Preview: HOSTS, WKND 2

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We're hoping everyone had a ~blast~ last weekend, and we can't believe that the SECOND WEEKEND OF THE FESTIVAL IS ALMOST HERE!

We're so excited, and we just can't hide it, so to ease the transition into this weekend's festivities (starting tomorrow - eep!!) here is a quick preview of our hosts for the second weekend:


Pictured: The photo Andrew supplied us with, which seems to be taken directly out of that time I had a dream where I lived in the '50s, wore hoop skirts and used expressions like "well, I'll say!" What I'm saying is he's a dreamboat.


Born in Kingston, Ontario, Andrew moved to Ottawa in 1991 to study industrial Design at Carleton University. During this time, he contributed to the Ottawa Citizen's comics page with a weekly strip entitled "Off The Wall" which was published from 1993 to 1997. A number of his comics were printed in newspapers across North America through King Features Syndicate. Andrew followed his love or cartooning and was accepted into the Television Animation program at Algonquin College where he graduated with Honours in 1997.

After graduating, Andrew began working in television with a number of local animation studios and continued his freelance design and animation work with studios in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto. Currently, Andrew resides in Ottawa, Ontario, where he continues to work as a visual artist and freelance designer. Andrew also contributes a regular newspaper column to the Ottawa Citizen newspaper that uncovers local history mysteries. 



You don't need to choose a snack when your the King.


Pictured: Catriona Leger, having what seems like the world's most intense phone call.


A theatre professional for the past 20 years and an omnivore since birth, Catriona is delighted to be back hosting Fresh Meat once again.  On the new creation front, she enjoys her role as co-producer for subDevision, bringing site specific works to unlikely, far out places, and, on the old school front, she equally enjoys being co-Artistic Director of a Company of Fools, bringing Shakespeare to Ottawa's diverse community.  Catch her production of Love's Labour's Lost at Academic Hall for the U of O Drama Guild November 3-7th.  For more detailed rumours and truths about Catriona's past, present and future, feel free to chat with her in person, do a creepy online search or follow her on Twitter:  @catrionaleger


S&V chips, and any kind of sour gummy and/or zingy zaps. So tangy, so crunchy.


Pictured: Kate, feat. those baby blues piercing enough to write a Lionel Richie-style song about.


Kate Smith is a performer and Co-Artistic Director of Skeleton Key Theatre, an Ottawa-based independent theatre company that focuses on immersive theatrical experiences.  She most recently appeared as Annie in the dark musical comedy HOOTENANNY! with past Fresh Meat alum Will Somers.  She also co-created two pieces for subDevision 2015, an event that she co-founded and organizes.  

Her work with Skeleton Key Theatre has been presented at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, the In The Soil Festival (St. Catharines), the undercurrents festival,  and all iterations of site-specific event subDevision.  Kate spent four years training and working in Halifax, NS, before returning to her hometown of Ottawa in 2007.  Since that time she has performed with a number of local companies, including: Third Wall Theatre (Top Girls), A Company of Fools (Richard III in Bouffon), Gruppo Rubato (Airport Security, Snapshot), The Magnetic North Theatre Festival (The Rideau Project: The Rhyme of the Nicholas Street Gaol, subDevision), SevenThirty Productions (Iron, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and The 39 Steps for which she was nominated for a Prix Rideau Award), and the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival (A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Othello), among others.  Kate is currently working on an outdoor ambulatory family show calledSwan River, as well as preparing to tour HOOTENANNY! this summer.  Coming soon: HOOTENANNY! 2 (+1)… Working title, but you get the idea.


S&V chips and milk chocolate. Classic.

Pictured: Kate Smith and Will Somers taking the cake in their dark musical comedy HOOTENANNY! This picture is so good, we just couldn't resist.

In addition to these three unstoppable hosts, we've got lots of exciting programming lined up for the final weekend of Fresh Meat 4.

Come on people, let's make it count.


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