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Test your nerves this Halloween at the Diefenbunker

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Daniel Davies-Ostrom (left) and Rowan, 9. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.Daniel Davies-Ostrom (left) and Rowan, 9. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

If you have first aid training, experience with weapons, or you’re the type who just happens to be good with numbers, Incident at the Bunker: A Zombie Adventure will put your skills – and nerves – to the test this Halloween at the Diefenbunker. Located in Carp about 15 minutes from the Canadian Tire Centre, the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum has partnered with The Haunted Walk of Ottawa for the fourth year to welcome more than 60 zombies inside the bunker (on weekends only). “There are definitely some scary... | Continue reading article

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Gabbing with Rah Rah’s Marshal Burns

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Photo courtesy of the band.Photo courtesy of the band.

Seeing as Rah Rah have belted out their tuneage in our Nation’s Capital a dozen-odd times, there’s a pretty good chance you’re familiar with the band. For those who aren’t, they’re a folky-rock ensemble with pop sensibilities and dashes of dance; they hail from Regina, home of Roughrider green, First Nations University of Canada, and the stunning Wascana Centre Park. Their 2012 disc, The Poet’s Dead was nominated for both a Polaris and a Juno, and their latest release, Vessels rings out with what Exclaim magazine have called “simple yet infuriatingly catchy... | Continue reading article

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Lindi Ortega on her new record, collecting skulls, and why she loves to perform

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All photos by Julie Moe, courtesy of the NAC.All photos by Julie Moe, courtesy of the NAC.

Hard-touring country-noir songstress Lindi Ortega rolls into Ottawa this week to play not one but two shows as part of the NAC Presents series. With one of the most bewitching voices around and a sound that captures everything good from the golden age of country music it’s easy to see why so many people came out the last few times she played in town, making a two-night run a good move. Packing Patsy Cline’s emotive power, Dolly Parton’s playfulness and Hank Williams’ wry humour, the Toronto-born singer-songwriter, now living in... | Continue reading article

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Food & Wine Festival turns it up this year

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Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival.Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival.

Every year, mid-Fall, I Youtube “How to Tie a Tie” then I don my best vest and tie combo and attend the Wine & Food show at the Ottawa Conference Centre. It’s one of the city’s most epic galas that combines very well-dressed people with copious amounts of high-end food and drink. It even helped to shape the early years of my love and appreciation for  craft beer. For a lot of folks here its an annual tradition. This year promises to be extra special for two reasons: firstly, it’s... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: There’s a train a comin’

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Town & Train, the debut horror novel from local author James K. Moran is one ride you won’t want to miss. The story takes us to Brandon, Ontario, a sleepy town full of secrets and villains hiding in plain sight, where people watch hockey and work blue collar jobs, and are big on dive bars and bush parties. Brandon is faded from its former glory after years of factory closures, and caught in an August heat wave: there’s a pervasive weariness around town. Things get strange when a shape-shifting phantom train... | Continue reading article

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Fresh Meat IV brings dark but entertaining DIY theatre (part 2)

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Image from the Fresh Meat 4 website, from "Van Go", created and directed by Danica Olders and Laura AcostaImage from the Fresh Meat 4 website, from "Van Go", created and directed by Danica Olders and Laura Acosta

See the writeup on Part 1 of Fresh Meat 4 here. Part 2 of Fresh Meat 4 takes a slightly darker turn and I couldn’t help but go with it. Somehow everything is different this week than it was last week. Maybe that always happens and I just never noticed it until I had a two part festival to review. Or maybe something funny is going on. It’s not like I don’t have other weekly recurring events against which to mark my ever nearing death. But anywhoo… The Liberals won (good,... | Continue reading article

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Old Man Luedecke brings honest to goodness roots music to sold out crowd

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Photo by Chrissy Steinbock.Photo by Chrissy Steinbock.

Last Thursday Old Man Luedecke came to town to play the first show in the NAC Presents Canadian music series. The folksy, banjo-picking songwriter brought a sold out crowd to the fourth stage for a night of honest-to-goodness roots music. A people’s poet in the line of Woody Guthrie, Luedecke is a seeker who’s refined his take on the art of the folk song, honest little pictures of everyday life that illuminate bigger truths. In his song “The Girl in the Pearl Earring” Luedecke sings “you can’t fake a work... | Continue reading article

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Film Review: Small town blues & awakening in Summer

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Dutch director Colette Bothof and acclaimed screenwriter Marjolein Bierens have created an incredible coming-of-age story of outgrowing small-town life, awakening to one’s sexuality and finding love. The cinematographer, Goert Giltay, does an incredible job with the images, the colours, and in creating a domineering visual presence of the power plant, which is a central motif to the movie. It almost becomes a character, driving the plot from beginning to end. The scene in which the main character Anne (Sigrid ten Napel) spies on newcomer Lena (Jade Olieberg) is simply breathtaking:... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: A Canadian pipeline dystopia in prose poetry

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Joseph Hutt is a freelance writer and editor living in Ottawa. You can find him on tumblr  and Twitter. Welcome to Innisfree, a home to free-spirits, nonconformists, and one very determined hipster-turn-elk-farmer. Nestled between the redefined “Can’tadian” provincial borders of “PC Columbia” and “Cowberta,” it exists within an idyllic sanctuary of self-governance, thanks to a handful of survey errors. But there’s a looming threat to this pastoral paradise: progress, in the form of an encroaching nexus of oil pipelines, compliments of the Gasbro oil conglomerate. While the community can only... | Continue reading article

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Film Review: Fraternal love, poverty & corruption in How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)

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Still from How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) from the InsideOut websiteStill from How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) from the InsideOut website

This story, told retrospectively as a memory by Oat, a young man who remembers his eleven year old self living in poverty in the outskirts of Bangkok, is the most touching narrative on fraternal love at this year’s Inside Out Festival. Oat’s older brother, Ek, is gay and surprisingly, there doesn’t seem to be any negative social or familial stigmatization around his sexuality. There is no question of it being accepted or not, it merely is—at least as narrated through Oat’s perspective. His innocence is most touching aspect of the... | Continue reading article

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