Dancers from around the world join Oakville Ballet

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Dancers from Asia’s premiere ballet company, the Hong Kong Ballet, will be joining the talented members of the Oakville Ballet as they combine two of the most iconic classical ballets at its premiere performance in September.

Oakville Ballet will premiere The Kingdom of the Shades excerpt of La Bayadère, and Paquita – Grand Pas Classique as the inaugural performances in September. Adding to the celebration of talent, technical ability, and joyous determination of the young Oakville Ballet dancers will be guest artists Markham born Jessica Burrows and Swedish born Lucas Jerkander, both currently with the Hong Kong Ballet Company.

Born in Markham, Jessica graduated from Canada’s National Ballet School in 2009 and danced with the National Ballet of Canada for a year before joining Hong Kong Ballet in 2010 as a member of the Corps de Ballet. She was promoted to Coryphée in 2015.  She has performed many feature roles with the Company including Red Skirt soloist in In Light and Shadow, Kitri’s Friend in Don Quixote and the Russian Doll and Egyptian Doll in The Nutcracker to name but a few. She also danced in the world première of Pär Isberg’s Pinocchio.

Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, Lucas Jerkander trained at The Royal Swedish Ballet School and was a member of Slovenian National Ballet in 2007. He joined Hong Kong Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2014, was named Coryphée in 2015 and became Soloist in 2016. With Hong Kong Ballet, Jerkander has danced featured and main roles including Gepetto in the world première of Isberg’s Pinocchio. Before joining the Company, he danced lead roles in Balanchine’s Apollo and Serenade, Bournonville’s La Sylphide, Dawson’s Giselle, Kylian’s Svadebka, Mukhamedov’s Don Quixote and The Sleeping Beauty and Vamos’ Romeo and Juliet and The Nutcracker.

“It is a delight to welcome dancers of their caliber to our production,” said Amanda Paterson, Artistic Director Oakville Ballet. “We know this exciting performance featuring such marvelous physical athleticism from young dancers will serve as not only a moment of celebration but also inspiration to other young dancers.”

Complementing each of the performances will be a live orchestra featuring the colourful rhythmical scores of Ludwig Minkus led by world renowned conductor Judith Yan, Artistic Director for the Guelph Symphony Orchestra.  Adding to the compliment of talent will be Concertmaster Lynn Kuo.  Based in Toronto, Lynn is the Assistant Concertmaster of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, in addition to performing with the Canadian Opera Company and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.   Former Oakville School of Classical Ballet dancer Sharlene Wallace, one of Canada’s most prolific and influential Celtic/lever harpists, will be contributing her talents as the performance’s harpist.

There will be two performances, September 16th and 17th, both of which have been made possible by the participation and support of the Bytzek Family of Oakville.  Tickets are on sale now at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts.

“Friends of Joshua Creek” Art Exhibition: A Collection of Works from Members

Once a year Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, a registered Canadian charity, invites its members (otherwise known as Friends of Joshua Creek) to exhibit their art. This collaboration is one of their finest. The variety of works ranges from watercolour and acrylic to fibre art and photography. Guests and artists alike enjoy seeing the talents of a varied group of artists in one location.

For those interested in becoming a member of Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre and supporting a creative sanctuary and piece of Oakville heritage, visit joshuacreekarts.com/friendship-program or email info@joshuacreekarts.com.

The exhibition runs until September 4th. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre is located at 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road (1km east of Trafalgar), Oakville, Ontario.

For more information:
info@joshuacreekarts.com
http://www.joshuacreekarts.com

Innovative Health Sciences and Technology District takes steps forward

Proposed work-live business park first of its kind in Oakville

The concept of an innovative Health, Science and Technology District (HSTD) near the new Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH) will continue to move forward following Council’s endorsement of land use parameters. The approved parameters will assist Oakville Green Developments Inc. in further redefining their development proposal for the district. The application will require further studies and a statutory public meeting later this fall before going to Council for final approval.

“This Health Sciences and Technology District would be a world-class community, generating thousands of knowledge-based jobs in Oakville,” said Mayor Burton. “Staff will continue to work with the developer on their application in accordance with the principles Council has endorsed. I also urge residents to share their thoughts on this project once public meetings are scheduled.”

