Wakefield

The Region

Wakefield, a small, charming, rural town on the Gatineau River famous for its covered bridge, has a thriving creative economy due to the many artists who live there. 2011 witnessed a great achievement: the opening of the beautiful, new Centre Wakefield La Pêche. Artistic, cultural and community groups decided to work together with local businesses and three levels of government to realize their common vision of a centre, run by a cooperative, to benefit the entire Municipality. It’s a natural fit for the Wakefield Centre to be the hub of Wakefield AAQ programming, as Arts Alive! Quebec partners with Theatre Wakefield's Ta Da! Festival and many others to celebrate.

CONTACT:

For all inquiries about Wakefield eventsinfo@tadafestival.ca
For general inquiries about the festivalarts.alive@quebec-elan.org

 


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895 Riverside (819) 459-2884

Schedule

Venue Guide

Most events take place at Centre Wakefield La Pêche and where at the Centre is specified in the schedule. 

Centre Wakefield: 38 chemin de la vallée-de-wakefield

FO - Foyer 

GSH - Gwen Shea Hall  

BP - Backstage Patio 

TP - Tepee 

MAR - Ta Da! Market 

SF - Soccer Field 

Offsite Locations

KAF - Kaffe 1870 (715 Riverside Drive) 

NIK - Nikosi (721 Riverside Drive)

Tickets 

You can purchase your tickets at Centre Wakefield La Pêche. 

Festival pass - $40. Individual tickets for Shows and Workshops - $12. 

 


Friday September 8

  • 19:00

    New Works

     

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    GSH

    Show

    Directed by Peter James Haworth 

    Presented by the Wakefield Players

    The New Works program, which supports and nurtures emerging regional talent, saw 13 playwrights submit romantic comedies, an old-time radio show, political history, chiller theatre and a personal dance piece. Watch our Facebook page to see who this year’s winner will be...

     

     

  • 19:30

    The Move
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    SF 

    Workshop 

    Presented by Owen Tuf, Wakefield 

    Owen’s contemporary dance focuses on our relationship with the natural world, and how our bodies and stories are shaped by community rituals of daily lives. The Move is part of the worldwide community of Ecstatic Dance—a gathering of people who like to dance freeform. For all ages.

     

  • 20:30

    Blind to Happiness 
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    GSH

    Show 

    By Tim Murphy, Toronto

    Blind to Happiness explores the question “Is ‘happier’ a choice?” through the shared lives of three restaurant employees. Couks is a socially awkward dishwasher hoping to not live the life led by his father. He has a cat named Eisenhower, loves the Ottawa Senators, cheap beer, and telling his Dad’s jokes. Mike is an on-the- surface put-together PhD Psychology student—cracks in his Irish charmed veneer appear. Bliss is a side cook and lovelorn aspiring poet. Each believes the other is happy and is afraid to open up and tell their truth.

     

Saturday September 9

  • 12:00 

    15:00

    Community Art
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    With cj fleury

    Bilingual

    “All that glitters ...” D’ya like sparkly things? Suspended stuff that plays with light? Exploring design, pattern and making marks? You and cj will create something using not-everyday-material. Join her for 10 minutes or two hours...and see what grows to a state of glistening in the lobby.

     

  • 13:00

    Wake Up Sleeping Beauty
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    GSH 

    Showtimes: 13:00 Saturday September 9

                     13:00 Sunday September 10

    Presented by Live Action Theatre Project, Montreal

    Wake Up Sleeping Beauty is a classic fairy tale with a twist! In this exciting choose-your-own-adventure, we invite YOU into the action. Come wake Princess Briar Rose from her slumber! Join her and other fun characters on their quest to break the curse and save the Kingdom. What does happily ever after look like to you?

     

  • 13:00

    Feldenkrais® Workshop
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    ST

    Workshop 

    Presented by Lynne Bedbrook

    The very foundation for an actor is his body, and Feldenkrais engages the body as a whole. Practitioner Lynne Bedbrook will show how Feldenkrais creates more options about the simplest of things—standing, sitting, walking, reaching—with gentle easy sequences.

     

  • 14:45

    Alysann Foehring & Theatre Camp performances
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    GSH 

    Concert and Show - Double Bill 

    ALLYSANN FOEHRING, 15 years old, from Chelsea, Quebec, has been singing, dancing and playing music from a young age. She has been playing the fiddle for over 6 years, is a member of the Fiddleheads Musical Theatre performance. Allysann also plays with Angus Burger and the Fiddlin’ Fries, a local youth band in Chelsea-Wakefield.

    2017 SUMMER THEATRE CAMP PERFORMANCE. Our local youth spent creative time discovering new worlds, expanding imagination and gaining professional theatre skills. Imagine getting to perform your first creation at a festival!

  • 17:00

    Malaysian Satay BBQ & Old-Time Jam 
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    FL

    Food & Concert

  • 11:00

    Silent Disco
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    Concert - $10 for disco headphones

    Presented by Jacqueline Van De Geer, Montreal

    SILENT DISCO is a theatrical radio emission with dj Groovy Jack. Dance to an eclectic mix of music, and experience the joy, freedom and fun of The Silent Disco at Ta Da! The silent disco was developed in the Netherlands in 2002 to allow parties on the festival site, allowing people to dance without noise complaints—a concept now at many festivals the world over.

  • 19:15

    Sweet Kate and Laura & Big Yellow Taxi
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    GSH 

    Concert and Show - Double Bill

    Presented by Sweet Kate and the Ottawa Rhythm Initiative

    SWEET KATE is a five-piece a capella vocal ensemble, specialising in polyphonic madrigal choral music from the 1600s. Their harmonies weave in and around one another as their fa la la’s fill the room with a colourful palette of playful sound, transporting you to another time. Eva Meyer, Yvonne Wynen, Stephanie Hill, Tina Therrien, and Deborah Thomson.

