Oakville Ballet’s premiere performances inspire the next generation

After two sold-out premiere performances held mid-September, Oakville Ballet along with Oakville School of Classical Ballet are set for another inspiring year of classical dance, offering up fresh inspiration for the next generation.

“Our young dancers, along with our talented and inspirational guest artists, performed so wonderfully,” said Amanda Paterson, Artistic Director Oakville Ballet.  “The final performance was the culmination of a lot of hard work and determination, a key element in our training with these talented young dancers.”

Oakville Ballet premiered The Kingdom of the Shades excerpt of La Bayadère, and Paquita – Grand Pas Classique and featured over forty young dancers from Oakville and surrounding regions, as well as four professional guest dancers. Klaus Bytzek, the patron and supporter of the production said, “It was such a pleasure to watch these young dancers perform with not only extreme talent but pure joy.” Bytzek continued, “I was also a delighted to hear the audience during intermission and at the end of the performance so inspired by the dancers and the production.”

The performances took place at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts and featured a live orchestra led by world-renowned conductor Judith Yan, Artistic Director for the Guelph Symphony Orchestra. Continue reading Oakville Ballet’s premiere performances inspire the next generation

Dancers from around the world join Oakville Ballet


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.

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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

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