Arts & Culture Events

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Erin Saoirse Adair | Body Tracks | Flesh Mapping | The Walk | DJ Ruby Jane | Niyamah Collective | Elizabeth Riley Band | Eternia | Loveliest Girl in the World | DJ Jas Nasty | Warchestra | The Womenfolk Society | Anastasia Filippova | take me to your leader >> << lead me to your taker | The No Shit Shirleys | Ottawa Stilt Union | Abstract Random | Feminist Funnies | Kinnie Starr | Tanya Tagaq

Here are just some of the artists who provoke and entertain you ...

A composer, diversely talented vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, Erin Saoirse Adair is a popular voice in Ottawa's local folk scene. Her strength as a singer-songwriter has garnered Erin accolades for her bluesy, accessible, and deeply relevant messages. Erin lends her musical talents to diverse projects and preparing the release of her debut album in the spring of 2012.

7pm, 4 July, Women and Eclectic Sound, Café Nostalgica (free)

Inspired by Ana Mendieta and curated by Christine Redfern, "Body Tracks" features artists Christine Redfern and Caro Caron (graphic novel), Philomène Longpré, Ana Mendieta, Jude Norris, and Anna Peak. This unique exhibition is a joint effort between SAW Video and Gallery 101. Women artist feature prominently in this exhibition of contemporary video art which looks back at the work of a seminal female artist (Mendieta) and surveys contemporary artwork by women.

10am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday, Gallery 101, 1-301 ½ Bank Street, Ottawa (free)


"Flesh Mapping : prostitution in a globalized world" will be presented by the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter and la Concertation des luttes contre l'exploitation sexuelle. This interactive multimedia installation incorporates 70 canvasses (talking "sheets"), videos, games, and learning experiences.

11:30am-7:30pm, 4-7 July, Terminus, Jock Turcot University Centre

"The Walk" - a play about sex trafficking written by Catherine Cunningham-Huston and produced by Moon dog Theatre in association with PACT-Ottawa (Persons Against the Crime of Trafficking in Humans) - features an unlikely trio trying to write a play about sex trafficking, but haunted by the stories surrounding it.

8pm, 4 July, Freeman Hall, Perez Building, University of Ottawa (pay what you can)

DJ Ruby Jane's taste in music travels the spectrum of soul - both old and new. She drops dance floor heavy-hitters with a preference for a hot break and female vocals, setting dancing feet a-grooving to 80s funk, classic and old-school hip hop, sexy downtempo, and velvety soul. Ruby Jane is a sought-after DJ for b-boying, waacking, locking, and popping battles. In addition to playing all over Canada, she's exported her special brand of funk to Dublin, NYC, Berlin, London, and Barcelona.

"After the long days of discussions and idea exchanges, I'll be happy to provide you with an environment to help unwind and celebrate." - Ruby Jane

DJ Ruby Jane headlines our Farewell Street Party, 5:30-9pm, 7 July


"Dynamic funky wild artists devoted to social change" -- meet the Niyamah collective. Since 2004, its goal is to represent spiritual aspects of art and support others in finding their creative voice. Using dance, music, movement, sound, theater, paint, and color, the Niyamah collective will create magic at Women's Worlds 2011: participants will shift from mind to body and integrate the powerful learning flowing to and from Women's Worlds.

12:15-12:45pm, 4-6 July, in front of Simard Hall, U of O
With such a raw, contagious, and original sound, the vocally driven Ottawa-based Elizabeth Riley Band has developed a loyal following of fans who crave their blend of bluegrass, folk, alternative, and traditionally country music. Wielding banjo, acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica, djembe, and stand-up snare, this inter-generational foursome of singer-songwriters speaks out about social and political issues. Elizabeth Riley Band has captivated audiences at an eclectic range of venues and women's events.

11:30am-1pm, 4 July, Mainstage

photo credit: Heather Smith

Breaking barriers and blazing trails across the globe, hip hop music phenomenon Eternia has been twice nominated for a Juno Award. Everywhere she has performed across the planet, audiences and critics dub her one of the best live performers they have ever witnessed. "Being a woman in the male-dominated world of hip hop has just further served the purpose of fortifying me and enabling me to speak strongly on subjects only I can."

5:30-9pm, 7 July, Farewell Street Party


The Loveliest Girl in the World is a community art project undertaken by photographer, art, and social educator Miina Savolainen with ten girls from Hyvönen Children's Home in Finland. The photographs reveal the person each young girl feels she really is inside. WW 2011 participants are invited to special Nordic Reception and exhibit viewing:

5:30-7:30pm, 6 July, Old City Hall, Ottawa

The artist will be at "The Loveliest Girl in the World" stand in our Arts & Culture Centre (Jock Turcot University Centre):

4-7 July, 11:30am-3pm.

