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Experimental band WHOOP-szo combine healing with art

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Photo from WHOOP-Szo Bandcamp page.Photo from WHOOP-Szo Bandcamp page.

I’m trying to call WHOOP-szo frontman Adam Sturgeon from my cell phone in western Nunavut to his cell phone in Port Greville, Nova Scotia, where the band is recording between gigs. The cell phone service, he warns, is “coming in and out” in little bits. It’s a challenge – there are lags in conversation while the signal is bounced back and forth all over the country, and sometimes his voice cuts out. But despite the technical issues, his enthusiasm for his art comes through clear. It seems that’s what the... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live – April 16th

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Ray Besharah and Greggory Clark. Photo by Esmeralda Smith RomeroRay Besharah and Greggory Clark. Photo by Esmeralda Smith Romero

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 Hey friends! This week was my first show as an Apt613 Live radio producer. I had a lot of fun tinkering with editing software for the first time, though sadly there’s no “Awake” button for my occasionally sleepy voice. On this week’s show I was super excited to welcome a variety of guests.... | Continue reading article

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Explore Ottawa with Jane’s Walk

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Chris Bradshaw, centre, leads a walk called "Uptown Rideau: Main Street Interrupted" in front of the Rideau Bakery during last year's Jane's Walk event.
Photo courtesy of Jane's Walk Ottawa.Chris Bradshaw, centre, leads a walk called "Uptown Rideau: Main Street Interrupted" in front of the Rideau Bakery during last year's Jane's Walk event. Photo courtesy of Jane's Walk Ottawa.

A city’s vibrancy is that of its communities, namely that of the people who take part in its active building. Too often we hear that Ottawa is boring and there’s nothing going on, but that is the refrain of those uninvolved. Perhaps people who bemoan Ottawa are looking for a scene rather than a community. While we do have pockets of the former, I think Ottawa is much richer in its community ties, full of collaboration and support. To belong to that, you have to do more than just complain.... | Continue reading article

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Q&A with Montreal Filmmaker Theodore Ushev

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Still from Theodore Ushev's Lipsett Diaries/Les Journaux de Lipsett (2010).Still from Theodore Ushev's Lipsett Diaries/Les Journaux de Lipsett (2010).

Montréal filmmaker Theodore Ushev’s animation is a sight to behold. Drawing on influences from his background in graphic design and from growing up in Soviet-era Bulgaria, his work combines the psychological finesse of Eisenstein’s montage theory with a modern technical approach. Describing the attraction of his work, Canadian Film Institute (CFI) Executive Director Tom McSorley pointed to “The graphic power and the use of irony, humour, fatalism, and music, striking imagery and rhythms. His work is hard to forget once you’ve encountered it.” This weekend in conjunction with the launch... | Continue reading article

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Summer Craft Show Roundup

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Left:Winged Beast Outfitters. Right: N-Product. All photos courtesy of Urban Craft.Left:Winged Beast Outfitters. Right: N-Product. All photos courtesy of Urban Craft.

Post by Krista Leben, co-founder of Urban Craft. When it comes to craft shows, the holiday season may be king, but summer is a close second. We’ve rounded up a list of some of the best craft shows to hit up around town this spring and summer! Handmade Harvest May 3 & 4, 2014 9am-4pm both days Almonte Agricultural Hall 195 Water Street, Almonte This gem of a show out in Almonte, known for its great selection of vendors and swag bags for shoppers in the morning, has expanded to... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do + a giveaway

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This weekend has a mash up of music, food, and outdoor adventures – and you can top it all off by winning a pair of tickets to the Friends with Benefits event! Read on to find out more. Let’s start with the music: if you’re in a country mood, Gil’s Hootenanny down in the Glebe is where you should be. Eagleson gets celebratory at Ritual, launching their debut EP with Tall Trees and Tasty Susan. On Friday, Grre en Famille and The Cardboard Crowns are at Zaphod’s for a bit... | Continue reading article

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The PepTides: Enzymatic pop for the pre-apocalypse

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Photo by Bonnie Findley.Photo by Bonnie Findley.

Ottawa’s favourite nine-piece art pop band, The PepTides, is back with new tongue-in-cheek dance moves and songs for a new record called Love Question Mark being released May 3rd at St Alban’s Church. As we all live and love in complicated times, reading the latest extremes of cynicism and optimism available in the blogosphere, the PepTides are getting on this love train with new hypotheticals about what this enigma called love is all about. As a love-filled answer to their hate album, “For those who hate human interaction,” the title... | Continue reading article

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Dave Gunning: Stories and songs from a man with big shoes to fill

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Dave Gunning performs at the NAC. The crowd is brought down to a hushed silence during his performance of "Saltwater Hearts." All photos by Terry Steeves.Dave Gunning performs at the NAC. The crowd is brought down to a hushed silence during his performance of "Saltwater Hearts." All photos by Terry Steeves.

“It was rock and roll to me. He might as well have been the King. Now I could walk a thousand miles, and it would be like I stood still. Spend my whole life trying, and I’ll never fill those shoes.” Words penned by Dave Gunning, from his song, “Big Shoes” (We’re All Leaving, 2009), about Canadian iconic folk musician, Stan Rogers. It was during a 1981 concert, a double bill with Stan Rogers and John Allan Cameron, that would heavily inspire eight year old Dave Gunning, and set him... | Continue reading article

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Skepticamp Ottawa 2014!

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This coming Sunday May 4th, the Ottawa Skeptics will be hosting their 4th annual Skepticamp at the Shopify Lounge in the Byward Market, an all day event for those believe in the importance of evidence-based practices and the scientific method. The idea for Skepticamp began in Denver, by a critically minded software engineer. Skepticamp events would facilitate dynamic community discussion around the topics of science, skepticism, and critical thought. Following the barcamp unconference model, talks are led by members of the community and audience questions and participation are highly encouraged. After the... | Continue reading article

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The dream of the 90s is alive in HERVANA

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HERVANA in concert. Photo from their Facebook page.HERVANA in concert. Photo from their Facebook page.

Though each of us begins In Utero, when it comes to rock, seldom do we see any musicians with a uterus getting much public attention – let alone a four piece collective. This is exactly what makes all-female Nirvana cover band, HERVANA, so fascinating. Well, that and their stage names (Skirt Cobain, Miss Novoselic, Dave Grrrl and Pap Smear). Four grunge-loving, Torontonian feminists converged this past year, after a rather enticing tweet prompted them to assume the challenge. Each were musicians anyway, just busy, and hadn’t really thought to form a... | Continue reading article

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