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So, January is a fantastic time to be at GCTC. There is so much going on - Brooke Johnson’s Trudeau Stories is running on the mainstage, Les Passants is in rehearsal, and prep for 1979 is underway both here in Ottawa and in Niagara-on-the-Lake. And that’s just the mainstage shows! Up in the office, we’re hard at work putting together next year’s season, while down in the lobbies, we’ve got pre-show events like Chefs & Shows and Prologue, and post-show events like … drum roll, please … Late Night in the Lobby.
Our popular late night talk show, Late Night in the Lobby, returns to GCTC Saturday the 28th after the evening performance of Trudeau Stories. Hosted by Artistic Director Eric Coates, this free-wheeling, free of charge talk show will feature conversations with notable Ottawa personalities—and maybe even some late-night ping pong.
From the Ottawa food community, we’ve got food critic Anne DesBrisay, who’s also the author of a new book, Ottawa Cooks. Chef Arup Jana from Allium will also come by—he’s the chef for our February edition of Chefs & Shows.
From the theatre scene, we’ll have Patrick Gauthier, former GCTC Artistic Associate and director of the undercurrents theatre festival coming up at Arts Court in February. He’ll be bringing along an artist featured in this year’s line-up, Norah Paton.
And from right here in Hintonburg, we’ll have a performance from Jacqui du Toit, Captain, and Jamaal Rogers Jackson of the Origin Arts and Community Centre. This venue “is the answer for artists who live life seeking the balance between fantasy and reality, want and need, birth and transformation” and has been presenting musicians, poets, storytellers and theatre artists since the fall of 2015.
I’m so excited for this line-up of guests, and hope you will join us on Saturday the 28th. And who knows, if you stick around ‘til later in the night, this might be your chance to challenge Eric to a game of ping pong. See you there!