2017 CAPACOA Showcases


* Schedule subject to changes

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

1900 - 2000

7pm - 8pm

4th Stage, National Arts Centre

Intersections of Culture

Perceptions and interpretations of culture is as diverse and complex as the people and the landscape. Creating and opening space for the Indigenous voice challenges the lens of interpretation and allows diverse cultural intersections to intercept.

Throughout the conference, CAPACOA creates communal space for the intersection of artistic expression by a diversity of Indigenous nations and voices.

Brian Solomon

Brian SolomonBrian Solomon is of Anishnaabe and Irish descent, born in a remote Northern Ontario village¬–Shebanoning / Killarney–and his heritage informs much of what he does.

Three time Dora Mavor Moore Award and Gemini Award nominated, Brian has presented his choreography in Berlin, Ingolstadt, Bamberg, Amsterdam, London and across Canada. Brian is a graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and holds a MA in Performance from the Laban Center in London, UK.

He has worked for dozens of creators from across Canada, the US and Europe, and taught for many companies and arts institutions including one of Europe’s foremost universities for performance, H.F.S. Ernst Busch (Berlin). In addition to his career as a Choreographer/Dancer he has worked as a Visual Artist and Actor.

Brian is passionate about helping people relearn about their forgotten bodies, and take back the space those bodies occupy. Brian successfully led Nogojiwanong Rite of Spring, this October in Peterborough, Ontario. This large-scale, site-specific, dance performance was a contemporary Anishinaabeg re-envisioning of the 1913 ballet, Rite of Spring.

Bryden Gwis Kiwenzie

Bryden Gwiss KiwenziBryden Gwiss Kiwenzie is a Pow-Wow singer/song maker and Men's Traditional Dancer.

He has grown up on the Pow-Wow Trail learning songs and drum teachings and has been dancing Mens Traditional Style for 30 years. He is Originally from Neyaashiinigaming (Cape Croker) but currently residing in Sudbury, Ontario. He works at Shkagamik Kwe Health Centre in Sudbury giving drum teachings to the youth about proper drum etiquette and pow wow songs. Bryden was also nominated for a Juno, Indigenous Album Of The Year 2017, on his solo debut album entitled Round Dance & Beats. Which blends Traditional pow wow songs and urban style beats together.

He has also been nominated for Best Hand Drum Album and Best New Artist at the Indigenous Music Awards being held in Winnipeg May 19, 2017.

Jeremy Dutcher

Jeremy DutcherJeremy Dutcher is an emerging Toronto-based Composer and Vocalist. His music shapeshifts between classical and traditional, operatic power and tuneful melodies of his Wolastoq Nation.

Jeremy’s fourthcoming release, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, is part composition, part musical ethnography, part linguistic reclamation. The melodies come from the oldest known field recordings of the indigenous peoples along the St. John (Wolatstoq) river basin, and are arranged for voice, piano and string quartet. He also prioritizing the Wolastoqey language in his music in hopes of inspiring other young maliseets to learn this endangered language. He studied classical music at Dalhousie University and learned from Wabanakiyik song carrier Maggie Paul.

Jeremy has also been a featured soloist with the Mississauga Chamber Choir and Soundstreams Canada. Dutcher recently toured both Scandinavia and Asia as a cultural ambassador and worked with local indigenous musician and communities.

Sponsored by:

Ontario Presents   Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts

2000 - 2200

8pm - 10pm

4th Stage, National Arts Centre

Marina Thibeault

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


Barbra Lica

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






Quartango and Marie-Josée Lord

quartangoComprising 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

Thursday, November 16, 2017

1830 - 1900

6:30pm - 7:00pm

Blacksheep Inn, Wakefield

Twin Flames

Despite polar opposite backgrounds Twin Flames found a common musical language. Twin Flames combines Jaaji an Inuk/Mohawk man from Nunavik and Chelsey June a Métis Woman from Ottawa. Together they take the audience on a musical journey across Canada and the Arctic.

This powerful duo won The Canadian Folk music award for Aboriginal Songwriters of the Year 2016. Their debut self-titled Album Jaaji & Chelsey June released December 2015 was also nominated 4 times in different award platforms within Canada and the USA.

In June 2017 they released their anticipated second album Signal Fire, currently nominated in 3 Categories for The Canadian Folk Music Awards 2017: Vocal Group of the Year, World Group of the Year and Aboriginal Songwriters of the Year. The new album was also nominated in 3 Categories for the Teweikan Music Awards.

They have played over 700 shows in less than three years with performances that have taken them across Canada and the Arctic. What started as small flame has turned into a raging fire one that is staying lit in the hearts of fans and listeners. Together they showcase the awesome power of music and its ability to connect people from all walks of life.

2000 - 2130

8pm - 9:30pm

Blacksheep Inn, Wakefield

Miguel de Armas Quartet

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.


Yasmina Proveyer
MDA Productions




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


Friday, November 17, 2017

1745 - 1845

5:45 - 6:45 pm

Ecole De La Salle

Voyageurs Immobiles, Cie de création, Going through

Voyageurs Immobiles

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

1915 - 2130

7:15pm - 9:30pm

Palais Imperial, Ottawa

Gathering Dinner

Come eat with friends at a Byward Market restaurant near the Ottawa Little Theatre.


2115 - 2215

9:15pm - 10:15pm

Ecole De La Salle

TOMÁŠ KUBÍNEK - Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible

Tomáš Kubínek

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



Stephanie Morin-Robert, BLINDSIDE

Stphanie Morin Robert

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

Saturday, November 18, 2017

1430 - 1550

2:30pm - 3:50pm

Centrepointe Studio Theatre




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


Ladom Ensemble

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


1715 - 1800

5:15PM - 6PM

Wabano Centre

Artist Voice and Performance

Artist Lacey Hill in interview with Denise Bolduc

A soulful musician, singer, and songwriter. Lacey Hill composes her music in Southern Ontario on the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve. She grew up “down the bush” (slang for ‘on the reserve’) where her passion for singing emerged when she was just a toddler.

For over decade Lacey has honed her talents singing back up vocals and cover songs with local bands. But she wanted more, and since 2013 has taken centre stage with her own, original acoustic music that blends folk and blues. Currently, Lacey is booking shows and hustling her new sophomore album “M” (released Feb. 2017 and available on iTunes) all while expanding her local fan bases in Six Nations, Hamilton, Toronto, and beyond. half-a-dozen shows a month.

Sponsored by:

Living Arts Centre - MississaugaBrantford's Sanderson Centre for the Performing ArtsThe Grand Theatre

1945 - 2045

7:45pm - 8:45pm

Ecole De La Salle

ReQuickening, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre

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


Quantum Tangle

Quantum Tangle

Fusing of old-world sounds and new-world flair, the Juno Award-winning group Quantum Tangle is embracing their blended background. Combining their talents of throat singing, haunting melodies and traditional legends, Grey Gritt and Tiffany Ayalik are excited to present pieces that look back through history to challenge, educate and encourage the next generation to be socially aware. As Ayalik charismatically embodies her stories and Inuit throat-singing, Gritt infuses it with a soulful Métis blues.


Contact: Rae Spoon, Coax Records


Commandité par :

FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre