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End of Civilization: A terrific Ottawa premiere at The Gladstone

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Geoff McBride, Catriona Leger and Brad Long in George F. Walker's, The End of Civilization. All photos by Julie Le Gal.Geoff McBride, Catriona Leger and Brad Long in George F. Walker's, The End of Civilization. All photos by Julie Le Gal.

Either you love Toronto playwright George F. Walker’s gritty dramas with their oh-so-dysfunctional characters or you hate his pitch-black works littered with f-bombs, guns and booze.  Personally, I can’t get enough – there aren’t many other writers who explore the underbelly of Canadian society with so much empathy.  And humour. So I was thrilled that Same Day Theatre was presenting The End of Civilization, which is the one play of his 1990s 6-play Suburban Motel series that I hadn’t seen.  For some reason, it’s never been performed in Ottawa.  And it very... | Continue reading article

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Be part of le pARTy and support local art(y)

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Fountain by Cara Tierney. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery.Fountain by Cara Tierney. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery.

If you’ve ever been inside a local bookstore, bar, coffee-shop…anywhere really in town that’s embracing the ‘local’ mentality you’ll likely have seen local artists’ work on display and, just as likely, up for sale.  Chances are that if you’re anything like me you’ve fallen for a piece but then seeing the price tag quickly dismissed it as puppy love. Such is the unfortunate nature of the art market.  It’s hard to sell art. And I don’t mean mass-produced photos or prints that serve to decorate bare walls the world over.... | Continue reading article

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An engaging evening of orchestral enchantment

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Melissa McClelland singing through her telephone effect mic. All photos by Terry Steeves.Melissa McClelland singing through her telephone effect mic. All photos by Terry Steeves.

A drum kit, a collection of guitars and amps, bass, keyboards, and a series of mics on stands, stood in a tight formation in the center of the NAC’S Theatre stage. Naturally, one would have thought such a set-up was to be manned by several band members, but instead, a man and woman emerged from out of the darkness to take their place among the cluster of musical instruments. The two immediately got to work building a foundation of looped sounds – he on the drum kit, laying down a... | Continue reading article

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Kickstarter campaign seeks to fund new card game

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Image taken from Renaissance Press web siteImage taken from Renaissance Press web site

Ottawa-based Renaissance Press is best known for publishing the works of up-and-coming authors. The company’s desire to promote creative works, however, is no longer limited to the printed page thanks to the launch of their new gaming division. The first game that the local publisher hopes to release is A Match Made in Austen, a card game based on the works of the legendary writer Jane Austen.  Drawing from her popular novels Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey, the aim of the game is to... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Brew Brahs interview Whitewater Brewing Company, *Spoiler new brewpub alert!

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All photos courtesy of Whitewater Brewing Company.All photos courtesy of Whitewater Brewing Company.

By now, the good beer-loving people of Ottawa have probably enjoyed the fine brews arriving from Whitewater Brewing Company from their roasted Midnight Stout to their even-keeled Whistling Paddler English Special Bitter. But for those who like to take their brew adventures to the next level, did you know that WBC has their own brewpub? It’s true. Roadtrip! Smartly, the entrepreneurial gentlemen behind the WBC have upped their game and created a destination brewpub that pairs craft beer with the area’s fantastic outdoors recreational offerings. With the number of visitors... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce long weekend?

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Photos from GLITTERBOMB 2014 by Viktor S. de Vice.Photos from GLITTERBOMB 2014 by Viktor S. de Vice.

This weekend begins the tours and outdoor events that will last the rest of the summer. Music in the park, tours around monuments and of course more music! All weekend long, Decipher is holding their Everyday is Halloween Pop-up Shop full of punk, derby and psychobilly gear. If you love Hot topic, make sure to check out this amazing pop-up shop located in Westboro. Start your weekend tonight with Monopolatte’s 4th Annual Geek Slam – a geeky poetry competition. Or get schooled on disability rights with Ravi Malhotra and Morgan Rowe’s... | Continue reading article

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Breaking the Code: A look into life of Alan Turing + chance to see Enigma machine up close

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All photos by Maria Vartanova, courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.All photos by Maria Vartanova, courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.

Last year the highly popular movie The Imitation Game introduced the masses to the story of Alan Turing and his work cracking the Nazis’ “unbreakable” Enigma code in WWII. It was estimated that cracking Enigma shortened the war in Europe by two years. But Hollywood demands nonstop edge of your seat excitement and sometimes, especially when the subject is the tedious work of code breaking, that kind of mass appeal comes at the cost of historical accuracy. That’s where the theatre comes in.  Director Klass van Weringh has brought Hugh... | Continue reading article

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goods shop: North Dalhousie’s newest neighbour

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Photo courtesy of goods shop.Photo courtesy of goods shop.

Walking into goods, Ottawa’s newest variety shop, it’s clear that owners Jessica Wilson-Frenken and Josie Videto have great taste. Like, really great taste. From silk screened prints to cocktail supplies, and pottery mugs to intoxicating essential oils, the shop is full of perfect items to make your home even homier, your workspace more appealing, and to fill your garden with flowers to protect you from zombies. What started as a few shelves in local clothing boutique Victoire, quickly grew into this actual bricks and mortar shop. Open since March 2015, goods... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Showbox interviews PUP

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Still from Interview with PUP - Ontario Scene 2015.Still from Interview with PUP - Ontario Scene 2015.

The Ontario Scene Festival presented by the National Arts Centre came to a seemingly quick close. In that time, Ottawa Showbox had the opportunity to catch up with a few bands at House of Targ. Here’s their interview with Toronto’s PUP. The punk rock band has made some waves since their debut LP last August, raising eyebrows amongst veteran bands like Billy Talent & Fucked Up. They headlined an Ontario Scene event with Big Dick & Bond Girls on May 7 at House of TARG. Check them out below: This exclusive... | Continue reading article

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The spirit moved that Sunday

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Ken Whiteley and the Beulah Band. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Ken Whiteley and the Beulah Band. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

This past Sunday, Ken Whiteley lead his gospel train into town and invited us all on board. Whatever beliefs listeners brought in with them, by the end there was no denying the power of this music.  For years Whiteley has hosted gospel matinees at Hugh’s Room in Toronto, featuring a rotating cast of guest musicians joining together for an old-timey hymn sing. Thanks to Ontario Scene we got to experience the magic of these gospel shows here in Ottawa at the NAC’s 4th stage. This particular afternoon featured Whiteley and... | Continue reading article

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