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Flea market frenzy

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All photos by Hollie Davies.All photos by Hollie Davies.

For many the term flea market isn’t all that appealing, but for me it holds a certain allure. I imagine rummaging through stalls of hidden treasures, losing myself in an open air market filled with ancient, vintage, gypsy magic. So, for once, rather than window shopping along the streets of my own neighbourhood where I can barely ever afford anything (sigh), I was looking forward to a little flea market frenzy this past weekend. The first bit of information you should know is that Sunday is the day for flea... | Continue reading article

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Jazz Fest opens this weekend: interview + highlights

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The TD Ottawa Jazz Festival starts this weekend! We’re big fans of the festival and we’ve made it something of an annual tradition to check in with Petr Cancura, programming manager for the festival, to see what he’s pulled together for Ottawa Jazz fans. (If you’re interested, see 2011, 2012, 2013). We’ll have some artist interviews coming out over the week and we hope that you’ll take this chance to catch some Apartment613 favourites from Jill Barber to Austra to Aretha Franklin. It’s quite the line-up. Here’s our interview with... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 18 juin :: Les Mosquitos en studio! Lunch Beat dans le Vieux-Hull et c’est parti pour le Ottawa Fringe Festival. On confirme, l’été c’est fait pour jouer!

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L’équipe de Basement 819 vous recommande un échantillon d’activités parmi la fulgurante brochette d’événements en cours en ce moment. Les Mosquitos en studio! Basés à Aylmer, mignonne petite ville de la région, Les Mosquitos sont venus exprimer leurs passions intérieures à l’émission. Connus pour leur puissance sur scène, leur pouvoir attractif et leur beat reggae-beachy, on chill régulier avec ce band qui nous sert des sensations d’été-ska à la sublime. Finalistes au concours LiVE 88.5 Big Money Shot, les favoris de la région ont reçu la nomination pour le “Best... | Continue reading article

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Hintonburg Happening: a festival celebrating all that’s wonderful about this neighbourhood and its residents

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Hintonburg is a community that has gentrified in recent years and is now alive and thriving with art, culture, as well as fantastic food and drink. For the first time ever, this Ottawa community will host its very own festival, opening Saturday June 21 and ending Sunday, June 29. I interviewed Anne Wanda Tessier, a local artist and Hintonburg resident who has been instrumental in putting Hintonburg Happening together along with Summer Baird of the Hintonburg Public House to find out more. Why is there a “Hintonburg Happening?” The festival... | Continue reading article

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Great Battles in History

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Review by Jennifer Cavanagh 60 min / Comedy, Musical / PG A fixation on the mutual-obsession between Wellington & Napoleon, a musical production in tatters and a scattered nervous protagonist set the stage for Mark Shyzer’s return to the Fringe with his one-man show Great Battles in History. The piece opens with stuttering, shuffling protagonist Jeff Peirce performing the title number to his musical with only his ukulele as accompaniment. He begs us to envision a stage crowded with “singing-shouting” actors delivering this as yet unfinished number in stirring fashion... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Beer cocktails – the best of both worlds

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Photo from Brothers Beer Bistro website.Photo from Brothers Beer Bistro website.

Beer before liquor – never been sicker. But what about beer and liquor? And juice, and bitters, and grenadine, and cordial, and muddled fruit, and herbs and garnish? Umm, the perfect patio beverage for both lager lovers and anti-ale types on a hot summer afternoon. Now I’m not gonna lie, a few beer cocktails may knock you on your ass but I promise it’ll be worth it. The first time I had a beer cocktail was my 32nd birthday. About a dozen friends joined me at the now defunct Exchange... | Continue reading article

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The Musettes release EP with performance at St. Luke’s

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Photo from The Musettes web page.Photo from The Musettes web page.

The Musettes take the stage at St. Luke’s Church this Saturday for their album release party. The triad of smoking hot redheads is releasing their first EP Wanderlust, and the show promises to be a good one for Ottawa’s folk fans. The group is comprised of Meg LaGrandeur, Rachel Harrison and Lora Bidner, with occasional guest players for drums and the like. The three women met at Cantebury Highschool, and have pursued a friendship as well as a musical partnership in the years since. The trio is no stranger to... | Continue reading article

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Jazzfest celebrates Israeli musicians

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The Shai Maestro Trio. All photos courtesy of the Ottawa Jazz Festival.The Shai Maestro Trio. All photos courtesy of the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

This year, the Ottawa Jazz Festival has what can only be described as a monster of a lineup. Featuring musical legends Bobby McFerrin, Bela Fleck and Earth Wind and Fire, it is sure to start Ottawa’s festival season on a high note. But there’s much, much more to the festival than the headliners. The magic of Jazzfest, much like jazz music itself, lies in the unexpected — an unknown artist that dazzles, a unique collaboration, an improvised jam that transcends musical definition. That magic happens because the festival is willing... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Good thing this weekend has the longest days of the year – with so much happening, you’ll need those extra hours of sunshine to pack it all in! If you’re down at the Fringe Festival, be sure to stop by the courtyard to say hi – we’ll be reviewing all of the Fringe plays again this year, within 24 hours of their first performance. Catch all of our reviews over in our Fully Fringed section! For Thursday, we’ve got the Le pARTy Art Auction, the Ottawa Art Gallery’s fundraiser auction... | Continue reading article

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Beau’s NooBroo is available today!

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Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson at Pelee Island Bird Observatory. Photo by Jane Alexander.Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson at Pelee Island Bird Observatory. Photo by Jane Alexander.

Gearing up for this year’s SESSION Craft Beer Festival, part of Ontario Craft Beer Week, Beau’s collaborated with esteemed Canadian authors, Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson on a delicious NooBroo. I had the pleasure of chatting with Beau’s co-founder, Steve Beauchesne, about how such a collaboration came to be. After winning the collaboration contest at last year’s festival with The Tom Green Beer, Beau’s had set the bar pretty high. Wanting to work with great Canadian talent, but of a different feather, the idea to work with Margaret Atwood arrived... | Continue reading article

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