Conceptually, a HSTD would be a unique work-live area that would attract and accommodate health science industries as well as research and technology firms in a compact urban hub. It would support the town’s economic development strategy and would build on significant public investment made to the hospital. Located on a 15.32 hectare piece of land at the northeast corner of Third Line and Dundas Street West just east of the OTMH, the proposed district would result in 4.5 million square feet of leasable area with building heights ranging from eight to 32 storeys and potentially feature close to 9,000 jobs and over 2,000 residents. Continue reading Innovative Health Sciences and Technology District takes steps forward

Town to recommence public consultation on furniture options for downtown Oakville

Be sure to have your say this fall

Town Council passed a motion on July 25, 2016, directing staff to recommence a public engagement process this fall with traditional, classical and contemporary furniture options — streetlights, benches, bike rings and bollards — for the Lakeshore Road East Reconstruction and Streetscape Project. The motion also called on staff to develop options for Lakeshore Road that would provide, in whole or in part, a flexible (curbless) street. Staff are expected to report back on both items in early 2017. In the meantime, staff will move forward with incorporating the garbage/recycling stations as well as the granite pavers and curbs into the streetscape design as presented to the public this past March and June.

“Engaging with the public is always vital. In this case, Council believes the streetscape design will be a key factor in the success of downtown Oakville as a social, cultural and economic hub” said Mayor Burton. “That’s why we’ve asked staff to seek additional public input on this issue before we come to a decision.”

Following extensive public consultation through the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study (DTS) a contemporary theme was chosen in 2015, over traditional and classical, to complement the historic buildings in the streetscape yet remain a reflection of the current time. However, when specific contemporary furniture pieces were presented to the public this past March and June there was significant concern and opposition about the theme choice. Desire to maximize a flexible (curbless) design of the Lakeshore Road East configuration was also discussed at these meetings as a topic for consideration.

Once finalized, the new streetscape materials and furnishing are expected to be used as part of the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project slated to start in 2019, and for other streets in downtown Oakville as they are reconstructed in the future. The new curbs and pavers will be included when the town undertakes to rehabilitate the Lakeshore Road Bridge at Sixteen Mile Creek starting in early 2017, including the roadway approaches between Navy Street and Forsythe Street. Continue reading Town to recommence public consultation on furniture options for downtown Oakville

2016 RBC Canadian Open

The Town of Oakville is happy to welcome the RBC Canadian Open back to the Glen Abbey Golf Club, July 18 to 24, 2016.

Tickets and spectator information

Please visit the 2016 RBC Canadian Open website for more details including volunteering and how to purchase tickets.

Get important helpful hints on the RBC Canadian Open spectator information page

Road and sidewalk closures/restrictions

The 2016 RBC Canadian Open will require some traffic lanes and sidewalks to be closed along sections of Dorval Drive and Upper Middle Road in order to stage spectator and shuttle entry to and from the Glen Abbey Golf Course. Review the 2016 RBC Canadian Open road and sidewalk closures/restrictions public notice page for more information.

Free, secure bike parking

Ditch the car and ride your bike to the Open! Cycling to the RBC Canadian Open is super easy and hassle-free! You can safely store your bike at the secure bike valet right across from the Glen Abbey Golf Course at the corner of Dorval Drive and Old Abbey lane, and it is free to those visiting the 2016 RBC Canadian Open. The area will be supervised from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the 5 kilometre run on July 16 and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the tournament.

Calling all volunteers!

Are you an avid golf fan, cycling enthusiast or enjoy helping the environment? If this sounds like you, why not volunteer at the RBC Canadian Open bike valet this summer! Due to the nature of this service, all we ask is that you are able to lift a standard bike (approximately 30 lbs) and of course be enthusiastic!

What are the perks?

By volunteering, not only are you protecting the environment by encouraging the reduction of CO2 emissions, you will also receive the following:

  • Hassle free, on-site volunteer bicycle parking!
  • A free Canadian Open pass to catch some of the action – to be used while on-site volunteering
  • Opportunity for students to receive high school volunteer hours!
  • A free stylish Oakville water bottle and/or bike bell.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please email canopenbike@gmail.com

Parking

The town will be enforcing temporary parking restrictions during the RBC Canadian Open from July 18 to 24, 2016 to ensure local traffic and emergency vehicles can move safely through the neighbourhood.

A number of streets around the Glen Abbey Golf Course will be temporarily signed, on both sides of the street, as no parking/tow-away zones starting July 18 and in effect from July 18-24, 2016.

To review the list of affected streets during the RBC Canadian Open, visit the 2016 RBC Canadian Open no parking/tow-away zones.

A limited number of parking permits will be approved for the residents in the areas where temporary signage has been posted. These permits will be available on a first come, first serve basis and are subject to approval by Parking Operations.  If you require a temporary permit please submit your request for temporary parking during the Canadian Open.

For parking enforcement, please call 905-845-6601.

Parking lots and shuttles

Find out about the RBC Canadian Open shuttles and parking lots.

Oakville Transit

Oakville Transit is operating as per its regular schedules during the 2016 RBC Canadian Open. Please visit the Oakville Transit website for schedule details.

Other useful information:

Oakville Tourism
GO Transit
Cycle Walk Map

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