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Ottawa Film Facilities Comming Soon!
Have you considered becoming a film actor?  Well here in Ottawa that may not be too hard.  Ottawa is seeing a boom right now in terms of arts and media, specifically in the film industry.  For a long time now, Ottawa and the valley have been a top choice for many filmmakers and production crews.  Many notable films have been filmed here, including the Hallmark Films that we all love to watch over the holiday season, including Christmas Scavenger Hunt.  More recently, we have seen a very special project come to Ottawa.  With approval from the NCC to build on previously developed land, Ottawa Film Office with TriBro Studios is investing $40 million into building a top of the line soundstage campus.  This will be Eastern Ontario’s first dedicated soundstage. This campus, located on 1740 Woodroffe Ave., will be a leading edge with many fantastic amenities.  The building will include four soundstages, each will be 20,000 square feet. These are those huge airplane hanger-like buildings that become sound proofed and filled with top quality recording equipment and all kinds of sets for actors to perform on.  There will be workshops for carpentry and art departments and tons of office space to accommodate companies working on anything from animation to live action post-production.  What does this mean for Ottawa?  Only good things.  This sound stage will help to further support Ottawa’s thriving film industry by creating an estimated 500 jobs.  The entire project will be built on former NCC land and will be privately funded.  Back in March, the parent company of TriBros Studios, looked for a $40 million loan from the city of Ottawa that was approved. However, after the impact of COVID-19, the parent company, who had previously invested in things like casinos, waterslides and hotels took a decision to invest in film production instead. The Ottawa Soundstage will now be financed independently of government loans.  
With incredible works of art being created and inspired every day, we at the Manotick Arts Camp cannot wait to see the future of Ottawa’s film industry. This is why we now have classes on acting for camera, working background and creating a demo reel, our students will be ready to take full advantage of everything they have to offer at the new Ottawa sound stage.  We can’t wait to see what you’ll do, here at the Manotick Arts Camp and beyond.

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Music Classes in Manotick for children aged 2-7 for all kinds of children


Dr. Sandy StanutzDo you have children who love music? The Manotick Arts Camp is offering weekly music classes for typically developing children and children with developmental delays aged 2-7. All kinds of children can really benefit by this activity! Many children with autism spectrum disorder, for example, have enhanced memory for music and may be very motivated to engage in this type of music class. Through games of singing, and movement, children learn to play in ensemble with one another on real instruments. This is great fun for kids and great for their overall development! Music education enhances many cognitive abilities that are necessary for success at school. Learning to sing and play instruments trains the auditory system and can be beneficial for children with language delays. In order to play music together, children learn to synchronize their movements to a common beat, which improves fine and gross motor movement as well as self-control. Playing music together involves teamwork and requires social engagement! Besides getting early musical training, which is so important to future musical education, children will be engaging in an activity which has so many other developmental benefits as well.

Developing your child’s musical ear is so beneficial for learning to play an instrument later on. Like learning a language, similar principles apply to learning music. The more exposure we have to hearing and speaking a language early on, the more natural that language becomes for us. In contrast, languages learned later in life, in general, are not spoken or understood with the same kind of ease. Exposing your child early to listening and playing music can really develop the auditory system and give your child the fundamentals for musical training later on. Singing in tune, playing to a common beat and distinguishing individual notes on xylophones, bells and percussive instruments are skills which are so important to further musical development.

Music education can be very beneficial for children with developmental delays. Musical training can improve the distinction of consonant sounds and can improve language comprehension. Playing music with your peers can strengthen the emotional bond within the group. Music provides a structure with social rules of engagement. When everyone plays in rhythm with one another, there is a great feeling of unity and satisfaction. These experiences can be a guide for knowing how to interact in group situations. Many other areas of cognition are affected by musical training. In fact, studies have shown that there are so many benefits of music education in children that brain development seems to speed up. Most children LOVE music. The activities in our classes are so enjoyable that children do not realize they are learning!

Music for Wee ones weekly Classes are on-going during the school year and through the summer in the beautiful village of Manotick. Check our website: www.manotickartscamp.com for location, time and cost.

The Manotick Arts Camp has been offering quality summer day camp programs in the performing arts for children aged 6 to 16 since 2000. Check us out!

Sandy is very talented and professional. Not only in her music knowledge, but she also has a special way of handling the children. They have lots of fun, together with structure and discipline. The kids are always eager to go, can’t wait for their next class.” Annelie, mother of two boys.




Dr. Sandy Stanutz recently completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Educational Counselling and Psychology Department, McGill University, where she implemented a music program over a 16-month period at a center-based early intensive childhood intervention program in Montreal for preschool children with ASD. Sandy has been developing and teaching a music and movement based course curriculum to preschool children for over 15 years.

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