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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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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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