Happy Canada Day!
As an artist, it’s sometimes difficult to find the time to enjoy the work of other artists and attend their events
Over the past couple of months, as I rehearsed two shows for the Fringe, performed regularly at Eddie May Murder Mystery, and helped revamp Exposure Gallery’s marketing strategy, I’m a little red-faced to admit that I didn’t find the time to get out and enjoy much of the arts that Ottawa has to offer.
On the one hand, as an artist, I know I am worse off when I don’t engage with the work of other artists. On the other hand, as the new editor and producer of the Ottawa Arts Newsletter, it feels a tad hypocritical of me to trumpet the arts and not also make a greater effort to enjoy all the arts Ottawa has to offer.
After all, we’re all busy in our own way — whatever our work may be — and the temptation to cocoon into our own projects is strong. The vitality of the Ottawa arts scene depends on our willingness to burst out of those cocoons and enjoy each other’s work and company. We ask our audiences to do it. We should too! Being an artist is no excuse!
On the plus side, my busy schedule creates a boon for readers of the Ottawa Arts Newsletter! Because I can’t possibly attend all the events to which I am now being invited, I can pass those invitations along to you!
So, I want to experiment with some ticket giveaways! If the response is favorable, I will make giveaways a regular feature of the Newsletter.
More importantly, in the four years since Jessica first started this newsletter, the Ottawa Arts scene has grown and is more vital than ever. I’m going to need your help to track and trumpet everything that is happening in our great city!
Keep an eye out for your chance to help grow the Ottawa arts scene!
p.s. If you are looking for a comprehensive, straight-up, “just the facts ma’am” what’s-on guide, click here for Mike’s mighty and always growing events guide at Unfolding Magazine.
July 8-10. 8pm.
Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre Studio
July 7, PWYC Preview. 8pm.
Co-created with Michele Decottignes, Artistic Director of Stage Left Productions, this one man show features Alan Shain, a disabled actor / comedian.
Marc has cerebral palsy. Linda has a sock fetish. Marc swears by white tube socks. Linda is turned on by elaborate and colourful socks! Can the love between Marc and Linda survive their war over socks?
I’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to the first person who emails me the name of one other person who helped develop this production.
Opening Night: Saturday, July 10th, 2010 at 7.00pm
Kinsmen Amphitheatre, Sandra S. Lawn Harbour, Prescott, ON.
Commissioned by the St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Trouble On Dibble Street by John Lazarus is a new adaption of The Merry Wives of Windsor. It is directed by Craig Walker and designed by Andrea Robertson. After the performance, you can also attend the 2010 Season Gala at the Prescott Town Hall and get to know the cast, crew, and company!
I have a pair of tickets to give away to this great night of theatre. The first person to tell me via email where and when Lazarus sets his new adaptation gets the tickets.
Blood Brothers & Another Home Invasion
Thousand Islands Playhouse
185 South Street
I’ve got tickets to give away for the two shows now playing at The Thousand Islands Playhouse.
Blood Brothers, by Willy Russell, is a musical about fraternal twins separated at birth who end up on opposite ends of the social spectrum. Both fall for the same girl, with tragic circumstances. It runs until July 31st.
Another Home Invasion, by Joan MacLeod, is a new one-woman show about the struggle to age with dignity. It stars Terry Tweed and runs until July 17th.
Each show plays at a different theatre. Pick the show you want to see and tell me via email the theatre where it is playing. The first person to do this for each show gets a pair of tickets (but the same person won’t get both sets of tickets — greedy pants!).
Click here to find the answer.
A Company of Fools Torchlight Shakespeare.
The Downtown Rideau B.I.A is launching a new theatre festival this summer, featuring 6 locally produced shows with 80 performances in 6 venues,
Free Lunchtime Performing Arts Series.
On Thursdays, in July and August, Ottawa performers are being featured at different wading pool parks throughout the city. The themed events will feature a variety of arts activities for children from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., including an artistic performance from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. There will even be a BBQ lunch on site (11:30 – 1 PM)
Check out the City of Ottawa site for dates, locations, and artists.
Have a great July! More changes are in store for the Newsletter, when I get back from the Winnipeg Fringe.