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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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What are you up to this weekend, Ottawa? Music-wise, you’ve got a bunch of options. Tonight, it’s all indie, all the time with Palm Trees, Android 16 and Randy Shenanigans at Avant Garde, while bands compete for big bucks down at Ritual. Adam Baldwin takes his guitar skills down to Zaphod’s, while the Radioactive party is back at the Mercury Lounge. Friday, Secret Broadcast brings some alt-rock to Zaphod’s, and things get great with The Great One edition of Kitchen Party dance party at Rochester Pub. Ten Second Epic brings... | Continue reading article

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Neko Case barrels through Ottawa’s Bronson Centre + ticket and vinyl giveaway!

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Neko Case, Photo by Emily Shur.Neko Case, Photo by Emily Shur.

On Saturday, May 10, American crooner Neko Case returns to the Bronson Centre to perform alongside openers The Dodos. Her stop in the nation’s capital is part of a large tour promoting her latest album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. For those familiar with the red-haired maven, there’s little I need to do or say to convince you to attend this weekend’s show. You already know the gravitational pull of Neko and no doubt wish to be nearer... | Continue reading article

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The PepTides wow in technicolour fashion

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The Peptides in Concert May 3rd, 2014.
All photos courtesy of: Birgit Oelze.The Peptides in Concert May 3rd, 2014. All photos courtesy of: Birgit Oelze.

The PepTides’s May 3rd pre-album release party for new album Love Question Mark at St Alban’s was a sexy technicolour lucid dream. It was a theatrical performance experience like no other, as this professional outfit puts its mark on Ottawa. The band has fallen into a chasm of synth and is having a dance party in the abyss of love. The performance can be likened to a cabaret show complete with shiny costumes, funky neon hair, fun props and new characters for every song. It reminds one very much of... | Continue reading article

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Q&A with Simone Deneau of NAC Presents

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Simone Deneau. Photo by Rémi Thériault. All other photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Simone Deneau. Photo by Rémi Thériault. All other photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Not only a bastion of high culture, the National Arts Centre prides itself on exposing Ottawa to the work of up-and-coming musicians of all genres. The NAC does this through its Scene festivals, which feature the music of a given province or region of Canada, and through its NAC Presents series, now entering its fourth season. The NAC Presents series features all Canadian artists, but aims to strike a balance between established artists, who in previous years have included Rufus Wainwright, Ian Tyson, and Ron Sexsmith, and emerging musicians. The... | Continue reading article

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Dan’s Jam at Sonny’s Bar & Grill

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Jammers from left to right: Michael Carey (bass), Mike Belajac (drums),amazing songstress Magella Skerritt, and Dan Sidoli (guitar). All photos by Terry Steeves.Jammers from left to right: Michael Carey (bass), Mike Belajac (drums),amazing songstress Magella Skerritt, and Dan Sidoli (guitar). All photos by Terry Steeves.

Here we are on the fourth instalment of an in-depth look at the open mic/open jam experience…the musicians who attend them, the people that host them, and the venues that offer their stages for our local talent to shine. For complete listings in the Ottawa area, check out Open Mic Scene. Welcome to Sonny’s Bar & Grill…a comfortable, moderately sized west end family restaurant/bar on Baxter Rd., right behind the massive IKEA store. It features a great breakfast, lunch/dinner menu, and is a live music venue on the weekends. Many... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live – April 30th

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Crystal Beshara at The Studio Cafe.Crystal Beshara at The Studio Cafe.

Tune in to Apartment613 Live every Wednesday at 9 p.m. on CHUO 89.1 FM. If you miss it, you can catch this week’s show using the handy Soundcloud widget below. And remember to subscribe to the podcast version of the show on iTunes. Hi friends! It was super fun getting this week’s show together, which resulted in a great lineup! First up we had Greg Houston and Kyle Brownrigg over to talk about the standup series at the Daily Grind called “Grindr,” of course. The next instalment is May 2nd at 10pm, $5 at the door.... | Continue reading article

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Cauldron Kitchen brings shared economy ethos to Ottawa foodie scene

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Dave Neil and David Villarroel believe their still-under-construction Cauldron Kitchen will fill a void in Ottawa's foodie scene. Photo courtesy of Maja Villarroel.Dave Neil and David Villarroel believe their still-under-construction Cauldron Kitchen will fill a void in Ottawa's foodie scene. Photo courtesy of Maja Villarroel.

When I pulled up to the Overbrook industrial park and saw David Villarroel and his two young boys waving a blaring fire truck towards the back of the building, I thought: Oh no, the Cauldron Kitchen is already up in smoke! Turns out it was just a burning bush outside and not the premature demise of the Ottawa engineer’s new start-up business — a first-of-its-kind in the city — a commercial community kitchen. A sign from above, perhaps? Had he and business partner Dave Neil indeed been “chosen” to lead Ottawa’s... | Continue reading article

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Corpus breathes new life into an old topic.

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Corpus cast from left: Eric Craig, Colleen Sutton, Laurie Fyffe, Sascha Cole, John Koensgen, Daniel Sadavoy. Photo by Andrew Alexander.Corpus cast from left: Eric Craig, Colleen Sutton, Laurie Fyffe, Sascha Cole, John Koensgen, Daniel Sadavoy. Photo by Andrew Alexander.

On May 1st Darrah Teital’s award winning play Corpus had its opening night. Corpus was sold as a young scholar coming across a relationship that had happened in Nazi occupied Poland, and her investigation of that relationship leads her into a romantic one of her own. The Holocaust is a tough subject to sell admittedly, and I’ll say I was very impressed how the playwright and director (Brownyn Steinberg) both tackled the subject matter and repackaged an old story into a new one. Teital is noted as saying “in order... | Continue reading article

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Presto: 5 ways to make us like it

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Photo from the OC Transpo Facebook page.Photo from the OC Transpo Facebook page.

In 2013 Ottawa finally got something people in a lot of other cities have been using for a decade or more: transit “smart cards”. Used with onboard electronic card readers, Presto Cards have replaced the old monthly passes and greatly reduced the need for paper tickets. They have changed the way we purchase and use bus fare. But the transition hasn’t been problem-free. Almost from the outset, critics have taken to social media to vent their frustration with Presto problems; the backlash even has its own twitter account. And almost... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa StoryTellers talk disaster at (un)told

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An eclectic group of listeners. Photo from untoldottawa.com.An eclectic group of listeners. Photo from untoldottawa.com.

Disaster stories was the theme of April’s (un)told event, hosted by the Ottawa StoryTellers at the Daily Grind on April 28. (un)told is a monthly event. Story tellers stand in front of the group and tell a five minute long original story. Stories ranged from a rock climbing fall to a sweet old lady innocently destroying a pair of boots, all the way to a group of cousins being soaked with pee. Some story tellers chose to perform their stories as slam poetry and one woman told a fictional story. This month’s event... | Continue reading article

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