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2015 CAPACOA Juried Showcases

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Christopher Hall, MC

Christopher Hall

Our host for the showcases was Christopher Hall. Christopher is the former principal clarinet of the   Orchestre Métropolitain in Montréal (Yannick Nézet-Seguin) who found work in the orchestra far too serious! So now, instead of joking around while sitting in the orchestra, he performs as a stand up comedian, and does various television and radio shows in both English and French. Christopher is represented by Agence Station Bleue.

 

Wednesday November 25, 2015

National Arts Centre, 4th Stage

21:05

Piano Chameleons

An electrifying duo-duel of pianists formed with Matt Herskowitz and John Roney. Two grand pianos facing each other. Classical music and jazz merge in a burst of virtuosity! This unique show concept invites the audience to attend a concert where two pianos clash, speak and complete each other in a fusion of classical and jazz music. Undisputed masters of improvisation, these two virtuosos take pleasure in revisiting jazz standards and great classics pieces to bring it in new trails. Optional: a camera mounted above each respective keyboard projected onto a screen the fascinating movement of their piano playing giving to the audience a fabulous musical moment as much as for the eyes than for the ears!

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Annick-Patricia Carriere
Agence Station Bleue

National Arts Centre, 4th Stage

21:30

Tomboy Survival Guide, Ivan Coyote

Ivan Coyote was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. An award-winning author of eight collections of short stories, one novel, three CD’s, four short films and a renowned performer, Ivan’s first love is live storytelling, and over the last nineteen years they have become an audience favourite at music, poetry, spoken word and writer’s festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam.

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Kevin Bruce
KBAM! Kevin Bruce Arts Management

National Arts Centre, 4th Stage

22:10

The Man in Black, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie

Founded in Quebec in 2000, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie (CLC) is a contemporary dance company that is distinguished by its innovative, unbridled vision and artistic range. The company encompasses intimate productions and spectacular stage shows featuring some of Canada’s greatest dancers.

The Company has toured across Canada, into the United States (where they headlined the Jacob’s Pillow Festival and appeared at Fall for Dance in New York City and in several other major cities), and to Brazil, China, Russia and was the first modern dance company to perform in Mongolia.

In 2008, James Kudelka became resident choreographer. This relationship has allowed Kudelka to revisit some of his greatest dances while facilitating daring new creations.

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Jay Rankin
Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie

 

Thursday November 26, 2015

St. Alban's Church

20:00

MAZ

With 13 nominations to their credit, MAZ have set themselves apart with their unique blend of acoustic trad and electric jazz. Inspired by one of Quebec’s most famous legends, the group’s concert has been praised by audiences and critics alike, owing to MAZ’s vibrant stage energy.

Conserving MAZ’s roots in the trad-modern union, Marc Maziade (electric guitar, banjo, foot percussion and programming), Pierre-Olivier Dufresne (violin, mandolin and foot percussion), Gabriel Godbout-Castonguay (keys), Mathieu Royer and Benoit Coulombe (double bass) invite you on a trip to a world of original compositions starting from traditional French-Canadian music, through the depths of modal jazz and into trance-inducing modern music.

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Danielle Lefebvre
Danielle Lefebvre Artist and Concert Agency

St. Alban's Church

20:00

Chris Donnelly

Juno-nominated pianist Chris Donnelly is one of the most captivating and versatile artists in Canada. Trained simultaneously as a classical pianist and a jazz pianist, his genre-bending repertoire is an eclectic mix of jazz, improvisation, original compositions, and classical music. In 2017, as part of Canada’s 150th birthday, Chris will be touring his solo piano show from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland on his bike. Performances will feature Canada’s most recognizable songs and cover many different styles of music from country singer Anne Murray, jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, and classical composer Ann Southam. Chris is also a Steinway artist, an instructor at UofT, and tours with his ensembles The Wolak/Donnelly Duo and Myriad3.

