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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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Ottawa goes back for seconds with Stiff Quickies + ticket giveaway

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Screen shot from My Number by The Hilotrons. Co-directed by Craig Allen Conoley and Luca Fiore.Screen shot from My Number by The Hilotrons. Co-directed by Craig Allen Conoley and Luca Fiore.

Ottawa goes back for seconds with Stiff Quickies, an Ottawa Fringe Festival fundraiser this Thursday night. The cheeky title titillates ones interest, and I asked Greggory Clark to give some background into the event. “It started last year. It was a pretty good time, so we thought we’d do it again.” Clark says referring to the success the fundraiser had last year. The event boasts short films, tall drinks and deep pockets with the alluring tease of being able to meet the filmmakers and actors themselves. “What we did was... | Continue reading article

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Jake E. Lee – Alive and well with Red Dragon Cartel

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Axeman, Jake E. Lee, and his iconic "White Pearl" Charvel guitar. All photos by Terry Steeves.Axeman, Jake E. Lee, and his iconic "White Pearl" Charvel guitar. All photos by Terry Steeves.

When I rolled into the jam packed parking lot of Ottawa’s Obsession Live Lounge, something told me this was not going to be your average, ordinary Wednesday night. Jake E. Lee, and his newest endeavour, Red Dragon Cartel, shook the walls of this intimate 450 seat live music venue with their highly charged brand of melodic metal rock. Formed earlier this year, Red Dragon Cartel is the brainchild of ex-Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist, Jake E. Lee, and his long time friend, producer, and bassist Ron Mancuso (Beggars & Thieves).... | Continue reading article

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Poetry meets pop culture at A Dramatic Reading of Pop Songs

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Screen shot from The Science Fiction Film Awards, William Shatner's performance of Elton John's Rocket Man.Screen shot from The Science Fiction Film Awards, William Shatner's performance of Elton John's Rocket Man.

Just in time for National Poetry Month, Ottawa VERSeFest and IdeaSpace invite you to come celebrate the sillier side of this art form. Dramatic pop song readings have a long history (think Peter Seller’s cover of A Hard Day’s Night, or William Shatner’s utterly bizarre rendition of Rocket Man). On April 17th, Ottawa’s top poetic talent will be on hand at IdeaSpace to carry on the tradition. If you’re curious about Ottawa’s poetry scene, this fundraiser will be a fun and approachable way to get your feet wet. Hosted by... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show – Style File Part II

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The Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show is back. Today we bring you some fashions and looks from the last clothing show this past November. Hopefully, we’ll leave you feeling somewhat inspired. The wonderful thing about this show is that one can shop for a range of clothing from different periods. Here we have people dressing from fashions from as early as the 1940′s. SYLVIE Occupation:  Public Service Outfit: Knit Jacket: Ireland, purchased in 1979, shirt is Reitman’s, not vintage. Skirt: from her aunt and purchased in the 60′s. Boots, purse: Nomadic vintage Style... | Continue reading article

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Metal comes to Ottawa this weekend

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From L-R: Mathieu Vilandre, Marc Bourgon, Melanie Mongeon, Topon Das, Johnny Ibay. Photo by Renaud Sake.From L-R: Mathieu Vilandre, Marc Bourgon, Melanie Mongeon, Topon Das, Johnny Ibay. Photo by Renaud Sake.

The grindcore veterans, Fuck the Facts start their three week long tour into the US this weekend, and the band took to their Facebook page to rev up the crowd before the performance. “Saturday at Dekcuf will be the kickoff of our North American Tour. Let’s make this show so killer that the rest of the tour will seem shitty in comparison,” the band said. A blunt and challenging foreshadow to the show and their tour, but this band has reason to be optimistic about the turnout. “I’m thinkin’ it’ll... | Continue reading article

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Sans Sense delivers absurdly thoughtful theatre

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Sans Sense is a collection of short plays and monologues featuring farfetched fantastical storylines. The material is creative and fresh yet despite the advertised brevity the production would have greatly benefited from harsher editing. Joel Garrow delivers the monologues that bookend the evening in diametrically opposed style. The opener is a frenetically nervous retelling of the story of an armed man vs an unsuspecting poodle. Garrow feverishly acts out every sentence almost energizing the audience for the night ahead while in the close monologue The Engagement he edges creepily around... | Continue reading article

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Art and politics converge at the People’s Social Forum

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All photos by Lisa Levesque.All photos by Lisa Levesque.

On Tuesday April 8th at Gallery 101, the People’s Social Forum held its official Ottawa launch. To celebrate the budding activist movement, the event featured a potluck, social justice speakers, slam poetry, and local musicians, all in the context of the gallery’s exhibit of international art. The People’s Social Forum bills itself as an attempt to assemble together left-leaning activists for the sake of dialogue and unity. Environmental, indigenous, feminist, student, worker, and youth – they’re all a part of this political movement. The launch served as a rally for... | Continue reading article

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