Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa has a strong Vancouver contingent this year

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      Vancouver audiences will recognize almost one-third of the Canada Dance Festival’s programming this year (June 4 to 11).

      Festival artistic director Jeanne Holmes says that’s because Vancouver is “kind of a hot bed right now,” and that local artists are touring more than some others in the bigger communities of Toronto and Montreal. 

      Seven of the 21 scheduled programs at this year's festival have a Vancouver connection, including Justine A. Chambers, Dancers of Damelahamid, 605 Collective, Ballet BC, Marta Marta Productions, and Byron Chief-Moon.

      Holmes says programming is based on a range of availability and forward planning, to explain why Vancouver appears well-represented. For example, Family Dinner by Justine Chambers was originally scheduled for last year but this festival will appear as a site specific performance as well in the theatre; and a company like Ballet BC has been in the works for years.  

      Another Vancouver connection to note is Jason Dubois, formerly with Dance Victoria Society, Eponymous Productions, DanceHouse, and The Dance Centre, who became the festival’s producing director last year.