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Warren Beck
Richard Paul Concert Artists

St. Alban's Church

20:00

The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer

Combining the raw swagger of bands like The Black Keys and The White Stripes with a deep love for the roots of the genre, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer make harmonica-soaked blues for a changing world. The duo has shared the stage with some of the world’s finest blues acts, including Taj Mahal, Dick Dale and MonkeyJunk. Their willingness to get dirty pays off in the connection they have on stage: with only two people sharing all of the duties, the groove between rhythm section and vocalist is unquestionable.

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Grant Paley
Paquin Artists Agency

 

Friday November 27, 2015

Salle Jean-Despréz

16:05

Lorraine Desmarais

Winner of an Oscar-Peterson award, pianist Lorraine Desmarais performs solo, in trio, as a guest soloist with symphony orchestras, and, most notably, with the Lorraine Desmarais Big Band. A mainstay of the Canadian jazz scene, Desmarais has also established an enviable international reputation, playing alongside such greats as Chick Corea, Tiger Okoshi, and Oliver Jones.

This past years has been great one for Lorraine Desmarais. Among her many feats, she received the Order of Canada and an Opus award for performer of the year, in addition to seducing a crowd of over 30 000 people by performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue as a guest soloist with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.

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Danielle Lefebvre
Danielle Lefebvre Artist and Concert Agency

Salle Jean-Despréz

16:35

Sébastien Lépine & 4Ailes String Quartet

Renowned Canadian cellist Sébastien Lépine introduces a new multimedia project for solo cello and string quartet that is sure to delight your audiences. IMAGINATIONS 5.1 is based on the homonymous series of drawings by one of Quebec’s most important artists, Ozias Leduc. Through this captivating concert, Sébastien aspires to showcase the painter’s works in an entirely new way. Adventurous, yet accessible, Imaginations 5.1 is a long crescendo of musical thrills!

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Danielle Lefebvre
Danielle Lefebvre Artist and Concert Agency

 

Salle Jean-Despréz

17:05

Nathaniel Dett Chorale

The Chorale’s vision is to be a premier performer of Afrocentric composers – past, present and future – and to be a touchstone for the education of audiences and communities regarding the full spectrum of Afrocentric choral music.
The Nathaniel Dett Chorale’s mission is to build bridges of understanding, appreciation, and acceptance between communities of people, both Afrocentric and other, through the medium of music. The Chorale seeks to dissolve the barriers of stereotype, to empower humans in general, and those of African descent in particular.

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Eoin Ó Catháin

Latitude 45 Arts

 

Salle Jean-Despréz

17:35

2b theatre company

2b is one of Canada's most active touring theatre companies. Over the past two years alone, 2b has played 148 performances in 14 cities, 6 provinces, and 4 countries, presenting their work to over 15,000 people. We create original theatre works that are innovative in form, challenging in content, and precise in execution. Our markets are local, national, and international. The company has a strong track record of artistic endeavour, touring, partnerships, and a commitment to the development of artistic resources. We are committed to serving and developing our own community, and sharing the work of East Coast artists far and wide.

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Anthony Black
2b theatre company

Salle Jean-Despréz

20:35

Gavin Crawford: "FRIEND" "LIKE" #ME

Gavin Crawford is one of Canada’s brightest comedic and dramatic performers. Gavin appeared in eight seasons of This Hour Has 22 Minutes to much critical acclaim and won several Gemini Awards for his work, as well as a Writers Guild of Canada Award. He also co-wrote and starred in the award-winning series The Gavin Crawford Show, which aired on the Comedy Network. In 2008 he hosted CBC’s reality show How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? He has won 2 DORA Awards for his work on stage and he received a Gemini Award for a guest star role on The Murdoch Mysteries.

This Fall Gavin can be heard across the nation hosting the hilarious News Quiz, Because NEWS, every weekend on CBC Radio One.

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Tammy Fox
Fox Entertainment Agency

 

Salle Jean-Despréz

21:35

Quote Unquote Collective

Quote Unquote Collective is a Toronto-based multi-disciplinary performance company that aims to work outside the boundaries of tradition and expectation. Engaging with urgent social and political themes, the company is founded on the firm belief that art and performance are tools to provoke conversation and change. Co-founders Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava, who both have a strong background in physical theatre and music, have joined forces to produce work in a variety of genres and disciplines as a means to make new, experimental, and provocative performance work that ignites conversation. Defying conventions of style and form, the collective is built on the idea that individual ideas demand to be expressed through different forms.

