2008 Calendar of Events, Page 1

2008 Calendar of Events, Page 2

6th Gala Concert

Canadian Museum of Civilization Theatre
April 26 (Saturday), 7:30 pm
Admission: $20

East meets west in a cultural fusion that brings together the traditional and the contemporary, and features many exceptional Canadian performers.  The Gala Concert showcases the artistic talents of 10 performing groups from across the pan-Asian spectrum. Performers include: the veteran Chinese Beijing opera singer William Lau portraying the female warrior; the jazzy South Asian ensemble of guitarist Adam Duncan, accompanied by saxophonist Linsey Wellman  and Tabla musician Ravi Singh; the renowned Montreal Er Hu artist, Shen Qi, with the accomplished cellist Luo Di; the Upasana School of Dance, featuring contemporary classical Indian dance;  Japanese Soprano Noriko Hashimoto;  the Indonesian Gamelan music ensemble with a Javanese dance troupe; traditional Korean dancer Jayoon Jung; the innovative styling of Toronto’s Folklorico Filipino Canada Dance Company; Pakistani raag malkauns music ensemble (Abdul Zakir will be playing Raag MALKAUNS on banjo accompanied by his talented son (Osman Zakir ) on tabla), and Vietnamese singer Ivy O.  Come and experience the colourful sights and incredible sounds that bring Canada ’s diversity to life on stage!

Download "6th Gala Concert Poster"

Presented by the OAHMS and CMC.  
Tickets available at the Museum, East Wind (802 Bank St., 361 Richmond Rd.), Ottawa Folklore Centre (1111 Bank St.), ZENTERIORS (459 Sussex), and the OAHMS (Ottawa@asianheritagemonth.net)

Tickets available at the Museum, East Wind (802 Bank St., 361 Richmond Rd.), Ottawa Folklore Centre (1111 Bank St.), ZENTERIORS (459 Sussex), and the OAHMS (Ottawa@asianheritagemonth.net)

Asian Heritage Month Official Launch

April 28 (Monday) 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Room 200, West Block, Parliament Buildings
Admission: Free
Advanced Registration Required: 613-994-6034

Parliamentarians, government officials, community leaders, and the general public are invited to celebrate the beginning of Asian Heritage Month. Hosted by the Honourable Jason Kenny, Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity), and the OAHMS, the evening will include welcoming remarks, several musical and dance performances from the pan-Asian community as well as a reception.

Learn about AHM and network with other guests.

Lecture & Demonstration about Beijing (Peking) Opera
May 1 (Thursday) 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Library and Archives Canada, Auditorium
Admission: Free

An interactive, informative and fun introduction to the traditional art of Beijing Opera. Audiences will get hands-on experience of this total theatre which combines dancing, singing, music, acting and martial arts. Participants will receive hands-on experience of symbolic gestures, try out costumes and head-dresses, and learn how to laugh and cry in Chinese opera style. Presented by William Lau, who studied both Chinese classical dance and classical ballet, and holds a masters degree from the dance program at York University. A special event not to be missed!"

For further information e-mail: Ottawa@asianheritagemonth.net
or visit: http://www.littlepeargarden.com/eng


Audio-Visual Presentation on Asian Gardens
May 6 (Tuesday) 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Canadian Museum of Nature, 3rd Fl. Special Exhibition Gallery
Admission: Free

Come discover Chinese, Korean, and Japanese gardens and learn about their origins and how they have evolved. A free lecture by Claude Gagné about the origins and characteristics of classical gardens in China, Japan and Korea, and how to create a Japanese garden in the less hospitable climate of Eastern Canada. Mr. Gagne is the President of the Japanese Garden and Pavilion at the Montreal Botanical Garden, and has visited Japan 15 times and received numerous awards and honours from the Japanese Government as well as the Emperor of Japan. Claude Gagné, President of the Japanese Garden.

