Party at the Shenkman!

The Shenkman Arts Centre is the place to be Saturday, May 31. The popular east-end hub for the arts is celebrating its fifth anniversary with festivities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Since the centre opened at 245 Centrum Boulevard in Orléans five years ago, it has become a popular arts and community destination for the entire city. Art shows, special events, classes, theatre productions and live music are just some of the attractions that regularly draw kids and adults and families in through its doors.

To mark its anniversary, the whole community is invited to a fun-filled day of arts activities for all ages. The focus is on all things creative; visual, musical, performance and culinary arts will all have their place in the limelight during this jam-packed day of celebration.

Main stage shows include Junkyard Symphony, starting at 12:30 p.m. Ottawa’s eco-entertainment group delivers an exciting junk percussion, comedy and circus show that’s ideal for families. Next up is Pardon My French, starting at 2 p.m.  Performing in French, this group presents traditional music, dance and storytelling and features La Ligue du Bonheur’s funny men, Jean-Marc Lalonde, Simon Mercier and Martin Newman. The final main-stage performer is Amanda Rheaume. Her show starts at 3:30 p.m.  A 2014 Juno nominee, this Métis singer-songwriter is a powerful vocalist with a roots-pop-Americana sound.

Other musical acts include:

  • Gloucester Community Concert Band at 9:30 a.m.
  • Cumberland Sunshine Singers at 11:30 a.m.
  • Bytown Beat Chorus at noon
  • Capital Chordettes at 2:45 p.m.
  • École du Rock at 3 p.m.

But there’s more than just music to enjoy. Here’s a brief sampling of some of the other highlights:

  • The Last Polar Bears, presented by Rag and Bone Puppet Theatre, at 9:30 a.m.
  • A juggling workshop, presented by Créations In Vivo, at 9 a.m.
  • Raggedy Dancers, performed by Ottawa Stilt Union, at 9 a.m.
  • Best of Contemporary Short Films for Kids, presented by Ottawa International Animation Festival, at 9 a.m.
  • Mini Murder Mystery, presented by Vintage Stock Theatre, at 2:30 p.m.

Hands-on fun ranges from party-hat making and silk screening to picture taking at a selfie station! (You’re teens might actually want to go with you!) For details, see

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