Published Mar 02, 2015Biennial arts festival Ontario Scene is back this year, and will take place at over 30 venues in the Ottawa-Gatineau area from April 29 to May 10. Celebrating over 600 artists across the performing arts, the event has now unveiled a list of this year's scheduled acts.
Shad, Cold Specks, Fucked Up, PUP, Danko Jones, the Wooden Sky, the Sadies, Matthew Barber and Molly Johnson (singing the songs of Billie Holiday) will all perform sets. Additionally, Daniel Lanois will be joined by Basia Bulat and the NAC Orchestra for a special performance.
Jason Collett's annual Toronto Basement Revue will be revived for a special springtime incarnation, featuring a secret roster of artists to participate in what's being dubbed "part poetry slam, part cabaret, part improvised musical jam."
The Women's Blues Revue will also bring together a collection of stars on stage, delivering a night of entertainment with Divine Brown, Kellylee Evans, Rita Chiarelli, Samantha Martin, Roxanne Potvin and Diana Braithwaite.
For the more traditionally minded music fan, Peggy Baker and James Kudelka will be collaborating with the Art of Time Ensemble to explore Brahms's Intermezzi.
The festival will also be showcasing a range of exhibits, performances and events from across visual art, dance, film, multimedia, literature and the culinary arts.
In a statement, Heather Moore, producer and executive director of NAC Scene festivals, said:
Since 2003, the Scenes have given us a privileged, sometimes surprising, always fascinating insight into the rich artistic and creative life of this country. Here we are 12 years on, and Ontario Scene is about to challenge our understanding of what this province is. As elsewhere in the country, Ontario has an artistic landscape that is familiar, and one that is less well known. Over the 12 days of the festival, audiences will have a unique, one-of-a-kind opportunity to see the artists they know, and to discover many they may not know. I invite them to jump in and immerse themselves in an incredible cultural adventure.
You can see the complete lineup and schedule, and get venue and ticketing information at the Ontario Scene website.