The Fan runs July 21–August 21, Tuesday–Sunday at 8 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. The Flying Canoe is a limited engagement playing Wednesdays July 27, August 3, August 10, and August 17 at 1 p.m. General-admission bleacher seating begins 30 minutes before each show.
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.
The National Arts Centre is one of Canada's only bilingual, multidisciplinary performing arts emporiums, showcasing more than 100 performances a year. In Hymn of Praise, Bach interpreter Simone Dinnerstein performs a Baroque keyboard concerto, along with Mendelssohn's choral masterpiece, giving audiences a performance that enlightens the eardrums. The seats are located in either the orchestra or mezzanine sections of Southam Hall, offering Groupon buyers a great vantage point from which to enjoy this historically-based performance. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
As Ottawa's centre for francophone theatre, La Nouvelle Scène houses four founding companies that sate culture cravings with challenging and entertaining pieces. Simoniaques Théâtre’s Sauce Brune follows four lunch ladies working at a high-school cafeteria as they humorously bond over the indignities of their job, their coping mechanisms, and their puzzlement over why every dramatic moment is punctuated by a light cue. Performances take place in La Nouvelle Scène's 150-seat Salle Caisses Desjardins, engaging audiences up-close with intimate black-box setting. Though all performances are in French, the show on Thursday, December 1, features English supertitles, allowing monolingual theatregoers to enjoy the play without the hassle of making up all the dialogue in their head.
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.