This exhibit runs daily, 8am to 8pm, from 26 May to 2 September. On 5 July and 7-8 July, the artist will guide visitors through the exhibition from 4-7pm.

DJ Jas Nasty loves dirty beats. Driven by heavy bass, you can expect to get down when she drops banging tracks that break genre barriers of reggae, dubstep, UK garage, electro, techno, house, and retro. Around Ottawa, Jas continues to foster an appreciation for bass sounds through her involvement with DarkDisco and as house DJ at La Petite Mort Gallery.

10pm-2am, 7 July, Official WW 2011 After Party

"The Forgotten"

Warchestra - a painting and sound installation by Sundus Abdul Hadi - is multimedia series about war and culture, of visual and sonic components, Warchestra replaces weapons of war with musical instruments to re-imagine the media-saturated spaces of the Middle East, and Iraq in particular, through collage and sound.

11:30am-7pm, 4-7 July in the Couches Lounge, University Centre

The Womenfolk Society will serenade the registration area on 3 July 2011. This chorale of women celebrates song and the power of the voice. The group collectively shares music from many different traditions, styles and genres. The weaving of harmonies, melodies and choreography, The Womenfolk Society performances are a medley for all senses.

12-2 pm, 3 July, in front of the University of Ottawa Residences (90 University Residence Hall)

Anastasia Filippova is a Russian Canadian singer songwriter whose soulful piano and voice create unforgettable performances.

lunch break, 4 July, on the "mainstage" on Tabaret lawn

"Cleaver Piece" - Ming Hon (2011)

take me to your leader >> << lead me to your taker
This exhibition by Ming Hon, Jeanne Randolph, Divya Mehra, and Hope Peterson exceeds categorization in terms of medium, style, politics and regional representation. From printed, electronically generated, whispered or shouted, unpredictable and resilient, these works each have the capacity to get under our skin with their singular voices.

until 7 July, Galerie SAW Gallery, 67 Nicholas, Ottawa

The No Shit Shirleys are seven unique women with signature solo voices who come together to create a jewel-toned septet. They have inspired audiences with their diverse, eclectic repertoire, including original material and innovative arrangements of traditional pieces from around the world.

7 July at the Farewell Street Party

Ottawa Stilt Union is a bilingual group of artists committed to bringing the magical and the unexpected into the daily lives of people in the National Capital Region through the creation and performance of stilt-based theatre works and through the teaching of workshops in that art form.

7 July at the Farewell Street Party

"Without girls there'd be no world."

- Abstract Random

"electro dubhop + bring back cool feminist political = Abstract Random"

The soulful trio of Jamilah Malika, Lover Sun, and Ayo Leilani will provide the soul soundtrack for The Official Women's Worlds 2011 AFTER PARTY.

10pm-2am, 7 July, Mercury Lounge, Ottawa

feminist funnies
This comedy revue features Jenn Grant, Heidi Foss, Joanna Downey, and a surprise guest

Alumni Auditorium, Jock Turcot University Centre, University of Ottawa (85 University Private)

$20 (call 613 600 7462)

"Join us for this pre-conference event to watch the amazing comedy talent of Joanna Downey, Heidi Foss, and Jen Grant. Stand up comedy is a male-dominated field, and comedy clubs are not always feminist-friendly in terms of content. Kick off your visit to Canada with the feminist funnies."

Kinnie Starr

CAPTIVATOR. Hailed by critics as “edgy and enchanting” and a “raw and feral talent”, Juno Award winning producer and singer-songwriter Kinnie Starr brings to her artistry a background in visual arts and post-secondary study of race and gender ethics. Since the mid-1990s, Kinnie has enjoyed working relationships with Lakeshore Records USA, Maple Music Canada, and Maple Music’s flagship 2006 label, Fontana USA. A prolific writer, Kinnie is also a social activist, working with youth whenever possible. Since 2007, she has visited over 60 schools promoting literacy and authentic expression through hip hop and poetry.

Kinnie takes the stage during the Indigenous Feminisms ROCK! event, 7-10pm, 4 July

Tanya Tagaq

GROUNDBREAKER. It was in the small Arctic community of Cambridge Bay where Tanya learned the Inuit art of throat singing which she has since infused with her own innovative style. But that’s just one part of her sonic quotient. Her music has been described as ‘orchestral’, ‘hip-hop-infused’, even ‘primal’. Tanya’s 2005 debut CD “Sinaa” caught the attention of fellow musical experimenters like Björk, and she’s been on the rise ever since. A sought-after collaborator for music, video, and documentary projects, Tanya took several categories at the 2005 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, including Best Female Artist, and was nominated for Juno Awards in 2006 and 2009.

Tanya helps launch Women's Worlds 2011 at the Opening Ceremony, 7:30-10 pm, 3 July