Presented by the OAHMS and the Canadian Museum of Nature

Era 21 Networking Breakfast for Young Canadians
May 8 (Thursday) 7:30 – 9:30 am
Parliamentary Restaurant

Honorary Patron Senator Vivienne Poy hosts a breakfast for a diverse group of high school students to network with Parliamentarians and leading community leaders, and learn about leadership and cultural fluency in Canada's multicultural reality. A joint initiative of the OAHMS and J'Nikra Dinqinesh Education Centre. Sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada.

Film Screening: Raise The Red Lantern (with the National Ballet of China)
May 14 (Wednesday) 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch
Admission: Free

This 86-minute film captures a performance by the National Ballet of China of the stage adaptation of the 1991 award winning film Raise The Red Lantern by acclaimed film director Mr. Zhang Yi Mou.

Asian Heritage Day in Gatineau
May 18 (Sunday) 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Maison du Citoyen (City Hall)
Admission: Free

The City of Gatineau celebrates Asian Heritage Month with a full day of activities featuring traditional dance and musical performances.
For more information, please contact Ming Zhang at ming.cco@sympatico.ca

Concert by Pipa & Guzheng (Chinese zither) Virtuoso Liu Fang

May 20 (Tuesday) 8:00 pm
Library and Archives Canada, Auditorium
Admission: $20 (adults), $15 (students with ID)

Tickets available from New168 Market (1050 Somerset St. W), ZENTERIORS (459 Sussex Dr.), Ottawa@asianheritagemonth.net

Internationally acclaimed pipa and guzheng virtuoso Liu Fang is known for her masterful playing. Born in China in 1974, she began studying the pipa at the age of six, gave her first public solo performance at nine, and played for Queen Elizabeth in 1985. Honoured with several provincial and national prizes and a graduate from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Liu Fang has captivated audiences and critics with the richness and grace of her playing as well as her wide ranging repertoire. Described as being "one of the greatest virtuosos", "the empress of pipa" (L'actualité, 2001).

For information see http://www.liufangmusic.net/English/ or e-mail Ottawa@asianheritagemonth.net

Presented by the OAHMS.

Real Canadian Superstore - Cooking Demonstrations
190 Richmond Rd., Ottawa

Exotic Escape: What’s for Dinner
Every Wednesday On May 7, 14, 21: Noon - 1:00pm
Admission: Free (with donation of canned or non-perishable food for the Ottawa Food Bank)

Join expert Chef Thuy Nguyen at her What’s for Dinner classes dedicated to the diverse culinary delights of Asia.

Asian Summer Paradise
May 29: 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Chef Thy Nguyen will demonstrate how to serve some hot and very cool summer dishes for your next BBQ event. $30 charge for this session.

Information and regitration: Patricia Wilson, pwilson@ngco.com or 613-722-9599

"Leaving Deep Water" Art Exhibition
April 5 to May 17 - 11:00am to 6:00pm
Galerie SAW Gallery, 67 Nicholas St.
Admision: Free

Featuring works by artists, Jun Nguyen, Fay Ku and others, this multi-media exhibition explores the nature of water as a metaphorical element.

Information: Minh Nguyen at 613-236-6181

Vietnamese Cultural Day
May 3 - 8:30am to 6:00pm
Ottawa City Hall, Jean Piggot Hall and Council Chamber, 110 Laurier Ave. West
Admission: Free

A day to enjoy Vietnamese music, folk arts performances, an art and photo exhibition, and launching of the book "Gift of Freedom: How Ottawa Welcomed the Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian Refugees" (the story of Project 4000).

Information: Call the Vietnamese Canadian Centre at 613-320-8282
Presented by the Vietnamese Canadian Community of Ottawa.

Introduction to Indian Music on Guitar
May 3, 10, 17, 24 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ottawa Folklore Center, 1111 Bank St. (at Sunnyside)
OFC Members: $68, Non-Members: $80

Join multi-instrumentalist, fusion musician Adam Duncan for a four week introduction to the world of Indian Raga music.

