The light shines through the darkness.

Our Great Guests

Watch out for that bear!

One of the greatest joy of Snippets of Canada 150 was working with so many wonderful guests! Thanks to all of you for joining in the fun.

Guest Readers
Andrew Leslie is the Member of Parliament for Orleans.
Pamela Sweet, Steven Begg, Kathy Fisher and are OPL Board Trustees.
Marianne Wilkinson is the City Councillor for Ward 4 –Kanata North

Penelope Gould and Josephine Norton are Friends of the Ottawa Public Library volunteers.

Margaret Kirkpatrick, Catherine Seaman, Evelyn Housch, Anna Basile, Shannon MacGilvray, Kristina Roudiy, Kirsten Partanen, Heather Ashe and Valerie Jorgenson are OPL staff.

Professional Artist Readers
John Koensgen, has acted in more than 100 plays, and many films. Since 2006, he is the Artistic Director of New Theatre of Ottawa. In 2001, he received the Ottawa Critics Circle Award for Contribution to English Theatre.

Kate Smith is a well-known local actor currently touring her play Hootenanny to Fringe festivals across Canada. She is also the Artistic Director of the Acting Company and Director of Skeleton Key Theatre.

David daCosta is an actor and musician, who will be seen this summer in Bear and Co’s Romeo and Juliet and Rag & Bone’s A World of Stories at Odyssey.

Brittany Johnston is a young indigenous actor, dancer, and theatre administrator currently getting her MA in theatre from U Ottawa.

Jacqui Du Toit is an international theatrical and movement storyteller from Kimberley, South Africa. Since graduating from the University of Cape Town with a BA in Theatre and Performance in 2005, Jacqui has worked extensively as a professional actress, storyteller and dancer for the past 10 years.

Our last show! Thanks to Sherry Stevens at Centennial Branch.

Snippets Set List

Brittany Johnston gets her hat back!

Here’s the flexible lineup for Snippets of Canada 150. We add and subtract depending on the library, the guest reader, and the audience response.

  • Russell sings a song.

Kathy: Hello everyone and welcome to Snippets of Canada 150, a collection of songs and stories celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday.

We are Rag and Bone Puppet Theatre: Kathy, John, Russell and guests.

We want to thank all the librarians across Ottawa who suggested books and songs for this event. There were lots of ideas for books about animals.

In the end, we decided that we should start off with a book about a moose. A big moose, because Canada is so big. And moose live all across it.

  • Guest: Ernest by Catherine Rayner.
  • Russell sings a song.

Kathy: And now, a book about a bear and other animals.

  • Guest: I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Kathy: The First Nations were the first people in Canada, and one of our favourite Rag & Bone shows is A Promise is A Promise. And this is how that story begins.

  • Guest: A Promise is a Promise by Robert Munsch and Michael Kusugak

Kathy: Some of the first newcomers to Canada came from France, and here’s a song they sang.

  • Song: Ah! Si Mon Moine Voulait Danser

Kathy: And here’s a story about some French-Canadian trappers, from a book called The Talking Cat by Natalie Savage Carlson. It’s one story in a show we do called The Flying Canoe.

  • John, Kathy & Russell: The Bear in the Canoe

Kathy: Jean Marc and René were also loggers.

  • Russell sings a song.

Kathy: Then there were farmers and settlers, and there are always new people coming to Canada, and this next story is from another Rag & Bone show called Felicity Falls. It’s about learning to get along and work together to build a great place to live, like Canada.

  • John & Kathy: Felicity Falls

Kathy: And here’s a song that celebrates farming, and one of our most famous vegetables.

  • Russell sings a song

Kathy: We’ve celebrated Canada’s animals, people and vegetables, but what about our birds? We have lots of birds in Canada. They all have different personalities. The next story is about one that is Grumpy.

  • Guest: Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
  • Russell sings a song.

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