TRASHED: opening night party

Unwind at Ottawa’s cultural hub, Galerie SAW Gallery, for the official opening night party of Performance Creation Canada. Toronto’s Kids On TV, DJ BEAR witness, and many performance artists will perform throughout the evening in Club SAW, Galerie SAW Gallery and the SAW outdoor courtyard. $3 beer and wine, free food and hot bartenders await you for a truly trashy (and fun) night. Two artists from the region will be presenting new performances supported by the Dennis Tourbin Fund for Emerging Artists, commissioned especially for this edition of Performance Creation Canada. It is a permanent tribute to the greatly respected late Ottawa artist and his legacy. The fund seeks to encourage emerging artists to carry out creative works of art that cross disciplines and traditional boundaries, as well as expand the presentation of art outside of the gallery walls into the public arena, reaching new audiences and engaging community.

Tuesday, June 12, 9pm @ Club SAW
Pay What You Can. Free for registered participants and speakers.

PLACE OR SPACE: where have you been doin' it lately?

What effect does location have on performance? How important is our choice of venue? Join our panelists as they discuss the pros and cons of conventional versus non-conventional spaces, examining the evolution, limitations and revelations of site-specific performance.

Moderator: Jennifer Brewin, Director, The Snow Show
Panelists: Martin Conboy, Kendra Fanconi, Eric Moschopedis
Wednesday, June 13, 10:00-11:45am @ Club SAW

ELECTRIC FENCES: creating and destroying barriers with technology in performance

The open potential of technological advancement allows for artists to mediate the audience’s experience of their performance. Mandating audience participation, removing the artists' physical presence from the performance act or inextricably connecting the actions of performers are all possible directions for the role of technology in the creative process. However, is the increasing prevalence of technological mediation in performance motivated by a desire to enrich the audience’s experience, or is technological fetishism driving performance creation toward a hollow digital experience? This panel will examine the tension that can exist between these different approaches as panelists decide how useful or destructive electric fences can be.

Moderator: Ryan Stec, Artistic Director, Artengine
Panelists: Joseph Lefèvre, Miriam Ginestier, Daina Warren
Wednesday, June 13, 1:45-3:30pm @ Club SAW

WHO'S WHO? an exploration of the evolving relationship between audience and performer

What responsibilities do performers have to their audience? At what point does the audience become part of the performance? Join three artists from the Canadian performance milieu for a panel discussion addressing the disappearing fourth wall, interactive performance and the increasingly blurry line between the observer and the observed.

Moderator: Christie Watson, Independent Curator and Artist
Panelists: Darren O'Donnell, Nadia Ross, Camellia Koo
Thursday, June 14, 1:45-3:30pm @ NAC Rehearsal Hall A

FUNDING FACE TO FACE: a wine and cheese gathering

Ottawa is home to many arts funding bodies whose input and perspective on the arts community in Canada play a large role in how artists and arts organizations receive funding. This session brings together representatives from all these institutions, as well as lobbyists and policy makers, for an informal interview-style wine and cheese gathering. Get to know the individuals behind the agencies, and hear their unique perspectives on the past, present and future of arts funding.

Moderator: Peter Honeywell, Executive Director, Council for the Arts in Ottawa
Thursday, June 14, 4:30-6:00pm @ La Nouvelle Scène - Bistro


Theatrical and architectural lighting designer Martin Conboy takes participants on an illuminating walk through the downtown core, visiting such architectural landmarks as the Parliament Buildings, the War Memorial / Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Château Laurier, the American Embassy and Notre-Dame Basilica, all viewed through the prism of how lighting shapes our perception of the city at night. As an award-winning designer who has lit many of these well-known structures, Martin offers a unique perspective on the architecture and nocturnal essence of our nation's capital.

Thursday, June 14, 9:00pm. Approx. 60 minutes. Meet at the Eternal Flame on Parliament Hill.  Please sign-up in advance at the Magnetic North information desk (National Arts Centre Lobby) or by sending an email to judi@magneticnorthfestival.ca
Minimum 6 participants, maximum 18.  Free admission.

IMPOSSIBLE WORLDS: are institutions ready for interdisciplinary art?

Although there is a burgeoning interdisciplinary art scene in Canada, few institutions seem to have the infrastructure or resources to present expansive interdisciplinary work. On this panel, a curator, an academic, a producer and two artists will tackle this subject head on, while architect Barry Padolsky draws a conceptual space throughout the talks, based on the wants and needs of today's interdisciplinary artists. Following the panel, a 24-page publication will be produced, with a summary and selection of drawings.

Moderator: Stefan St-Laurent, Curator, Galerie SAW Gallery
Panelists: Lois Brown, Heather Moore, Ming Tiampo, Barry Padolsky, Cheryl L'Hirondelle
Friday, June 15, 10:00-11:45am @ Club SAW

THE ARTIST AND THE CITY: probing ottawa's artistic identity

This panel discussion puts its finger on the pulse of Ottawa's local performance community, challenging perceptions of Ottawa's artistic identity both from within and beyond our region. All attendees will be invited to share their opinions of the past, present and future of performance creation in the Ottawa region.

Moderator: Joël Beddows, Artistic Director, Théâtre la Catapulte
Friday, June 15, 1:45-3:30pm @ SAW Courtyard


Cruise the Ottawa River on a two-story private charter equipped with a lounge, a dance floor with DJ and a full bar. Party the night away with old and new friends from all over Canada in a relaxed and creative environment. The evening features the fourth installation of .ism(e): performance cabaret, Ottawa-Gatineau's showcase for "new and slightly used performative works." Short impromptu acts will be programmed on all parts of the boat. For more information on the charter, please consult www.paulsboatcruises.com.

Friday, June 15 at 9:00pm. Climb on board at the Ottawa Locks (Behind the Parliament Buildings). Boat departs at 9:30pm and returns for a second pick up at 11:00pm.
$20 - tickets available at the Magnetic North info desk, at Club SAW as of June 12, by cheque with PCC registration, or at the door. Space is limited.


This session is an opportunity to discuss the future of PCC and to pass the baton to the upcoming gatherings in Halifax, Montreal and Kelowna.

Saturday, June 16, 11:00am-1:00pm @ Club SAW

panelists subject to change