Summer Series 2020

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Shenkman Arts Centre Presents – Summer Series – Brought to you by the Heart of Orléans BIA

Live in person as well as virtually!

Just because the Shenkman Arts Centre is closed to the public it doesn’t mean we don’t have a number of fun events planned…Live in person and virtually! 

The Summer Series performances take place every week throughout the summer virtually and in August we have four special live in person performances at the Agora Minto-Orléans. 

With COVID-safety protocols in place, these performances will be live for an audience of up to 100 people. We know you’ve missed attending live events during this time, and we’ve definitely missed hosting them, so we’re thrilled to be able to offer these special live performances.

If you’re more comfortable staying home, we have you covered! These performances will also be filmed and the videos will be available on our website and social media the following Tuesday, so that you can enjoy these performances virtually.

Check out the schedule below and see you soon, either in person or virtually!

Important notes for people attending the live event

July 16 | Luv2Groove™ - "Ready Set Groove"
Ms. Amanda from Luv2Groove™ will be teaching a 30 minute dance session where families will get their groove on! Ready, Set, Groove will feature a variety of funky music where participants will get lost in movement while having FUN! Anyone can jump right in without stressing over fancy footwork. Ideal for all ages/levels this class will still have you sweating from head to toe😊

Video is available here or on Facebook at 7 pm

July 23 | Kathryn Patricia - Loop Pedal Viola, "Sound in Living Colour"
Join Kathryn Patricia, Ottawa’s loop pedal violist and composer, in exploring painting and drawing through a sonar lens. Sound In Living Colour In Concert invites us to create a work of art that is meaningful and akin to life's journey, inspired by a musical soundscape. Grab Your favourite markers, paints or crayons and join us as we listen, create, and enjoy music together!

Video is available here or on Facebook at 7 pm

July 30 | Grupo de Capoeira Dendê Do Recife | Capoeira
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian cultural expression that integrates elements of combat arts, acrobatics, creative movement and music. Grupo De Capoeira Dendê do Recife is Ottawa's oldest capoeira group launched by Mestre Fabinho in 1999. The group offers classes for adults and youth of all levels in capoeira, as well as specialty workshops in Brazilian dance and music!

Video is available here or on Facebook at 7 pm

August 6 | David Finkle - Mohawk storytelling and music, "Okara"

Live at the Agora Minto-Orléans

Okara (loosely translating into "story" within the Mohawk dialect), aims at drawing from a diverse musical palette to share stories about the duo through their own musical language.

Video is available here or on Facebook on Tuesday, August 11 at 7 pm

August 13 | Joel Jacques - Music Jam

Live at the Agora Minto-Orléans
Join ukulele enthusiast and multi-instrumentalist Joel Jacques for a musical jam! This is a BYOI (bring your own instrument) socially-distanced outdoor event. There will also be a number of ukuleles that have been disinfected and isolated for families to borrow during the event if so desired!

Video is available here or on Facebook on Tuesday, August 18 at 7 pm

August 20 | Oto Wa Taiko - Japanese Taiko Drumming

Live at the Agora Minto-Orléans

Oto-Wa Taiko is a Japanese drumming group that performs at public and private events and at schools, and offers general interest workshops and training classes for budding taiko enthusiasts in Canada’s National Capital Region.

Video is available here or on Facebook on Tuesday, August 25 at 7 pm

August 27 | Flava Factory | Street Dance Workshop

Live at the Agora Minto-Orléans

The Flava Factory is the only dance studio in Ottawa dedicated to teaching and promoting the urban dance styles of Popping, Breaking, House, Locking, Hip Hop, Vogue, Waacking, and Dancehall. The Flava Factory's goals are to provide the best dance education to our students, promote a healthy and positive atmosphere for creative expression, and raise the level and quality of street dancing in the Capital City!

Video is available here or on Facebook on Tuesday, September 1 at 7 pm

*Lineup is subject to change

Important notes for people attending the live event
  • The audience will be seated at picnic tables and on mats that are separated by at least 2 meters. Social bubbles are permitted to sit together. The picnic tables and mats will be cleaned and sanitized before each performance.
  • Any performers that are singing will be separated from the audience with a plexi-glass panel.
  • The washrooms on the 2nd level of the Shenkman Arts Centre will be open to the public. A mask is required to enter the facility.
  • The audience is encouraged to wear masks but they are not required.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided at the entrances to the plaza.
  • Patrons can park at the front of the building at 245 Centrum or at the back of the building on Brisebois Crescent. The Shenkman Arts Centre will not be open to cut through the building to get to the parking lot.
  • Patrons are asked not to attend if “you or anyone from your household is feeling ill; if you have traveled outside of the province within the past 14 days; & if you, or anyone you have been in contact with is awaiting a test result for COVID-19.
  • In the event of rain, performances will be moved inside and no audience will be allowed. The filmed performance will be available on our website and social media Tuesday – Thursday of the following week.