Toronto Rhythm Initiative Explores the Music of Oscar Peterson – Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Centrepointe Theatre

The Ottawa Rhythm Initiative was thrilled to present Oscar’s 7 from the Six, a new piece of choreography by Dianne Montogmery at Toronto Rhythm Initiative’s show exploring the music of Oscar Peterson.

A selection of Toronto’s professional tap dance community
The Ottawa Rhythm Initiative
TRI Youth Intensive Participants

Piano: Mark Ferguson
Bass: John Geggie
Drums: Morgan Childs
Guitar/ Music Direction: Nathan Hiltz

TD Ottawa JazzFest 2018 – Friday, June 22, 2018

Dancers: Carmelle Cachero, Carolyn Hébert, Lisa Kilner, David Lafleur, Annie Micucci, Carole Anne Piccinin, Pamela Poulin, Jordan Samonas, Hannah Savoie, Gabriel Wolinsky.

Special Guest Artists: Travis Knights, Tanya Knights, Rebecca Noelle and Mackenzie Di Millo

Musicians: The François Gravel Trio

Tap dance is sound and movement that tells a story…of time, place…and feeling!  In June 2018 at the TD Ottawa JazzFest, The Ottawa Rhythm Initiative (ORI) Ensemble performed new works from leading Canadian tap choreographers and repertoire from world Tap Masters. An exciting romp through some memorable tunes, each piece showcasing rhythms of our past and present. The ORI Ensemble and special guests are accomplished performers who bring a range of dance, music and theatre experiences to the stage. The ORI keeps it fresh while showcasing the best of this time-honoured dance form.

Check out the ORI Ensemble’s interview with CBC’s All in a Day with Alan Neal!

ORI Ensemble appears on the OLG stage at TD Ottawa JazzFest in June 2018.  Photo by Jessica Reardon Photography

TADA! Festival
Our Love is Here to Stay – ORI Double Bill with Sweet Kate – Saturday, September 9, 2017 – Wakefield Community Centre

At the 2017 TADA! Performance Arts Festival in Wakefield, QC, the Ottawa Rhythm Initiative (ORI) Ensemble showcased three unique rhythm tap choreographies connected to love – unrequited love, lost love and love everlasting. A fun romp through the 1920s to the 1970s, each piece showcased music and rhythms of our time.

ORI’s program presented at TADA! Festival:
Unrequited Love
Traditional repertoire | Choreographed by Buster Brown

Lost Love
Big Yellow Taxi
Contemporary work | Choreographed by Kylie Somerville

Love Everlasting
Shim Sham Shimmy
The national anthem of tap dancing | Choreographed by Leonard Reid and Willie Bryant

Collected Soles – A rhythm tap and jazz music show (Inaugural Show) – Sunday, June 2, 2013  Arts Court Theatre

Check out this cool teaser clip from ORI’s first rhythm tap performance!

Collected _Final2Concert Group 1 copy

Featuring:  The 2012/13 ORI Concert Group (photo above)

Back row, left to right:  Patrick Kidney, Marie Brislinger, Simon Young

Front row, left to right : Carmelle Cachero, Carole Anne Piccinin (ORI Artistic Producer), Lisa Kilner, Peggy Soria

Missing from photo:  Rebecca Giesbrecht (non-performing contributing member)

About the 2012/13 ORI Concert Group

The 2012/13 ORI Concert Group (ORICG), made up of eight Ottawa dancers, was formed in November 2012. The ORICG independently funded this professional performance opportunity. Collected Soles was created with the support and guidance of Tap Master and acclaimed Manhattan Tap Artistic Director Heather Cornell, whose rhythm tap and creative process workshops helped set the direction and intention for the show, and was the inspiration for ORICG’s own new collective and individual work. The ORICG also commissioned two rhythm tap artists and choreographers:  2012/13 ORI Artist-in-Residence Allison Toffan – Artistic Producer, Toronto Rhythm Initiative (TRI) – who created a new work on ORICG and participating TRI members; and Dianne Montgomery (independent artist/choreographer and Toronto Rhythm Initiative member) who recreated a selection from her repertoire on ORICG, which was also performed alongside participating TRI members.  Throughout this process, ORICG also worked collaboratively with Ottawa musicians Craig Pedersen (musical director/bass), Francois Gravel (piano), David Pontello (percussion), Alex Moxon (guitar) to inspire and create work for this show.

Guest rhythm tap artists:  

*Rhythm tap and body percussionist

Musical Direction:   Craig Pedersen 


  • Francois Gravel (Piano
  • Craig Pedersen (Bass)
  • David Pontello (Percussion)


Technical consultant:  Andrew Prashad


Victory Arts  – Video recording

Bridgehead – Event coffee supplier

Fiona Melko – Photographer (

Program: ORI Program Final Version

Show Order:

 Collected Soles Show Order


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