OTTAWA NUJAZZ FESTIVAL 2012
Since 2008, the Toronto NuJazz Festival has brought together some of today’s most innovative and talented performers from around the world. For the first time ever, World Famous Music, Mercury Lounge, and House of PainT are presenting the Ottawa edition over a three-day period. The goal is to celebrate the spirit of jazz in a contemporary musical and presentation context, featuring bands that cover an incredibly diverse range of styles and DJs who fill their sets with a variety of anthems. This year’s lineup includes three progressive groups that break down musical barriers: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (USA), Soul Motivators (Toronto), and Jazz Amnesty Sound System (Montreal). Thursday, November 22, to Sunday, November 24, 10 p.m. Ticket prices vary, 3-day pass for $30. See website for venue details. www.mercurylounge.com.
THE BAOBAB COMMUNITY PRESENTS: GAHU, EH!
Indulge in the genuine Ghanaian song and dance experience with the Carleton University Music Department’s West African Rhythm Ensemble and the Baobab Youth Performers. Combining music, dance, and drum elements, this program will include the talented Nani Agbeli of Ghana. He was trained at a young age to be a master of percussion and dance by his late father Godwin Agbeli, and currently teaches at Berklee College of Music and Tufts University in Boston. Agbeli will lead over 50 drummers and dancers in the performance of two main pieces called Tokwoe and Gahu, both of which are visually and sonically powerful. Friday, November 23, 8 p.m. $20 adults, $10 students and seniors. Kailash Mitel Theatre, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Dr., www.baobabtree.org.
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In this memorable story made famous by Kevin Bacon’s dance moves, music and dance take centre stage. With a Tony-nominated score, not to mention a Top 40 soundtrack that reached #1 on the Billboard charts (you’ve got the theme song stuck in your head now, don’t you?), this modern stage adaptation by Dean Pitchford is sure to get your toes tapping. What began as a story about a boy moving to a small town and finding a ban on dancing has emerged as one of the most recognized movie musicals of our time. The struggle between youth in rebellion and traditional ways of thinking is a central theme, as Footloose celebrates the wisdom of young people in a world set in its ways. Friday, November 23, to Sunday, December 2, 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. $37-$40, seniors $31-$37, children $20-$25. Centrepoint Theatre, 101 Centrepoint Dr., www.centrepointetheatre.ca.
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