Wakefield

The Region

Wakefield, a small, charming, rural town on the Gatineau River famous for its covered bridge, has a thriving creative economy due to the many artists who live there.

2011 witnessed a great achievement: the opening of the beautiful, new Centre Wakefield La Pêche. Artistic, cultural and community groups decided to work together with local businesses and three levels of government to realize their common vision of a centre, run by a cooperative, to benefit the entire Municipality.

It’s a natural fit for the Wakefield Centre to be the hub of four days of exciting events for all ages, as Arts Alive! Quebec partners with Theatre Wakefield's Ta Da! Festival, the Artists in their Environment Studio Tour and many others to celebrate October’s fall colours.


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Schedule

For full Ta Da! Festival programming and to purchase tickets, visit http://tadafestival.ca/

Click the logo for all the details!

Venue Guide

All events take place at

Gwen Shea Hall (formerly known as Great Hall), Centre Wakefield La Pêche
32 Ch. de la Vallee (Chemin Valley) de Wakefield


Thursday October 1

  • 18:00
         –
    19:30

    Vernissage and Opening Gala

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    Artists in their environment and Theatre Wakefield

    Lobby and Library, Centre Wakefield La Pêche
    32 ch. de la Vallee de Wakefield, Wakefield
    free

    Our partner, the Artists in their Environment Studio Tour, opens the festival with a vernissage of their participating artists’ works.

    These pieces will be displayed throughout the festival and a Tour Artist will be present. The works will be on sale.

    Our Opening Gala will feature a buffet of culinary goodies – some from our local restaurants and caterers, others by some of our many excellent hobby chefs.

    Musical entertainment by some of our many local musicians.

  • 20:00

    VANYA ON 42nd Street (1994)

    Click to read more


    Tickets: $11.50
    Online: click here - PayPal or Visa/Mastercard
    At the door: Cash, Interac and cheques
    At Centre Wakefield La Pêche during operating hours
    Centre Wakefield La Pêche
    32 ch. de la Vallee de Wakefield, Wakefield

    WIFF's (Wakefield International Film Festival) artistic director, Robert Rooney, picked this film to set the tone for the weekend: Vanya on 42nd Street is a exceptional film by famous director Louis Malle giving us great performances and intriguing insights into life on stage, back stage and beyond.

Friday October 2

  • 19:30

    Little Orange Man

    Click to read more

    SNAFU Dance Theatre (Victoria, BC)

    Tickets: $17.25 ($15+tax)
    Online: click here - PayPal or Visa/Mastercard
    At the door: Cash, Interac and cheques
    At Centre Wakefield La Pêche during operating hours
    Centre Wakefield La Pêche
    32 ch. de la Vallee de Wakefield, Wakefield

    Featuring live music, shadow puppetry, edible puppets, and dark Danish fables.

    Rated E for Everyone!

    BC-born, Viking by blood, Ingrid Hansen is fueled by a love for talking with strangers. She is often found at bus stops, grocery lineups or theatres, attempting to create temporary communities out of groups of strangers. Little Orange Man is the story of Kitt, the Kinder-Whisperer, a high-octane Danish girl whose greatest delight comes from re-enacting her grandfather’s grisly folk tales to young neighborhood children. Award-winning Little Orange Man has sold out at theatres and festivals across the country.

    snafudance.com/little-orange-man.html

  • 21:00

    Live music & cash bar

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    Centre Wakefield La Pêche
    32 ch. de la Vallee de Wakefield, Wakefield


    Live music, cash bar .... Ta Da! never misses an opportunity for partying.
    Dancing in the lobby has never been so good.

Saturday October 3

  • 10:00
         –
    16:00

    "Lov’em and Leav’em" Kids’ Arts Camp (ages 5 to 10)

    Click to read more

    $35 – includes lunch (Sat.) and light dinner (Sun.)
    $60 if registering for both
    Register by September 30
    Registration and info: click here

    Centre Wakefield La Pêche
    32 ch. de la Vallee de Wakefield, Wakefield

    We want you to enjoy this weekend. Visiting artists in their studios or watching an adult stage performance usually doesn't feature high on kids' lists of favourites. Sitting on a park bench marvelling at the fall colours? Nah! Maybe not! But help is on the way!

