Festivals in the News


Ottawa festival runs under the current of mainstream theatre

[Link: Metro Ottawa] Undercurrents is underway this week in Ottawa with its fifth edition and biggest lineup yet. Nine shows from Ottawa and elsewhere are playing in the Arts Court Theatre or Studio. But don’t expect the traditional plays you ... read more »

Don't Quit Your Day Job

Around Town: Local celebs hit stage for Don’t Quit Your Day Job arts benefit

[Link: Ottawa Citizen] The celebrity cabaret fundraiser Don’t Quit Your Day Job was back for its third year, filling the Fourth Stage of the National Arts Centre with song and music and some cheek-hurting, side-splitting laughter on a cold and ... read more »

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Winter Brewfest bound for Lansdowne Park: Celebration of local suds aims to take chill away

[Link: ottawacommunitynews.com] It’s proven to be a cold winter so far, but the organizers of Ottawa’s first annual Winter Brewfest believe they have just the antidote. Lansdowne Park will be the venue for the festival, which will showcase ... read more »

Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival

Emerging Toronto singer Scott Helman performing at Ottawa Jazz Festival

[Link: Metro Ottawa] On Feb. 14, he will perform at the Dominion Chalmers United Church at 5:45 p.m. before he joins Jay Malinowski & the Deadcoast, Reuben and the Dark, and Martha Wainwright who will each perform three songs in a musical ... read more »

Undercurrents Festival

Theatre preview: Undercurrents gets from A to B with story and song

[Link: Ottawa Citizen] Most of us use bicycles to get from A to B. Toronto musician, theatre artist and lifelong cycling enthusiast evalyn parry does that too, but in her show SPIN – part of the Undercurrents theatre festival at Arts Court Feb. ... read more »

Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival

Seven great things that happened at Saturday’s TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival jam session

[Link: Ottawa Citizen] Thanks to the Ottawa Jazz Festival and ARC The.Hotel for making the jam sessions, which continue next Friday and Saturday, happen. I’ve had one New York jazz musician scoff a bit at me previously for “reviewing” jam ... read more »

Woman taking pictures at Winterlude

Photos: Saturday at Winterlude

[Link: Ottawa Citizen] Photos from Winterlude on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015.

Bright Nights Baltic-Nordic Film Festival

The Bright Nights Baltic-Nordic Film Festival gets under way

[Link: Ottawa Citizen] The Canadian Film Institute is presenting a week-long festival of films from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Iceland, Lithuania, and Norway.

Rideau Canal

Why the Heck Would Anyone Go to Ottawa, Canada in the Middle of Winter?

[Link: Jaunted] What you may not know is that Ottawa has a dining scene increasingly adopting the "100-mile diet" concept of localized gastronomy, a booming hotel scene, and an outdoorsy scene throughout the winter, thanks to the annual ... read more »

Matt Wilson

TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival: Matt Wilson, on finding consolation in jazz

[Link: Ottawa Citizen] If there’s anyone in music who can make his drums sound like happiness, it’s jazz drummer Matt Wilson. Feb. 7, 9 p.m., NAC Fourth Stage, Ottawa.