It was fun, emotional, professional and patriotic….
“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
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….
“A Musical Taste of Our Canadian Heritage/ Notre patrimoinecanadien, uneodyssée 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,Tourisme – Ottawa – Tourism
It brings together more than 50 performers, 100 pieces of music and authentic regalia and costumes….
“Deborah Davis’ blockbuster show: A Musical Taste of Our Canadian Heritage/Notre patrimoinecanadien, uneodyssée 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, Canadian Council of Chief Executives
A superb combination of education and entertainment….
” …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 the former American Ambassador David Jacobson)
Amazing, exciting and entrancing!….
“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, Perspectives Eduscho Ltd
It not only provides fun for young (and not so young) folk, but also can teach them so much about language and culture….
“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
The highlight or our week long trip to Ottawa!….
“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
This is a production that should be seen by all Canadians (and the world)
“…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
Pendant tout le spectacle j’ai ressenti une telle fierté envers mons pays….
«…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 / L’Hon. Tommy Banks Sénateur (Alberta)
I am left with an overwhelming sense of pride in being a Canadian….
“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
Fostered a greater sense of pride and Canadian identity for our aboriginal community….
“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, Turtle Island Tourism
I loved hearing our history….
“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
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….
“…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, International Trade Office of the Minister of International Trade and the Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics
What a wonderful way to actually EXPERIENCE Canadian history….
Odyssey Showcase acknowledges that the land on which we gather in Ottawa is the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe people who have lived on this land since time immemorial.
Odyssey Showcase gratefully acknowledges the support of our funding partners.
All photos by Alan Dean Photography, photolafontaine and Stephen Willcock with permission.