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Ottawa International Animation Festival

8:48 am in Festival News, Festivals in the News

Who knew that every year Ottawa is host to the largest animation festival in North America?

That\’s right. From September 19th to 23rd, the nation\’s capital will once again become the center of the animation universe. For five days, movie screens in downtown Ottawa will fill with some of the finest works of animation from around the world. Screening venues include the ByTowne Cinema, National Gallery of Canada, Empire Theatres Rideau Centre and Arts Court Theatre.

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One World Film Festival Presents Road to Baleya

8:52 am in Festival News, News Release

August 7th, 2012, OTTAWA – The One World Film Festival will host a special presentation of Road to Baleya. This documentary film follows the 2004 journey of four Canadian musicians to Mali, West Africa to teach and learn from local musicians and students at Mali\’s Insitut National des Arts. Musicians featured in the film include Mansa Sissoko, Lewis Melville, Tannis Slimmon, Dale Morningstar, and Dave Clarke. Following the film screening, the audience will enjoy a live performance by Tannis Slimmon. Director Bay Weyman will also participate in an audience Question and Answer session. Read the rest of this entry →

Dance: Emerging dancers featured

3:56 pm in Festival News, Festivals in the News

The Ottawa Citizen

Works by Crystal Pite, Aszure Barton and Paul-André Fortier will headline the 2012 Canada Dance Festival, which runs June 8-16 at venues around Ottawa. More than 100 Canadian dancers and choreographers will be taking part in this year’s edition of the festival, which showcases the best and newest in contemporary Canadian dance.\"Canada

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The Festival opens June 8 with the world premiere of a new work by Alberta-born, New York-based Aszure Barton. A festival commission, Project XII is described as considering “the hard and the soft, the curved and the sharp memories of the feminine.” It will be performed by seven dancers and to an original score by Lev Zhurbin and Curtis Macdonald.

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Dancing up a storm

3:48 pm in Festival News, Festivals in the News

Festival features work of more than 100 dancers and choreographers

By Natasha Gauthier, The Ottawa Citizen

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Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Citizen

What: 2012 Canada Dance Fest
When: June 8-16
Where: The NAC, Arts Court, La Nouvelle Scène

Works by Crystal Pite, Aszure Barton and Paul-André Fortier will headline the 2012 Canada Dance Festival, which runs June 8-16 at venues around Ottawa. More than 100 Canadian dancers and choreographers will be taking part in this year’s edition of the festival, which showcases the best and newest in contemporary Canadian dance.

The Festival opens June 8 with the world premiere of a new work by Alberta-born, New York-based Aszure Barton. A festival commission, Project XII is described as considering “the hard and the soft, the curved and the sharp memories of the feminine.” It will be performed by seven dancers and to an original score by Lev Zhurbin and Curtis Macdonald.

 

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Nuit Blanche, Animation fest partner up for a hot September night

1:42 pm in Festival News, Festivals in the News

[{Courtesy of the Big Beat, Ottawa Citizen]

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Nuit Blanche Ottawa has signed another partnership with a pre-existing, and overlapping, festival.

Nuit Blanche, to hold its inaugural event in Ottawa on Sept. 22, will partner with the Ottawa International Animation Festival, which will be held Sept. 19 to 23.

Nuit Blanche is a one-night festival of contemporary art installations and exhibitions, spread throughout numerous permanent and temporary venues in the city core.

When Nuit Blanche Ottawa 2012 was announced last October, there were concerns in the arts community about scheduling conflicts. NB organizers are turning the conflicts to their advantage with the partnerships, first with the X Photography Festival, and now with the OIAF. People attending OIAF screenings on Sept. 22 — scheduled for the ByTowne Cinema, Arts Court, Empire theatres, the Rideau Centre, the National Gallery and the Museum of Civilization. All theatres will display invitations to visit the Nuit Blanche events being held that same night around the city core.

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What\’s next for Ottawa\’s theatre scene?

10:37 am in Festival News, Festivals in the News

Reported by: Tinahnia, Openfile

In a funny way, the resurgence of Ottawa\’s theatre scene over the last dozen years can be traced back to Canada\’s most famous political assassination.

On April 7, 1868, Thomas D’Arcy McGee, a Father of Confederation and Member of Parliament, was shot in the head on Sparks Street, less than a year after Canada was born. The perpetrator was allegedly Patrick J. Whelan, who was hanged publicly at what\’s now a youth hostel—formerly Carleton County Gaol—on Nicholas Street.

