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Tourism Related Reviews

Glenn Duncan, Vice-président des Ventes Tourisme – Ottawa – Tourism

“A Musical Taste of Our Canadian Heritage/ Notre patrimoine canadien, une odyssée musicale”  is highly recommended as an ideal production to showcase Canada … we recommend this production as among the best Canada has to offer…The show appeals to everyone regardless of language or age, and is a musically entertaining and powerfully cultural reflection of the history and beauty of our home and native land.”

Glenn Duncan, Vice-président des Ventes Tourisme – Ottawa – Tourism

The Hon. John P. Manley, P.C, OC, Chief Executive Officer Canadian Council of Chief Executives

“Deborah Davis’ blockbuster show: A Musical Taste of Our Canadian Heritage/Notre patrimoine canadien, une odyssée musicale has been amazing audiences for the past twelve years. It brings together more than 50 performers, 100 pieces of music and authentic regalia and costumes in a ninety minute odyssey of Canadian music, culture and history. In my own experience, this is not a production you can just sit back and watch passively. It is too moving and uplifting to fail to engage the audience at a personal level. Deborah has created something remarkable and noteworthy. She is a true talent.”

The Hon. John P. Manley, P.C, OC, Chief Executive Officer Canadian Council of Chief Executives

Jim Watson (Ottawa, Ontario)

“I was overwhelmed with the performance of A Musical Taste of Our Canadian Heritage. It was fun, emotional, professional and patriotic. I would highly recommend it to Canadians of any age. Bravo Deborah Davis!”

Jim Watson (Ottawa, Ontario)

Julie Jacobson – wife of former American ambassador to Canada David Jacobson

” …The Odyssey Showcase is a superb combination of education and entertainment. It was great fun to experience the highlights of Canadian music through the years in this innovative way. Deborah Davis and her cast are terrifically talented and energetic performers. Loved it!!”

Julie Jacobson – wife of former American ambassador to Canada David Jacobson

Jacqueline Fleming, EAO/Direction É. É. C. Saint-Nicolas, Milton, ON

“Excellent moyen de transmettre l’histoire! Je n’ai pas arrêtée de bouger. Ce fut un spectacle mouvementé, plein de sourires, d’énergie et de richesse qui devrait être vu par tous.  La passion de Mme Davis de la culture et de la musique canadiennes jumelée avec une vision unique du bilinguisme sont transmis à tous les niveaux. Wow!”

Jacqueline Fleming, EAO/Direction É. É. C. Saint-Nicolas, Milton, ON

Sharon St Maurice, Joliette High School, Joliette Québec

“After spending three action-packed exciting days in Ottawa the students are still rating “Odyssey Showcase/ “A Musical Taste of Our Canadian  Heritage/Notre patrimoine canadien, une odyssée musicale” ” as their most favourite event. What a wonderful way to actually EXPERIENCE Canadian history. To teach through music and theatre is a media seldom used in our educational system. For challenged students such as my own, the show taught them about Canada and their heritage in a dynamic, impressive way. On behalf of the Joliette High School students…….thanks for the memories! Hope to see you again in 2012. Please keep us posted.”

Sharon St Maurice, Joliette High School, Joliette Québec

Joanne Watts, Tour Planner, Perspectives Eduscho Ltd

“Amazing, exciting and entrancing!  …Sure to impress and delight anyone fortunate enough to get to see it! We would go over and over again, it just left us wanting more as we danced out

Joanne Watts, Tour Planner, Perspectives Eduscho Ltd

Charles Barker (Ottawa, Canada)

“What a pleasure to attend your June 1 show at the Museum of Civilization!
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it, and we had with us old friends from Scotland who had never been to Canada before…their comment after the show was that they loved Canada…Let me also say, from the standpoint of someone who has spent his career in the Official Languages area, that your show is a most useful way of convincing Canadians, and others, of the value of learning second languages. It not only provides fun for young (and not so young) folk, but also can teach them so much about language and culture.  Felicitations et continuez le beau travail.”

Charles Barker (Ottawa, Canada)

Eithne Barker (Ottawa, Canada)

…This eclectic musical experience of Canada’s heritage and diversity produced a rich and colourful tapestry that would awaken the spirits of our ancestors and remind us of our deep connections. All the performers engaged well with the audience with their enthusiasm and vitality. Three cheers to all the soloists and the Odyssey team!

