Bronson Ave.,

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STAR POWER: A Q&A with opera singer Wallis Giunta, who debuts as a soloist with the NAC Orchestra Feb 27/28

The 2012-2013 season has been kind to young mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta. After a summer of international performances, the 27-year-old Ottawa native went on to make debuts with local company Opera Lyra, the Edmonton Symphony, and Concierto Madrid, all while enrolled in the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. This February, Giunta returns home to debut as a soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Here, she opens up to Ottawa Magazine’s Erica Eades about hometown pride, her love of Mozart, and the importance of staying grounded.

Wallis Giunta performs at the NAC on Feb. 27 and 28. Photo by Barbara Stoneham

How did you get into opera?
I started singing with choirs in Ottawa. First it was the Ottawa Central Children’s Choir, which led me to perform with the Opera Lyra chorus. Being in their chorus showed me how much I love opera and what a great career it would be.

What have been some of your favourite roles to date?
Cherubino [of the opera Le Nozze di Figaro] tops the list. It’s a pants role where I get to dress up as a young boy and pretend to be a pubescent 13-year-old troublemaker. But I also loved the role of Hermia in [Benjamin] Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The play is incredible, but what he has done with the opera is just magic.

You’re currently in year two of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. What attracted you to this project?
For developing young opera singers, this program is ideal to give us the exposure and the experience we need in the professional world. At the same time, it gives us the luxury of a little more time in the incubator before we’re completely on our own. The program involves a lot of different things, including singing lessons with a private teacher, language coaching, movement classes, and acting work.

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WEEKENDER: Love songs, pancake meals, a craft beer fest, and the Funatorium are all on the bill this Family Day weekend

Director Jillian Keiley makes waves with Mary Zimmerman’s take on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, a collection of myths involving transformation.  The play interprets 10 of those myths and sets them in and around a giant swimming pool, exploring the ideas of water, fluidity, and change. The Romans could be a little saucy, so this one’s recommended for audiences ages 16 and up. On until Saturday, February 16. From $22. National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin St.,

Two families get together to discuss an incident involving their sons in God of Carnage. Photo by Richard Ellis.

Third Wall Theatre Company presents the outrageous tale of two sets of upper class parents who meet to discuss an incident that happened between their two sons. If you’ve seen Roman Polanski’s Carnage, this will sound familiar: his film is an adaptation of Yasmina Reza’s play. $35, seniors $27. On until Sunday, March 3. Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre (Great Canadian Theatre Building), 1233 Wellington St. W.,

Back by popular demand, the Canadian Film Institute presents the most recent incarnation of the Bright Nights film festival. Winterlude partners to bring Inuk, the hard-hitting Danish film and coming-of-age story that addresses the issues facing the Greenlandic Inuit, to Canadian audiences. Director Mike Magidson will be in attendance to introduce and discuss his film. See website for full list of films being screened and detailed festival dates. Friday, February 15, 9 p.m. $12, seniors/ students $8. Canadian Film Institute, 2 Daly Ave.,

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SOUND SEEKERS: Highlights from the 2013 concert calendar, including Elizabeth Shepherd, The Skydiggers, and more

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Elizabeth Shepherd, who performs as part of the NAC Presents series. Photo by Zuzana Hudackova.

It’s the dead of winter and some of us are buggering off to warmer locales, some of us are whinging and moaning about the cold, and some of us are celebrating the best of the season — such as those nice granola folks in Wakefield, Quebec who organize the annual In the Dead of Winter of Festival, which is a spin-off of a similar event that takes place in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This year’s festival, which starts tonight, features performances by Mo Kenney, Justin Rutledge, and others with balmy vocal tones. Full details here.

A couple of years ago, Elizabeth Shepherd released a jazzy album called Parkdale, which was full of observations about her Toronto neighbourhood of the same name. Shepherd’s got a cool vocal style which finds a line somewhere between hip-hop and doo-wop. On her current release, called Rewind, she takes a turn toward the mellow by performing standards like “Love for Sale,” but with more of an edgy delivery than the originals. She’s part of the NAC Presents Series at the Fourth Stage. See her there Friday, 7:30 p.m.

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WEEKENDER: An indie wedding show, a design showcase, a fairytale-themed party, and six more spectacular events

Maria Gabriela Sanches, whose Tin House Courtyard installation involved placing reflective artefacts in a gathering space in Ottawa, will be one of the people showing her work at Design Lines. Photo by Sarah O’Neill.

Come meet and mingle with the design stars of tomorrow. Carleton University’s Master of Design Program celebrates and showcases the innovative design work for which its students are known with this exhibit that highlights projects and achievements as well as the career paths students followed after graduation. Friday, February 8, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. MDES Space, 4th Floor Azerieli Pavilion, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Dr.,

Skål! The Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Ottawa Art Gallery celebrate winter with a fairytale themed party for adults, including gløgg (warm mulled wine), aquavit (a traditional flavoured spirit), Norwegian cheeses, smoked salmon, and other hors d’oeuvres. There’ll be music, stories, art, and (weather permitting) an outdoor lounge. $20. Friday, February 8, 7:30 p.m. Ottawa Art Gallery, 2 Daly Ave.,

Hot fashion trends warm up Winterlude as Fashion Week struts its way to its ninth season. Get ready to be inspired by a great mix of international designers and local favourites, including Jana and Emilia Fashion, Dare by Gwen Madiba, and Copious by Carissa McCaig, who are all returning from past seasons’ to show at OFW. $45, all three days $90. Friday, February 8, to Sunday, February 10, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Ottawa Convention Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr.,

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WEEKENDER: The NAC Orchestra takes on West Side Story — plus the Home Renos show, “BRRR-lesque,” and more!

