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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend? + Handmade Harvest giveaway

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Print by The Sweetest Digs, who will be at the Handmade Harvest this weekend.Print by The Sweetest Digs, who will be at the Handmade Harvest this weekend.

The weekend long festivals and events really begin this Thursday, starting with the 2nd European Union Short Film Festival (OIMC) at Club Saw. The event is  free of charge, and encourages everyone to catch at least one of these films that begin every night at 6:30pm until Sunday. From Friday to Sunday, the Ottawa International Music Conference has a stacked weekend of panels and shows that are crucial for local musicians and industry hopefuls to catch. “We build the conference in two directions: panels that are more oriented to professionals (artists, labels, festival directors, music lovers) and concerts that are open to everyone, so the general audience gets a chance... | Continue reading article

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Magnetic North: Up to Low is a joy to watch

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For the past several years, Janet Irwin has worked towards bringing an Ottawa literary classic to the stage.  Fast forward to today, and the playwright’s vision is now a reality with her adaptation of Up to Low, which is playing at Arts Court until June 6 as part of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. Set in 1950 and based on the popular book of the same name by Ottawa author Brian Doyle, this great production tells the story of how Young Tommy (played very well by Lewis Wynne-Jones) takes a life-changing trip... | Continue reading article

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Magnetic North Festival: From brilliant street theatre to great stage shows

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Image: Courtesy of Mercury Opera (Edmonton)Fiamma! An Operascape Image: Courtesy of Mercury Opera (Edmonton)

For more than 10 years, the Ottawa-based Magnetic North Theatre Festival has brought great performances to audiences in the National Capital Region, as well as communities across the country. What makes Magnetic North unique from other theatre festivals in Canada, however, is its special mandate to travel across our vast land.  While the festival takes place in Ottawa every second year (including 2015), in other years it occurs in other communities. Since first launching in 2003, the festival has gone to Edmonton(2004), St. Johns (2006), Vancouver(2008), Kitchener-Waterloo(2010), Calgary(2012) and Halifax (2014).... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Two days that changed the world

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Post by Peter Boyle There were 1,036 days in the presidency of John F. Kennedy.  This is the story of two of them that changed history forever. Two Days In June:  John F. Kennedy And The 48 Hours That Made History by Ottawa-based writer Andrew Cohen is a dense, sometimes joyful, sometimes bored, but constantly energetic book.  Cohen chronicles two pivotal speeches that President Kennedy made in 1963.  His June 10 speech which led to the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963, and his June 11 speech that opened the way to the... | Continue reading article

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The Feminist Twins present: Paint Nite

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There are few things more satisfying than the feeling of letting your creativity flow out through a paintbrush and onto a canvas. Add to that the energy of a big ol’ party and you’ve got, in my books, an ideal night out. Painting parties have been happening around the city for a while now and they all work in more or less the same way.  Purchasing a ticket for the event gets you into the venue, puts a drink in your hand, and covers the cost of your painting supplies. ... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Finding Foxtrot Alpha Mike

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Jonathan Rotondo flying Smith Miniplane C-GDSA near Luskville, QC in April.  (Author's collection).Jonathan Rotondo flying Smith Miniplane C-GDSA near Luskville, QC in April. (Author's collection).

Finding Foxtrot Alpha Mike is a story about aviation archaeology and family.  Fittingly, its writer, Jonathan Rotondo, is my older brother and life-long inspiration.  From childhood co-conspiracies to more ripened grown-up pursuits, he remains my sidekick, constantly supporting the counterpart to his sibling tribe. For that same reason, I wanted to support him in his life-long pursuit of flying and highlight his incredible journey and talent for storytelling. This story begins as a way for a son to honour the memory of his father by tracking down a single-seat biplane... | Continue reading article

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