    On both Saturday and Sunday we will have a Kids' Camp (age 5 to 10). The staff at the Centre Wakefield La Peche have a ton of experience in keeping kids enthused, entertained and stimulated.  They have come up with an activity-packed program.

    tadafestival.ca/kids-camp.htm
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  • 10:00
         –
    12:00

    Artists' Brunch at Cafe Alpengruss

    Click to read more

    Alpengruss Cafe & Motel
    831 Chemin Riverside, Wakefield
    Pay for what you eat
    Reservations recommended: 819.459.2885

    The Artists' Brunch is a much loved tradition, dating back to the first Piggyback Fringe way back in 2008. The performers - who often have never met before - get some time to socialize and network with each other in a lovely environment.  It's also a great opportunity for the audience (hopefully not all of them, that would get a little tight) to personally interact with the artists. 

    Usually there are a few surprises during the Brunch - a little improv maybe?  a little serenade?  a poetry recital?  break dance ??  ??  ??  ?? We won't know until ...

    The 'Gruss' is famous for their breakfast fare. And they whip up a special Ta Da! Brunch for us. And they have a great patio!

    alpengruss.ca

    The Artists' Brunch is a much loved tradition, dating back to the first Piggyback Fringe way back in 2008.

    The performers - who often have never met before - get some time to socialize and network with each other in a lovely environment.  It's also a great opportunity for the audience (hopefully not all of them, that would get a little tight) to personally interact with the artists. 
    Usually there are a few surprises during the Brunch - a little improv maybe?  a little serenade?  a poetry recital?  break dance ??  ??  ??  ??  We won't know until ...

    The 'Gruss' is famous for their breakfast fare. And they whip up a special Ta Da! Brunch for us.
    And they have a great patio
  • 13:00
         –
    16:00
         &
    18:00
         –
    20:00

     

    "Get felt up and fill your cup!" - Community Art with Hannah Ranger

    Click to read more

    Lobby, Centre Wakefield La Pêche
    32 Ch. Valley, Wakefield
    free

    Every year we feature a local artist who will involve the visitors coming to the Centre in the creation of a piece of art - whether they come to take in a Ta Da! show or workshop, look at the fall colours or the Artists' Tour exhibit, borrow a book at the library or ....  ... we like them to participate in our community art. 

    We never know what the result may be ... that always makes it beautiful to watch the process and progress over the weekend.

    Join artist Hannah Ranger in the creation of a hanging community of felted cups. Each vessel, sensually hand sculpted in wool by passing hands, will be added to the mobile constellation of unique creations. Add your touch to this community art piece and keep an eye on how our community of cups runneth over.

    Every year we feature a local artist who will involve the visitors coming to the Centre in the creation of a piece of art - whether they come to take in a Ta Da! show or workshop, look at the fall colours or the Artists' Tour exhibit, borrow a book at the library or .... 
    ... we like them to participate in our community art.  


    We never know what the result may be ... that always makes it beautiful to watch the process and progress over the weekend.

     

    Join artist Hannah Ranger in the creation of a hanging community of felted cups. Each vessel, sensually hand sculpted in wool by passing hands, will be added to the mobile constellation of unique creations.

    Add your touch to this community art piece and keep an eye on how our community of cups runneth over.

  •  

    14:00
         –
    18:00

     
    Workshops

    Click to read more

    Centre Wakefield La Pêche
    32 ch. de la Vallee de Wakefield, Wakefield

    Theatre, writing, voice, dance.
    Details to come.

    Theatre, writing, voice, dance.
    Details to come.
  • 14:00
         –
    15:30

    Spitfire Dance

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    Spitfire Productions, Hudson, QC

    Written, directed and produced by Clint Ward, with Karen Cromar, Glen Bowser, and Brian Jackson
    Music Director: Brian Jackson

    Tickets: $17.25 ($15+tax)
    Online: click here - PayPal or Visa/Mastercard
    At the door: Cash, Interac and cheques
    At Centre Wakefield La Pêche during operating hours
    Centre Wakefield La Pêche
    32 ch. de la Vallee de Wakefield, Wakefield

    In a world of aviation dominated by men …. women had other ideas.

    Spitfire Dance leads theatre audiences onto the much less-travelled road of the courageous and fascinating women who also dared fly the skies when the Wright Brothers, Billy Bishop and Lindbergh were stealing the headlines.

    spitfireproductions.ca

    $17.25
  • 14:00
         –
    18:30

    Ta Da! Outdoor Market

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    Centre Wakefield La Pêche
    32 ch. de la Vallee de Wakefield, Wakefield

    Free admission. Entertainers will pass the hat for donations.

