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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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Ron Sexsmith captivates NAC crowd

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Ron Sexsmith performs at the National Arts Centre. All photos by Terry Steeves.Ron Sexsmith performs at the National Arts Centre. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Canadian recording artist and multi-Juno Award winner, Ron Sexsmith, along with his supreme 4-piece band gave a captivating performance in front of a near sold out crowd inside the marvellously warm acoustics of Ottawa’s NAC Theatre this past Saturday night as part of Ontario Scene. The show marked the final stop on this leg of the tour, which swept across Ontario this past week, and will resume next month throughout the U.S. The tour is a two-fold celebration, first, to commemorate the newest release of his 14th album, Carousel One... | Continue reading article

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Listen to Megan Jerome’s groovy Together Ensemble: Concert this Thursday

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Megan Jerome. Photo by Adria MayMegan Jerome. Photo by Adria May

I walked into the Elmdale Tavern on Sunday afternoon. Megan Jerome’s voice filled the space as she belted out covers by Bill Bailey, TLC, Michael Jackson, and Hozier. Megan’s definitely a talented electric piano player with a dreamy voice. No stranger to the stage, Megan formally trained in classical and jazz piano at Carleton University. Her self-produced albums have topped CBC and community radio station charts across Canada earning her a Galaxie Rising Star Award. Performing Sundays throughout May at the Elmdale is one of her latest gigs, where she has souped... | Continue reading article

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Ontario Culinary Challenge a first for Ontario Scene

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Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

This year’s biennial Scene represented a first for the provincial festival: a cooking competition. The Ontario Culinary Challenge, this past Tuesday, May 5th, was a delicious first foray. Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted and the basics of the competition explained to us. Fifteen cooking stations were set up across the National Arts Centre Main Lobby Foyer. Chefs from across the province, with the help of Algonquin College culinary students, presented small plates, composed exclusively of Ontario ingredients. Renowned Ontario wineries teamed with chefs to offer complimentary wine pairings for each... | Continue reading article

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For the love of Comiccon

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All photos by Emily Plunkett.All photos by Emily Plunkett.

One meeting room hosted a conversation on how mathematics can be used to solve the dilemma of the zombie apocalypse. Down the hall, line ups formed for discussions on how to improve your steampunk cosplay and character. Further lines around the outside of the building ushered fans into the next celebrity Q&A. The very idea of Ottawa Comiccon, in which hordes of people gather for three days to do nothing but dress in elaborate costumes and geek out over various media franchises, definitely raises an eyebrow or two from the... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Get Bjütiful with Brenda Labelle

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Brenda LabelleBrenda Labelle

Librarian by day, blogger by night, Brenda Labelle is the creator and writer of Bjütie, a blog that rejoices aesthetic pleasures while revealing a peek inside this Ottawa gal’s life. Spanning an array of topics, ranging from beauty and style, to performance arts, love and romance, Bjütie is a place to be inspired.  Labelle regards the site as “a little escapist,” an opportunity to share beauty without getting bogged down in seriousness and debate. As a librarian, her plans for Bjütie originally intended to focus on books and literature.  Over the course... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for May 5, 2014

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Saint Clare. Photo from their Facebook Page.Saint Clare. Photo from their Facebook Page.

Hey kids! May has arrived in all its glory.  The perfect opportunity to open up some windows, let the fresh air in and tune in to find out what’s going on in Ottawa (and with a mere few months of good weather you’d better believe it’s a lot!) This week Live contributor Ania Szneps sat down with Saw Video director Penny McCann to get an idea about their ambitious Cultural Engineering project: how it got started and what they’re hoping it will contribute to the Arts Court redevelopment as we... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Adam Saikaley performs at CUAG as part of Good Afternoon. Photo by Sacha Vreca.Adam Saikaley performs at CUAG as part of Good Afternoon. Photo by Sacha Vreca.

The weekend is here, the weather is great, and there are a whole lot of awesome things happening in the city – it’s good news, all around. There is a vernissage happening for Graphis, tonight at Studio Sixty Six. This is a great opportunity to check out some of the work of our local graphic designers; Daniel Moisan of Animal Haus, Pascal Huot & Isaac Vallentin of LOG Creative Bureau, and Ben van Duyvendyk. Tomorrow marks the beginning of the 70th anniversary of the Canadian Tulip Festival, taking place in... | Continue reading article

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Let’s be ready

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The Wooden Sky. Photo from their Facebook page.The Wooden Sky. Photo from their Facebook page.

Ontario Scene has been delivering a whirlwind of fantastic shows and there’s still plenty of goodness in store as we head into its final weekend. One show I feel I must highlight lest it be lost in all the noise is Friday night’s roots-rock triple bill featuring The Wooden Sky, the Sadies and Ottawa’s own Kalle Mattson. I got in touch with the Wooden Sky’s Gavin Gardiner over the phone from his Toronto studio to talk about the energy of playing live, what drives him to make music and what... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Three

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Still from Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Three: Rhiana Chinapen.Still from Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Three: Rhiana Chinapen.

Today we bring you the third episode in Jith Paul’s series, Ottawa Indie Film. This installment features filmmaker Rhiana Chinapen.  Her interest in social justice issues drew her to documentaries and her work planning Ottawa’s One World Film Festival which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year.  She recently completed her first film, an exploration of Capoeira (an Afro-Brazilian martial art which she practices) with the assistance of SAW Video Media Arts Centre’s Jumpstart Program. Have a look: Previous episodes of Ottawa Indie Film include: Episode One:  Cory and Gary Thibert of Wolf Pelt Productions who... | Continue reading article

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