May 2011 Issue

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May, 2011


How do you spell "Reason to Dream?" O - T - E - S - H - A

Riding on Hope   
The Otesha Project's Monthly Journal   

May 2011      

Organic Affair Tomorrow
First Team On!
New Tour Opportunity
Volunteer Opportunities

Organic Affair 
May 15th, Toronto 

Start of Pedal to Plate Tour
July 9th, Ottawa

Organic Affair in Toronto 


Please join us in a free afternoon tea party full of bike jokes, new friends, old friends, organic coffee and vegan treats! 


Hear inspiring stories about Otesha's work, munch on the delicious SURPRISE vegan treat, yes, it's different every year! Also, you'll get a glimps of real-life, freshly-trained bike tour members in action on stage sharing a slice of their play.  There will also be an opportunity to tour the fabulous Evergreen Brick Works site.


When: Sunday, May 15 at 2:00 p.m


Where: Evergreen Brick Works 

              550 Bayview Ave, Toronto


Who: You, your family, your friends, your bicycle, and your smile! 



Please RSVP to


Note: It's a semi-outdoor space, so dress accordingly!


First Team Headed Across Ontario

Pedals are being pushed from Kitchener, on their way to Toronto as you read these words. 

The first tour this year, the Phenominal Food Tour, has broken out of the training week shell and is clucking their way to you. Check the team members out!

Training week at Hidden Acres Camp was full of enjoyably awkward momentsBike with Otesha signsurprizing talents, and the most positive and supportiveconsensus-based food mandate discussion that Otesha has ever seen. The group was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support in the form of food donations from Healthy Foods and More, Sobey's, and many more including the Kitchener Farmer's Market, where we stuffed a car to it's gills with local fresh veggies!

The tour however proved to be off to a bumpy begining with a few technical difficulties such as a trailer wheel falling off, and then several members falling ill on their second day - with 2 workshops, 2 performances, and 70km to travel that day!  

Learn about their recovery and the amazing connections they make along the way by following the team's  Notes from the Road, or on their Twitter channel, Otesha on the Road

You can also see them perform a portion of their play for free TOMORROW at the Organic Affair in Toronto. See above for more detals.



New Tour Launched on the West Coast 


Kootenay Mountain Tour 

This fall launch eastward from Vancouver over the West Coast mountains and into the Kootenay Mountain range, fueling up on enthusiasm from learning from and

connecting with organizations, individuals, and communities along the way.  


Team members will deliver

passionate performances of the Otesha play and bring empowering workshops to youth across B.C. and Alberta. Cycle through the coastal rain forest, the interior desert, the flatlands of Alberta as amobile sustainable community!  


Applications still being acceptedLearm more about the tour on our website


Volunteer Opportunities 
We love volunteers! Please express interest to unless otherwise stated, including the position & your current resume.


This Sunday!

Set-up and Take-down Support

If you are available to support the Organic Affair in Toronto, please let Heather know Meet at 10:00 am to start set up! Please note that  the Toronto Marathon is in town, and they are closing Bayview Ave from 8 am - 11:30. The Brick Works is located at 550 Bayview. Adjust your travel arrangements accordingly! 


Play Creative Support 

Timeline:  a day or two, sometime this summer (dates yet to be confirmed) 

Help polish up the new play, contribute your two cents and your energy into making it the most impactful, change-inspiring piece possible! Contact for more details. 


Video Creation

Timeline: 20 - 30 hour project, anytime (winter & spring 2011) 

Create a comic, high energy, emotive trailer/teaser to be posted on Youtube.  Provide potential host schools with a look at Otesha's theatre programming.

Skills needed - Video editing, understanding of audience (high school educators)  


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Wish list
Thank you so much for the cerial boxes and fabric this past month.  We love taking in gently used items we can put to use! Here are our current areas of need:

Boxes - sturdy cardboard ones for moving  

Functional computer mice 

Desktop computer speakers