    Wakefield has long been the cultural, artistic, culinary and activist hub of the region.

    We were the first Fair Trade village in Quebec and probably have the highest per capita number of restaurants and music venues!

    At the Ta Da! Market you will get a taste of everything we have to offer: arts, crafts, music, food and drinks, chocolates, farm produce and some fun activities for young and old kids, and probably some surprises (even to the organizers).

    tadafestival.ca/outside-market.html

    akefield has long been the cultural, artistic, culinary and activist hub of the region.

    We were the first Fair Trade village in Quebec and probably have the highest per capita number of restaurants and music venues!

    At the Ta Da! Market you will get a taste of everything we have to offer: arts, crafts, music, food and drinks, chocolates, farm produce and some fun activities for young and old kids, and probably some surprises (even to the organizers).

  • 18:30
         –
    19:30

    Yummy food by local food artists

    Click to read more

    Centre Wakefield La Pêche
    32 ch. de la Vallee de Wakefield, Wakefield

    “Spitfire Dance” – Written, directed and produced by Clint Ward, with Karen Cromar, Glen Bowser, and Brian Jackson

    Music Director: Brian Jackson

  • 19:00

    Who Loves Ya Baby?: A 1970s Improv in Three Acts

    Click to read more

    Stone Age Man and The Wakefield Players' Improv Theatre

    Tickets: $17.25 ($15+tax)
    Online: click here - PayPal or Visa/Mastercard
    At the door: Cash, Interac and cheques
    At Centre Wakefield La Pêche during operating hours
    Centre Wakefield La Pêche
    32 ch. de la Vallee de Wakefield, Wakefield


    A live movie! One, two … music … aaaaand … ACTION! The Crime Track is an exceptional film noir bound for international critical acclaim! So what if nobody’s made it yet? Master musician Greg Stone felt it deserved a music score anyway. And his band, Stone Age Man, can be very noir if you ask them nicely. Enter the improv wing of the Wakefield Players. “We can wing this!” they said.

    gregstonemusic.com
    gregstonemusic.com/stone-age-man
    theatrewakefield.ca

    $17.25
  • 20:30

    Lost and Found

    Click to read more

    Infinithéâtre (Montreal)

    Written and performed by David Sherman & Nancy Lee, with Stephen Barry, Andrew Cowan and John McColgan

    Tickets: $17.25 ($15+tax)
    Online: click here - PayPal or Visa/Mastercard
    At the door: Cash, Interac and cheques
    At Centre Wakefield La Pêche during operating hours
    Centre Wakefield La Pêche
    32 ch. de la Vallee de Wakefield, Wakefield


    In the critically acclaimed musical Lost & Found two scarred folkies poke fun at a justice system that offers no justice, lawyers unleashed, feminism run amok and the rutted road to true love. Told in poignant song with a crack blues band, it is a tale of romance eroded by abuse and tragedy and recovered through love, sex and rock ‘n’ roll. And a bit of booze. Lost & Found will make you laugh and make you cry.

    infinitheatre.com
    shermanandlee.com
    infinitheatre.com/lost-found

     

Sunday October 4

  • 10:00
         –
    14:00

    Workshops

    Click to read more

    Centre Wakefield La Pêche
    32 ch. de la Vallee de Wakefield, Wakefield


    Theatre, writing, voice, dance.
    Details to come.

  • 13:00
         –
    18:00

    "Get felt up and fill your cup!" - Community Art with Hannah Ranger

    Click to read more

    Lobby, Centre Wakefield La Pêche
    32 Ch. Valley, Wakefield
    free

    Every year we feature a local artist who will involve the visitors coming to the Centre in the creation of a piece of art - whether they come to take in a Ta Da! show or workshop, look at the fall colours or the Artists' Tour exhibit, borrow a book at the library or ....  ... we like them to participate in our community art. 

    We never know what the result may be ... that always makes it beautiful to watch the process and progress over the weekend.

    Join artist Hannah Ranger in the creation of a hanging community of felted cups. Each vessel, sensually hand sculpted in wool by passing hands, will be added to the mobile constellation of unique creations. Add your touch to this community art piece and keep an eye on how our community of cups runneth over.

    Every year we feature a local artist who will involve the visitors coming to the Centre in the creation of a piece of art - whether they come to take in a Ta Da! show or workshop, look at the fall colours or the Artists' Tour exhibit, borrow a book at the library or .... 
    ... we like them to participate in our community art.  


