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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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The Benefit of the Free Man play Pressed this Thursday

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The Benefit of the Free Man. Photo by Amber Edgar of Citizen A.The Benefit of the Free Man. Photo by Amber Edgar of Citizen A.

The Benefit of the Free Man stops in this Thursday to Pressed Cafe during their two week long tour to eastern Canada. The band plays Kingston tonight, and finishes up in Halifax April 26th. This is the first tour for the band, which will be playing a mixture of their first self-titled EP The Benefit of the Free Man as well as some new music that they have put together since their EP’s creation last year. Frontman Lee Piazza describes their music as “Chamber Folk”, a distinction he immediately pokes... | Continue reading article

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What stands between an inner-city school and a $20K outdoor classroom? Your help

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“Our school looks like a jail” – that’s the sentiment behind a new effort to turn Centretown’s Glashan Public School from “grey to green”. Having to spend their outdoor time on mostly cement, Glashan students were heavily consulted about the kinds of changes they want to see in their schoolyard. They overwhelmingly welcomed the idea of nature, texture, and creativity … of colour instead of concrete. So the school council’s Green Team initiated the Glashan Greening Project last fall to transform that bleak inner-city schoolyard into a green innovation. One... | Continue reading article

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Random Recipe | Passionnément.

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Photo : Jérôme NadeauPhoto : Jérôme Nadeau

Par : Cindy Savard Random Recipe revient faire un tour dans la région cette fin de semaine. Si tout va bien, le band devrait arriver en un morceau le samedi 19 avril au Petit Chicago. Pour l’occasion, Frannie Halder de la formation Random Recipe a bien accepté de nous accorder une entrevue. Mais juste avant d’aborder ces précieuses minutes passées en sa compagnie, voici, pour ceux qui n’ont pas encore fait connaissance avec cette musique, un moment de tendresse et de volupté avec le band. Biographiquement parlant, Random Recipe a,... | Continue reading article

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Couchwrecked CD release party at Lunenburg

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Couchwrecked...on the sofa, photo by Godwin Daniel.Couchwrecked...on the sofa, photo by Godwin Daniel.

With lyrics like, “I can’t give you my love, but I can give you my cat,” who wouldn’t be entertained by local drum and bass duo Couchwrecked? By drum and bass, I mean the actual instruments. These two are reminiscent of Debbie Harry and New York’s late ’70s punk rock scene, but their lyrics are a lot less angst-ridden and a whole much more fun. The band releases its debut EP April 19 at the Lunenburg Pub and Bar. The album consists of five songs recorded in bass player Phil... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa goes back for seconds with Stiff Quickies + ticket giveaway

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Screen shot from My Number by The Hilotrons. Co-directed by Craig Allen Conoley and Luca Fiore.Screen shot from My Number by The Hilotrons. Co-directed by Craig Allen Conoley and Luca Fiore.

Ottawa goes back for seconds with Stiff Quickies, an Ottawa Fringe Festival fundraiser this Thursday night. The cheeky title titillates ones interest, and I asked Greggory Clark to give some background into the event. “It started last year. It was a pretty good time, so we thought we’d do it again.” Clark says referring to the success the fundraiser had last year. The event boasts short films, tall drinks and deep pockets with the alluring tease of being able to meet the filmmakers and actors themselves. “What we did was... | Continue reading article

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Jake E. Lee – Alive and well with Red Dragon Cartel

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Axeman, Jake E. Lee, and his iconic "White Pearl" Charvel guitar. All photos by Terry Steeves.Axeman, Jake E. Lee, and his iconic "White Pearl" Charvel guitar. All photos by Terry Steeves.

When I rolled into the jam packed parking lot of Ottawa’s Obsession Live Lounge, something told me this was not going to be your average, ordinary Wednesday night. Jake E. Lee, and his newest endeavour, Red Dragon Cartel, shook the walls of this intimate 450 seat live music venue with their highly charged brand of melodic metal rock. Formed earlier this year, Red Dragon Cartel is the brainchild of ex-Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist, Jake E. Lee, and his long time friend, producer, and bassist Ron Mancuso (Beggars & Thieves).... | Continue reading article

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Poetry meets pop culture at A Dramatic Reading of Pop Songs

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Screen shot from The Science Fiction Film Awards, William Shatner's performance of Elton John's Rocket Man.Screen shot from The Science Fiction Film Awards, William Shatner's performance of Elton John's Rocket Man.

Just in time for National Poetry Month, Ottawa VERSeFest and IdeaSpace invite you to come celebrate the sillier side of this art form. Dramatic pop song readings have a long history (think Peter Seller’s cover of A Hard Day’s Night, or William Shatner’s utterly bizarre rendition of Rocket Man). On April 17th, Ottawa’s top poetic talent will be on hand at IdeaSpace to carry on the tradition. If you’re curious about Ottawa’s poetry scene, this fundraiser will be a fun and approachable way to get your feet wet. Hosted by... | Continue reading article

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