Tuesday, April 5, 2016

May 1st - Let's Sketch the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra!

 By Francesc Muñoz Found on Twitter Apr 4, 2016 (used here with permission from the artist)

Ottawa is a city that hosts many music festivals throughout the summer. Ottawa’s summer music festival season kicks off in June and goes until mid-September.

For urban sketchers, this is an excellent opportunity to sit and listen to great music and sketch the musicians on stage.

We have organized a free sketching event on May 1 (3:30-5:30 pm) at the Open Dress Rehearsal  "Inside the Music" at the National Arts Centre (NAC) (Ottawa). We have twenty FREE seats reserved for urban sketchers.
"Principal Guest Conductor, Alain Trudel, will briefly address the audience, explain how he runs his rehearsals, and talk about the musical piece that is being rehearsed."
We can then sketch a real professional orchestra in action!
Photographic and recording equipment is strictly prohibited inside the NAC hall without prior written permission from the NAC. We sought permission to sketch at this event and we can now confirm that sketchers are welcomed to sketch the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra rehearsal on May 1st at the National Arts Centre.

Date: Sunday, May 1, 2016
Time: 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Tickets are required and FREE: I have twenty set aside for sketchers.  

Use the contact space on the right 
if you would like to have 
one of the twenty reserved tickets.

If you are interested to attend with friends and family and wish to secure your own free tickets, visit Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/open-dress-rehearsal-inside-the-music-with-the-ottawa-symphony-orchestra-tickets-23062393239

Open Dress Rehearsal  "Inside the Music"

About "Inside the Music"
"Inside the Music features free admission to a dress rehearsal of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra in Southam Hall of the NAC. This event is geared towards young people and their families. The goal is to enhance their understanding of how an orchestra works. This event is part of the OSO's community outreach program designed to make live symphonic music accessible to all."
Links About Drawing People On Stage

Screen Capture: Jim Leggitt 
Drawing Auditoriums: Traditional & Hybrid Methods

Montreal Urban Sketcher Marc Talo Holmes 
FREE Handouts and Online Craftsy Courses
Screen capture of Marc Talo Holmes FREE pdf Actors on Stage: Sketching Characters on the Street

Marc Talo Holmes FREE pdf Actors on Stage: Sketching Characters on the Street
Montreal's Marc Talo Holmes offers a printable PDF version of his class notes for his session at the 2015 USK Symposium in Singapore "Actors on Stage: Sketching Characters on the Street" . It’s a collection of simple tips really, but I hope you find it handy. Feel free to try out the approach to sketching people – and use it in your own Urban Sketching outings.

Screen capture of Marc Talo Holmes FREE pdf  Drawing People In Motion

 Montreal's Marc Talo Holmes also offers a short (7 page)  printable PDF version called Drawing People In Motion packed with helpful drawing tips and step by step sketches. It was designed as a handout for his class at the 2013 Urban Sketchers symposium in Barcelona.

Craftsy Class with Sketching People in Motion with Marc Taro Holmes

Ottawa's Summer 2016 Music Festivals

Like the idea of sketching musicians on stage? Get your portable chairs, sketchbooks and pencils ready.....Here are the dates for some of Ottawa's summer music festivals in 2016
  • Westfest (June 3-5, 2016)
  • TD Ottawa Jazz Festival (June 23-July 3, 2016)
  • Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival (June 23-26, 2016)
  • Canada Day: Parliamnet Hill (July 1, 2016)
  • Music & Beyond (July 4-17, 2016):
  • RBC Bluesfest (July 7-17, 2016):
  • HOPE Volleyball SummerFest (July 16, 2016):
  • Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival (July 21-Aug. 4, 2016)
  • Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival (Sept. 1-5, 2016)
  • CityFolk (Sept. 14-18, 2016):  
Note: Many of the summer music events in Ottawa cost money to attend but there are many free events offered as well. If you volunteer at the Ottawa music events you are generally entitled to free admission after a specific number of volunteer hours. We will post details on the free events on this blog and our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/937458512999363/


  1. Dear Cindi, What a fabulous idea and such great tutorials to help us prepare :). You are by far the best sketchcrawl organizer!!
    I have registered directly for my free ticket so more sketchers can take advantage of your 20 tix. See you on May 1st... Now to get back to Marc Taro Holmes' class :)

    1. I am so glad that you liked the idea Diane and I am looking forward to seeing you again May 1st!

  2. I am glad that I finally got a chance to check out this place. Great views, food is nice. The quality of service at venues in Chicago was great, and the environment were pretty comfortable. I’ll say I will look forward to visit again.