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Craigslist Cantata is clever and quirky exploration of humanity

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

For most people, Craiglist is the online version of a massive market.  Whether you are looking for a used couch, a mechanic to fix your car or a cheap apartment, this popular website is a one-stop destination for a wide range of goods and services. For CBC radio broadcaster and playwright Bill Richardson, on the other hand, Craiglist is a sociological goldmine that shines a light into our very souls. In his highly clever piece Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata, Richardson assembles a collection of... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Garden plants things deep in the brain

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Photo courtesy of Monty Reid.Photo courtesy of Monty Reid.

“Wow, you really kicked Nature’s butt,” that’s what a friend told me after we finally tamed our rear garden. It was wildly overgrown. There were gooseberry shrubs, a swath of ostrich ferns, Manitoba maple saplings, and half a dozen other weeds that thrive on neglect. I love gardens. I love admiring gardens from afar. They seem to embody order, balance and beauty. Or utility, if they’re vegetable gardens. Gardens are an illusion. You never kick Nature’s butt for long. This is what Monty Reid’s book Garden is about. It is... | Continue reading article

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The Gilded Cage, a Portuguese comedy at the EU film festival

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Still from The Gilded Cage.Still from The Gilded Cage.

The European Union Film Festival kicked off on the 13th with a lineup that highlights the best and never-before-seen-in-Ottawa contemporary cinema from – you guessed it, the European Union. The festival showcases 27 films in 23 languages over 18 days – possibly the most diverse fest of its kind. Screenings take place in the auditorium at Library and Archives (395 Wellington St). For the full schedule, and ticket information, click here. The Gilded Cage plays tomorrow night at 7pm. There’s nothing like a good comedy to secrete some endorphins and... | Continue reading article

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Alex Silas celebrates launch of Roots at Ritual Saturday night

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Still from the video, "Mouton Noir" by Alex Silas, featuring Katie Bourque.Still from the video, "Mouton Noir" by Alex Silas, featuring Katie Bourque.

Earlier this year, Ottawa’s hip hop hippie, Alex Silas, put out his first full length album, Roots. And the much awaited launch party is finally happening this Saturday at Ritual. A culmination of many years of growth, this album is a belle of a blossom. Alex began rapping at the age of 15, as a way of expressing himself. He spent most of his high school life staying up all night writing songs – all of which were garbage – but it was a start of something so much more.... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Where to eat locally, sustainably

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Beet field at Mariposa Farms. Photo from their website.Beet field at Mariposa Farms. Photo from their website.

I have friends who refuse to use plastic bags, others who would rather share a car with complete strangers than have one for their own convenience, those who don’t buy the user-friendly Pampers diapers but instead use cloth, and a few who dream of living off the grid and being completely self-sustainable. I took a tiny step toward decreasing my carbon footprint recently by beginning to order produce from Ottawa Organics and Natural Foods. And it’s only the tip of the iceberg in terms of options available to Ottawa residents when it... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 12 novembre 2014 :: Lypsinch au Babylon. Houblon à volonté près de chez vous. Spectacle multi-multimédia à la galerie Wall Space

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Photo : Wall Space GalleryPhoto : Wall Space Gallery

Basement 819 propose cette semaine des événements hors du commun pour satisfaire ceux qui ont besoin de s’aérer l’esprit et de s’activer les stimulis endormis. Consultez également nos suggestions à travers le Weekend Roundup. Nous y avons glissé des activités qui s’adressent aux amateurs de concerts tous azimuts. Tangled Dreamers | Un spectacle nommé délire à la galerie Wall Space Il s’agit d’un événement-bénéfice pour amasser des fonds pour le Théâtre Third Wall du côté d’Ottawa. Pour l’occasion, on aura la chance d’assister à la performance du multi-talentueux collectif de... | Continue reading article

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Brew Brahs interview Bicycle Craft Brewery

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All photos from bicyclecraftbrewery.ca.All photos from bicyclecraftbrewery.ca.

Back in September of this year, Ottawa added another craft brewery to its steadily growing stable. Bicycle Craft Brewery is located at 850 Industrial Ave., Unit 12 and offers several delightful craft beers, including our favourite, Base Camp Oatmeal Porter. And, in case you’re wondering, yes there is a bike rack outside the brewery. There’s also plenty of parking if you’d prefer to drive. BCB founders, Fariborz and laura, were kind enough to entertain our interview questions: Brew Brahs: What inspired your brewery’s name – why “Bicycle”? BCB: The name came very naturally to us because we enjoy riding our bicycles to... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup + Martini Madness giveaway

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Mozart's Sister plays Cafe Decuf on Sunday, November 16. Photo by Vanessa Heins.Mozart's Sister plays Cafe Decuf on Sunday, November 16. Photo by Vanessa Heins.

The rain has come but our spirits aren’t dampened, Ottawa. We’ll kick this weekend roundup off early this week and start with the 9th Annual Martini Madness in support of Crohn’s and Colitis tonight. Martini Madness has raised over $150,000 for Crohn’s and Colitis research to date, and in addition to funding research for the disease the fund also aids in improving the lives of children and adults living with Crohn’s and ulcerous Colitis. To enter to win two tickets to Martini Madness, send us an email with “Martini” in... | Continue reading article

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WuFest brings together all that is good in Ottawa

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AroarA. All photos courtesy of The Black Sheep Inn.AroarA. All photos courtesy of The Black Sheep Inn.

WuFest brings together all that is good in Ottawa. No, unfortunately it doesn’t celebrate the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, but it does bring together some of Canada’s (untapped) talent in a celebration of creativity — specifically the musical and photographic kind. Ming Wu is the prolific and omnipresent concert photographer who has been snapping away at whatever interesting cultural events Ottawa has hosted since 2008. He also serves as one of the main driving forces behind the weekend-long WuFest. Along with The Black Sheep Inn, Ottawa Showbox, CHUO 89.1 FM, and... | Continue reading article

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One million new trees for Ottawa

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Photo by Lazy_Artist, from the Apt613 Flickr pool.Photo by Lazy_Artist, from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Ottawa could be looking a lot greener in the years to come, or at least it will if Tree Ottawa gets its way. This local, community-based initiative is the brain-child of Ecology Ottawa, and has set itself the lofty goal of having 1 million new trees planted within Ottawa’s city limits before Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. Beyond this goal, Tree Ottawa is looking to engage with YOU, and every other member of the Ottawa community. The organization has set itself up around three fundamental pillars: to Protect, Plant, and... | Continue reading article

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