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February, 2012


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February 2012 Issue
Theatre for Social Change 

“Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it.”  
Augusto Boal
Spinning up Some Change
You know those folks whose eyes twinkle bright, even amidst the grey skies of February?  Folks who rise up in the morning, excited for 24 more hours to change the world?  Otesha is looking for them!  We are putting together 4 terrific teams of energized, inspired individuals to spin the wheels of change with us on our 2012 tours.  Do you know someone ready to saddle up?  Here’s a sneak preview of what we’ve got in store:

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Can you hear those salty waves? I sure can! This spring’s Rising Tide Tour is taking form like you wouldn’t believe. And what a tour it is going to be! We start in Fredericton, NB, where artistic juice and crafty goodness can be found around every corner. Then we ride south to Saint John, New Brunswick’s largest seaport. Don’t get too cozy, because we’ll shoot up to Moncton, NB, ride along Nova Scotia’s North shore, and arrive in Tatamagouche.  There, we will see what it means to be small but with big values: it’s a community that bridges the gaps between agriculture, the arts, and social justice. Cruising through Truro and into Wolfville, NS, we’ll visit Canada’s first ever fair trade city.  Legs-a-pumpin’ with ethically-sourced energy juice (read: coffee), we’ll jive our way along the breathtaking Bay of Fundy, performing at tiny rural schools and swimming in the sea. And that’s only half of it!

... But we don’t want to give away all the fun.  We need to keep some of it for when we are suited up in our spandex, safety vests, helmets, and grabbing our handle bars with glee. Ride on! 

Are you Ready to Shift?

The Otesha Project’s 9 Day Shift Tours bring together Canadians of all ages for weekend to weekend velo-adventures.  This July, the Pedal to Plate Tour will cycle the scenic Ottawa region and get to the roots of food production, distribution and access in the area.  You’ll connect with inspiring individuals, dig deeper into local food issues and gain valuable bike touring and maintenance skills.  Gear up and get ready to shift!  

The Otesha Project is turning 10! Celebrate with us!

On February 16th, 2012, we will be celebrating 10 years, 25 bike tours, 500+ O-lumni, and 150,000 audience members! Join our Olumni across Canada for your own Otesha birthday parties, or join us in Ottawa for a big birthday bash in the nation's capital!

Get out your birthday hats and noise makers, we’re hosting a party !10th Birthday Invite Ottawa

Bring a friend and join us for this Funkified, Free, Feel-Fabulous Event!
Curious about how it all began under a tree in Kitale, Kenya?  Check it out

Theatre for Social Change

This Frosty February is filled with inspiring and moving uses of theatre as a tool to educate, engage, and catalyze change.  We’re beaming with pride as we highlight the upcoming work of Otesha community members!

FringeFest favourite hits the stage in support of Otesha

With Winterlude upon us in the nation's capital, some hope-filled and hilarious Ottawa actors are hitting the stage for a special evening of theatre and fun in support of
The Otesha Project and One World Arts.  The hit FringeFest show Question Period The Musical! is back in session to support these two change-making organizations. 
Follow the adventures of the hippest, hopeful new MP as he navigates the cynical and hopeful sides of federal politics. The show will raise da roof of the House of Commons with slam raps, grunge rock, Broadway numbers, subliminal social messaging, and even a classic rock love song to the GST. 
Written by Otesha friends Ed Gillis and directed by Darrell Harvey.

Join us at Arts Court Theatre in Ottawa on February 4 at 2:00pm or 8:00 p.m.
More info
Tickets are $20, available for purchase in person at the Arts Court box office (2 Daly Ave) or by calling 613-564-7240
. All proceeds go to support The Otesha Project and One World Arts.
And Then it Happens

Guy Marsan (HIT’10 and Otesha playwright)
presents the world premiere of his latest work at the Great Canadian Theatre Company.  Four disparate people embark on a quest to find true human-to-human connection through art.  To aid their quest, they conducted interviews at the 2011 undercurrents festival and Wakefest, investigating the place of art, joy and creativity in over 300 people's lives. The resulting play is a theatrical potluck to which all are invited: a place where true connection just might be possible.

Feb 8, 11, 12, 16 & 18


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Shirley Manh (HIT'10 and staffer) will be performing with Moon Dog Theatre in "The Walk”, a play produced in association with PACT-Ottawa (Persons Against the Crime of Trafficking in Humans). Shirley is honoured to share the stories of trafficked women around the globe.

Feb 3-5 and 10-12

Tickets on sale at Mother Tongue Books (1067 Bank St.) and Collected Works (1242 Wellington St.)

MORE INFO or contact to purchase tickets!

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Entremont (PFT’11) hits the stage at Convocation Hall of Queen’s University in a benefit show for Dawn House, Interval House and Sexual Assault Center Kingston.  Down There is a critical feminist anti-oppressive project that recognizes, reflects, celebrates and supports the complex identities people have.

Feb 9 - 11

Tickets can be purchased at the Down There table in the Queen’s Centre (from 11-3pm on weekdays), the ASUS core (open 9-5 on weekdays), at Novel Idea (located at 156 Princess Street), and at the door (on first‐come‐first‐serve basis).

Bubbly Bold Burger is Back!


The Otesha Bug bit Kira Burger back in 2008, when she and her sidekick (bike) Zoombot traversed Ontario on Otesha’s Algonquin Tour.  In 2011, Kira returned to coordinate the Phenomenal Food Tour and get her hands dirty on farms between Kitchener-Waterloo and Ottawa with 14 fabulous teammates.  Eager to keep her bum on a bike, she took the role of Safety Coordinator on last year’s first ever 9 day Pedal to Plate Tour around Ottawa.  She’s back again, this time as Otesha’s Outreach and Communications Coordinator.  She and Zoombot are already excited to hit the road in July on the next Pedal to Plate Tour!  

Looking for the missing link? ChangeLink is live!


As we roll on with 2012, we hope that the new year will bring lots of change! At Otesha HQ we are encouraging change of all shapes and sizes with our new ChangeLink program. O-lumni of our bike tours and other energetic youth who are interested in starting their own sustainability projects can now visit the Otesha website for more information about our new program and how we aim to support passionate individuals in bringing their susty ideas to life. We also have a virtual resource library that pulls together a wide range of handy materials that will kick-start those wheels of change!

Our Olumni are already coming to us with great ideas and if you're interested in becoming involved as a mentor, get in touch with!

Website of the Month

Interested in using theatre as a tool for social change?  Learn about
Theatre of the Oppressed, pioneered by the late Augusto Boal - a chemist by training that began using theatre to facilitate participatory politics in Brazil.

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My action to change the world is to share our organic ranching dream with the current amazing Kootney Mountain tour group who so generously shared Oteshas inspiring global message. Peace and Hope"
- Bev, age 56, Pincher Creek

For more information, visit our website at

Peace and bike grease,

The Otesha Office Team

The Otesha Project
153 Chapel Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 1H5
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