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Well that was a fun night.
If you weren’t at GCTC Saturday night (it’s okay, some of you are social butterflies) then you missed the debut of an energetic and lively series from our Artistic Director Eric Coates. Along with some help from his band leader Hugh Neilson (GCTC’s Managing Director), Eric hosted the first “In the Lobby” late night talk show. “In the Lobby’ showcased the ever-increasing versatility of GCTC’s lobby, a sampling of the artists that live right here in Hintonburg, a chat with our city councillor, and much more.
Eric kicked things off with a monologue riffing on the various neighbourhoods that make up Ottawa and their distinctive personalities.
From there Eric welcomed his first guests, Shara Weaver and Nicole Milne from Propeller Dance. Shara spoke about the origins of Propeller Dance and their mandate, while also chatting about her personal interests in African dance. Nicole (who’s quite the fixture of the Ottawa arts scene and GCTC) talked about how she got involved with Propeller Dance and her dual role as GCTC and Propeller Dance employee.
Next up was the musical guest for the evening, Gerri Trimble. Gerri has a day job where she’s a Program Office with the Canada Council for the Arts, but when the sun goes down she’s a fantastically talented jazz singer.
Eric was then joined by hipster correspondent AL Connors. As you can clearly see by AL’s outfit, he fits the bill of a hipster that can inform on what makes Hintonburg just so hip. He even gave a few pointers on how GCTC could become more hip (local craft beer at the bar is a must).
City councillor for the Kitchessippi Ward, Jeff Leiper, came by to chat with Eric about how “2,500 buses a day? No way!” is really only 2,000 and the distinctive.....aroma that Hintonburg tends to have at a particular time.
Rounding it out was Thyme & Again proprietor Sheila Whyte to talk about getting her start in the catering business and her days slinging sandwiches in the GCTC lobby back in 2007.
With Marion Day (Janet Wilson of Janet Wilson Meets the Queen) serving as a surprise guest and musical interludes by Hugh and George Turcott, the evening was rounded out nicely.
If you missed it and felt this recap didn’t quite make you feel like you were there.....that’s a shame. You’ll have to keep an eye out for the next one and make sure your calendar is clear.