1) Theodore Chan in Ottawa (Greg Hay) 2) Theo Chan (Dana Ross)
Theodore Chan is the Assistant Principal Double Bass with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He's been living in Winnipeg for less than a year, but this was enough time for Theo to be able to answer SCENE's five fast questions and help him bring his friends and family from his hometown of Ottawa back to Winnipeg.
He landed his job with the WSO right after finishing his graduate studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Moving to Winnipeg after living in Southern California was certainly a bit of an adjustment but I am excited to be part of the vibrant prairie arts and culture scene and also proud to be a member of one of its flagship cultural institutions.
WSO performs tonight, 8pm, at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
Where do you spend your Manitoba time?
I especially enjoy the live music at local bars such as the Toad on Osborne and additionally enjoy the concerts of the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. We work so often with the symphony it's hard to find time to get out and catch other events. I'm looking forward to all the festivals this coming summer!
Where do you take people who are visiting Manitoba for the first time?
I'm still trying to convince my friends to come and visit, but I would say Assiniboine Park, the Ledge, Osborne Village, and the Forks.
How do you describe Manitoba to people in Ottawa?
Winnipeg is the only city of its size in North America without a dedicated controlled access freeway. Actually it's a lovely city with an exciting local arts and culture scene and one of the flattest, coldest terrains in the world populated by some of the nation's kindest people.
If you could move one Manitoba restaurant/venue to Ottawa, what would it be and why?
It's almost a tie, but I would say the winner is Samurai Sushi on Portage at Hargrave. They have some of the most wonderful traditional Japanese sushi alongside more modern fusion creations. I can't say for sure, but it's probably one of the best sushi restaurants furthest from any ocean worldwide! Very close second goes to Half Pints Brewery for their excellent Little Scrapper IPA.
Besides it being a great gig, what are you hoping to get out of taking part in Prairie Scene?
It's funny; the first time I was in Winnipeg was in 2008 on tour with the NAC Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. It's very fitting that I'm finally back in Ottawa (my hometown) with the WSO performing the same piece!