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Basement 819 :: Les-tulipes-tardent-à-sortir-mais-on-ne-perd-pas-espoir.

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The Franklin ElectricThe Franklin Electric

Basement 819, une 13e édition qui porte chance. Scène 1425 nous a dévoilé sa programmation d’automne 2014 en primeur! Philippe Gaudreault, responsable de Scène 1425 Gatineau nous a présenté la programmation d’automne! Yeah! Nous avons particulièrement hâte de vivre la performance The Franklin Electric. Bon, le spectacle est prévu seulement le 13 décembre prochain à la Salle Jean-Despréz, on sera patients. Ah! À noter que Elliot Maginot, un artiste de talent de la scène émergente sera en première partie. Une nouveauté folk à découvrir, c’est sûr! Pour tous les détails... | Continue reading article

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The 4th annual Bad Suit Pub Crawl is on tonight!

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Photo from Bad Suit Pub Crawl Facebook page.Photo from Bad Suit Pub Crawl Facebook page.

Prom dresses, 80’s office attire and a fair share of bad suits will be making their way down Elgin Street on April 26 to celebrate Ottawa’s fourth annual Bad Suit Pub Crawl. Groups of sober strangers put on terrible outfits and stop by pub after pub, transforming into drunken friends, still looking just as awful. All of these efforts go towards raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society. Participants are expected to contribute $2.40 each or an empty case of beer. “Instead, people (usually) hand me $20’s and $50’s,” says... | Continue reading article

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Celebrating the legacy of a local artistic genius, Gerald Trottier

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Detail of Gerald Trottier's Resurrection I, 1982, acrylic on canvas. All photos by Marie-Pierre Daigle.Detail of Gerald Trottier's Resurrection I, 1982, acrylic on canvas. All photos by Marie-Pierre Daigle.

On April 24, 2014, The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) hosted a reception for the Gerald Trottier Estate Donation to its Permanent Collection. Trottier (1925-2004) may very well be Ottawa’s most important artist alongside a handful of others. Perspective, the Trottier exhibition at the OAG is on until June 14 at the gallery’s Art and Sales Rental space situated just inside the front door of the Arts Court building. You can buy all but one of the works currently showcased. That particular painting is but one of the hundred works donated... | Continue reading article

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The Walrus Talks Climate + ticket giveaway

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Photo provided by The Walrus Foundation.Photo provided by The Walrus Foundation.

The Walrus, a magazine that since 2003 has been raising the tone and the profile of Canadian journalism, is now taking its show on the road to provide a forum in which Canadians can discuss topics close to our hearts and crucial to our future. To expand upon the dialogue fostered in the magazine, The Walrus Foundation, the non-profit which produces the magazine and its associated online content, is presenting a series of events across Canada, in which a number of speakers give short talks on a general theme. Previous... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Mismanaged expectations at Cobra Club

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Cobra Club attendees wait in line for their next food sampling experience. Photo by Jason Yung.Cobra Club attendees wait in line for their next food sampling experience. Photo by Jason Yung.

It was touted as the most exclusive dining experience in Ottawa — the famous Cobra Club, where the city’s best chefs would get together to cook what they liked. Only the few, the exclusive, the invited, were allowed to taste. It was all so promising, so alluring. From the very beginning, I was captivated by the mystery. But like a tale involving an exotic charmer, reality differed from expectation. I was left with the culinary equivalent of waking up in a motel bathtub full of ice, missing a kidney –... | Continue reading article

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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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