Christopher Griffin’s Nuit Blanche Bypass! Portage: Be Part of the Creation

Esteemed artist Christopher Griffin is taking Nuit Blanche Ottawa Gatineau (NBOG) 2014 theme BYPASS! to the artistic extreme.

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Griffin will launch “Portage” an interactive clay flash mob experience where the public is welcomed to touch, mold, embellish and ultimately create an art installation on Friday Sept, 19th.  Griffin has chosen to literally interpret Nuit Blanche’s 2014 theme BYPASS by veering from the official date and unleashing his art party of clay, dj’d beats and creativity one night early.

The result of Friday’s “Portage” will be screened on the official Nuit Blanche evening whereby visitors can revisit the courtyard party now passed.

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24 York Street – the courtyard
Friday September 19th 4:00-11:00PM

Christopher Griffin is a Canadian artist that has exhibited work throughout North, Central and South America. Griffin’s works are largely inspired by his extensive travels and by his local observations.

Christopher Griffin_Concrete ElephantGriffin has exhibited at Nuit Blanche since its inaugural year 2012 where his “Flourishing Herd of Elephants” proved a hugely popular exhibit encapsulating the mystique and joyfully humane expression of the event while 2013’s “SuperNova” melding of clay and automobile captured the all-nighter imaginings of rebirth and the melding of factory made creation enrobed in crafted clay.

Rideau Vanier Candidates Debate – Monday Sept 15th

The race for the Ward 12 Rideau-Vanier is nothing if not exciting. With many issues from homelessness, the urgent need for revitalisation, committed representation, smart place-making and increasing modal-share just to name a very few.

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Monday night will be the first All Candidates debate – strictly on transportation issues – in our ward and it is taking place 7PM at 159 Murray.  Transportation touches on so much and is an integral part of making Ward12 a full success ensuring room for pedestrians, patios, and all modes of transit. Prep some tough questions and come here how your candidates respond.

Go Gold this Sunday

We’ve written several times about Overbrook neighbour Phoebe Rose Doull Hoffman and her childhood cancer  challenges.GoGold

Unfortunately, she and her family will not be able to attend this year’s awareness raising event in Ottawa due to Phoebe’s relapse treatment in Denver, Co. However we urge the neighbourhood and beyond to come out in droves to Parliament Hill this Sunday at 5:45PM for the Childhood Cancer Awareness rally for a wonderful, fun and important evening. There will be music, puppets, speakers, face-painting, bubbles and more.

Serious though this topic is GO GOLD is a heart-warming gathering and  fun event that needs your presence to make it’s message heard. -So please come alone, with friends, with kids, for a short visit or stay the duration but please come out and see the Peace Tower GO GOLD in support of all those and their families afflicted by Childhood Cancer

Eye Spy: Two Parks, Two Events, One Neighbourhood TODAY!

windinthewillowsJoin Odyssey & Rag and Bone Theatre for today’s final matinee performance at 1PM in Strathcona Park. The sun is currently shinning bright over Sandy Hill so no better opportunity to experience theatre in the great outdoors with kids and the young at heart. Today’s performance from the innovative puppet theatre Rag & Bone Theatre brings Kenneth Grahame classic “The Wind in The Willows” to Ottawa’s stage with a river view.

1PM Strathcona Park (River Road by Laurier Ave E)

RAIN DATE MOVE!!! Play has been relocated to All Saint’s Church 317 Chapel St at Laurier Ave.

80 - "Stone Gazebo" as seen in MacDonald Gardens ParkThis evening it’s over to MacDonald Garden’s Park on the opposite side of Rideau to celebrate the centenary of this local dog-friendly haven with one of the best sunset views in the capital city. This park has a fantastical history as a previous a cemetery when the cemetery by Parliament (Queen St) was moved here due to overcrowding in the 1830’s. Come celebrate 100 years and learn some of Ottawa’s oldest history.
6PM MacDonald Gardens.Park (Between Coburg St & Wurtemburg St and Heney St & Rideau St)

Eye Spy: “The Birder” sees native son return to Ottawa Screens

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The Birder” premières tomorrow Thursday July 31st at Ottawa’s Mayfair Theatre on Bank St.  The comedy, currently boasting a 7.9/10 IMDB rating, sees mild-mannered bird watcher Ron (Tom Cavanagh – Ottawa born and yours truly’s brother) seek revenge after losing out as Head of Ornithology at a National Park to a younger couple.

