Showcases 2019

  

Conference Overview

CAPACOA's 2019 conference will serve as a valuable platform to view performances by outstanding national artists who have been selected by a rigorous jury process. It also serves as a forum for networking and professional development in a friendly and intimate setting designed to foster business relationships with performing arts colleagues from across Canada. 

*Schedule subject to change.

Dates and Times to be confirmed

November 13, 2019

19:00 - 22:00

7:00 - 10:00

4th Stage, National Arts Centre

Opening Showcase

Female voices are the backbone of complex human and natural landscapes. Through performance and musical narratives these artists' voices will reverberate, amplify and expand the mind, spirit and body.

 

November 13, 2019

19:00 - 22:00

7:00 - 10:00

4th Stage, National Arts Centre

Ogimaakwewak Singers

Ogimaakwewak Singers is a collective of Indigenous singers and hand drummers that reside in the Ottawa area. The collective includes Algonquin,  Ojibway, Cree,  Tuchonne  Haida and  Metis women. Ogimaakwewak means female leaders or boss ladies in Anishinabemowin.

November 13, 2019

19:00 - 22:00

7:00 - 10:00

4th Stage, National Arts Centre

Moe Clark

Drawing from indigenous creation stories, earth-based ceremonial practices and a deep desire for musical expansion, Métis artist Moe Clark ignites the stage with six musicians bringing sounds of jazz, folk, trance and teweikan (hand drum) songs to life. Journey between visible and invisible worlds as animal and ancestral spirits come to life in this musical feast. Northern lights spill out from a crack in sky world as Coyote brings messages from beyond. Grandfather Bear readies for hibernation and calls on a small child to join him. Grandmother owl hunts the darkness that lives deep inside her grandchild.

 

November 13, 2019

19:00 - 22:00

7:00 - 10:00

4th Stage, National Arts Centre

iskwē

iskwē | ᐃᐢᑫᐧᐤ is, among many other things, an artist – a creator and communicator of music and of movement, of pictures, poetry and prose. And through it all, she’s a teller of stories that have impacted our past and will inform our future. acākosīk | ᐊᒐᑯᓯᐠ is the culmination of her creation and collaboration to this point. It’s a collection of seven sonic explorations that not only blur lines between sources and styles, but also between the actual and the ideal, the real and imagined.

Building on the foundation of potent, cross-cultural electro-pop established on her self-titled 2013 debut and Juno-nominated, Polaris Long-Listed 2017 follow-up The Fight Within, acākosīk incorporates more intense and urgent tinges of alternative, post-rock, and even industrial. The cohesive-yet-combustible result tips a cap to modern innovators like Florence + The Machine and FKA twigs while simultaneously borrowing sounds accumulated over centuries by iskwē’s Cree and Métis ancestors. Orchestral arrangements for three of the songs were debuted by iskwē and the NAC Orchestra at the NAC Golden Anniversary Gala on October 5, 2019.

Contact: Keely Kemp

November 14, 2019

16:00 - 17:00

4:00 - 5:00

Ecole de la Salle

RUBBERBAND

In 15 years, Victor Quijada and his RUBBERBAND have not only redefined breakdance codes within an institutional context and enlivened the Quebec dance scene but have opened the way for new creators fascinated by this dance form. Armed with a technique he conceived for dancers, the RUBBERBAND Method – an electrifying vocabulary combining the energy of Hip Hop, the refinement of classical ballet, and the angular quality of contemporary dance – and some 40 creations and collaborations in Canada and abroad behind him, Victor Quijada has always continued to evolve and innovate throughout his prolific career. In December 2017, Victor Quijada received the award for cultural diversity at the Prix de la danse de Montréal.

Contact: Élisabeth Comtois

November 14, 2019

20:00 - 21:30

8:00 - 9:30pm

Blacksheep Inn


 

 

 

 

Reeny Smith

Reeny Smith is a powerhouse on the stage and in the studio. A songwriter, musician and producer, Reeny delivers magic every time she hits the stage. Her extraordinary vocals, confident presence and energetic live show make for a truly unforgettable, entertainment experience.

