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A musical afternoon in paradisum

The Capital Chamber Choir and the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra teamed up to present a concert at St. Joseph’s Church on May 1 that felt like a church service set entirely to music. The title of the concert and the opening presentation by the Choir was In Paradisum, an Eriks Esenvalds composition which means “In […]

Belles Soeurs is an absolute home run

Les Belles Soeurs is Michel Tremblay’s most frequently produced and translated play.  Alive with caustic joual-speaking women its strong matriarchal themes fairly rocked Quebec society in the late 60’s. Tremblay ignited controversy with his use of low-brow dialect, mockery of the restrictive grip of the church and his straightforward presentation of disillusioned, pining working class […]

Join us for #Grow613 Day

The region we live in is incredible for food—we can find local vegetables, eggs, fruit, honey, grains, microgreens and so much more practically in our backyards. The local farmers and growers that provide Ottawa with all of this fresh, local produce is a very long list. When you add in the food makers—those chefs and […]

Canterbury HS takes on ambitious modernist drama with A Dream Play

Post by Ari Mazur-Mathieu and Patrick Little The Arts Canterbury High School Drama Program’s graduating class will be performing Michael Meyer’s translation/adaptation of A Dream Play by August Strindberg. A Dream Play follows the daughter of a god (played by three actresses throughout the show: Sarah Olberg, Sydney Smith, Kenna Jacobs) as she descends from the heavens […]

Rainbow hosts fundraiser for Maria Hawkins

Kind friends and supporters of Ottawa’s Queen of the Blues, Maria Hawkins, showed up in droves to her fundraising concert at The Rainbow this past Sunday, which featured an enormous list of performers from Ottawa and abroad. One act after another flowed seamlessly through a variety of musical styles ranging from roots, folk, and blues, […]

Zaphod’s enters Chapter 2 under new owner

“Our philosophy: no racism; no aggression; no gender bias; entertain and enlighten; no attitude or pretensions; fair prices and fair measures; a musical and social alternative; friendly staff and fast courteous service; respecting our audience and gaining their respect; all our guests, especially women, should feel comfortable and safe here.” Ottawa’s live music landmark, Zaphod […]

Video of the Week: Drop and Dance by Harea Band

As the release of their second EP, All the Hits, prepares for launch, Canadian pop/soul group, Harea Band, drops an energetic music video to make you dance. While the track itself is groovy and spirited, it’s the pacing of the video that really sells the story. The video features the journey of a man, bored […]

Music for the season

There are undoubtedly many ways to celebrate the arrival of spring with music. The Divertimento Orchestra delivered an enjoyable and inspiring tribute to the end of winter at its final concert of the season April 22 and 23. It opened with Gaetano Donizetti’s Overture to Don Pasquale, a short piece that frequently changes tone and […]

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