Ottawa Festivals d'Ottawa: Ottawa's Festival Headquarters | Les Informations de Festival d'Ottawa http://www.ottawafestivals.ca Ottawa's Festival Headquarters | Les Informations de Festival d'Ottawa Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:07:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Celebrate the magic and beauty of light http://www.ottawafestivals.ca/news/celebrate-the-magic-and-beauty-of-light/ http://www.ottawafestivals.ca/news/celebrate-the-magic-and-beauty-of-light/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:02:15 +0000 http://www.ottawafestivals.ca/?p=39854 Read more»]]> (News Release: NECTAR Centre]

The 12th Annual Ottawa Lumière Festival—presented each year by the New Edinburgh Community & Arts Centre (NECTAR)—is an evening of dazzling performers, magical lanterns, whimsical costumes and community spirit. Everyone is welcome—attendance is by donation.

On Saturday, August 16, 2014, New Edinburgh’s Stanley Park will be transformed for the Lumière Evening of Light Celebration. A dazzling array of glowing paper lanterns will be hung from the trees and lining the park’s paths, beckoning you and your family inside.

At 5 p.m. the Lumière lantern parade will begin at Crichton Street and the St. Patrick Street Bridge and wind its way along the river to Stanley Park. A second parade will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. as darkness falls and the lanterns attain their peak of luminous beauty.

Enchantment awaits
Children and adults alike are encouraged to dress up and join in the experience—dragons, fairies, knights and wizards will be everywhere. And you just might win a prize! Artists and performers, including Shakespearean actors and fire dancers, will perform through the park. At 7pm A Company of Fools will perform As You Like It as part of their Torchlight Tour. There will also be special vendors offering delicious food and drink.

Making ready, crafting light
In the two weeks leading up to Lumière, NECTAR holds lantern-making workshops that are family-friendly and open to the public. Choose to build and decorate your own lantern, or help to create some of the large community lanterns that will charm visitors to the Lumière Festival.

For more information please contact:
Anthony King, General Manager
New Edinburgh Community & Arts Centre (NECTAR)
info@nectarcentre.ca | 613-745-2742
lumiereottawa.com | nectarcentre.ca@NECTARCentre

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Chamberfest review: Brentano Quartet kicks off the festival in fine fashion http://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/music/chamberfest-review-brentano-quartet-kicks-off-the-festival-in-fine-fashion http://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/music/chamberfest-review-brentano-quartet-kicks-off-the-festival-in-fine-fashion#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:15:13 +0000 http://www.ottawafestivals.ca/?p=39848 Read more»]]> [Link: Ottawa Citizen]

Chamberfest Day 1
Brentano String Quartet
Dominion-Chalmers United Church
Thursday at 7 p.m.

So we’re off and running. The 2oth anniversary Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival began Thursday evening with a concert by the Brentano String Quartet. This ensemble is not as well known in these parts as the Leipzig or Borodin Quartets, for example, but if you saw the film A Late Quartet you will have heard the Brentanos. They provided the sound track over which the actors mimed playing their instruments.

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Jim Watson’s new Puppet http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/jim-watson-s-new-puppet-1.1927791 http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/jim-watson-s-new-puppet-1.1927791#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:32:01 +0000 http://www.ottawafestivals.ca/?p=39837 Read more»]]> [Link: CTV News]

Jim Watson finally has a new puppet.
Award winning puppeteer Noreen Young presented the Mayor with a brand new caricature at Ottawa City Hall today.
Young is the artistic director of the International Puppets Up! Festival in Almonte which starts on August 8, 2014.
Mayor Watson is the Festival’s Parade Marshall.
The parade is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.
The festival is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year.

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The new Capital Fair announces move to 10 day event in August 2014 http://www.ottawafestivals.ca/blog/the-new-capital-fair-announces-move-to-10-day-event-in-august-2014/ http://www.ottawafestivals.ca/blog/the-new-capital-fair-announces-move-to-10-day-event-in-august-2014/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:47:52 +0000 http://www.ottawafestivals.ca/?p=39824 Read more»]]> [News Release: Capital Fair]

The Capital (formerly Gloucester) Fair is excited to announce expanded new dates, a new name and a very special treat for everyone in Ottawa.

This year the newly renamed Fair is at the Rideau-Carleton Entertainment Center and will run from August 15th to 24th.  Featuring Ottawa’s biggest midway, the Fair is well known for its outdoor Monster Truck shows, D&S Southern Comfort “Smoked to the Bone” Pro BBQ competition and all around great family entertainment.  This year, courtesy of VLN Technologies, admission to the Fair will be FREE!  The Fair expects up to 100,000 visitors.