    We never know what the result may be ... that always makes it beautiful to watch the process and progress over the weekend.

     

    Join artist Hannah Ranger in the creation of a hanging community of felted cups. Each vessel, sensually hand sculpted in wool by passing hands, will be added to the mobile constellation of unique creations.

    Add your touch to this community art piece and keep an eye on how our community of cups runneth over.

  • 13:00
         –
    18:00

    "Lov’em and Leav’em" Kids’ Arts Camp (ages 5 to 10)

    Click to read more

    $35 – includes lunch (Sat.) and light dinner (Sun.)
    $60 if registering for both
    Register by September 30
    Registration and info: click here

    Centre Wakefield La Pêche
    32 ch. de la Vallee de Wakefield, Wakefield

    We want you to enjoy this weekend. Visiting artists in their studios or watching an adult stage performance usually doesn't feature high on kids' lists of favourites. Sitting on a park bench marvelling at the fall colours? Nah! Maybe not! But help is on the way!

    On both Saturday and Sunday we will have a Kids' Camp (age 5 to 10). The staff at the Centre Wakefield La Peche have a ton of experience in keeping kids enthused, entertained and stimulated.  They have come up with an activity-packed program.

    tadafestival.ca/kids-camp.htm
    l

  • 15:00
         –
    16:00

    Encore

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    Theatre Morin Heights

    Written by Marc Prescott
    Directed by Noel Burton
    Starring Corina Lupu and David Potter

    Tickets: $17.25 ($15+tax)
    Online: click here - PayPal or Visa/Mastercard
    At the door: Cash, Interac and cheques
    At Centre Wakefield La Pêche during operating hours
    Centre Wakefield La Pêche
    32 ch. de la Vallee de Wakefield, Wakefield


    A symbolically nameless couple chart their 50 year relationship by recreating their first encounter on each and every anniversary. Ma’am yearns to be seduced by sir with the exact words of their original encounter. She writes the script they must recite. But time and circumstance change the meaning of the words until at the last scene the words come full circle. Encore is funny, sad, hopelessly romantic and lovingly bittersweet.

  • 16:30
         –
    17:30

    This One

    Click to read more

    First Root

    Written and performed by Denise Mader (Toronto)


    Tickets: $17.25
    Online: click here - PayPal and Visa/Mastercard
    At the door: Cash, Interac and cheques
    Great Hall, Centre Wakefield La Pêche

    38 ch. Valley, Wakefield

    For the past seventeen years, Denise Mader has avoided two things: making a pie from scratch and dealing with her mother’s death. This One is the true story of a motherless daughter and her choice to confront her loss through a transformative pecan-pie-baking journey. Actor/writer Denise Mader opens her kitchen and her heart to share her mother’s favourite recipes for pie and a good life.

    denisemader.com
    facebook.com/DeniseMaderFirstRoot
    twitter.com/denisemader

  • 17:30

    The Midnight Birth Show

    Click to read more

    Tickets: $17.25 ($15+tax)
    Online: click here - PayPal or Visa/Mastercard
    At the door: Cash, Interac and cheques
    At Centre Wakefield La Pêche during operating hours
    Centre Wakefield La Pêche
    32 ch. de la Vallee de Wakefield, Wakefield

    The Midnight Birth is a unique fusion of rap and contemporary dance which breaks their respective cultural and aesthetic boundaries.

    The songs' music, poetry, emotional content and messages resonate in a powerful and evocative way through the dancer's body, bringing a striking visual dimension.

    Humorous at times, tragic at others, the piece stimulates and entertains while making its audience reflect.

    Comprised of original songs from The Midnight Birth album, the show seeks to break some of its genre's stereotypes, which generally come from the commercial rap industry.

    It deals with sexism, gangsterism, dysfunctional relationships between men and women, gratuitous violence, sociopolitical apathy, rappers' braggadoccio and women's hypersexualization, among other themes.

    oliverkoomsatira.weebly.com

    all-ever.com

  • 20:30

    Closing Gala

    Click to read more

    Theatre Wakefield

    Lobby, Centre Wakefield La Pêche

    32 ch. de la Vallee de Wakefield, Wakefield

    Our Closing Gala will again feature a buffet of culinary goodies – some from our local restaurants and caterers, others by some of our many excellent hobby chefs.

    Yes, the bar is still open. Local musicians will spoil us with excellent music and maybe there’ll be some …

    We’ll see.

    theatrewakefield.ca

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