Information: email ottawasitar@yahoo.ca or call 613-237-4520

Piano Concert by Katherine Chi
May 10 - 8:00pm
First Baptist Church, 140 Laurier Ave. W.
Admission: Reserved $30, General $25, Seniors $20, Students $15

Pianist Katherine Chi, one of Canada's fastest rising stars of classical music. Prize winner at the 1998 Bussoni International Piano Competition and first Canadian and woman to win Canada's prestigious Honens International Piano Competition in 2000

Presented by ARS NOVA www.arsnova.ca/index.html

Pico Iyer on Global Journeys with the Dalai Lama
May 17 - 3:30pm
St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts and Humanities, 179 Murry St.
Admission: $15 ($12 Student & Seniors)

The 'poet laureate of wanderlust' and author of numerous books and essays on globalism and Buddhism, will share his intimate portrait of the Dalai Lama's work and ideas as a politician, scientist and philosopher.

Presented by the Ottawa Writers Festival

Information: Email sean@writersfestival.org or call 613-562-3844

Traditional Indonesian Dance Workshop
May 18 and 25 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Indonesian Embassy, 55 Parkdale Ave.
Admission: Free

Workshops by an experienced and award winning Indonesian dancer/choreographer.

Presented by the Embassy of Indonesia
Information: email ninik@indonesia-ottawa.org or call 613-724-110 ex 211

Health is Wealth Fair
May 24 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Fisher Park Community Centre, 250 Holland Ave.
Admission: Free

Find out how to lead a healthy lifestyle from community-based organizations and the Ottawa Public Health programs. See interactive health displays, try traditional Vietnamese wellness practices and have your vital signs checked. Enjoy entertainment and sample delicious Asian food.

Information: Sally Zhang (Public Health Nurse) at 613-580-2424 ex. 26144 or Mai Nguyen at the Vietnamese Canadian Center 613-230-8282

"A Passage to Lucknow" Indian Classical Music & Dance

May 30 - 7:00pm
Ben Franklin Place Chambers, 101 Centrepointe Dr.
Tickets: $20 Adult, $15 Student/Seniors

The Canadian Society for Indian Classical Music and Arts presents its 2nd annual convert gala, featuring traditional Indian music as well as world fusion music and dance. See and hear tabla player Vineet Vyas and his wife, the leathak dancer Bageshree Vaze, Adam Duncan (sitar, guitar), Linsey Wellman (saxophone) and Vinay Bhide.

Information: email ottawasitar@yahoo.ca or call 613-237-4520

Canadian Museum of Civilization
100 Laurier St. Gatineau

Korean B-Boy Dancers and Percussion Band
May 9 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Admission: $12

Come and be amazed by the North American premiere of the acrobatic and gravity defying Korean B-Boying dancers and percussion band Gong Myung in an exciting fusion of tradiontal and contemporary styles.

Presented by the Korean Embassy

Taiko - Two Cities, One Beat

May 11 - 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Matinée Tickets: $15 (Children 12 & under $7.50)
Evening Tickets: $20 (Children 12 & under $10.00)
Tickets Available: CMC, Zenteriors, Bel Fiore Florists

In celebration of the 80th anniversary of Japan-Canada relations Oto-Wa Taiko welcomes guest artist Kamo Tsunamura Taiko from Japan for a joint concert showcasing the powerful rhythms of taiko drumming, and the unique choreographic styles of two dynamic taiko arts communities. Ottawa and Sendai. (Matinée concert features a cameo performance by Ottawa's children's taiko group, Dagaku).

For information, visit

Library and Archives Canada
396 Wellington St.

Film Screening: Guiana 1838
May 3 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission: $5

Historic docu-drama about the origins of Agro Caribbean and Indo settlers in British Guiana, which covers British colonialism, the abolition of slavery and arrival of indentured servants from India.

