War of 1812 Veterans Celebrated in Musical Showcase

June 27, 2012 12:36 pm
Group photo of the cast members from the live production of A Musical Taste of our Canadian Heritage / Notre patrimoine canadien, une odyssée musicale. Courtesy of Brian Goldschmied

With the War of 1812 bicentennial anniversary very top of mind these days, 2012 marked the launch of the 12th season of A Musical Taste of Our Canadian Heritage / Notre patrimoine canadien, une odyssée musicale – a bilingual musical showcase paying tribute to Canada, including a new sequence on the War of 1812. This year’s production used actual Afghan campaign veterans to portray the soldiers and various regiments from the War of 1812.

Impresario Deborah Davis’ blockbuster portrays the history of music in Canada, using 50 musicians and dancers, and features more than 100 pieces of music in a live historical retrospective of the making of the Canadian nation. The highly acclaimed A Musical Taste of Our Canadian Heritage is the longest-running concert show in Canada.

Cast members from the live production of A Musical Taste of our Canadian Heritage portray a French family immigrating to the New World. Courtesy of Brian Goldschmied

Odyssey Showcase, the charity organization that presents the annual musical extravaganza, featured a special War of 1812 component for its 2012 season at a total of nine sold-out shows in April and June. All performances were held at the Canadian Museum of Civilization Theatre in Gatineau.

The show’s main sponsor is TD Canada Trust. This year, the Government of Canada also contributed funding through the War of 1812 Commemoration Fund.

Odyssey Showcase is a registered charity that advances education by providing information to the public and presenting the live performance on the history of Canadian culture, arts and music. If you missed A Musical Taste of Our Canadian Heritage this season, the production will roar to life once again April 15-19 and June 3-14, 2013 (dates are subject to change).

For more information, visit www.odysseyshowcase.org.

Cast members from the live production of A Musical Taste of our Canadian Heritage portray key figures and soldiers as part of the production’s tribute to the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Courtesy of Brian Goldschmied


Summer Sizzlers: Escape to Indulgence with Flaunt

June 19, 2012 4:50 pm

The third annual Flaunt event, held by local designer Stacey Bafi-Yeboa, will take place on the rooftop of the National Arts Centre on June 29th from 7 PM – 12 AM.

This edition of Flaunt is called ‘The Pre – Party’ – kicking off Canada Day weekend in style, said an organizer of the event.


Attendees will be pampered by some of Ottawa’s salons and cosmetic stores. After guests get dolled up they can peruse through racks of products by designers: Rachel Sin, Frash, Pish Posh, Dylan Ribkoff, mizdragonfly & Demu Label and Vanity’s Closet.

Prizes have been donated by Arc The Hotel, Via Rail, The Smoque Shack, Bridgehead, Vintners Selection, Absolute Comedy, Sun of A Gun, Cherry Blossom Pole, Voulez Vous Boudoir, Moksha Yoga, The Tea Party, Ottawa Magazine, and Murale are up for grabs.

Guests will feast on treats from Lone Star and The Flour Shoppe, as well as The Candy Bar, which will provide a huge candy spread.

Bafi-Yeboa is the designer of Kania, which will feature a special limited edition sparkle line at the event. The proceeds of this line will go to Helene Campbell and the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, in honour of Helene’s sparkling personality, according to organizers.

Tickets are available online http://flauntottawa.com/ and at Kania Studio Boutique on York St.

Kick-off Canada Day weekend with Flaunt

Persona Non Grata

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persona non grata |pərˈsōnə nän ˈgrätə| noun ( pl. personae non gratae |pərˈsōnē nän ˈgrätē|): an unacceptable or unwelcome person.

There are 60 orphans at Rachel's Home.

The Persona Non Grata Art Initiative was started to break the stigma of HIV/AIDS and end the cycle of poverty in Lesotho while exposing the orphans at Rachel’s Home, an orphanage in Maputsoe, Lesotho to art. We will accomplish our goals by providing post-secondary studies for the children orphaned by the epidemic. The name, “Persona Non Grata” refers to the stigma and discrimination faced by those afflicted with or orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Lesotho.

Our inaugural art show will take place this FRIDAY, June 22 at 57 Elm St., Toronto, near Dundas Square. The event will be held at the studio of Canadian fashion designer Adrian Wu from 7 PM to 10 PM.

The show will feature photography by the orphans at Rachel’s Home  and

Designer Adrian Wu in front of his studio at 57 Elm St., Toronto.

Adrian Wu’s Resort 2012 Collection inspired by the initiative.

The event is sponsored by Davids Tea, Perrier and We Bake in Heels. Look forward to signature drinks, prizes and yummy cupcakes.

Don’t worry if you are not in Toronto this weekend, we will be holding an additional show in Ottawa on October 10, 2012. Details to come.

Come out and enjoy fine art, fashion and food.


An Evening of Nordic Music

June 4, 2012 3:50 pm
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Opera Swedish style is coming to Ottawa with a performance this week by one of that country’ most talented young opera singers.

Swedish mezzo soprano Josefine Andersson winner of the prestigious Jenny Lind scholarship will perform in Ottawa at An Evening of Nordic Music this Thursday. Andersson’s presence at the event a celebration of Nordic Music and culture is certain to make the evening a memorable one.  The winning of the scholarship puts Andersson in the ranks of one of the finest young opera singers in Scandinavia, if not the world. Since 1965, a scholarship has been awarded to the most promising soprano singer in Sweden in remembrance of Lind who was widely dubbed the Swedish Nightingale. Adding to the musical treat for the audience, will be Ms. Andersson’s musical accompaniment, Ms. Nigar Dadscheva, the recipient of the esteemed Ottawa Goldschmidt Scholarship for piano.

An Evening for Nordic Music will be held at the Mackay United Church at 39 Dufferin Road, Ottawa this Thursday, June 7 at 7pm. Tickets may be purchased online at www.swea.org/Toronto, by phone (613) 749 8727 or in person at various locations in Ottawa. Tickets are available at The Leading Note 370 Elgin Street (613 569 7888), the Crichton Cultural Community Centre and Books on Beechwood at 35 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa.

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