That was Canada’s only assassination of a federal figure, and the whole episode continues to fascinate history buffs in the nation\’s capital. Among those who were captivated by the story was Pierre Brault, who created a one-man show about Whelan called “Blood on the Moon” with collaborators Judi Pearl and Jon Koensgen.

“Blood” debuted at the Ottawa Fringe Festival in June 1999 at Arts Court—right next door to the former jail where Whelan was hanged.

Nobody realized that “Blood” would become a legend of its own—even a catalyst for the growth of the Ottawa theatre scene. A smash hit at Fringe that year, “Blood” was picked up by the NAC’s then-Artistic Director Marti Maraden for a reprisal on Canada’s national stage.

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Nuit Blanche meeting set for Tuesday

2:48 pm in Community News, Industry News, Ottawa News

The Ottawa Citizen

The campaign to launch a Nuit Blanche in Ottawa is gathering steam again. There\’s a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at La Nouvelle Scène, 333 King Edward Ave., to discuss the launch of the onenight, city-wide festivals of contemporary art that are held in Toronto, Paris and many other cities. The meeting is organized by BRAVO-est, an arts group in Eastern Ontario. Material sent to people invited to the meeting says that Nuit Blanche will debut in Ottawa on Sept. 22, 2012. Organizers say Club SAW in Arts Court and the Gordon Harrison Gallery on Sussex Drive have already signed on.

Bambi, Godzilla and a few surreal spirits

4:46 pm in Festival News, News Release

Festival turns Ottawa into an animation paradise

Steven Mazey, the Ottawa Citizen

FIVE DAYS OF TOONS

What: Ottawa International Animation Festival, the largest event of its kind in North America

When & where: Sept. 21 to 25. Screening venues include ByTowne Cinema, Arts Court, Rideau Centre cinemas and others

Tickets and passes: Single tickets are $12 general, $7 for seniors and children under 12. Passes, at assorted prices, are also available.

Information: www.animationfestival.ca; 613-232-8769

Watch a Clip: Watch a trailer for Chico and Rita, one of four feature films in competition this year.

OTTAWA — In case you didn’t hear about it, Bambi once met Godzilla.

The encounter didn’t go well for the little deer, as you’ll see if you attend “Ten Reasons to Love Animation,” one of the special presentations at this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival.

Running Sept. 21 to 25, the festival is the largest event of its kind in North America, with more than 150 films from around the world presented on screens around town, chosen from more than 2,000 that were submitted.

Read more on the Ottawa Citizen website: Bambi, Godzilla and a few surreal spirits

Residential tower key to Arts Court expansion

1:01 pm in Festival and Event Industry, Industry News, Ottawa News

David Reevely, The Ottawa Citizen

A $36-million expansion of Arts Court was passed unanimously at a meeting of city council\’s finance committee Thursday afternoon.

A dozen speakers praised the plan to renovate and expand Arts Court during the debate. Councillors also spoke positively about the idea, but for some concerns about parking at the site. The proposal was approved in a vote held just after noon.

Key to the plan – which would still need sign-off from full city council next week – is a roughly 18-storey residential tower in the project, to help defray the costs. It\’s a similar model to that used by the Irving Greenberg Centre on the west side, where a residential tower helped pay for a new theatre for the Great Canadian Theatre Company. The existing Arts Court building would be rearranged inside, and a large new wing built on land that\’s now parking lot along Nicholas Street at the Mackenzie King Bridge.

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$36M Arts Court expansion approved by city finance committee

10:18 am in Festival and Event Industry, Industry News, Ottawa News

David Reevely, The Ottawa Citizen

OTTAWA — A $36-million expansion of Arts Court was passed unanimously at a meeting of city council’s finance committee Thursday afternoon.

A dozen speakers praised the plan to renovate and expand Arts Court during the debate. Councillors also spoke positively about the idea, but for some concerns about parking at the site. The proposal was approved in a vote held just after noon.

Key to the plan — which would still need sign-off from full city council next week — is a roughly 18-storey residential tower in the project, to help defray the costs. It’s a similar model to that used by the Irving Greenberg Centre on the west side, where a residential tower helped pay for a new theatre for the Great Canadian Theatre Company. The existing Arts Court building would be rearranged inside, and a large new wing built on land that’s now parking lot along Nicholas Street at the Mackenzie King Bridge.

The architectural details need more work, but the residential tower, which would bring in an estimated $3.5 million for the project, would likely be at the southeast corner of the site, at Waller Street and Daly Avenue.

Read more on the Ottawa Citizen website:  $36M Arts Court expansion approved by city finance committee