A photo of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing live alongside West Side Story. The NAC Orchestra will take its turn with this classic film January 17 to 19. Photo © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2011.

Movies with 3D visuals are so yesterday. How about one with 3D sound instead? Jayce Ogren conducts the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s live accompaniment to the original vocals and dialogue of the digitally re-mastered film West Side Story, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the classic musical. Thursday, January 17, to Saturday, January 19. From $22. National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St.,

Calling all film buffs: Ottawa’s homegrown talent in filmmaking will be showcased at the Arts Court Theatre this Friday thanks to SAW Video, a media arts community supporting local artists. The event features 10 short projects from a variety of genres, including documentary, experimental, animation, and comedy. Tickets available at The Manx Pub and SAW Video (613-238-7648). Friday, January 18, 7:30 p.m. $5. Arts Court Theatre (second floor), 2 Daly Ave.,

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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Principal trumpet Karen Donnelly and the National Arts Centre Orchestra embark on a tour of Canada’s north

The sound of music: Principal trumpet Karen Donnelly is joined by principal horn Lawrence Vine (left) and principal trombone Donald Renshaw (right) in Iqaluit. Photo by Fred Cattroll.

The National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO) recently embarked on a 10-day tour of Canada’s northern territories. Along with some of the country’s top musicians – including Manitoban violinist James Ehnes and throat singers Evie Mark and Akinisie Sivuarapik – the orchestra will be hosting roughly 50 workshops and six concerts in Iqaluit, Pangnirtung, Rankin Inlet, Yellowknife, and Whitehorse. With a strong focus on education and collaboration, the tour aims to build on relationships established through the NAC’s Music Alive Program: Nunavut. Ottawa Magazine‘s Erica Eades chats with principal trumpet Karen Donnelly about the joy of teaching, life up north, and the key to staying healthy on the road.

Through NAC programming you’ve taught in Switzerland, Mexico, the United States, and Canada. Why is this type of outreach important to you?
That’s a really exciting part of this job, and it’s what makes working here at the NAC so unique. Not only is it a world-class orchestra, but it also has this other real focus, this passion for education and giving back. Because my background is band – I started playing trumpet in my school band in Regina – I’m very connected to that type of music education. It’s part of my world, my history. It’s something that’s meaningful to me personally, but I also see how exciting it is for the kids. It gives them something to work towards, something to look forward to.

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WEEKENDER: Dragonette plays Babylon, Houston Ballet performs at the NAC, and the NFL Experience tour comes to town

The Houston Ballet brings the life of Marie-Antoinette to the stage. Photo by Pam Francis.

The Houston Ballet brings the fascinating life of Marie Antoinette to the stage at the National Arts Centre for its Canadian premiere. From child bride to spoiled socialite to eventual victim of a revolution, this majestic performance charts the story of the infamous French queen, complete with a score by Shostakovich and sumptuous sets and costumes by Kandis Cook that embody the decadence and high fashion of Louis XVI’s court. On Friday, join former Royal Winnipeg Ballet instructor Kathryn Jones for a pre-show chat about ballet before the Revolution at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 18, to Saturday, October 20, 8 p.m. $45-$105. National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St.,

The Canadian Film Institute presents the first installment of an ongoing screening and guest artist series, which will profile leading Canadian independent filmmakers. This weekend will showcase six feature length films by Calgary filmmaker Gary Burns including The Suburbanators, waydowntown, and The Future Is Now! Burns is known for his quirky, imaginative films that are often described as bringing a whole new meaning to the term “western alienation.” Thursday, October 18, to Saturday, October 20. $12. The Auditorium, 395 Wellington St., see website for schedule,

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SPOTLIGHT: Chatting with incoming NAC English Theatre artistic director Jillian Keiley

The Play’s the Thing
Incoming NAC English Theatre artistic director Jillian Keiley on how she plans to make her mark — and the drama of directing a play set in a swimming pool  BY JEN LAHEY

Taking it to the street: Jillian Keiley hit the ground running when she arrived at the NAC in late August from her home province of Newfoundland. Photography by Dwayne Brown.

JILLIAN KEILEY HAS LOFTY goals and big ideas. As the new artistic director of English theatre at the National Arts Centre, Keiley also has big shoes to fill. Her predecessor, Peter Hinton, came to be known for his bold and, at times, controversial vision.  Now Keiley must put her stamp on a company whose works have to be national in scope. In making that mark, she says her top concern will be strengthening the Canadian theatre canon.

Planning a successful theatre season is always a balancing act, and Keiley is already working on how she’ll mix it up; already planning how best to showcase work produced here, established plays, and new productions. “I’m trying to do new work in partnership with companies from across the country,” she explains. “We need to invest in this innovative work as it’s happening.”

She adds that working with these new scripts can be complicated, because they often need extensive tweaking even after they’ve premiered. That’s where Keiley comes in. She plans to invest in select premieres around the country, then “bring it back to Ottawa, revise it, and work to make it better” with the originating company.

All of which means lots of travelling for the new artistic director as she vets works across the country to find gems for her 2013-2014 season. (The 2012-2013 season was programmed by Peter Hinton ahead of his departure.)

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