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Glory Days: Ottawa’s music scenes of the 60s, 70s, and 80s at Megaphono

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Left to right: Councillor Jeff Leiper, panel members Eugene Haslam, Sandy Sharkey, Dick Cooper, Harvey Glatt, Gary Comeau, and emcee Ken Rockburn.  All photos by Terry Steeves.Left to right: Councillor Jeff Leiper, panel members Eugene Haslam, Sandy Sharkey, Dick Cooper, Harvey Glatt, Gary Comeau, and emcee Ken Rockburn. All photos by Terry Steeves.

The second annual Megaphono music showcase festival, which ran from Feb. 2-5, featured some of our own local and regional talent on stages throughout the city.  Industry professionals from abroad were invited to the capital to see, hear and offer constructive advice to some of Ottawa’s musical talent, and to offer constructive advice on how local artists can get the ball rolling on catapulting their careers. This year, Megaphono worked closely with the newly formed Ottawa Music Industry Coalition, which also works with artists and professionals to build, develop, network, and support Ottawa’s growing music industry. Along with the variety of artists who performed during the 4-day festival, there were... | Continue reading article

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Gallery 101’s There’s Room explores global mass migrations

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Borderline, by Rachel Kalpana James. Images courtesy of Gallery 101.Borderline, by Rachel Kalpana James. Images courtesy of Gallery 101.

Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, national spoken word artist and youth engagement coordinator/arts educator.  You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter. When we saw the picture of the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach, the world stopped to feel the impact of such a horrific tragedy. That single picture caused tidal waves. Politicians took to the podium to speak; scholars and ordinary people debated views in the news and in boardrooms; social media feeds blew up with “unlikes”, viral shares and heated commentary; social scientists... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Left: Mouse on the Keys. Right: Chocolate Hot Pockets. Both bands play the Winter Jazz Festival this weekend.Left: Mouse on the Keys. Right: Chocolate Hot Pockets. Both bands play the Winter Jazz Festival this weekend.

Hey, do you wanna feel SO ENERGETIC? Try FESTIVALS! Our rep as one of the best cities for fests is no exception in the winter. Between Megaphono and the TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival for music, and Cracking-Up the Capital for comedy (now that’s a tongue-twister), you’ve got plenty of reasons to leave the house or call in sick for work this weekend. Megaphono is in full swing, but you can still catch some of the music madness before it ends on February 5. Dance punks Silkken will start a... | Continue reading article

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What’s On Stage: Brad Long, a trial in passion

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Brad Long in Dream On. Photo by Andrew Alexander.Brad Long in Dream On. Photo by Andrew Alexander.

Brian Carroll of Apartment613 interviewed actor Brad Long. You’re nominated as Outstanding Actor for the Prix Rideau Awards for Re:Union. How did you get involved in this production? Brad Long: Sean Devine, who is the writer/director of Re:Union, and Artistic Director of Horseshoes and Hand Grenades Theatre, came and saw a performance of We Glow that we did here in Ottawa before we went on tour. He loved the show. He’s someone who wants to shake things up here in Ottawa, in some really interesting ways. He reached out to me and said, “Re:Union is going up... | Continue reading article

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Second City’s Brandon Hackett on comedy, Beavertails, and musical theatre

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All images from the Second City website.All images from the Second City website.

We spoke with with Brandon Hackett, who is part of the Touring Company of the storied improvisational comedy troupe The Second City.  Hackett, with the rest of the Touring Company, will be in Ottawa tonight performing The Best of The Second City, which features some of the best-loved sketches from the company’s long history, as well as the improvisation for which they’re best known. How long have you been performing with The Second City, and what have your experiences been like so far? I have been performing with The Second City for... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the blog: Introducing Kristopher Waddell

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Cropped image of page 1 of Ottawa's Lounge Lizard: Johnny Vegas. Written by Kristopher Waddell, Coloured by Kelly Tindal and illustrated by Tom Szyc.Cropped image of page 1 of Ottawa's Lounge Lizard: Johnny Vegas. Written by Kristopher Waddell, Coloured by Kelly Tindal and illustrated by Tom Szyc.

In our latest installment of the Apartment613 Fellowship program, we’re pretty dang delighted to have Kristopher Waddell as our newest fellow. A longtime member of Ottawa’s comic book scene, Kristopher has been involved with all aspects of the trade – from creating comics to publishing books. As president and publisher of Winter Star Comics, an indie comic book publishing company based here in our nation’s capital, Kristopher has been investing in the scene for many years. He’s also been closely connected to the broader culture scene writ-large, which is why... | Continue reading article

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