Also featured will be;

  • Ed Fernandez – Hypnotist Show
  • Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show
  • Smoked to the Bone BBQ Competition
  • Western Horse Show
  • Western Horse Barrel Races
  • Heart & Stroke Big Bike Night
  • Birds of Prey Show
  • Zombies have taken over the Fair!
  • Ottawa Freakfest 2014
  • The Capital Fair Pet Show
  • The Canadian Canine Adventure
  • Long & McQuade Musical Petting Zoo
  • Papanack Zoo
  • Armwrestling Championships
  • Princess or Pirate for a day
  • Try a sulky ride!
  • Reptile Rainforest Show
  • Cruise Nights
  • The Gloucester Horticultural Society presents…
  • Lots of free Grandstand Shows!
  • Ottawa Fire Dept Safety Trailer
  • DooDoo Dance Party
  • Monalea Petting Zoo & Pony Rides

There is so much to see and do at the 2014 Capital Fair!

The Fair is actively seeking volunteers to help with the summer celebration and invites everyone to check out the website at www.capitalfair.ca.

The Fair has been at Rideau-Carleton since 1998.

Media contact:
Harley Bloom
613-741-3247 (Fair office) | 613-851-3567 (Cell)
harley@capitalfair.ca

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For the love of music: Volunteers help make the Chamberfest go http://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/local-arts/chamberfest http://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/local-arts/chamberfest#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:28:08 +0000 http://www.ottawafestivals.ca/?p=39832 Read more»]]> [Link: Ottawa Citizen]

When Dr. Eileen Overend (PhD literature) moved to Canada from Britain in September 1972 with her husband Dr. Ralph Overend (PhD in science), she was looking for opportunity. Canada beckoned and eventually Ottawa seemed a fit.

She certainly found opportunity and fulfilment as a teacher and, later, as a senior policy adviser on aboriginal issues in the federal government. But she also found food for the soul in the form of The Ottawa Choral Society, where she was a sensible alto, and in the Ottawa Chamberfest, where she has been a volunteer for all 20 years of the world’s largest celebration of chamber music.

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Buy a unique bar stool, support House of PainT Festival http://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/local-arts/buy-a-unique-bar-stool-support-house-of-paint-festival http://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/local-arts/buy-a-unique-bar-stool-support-house-of-paint-festival#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:03:11 +0000 http://www.ottawafestivals.ca/?p=39820 Read more»]]> [Link: Ottawa Citizen]

The House of PainT festival has an intriguing fundraiser on Thursday, July 24 at Club Saw (67 Nicholas St., in the Arts Court building).

At the event, named Recognize, six local artists will create something new on 14 bar stools (donated by Union 613 restaurant), and the bar stools will be auctioned live to the audience.

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Ottawa Fest Announces Shorts Selections https://www.animationmagazine.net/events/ottawa-fest-announces-shorts-selections/ https://www.animationmagazine.net/events/ottawa-fest-announces-shorts-selections/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:04:00 +0000 http://www.ottawafestivals.ca/?p=39835 Read more»]]> [Link: Animation Magazine]

The Ottawa International Animation Festival is pleased to announce the official selection of short films that will compete for the Grand Prize at this year’s festival running Sept. 17-21.

From a total of 2,033 entries received, 110 films representing 24 countries have been chosen for the competition.

Eleven Canadian short films will compete alongside with the best animation works from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, Estonia and Germany.

An additional 71 films were selected for the out-of-competition Showcase screenings; 37 of which films will be shown in Student Showcase.

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Mosaika Reaches One Million Spectators http://www.ottawafestivals.ca/news/mosaika-reaches-one-million-spectators/ http://www.ottawafestivals.ca/news/mosaika-reaches-one-million-spectators/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:44:34 +0000 http://www.ottawafestivals.ca/?p=39812 Read more»]]> [News Release: Department of Canadian Heritage]

Final season of the popular sound and light show gains momentum

Canadian Heritage, in collaboration with exclusive sponsor Manulife, is proud to announce that as of tonight, over one million spectators have experienced the sights and sounds of the current edition of the sound and light show on Parliament Hill, Mosaika: Canada Through the Eyes of its People. This major milestone comes asMosaika’s very successful run moves through its final season.

Mosaika, which launched in July 2010, is a free 30-minute bilingual experience that uses spectacular lighting effects, stunning animated projections, and a rich tapestry of words, music and sounds to tell the story of Canada using the historic backdrop of the Peace Tower and Centre Block.

