#Ott Times: Writers Fest, Poutinefest and Dance Show

Ottawa International Writers Festival

The launch for Justin Trudeau‘s new memoir, Common Ground, may be sold out, but there are still lots of great events happening as part of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, October 23 to 30.

Highlights include the Munro Beattie Lecture, On Storytelling and Discomfort, delivered by Lynn Coady and Where I Belong: Small Town to Great Big Sea, a conversation with Alan Doyle hosted by CBC’s Alan Neal. Conrad Black, Andrew Cohen and John Ralston Saul will also be in the spotlight and you may want to check out the literary luncheon with Ann-Marie MacDonald. For details, check www.facebook.com/OttawaWritersFestival and twitter.com/writersfest.


Poutine lovers are in for a drool-worthy treat. Sparks Street, from Bank Street to Elgin Street, is Poutine Central from October 25 through 26 during Poutinefest. There’ll be live entertainment, including musicians and street performers, a poutine eating contest, plus all kinds of decadent poutine options from food trucks and restaurants. The contest is slated for Saturday, October 25 at 2:30 p.m. on the CIBC Stage. Will you be Ottawa’s Poutine Eating Champion? For details, see http://sparkslive.com/POUTINEfest.html

Dazzling Dance

Two contemporary dance companies – Ottawa’s Tara Luz Danse and Mocean Dance of Halifax – are joining forces for an all-ages double-bill at Shenkman Arts Centre’s Richcraft Theatre Saturday, November 8. The companies will each perform 30-minute shows, separated by an intermission. After each show the audience will be invited to meet the artists, ask questions and manipulate props.

The whole family will enjoy these performances because they’ll transport you into a playful universe. Adults and children will find themselves intrigued not only by the choreography, but also the rich imagery and short story lines created without spoken word.  They will be fascinated by the props which, in the case of Tara Luz Danse, include marbles, bubble gum and hula hoops that are lit from within.

Les billes (marbles) is a poetic work inspired by dreams and filled with curiosity and light. This work was evoked by a game choreographer Anik Bouvrette plays where she asks herself: “When I close my eyes, in my imagination, what do I see…?” Les billes is her answer to this question.

 Created by renowned Canadian choreographer Tedd Robinson, Canvas 5 x 5 is set to a traditional maritime soundscape.  The performance blends contemporary imagery and dancing with the signature beauty of Robinson’s choreography. 

There will be two show times November 8, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are available at www.shenkmanarts.ca or by phoning 613 580-2700.



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