“Spreading Roots” Call for Participants

Odyssey Theatre’s “Spreading Roots” is coming to Stittsville and they want you to participate!


The project celebrates Canada and Ontario 150 through AOE Arts Council’s Neighborhood Arts 150 Project bringing artists and communities together across Ottawa this summer. Spreading Roots is a theatre-based community arts project drawing together elders, children, youth, and adults to create a performance celebration of their neighborhood trees.


Together with professional artists and environmentalists, community members will create a performance event that recognizes and celebrates their neighborhood trees as members of their community through storytelling, dance and song, culminating in welcoming and planting a new tree. The theme of Spreading Roots focuses on the importance of trees in a community, and a core element of our engagement with participants will be to discover how each community values the trees in their neighborhood.


Spreading Roots will transform Alexander Grove Park into a performance space on September 16th.


The event is open to all members of the community of all ages and experience. Spreading Roots participants will get to perform in their community and be a part of a larger Ottawa-wide project that will see 150 trees planted across the city.



Initial Workshop – June 4 – 2:30pm – Station Park – Storytelling with Ottawa Writer/Performer Jacqui du Toit

Workshop Two – August (TBD) – Location TBA – Song, Dance and Mask Making

Final Rehearsal – September 14th – Alexander Grove Park


To participate or for more information email spreadingrootsodyssey@gmail.com or call 613 232 8407.