As well as Cavanagh, The Birder heralds the return of wonderful Ontario-born actor Graham Greene, perennial comedy master Fred Willard in the role of Park President with Toronto natives Tommie-Amber Pirie and Mark Rendall who is rumoured to deliver a tremendous performance.

An Official Selection at Raindance Film Festival 2013, the Calgary International Film Festival, the Canadian Film Fest and the Los Angeles Comedy Festival The Birder promises smart wit and charm.

The Mayfair is a great choice given Tom lived as a child for  several years around the corner in Old Ottawa South on Willard St.

Tomorrow’s première will be attended by the film’s Director Theodore Bezaire, Producer Gerry Lattman and more so fly on out for a great flick with a touch of home!

The Birder
Thursday July 31st 7:00PM
The Mayfair Theatre 1074 Bank St.

The Financier (Tucaret) – Memorable “Theatre Under the Stars”

Second summer in Sandy Hill and first outing to Odyssey’s “Theatre Under the Stars” in Strathcona Park. This summer’s production The Financier is an English translation of Alain-Rene Lesage’s Tucaret – an amusing comedic romp about deception, greed and posturing of the Baroque French upper class.  It’s a who-done-it of pretence as the story unfolds to reveal who really holds the upper-hand in this convoluted caper of deceit.

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Tucaret (Andy Massingham), the eponymous financier, is a treacherous loan-shark financing the house-hold of his mistress, the Baroness (Chandel Gambles). The Baroness plays him while in turn funding her own deceitful lover the Knight (Attila Clemann). No sooner has Tucaret gifted the Baroness that she is scammed by the Knight and his wily valet Frontin (Jesse Buck).  An attempt by handmaiden Lisette (Alanna Bale) to protect her mistress’ assets soon sees her supplanted by Marine (again Bale) Frontin’s handpicked accomplice. Throw in to the mix a drunken Marquis (Mark Huisman), a wife (Nichola Lawrence) confined to the Provinces and a social occasion that puts to shame any awkward family dinner you may have experienced and the scene is set for the veritable collapse of this house of cards. The climax is an uproarious frenzy of feverish de-masking.

Odyssey creates unique theatre with masked actors, an outdoor set and the use of props to mimic the fractious fragile treachery on stage.  The masks and choreography are beautifully done; the former fitted individually to each performer while the latter lends an air of ‘marionette’ styling which lends itself well to the “pretences” at hand. Yet these aspects separate the audience from the actors and make it difficult to connect with the characters.  Although the cast performed well – one remains slightly detached without any sense of stand-out performances due to the obscured facials expressions. While the choreography is masterful the execution was distinctly more successful by some – the delightful Alana Bale in particular – than others.

The Financier is an enjoyable period comedy but it was the overall experience that lingers.  The ensemble of the proficient, distinctive cast performance, the costumes, the masks, the set and the open-air setting all come together to create a memorable evening; one to surely add to the summer calendar.

Note: Odyssey Theatre has teamed up with Le Cordon Bleu’s Signatures Restaurant to offer a “picnic & play” option which is highly recommended.

The Financier (Tucaret)
July 24- August 24th
Evenings 8:00PM, Saturday & Sunday Pay-What-You-Can Matinees 3:00PM
Strathcona Park – Range Road & Laurier Avenue

Eye Spy: Rideau St features in Spacing.ca

This week our very own Rideau features in Spacing.ca

Rideau Street and really all of Ward12 has a fascinating, long-reaching and rich history.

From the worker’s that built the city and canal, the historic Jewish community alongside many other immigrant influxes, to the diplomats and posh historical families including many Canadian leaders that have all called Rideau-Vanier their home.

Locals work tirelessly to have the neighbourhood’s heritage recognised; often an uphill battle as grand homes and historic businesses are demolished. Hopefully the recent coverage by Spacing Magazine will help to preserve further some of our phenomenal history.  Read and enjoy the article here!