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Potatoes, carrots, dance fever at the market?

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For the eighth straight year, Bernard Penney is helping to bring the love of dance to North Bay and area, and those in attendance at the Wednesday edition of the Farmer’s Market were treated to quite a performance.

In advance of their Saturday evening performance at the Capitol Centre, the Toronto-based dance company Gadfly will be popping up to perform at well-known locales in the area.

Gadfly, described as “edgy, urban dancers,” will put on five-minute dance numbers plus interactive sessions with the public for the remainder of the week. The series of events is funded by the Ontario Arts Council, in association with the OntarioDances program and the Capitol Centre.

“We’re really trying to develop an audience for dance, to go and buy a ticket one day,” says Penney after the interactive Gadfly performance at the market.

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The interactive dances are free and fun for all. “People with mobility issues can still participate,” and the dances are child-friendly, says Penney. “The first two dances seem to get the inhibitions gone and then people can join in and enjoy it.”

All of the performances are being live-streamed via the Capitol Centre’s Facebook page.

Gadfly interactive performances this week:

THURSDAY

  • 11:00 a.m. Camp Tillicum (performance closed to public)
  • 2:00 p.m. Powassan Library
  • 3:30 p.m. Centennial Park at the Callander waterfront
  • 6:00 p.m. Ladies’ Night at Pinewood Park Golf Course

FRIDAY

  • Noon Capitol Centre (Main St. side)
  • 2:30 p.m. Waterfront Beach, Memorial Drive
  • 6:15 p.m. North Bay Mall

SATURDAY

  • 11:00 a.m. Discovery North Bay Museum
  • 1:00 p.m. Downtown Buskers’ Stage, Pedestrian Underpass & Memorial Drive
  • 8:45 p.m. Fringe Festival at Capitol Centre
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