Accolades for her talents are piling up. At this year’s East Coast Music Awards in Charlottetown, Reeny’s stunning performance at the Awards Show brought her a standing ovation topped off with two trips to the podium to take home a pair of trophies. She was also named to the Top 10 of CBC’s national Searchlight.

Her first full-length album, WWIII: Strength Courage Love was released in 2018 and her song-writing took her to Germany and Japan. She’s collaborated with artists like Quake Matthews and opened for Anderson Paak, but through it all, Smith says the thing she’s the proudest of is developing her craft as a songwriter and being recognized for the hard work she’s put into the depth and realism of her work.

She is currently working on a new Christmas album for release this fall.

Reeny has always been inspired and nurtured by her extensive musical family and friends growing up in North Preston, Nova Scotia.

Contact Fiona Diamond

 

November 14, 2019

20:00 - 21:30

8:00 - 9:30pm

Blacksheep Inn

Boogàt

Boogát is a Canadian-Mexican musician from Montreal (Qc, Canada), blending hip-hop with  Latin Music styles such as Cumbia and Reggaeton. He won the Juno Award and the Félix Award for ''World Music Album of the Year'' for his album Neo-Reconquista, respectively, at the Juno Awards 2016 and the ADISQ 2016.

Of Paraguayan and Mexican descent, he was born in Québec City to immigrant parents and raised in the Beauport borough of the city, then moved to Montreal in 2001 where his career took off. Performing initially in French, Boogát switched to Spanish after playing with the Latin Music group Roberto Lopez Project and Electro producer Poirier; discovering a new world of possibilities that opened doors to collaborating with artists such as Frikstailers, Uproot Andy, El Hijo De La Cumbia, Radio Radio, Lido Pimienta, El Dusty, G-Flux, Sotomayor, Super San, Niña Dioz, Mati Zundel and El Remolon, amongst others.

He released his first full-length Spanish album El Dorado Sunset in 2013. The album won two Félix Awards for ''Best World Music Album'' and ''Producer of the Year'' at ADISQ 2013. He has been touring non-stop in Canada, USA, México, Argentina, UK, Germany, Netherlands, France, Czech Republic and Spain ever since. Neo-Reconquista, which includes collaborations with La Yegros, Sonido Pesa'o and Pierre Kwenders, was released in 2015.

Contact: Noémie Azoulay

 

November 14, 2019

20:00 - 21:30

8:00 - 9:30pm

Blacksheep Inn

Silla and Rise

 

Silla and Rise blend Inuit throat-singing and futuristic dancefloor beats. Silla are Cynthia Pitsiulak (Kimmirut, NU) and Charlotte Qamaniq (Iglulik, NU) their name comes from the Inuktitut word "Sila" meaning weather. Sila is what surrounds us; it is what connects us to our land, to the moon, sun and stars, the ocean and the air we breathe. In respecting and honouring the need to preserve Inuit culture and paying homage to our land and the strong connection to its spirituality, they experience and perform the sounds of traditional and contemporary throat songs. Rise is Ottawa’s Rise Ashen, a Juno Award nominated global-grooves producer, DJ and dancer who has spent his life pursuing the intersection of traditional and futuristic music.

 

Silla and Rise were nominated for a Juno for Indigenous Music Album of the Year in 2017 for their self-titled Debut: Silla + Rise, as well as an Indigenous Music Award for Best Inuit, Indigenous Language, or Francophone Album.  They won the Stingray Award at Mundial Festival in Montreal in 2018 and they are currently working on a second album.

Contact: Eric Vani

 

 

November 14, 2019

18:00 - 18:30

6:00pm - 6:30pm

Blacksheep Inn

Elle Márjà

Elle Márjà is a Sami multitalented artist who in recent years has distinguished herself as an artist at the major International industry festivals, as a film music composer and as a filmmaker. She is outstanding at the intersection of Yoik, electronics and indigenous music. Through her art she tells personal stories from her family background as reindeer herding. The concerts are always highly visual with an audio-visual landscape often referred to as poetic and otherworldly. Together with the producer Morten H. Pettersen they have together created a unique sound. It`s cool and Arctic colored by ancient and new Yoiks.