    LAURA & BIG YELLOW TAXI. Buster Brown was an American master tap dancer, whose piece Laura has been praised around the world for decades. This up-tempo version from the film Laura was also a Frank Sinatra hit. Kylie Somerville’s Big Yellow Taxi is a study of Joni Mitchell’s iconic tune and environmental concerns of the 1960s. Ms Mitchell’s melody is carried into a weave of rhythms played by the dancers, creating a unique rhythmical exploration.

     

  • 20:30

    3 Men In A Boat
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    GSH

    Show

    Presented by Pea Green Theatre Group, Toronto

    Showtimes: 8:30 Saturday September 9

                      6:45 Sunday September 10

    THREE MEN IN A BOAT is an award-winning stage adaptation of Jerome K. Jerome’s classic 1889 British travelogue. Adapted for the stage by Dora Mavor Moore award winning playwright Mark Brownell. Directed by award-winning director Sue Miner. Featuring the outstanding onstage talents of Matt Pilipiak, Scott Garland, and Victor Pokinko. Jolly Victorian Boating Song arranged by Rigzin Tute. Period costumes by Nina Okens.

     

  • 21:00

    Dynamite Motel and Ein Tanztee mit Anita Berger 
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    KAF 

    Concert and Show - Double Bill 

    Presented by Dynamite Motel and Jacqueline Van De Geer, Toronto 

    EIN TANZTEE MIT ANITA BERBER: Imagine you’re in a clandestine cabaret with a dancer in 1920s Berlin—the decadent Berlin before the war. Anita speaks and seduces with her wild dances, shares her recollections, exaggerates, and takes you on a journey into an era of excess and decadence. The show explores aspects of her life and themes of art, poetry and political changes.

     

Sunday September 10

  • 11:00

     
    Sing It Out: Choral

     

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    Sing It Out - TP 

    Presented by Katharina Urbschat, Quebec City

    Katharina has been working as a choir director, music teacher and concert and intercultural event organiser in Germany and Canada for 30 years. She will explore how to structure and conduct a rehearsal or singing experience in which singers can learn according to individual possibilities.

  • 11:00

    Tap Dance
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    GSH

    Workshop

    Ottawa Rhythm Initiative. 

    The voice of Ottawa’s tap dance community, the Ottawa Rhythm Initiative (ORI) collaborates with local, national and international tap artists and musicians to classes and tap jams for all who enjoy or want to learn the art of tap dancing.

  • 12:15

    Angus Burger & The Fiddlin' Fries 
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    MAR 

    Concert 

    ANGUS BURGER & THE FIDDLIN’ FRIES are a fun, energetic foursome from the Gatineau Hills made up of teenage talent who all had a young start at fiddle music. The Fries have performed to rave reviews at two Angel’s Share musical variety shows directed by Ian Tamblyn, and debuted at the Black Sheep Inn earlier this year. They are: Allysann Foehring, Lotte Kallio, Adam Waddington and Angus Winship.

     

  • 13:00

    Michel André Vallières
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    MAR 

    Concert 

    MICHEL-ANDRÉ VALLIÈRES has been performing as a bilingual folk singer for 25 years. Besides playing harmonica, he has a definite preference for stringed and fretted instruments, jumping from guitar to octave mandolin to banjo to Cuban Tres! A solid and vivid performer, he aims to please and does his best to be the bond between French and English!

     

  • 13:45

    Home Child
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    MAR

    Show 

    Presented by Laura Teasdale, Knowlton 

    HOME CHILD: A two-person outdoor theatre experience with Nicolas Retson-Fournier and Natalie Demmon. The year is 1894. One London girl is sent away across the vast Atlantic into the great unknown. One homegrown Eastern Townships boy, struggles to make room for her in his family and in his heart. Descendants of the home children make up 11% of our population, yet their existence is one of Canada’s best kept secrets.

     

  • 14:40

    Luce Bélanger
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    MAR 

    Concert 

    LUCE BÉLANGER is a Métis-Algonquin woman born in La Tuque, Quebec, and was named ambassador of the city in 1998. A songwriter and performer, Luce is a two-time recipient of the Quebec Arts and Letters Council (CALQ), and has two albums to her credit. In 1997, she was the recipient of Radio Canada’s Tout nouveau tout show public award and semi- finalist of Chanson en Fe?te in St-Ambroise. She is joining us as an artist and president of her company, which offers various training programs in connection with Aboriginal ancestral knowledge for individuals and organizations.

     

     

  • 15:25

    ENIID
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    MAR 

    Concert 

    ENiiD Goodman (aka Carol) has called Wakefield, Que?bec her home for over 15 years and lives with her family on a 200 acre homestead called 100 Mile Farm. Her debut album (Nov. 2015) is A Celebration of Joni Mitchell; songs by & for her + stories and 2 originals. ENiiD has toured her debut album across Canada and looks forward to bringing her tour to the States and Europe in 2017.

  • 16:15

    A Summer...A Fair
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    MAR 

    Show 

    Presented by Theatre Wakefield 

    A SUMMER...A FAIR is a touring summer theatre show...and your last chance to catch it! This musical revue, written and composed by Ian Tamblyn and directed by Mary Ellis, toured small communities throughout the Outaouais. Standing ovations everywhere...don’t miss it!

     

     

  • 16:00

    Fairy Tales with A Twist
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    Workshop

    Presented by Live Action Theatre Project, Montreal

    Back by popular demand! What does “happily-everafter” look like to YOU? A fun and interactive workshop for kids to explore favourite fairy tales with a twist. Participants create and perform their own original twists to classic fairy tales.

     

Events are subject to change