The ORI offers workshops at various times throughout the year.  We work with local, national and international artists to provide a rich rhythmical and musical experiences!

Please join our Facebook group page and get event details hot-off-the-press.

And…see some examples of what you’ve been missing:

MASTERCLASS + TAP TALK with MICHELLE DORRANCE  | SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2016 | 10AM – 12PM  Open to intermediate and advanced tappers ages 14 and up  – SOLD OUT

The Ottawa Rhythm Initiative is thrilled and honoured to be partnering with the NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE to present a Masterclass and Tap Talk on October 15 with the brilliant Michelle Dorrance! REGISTER NOW as SPACE IS LIMITED – TICKETS $25!  Visit the NAC event page for more details and to register.

Cost:  $25)  |  Where:  All Saints Church – 20 Blackburn Avenue  |   Register:  Via the NAC event page  (Note: 30 participant limit)


Past events:

AFRICAN DRUMMING WORKSHOP & TAP JAM   |   SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2014  |   6PM – 8PM   |  Open to all ages & levels

Get connected to your personal groove and inner pulse in a whole new way!  Learn a traditional African drumming piece with guest artist Kathy Armstrong, well-known for her work bringing Ghanaian music and dance to choirs, schools and community groups in North America and Europe.  Playing African drums and percussion instruments (provided), you’ll learn rhythm layers, and together with workshop participants will build an integrated and vibrant piece of music. Some singing and simple movement will ground the rhythms in the body, lift your spirits and inspire you to move in brand new ways!  And, of course, bring your tap shoes and jam along!

Facilitator Kathy Armstrong is a percussionist and educator who is well-known for her work in bringing Ghanaian music and dance to choirs, schools and community groups in North America and Europe. She received her Masters of Music from the University of Toronto, and has studied extensively in Ghana since 1990. She is the founding director of Baobab Tree Drum Dance Community in Ottawa, bringing Ghanaian music and artists to all ages for almost twenty years. As well as directing Baobab Community,  Kathy teaches music at Carleton University and regularly freelances in and out of town.

Cost:  $35 (inc. HST)  |  Where:  415 Piccadilly Avenue (St. George Church Hall in Westborough, off of Wellington.  Free parking.)   |   Register:  Payment methods: PayPal (preferred – see below), E-transfer, or cash or cheque made out to “Carole Anne Piccinin”.  15 participant limit.

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