 

Elle Márjá recently collaborated musically with film composer Christophe Beck (Frozen, Hangover) in the feature film "The 12th Man" (2017) by Harald Zwart. She was named "Highlight" at the Folk Alliance International festival in Kansas City in 2017 (USA). She has experience from the Sami National Theater Beaivváš as a composer. She has also directed and produced several short films, music videos and art films. Elle Márjá has played a number of concerts and performances at festivals and events in the Nordic countries, and has experience from international scenes in the USA, Canada, Russia, Germany, Lithuania, Sweden, Guatemala, Brazil and France. Eira is current in the band Snoweye with world stars John Paul Jones and Lucy Parnell (UK / SÁ). This year she is showcasing at Womex.

Contact: Morten Pettersen

November 15, 2019

17:30 - 18:15

5:30pm - 6:15pm

Centre Carleton-Dominion Chalmers, Ottawa


 

Rea Beaumont

“A tremendous pianist” (CBC Radio), Dr. Rea Beaumont is “an internationally recognized interpreter” (The New Classical) specializing in 20C and virtuosic new music. Beaumont’s performances and recordings, reviewed as “beautiful” (MPR), are broadcast worldwide.  She collaborates with leading composers such as R. Murray Schafer to premiere new works, in addition to those commissioned for her by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Beaumont’s book on Barbara Pentland was short-listed for an international award and she recently received the Ontario Arts Council’s prestigious Chalmers Arts Fellowship. Additional awards include FACTOR, OAC SOCAN, Banff Centre, BC Arts Council, Canada Council.

Contact: Max Horowitz 

November 15, 2019

17:30 - 18:15

5:30pm - 6:15pm

Centre Carleton-Dominion Chalmers, Ottawa

Pearle Harbour

Justin Miller is a queer, Toronto-based theatre artist and drag queen. Blending the aesthetics of drag, the ethos of bouffon clown, and a gonzo, participatory performance style, he creates uniquely theatrical spaces that celebrate the transformative power of collective experience. As his alter-ego Pearle Harbour— wartime wonder and tragicomedienne—he has been called “one of the most welcome additions to the Toronto performance scene… glamorous, poised, and devastatingly funny” (Xtra). His original works has been presented at the SummerWorks Performance Festival, Why Not Theatre’s RISER Project, Theatre Passe Muraille, The High Performance Rodeo, Rhubarb Festival, OUTstages, The Cultch, The Second City, the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, the University of Toronto, and countless other theatres, clubs, and cabarets across Canada. He is an artist-in-residence at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre. Accolades include the Audience Choice Award (SW17), Outstanding Solo Performance (My Entertainment World), Favourite Lead Performance (Hart House Subscriber’s Choice Award), and a Dora Mavor-Moore Award-nomination for Outstanding Male Performance, and Dora Mavor-Moore Award nominations for Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Costume Design.

Contact: Justin Miller

November 15, 2019

20:15 - 22:00

8:15 - 10:00pm

Ecole de la Salle

501 rue Old St-Patrick, Ottawa


 

GADFLY

GADFLY’s artistry sits where urban dance styles and other art forms collide and tune together. They merge art with entertainment through the authenticity, artistry, and athleticism found in Urban Dance Culture. Gadfly’s body of work includes full-evening works, performances at Ted Talks Toronto, Nuit Blanche, Luminato, Festival DansEncore, and contributions to 12 charitable organizations. With ‘Klorofyl’, GADFLY was the recipient of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance. GADFLY's work reflects a distinct language that personifies innovation.  

