Ottawa Arts Newsletter
This wonderful monthly roundup is compiled by arts enthusiast Jessica Ruano.
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JUNE 2009

Greetings Ottawa arts enthusiasts!   June is our designated Theatre Month, and includes the Magnetic North Theatre Festival and the Ottawa Fringe Festival!  There is so much to cover, but I'll take the space here to chat about the local elements in each festival.


(You can find out more about these festivals on their respective websites!)

June 3 to 13
Magnetic North Theatre Festival

There are almost a dozen great productions to see at the Magnetic North this year (especially looking forward to new work from the Old Trout Puppet Workshop!), as well as a number of workshops and panels; but Ottawa has its own gifts to offer at this national festival. Premiering next month is the Rideau Project: a collection of site-specific pieces written by some of Ottawa’s best francophone and anglophone playwrights. Don’t miss great work from Patrick Gauthier, Michel Ouellette, John Ng, Luc Moquin, Pierre Brault, and Sarah Migneron. All shows take place downtown and the event is entirely FREE. Gotta love free theatre. Bring all your friends! Also, I hear that local musician Glenn Nuotio will be playing a few tunes this Saturday night at the festival.

June 18 to 28
Ottawa Fringe Festival

Ah, the most wonderful time of the year! Ottawa Fringe is always a terrific grab-bag of talent (or lack thereof – common, that’s the fun of the lottery system!) from local, national, and international companies. Each show is only $10 and you can purchase passes with great discounts. Hang around the Beer tent between shows to find out what’s the hot item this year.

In terms of local companies, we have a number of promising shows on the radar: Mike Doiron directs Duel; Kelly Rigole and Simon Bradshaw in This is a Recording; Richard Hemphill’s Enter Screaming; Counterpoint Players’ Pirate Jenny’s Circus; Nadine Thornhill in Oreo; Kate Smith and Amy Lester in We Never Clothed; Ally Vice’s Playing Princess; Nick Di Gaetano in Inclement Weather; No Exit Upstage featuring Natasha Jetté and Nancy Kenny; Kel Parsons and David Whiteley in The Beer Tent; and …Comes Around from mutatis mutandis and The Absinthe Collective. Please check the website in case I missed any!

While I am going to be caught up with these two giant festivals, there are still a number of individual events happening in Ottawa this month. Looking for something a little bit different? The following events are guaranteed to catch your interest…


June 4
é e Houle and Mathias Kom play Zaphod’s

Ottawa’s accordian goddess returns for a quick gig in the capital city. Don’t miss Marie Josée’s haunting melodies, backed by a number of talented artists. Show starts at 9pm.

June 5   to 14
The Full Monty – Orpheus Musical Theatre Society

Okay, we all know the story: a group of desperate, unemployed men strip for money. You KNOW you want to see this and find out which local actors are prepared to bare it all. Come out and support nudity in all its forms!

June 6
Capital Slam FINALS!

Don’t miss the best of spoken word in Ottawa. The winners from this evening’s competition will make up the capital team that will compete at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word this fall in Victoria. See your favourite poets and performers in action: Ian Keteku, Open Secret, Poetic Speed,   Prufrock, Brad Morden, Greg ‘Ritallin’ Frankson, Rusty Priske, and Brandon   Wint. Show starts at 7 at the Mercury Lounge, but you’ll want to arrive before 6:30 (probably around 6) to guarantee entry. I’m not even kidding.

June 9
Voices of Venus: Amanda Earl

Looking   for the feminine side of spoken word? This series – recently created by Amazon   Syren and Faye Estrella – features a different female writer each month: for   June we have Bywords editor Amanda Earl, famous for her scintillating erotic poetry. Open mic starts at 8pm and the feature poet follows.

June 12   – 18
Five Day Group Exhibit at La Petite Mort Gallery

UNLOAD:   a collective creative dumpfest. If that turns you on, go check it out!   Featuring Michael ZEKE Zavacky, Beaston, Andy Borehol, Clare Brennan, Alain   Brunet, Adam Begin, Lori Langille, and Jan Soetermans.

June 13
Voices for the Environment – Little Voice Big Sound

You’ll experience music, dance, theatre, and visual art at La Nouvelle Scène to celebrate the importance of our environment, and to coincide wtih World Environment Day. Featuring John Akpata, Arianne Beauchamp, David Chernushenko, Zeynep Ergincan, Mehdi Hamdad, Nathanael Larochette, Chloe Laberge-Perrault, Stefan Thompson, and Snowflake.

June 15   to 19
Guerilla Heart Juice! Workshops

This   new physical theatre collective consisting of Alix Sideris, Andy Massingham,   and Peter Ryan is offering a 5-day workshop this month that deals with the concept of “risk.” Take a chance and find out what you’re capable of!

June 18
A Midsummer Night’s Magic: The Strange and Enchanted Road to Faerie

Lifting the veil between our world and the world of faerie can be as dangerous as it is rewarding. Journey with the Ottawa Storytellers into that other realm through story and song, lured by the ancient sound of the harp. Featuring Gail Anglin, Kim Kilpatrick, and Caitlyn Paxson.

June 20
Lady Fest Ottawa Summer Workshops

From 10 to 5 at the Bronson Centre, you can check out a number of pay-what-you-can workshops, including Finishing Your Novel, all about battling writer’s block!

June 27
Supporting Women Through Art

Described as an urban retreat and spa, this is an evening of fashion, poetry, music, art, and women at 424 Queen Street from 4 to 6. Part of the proceeds go to the Braids for AIDS Campaign.

And  that should keep everyone occupied for the month!

Remember  to check out my website at for updates throughout the month: commentaries on productions at the Magnetic North and the Fringe; notes from interviews and panels; and perhaps even a bit of local celebrity gossip!


Check out Jessica's website and blog for insights on local arts and theatre events and musings about Ottawa's fabulous arts scene.  We look forward to working with Jessica to bring a fresh, witty local flavour to our Ottawa Arts coverage, and we welcome her happily as a Special Contributor to

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