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10 things to do at the Ontario Scene : May 9

10 things to do at the Ontario Scene : May 9

Published by Leonardo Calcagno

01. Petites Bûches
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. (Re)Mapping Place
Info: Join us for an intergenerational creative workshop led by artist Barry Ace. Participants will contribute to a collaborative map of the City of Ottawa by using mixed media to create a layered representation of their unique sense of place. All materials will be provided. People of all ages, abilities, and levels of creative experience are welcome.

03. Good Afternoon
Info: Looking for an unusual and Good Afternoon? Welcome to CARLETON UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY’s performance art event, featuring a compelling roster of multidisciplinary performance artists from Ontario.

04. Propeller Dance : FLESH AND SPOKES
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. Guitar Heroes: Kevin Breit, Madagascar Slim, Tony D, Don Rooke, and Emily Burgess
Info: For one night only, five of Canada’s most accomplished and exciting guitarists share the stage for an unforgettable evening of blues, jazz, fusion, and everything in between.

06. Ron Sexsmith and Alejandra Ribera
Info: With a list of admirers that includes Elvis Costello, Elton John, and Paul McCartney, RON SEXSMITH is a songwriter’s songwriter, a master of melancholic tunes with graceful melodies and conversational lyrics. He takes his craft seriously, always striving to write a better, more truthful, but never cynical song.

A singer and guitarist of rare accomplishment, with more than a dozen albums to his credit, Ron is a generous and unassuming performer who treats his audience to sets that are as tight and flawless as his songs, each of which can feel like your new favourite, the best song you’ve ever heard.

ALEJANDRA RIBERA is a multilingual singer-songwriter with a richly textured voice and a sound all her own. Her exotic music reflects her roots in Canada and abroad and is an untamed mix of blues, folk, and pop.

07. Fucked Up with Dead Tired, Doomsquad, and Nightshades
Info: FUCKED UP is a hardcore punk band that has found the mainstream and conquered the world, regularly packing shows across North America and Europe. Still growling like a fiend, lead singer Damian Abraham continues to deliver blasting, triumphant rock after more than a decade as the band’s lead singer – even though their songs now ask the tougher questions about life, family, career, and the state of the world. The Polaris Music Prize-winning Fucked Up is an incredibly prolific band that has retained its original, pummeling sound, dispensing it as forcefully as ever.

Hamilton’s DEAD TIRED, the new band fronted by Alexisonfire’s George Pettit, brings together five veterans of the hardcore scene. And sibling trio DOOMSQUAD’s otherworldly sound is full of danceable beats and melodic hooks, while local threesome NIGHTSHADES kicks off the show with their fast-paced punk/garage sound.

08. WolfGANG: Session 2
with members of the NAC Orchestra

Info: Presented with Mercury Lounge, in partnership with the Arboretum Festival, The WolfGANG Sessions push classical music out of its comfort zone. The music mixes contemporary and indie classical with exciting collaborations between NAC Orchestra musicians, video projection artists and DJs. Get ready to hear “classical music” at Mercury Lounge in a whole new way. It’s music with a wild side.

09. Human Nature
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.

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