Presented by the Guyana-Caribbean Muslim Association
Information: email irahim@rogers.com or call 613-277-4454

CCNC Film Night in Partnership with Canadian Heritage
May 13 - 7:30pm
Admission: Free, call 613-992-2618 to reserve

Between: Living in the Hyphen interweaves the experiences of Canadians with one parent from a European background and one from a visible minority. Seven individuals - including award-winning poet Fred Wah share multi-ethnic stories about living "between". Directory Anne Marie Nakagawa will speak.

Presented by the Chinese Canadian National Council and the Department of Canadian Heritage. See

Filipino-Canadian Heritage Celebration Day
May 22 - 11:00am to 11:00pm
Admission: Free

From 11:00am view exhibits by local Filipino organizations, Evening activities begin at 6:00pm with greetings by the Philippine Ambassador, to be followed by a virtual tour of the Philippines, performances by the Philippine Dance Troupe of Ottawa and the Pamana Ng Lahi Dance Troupe and a workshop on communications and leadership.

Presented by the Filipino-Canadian Community and the Philippine Embassy.
Information: email nmnero@symaptico.ca

"Destination Philippines!" A Strategy Sharing Session for the Expansion of Your Business
May 22 - 12:30pm to 5:00pm
Room A
Admission: $40 for CPBC members, $50 for non-members

Ask the experts about cultural and commercial aspects of doing business in the Philippines. Meet the Philippine Ambassador and former Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines. Find out from EDC and ITC about government assistance.

Presented by the Canada Philippines Business Council.
Information, contact Les Kumar-Misir les.kumar@gmail.com or call 613-526-1387

From There to Here: The China Optic in National Film Board Films - with Professor Gary Evans
May 29 - 7:30pm
Room 156
Admission: Free for CCFSO members, $5 for non-members

Since it's founding in 1939, the NFB has made dozens of films about China and it's monumental changes. Professor and author Gary Evans will show clips from select films and lead a discussion about their significance at home and abroad.

Presented by the Canada-China Friendship Society of Ottawa.
Information: Lalan Marklinger @ 819-777-8434 or visit

Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch

Asian Heritage Month Family Story Time and Celebration
May 11 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission: Free

Stories, dancing, snacks, and activities highlighting a variety of Asian countries and cultures. Children to be accompanied by an adult please.

Presented by OCISO and the Ottawa Public Library.

Information and registration: karen.malina@biblioottawalibrary.ca or call  613-580-2945 ex 32130

Islamic History and Culture Films
May 7 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Admission: Free

The Glories of Islamic Art: The Ottomans and their Capital Istanbull, (45min)


The Glories of Islamic Art: Cairo, the Capital of the Fatimids and Mamlukes, (45min)

Islamic History and Culture Films
May 21 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Admission: Free

Islamic Art: Africa and Central Asia (45min)

Islamic History and Culture Films
May 28 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Admission: Free

Islamic Art: The Omayyads' Damascus (45min)

* Q & A session after each film
All films presented by Islamic History Month Canada.
Information: email imanibrahim@rogers.com


459 Sussex Dr.

Ikebana Class - Japanese Art of Flower Arrangement

Explore the beauty and fun of Ikebana with experienced Ikebana artist and teacher, Yumiko Tsunakawa, who has created arrangement for the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra

Classes: Saturdays: 9:30am - 11:30am, Sunday: 9:30am - 11:30am, Tuesdays: 1:30pm - 3:30pm, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Cost: $240 for one Semester (8 lessons) including flowers and the use of vases during classes.

Information: email: tsunaco@yahoo.com or call 613-241-0699

Zen In Interior Space

Sam Toma, M. Arch., presents a workshop on understanding Japanese style and how to select appropriate solutions and components to meet individual needs. Cost: $320 for one semester (8 sessions)

Classes: Thursday: 6:30pm to 8:30pm running on April, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.

Information: samtco@hotmail.com or call 613-241-0699