CBC Names Ottawa’s Chamber Players of Canada’s 9th CD Disc of the Week

January 28, 2013 11:27 am

Mozart Concertos Volume 2 is the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Disc of the Week for January 27, 2013. Each week, CBC Radio 2’s In Concert looks at new classical music releases and selects one recording that you’ll want to know about.

Artists: Janina Fialkowska, piano, with the Chamber Players of Canada

Repertoire:  Mozart’s Piano Concertos No. 13 and 14

Label: ATMA Classique

The world-renowned Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska is enjoying a vibrant career that’s filled with concerts, recordings and rave reviews. Her brand-new CD features two concertos by Mozart arranged by the composer for piano and strings. On this recording, Fialkowska renews her collaboration with the splendid Ottawa-based ensemble, the Chamber Players of Canada, led by Toronto Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Jonathan Crow. Listeners will hear Piano Concerto No. 13 in C major and Piano Concerto No. 14 in E flat major. The delicate transparency of these stripped-down orchestrations, played with great style and assurance by the Chamber Players of Canada, combined with Fialkowksa’s always elegant and sensitive playing, makes for a winning combination, writes CBC blogger Denise Ball.

The Players will celebrate the launch of their 9th CD with a reception, free and open to the public, at the offices of the Chamber Players of Canada, 51 William Street from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm on January 29.

On February 11 and 12, the Chamber Players of Ottawa will offer a program called Chamber
Music Miniatures
. On February 12, the concert will run from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm and will be Ottawa’s first Rush Hour concert.

For more information, contact Julian Armour, Artistic Director, Chamber Players of Canada; tel. (613) 241-0777, ext. 500; e-mail julian.armour@sympatico.ca; or visit www.chamberplayers.ca

Book Launch: A Colourful Life – the art and drawing of Josh Silburt

January 23, 2013 1:26 pm
Canadian $

On February 6 in Ottawa, a book launch for A Colourful Life – the art and drawing of Josh Silburt will take place at the Cube Gallery at 1285 Wellington St. W. from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. The Cube is mounting a show of acclaimed Canadian painter and cartoonist Josh Silburt’s art from February 5 to 17. This show is the first of many in an art show kickoff across Canada, mainly in the markets that Josh made his mark in (i.e. Ottawa, Sydney, Toronto, Winnipeg and St. Catharines). Many of Josh’s cartoons tackled the topic of federal affairs (and are as topical now as they were in the 1940s), and some of his paintings were done in the Ottawa Valley area.

Author and Ottawa resident Allan Silburt has spent the last 4½ years writing and compiling this homage to his late father Josh, who died in 1991. Allan’s years of research and painstaking hard work have resulted in a spectacular hardcover art book incorporating much of the wealth of painting and political cartooning that made Josh a national treasure. The story of Josh Silburt is one with many layers – a story of his rise from poverty, involvement in Communist Party politics until he discovered the awful truth about the Soviet Union’s dictator Josef Stalin, art study under Group of Seven member LeMoine FitzGerald, penning political cartoons for many leading Canadian newspapers, and one-man art shows across Canada. Josh left a wonderful body of work with his painting, which many collectors across the country covet. His style is reminiscent of the Group of Seven, but with a special twist unique to Josh Silburt.

To find out more about the exhibition, visit http://www.cubegallery.ca/exhibitions/2013_02_05_the_art_and_drawing_of_josh_silburt

For more details on A Colourful Life – the art and drawing of Josh Silburt (published by GSPH/General Store Publishing House in Renfrew, Ont.) and how to order the book, visit  http://www.joshsilburt.com/?cat=6


Nature Nocturne Transforms the Canadian Museum of Nature at Night

January 17, 2013 1:27 pm
Nocturne Feature

The Canadian Museum of Nature is gearing up to rock the castle with Nature Nocturne, débuting January 25. This new program promises an exciting way for adults to discover the museum after hours in a fun, lively, artsy atmosphere.

“Nature Nocturne will be held on the last Friday of each month, offering a mix of unique experiences each time,” explains program coordinator Cynthia Iburg. “This month we’ll have special art installations in different exhibition spaces, and they’re all interactive or collaborative in some way.”

The inaugural event will feature The Luminartists, who specialize in interactive digital projections. They will set up an abstract projection where people can move images on a screen to reveal an amazing animation underneath.

Local artist HeARTbeatgal will create a collaborative piece of art with the participation of visitors to the museum. Starting with a thought-provoking question, visitors will be invited to contribute to the art/question by making their thumbprint mark in a chosen colour of ink.

On site, there will be knitted QR codes that, when scanned with smartphones, link to an interesting video. “It’s the novelty of combining something so modern with something old-fashioned and classic,” says Iburg.

All galleries will be open until midnight. Guests can gain access to an exclusive VIP lounge where they can have a drink next to a tarantula and other creepy crawlies by texting the SMS code “nature3” to 12321.

Special food stations and bars will be available where partiers can grab a quick bite and drink.

In the glass lantern (tower) area, guests can dance from 8:00 pm to midnight to an eclectic mix of tunes spun by Ottawa’s DJ TDot.

On the science-discovery side, three young museum botanists who travelled the Soper River on Baffin Island by canoe will set up camp in the museum to share their Arctic adventures from recent field trips.

While the event is being promoted specifically to the 19-to-35 crowd, Nature Nocturne is open to all night owls who are curious to see what the museum has to offer after hours.

Tickets are $20 each (tax included) and do not include food and beverages, which will be sold separately.

For updates about Nature Nocturne, visit nature.ca/nocturne.

The Canadian Museum of Nature is at 240 McLeod St., Ottawa.

Follow the museum on Twitter (@MuseumofNature) and check them out on Facebook.

Quebec Indie Rockers The Strain Are Coming Home

January 15, 2013 12:35 am
The Strain Hushhush

A fantastic Canadian group, The Strain, will be playing in their hometown of Wakefield, Quebec, on Friday February 22nd at the Blacksheep Inn.

The band, which took home the grand prize for the Live 88.5 FM Big Money Shot this past October (www.live885.com), are getting ready to kick off their first-ever East Coast Tour. The tour is in support of their EP, Hush Hush, which was released in March 2012. You can have a listen to the EP here (soundcloud.com/thestraincanada/sets/hush-hush).

For more information about The Strain, contact Beth Cavanagh at Indoor Recess Inc.,

Cell: 416-803-7685

Email: beth@indoorrecess.com

Twitter: @bcav78

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