Gathering // Cosmic Chemistry: Performances after The Baroness

Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre (290 Lisgar Street, Ottawa)

June 25, 2022

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Start your summer experimenting in some air-conditioned choral queer chaos!

Keep Ottawa weird! CUAG, Qu’ART Ottawa and MSSC are excited to co-present a free afternoon of choral and experimental performance inspired by the art and poetry of the Dada performance artist Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven (1874-1927), whose provocative work was recently presented at CUAG.

It’s a happening! Renowned experimental vocalists Gabriel Dharmoo and Kathy Kennedy are coming from Montreal to improvise and collaborate with queer singers and performers of the Ottawa-Gatineau region, including members of Tone Cluster choir. Performances by Nina Jane Drystek and Grant Wilkins, Libby Bruce, Gretchen Phillips, Fire Queen and Annie Socoria are also on the bill.

All performances take place on the fabulous main stage of Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre. Snacks and drinks to follow in Woodside Hall. As per Carleton University policy, masks must be worn except when consuming food and drink.

This event is livestreamed. Click here to access the livestream.

Cosmic Chemistry is free and open to everyone! Please register for your free ticket here.

Cosmic Chemistry is co-presented with Qu’ART Ottawa and MSSC. It is part of Gatherings, a series of in-person summer events organized by CUAG, and takes place on unceded, unsurrendered Algonquin territory. It is generously supported by an Arts Across Canada / Public Outreach grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Access at CDCC This event takes place on the main stage at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, a wheelchair-accessible venue with barrier-free washrooms. The Para Transpo drop-off entrance is at 290 Lisgar Street, where there is an accessible entrance with a ramp. There are two designated handicapped spots in the parking lot. Should you have any disability-related requirements, please email Fiona Wright and we will be happy to arrange.

Directions to CDCC The parking lot and main entrance of CDCC are located at 290 Lisgar Street. CDCC is accessible by public transit and has bicycle racks.

Parking at CDCC Paid visitor parking is available in the CDCC’s lot, located at the corner of Lisgar and O’Connor. Free street parking is available on nearby streets


Gabriel Dharmoo is a composer / improviser, vocalist, drag performer and researcher.  More here

Kathy Kennedy is a composer / improviser, vocalist, sound artist and founder of Montreal’s legendary Choeur Maha. More here

Tone Cluster is an Ottawa-based, 35-voice auditioned choir for queer folks and their allies. More here

Qu’ART Ottawa is an arts collective co-founded by Glenn Nuotio to support the artistic work of the local queer community. More here

MSSC is a research centre for Music, Sound, and Society in Canada based at Carleton University. More here

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The Baroness Elsa Project

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