2015 Festival

2015 Magnetic Encounter Events

Our signature Magnetic Encounters are designed to bring you and our Festival artists up close and personal – to talk about the work, create art together, or just have a great time. Thank you for joining us for our 2015 Magnetic Encounters. If you have any comments or inquiries, we’d love to hear them! Email us at [email protected] 

Saturday, June 6

Needles and OpiumBackstage Tour • Needles and Opium
4 PM • NAC Theatre
Join us for this special opportunity to see the backstage magic behind Robert Lepage’s Needles and Opium.

Re:UnionPanel Discussion
War and Peace – The High Cost of Complacency

4 PM (after RE:UNION matinee) • Academic Hall
What is the responsibility of the individual when the nation is at war or peace? Hear from a diverse panel of experts on the subjects of war and peace. Moderated by Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar.

2015 Festival LaunchLate Nite at the Festival Bar: Herd Presents….
Hosted by Herd Magazine • 9 PM • NAC 4th Stage
Ottawa’s Herd Magazine programs the opening night of our Festival Bar with music, live art and food. Rub elbows with some of your favourite artists, international guests, and Ottawa talent!

Sunday, June 7

Lumiere FestivalLantern Building Workshop with Lumière Festival
3:30-5:30PM • 55 Byward Market Square (Upstairs)
Start your Fiamma experience by joining us and Malachi Handler and Roxan Clark from Ottawa’s Lumière Festival to build your own lantern for the Sunday evening extravaganza!

Re:UnionQuaker Creative Listening Group
6-7 PM (after RE:UNION matinee) • Academic Hall
RE:UNION is based on the life and death of Norman Morrison, an American Quaker whose final act of protest was very much motivated by his individual faith. Join us for an inspiring experience as local Quakers Jane Keeler and Judith Brown lead us on an insightful and spiritual meditation.

Fiamma! An OperascapeVerso la Fiamma
7:30-9 PM • Starting at Clarendon Court (20 York St)
This prelude to Fiamma! An Operascape is an enchanting walking carnival through the Byward Market featuring pop-up performers, lantern bearers, and musicians.

2015 Festival LaunchLate Nite at the Festival Bar: The Lost & Find
Hosted by Thunk! Theatre & Rachel Kalpana James
10 PM • NAC 4th Stage

The Lost & Find is a scavenger hunt for stories – an interactive performance that is part storytelling and part art installation. Want to share a story about something you’ve lost? Or find someone else’s? Follow me.

Monday, June 8

Wolfert HeadshotKeynote: Stephan Wolfert- How Theatre is Changing the World
9:30-10 AM • Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar St)
Stephan Wolfert is a US veteran who struggled to reintegrate into society after seven years of service. He’ll share how theatre helped him climb back from the brink of darkness, to give him a focus and a purpose to help others.

Pitch Sessions underway at our 2014 Festival. Image Credit: Michelle Doucette Photography2015 Pitch Event
1-3:30 PM • NAC Rehearsal Hall A
Our Pitch Event is the hallmark of our Festival’s Industry Series, as 11 aspiring theatre makers from across Canada pitch their projects to a room full of theatre industry buyers, delegates, and colleagues.

Small Stage CanadaOpen Rehearsal: Small Stage Canada
2-4 PM • NAC 4th Stage
Get a glimpse into the process of putting on a show as Small Stage Canada gets ready for their opening night. Join us to see the nitty-gritty of adapting work into a new space.

Presenters Platform, 2014. Halifax, NS.Panel Discussion
Can We Make Gender Equity More Than An Intellectual Exercise?

3:45 PM • Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar St)
Join us as we discuss the role of gender equity as it relates to theatre programming and casting decisions. A fascinating panel about the experiences of women in the Canadian theatre scene.

2015 Festival LaunchLate Nite at the Festival Bar: SpiderWeb Bar
Hosted by Spiderweb Show • 10:30 PM • NAC 4th Stage
WARNING: Internet and drinking! If you’ve been doing it alone at home, it’s much less fun that way. There’ll be tunes, friends, and beverages, so get ready to strap into The Matrix – no judgement.

Tuesday, June 9

jens-folmer-jepsenFeatured Session with Jens Folmer Jepsen
9:30-10 AM • Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar St)
Jens Folmer Jepsen, Executive Director of Denmark’s Aarhus Festival, will share how he connects artists from around the world in this feature session.

Presenters Platform, 2014. Halifax, NS.Panel Discussion
The Power & Dangers of Community Engagement

1 PM • Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar St)
Is community engagement the saviour that the under-funded, under-attended theatre community has been praying for? Join us in this engaging panel discussion to discover the answer.

