10 things to do at the Ontario Scene : May 8


01. Petites Bûches
Link: nac-cna.ca
Info: In a city in Eastern Europe, young Marco wanders away from his parents and his familiar landmarks. Near a broken-down old carousel he meets Sarah and Rose, two street kids who dream of faraway places, along with a rather disturbing old Italian clown. Marco’s new companions set out to show him around this foreign city, each in their own way, leading to an expedition that is sometimes harsh and sometimes poetic. Petites Bûches is a fable about trusting others, and about the element of chance that is a part of every journey.

Presented in French. For ages 8 and up.

02. Women’s Blues Revue
Info: ix outstanding blues singers, backed by an all-star female band made up of the province’s hottest musicians, come together on stage for the hugely popular WOMEN’S BLUES REVUE.

03. Graceful Rebellions
Info: In this brilliant and engaging one-woman show, playwright and performer SHAISTA LATIF transitions seamlessly between distinctly complex characters in a deeply personal work. Moving across cultures and generations, Graceful Rebellions tells the stories of three Afghan women, each bartering for small joys and challenging the cultural norms that exist under Afghanistan’s patriarchal rule. Shaista lovingly portrays characters, by turns funny and heartbreaking, who struggle in a world where women commonly have no power, in a culture that has long been dominated by war.


Often identifying more with the hyphen than with the identities in “Afghan-Canadian,” Shaista is a captivating performer who has important things to say about cultural pressure and “the graceful rebellion that lives in the heart of every Afghan girl.”

04. Propeller Dance : FLESH AND SPOKES
Link: nac-cna.ca
Info: FLESH AND SPOKES is a contemporary dance performance in which skin and compressed metal combine to create an emotive and powerful testament to the real human experience. If art is meant to say something about life and our humanity, then PROPELLER DANCE is a true reflection of the world. Believing that disability is merely a different life experience, rather than a limitation or lack of ability, Propeller Dance knows that if you can breathe, you can dance.

05. Post Eden
Info: Named one of Canada’s top 10 theatre productions in 2013 by The Globe and Mail, Post Eden is the breakthrough production of boundary-shattering playwright, director, and 2014 Governor General’s Award-winner JORDAN TANNAHILL.

06. Ontario in Âjagemô : Selections from the Canada Council Art Bank
Link: nac-cna.ca
Info: Ontario boasts a rich history of visual and media arts – due in large part to its size, diversity, and vibrant urban centres. But is Ontario art distinct? Do Ontario artists have a single, discernible viewpoint? A unique cultural psychology? Judge for yourself at this exhibition in the Canada Council’s Âjagemô exhibition hall*. Ontario in Âjagemô draws on a selection of five decades of works from the Canada Council Art Bank to reveal that the most interesting conversations emerge from viewpoints that are both unique and personal.

07. The Sadies and The Wooden Sky with Kalle Mattson
Link: nac-cna.ca
Info: Since their formation in 1994, THE SADIES have developed, even perfected, a style of music that is uniquely their own. With a reverence for the best of country, bluegrass, and blues, they are influenced by everything from 60s garage and psychedelic rock to surf instrumentals and punk. An evening with The Sadies has it all: blistering instrumentals, country rave-ups, superhuman guitar interplay, and mind-blowing psychedelic expeditions that can end up anywhere.

08. Works from the National Gallery of Canada’s National Collection
Info: During Ontario Scene, the Gallery will feature the work of AN TE LIU, SHARY BOYLE, and other artists living in Ontario whose works engage with current trends and resonate with the historical works in the Gallery's collection, building relationships across time, media, and culture.

09. Human Nature
Link: nac-cna.ca
Info: Human Nature presents the work of 14 contemporary Ontario artists who look at the state of the natural world and our impact on it as innovators and exploiters, creators and destroyers. Exploring a range of such critical issues as food production, habitat loss, post-industrialization, and natural disaster, Human Nature is by turns humorous and hopeful, utopian and dystopian. The works investigate the history and consequences of colonization, consider decaying infrastructure, find new uses for industrial waste, propose sci-fi alternatives to everyday life, and even encourage the sharing of food and stories. Taken together, the works of these artists reflect on the complex interconnection of nature, culture, and technology.

10. Jon Sasaki : Two Roads Diverged in a Wood
Location: Ottawa
Info: Three little-known works from the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art by the painter George Thomson (1868–1965) provide the foundation for a new body of work by JON SASAKI. The three paintings have been reinterpreted in ways that pay homage to an artist who was too often discussed only in connection with his more famous younger brother, Tom. Sasaki’s pieces in Two Roads Diverged in a Wood examine George Thomson’s ties to family, his community, and to the astoundingly eventful times in which he lived.

for more info :  nac-cna.ca