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What’s Happening? April Events

March 30, 2024

Spring has sprung and the good weather is here to stay! It’s time to retire your sweats, get out and enjoy the sunshine and many things to do in Ottawa’s Original Downtown!

This April, there is an incredible line up of live performances to enjoy.

Jeon Misook Dance Company

The simple gesture of bending forward to acknowledge the presence of another carries a wealth of symbolism and etiquette. 

With Bow, Jeon Misook Dance Company investigates the relationship between the bower and the person being bowed to, and how this tradition differs from one meeting to another, questioning the sincerity of the gesture that society has agreed to recognize as a mark of respect. Thanks to her talented performers, the choreographer constantly pushes their physical limits, making Bow a piece where the movements range from fluid to erratic, and where beauty and intelligence meet. 

BOW captures the beauty of Korea by interpreting the beauty of empty space, lighting and costumes with a contemporary twist.

🕺 BOW

📍National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street 

📅 April 4 to April 5

🎟️ Tickets

Haley Blais

Haley Blais is a Vancouver-based singer-songwriter who has turned out defiant scream-into-your-pillow pop songs since 2014. Wisecrack (Released September 15, 2023), her sophomore album, was conceived as a conceptual record about the formation of new families amidst the dissolution of her parent’s relationship; Wisecrack is textured and wryly poetic, oscillating somewhere between cherished childhood memories and the creation of a new self. The existential, everyday worries we all contain but rarely share are laid bare across eleven songs exquisitely performed with profundity, grace, and humour.

🎙️ Hailey Blais

📍National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street 

📅 April 6

🎟️ Tickets

Snow White: Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet

A modern take on the story of Snow White, replete with all well-known characters — the monks, the wicked stepmother, the witch, and of course the prince — with a decidedly more gripping, psychological, creative approach.  

From this classic fairy tale inspired by the Brothers’ Grimm, French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj has crafted a visually stunning contemporary ballet. With its aerial scenes, mature narrative and edgy costumes by Jean Paul Gaultier, this show is far from a children’s story.   

🩰 Snow White  

📍National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street 

📅 April 6

🎟️ Tickets

Zaki Ibrahim

Described as “a retro-Afrofuturist vision sending listeners on a journey through 40 years of electronic music” (Nuvo), Zaki Ibrahim’s music brings elements of spoken word, hip hop, soul, house and 70s pop together, filtered through the prismatic and often contradictory lenses of personal, historical and scientific relativities. Even the concept of diaspora seems to fall short of capturing the vivid vibrational multitudes of Ibrahim’s scope.

🎙️ Zaki Ibrahim

📍National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street 

📅 April 6

🎟️ Tickets

Shen Yun

Shen Yun Performing Arts unveils an all-new program every year. Experience the extraordinary depth and breadth of authentic Chinese culture. Savour the magnificence of five thousand years of civilization—the beauty of China before communism—brought to life on stage.

Immerse yourself in a performance of stunning beauty and tremendous energy that leaves audiences uplifted, inspired and in awe! Enjoy a unique orchestra that embraces Chinese and Western instruments in a masterful fusion and be spellbound by stunning costumes, brilliant choreography, and state-of-the-art dynamic backdrops.

🕺 Shen Yun

📍National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street 

📅 April 14 to April 15

🎟️ Tickets

Thorgy Thor and the Thorchestra

Sass, style, and serious classical chops: that’s what the dragnificent Thorgy Thor brings to Southam Hall when she and Principal Youth Conductor and NACO Creative Partner Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser join the NAC Orchestra for an evening of virtuoso violin playing and fabulousness!

Fresh from a star-making turn on Season 8 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, the “Queen of Classical Music” will slay you with her outrageous fashion and julienne you with her wit in this dazzling, theatrical symphonic extravaganza. Don’t miss it!

🎙️ Thorgy Thor and the Thorchestra

📍National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street 

📅 April 6

🎟️ Tickets

Guy Belanger

Known for his sensitivity, generosity and talent, Guy Bélanger is admired for his ability to infuse virtuosity with authenticity. In 1974, Bélanger seemed destined for a career in traditional blues. Armed with his belt full of harmonicas, he met Bob Walsh, another Quebec City native, who taught him the blues’ rudiments on the provincial capital’s stages. In 1987, Bélanger joined Walsh’s band, with which he appeared at 15 Montreal International Jazz Festival editions. This was followed by collaborations with more than 60 artists from Quebec and France, including Céline Dion and Cirque du Soleil.

🎙️ Thorgy Thor and the Thorchestra

📍National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street 

📅 April 6

🎟️ Tickets

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