2017 CAPACOA Showcases


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ReQuickening, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre

Provoking, conceptual and visceral Re-Quickening is a timely call for reawakening the intact feminine. Through bold imagery, sound and embodied Indigenous narratives, it is a re-affirmation of life and sovereignty of female voice and body. Re-storying into balance Re-Quickening is a women’s renewal ceremony. Conceived through an Indigenous creation process, it’s a spiritual resurgence, a piecing together of shards of knowledge, tipping colonialism on its head. The performance touches and moves forward through themes of dislocation from land, body and voice, the history of violence against Indigenous women since contact, residential schools, assimilative process of the Indian Act towards reclaiming women’s medicine, power and connection to land and creative force.


Cynthia Lickers-Sage

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre


Barbra Lica

Juno-nominated artist Barbra Lica is a fast-rising star in the Canadian music scene and has been receiving accolades for a unique vocal ability that stresses subtlety and grace. Based in Toronto, Canada, Barbra’s live show captivates audiences all over North America with her genuine warmth and confident stage presence.


Jim West
Wild West Artist Management



Ayrad is a Canadian world music group from Montreal, who play a modern spin on traditional Moroccan music.

Led by vocalist Hamza Abouabdelmajid, band members include Annick Beauvais on oboe, bass and reita; Gabriel Brochu-Lajoie on bass and double bass; Anit Ghosh on violin; Kattam Laraki-Côté on percussion; and Bertil Schulrabe on drums.

The band's self-titled debut album, released in 2014, was a shortlisted Juno Award nominee for World Music Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2015


Annick Beauvais
Coop Les Faux-Monnayeurs




Comprising four highly accomplished musicians, bound by their shared passion for the tango and driven by an unceasing desire to make a close connection with their audience, Quartango offers a performance filled with subtle nuances and a blend of colours that reflects both the classics and modernity and the effervescence of the milonga.

Quartango’s musicians combine their musical flights of fancy with the talents of classical singer Marie-Josée Lord, soprano, to enrich their already varied repertoire. From Bizet to Piazzolla, Quartango revisits well-known tango songs and beloved arias and gives them its own special trademark. Audiences are enthralled by the exquisite voice, impressed by the elegant, impassioned playing and thrilled by the unusual pairing of great opera classics with tango’s spell-binding rhythms. In Tangopera, the tango finds a new voice!


Marco Fortier
Agence Station Bleue


Stephanie Morin-Robert, BLINDSIDE

When Stéphanie was 2-years-old she lost her left eye to Cancer and has had a glass eye ever since. She establishes a trusting and safe environment with her audience by sharing her own touching and often hilarious experiences of working through her insecurities and coming to terms with her disability.

Stephanie is a multi-disciplinary artist focused on breaking society's taboos, directly addressing often uncomfortable issues. Her work is a special combination of live video project, comedy, puppetry, and dance that taps into her audiences' capacity for honesty, empathy and vulnerability. Her workshops give people of the community a chance to shape their personal experience into a short story, several of which are then chosen to open her show.


Stephanie Symns

New Works



Ouroboros is a five-piece band from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, currently thrilling audiences with the unexpectedly raw, energetic sound of horns and percussion. Combining tight instrumental harmonies with vocals and drums, Ouroboros is a versatile musical force that draws from a smorgasbord of melodies and grooves from around the world: Heavy beats of West Africa, folk traditions of Eastern Europe and a healthy dose of jazz and funk.


Mary Beth Waldram


Voyageurs Immobiles, Cie de création, Going through

Nour grows up with her nanny, Youmna. Youmna is beautiful and gentle. She smells of oranges. She is also deaf. One day, Nour must leave Youmna to go to a country where girls can go to school, even with messed up hair if they wish.

Perilous journey filled with hope and chance encounters, Going through is directed by Milena Buziak in collaboration with interdisciplinary artist Khadija Baker and musician Diane Labrosse. The play reveals the evocative power specific to Voyageurs Immobiles, a Montreal creation company that is further distinguished by its humanism, social commitment, and challenging work. The story comes to life through Deaf performer Hodan Youssouf and hearing actress, Florence Blain Mbaye, each recounting in her own language.

Accessible to non-hearing audiences.


Milena Buziak
Voyageurs Immobiles, Cie de création


Ladom Ensemble

Ladom Ensemble, a vibrant combination of Persian and Balkan musics in a contemporary acoustic music framework, co-creates art and ideas that transcends differences. Ladom Ensemble is a very ‘Canadian group’ [Errol Nazereth, CBC] that presents original Canadian compositions and arrangements for accordion, cello, piano, and hand percussions.

Their accessible but varied acoustic sound appeals to audiences in a wide age range. They have been presented on BBC, CBC, and Radio-Canada among others. Ladom Ensemble’s full length album was described as “great music in a new world music direction…wide-ranging original sound…their chamber sensibilities are well-suited” by The Wholenote Magazine.


Judy Tye
Judy Tye Arts Management


Miguel de Armas Quartet

The Miguel de Armas Quartet, founded in 2012, featuring Marc Decho on bass, Michel Medrano on drums and Arien Villegas on congas.

This musical ensemble has been creating a vivid impression in the national capital region with their lively performances and deep commitment to excellence. They blend tasteful and show stopping musical arrangements taken from the classic jazz standards, Cuban traditional music and Miguel’s own inspirational compositions.
This fine ensemble adds a powerful and unique sound: Cuban, African, World Music and Jazz all brought together under the talented leadership of Miguel.

This band has demonstrated masterful, independent yet collaborative playing, with an articulated, impassioned and powerful synchronicity.


Yasmina Proveyer
MDA Productions

Marina Thibeault

Celebrated for her “deep rich sound, exceptional virtuosity, and enthusiasm”, violist Marina Thibeault travels the world as a sought-after recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist. Marina is an ardent ambassador for new music, and seeks to champion diversity and innovation in the classical world.

Commissioning new works for viola is a vital calling for Marina, and she works closely with various composers, amongst whom, Jean Lesage has said of her playing: “There is musicality in every moment.”

Ms. Thibeault was named "Révélations Radio-Canada 2016-2017" and was a recipient of the Sylva Gelber Foundation award (2016). She won first prize in the string category of Prix d’Europe (2015), the McGill Concerto Competition (2015), the Radio-Canada “Young Artist” prize (2007) as well a special prize at the Beethoven Hradec International Viola Competition (2008).


Eoin Ó Catháin
Latitude 45 Arts


TOMÁŠ KUBÍNEK - Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible

Tomáš Kubínek's internationally acclaimed solo performances play to packed theaters around the world. After a sold-out run on Broadway, The New York Times lauded his work as "Absolutely expert!"

A collision of theatre and music-hall, his exuberant one-man show is equal parts comic brilliance, virtuosic vaudeville and irresistible charm.


Tara Bailey

Fox Entertainment Agency


Ramshackle Theatre, Tombstone: A cardboard western

With all of the puppets and set constructed from cardboard, hot glue and magnets Tombstone mashes the genres of science fiction and westerns and blends the worlds of puppetry and film.

Petal, a lonesome cowgirl working at the robot western-styled amusement park town of Tombstone dreams of creating her own wild- west entertainment show with a real live cowboy. When Hank rides into town Petal seizes the opportunity to use Hank’s cowboy skills but doesn’t count on falling in love with the drifter cowboy.

Set against the backdrop of a robot uprising Petal struggles with her own identity when she finds herself in a love triangle with Hank and a robot cowboy. Tombstone is part spaghetti western, part Westworld and all cardboard!


Brian Fidler

Ramshackle Theatre