2015 Festival LaunchLate Nite at the Festival Bar: Perogie Party
11 PM • NAC 4th Stage
Experience some delicious local flavour with House of Targ perogies, one of the coolest and most satisfying late night snacks in Ottawa.

Wednesday, June 10

The Industry Series is a professional gathering place. Image Credit: Michelle Doucette PhotographyPanel Discussion: Meet The Young Punks of Canadian Theatre, A.K.A. Your Future Bosses
1-3 PM • Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar St)
Join us for a facilitated discussion that asks how, and why, are young artists making theatre today?

soup ottawaSoup Ottawa: Magnetic North Edition
6-8:30 PM • Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar St) • Admission: $10
This is our only Magnetic Encounter that charges admission, and we promise it’s for a great cause! We’re partnering with micro-grant event Soup Ottawa, who focus on two things: good soup and funding great community projects. Your $10 gets you great soup, bread, and a vote as local artists pitch their passion projects to the crowd. At the end of the night, all funds collected go to the winner.

5 Min Therapy Sessions with Self-Proclaimed Expert
Emelia Symington Fedy

9 PM • NAC 4th Stage
Through the Gaze of a NavelDo you have 5 minutes? Professional advice giver Emelia Symington Fedy tells you what you need to hear (whether you like it or not). Come experience this unique art installation – Emelia brings the egg timer, you bring the questions.

What Happened to the SeekerFilm Screening: Good News from the Sun, Part II
9 PM-12 AM (Repeats every half hour) • NAC 4th Stage Rotunda
A 25-minute video about the struggles of a theatre director living in the small village of Wakefield, Quebec, this sweet story is about finding inspiration amidst turmoil.

IndustrySeriesFilm Screening: THE LIST
2:45 PM • Arts Court Theatre
The List, produced in association with Screen Academy Scotland at Edinburgh Napier University, transforms the intimacy of live theatre directly onto the big screen.

2015 Festival LaunchLate Nite at the Festival Bar:
Hustle Party Hosted by Canada Dance Festival

11 PM • NAC 4th Stage
Come to the Festival Bar to get your groove on with your favourite artists, friends, and Canada Dance Festival!

Thursday, June 11

Through the Gaze of a NavelWhat Happened to the SeekerEveryone’s So Sensitive
A Stumblethrough with STO Union
& The Chop

12-4 PM (Come and go) • NAC Rehearsal Hall A
STO Union (Wakefield, QC) & The Chop (Vancouver, BC) have wanted to create together for a long time, but they live on opposite sides of the country. Now they can get into the same room at the same time, and now you’re invited to join their creation process.

The Global Savages

Film Screening: Elders Gone AWOL
5-7 PM • Bytown Museum
In 2011, the Debajemuhjig Storytellers created a project to bring together Elders and Youth in their community. The way they went about it was inspirational. Experience this heart-warming film featuring The Dirty Dozen and Then Some. Presented with the Bytown Museum.

Friday, June 12

Suzanne KeeptwoThe Exchange Experience: Validating 500 Years of First Nation History with Suzanne Keeptwo
Co-presented by Magnetic North and Jumblies Theatre
1-5 PM • NAC Rehearsal Hall A
An open, interactive learning workshop thriving on the many layered Teachings of the Medicine Wheel. Participants will learn about sacred teachings and concepts while guided through a distinctly creative process. Players craft original theatre with, and for, each other as they become the creative collaborators exploring First Nations historical, political, social and cultural differences.

Saturday, June 13

Train of ThoughtTrain of Thought by Jumblies Theatre
11 AM–2 PM • Rideau Canal Locks (below Bytown Museum)
The Train of Thought travelling company of artists is coming to Ottawa! Join us for an outdoors open and improvisational arts drop-in that will collaborate with local artists. Experience friendly and easy-going song, dance, and art-making. Visit www.trainofthought.co for more details.

2015 Festival LaunchThe GGAP Project: Age of Minority- Three Solo Plays by Jordan Tannahill
4 PM • NAC 4th Stage
The GGAP presents the works of Canadian playwrights who have been honoured with the Governor General’s Awards in Drama. Join us for staged readings of Jordan Tannahill’s Age of Minority, a riveting collection of three solo stories of youth.

Volunteer at MNTFClosing Night Volunteer Appreciation Party
8:30–11 PM • NAC 4th Stage
Join us at the Festival Bar one last time to celebrate the end of this year’s Festival and honour our fabulous volunteers and supporters. Everyone is welcome!

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