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Eric Craig as Hamlet, Paul Rainville as the Gravedigger in <i>Hamlet</i>. Photo: St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival
Eric Craig as Hamlet, Paul Rainville as the Gravedigger in Hamlet. Photo: St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

Another summer of Shakespeare on the St. Lawrence

Comedy, tragedy and history are all part of this summer's lineup at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in Prescott, Ontario. Todd Moe crossed the border to talk with artistic director Ian Farthing and some of the Canadian actors in this season's productions of Hamlet and Maid for a Musket.  Go to full article
<i>Tired Paws & Weary Wings</i>, paintings by Gwendolyn Best at Orange Gallery in Ottawa through June 9th.  Photo: Gwendolyn Best
Tired Paws & Weary Wings, paintings by Gwendolyn Best at Orange Gallery in Ottawa through June 9th. Photo: Gwendolyn Best

Remembering the Cats of Parliament Hill in art

An Ottawa artist has painted a series of works celebrating the Cats of Parliament Hill. Gwendolyn Best's cats are on display through June 9th at the Orange Gallery, in the Hintonburg neighborhood. The paintings were created to honor the many felines who made Parliament Hill their home. The sanctuary closed in early January when there were only four cats remaining in the colony. Those four joined the other dozen or so cats who over the years were adopted by volunteers.

The cats' ancestors arrived in the early 1900's to help control pests in nearby government buildings. The Canadian government and local volunteers had provided a place for them to take shelter and receive food and water since the 1970s. The cat sanctuary even had the Queen's blessing.

A couple of years ago, Todd Moe played tourist on Parliament Hill and met some of the cats and their caregivers. Brian Caines was one of the many volunteers who had visited the cats daily.  Go to full article
1000 Islands Playhouse cast photo from <em>Suds</em>. Photo: Mark Bergin
1000 Islands Playhouse cast photo from Suds. Photo: Mark Bergin

Theatre review: "Suds" at the 1000 Islands Playhouse

The 60s musical soap opera "Suds" opens the season at the 1000 Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, running through June 22. It's a treat for any pop music lover.  Go to full article
Melody A. Johnson  Photo:NAC
Melody A. Johnson Photo:NAC

Theatre Review: "Miss Caledonia" in the NAC Studio

"Miss Caledonia" is playing in the Studio at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa through May 25. Melody A. Johnson runs the gamut from farmer girl to beauty pageant contestant in a delightful eighty minutes.  Go to full article
Orthodox priests lead a Friday night Lenten service in the chapel at the Monastery of St. Silouan the Athonite, near Prescott, Ontario.  Photo: Todd Moe
Orthodox priests lead a Friday night Lenten service in the chapel at the Monastery of St. Silouan the Athonite, near Prescott, Ontario. Photo: Todd Moe

Crossing borders to create a small-town Orthodoxy

The single most important day in the Orthodox calendar - Easter, or Pascha, is this Sunday. Many Orthodox churches base their holiest days on the Julian calendar, rather than the Gregorian calendar.

Historically, Orthodox communities in the United States have been defined largely by ethnicity and found mostly in urban areas. But a group of Orthodox Christians in the Canton-Potsdam area has created a mission that brings diverse groups together. They don't have a permanent worship space, sometimes share priests with the Greek Orthodox Church in Watertown, and even visit a small monastery in Ontario. Their membership includes students, families and seniors. This Sunday will mark the group's first Easter service, or Great Vespers, and a meal of festive foods.  Go to full article
Todd Duckworth as Edward Curtis  Photo: Andrew Alexander/GCTC
Todd Duckworth as Edward Curtis Photo: Andrew Alexander/GCTC

Theatre Review: "The Edward Curtis Story" at GCTC in Ottawa

The Edward Curtis Story, a co-production of the Great Canadian Theatre Company and the National Arts Centre, is running at GCTC through April 21.  Go to full article
An aerial view of the intersection of King Hwy No. 2 and Aultsville Road, downtown Aultsville, Ontario. The outline of businesses and homes can clearly be seen along both sides of both roads.  Photo: Louis Helbig
An aerial view of the intersection of King Hwy No. 2 and Aultsville Road, downtown Aultsville, Ontario. The outline of businesses and homes can clearly be seen along both sides of both roads. Photo: Louis Helbig

Aerial photos reveal Ontario communities flooded 50 years

It's been more than 50 years since Inundation Day -- July 1, 1958, when ten Ontario communities along the St. Lawrence were purposefully flooded and 6,500 people relocated so the St. Lawrence Seaway could come into being. This spring, an Ottawa photographer will be collecting stories about the so-called "sunken villages" - that handful of Canadian villages have been hidden under the St. Lawrence Seaway for over 50 years.

Todd Moe talks with Ottawa aerial photographer Louis Helbig about his "Sunken Villages" project of photos of the lost communities between Cornwall and Prescott, Ontario. For the last few years, Helbig has arranged exhibitions of his birds-eye-view of the underwater remnants of houses and streets. Now, he's looking for stories and family histories to accompany the photos.  Go to full article
Allan Morgan & Fiona Reid  Photo: Lucy Tremblay Gaudette
Allan Morgan & Fiona Reid Photo: Lucy Tremblay Gaudette

Theatre Review: "Innocence Lost" at the NAC

"Innocence Lost, A Play about Steven Truscott" is currently running at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa through March 16. It premiered at the Blyth Festival in 2008 and this mounting is a co-production of the National Arts Centre English Theatre and the Centaur Theatre Company of Montreal.  Go to full article
Andy Massingham & Joey Trembley  Photo: Andree Lanthier
Andy Massingham & Joey Trembley Photo: Andree Lanthier

Theatre Review: "Metamorphoses" at the NAC

"Metamorphoses" is running at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa through February 16. The play contains adult material and is not suitable for children under 16. Running only an hour and 20 minutes without intermission, it manages to cover some of the best known of Ovid's myths.  Go to full article
Carmen Aguirre. Photo: Andrew Alexander
Carmen Aguirre. Photo: Andrew Alexander

Theatre Review: "Blue Box" at the Great Canadian Theatre Company

Carmen Aguirre's BLUE BOX is running at GCTC in Ottawa through February 3. The 90-minute play, performed without intermission, is autobiographical and broad in scope.  Go to full article

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