Articles by: Stevie S.Stevie S.
Born in Ottawa, Stevie S. is the arts critic for NDG Free Press, Culture Plus and Arts and Opinion. Her travel articles have been published in Canada and abroad. A guest journalist for seven European countries, she has written on food, art, music, theatre and film. Polyglot, she is the author of three bilingual children’s books series: House of Seasons, Le Cahier Orange, and The Crazy & Amazing 5 Senses Book - for which she received a Mr. Christie nomination. An accomplished classical pianist, published poet, and an acclaimed creative dramatist, she is the recipient of an Ontario Arts Council Award. At the age of 49, she took up the banjo and proceeded to embark on a song writing journey. Once a professional actor, she acted in Canada, England, Fire island, and Greece. She had the lead role in the award winning film, 'Her Decision', directed by Glen Salzman.

Flying into Heaven with Il Volo

October 5, 2012 11:49 am
Flying into Heaven with Il Volo

Seeing the sensational new pop-opera trio Il Volo (which translates as “The Flight”) was one of those miracles that happen when the moon hits your eye like a big-a pizza pie, and amore fills a concert hall holding 1,000 people waiting to fall in love instantly once they hear the […]

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Musical Mayhem Goes beyond the Greenbelt

September 4, 2012 8:00 am
Musical Mayhem Goes beyond the Greenbelt

It’s a fact – to make it as a musician, you have to tour. As a result, because a musician’s vocals and vibes need to be heard beyond home turf, many local bands are going beyond the greenbelt. This month a slew of Ottawa bands are traveling to Montreal to perform in pop Montreal, one of the coolest festivals to take place in North America.

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Nina Bains Uncensored: The force behind the Ottawa International Film Festival

August 21, 2012 9:00 am
Nina Bains Uncensored: The force behind the Ottawa International Film Festival

Dynamic and daring, filmmaker/entrepreneur, Nina Bains has put Ottawa on the international film map. Her ingenuity, drive and determination to give local filmmakers their silver screen glory has made everyone feel ”f’ilmfabulous”. The buzz during the five-day event was unmistakable, and those nighttime parties OIFF held at Arc Hotel, Fat Boys Smokehouse and Babylon Night Club added to the celebratory spirit.

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A Perfect Pairing: Artist and Writer

August 13, 2012 9:00 am
A Perfect Pairing: Artist and Writer

Without illustrators, writers would never see their works come to life in poetry, short stories, graphic novels or children’s books. Illustrators who collaborate with writers effectively bring life to specific scenes and characters that live in a writer’s head. Through their genius, these agents of visual art are able to translate and transform letters, sentences and paragraphs into instant images that inform and enhance the story.

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The Facts About Writing Fiction

August 10, 2012 4:05 pm
The Facts About Writing Fiction

A good writer creates a short story or novel based on what he knows – what he has experienced. Something in his past or present state of affairs affects him deeply. The story he writes may be about a person that has made some kind of impact on him – not just a family member or friend but a stranger, as well.

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August 7, 2012 9:00 am
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The cornucopia of offerings in Ottawa’s theatre scene is brimming with exciting plays-from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s dream and Henry the Fifth to The Great Canadian Theatre Company’s production of the father and son drama, The Secret Mask, and Theatre-Nouvelle Scene’s Quelques Humains-these plays present poignant plots steeped in a common theme: the human dilemma.

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Acting: The Craft of Deceit to Get to the Truth

July 31, 2012 4:25 pm
Acting: The Craft of Deceit to Get to the Truth

The truth is, acting demands the suspension of disbelief by everyone except you. Those characters held up a mirror to me. I see and accept who I am now – not who I would like to pretend to be.

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Ode to Ottawa

July 30, 2012 4:20 pm
Ode to Ottawa

Stevie returns to her hometown and finds a beautiful city filled with inspiration.

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From Keys to Strings

July 10, 2012 9:00 am
From Keys to Strings

Friends never ask why I took up the piano. Not so with the banjo! When they discover I devote time to the banjo rather than the piano, they panic: “Stick with the piano; it’s a much nicer instrument! Women don’t play banjo! You’re from Ottawa, not the Deep South!”

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Piano Plight, Fright and Delight

July 6, 2012 9:00 am
My quest has taught me each piano has its own personality along with its owner.

I love traveling, but there’s always this snag that comes up. As a pianist, I get antsy if my fingers can’t find a piano to play.

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