Awesome Ottawa: Set the Stage

Impromptu Playground sets the stage for the 2014 edition of Musical Underground! Thanks to Awesome Ottawa.

setstage

Sunday, July 27 noon to 4pm
O-Train path and Queensway underpass [see map]

Musical Underground Ottawa is joining forces with members of Impromptu Playground to create a pop-up temporary outdoor venue.

Musical Underground is a grassroots project that originated around the idea of “reverse busking”. Passer-by musicians stop by to play a tune and sing a song. This year, in addition to offering a chance to win the guitar at the end of the season, we’re offering a public stage!

In keeping with the tradition of busking, part of the spectacle is the disruption and transformation of everyday space.

Set the Stage will be a whacky contrast to the drab hard concrete; a the playful, colourful and soft place for the audience. It will be near impossible to miss!

Think pink!

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Artist Statement:

In keeping with the tradition of busking, part of the spectacle is the disruption and transformation of everyday space.

Set the Stage will be taking over the O-Train underpass at the Queensway on Sunday July 27th.

An underpass seems like an ideal location for an underground project. I was inspired by the location for many of the qualities that attract the graffiti. It is an interesting and under-noticed space that few people ever do more than pass through.

The underpass is an intersection of highway, train, bike, and pedestrian traffic. It is a space defined by movement rather than being a specific destination. Set the Stage makes it a destination for a day.

My hope is that the temporary transformation of the space will make others notice the qualities that caught my attention; the rumble of the Queensway traffic above, the rhythm of the columns, the massiveness of the structure, the reprieve and shelter from the outside weather, and the frame it creates for the green space beyond.

I also think the O-Train Pathway is a great addition to the city’s transportation infrastructure. I’m surprised how few people know about it. The project is therefore also part unofficial promotion and celebration of the cycling network.

As for the specific transformation of the space, I want to maintain some of the surprise. It creates a whacky contrast of the drab hard concrete with the playful, colourful and soft place for the audience. It will be near impossible to miss!

Think pink!

Read review of Jane’s Walk Discovering the O-Train Multi-Use Path

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1 comment
  1. Sarah Gelbard said:

    Reblogged this on yowLAB and commented:

    yowLAB break-off Impromptu Playground are at it again!

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