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PROGRAM

Festival Programming

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TICKETS

Tickets & Admission

Get tickets to the Gala, which includes a Festival Pass - OR -  purchase General Admission tickets for individual days

Appetizers

GALA

Gala Event

Savour the arts at the NOIR Art Festival during the opening night Gala and beyond. Find out more now!

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EXHIBITION

Exhibiting Artists

See the Exhibition Map, or preview the art that will be at the exhibition by viewing the Exhibiting Artist photo gallery now!

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FUNDRAISER

Silent Auction

Support us in raising money for Queensway Carleton Hospital! All proceeds from the Silent Auction will be donated to QCH.

Horticulture Building

1525 Princess Patricia Way, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa

NOIR is a four-day festival opening with an upscale Gala and fundraiser event in support of Queensway Carleton Hospital, and continuing for three days of fine art exhibition showcasing 55 professional artists. This year's theme is "Day of the Dead" and festival programming is being elegantly curated in collaboration with the Mexican Embassy, as well as Ottawa's Byward Market Day of the Dead Festival. The opening night Gala features a Gastronomic Salon with some of Ottawa's best restaurants, live performances by classical musicians and folkloric dancers, as well as an exciting Silent Auction with several original artworks donated by NOIR exhibiting artists. There will also be art workshops, an authentic Day of the Dead altar, and more!

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100% of all proceeds from the Silent Auction are donated to QCH Foundation! We are proud to also donate a portion of ALL ticket sales.

Day of the Dead Theme

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NOIR 2023 will be an exciting Day of the Dead theme, with support from both the Day of the Dead Festival, and the Mexican Embassy, as well as in consultation with the Mexican Cultural Association in Ottawa.

 

This theme will include programming honouring the culture and celebration surrounding the Day of the Dead traditions, and broader Mexican culture.

Visitors will be encouraged to pay homage to this theme by attending one of the various programmed workshops devoted to the Day of the Dead, including the altar, pan de muertos, sugar skulls and more.

Attendees of the Gala may choose to dress-up, wear themed make-up and/or accessories. Please note that this is at the attendees discretion and is not required.

The images being used for NOIR this year represent the "Catrinas", a symbol for Day of the Dead traditions.

You can learn more about the inspiration for this theme through the Day of Dead Festival.

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Attire

Gala attire is "black tie" / "cocktail dress" / or elegant costume

Attendees are welcome to celebrate the "Day of the Dead" theme this year by respectfully leaning in to some of the hallmark features of this cultural tradition. This includes headpieces such as Halo Crowns and Floral Crowns, as well as makeup in the style of "Catrina" or "Sugar Skull".  Should you wish to more subtly participate in the theme, we invite you to consider smaller accessories with hallmark elements such as marigolds, monarchs, and/or hummingbirds.

Festival attire is casual, but attendees are still very much welcome to come dressed up in celebration of the "Day of the Dead", especially for the Artist Meet & Greet evening on Friday November 3rd

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Makeup Artists 

Makeup Options

 

  1. Pre-Gala Makeup Artist - reserve a session prior to doors opening (see info)

  2. Gala Makeup Station - complimentary themed face-painting during Gala, on a first come first served basis starting at 6pm.

  3. Pre-"Artist Meet & Greet" Makeup Artist - reserve a session prior to doors opening (see info)

  4. Face Painter - Family friendly, Day of the Dead themed designs starting from $15 each, being offered as of 3pm on Saturday, November 4th.

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NOIR Art Festival is collaborating with Ottawa's Day of the Dead Festival this year to bring even more culture and activities to our communities! We could not have executed this theme without their support, guidance, and contributions.

We encourage you to check out their festival programming: 

OCTOBER 27th - 29th  |  Byward Market, Ottawa

We are very grateful to the Mexican Embassy for their support and collaboration in curating a culturally authentic and elegant experience for our patrons and attendees! They have been key partner in bring this event to life.