Contact: Apolonia Velasquez

 

 

November 15, 2019

20:15 - 22:00

8:15 - 10:00pm

Ecole de la Salle

501 rue Old St-Patrick, Ottawa

Brian Solomon

Multi-award nominated, winner and loser, creator Brian Solomon is of Anishinaabe and Irish heritage, born in Shebahonaning-Killarney on the North Channel of Lake Huron. As a creator his work is multidisciplinary, raw, challenging and full of spirit. His commissions have ranged from community-rooted works with over 100 interpreters, solos in trees, to animated installations of landfill. His works have been presented and toured across Turtle Island and abroad. He is passionate about helping people relearn their ancient bodies, and take back the space those bodies occupy.

 

Contact: Brian Solomon

November 15, 2019

20:15 - 22:00

8:15 - 10:00pm

Ecole de la Salle

501 rue Old St-Patrick, Ottawa

Bombay Black (CAD)

Pitch presentation

Arshdeep Purba, 2018. Photo Credit: Raymond Kam

Rohit Chokhani is a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award-winning arts curator, as well as a director and cultural leader. Rohit was awarded the prestigious 'Vancouver Now Representation and Inclusion Award' in 2018. He is also the recipient of the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award in the Large Theatre Category for 'Significant Artistic Achievement' (2017) and recipient of the Shiamak Vancouver Community Award (by Bollywood star choreographer Shiamak Davar) in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of Entertainment and Theatre Arts (2017). He will be presenting at the Showcase his project Bombay Black which is now available for national and international touring along with a few projects under development. Poetic, mythic and brave, Indo-Canadian Anosh Irani’s multiple Dora Award-winning and Canadian Governor General nominated script Bombay Black is a searing play set in the bitter reality of India.

Contact: Rohit Chokhani

November 15, 2019

20:15 - 22:00

8:15 - 10:00pm

Ecole de la Salle

501 rue Old St-Patrick, Ottawa

Svāhā - Nova Dance (CAD)

Pitch presentation

Nova Dance transports audiences to a place of wonderment with work that ranges from solos to ensembles and collaborative creations. Celebrating and challenging the art form of dance with daring, thought-provoking creations, the artistic vision of the company is propelled by a desire to integrate the aesthetics of Indian performance practices into contemporary Canadian cultural expression; to collaborate and query; to hold our histories while reflecting the present; and to dream the future with dance.

Svāhā is an epic pageant of dance, chant, and ritual performed by women.  Created by Toronto-based, award-winning choreographer Nova Bhattacharya  Svāhā features an ensemble cast of twelve Canadian virtuoso dancers trained in classical Indian dance styles, sharing the stage with dancers and musicians from South Asian techniques assembled as a body-choir.  Driving, compelling, ceaseless and loud, Svāhā is 75 minutes in duration. Currently in development. Premiering at Meridian Hall (formerly Sony Centre for the Performing Arts) in October 2020.  Avant-Premiere at Meridian Arts Centre in May 2020.

November 15, 2019

20:15 - 22:00

8:15 - 10:00pm

Ecole de la Salle

501 rue Old St-Patrick, Ottawa

Mr. Red Light - Nightsong (NZ)

Pitch presentation

Mr Red Light is a man who attracts bad luck. So naturally, when he tries to rob a bank he fails miserably – and ends up in a pie shop dealing with three very uncooperative hostages and the world’s worst police negotiator. As time ticks by, Mr Red Light and his captives play a game of getting to know you. Mysteriously, Mr Red Light seems to know more about his hostages’ lives than is possible. Is he a fool or a prophet? Created by the award winning New Zealand company Nightsong - with Trygve Wakenshaw in the title role. Wild slapstick & the meaning of life.

Nightsong creates distinctive theatre of vision and scale, championing experiences that question and affirm our place in the world. Celebrating nuanced ideas which ricochet between the absurd and the profound. Nightsong is artistically led by Ben Crowder and Carl Bland. They have been collaborating on acclaimed shows for over 12 years. Together they create unique and innovative New Zealand works with high production values, mixing rich poetic language with music, visual arts, illusion and choreographed movement.

