What's been going on with the Kymeras?

Ruthanne's new project Once Upon a Slam has had a great first season, and the finals are coming up this weekend! Join us at the Mercury Lounge to see the crowning of the first ever Ottawa Story Slam Champion. What's a story slam, you ask? Check out the new OUAS site!

HUGE congratulations to Marie on her Aurora Award nomination for Destiny's Blood! There's a great article about it on CanCulture.

Chinatown Remixed was another success: Ruthanne, Sean and Kate performed at Umi Cafe to passing audiences throughout the afternoon (and had time to check in on a friend's show across the way at the Tang Coin Laundry, too!)

We just had a lovely blog post written about us by Allison Armstrong at Xdestination! We're blushing.

The Warrior Queen: Chasing Boudicca was a resounding success, with a packed house and a standing ovation at the NAC's 4th Stage. The amazing Nathan Bishop joined us to provide propulsion and passion through his virtuoso bodhran playing and plaintive whistle. Some rave reviews:

After the Boudicca show"Amazing show! Totally worth coming all the way from Toronto for!" - Robert J. Sawyer

“The audience was absolutely mesmerized -- there were occasional gasps or chuckles (there was some funny stuff), but in general it was utterly silent and focused. Not a cough. Not a whisper.” - Russell Hunt

We're looking into touring opportunities to mount this riveting show again, so keep an eye out for us.

Marie, Ruthanne and Kate appeared on CHUO's Click Here on January 19 to talk warrior queens with Mitchell Caplan (click to listen), and the next morning (very early) Marie and Kate joined Kathleen Petty on CBC's Ottawa Morning to talk about Chasing Boudicca as well (we're hoping to get a copy of that interview to post.)

We're also all pretty chuffed about this awesome bit of fan art by Northern Elf!

Sean's script "The Bike Thief" has been published in an indie anthology of short screenplays called these are not movies: screenplays for films that will never be made, edited by Adam Thomlison and published by 40 Watt Spotlight.

Ruthanne got a crowd of interested folks together during the Ottawa International Storytelling Festival for a workshop on telling a story in five minutes: which led nicely into the festival's Story Slam the next day (in which Kate competed, marking her first actual storytelling experience. Freelance journalist Rob Thomas was on hand to do a short documentary for the CBC on her experience: you can listen to it here!)

Ruthanne has also started up the city's first monthly Story Slam: Once Upon a Slam! The slams take place on the fourth Sunday of the month at Mercury Underground. Bring a five-minute-or-less story (no reading, you must tell your story) and get ready to compete. The first featured performer in January will be Brendan MacLeod.

Also at the Storytelling Festival, Marie featured in the Late Night Vernacular Spectacular alongside storytellers, comedians, singers, and poets like Anita Best, Charly Chiarelli, Ivan Coyote, Alan Shain, and slam poet group The Copper Conundrum.

And on November 7, Marie joined forces with Ottawa storyteller Mary Wiggin at the Shenkman Centre to tell SF and fantasy tales. There was even a theremin player, just to add to the SF goodness (and Bilbo's Last Song, to boot!)

You can click here to listen to Marie's interview on CKCU's Special Blend, August 30th, hosted by Dean Verger. And she plugged a couple of our big upcoming plans!

Marie was the Guest of Honour at CanCon 2010 (a convention dedicated to Canadian SF, fantasy, and speculative horror) for three days, August 20-22: and Kate, Ruthanne and Marie performed a mini-version of "Fireborn: Steampunk Style" at the Steampunk Social and Dance on the 21st. They got all dressed up for the occasion!

Marie was also interviewed on CBC Radio's All In A Day on August 19 about the launch of her fourth novel, Destiny's Blood! You can listen to the interview here.

June 2010 was a busy month - it's the summer, we just can't contain ourselves! June 25th saw Earthborn at the Tea Party tea shop, and then the next day Sean, Marie and Kate headed to Alexandria for a fantastic "epic" show at the Two Bean Cafe. Because
what says summer better than road trips? And what road trip worth its salt wouldn't also want to be an epic? We had a wonderful time at the gorgeous Two Bean Cafe (if you're in Alexandria, do stop in: the coffee is to die for.) Marie and Kate also got to "test-fly" some of the stories and poems they're working on for the Chasing Boudicca show in January 2011.

The Spoken Word Plot on June 6th (renamed the Spoke 'n' Word Plot in honour of Mississippi Mills Bike Month) was a great time, with bike-themed performances that inspired one of the audience to get up and tell her own bike story after the feature! Thanks to our lovely host (pictured left), Danielle K.L. Grégoire, founder of the Spoken Word Plot and spoken word organizer without peer.

May 7th 2010 saw the release of Marie's third novel, Sorceress of Shadows, with a launch party at Maxwells on Elgin Street.

Fireborn 2010 was our biggest success to date, with a standing-room-only show at the Royal Oak on Laurier. Thanks to all the dedicated folks from Steampunk Ottawa who added their style to the night!