In a highly anticipated celebration of the Chinese New Year, the Canada China Art Association will present an enchanting performance of Chinese artists at the National Arts Centre’s Southam Hall, at 8pm on January 16th. The Spring Festival Gala 2009 (www.springfestivalgala.ca) is an extraordinary production with stunning costumes and mesmerizing backdrops that draw the audience through a sequence of eras honouring the cultural diversity of China and sharing its beauty with the world. The China Broadcasting Performing Arts Troupe, with Members of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, will showcase seven traditional Chinese instruments. Performances include a group of young girls (from the recently affected earthquake region of Sichuan) who invoke the history of their region through traditional dance. Don’t miss the distinctive throat singing talent of the Mongolian male singing group Black Speed. Acrobats, dancers, singers and musicians make up the full cast of this truly spectacular cultural experience — for the whole family.
Tickets for the Spring Festival Gala 2009 are available from the NAC Box Office, Ticketmaster and local Chinese community outlets. Corporate seating may be arranged through the Spring Festival Gala Organizing Committee at 613-216-1243 and info@ canadachinaart.org.
From January 2-31, 2009, Ottawa photographer Gavin Murphy will exhibit his latest works entitled Reel Women at Francesco’s Coffee Company (857- A Bank Street) in support of CanHave Children’s Centre. Since 1994, the Ottawa-based charity CanHave has continued its benevolent work improving the lives of Ugandan HIV/AIDS-affected orphans through care and educational support. CanHave has been raising funds to support children orphaned by the AIDS virus through education (school fees and uniforms), medicine, food and clothing, and special projects. His photographs capture real women mostly from Ottawa and surrounding areas using reels of traditional 35 mm film. Murhpy’s presentation of images that are “untouched, uncropped and unplugged,” as the renowned photographer puts it, are a signature of his work. What the viewer sees is exactly what was framed and what the camera captured in its totality. This is a unique aspect of Murphy’s images given the popularity of digital cameras and computerbased image enhancement software, setting his work apart from much of today’s photography. n To give to CanHave in support of Ugandan HIV/AIDS affected orphans visit: http://canhave.ncf.ca.
Ottawa-born R&B artist Keshia Chanté is getting ready to bare her SOUL on the small screen. The Juno Award winner will take on her first major acting role in a new six-part drama series, premiering Feb. 11 on VisionTV. Filmed in Halifax, SOUL stars Chanté as a young gospel singer on the verge of leaving the safety of church and family for the fast and dangerous track to pop stardom. ER’s Michael Beach is also part of the cast. With her third album due for worldwide release and a jewelry line in the works, it looks like 2009 could be a breakout year for the 20-year-old songstress.