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The Gladstone Theater Under New Management

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The Board of Directors of The Gladstone Theatre is delighted to announce Ottawa’s own AL Connors will take the helm of the historic venue at 910 Gladstone Avenue.

The 235-seat theatre at 910 Gladstone was home to the Great Canadian Theatre Company from 1982 to 2007. Since then, it’s been operated as The Gladstone, managed by Plosive Productions from 2011 till this past Fall. In 2016, a steering committee made up of members of the Ottawa theatre community, led by Plosive’s David Whiteley, the theatre’s volunteer manager, worked to create a new organization to run the theatre. On November 8, 2016 The Gladstone Theatre Inc. was founded as the new caretaker of 910 Gladstone avenue, a venue which has become a bustling hub for Ottawa’s independent theatre community. So far this season, over 10,000 theatre goers have attended shows at The Gladstone! AL Connors becomes the new corporation’s first Theatre Manager.

“Maybe the best thing about this job is that I’m going to get to meet everyone!” says Connors referring to the long list of artists and producers who regularly present shows at the venue. “These fantastic artists will all come to me. It’s going to make me a lazy theatre patron, having shows down the hall from my desk. I’m pretty excited.”

Theatre patrons may recognize Connors from his on-stage roles in Gladstone hits Noises Off, The 39 Steps, and as Norman in last season’s The Norman Conquests Trilogy. Other Gladstone credits include directing Much Ado About Feckin’ Pirates, a Company of Fools’ A Midwinter’s Dream Tale, and most recently Pierre Brault in Will Somers. (more…)

Cube Gallery opens new exhibitions: Meet the Artists: Sunday, Feb 5

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Jan 31 to Feb 26, 2017

Kathy Haycock, “Down on the Farm”

Meet the Artists: Sunday, Feb 5

from 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Home could be a burrow, a box, a deluxe mansion or four walls and a roof. Is home a place or a state of mind? How we define it is unique to each and every one of us.
See what these four artists think of when they think about “Home” – Doug Cosbie, Kathy Haycock, John Jarrett & D.H. Monet.
“Home” is where the art is at Cube Gallery, 1285 Wellington St. from January 31 to February 26, 2017


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Alanis Obomsawin, filmmaker.

The Canadian Film Institute, in partnership with Carleton University’s School For Studies In Art and Culture’s Film Studies section, is proud to announce the next edition of the Canadian Masters series, featuring beloved documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin!
The Canadian Masters series is an ongoing celebration of excellence in Canadian filmmaking, featuring onstage interviews, special screenings, and audience discussions with some of the greatest names in Canadian film history.
This event will take place in two parts.
On Thursday, January 26th, CFI Executive Director Tom McSorley will conduct an onstage one-on-one interview with Alanis Obomsawin, discussing her filmography, issues affecting Indigenous people in Canada, her artistic process, and her impressive career which spans 46 years. Following the interview, attendees are invited to stay for a reception in the Arts Court Studio, where Alanis will be in attendance.
Please Note: Seating for the interview is limited. Tickets are now on sale!


8 by Mani Soleymanlou: What will it take to wake us up?

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Photo: courtesy of the NAC

February 1–4 at 8 p.m., NAC Studio.
Additional show February 4 at 3 p.m.

Translation of an article from Le Devoir. January 12, 2017 – OTTAWA – Eight actor friends wind up at a party. Stripped of their masks and stage characters, oblivious to the audience, they engage in a frank and uninhibited conversation during an evening that will change them forever.

Mani Soleymanloui, a (young) theatre artist who documented his full-blown identity crisis in his earlier plays Un and Deux, returns to Ottawa with his gang of fellow artists with 8, an investigation of the emptiness of our supposedly modern, hyperconnected world, where paradoxically we all feel so far from each other.

8 is the story of a party. The party where eight friends hope they can forget their doubts and everyday cares by throwing themselves, for the space of an evening, into something bigger than themselves. But how can you get away from what you are? Surely any attempt to escape is futile … No, that’s not it. That makes it sound too corny.


