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It’s been an unimaginable past day in Ottawa. We’ve been anxious, locked-down and saddened. Our resolve to celebrate the best of Ottawa and our commitment to keeping our city healthy and happy has never been stronger. More than anything else today, we offer our tributes, thoughts and concern to the family and friends of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo who was tragically killed while guarding our national war memorial. We know that Ottawa will not let an act of violence define us. We will think hard about how something like this could happen, we will pay our respects, and we will continue to live with the freedom and hopefulness for which we... | Continue reading article

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Bouffon at the Gladstone

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Josh Matthews, Matt Chapman, Sarah Petersiel in The Hunchbacks of Notre Dame. Photo by Under the Table.Josh Matthews, Matt Chapman, Sarah Petersiel in The Hunchbacks of Notre Dame. Photo by Under the Table.

Comedy is difficult to do well. Bouffon is even more difficult. Bouffon is a style of theatre whose main focus is the art of mockery. According to Wikipedia, bouffon performance techniques include “burlesque, commedia dell’arte, farce, gallows humour, parody, satire and slapstick”. Any of these are tough to master; to master all of them requires enormous skill. Ottawa’s Black Sheep Theatre has brought in the 3-person Brooklyn/San Francisco troupe Under the Table to perform their production The Hunchbacks of Notre Dame. The concept behind this short (a little over an... | Continue reading article

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Big Wreck rocks the Capital

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Ian Thornley of Big Wreck. All photos by Terry Steeves.Ian Thornley of Big Wreck. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Ottawa’s Algonquin Commons Theatre was the site of Big Wreck’s electrifying performance Tuesday night. Built in 2012, the theatre offers state-of-the-art sound and lighting, amazing acoustics, and a seating capacity of 700. A block of the seating near the stage area was removed for the show, which allowed a portion of the audience to stand, and created an intimate setting between the crowd and performers. There wasn’t a bad seat in the house, and in fact, was the perfect sized venue for this event. Big Wreck has come a long... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do + Introducing Les suggestions @Basement819

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Mill Street in Almonte during the Puppets Up! festival. Photo by DesaPhotography.Mill Street in Almonte during the Puppets Up! festival. Photo by DesaPhotography.

Halloween is just around the corner and there’s plenty of fun to be had in preparation for next week’s festivities. We’ve got everything from Poutinefest to beatboxing burlesque to keep yourself entertained and warm this weekend, so let’s get started. Want to take in some art and culture this weekend? John Wenzel is Exhibiting all weekend in Westboro. The exhibit is in tandem with Julian Luckham’s photography book release as part of What If Weekends Exhibit. Support Local Month is still going strong and is working with Vivien Tytor for... | Continue reading article

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Customer service and the small business: Thoughts from Almonte

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Photo courtesy Hello Yellow.Photo courtesy Hello Yellow.

Post by Emily Arbour, owner of Hello Yellow, a shop located in downtown Almonte. This is part of our Support Local series focusing on local folk. Don’t forget to head out to Almonte for Support Local day on October 25! Bus shuttle tickets available here. Originally I pitched this article as “The Small Town Difference”, but once I began writing, I quickly came to realize that what I want to talk about here has less to do with how large or small one’s town is, and so much more to... | Continue reading article

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