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Month: October 2012

Support Local month is back!

So, Ottawa. You’ve heard of Kichesippi brewery, but did you know about The Flatbread Pizza Co? You know Magpie Jewellery, but how about local band Winchester Warm? And Wabi Sabi is famous among the knitting crew, but have you seen the lovely socks of Guy Charbonneau? Don’t worry, this isn’t a pop quiz testing your […]

The Muslim tide, immigration and David Bowie at the Writers Festival

Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, a surprisingly large group of writers have argued that Muslim immigrants pose a threat to the West. These voices claim that Muslims are hostile to western values, and that their higher birthrates will turn them into a majority in Europe in the coming decades, […]

Craft show roundup 2012

Every November, even before the first hints of snow, we start to see the first signs of Christmas pop up around the city. And we’re not just talking about the Bay’s over-the-top decorations in the Rideau Centre walkway – nope, these hints of festivities around found in community centres, church basements, and even theatre lobbies. […]

Beckta’s Gezellig makes Westboro an offer it can’t refuse

By Gloria Song and Robert Mayne. Gloria is a lawyer and a writer based in Ottawa. Rob is a chef trained at the Cordon Bleu, also based in Ottawa. Few restaurant openings have been anticipated this year as much as Gezellig. Roughly translated as “cozy” in Dutch, Gezellig is Stephen Beckta’s newest restaurant located in […]

Bourbon & Spice: All things spooky and nice

Burlesque performers have long teased audiences with naughty humour, racy dancing and suggestive clothing. Whether in smoke-filled cabarets or packed theatres, this art form has a proud – and flirtatious – tradition that can be traced back to the 17th century. In more recent years, this artistic style has seen a resurgence, with about half-a-dozen […]

Apartment 613 Live for October 24, 2012: Nuit Blanche, Unshaven Mavens, and Union 613

Listen here or on iTunes. On this week’s Apartment 613 Live, Ryan is our lonely host for an hour full of local happenings. Last month’s Nuit Blanche was reportedly attended by something close to 30,000 people, and next year’s nuit can only get bigger. The art-filled night’s organizers are already in the planning stages, securing […]

Polytectures: Exploring the city with a soundtrack

To quote the great English novelist George Orwell, to see what is in front of your nose is a constant struggle. This insight is something that all Ottawa residents should keep in mind, for if we open up our eyes and ears to our city, we will see that our urban landscape is quite beautiful. […]

Weekend roundup: Spooky-ish edition

With Halloween just around the corner, there’s a whole bunch of events hiding behind a bush, waiting to jump out at you and reduce you to a puddle of fear. But be brave, Ottawans, and head out to look those ghouls in the face. For those of you with wicked awesome costumes, this Mobile Costume […]

Radio dramas, novels and more: Ottawa International Writers Festival is back

For the last 16 years, the Ottawa International Writers Festival has brought some of the world’s best authors to our nation’s capital. From the late-Nobel Laureate José Saramago of Portugal, to Canadian icons Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje, this impressive literary gathering has showcased some outstanding talent. The celebrity factor, however, is only one small […]

The Trippy World of Wiz Khalifa

On Friday night, while Bruce Springsteen was rocking the Scotia Bank Place, with Barbara Streisand set to take that stage the next evening, the Wiz Khalifa 2050 Tour came to the CE Centre in Ottawa. On a weekend packed with shows, it seemed as though the parents had plans. With Wiz in town, so did […]

The 7th Ottawa Community Record Show – It’s Time to Go Vinyl

For John Thompson, listening to records is a ritual – holding the record, cleaning the record, putting it on the turntable. “The ritual is important,” says Thompson. More importantly, he believes that records just sound better than digital: “With analog – there’s more spaciousness and depth to the sound and you can hear all this […]

Dwellers on the threshold: Celebrating experimental sounds in Ottawa

Excoriating and exhilarating highs; deep, sympathetically-vibrating lows; glitches, hums and fuzz; reverberations, reverberations, reverberations; unconventional song structures, complex time-signatures, drones, repetitive beats, looping beats, mathematical beats, lazy beats, 808 snare, snare, snare; circuit-bending, mind-melding, distortions in the space-time continuum; analogue electronics, laptops, tapes, guitar, cello, saxophone, weirding module, squeeze-box; beer, beer, smoked meat sandwich.* * […]

So Much Theatre: The Glace Bay Miner’s Museum

I’ve listened to my share of Cape Breton coal mining stories, having had an elementary school teacher whose father was a doctor in just such a settlement. Although I found the world laid out in The Glace Bay Miner’s Museum familiar, I also found it fresh and full of life. The Glace Bay Miner’s Museum tells the story […]