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Opera Lyra presents Puccini’s tragic masterwork – Madama Butterfly

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James Westman as Sharpless, Shuying Lee as Madama Butterfly and Antoine Belanger as Lt. Pinkerton. Photo courtesy of On Stage Ottawa.James Westman as Sharpless, Shuying Lee as Madama Butterfly and Antoine Belanger as Lt. Pinkerton. Photo courtesy of On Stage Ottawa.

Opera Lyra is back at the NAC with its spring production. Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece, Madama Butterfly (aka Madame Butterfly) is the bittersweet tale of a young Japanese woman, Ciocio-san ( Madama Butterfly), who falls in love with, and marries, a cowardly and callous American naval officer, Lieutenant Pinkerton. She converts to Christianity for her American husband causing her family to disown her. Her husband returns to the States shortly after their wedding, leaving Butterfly alone, and pregnant, with only her maid, Suzuki for company. Lieutenant Pinkerton returns to Nagasaki three years later, with his new American wife, Kate, to ask Butterfly for a divorce -and to take their child back... | Continue reading article

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Classic Albums Live have a new fan after stunning performance

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Photo from Classic Albums Live website.Photo from Classic Albums Live website.

I have to admit that I was skeptical going into this show, as I am not really an Eagles fan. They’re fine, don’t get me wrong, but the idea of listening to Classic Albums Live cover them wasn’t high on my list of things to do on a Friday night. I seemed to be alone in that opinion, however, as this performance was sold out weeks before the show. Apparently people knew something I did not. But I was about to learn. The first song, of course, was Hotel California.... | Continue reading article

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Lunch Out Loud Ottawa 69- Tracey Clark from Bridgehead & Atherton

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Lunch Out Loud Ottawa with Tracey ClarkLunch Out Loud Ottawa with Tracey Clark

Episode 69 of Lunch Out Loud Ottawa is up! We meet with Tracey Clark, the managing director of Bridgehead live on location in Hintonburg. We talk about the past, present and future of Bridgehead. Lots of great information about the process and some other good news! Don and Jenn from foodiePrints spoke about A Taste for Life Ottawa and Poutinefest 2 on Sparks Street next weekend. Music this week was from the Ottawa sensation Atherton! Check him out at RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest July 12th and get his album “No... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Arms of the Girl courtesy their website.Photo of Arms of the Girl courtesy their website.

If you’ve had your fill of chocolate eggs and want to get out and about this weekend, here’s what’s up in the city: In music, the Steve Adamyk Band kicks things off tonight with Finderskeepers at Babylon, followed by Transmission dance party with DJ Male Nurse. If you’re looking for some traditional east coast music, Matthew Byrne has you covered at the NAC. Friday at Zaphod’s will find Ambrosia Famine, Arms of the Girl, and GingerFox putting on a rocky-pop show. House legend Jason Hodges can be found at Mercury... | Continue reading article

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Lawyers prepare a GCTC take-over

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Mitchell Charness performs in His Girl Friday in 2012. Photo courtesy of The Great Canadian Theatre Company.Mitchell Charness performs in His Girl Friday in 2012. Photo courtesy of The Great Canadian Theatre Company.

As surely as buds bloom so too at this time of year are Ottawa lawyers found limbering up to break some legs. Not those of disgruntled clients but of the theatrical nature as they come together for the annual “Lawyer Play”. This yearly fundraiser brings together legal eagles of all stripes: criminal, corporate, civil, family, labour and more treading the boards to raise money for the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) and a hand-selected charity partner. The 15th anniversary performance this year pulls out all the stops: ambitiously tackling Shakespeare’s... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa, it’s time to unleash your Fury

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Photo courtesy of Ottawa Fury FC Facebook pagePhoto courtesy of Ottawa Fury FC Facebook page

A little piece of sporting history is going to made on Saturday, when Ottawa Fury FC takes the field at Carleton University for their first North American Soccer League home game, and you should be a part of it. For those who don’t know, the NASL is a professional soccer league that competes at the second-highest level on the continent, just below Major League Soccer.  Fury FC will bring the total number of pro soccer teams in Canada to five (FIVE!), following Toronto FC, the Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact of the MLS, as... | Continue reading article

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