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Guided Altar Tours

by the Mexican Embassy

Authentic Altar Honouring:

  1. Frida Kahlo, Mexican Artist

  2. Emily Carr, Canadian Artist

The "altar" is practice of "Day of the Dead" wherein loved ones who have passed can be honoured and their lives can be celebrated. At NOIR, we are very proud to be honouring two incredibly transformative women and artists.

To learn more about the altar, please join one of our scheduled Guide Altar Tours led by the Mexican Embassy. View Detailed Itinerary.

Program

Festival Program

Appetizers

THURSDAY

November 2

6pm - 10pm

Gala Event

Savour the arts at the NOIR Art Festival during the opening night Gala and beyond. Find out more now!

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FRIDAY

November 3

6pm - 9pm

Art Exhibit Opening

Join us for the opening night of NOIR's Art Exhibition during this special Artist Meet & Greet event!

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SATURDAY

November 4

11am - 8pm

Art Exhibition

A full day of programming, showcasing fine art from 55 professional artists, as well as art workshops and more!

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SUNDAY

November 5

10am - 4pm

Art Exhibition

A full day of programming, showcasing fine art from 55 professional artists, as well as art workshops and more!

Exhibit

Fine Art Exhibition

Horticulture Building

1525 Princess Patricia Way, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa

FRIDAY

November 3

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Artist Meet & Greet

SATURDAY

November 4

11:00am - 8:00pm

Art Exhibition Day

SUNDAY

Art Exhibition Day

November 5

10:00am - 4:00pm

50+ Exhibiting Artists

 

The NOIR Art Festival proudly showcases 50+ professional fine artists who will be exhibiting and selling their work across our three-day Art Exhibition.  NOIR is a competitive and upscale fine art exhibition, featuring professional artists from Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and regions in between. We invite you to preview the art that you can expect to see at NOIR by visiting our Exhibiting Artist List.

Meet-Greet

Artist Meet & Greet

Friday November 3rd

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Fine Art Exhibition

The NOIR Art Festival proudly boasts three days of fine exhibition and sale from 50+ professional artists! Join us on this special evening to meet artists, have a glass of wine, and have first choice of premium art by remarkable artists.

Best in Show Award with OAG

Come witness one of our Exhibiting Artists receive an award from the Ottawa Art Gallery for being "best in show" at NOIR!

Altar Lighting

This special evening will also offer the unique opportunity to see the lighting of the altar, in honour of two great women and artists, including Mexican artist, the late Frida Kahlo, and Canadian artist, the late Emily Carr.

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Artist Spotlight

We are so proud to have Ottawa-based artist, Dulce Tapp, who celebrates her Mexican heritage through her impressive collection of collaged Catrina pieces. You will be able to find her front and centre at the NOIR Art Exhibition!

Dulce will also be offering an immersive and hands-on collage art workshop wherein participants can design and create their own collage art inspired by the “Mictlán Journey”, an underworld of Aztec mythology which shaped current symbolism in Mexican “Day of the Dead” traditions. Taking place at the Horticulture Building on Sunday November 5th from 12:00pm - 2:00pm.

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Gala

VIP Gala

Thursday November 2nd

6:00pm - 10:00pm

Day of the Dead Theme

VIP Gala

 

The NOIR Gala is dedicated to creating an enchanting and exciting experience for our VIP guests! The Gala also serves as a fundraiser in support of Queensway Carleton Hospital. 

Be part of the theme!

Attendees are welcome to come dressed up for the theme! Please note that this is optional.

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Gastronomic Salon

 

VIP Attendees of the opening night Gala can expect to find several of Ottawa's top restaurants there, serving up art in the form of food. Delectable delicacies will be offered as gratis amuse-bouche for you to savour and enjoy gastronomic art.

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Live Performances

 

The evening will also boast live performances from classical musicians to elegant dancers, all set to the Gala's Day of the Dead theme. 

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