 

November 16 2019

16:00 - 17:30

4:00 - 5:30pm

École de la Salle

501 rue Old St-Patrick, Ottawa


 

Video Phase

Video Phase is the result of the collaboration between two musicians - creators,Julien Robert and Julien Compagne. Their common idea is to develop a new kind of art that equally combines music, video, and technology. Strongly influenced by Steve Reich’s music (the inspiration of their first show) but also by electronic music, they create a synesthesia between their musical and visual universes,one representing the other and vice versa. The visual component of their shows is totally interactive; this gives them the freedom to improvise and preserves the magic of live performance. With the use of technology, they seek to provide the audience with more than a regular concert - a real multi-sensory experience.

Contact: Eoin Ó Catháin

 

November 16 2019

16:00 - 17:30

4:00 - 5:30pm

École de la Salle

501 rue Old St-Patrick, Ottawa

Countermeasure

Since forming in 2010, the Toronto-based vocal band, Countermeasure, has earned standing ovations and critical acclaim worldwide. Led by award-winning composer/producer Aaron Jensen, the group has collaborated and recorded with artists including Randy Brecker, Ron Sexsmith, Alan Doyle, The Barenaked Ladies, and Evelyn Glennie; and has performed alongside the likes of Corey Hart, Alan Frew, The Swingle Singers, and Naturally 7.
 
Countermeasure features 13 of Canada’s top vocal talents, performing innovative a cappella covers, and award-winning original songs. Their diverse repertoire has equipped the group to headline international choral concerts, play the main stage at jazz festivals, or coax club-goers onto the dance floor. Incorporating innovative live looping, instrument imitation, and vocal percussion, Countermeasure has sold-out theatres across, Canada, the U.S., Italy, Scotland, Japan, and the U.K.

Contact: Genny DeMerchant

 

November 16 2019

16:00 - 17:30

4:00 - 5:30pm

École de la Salle

501 rue Old St-Patrick, Ottawa

Little Volcano: Veda Hille

Pitch Presentation

Veda Hille’s new work is a musical memoir, a testament to maternal love, a joyful embrace of nature and much more. The singer, pianist and songwriter takes us through her life using stories, Bach preludes, a selection of her own music and some unique and surprising recordings, redefining autobiography as she goes along. 

Over 30 years as an artist, Hille has had her moments of triumph and darkness, and here she>pays tribute to the forces that have seen her through; the show includes the stories of her  female forebears, and through the ghostly, stubbornly physical medium of vinyl we hear her mother’s voice and the sounds of one of Mother Nature’s most vocal species. Reflective and  uplifting in equal measure, Little Volcano is, like all great art, an experiment in self-expression; the beauty of Hille’s effort lies in its bracing honesty, its daring intimacy and its triumphant exaltation of the feminine.

Contact: Jim Smith

 

November 16 2019

16:00 - 17:30

4:00 - 5:30pm

École de la Salle

501 rue Old St-Patrick, Ottawa

No Change in the Weather 

Pitch Presentation

No Change in the Weather takes some of the finest Newfoundland songs, and combines them with traditional sounds and instruments, memorable characters, and a conclusion that turns the province’s past on his head, all working together to create a once in a lifetime theatre experience. The show takes place in God’s Back Pocket, where family and friends have gathered together on a wet and foggy night for the wake of their beloved matriarch. It’s a time to revisit with their past, settle the old scores, and try to find a way forward. The work is performed by 7 actors with 6 live musicians (percussion, keyboards, bass, guitar, fiddle & accordion).

Terra Bruce Productions is a newly formed Creation Company led by Executive Producer Walter Schoeder, Producer Bob Hallett and Managing Producer Ann Connors. The Company was formed in 2019 the ambitious new musical Newfoundland Musical, No Change in the Weather, which features the work of 25 of the best preforming and creative artists from Newfoundland. No Change in the Weather just completed a 4-month run to St. John’s, Corner Brook, Hamilton. Ottawa, Kitchener, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto and was performed to over 15,000 Canadians.

Contact: Angela Sullivan