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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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Recycling heritage: adaptive reuse in Almonte

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Victoria Woolen Mill. Photo by Brent Eades.Victoria Woolen Mill. Photo by Brent Eades.

Post by Brent Eades, co-editor of The Millstone, as part of our Support Local series featuring local folk. Don’t forget to head out to Almonte for Support Local day on October 25! Bus shuttle tickets available here.  When Stuart McLean brought his popular CBC Vinyl Café radio program to Almonte’s Old Town Hall last year, he began with an eloquent tribute to Mill Street, the community’s beautifully preserved 19th century business district. An excerpt: Your main street is as perfect as a sentence written by Andy White. Allow me to parse it… Mill is... | Continue reading article

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Benchworks is back!

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Night Fliers, by Amy Thompson. Image courtesy the artist.Night Fliers, by Amy Thompson. Image courtesy the artist.

What happens when a few local artists are asked to step outside of their comfort zone? Benchworks happens, that’s what. Coordinated by Magpie Jewellery, Benchworks features five local artists who have left their typical medium behind, instead creating an inspiring new piece of jewellery. This year, Magpie approached Erin Robertson, Remi Theriault, Marc Adornato, Amy Thompson, and Guillermo Trejo, and asked them to develop a unique piece, carving their idea into a wax mold. Magpie took these carvings and cast them into jewellery  - the final reveal for all of the... | Continue reading article

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Got a craving for some EFT-up comedy?

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Dani Alon, Kevin Mongeon, Joel Garrow and Chris Hannay for EFT-up at Pressed. Photo from their Facebook page.Dani Alon, Kevin Mongeon, Joel Garrow and Chris Hannay for EFT-up at Pressed. Photo from their Facebook page.

Chris Hannay did. That’s why when he first moved to Ottawa with his EFT-up co-founding girlfriend Dani Alon, getting involved in the limited improv scene was a must. He quickly investigated and built relationships with other improv enthusiasts and groups like GRIMprov that has workshops for people wanting more exposure to improv; and Crush Improv that has a core group of individuals that performs shows and special events when they can. With a cross-over of artistic talents and acting support, the Experimental Farm Theatre group was born. Experimental Farm Theatre... | Continue reading article

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Toronto supergroup, Sheezer hits Zaphod’s on Thursday

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Sheezer, from left to right:  Laura Barrett, Alysha Pannell Haugen, Dana Snell and Robin Hatch. Photo by Serena McCarroll.Sheezer, from left to right: Laura Barrett, Alysha Pannell Haugen, Dana Snell and Robin Hatch. Photo by Serena McCarroll.

We often have the strongest attachments to music we listen to in our teens. Members of Sheezer, like many of their listeners, discovered the angsty alternative rock band Weezer at a formative time in their lives.  On October 23rd, Ottawans will have the opportunity to relive their own teen years when Sheezer plays at Zaphod’s. As their name suggests, Sheezer is a group of female musicians who play covers of Weezer songs. The band is something of a Toronto supergroup: members of the band also play or have played in... | Continue reading article

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Anita Majumdar shines in double-bill performance at GCTC

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Photo by Andrew Alexander.Photo by Andrew Alexander.

Canada is a special place. With a vast geography, relatively small population spread over a huge land, and a multicultural mix that makes this country one of the most ethnically diverse places in the world, Canada is able to produce an array of voices with multiple viewpoints. The magic of the Great Canadian Theatre Company is that it allows a wide spectrum of Canadian playwrights — each with their own unique story and style — to showcase their talents. Until November 2, local theatre lovers can enjoy the brilliance of... | Continue reading article

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Tru Love opens the upcoming InsideOut Film Fest

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This light romantic film is also a definite tearjerker if you’re sensitive or oblivious to foreshadowing. It’s the story of three women whose lives intersect serendipitously and intertwine to bring about credible character change. The heart does crack open through heartbreak; if you’ve never experienced this kind of loss, then you may not fully understand the profound change that characters go through in the end. Tru is a lesbian player who cannot commit to an intimate relationship or hold a job for longer than a few months. She helps out... | Continue reading article

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