Upcoming Events

Readings from the works of 10 Ottawa writers
Josh Beer, Gail Larose, Ken Larose, Sarah Trick
Date and time: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 7:00 pm (EST) online via Zoom

Please contact Gail Larose at glarose0@gmail.com for Zoom link details.


To begin its 2021-2022 season and to mark the 10th anniversary of its inception, OSFAS presents readings from the works of 10 Ottawa writers – Margaret Atwood, Andrée Christensen, Joan Finnegan, Tom Henighan, George Johnston, Archibald Lampman, Saleema Nawaz, David O’Meara, Saul Rubinek, Tim Wynne-Jones – whose publications date from end of the 19th century to the present and include poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction, memoirs and criticism. Some famous, others less so, all these writers are immensely talented. A bibliography will be provided.

The readers:

  • Josh Beer is co-chair of OSFAS and an adjunct professor of Greek in Carleton University’s College of the Humanities. He is well known to OSFAS audiences for his lectures on Antigone and Oedipus and as a reader in OSFAS’s celebration of the 400 th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
  • Gail Larose is co-chair of OSFAS and a former director of academic international relations at Universities Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Commonwealth Secretariat. She was a reader for OSFAS’s Shakespearean quatercentenary celebration.
  • Ken Larose is a translator and the former president of the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario and the Canadian Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters Council.
  • Sarah Trick is a journalist with a BHum and an MJ degree from Carleton University who has written numerous articles for a variety of clients from The Walrus to the CBC. She is currently an assistant editor of Ontario Hubs for TVOntario. She was also a reader in the OSFAS Shakespeare celebration.

The Arts Post-COVID: what now?

A panel featuring Michael Bloom (moderator) with Mara Brown, Iain Moggach and Shara Weaver.

Date and time: Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 7:00 pm (EST) online via Zoom

Please contact Gail Larose at glarose0@gmail.com for Zoom link details.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected the arts in Canada and Ottawa, and most particularly the performing arts.  Actors, dancers and musicians have seen their audiences ordered to stay at home and shelter in place.  They too have been unable to socialize with their peers, rehearse and present their work in person.  Three panelists discuss their experiences during the pandemic and share their views on what is next. 

The moderator

Michael Bloom is a founder member of the OSFAS executive committee and former vice-president of the Conference Board of Canada.  He has moderated many panel discussions for OSFAS.

The panelists

Mara Brown holds a degree in fine arts from York University and in education from Trent.  She is the first director of the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre in Ottawa.  She came to the Centre from Toronto where she was Senior Operations Manager for the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir Manager.  https://carleton.ca/cdcc/ 

Iain Moggach is a graduate of Carleton University’s College of the Humanities and George Brown College’s Theatre Arts Program.  He is an actor, theatre director and currently the Artistic Director of Theatre by the Bay in Barrie Ontario.  https://theatrebythebay.com/ 

Shara Weaver studied at the National Ballet School in Toronto and is co-director of Propeller Dance, a contemporary integrated dance company founded in 2007 by Shara, co-director Renata Soutter and Alan Shain.  With roots in the community, Propeller Dance is currently artist-in-residence at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. https://propellerdance.com/about/