Quick Facts

  • Mosaika runs until September 6, 2014.
  • The show has garnered 13 national and international awards, and has twice been named one of the top 100 festivals and events in Ontario.
  • Mosaika has an overwhelming visitor approval rating: 95 percent were very or extremely satisfied with the show; 90 percent would watch the show again; and 99 percent would recommend it to others (Harris-Decima, 2012 survey).
  • Sound and light shows have been presented free of charge on Parliament Hill since 1984.
  • A renewed show is in development and scheduled for release next summer.
  • Manulife is the exclusive sponsor of Mosaika.

Quotes

“Mosaika has attracted Canadians and international visitors from all walks of life because it tells a compelling story about our collective history and achievements. We hope those who experience the show on Parliament Hill leave with a sense of pride and a better understanding of who we are as Canadians.”

- The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

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GCTC announces appointment of Hugh Neilson as Managing Director, effective October 2014 http://www.ottawafestivals.ca/news/festival-news/gctc-announces-appointment-of-hugh-neilson-as-managing-director-effective-october-2014/ http://www.ottawafestivals.ca/news/festival-news/gctc-announces-appointment-of-hugh-neilson-as-managing-director-effective-october-2014/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:28:06 +0000 http://www.ottawafestivals.ca/?p=39803 Read more»]]> The Great Canadian Theatre Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Hugh Neilson as the company’s new Managing Director, effective October 2014.

Mr. Neilson is currently General Manager of Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon. A graduate of the University of Ottawa, he also attended Lisgar Collegiate before breaking into Ottawa’s arts scene as a performer – notably on the improv comedy circuit. A founder of the Canadian Improv Games, Mr. Neilson continues to serve on the Board of Directors for the association.

He takes over the reins at GCTC from Nancy Oakley who served as General Manager for nine years.  Along with managing financials, human resources, core operations and governance, Ms. Oakley led GCTC’s move from its Gladstone facility to the new Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre on Wellington Street.

Mr. Neilson is a senior arts administrator who has worked with Theatre Passe Muraille, Young People’s Theatre, and as Deputy Director for the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT). He continues to serve on PACT’s Board of Directors as Chair of its Labour Relations Committee.

The Chair of GCTC’s Board of Directors, Nhanci Wright, is looking forward to working with him as GCTC celebrates its 40th anniversary: “Nancy Oakley led GCTC through a period of incredible transformation and we are looking forward to working with Mr. Neilson as he leads us into our fifth decade”.

No stranger to Ottawa’s theatre community, Mr. Neilson’s relationship with GCTC dates back to 1992. Reflecting on his upcoming return to Ottawa, he says, “I am very happy to be joining the passionate board and staff of GCTC as this company embarks on its next 40 years. I am also excited to be returning to the city and people who were so very influential in the early years of my career in the arts.

The Great Canadian Theatre Company opens its 40th Anniversary Season on September 18, 2014 with the world premiere of The Boy in the Moon by Emil Sher, based on the book by Ian Brown.

About the Great Canadian Theatre Company: “To foster, produce and promote excellent theatre that provokes examination of Canadian life and our place in the world.” 

GCTC is celebrating its 40th Anniversary Season in 2014 – 2015.  GCTC has developed from a small group of five people who joined together at Carleton University with little more than an idea, to become a vibrant independent professional theatre company.   GCTC is committed to the production of new Canadian work and artist development. We continue to commission and workshop new plays by emerging and established playwrights. We mentor emerging companies and artists through our undercurrents festival, masterclasses, and internships.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Sheilagh D’Arcy McGee
Media Relations, GCTC
media@gctc.ca
819-827-7443

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Ottawa to host One Young World Summit in 2016 http://www.ottawasun.com/2014/07/21/ottawa-to-host-one-young-world-summit-in-2016 http://www.ottawasun.com/2014/07/21/ottawa-to-host-one-young-world-summit-in-2016#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:45:01 +0000 http://www.ottawafestivals.ca/?p=39814 Read more»]]> [Link: Ottawa Sun]

Ottawa has been selected to host an international conference of “young leaders” in 2016.

The announcement came on Monday morning. Ottawa was one of four cities vying for the conference, along with Kobe in Japan, Bangkok, Thailand and Hong Kong.

The conference brings together youth from ages 18 to 30 from almost 200 countries each year. The United Kingdom-based not-for-profit organization says it gathers “the brightest young people from around the world, empowering them to make lasting connections to create positive change.”

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