Eithne Barker (Ottawa, Canada)

Dr. Paul Benoit, PhD, Government Relations Consultant

“…In my opinion, this is a pioneering work that, by letting us sample Canada’s rich musical heritage, makes us all aware of the role that cultural expression played and continues to play in strengthening the bonds of social cohesion in this country. Our laws and Parliament form only one half of the equation, our cultural expression, of which music is an important part, forms the other.”

Dr. Paul Benoit, PhD
Policy Advisor-International Trade Office of the Minister of International Trade and the Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics

Dr. Paul Benoit, PhD, Government Relations Consultant

Thérèse Gauthier, Adjointe exécutive, L’Hon. Tommy Banks Sénateur (Alberta)

 «…Lorsque j’étais enfant, je m’ennuyais du cours d’histoire…et je sais que je n’étais pas la seule.  Plus maintenant.  Pendant tout le spectacle j’ai ressenti une telle fierté envers mons pays, tout en apprenant son histoire à travers les nombreuses scènes historiques..Des Premiers Nations et du peuple Inuit, en passant par le Québécois, le Français, les Celtes, les Acadiens…et tant d’autres cultures et styles de musique, j’ai découvert comme jamais auparavant, les plus important événements historiques présentés au moyen de chansons, de danses et de courtes pièces de théâtre. Je n’oublierai pas de sitȏt ces chapitres de l’Histoire du Canada…parce que je me suis amusée en apprenant…Pas une seule longeur pendant tout le spectacle, un vrai tour de force!.. »

Thérèse Gauthier, Adjointe exécutive, L’Hon. Tommy Banks Sénateur (Alberta)

Lois and Donald Harper, ABC and Congress Travel and Cruises

“…For several years we have been aware of the creativity, vitality, vision, energy, commitment and artistry of Deborah Davis. (Satin Dolls and A Musical Taste of Our Canadian Heritage),  Everyone dreams dreams, but the difference with this dynamic woman is that she is uniquely capable of making her dreams come true..  This is demonstrated nowhere more than with A Musical Taste of Our Canadian Heritage. Almost single-handedly she brought this impressive production to life on a shoe-string budget.

We well remember being at a public performance absorbed and enthralled, as was the entire audience, young and old, as the history of Canada was memorably interwoven with the distinctive sounds of Canadian music. It truly was a virtuoso performance..it increased one’s appreciation for the distinctiveness of Canadian music.

What a clever and appealing concept. This is a production that should be seen by all Canadians to enhance their pride in our country.  Beyond that, residents of Countries outside Canada will learn about our colourful heritage – it will have a profound effect on tourism.  The more we think of it, the more convinced we are that this production could become a summer staple in our Nations’ Capital, appealing to Canadians and non-Canadians just as Anne of Green Gable does in P.E.I. … We as musicians, choral conductors, music festival organizers and business people, wholeheartedly support Deborah Davis… Frankly we also think it makes good business sense for Ottawa and Ontario!….This is a production that should be seen by all Canadians (and the world) to enhance their pride in our country. Truly, a virtuoso performance that will have a profound effect on audiences.”

Lois and Donald Harper, ABC and Congress Travel and Cruises

Jon and Sherry Mahoney (Vancouver, BC)

A Musical Taste of our Canadian Heritage was the highlight or our week long trip to Ottawa!  Don’t miss this wonderful, inspirational musical and dance extravaganza!”

Jon and Sherry Mahoney (Vancouver, BC)

Jon and Sherry Mahoney (Vancouver, BC)

Sarah Mahoney (Ottawa, Ontario)

“I loved hearing our history. It is not every-day that you can hear Inuit throat singing, Acadian fiddling and Canadian folk music in one place. It was amazing.”

Sarah Mahoney (Ottawa, Ontario)

Trina Mather Simard, President, Turtle Island Tourism

“We appreciate the respect and understanding that your production demonstrates on the unique contributions of the first people to the music and history of Canada. We strongly believe that participation in this production has helped to create a greater understanding of first people for the general public. Additionally, it has fostered a greater sense of pride and Canadian identity for our aboriginal community… Professional and Superb.”

Trina Mather Simard, President, Turtle Island Tourism

Peter Ventura (Milton, Ontario)

“I’ve been to see A Musical Taste of Our Canadian Heritage three times now… What amazes me is how many great songs out there are Canadian…Each time I watch the show, I am left with an overwhelming sense of pride in being a Canadian and my hands hurt from clapping along with the music and applauding the performances. It is my honest and heart-felt belief that every Canadian and every visitor to our nation’s capital should do themselves a favour and attend this incredible, spiritually-uplifting performance. You will not be disappointed!”

Peter Ventura (Milton, Ontario)