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Tear it up with the Planet Smashers this Friday

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The Planet Smashers. Photo from their webpage, planetsmashers.bandpage.com.The Planet Smashers. Photo from their webpage, planetsmashers.bandpage.com.

The Planet Smashers celebrate their second decade playing together with a tour for the music off their newest album Mixed Signals. Even twenty years later, the Smashers maintain their upbeat and body-moving ska sound. “This new Planet Smashers opus remains a damn good third wave ska product and ideal summer soundtrack” The Hour is noted as saying on the bands website. Their plucky bass and punk-like undertones satisfy almost any listener, and still draw in the old school skankers. While most bands have to think of ways to get their... | Continue reading article

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Brewery Market kicks off season with Drink of Dreams

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Photo from brewerymarket.com.Photo from brewerymarket.com.

This Saturday April 26th, the Brewery Market kicks off the 2014 season with their first event of the year, Drink of Dreams. This will be the event’s third year in the city. From its noble (hops) beginning in Toronto in 2011, they took off in Ottawa the following year, thanks to Taralyn Carver. They packed 10 breweries, 4 food vendors, live music, and thousands of people into a tiny parking lot in Hintonburg. By 2013, it had expanded into several large events held at Parkdale Park. This year, the Brewery... | Continue reading article

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(Re)Discover the fascinating world of art history

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Detail from The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, by El Greco, 1586.Detail from The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, by El Greco, 1586.

The National Gallery is always abuzz with events, though few locals take advantage of all they have on offer. For Ottawans, it is often a venue for a harmless second date on free Thursday evenings, where you’ll catch a kiss in the quiet chapel and then sneak up to Champlain Point to continue the courting, not that I would know anything about that. It also hosts posh fundraisers and high-end weddings, which only some people are lucky enough to get an invite to. However, if you want to take in... | Continue reading article

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Fresh faces and fresh looks at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show

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Images from left to right: Hat from Vintage Things, jewelry from Sassy Sisters Jewelry, boots from Ian Drummond Collection. Photos by Esmeralda Smith Romero.Images from left to right: Hat from Vintage Things, jewelry from Sassy Sisters Jewelry, boots from Ian Drummond Collection. Photos by Esmeralda Smith Romero.

The time has come for another year’s renewal. Ottawa Vintage-goers kicked it off with high style at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show this past Sunday April 13th. Personally I’ve always had a love for vintage since way back in my high school Annie Hall days with wide leg tweed pants, checkered skirts and ties. I always identified with days gone by, a previous era and shrugged off the rock t-shirts and hoodies of my peers, not that there’s anything wrong with that. Sunday I got to relive the thrill of... | Continue reading article

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Commemorate Earth Day with Stefan Thompson’s magical world

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Rabbit Breath by Stefan Thompson. All photos from www.stefanthompson.deviantart.com.Rabbit Breath by Stefan Thompson. All photos from www.stefanthompson.deviantart.com.

Ottawa artist Stefan Thompson is a bit of an enigma to most who see his work. Usually roughly sketched, slightly deranged looking animals appear either in portraits reminiscent of the prints by German artist Michael Sowa on Amelie’s bedroom wall or in an overlapped piece that evokes something between the haunting nature of Picasso’s Guernica and the fluidity of Inuit Art. Thompson’s art will be up, down and all around at Wall Space Gallery in Westoboro on April 22nd to celebrate Earth Day. I remember the first time I saw... | Continue reading article

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Spring clean your wardrobe sustainably and charitably

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Photo by Kristen Taylor on Flickr. All other photos from chelsyann.com.Photo by Kristen Taylor on Flickr. All other photos from chelsyann.com.

The time has come to spring clean. This dauntingly includes tackling your wardrobe. As a dress enthusiast I know the trouble of stuffing my wardrobe until the bar bends, buckling under the weight of my well-intended enthusiasm. To provide my poor closet with some relief I often host a clothing swap with friends, where everything old is new again and the remaining items are donated to a thrift shop. However, with new organizations such as Clothes for Charity  in the UK arising, it seemed to me that there were more... | Continue reading article

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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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From left to right: Oberon, Puck and Titania played by Dan Hohnstein, Kirk Shannon and Ashley Deathe respectively. Photo by Andrew Alexander.From left to right: Oberon, Puck and Titania played by Dan Hohnstein, Kirk Shannon and Ashley Deathe respectively. Photo by Andrew Alexander.

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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