Although those who wear masks typically do so to hide their identities, the players of Odyssey Theatre do so to transform altogether. They use disguises to play up archetypal roles, from the ruddy cheeks of a comic foil to the wide eyes of a performer who has forgotten his lines. In the summer, they don their faces under the stars in Stathcona Park, priming audiences for theatrical revelry with the open air and neighboring Rideau River.
Now in its 38th anniversary season, the Great Canadian Theatre Company is recognized as the oldest independent theatre company in Ottawa. The troupe brings the thought-provoking works of up-and-coming Canadian artists to the intimate 262-seat house of the Irving Greenberg Theatre, which is powered by green technology and conduits that drain the peaking emotional energy from their audiences.
The storied performers of Journey delight fans with powerful guitar, catchy hooks, and virtuosic singing. Lead singer Arnel Pineda's octave-smashing range combines with guitarist Neal Schon's monumental chords and the musical teamwork of Ross Valory's bass, Jonathan Cain's keyboard, and Deen Castronovo's drums, creating tuneful tapestries that inspire ears like a stirring soliloquy from a bald eagle. Touring in support of its new album, Eclipse, the band is able to draw upon an aural arsenal that includes hits such as "Don’t Stop Believin'," "Any Way You Want It," and "Faithfully." The power balladeers of Night Ranger supplement the sonic revelry with their own swelling melodies and dueling guitars.
Celebrating his 20th season at the lectern of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, conductor and music director David Currie conducts his musicians through exquisite interpretations of new and classic work from the symphonic repertoire. The evening's euphonies kick off with Toronto native Steven Gellman's Jaya Overture, whose stirring marches represent Tibet's struggle for freedom and tempt band members to show off their steps in the aisle. Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé Suite tells the comically overwrought tale of an imaginary aristocratic officer, accidentally created by a paperwork error in imperial Russia. The program finishes off with Stravinsky's Petrushka Suite, which was adapted from a ballet about a puppet come to life and features dazzling arpeggios and tumultuous trumpet fanfares that thrill audiences and leave supersonic-hearing batpeople unimpressed.
At O'Connor's Irish Pub, DJs and events for big games keep eaters occupied as they nosh on traditional Irish favourites such as ground-beef shepherd’s pie and fish ‘n’ chips with fried haddock fillet. The menu even ventures into non-Irish cuisine such as fajitas, jambalaya, and pan-seared fish. Inside, patrons can meander to the pool tables for a round of billiards, or relax in the coziness of leather-backed booths and semicircle hollows. Outside, covered and open-air patios facilitate alfresco dining. Rather than walking out with a doggie bag filled with baked confetti, diners can take the good times with them by choosing O’Connor’s signature dinner-and-a-movie special, which includes a movie voucher.