TEN – A New Exhibition at the CUBE! Works by 10 of our finest visual artsits/

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Coming to the  Cube gallery. Tuesday January 3rd, 2017 to Sunday January 29th, 2017


Sun Jan 8th, 2017 — 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

TEN Talented Artists at CUBE
Cube Gallery is pleased to kick off 2017 with a curated show of seminal works by 10 of our finest visual artists.
Experience this show of painters and photographers who are shaping and informing the art world here at home, across the country and around the world:


Season’s Greetings from Rosemary Thompson at the NAC

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nacimage001 Thank-you to the NAC!!

Nous vous remercions tous!!

The CCC – Les critiques du CCC!!

Seasons Greetings from La Nouvelle Scène: Meilleurs voeux à toute l’équipe du CCC

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Merci à La Nouvelle scène…et tous nos voeux de réussite pour la nouvelle année dans votre nouvelle maison!

Les critiques du CCC!!

The Ghomeshi Effect Dialogues: Preview: Raising awareness about sexual assault.

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(Ottawa, ON.) Dec. 14, 2016. The creators of the new verbatim dance-theatre performance The Ghomeshi Effect in collaboration with the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) present a free series of dialogues about sexual assault in our communities. These speaker events, called TGE Dialogues, will take place during the run of The Ghomeshi Effect at The Gladstone Theatre from January 19 to 28, 2017.

“From the very beginning, The Ghomeshi Effect has been about more than putting on a show; it is about opening a dialogue about sexual assault and raising awareness about the barriers survivors face when seeking justice,” says Jessica Ruano, creator and director of The Ghomeshi Effect. “Ottawa’s support services have been a valuable resource throughout the creation of this piece and we wanted to showcase their services and important work in the community.”


On the disappearing art of Theatre Criticism

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After the decision by the Ottawa Citizen to remove its theatre critic, ( following the removal , in 2011, of the local theatre critic by CBC), we decided to publish this most timely article by our colleague Stephen Hunt.

Guest critic STEPHEN HUNT . CALGARY — Special to The Globe and Mail.  Hunt was the theatre critic at the Calgary Herald for  10 years. Published Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 7:16PM EDT

The Canadian cultural critical landscape – outside of Toronto – looks bleaker. In Calgary, there are many signs of the demise of an important industry: The Calgary Theatre Critics’ Awards, locally known as The Critters, recently threw in the towel. I was let go back in January, part of massive Postmedia layoffs, leaving just one Calgary critic who appears in print media.

Our 73-year-old Louis Hobson, whose reviews run in both the Sun and the Herald, is Calgary’s last theatre critic standing – and after suffering a heart attack a year ago, even Mr. Hobson say he needs to cut back. (There are still two young, emerging Calgary theatre bloggers: Jenna Shummoogum and Rodrigo Flores, who find the enthusiasm to review 80 shows a year, featuring over a dozen professional companies, for little or no money – futile for a realistic career opportunity.)

It’s hardly a Calgary thing – or a Canadian thing, or a Postmedia thing, either. It’s happening everywhere.


Laurie Steven wins OAC Chalmers Arts Fellowship! Odyssey Theatre’s Artistic Director to Smash Stereotypes

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photo: Laurie Stevan

OTTAWA, ON, Dec. 8, 2016—Odyssey Theatre is proud to announce that Artistic Director Laurie Steven is a recipient of the prestigious Chalmers Arts Fellowship.

Awarded by the Ontario Arts Council, this grant provides significant funding for senior professional artists to take time from their usual creative pursuits to investigate, explore and experiment with style, technique, method, content or an issue in their arts practice. Instead of supporting specific projects, the program allows artists to dedicate themselves to their art form and further develop their careers.

Much of Steven’s work as a director, writer, dramaturge, and translator has involved myths and fairy tales—universal stories that are inextricably bound to culture and society as we know them. But she finds the characterizations of women in these stories to be “troublesome,” saying, “fairy tales are often patriarchal: heroines wait to be rescued, old women are demonized, and mother figures are villains extraordinaire.” This fellowship will allow Steven to create new archetypal female characters that speak to audiences today: “The heroines I write tend to be fighting for empowerment. They are characters with modern sensibilities trapped in a mythic past. I want to transport them to the modern world and address the concerns of contemporary women.”