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Elizabeth Kantor

Quote Unquote Collective

 

Saturday November 28, 2015


Salle Jean-Despréz

15:35

Collectif9

The mission of collectif9 is to present classical works to a pop culture audience, demonstrating connections between pop and contemporary classical music. Our programming and presentation for this showcase is consistent with our mission: collectif9’s selection of short, folk-inspired arrangements easily transition from one to the next, inspiring a diverse audience encompassing all age groups. A stage free of music stands allows the audience to fully experience the dynamism of the musicians as we perform arrangements of works by Brahms, Taraf de Haidouks, Schnittke, and Piazzolla. Ending the showcase with André Gagnon’s Petit concerto pour Carignan (written for violinist Yehudi Menuhin and fiddler Jean Carignan) infuses the performance with a taste of Quebec’s rich folk tradition.

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Eoin Ó Catháin

Latitude 45 Arts

 

Salle Jean-Despréz

16:05

New North Collective

Featuring new work by northern songwriters, the New North Collective explores their idea of north - from the land to the people; from the traditional to the contemporary. The expansive imagery of northern Canada comes to light in songs collaboratively written by a diverse group of artists and performed by a seven piece pan-northern ensemble. Brought together by Yukon singer/songwriter Diyet, the members include throat singer and drum dancer Sylvia Cloutier from Nunavut and Nunavik; spoken word artist and bassist Pat Braden and multi-instrumentalist/composer Carmen Braden from the NWT; and on keys/guitars/vocals Graeme Peters with multi-instrumentalist Bob Hamilton and percussionist Robert Van Lieshout hailing from the Yukon. They are northern artists and northern dwellers capturing a diversity of heritage and language and a commonality of being northern through new music.

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Debbie Peters
Magnum Opus Management

 

Salle Jean-Despréz

16:45

Roseneath Theatre

Roseneath Theatre has been creating engaging, thought provoking theatre for young audiences since 1983. We use top professional artists to craft and tour original Canadian plays to theatres and schools in both Canada and the United States. Reaching an annual audience of over 100,000 young people Roseneath is the largest professional touring TYA company in Ontario. We are seen as one of the foremost producing companies of our kind in Canada.
Vision:
Roseneath is a professional theatre company delivering artistically excellent original Canadian productions that engage and inspire young audiences. Our plays address issues relevant to today's youth encouraging them to reflect on themselves and their place within the community.

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Andrew Lamb

Roseneath Theatre

The Blacksheep Inn

20:00

Eric Harper

Award Winning Flamenco Guitarist Eric Harper creates not only a unique sound all his own but his music is melodically entrancing, virtuosically ferocious and harmonically soul-stirring to the core. Among other achievements Eric has also co-scored Kevin Spacey’s movie entitled “Inseparable”, worked closely with amazing people such as Grammy Award Winning Producer KC Porter and The Office’s Rainn Wilson.

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Margot Holmes

Caline Artist International

 

The Blacksheep Inn

20:45

Rosie & the Riveters

Rosie & the Riveters are four sassy dames from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, who perform uplifting music with a retro 1940’s flare! Their original songs feature sophisticated harmonies, body percussion, scintillating dance moves, inviting humour and just enough ooh-la-la to charm your socks off! Along with whoops, hollers, and mile-wide smiles, they create a sound and sight that is lighthearted, captivating and welcoming to all. The quartet consists of Farideh Olsen, Melissa Nygren, Allyson Reigh and Alexis Normand… as for Rosie, the strength and force of this feminist icon lives in each of them!

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Melissa Nygren
Rosie and the Riveters

 

The Blacksheep Inn

21:30

Tia Brazda

Tia Brazda has established herself as a sparkling presence on the jazz scene in Canada and beyond, performing from Montreal to Paris to Amsterdam. Having honed her cutting-edge sound in the clubs of Toronto, Tia’s sassy songs and pin-up girl style have made a startling impression. Her music pays homage to the golden era while still remaining daringly modern.

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Rebecca Szymkow
Paquin Artists Agency