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The Jesse Green Band sizzled at Irene’s

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From left: Matt Wood (drums), Jesse Greene (lead vocals/guitar), Kurt Walther (bass) and guest guitarist, Fred Carriere. All photos by Terry Steeves.From left: Matt Wood (drums), Jesse Greene (lead vocals/guitar), Kurt Walther (bass) and guest guitarist, Fred Carriere. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Local artists, The Jesse Greene Band, shook up a packed house at Irene’s Pub on Friday night, with their highly charged brand of rockin’ powerhouse blues. Now changed from a 5-piece down to a 4-piece, Jesse Greene tells me about the new band configuration: “At first, I had gotten used to playing with another guitarist, but now I’m not phrasing things around a second player and taking a rhythm in that balance. Having a guest at the show made me realize that while it’s nice to have a second guitarist... | Continue reading article

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Bedtime Stories is a light summer romp

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Scene from Bedtime Stories. All photos courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.Scene from Bedtime Stories. All photos courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.

Love, laughs and . . . sex on the radio? The Ottawa Little Theatre’s production of Bedtime Stories delivers all this and more. Written by Norm Foster, one of Canada’s most produced playwrights, Bedtime Stories is a fun comedy with some surprisingly poignant moments that unfold in a series of six vignettes. Though the six scenes seem unrelated, each with a different set of characters, all take place in bedrooms (hence the title) and all involve situations of vulnerability and intimacy. As the show goes on we also learn that... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: Westboro Street Art

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Sir Winston Churchill mural, Byron Street at Churchill. All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.Sir Winston Churchill mural, Byron Street at Churchill. All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.

After moving to Westboro a few years ago from the backwoods of Kanata,  I’ve come to the realization that I picked the right spot in town. The drive to work went from a 45 minute fury-session in traffic, to a leisurely 5 minutes cruise down Churchill Avenue.  Groceries are a no-brainer, with the Superstore a few blocks away, and eating out has never been easier with lots of great restaurants on Richmond Road, with a good mix of specially food boutiques. Those are all things that I came to appreciated... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend – Bluesfest is over, now what? Catl. ticket giveaway

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Catl. play the Black Sheep Inn on Friday, July 24, 2015. Photo courtesy of the band.Catl. play the Black Sheep Inn on Friday, July 24, 2015. Photo courtesy of the band.

This weekend marks the beginning of Chamberfest, which runs from July 24 – August 6. This isn’t a festival strictly for the elderly, Ottawa. Chamberfest has made incredible strides in breaking out of its stuffy mould and into a more hip and modern demographic, with acts like Kid Koala’s Nufonia Must Fall, a graphic novel turned live performance set to the Afiara Quartet’s string instruments and Kid Koala scratching in. #UncleJohn is another example as the modern rendition of Mozart’s Don Giovanni; a story based off the legendary seducer Don... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for July 23, 2015

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Detail of Nicky Jean's new album StairsDetail of Nicky Jean's new album Stairs

We talk with the multitalented Nicky Jean: a singer/songwriter, hip hop artist, and spoken word artist, from Montreal and living in Ottawa. You can find her on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and Twitter.  Apt613 Live is on CHUO 89.1 FM on Tuesdays at 6 pm. Tune in!    

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“…this culture is mad.” // Q&A with Lorna Mills

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Still from Rhett Jones' contribution to Ways of Something.Still from Rhett Jones' contribution to Ways of Something.

Post by Katja Melzer, SAW Video Programmer. This evening, Lorna Mills’ groundbreaking Ways of Something (2014-2015) will screen at SAW Video. A contemporary remake of the iconic BBC television series Ways of Seeing (1972) by John Berger, the Toronto based media artist invited more than 100 Canadian and international artists from different generations to collaborate with her. Each artist selected one minute of the original video, and responded to it by creating their own minute using 3D renderings, animated gifs, film remix, live webcam images and video. The resulting work... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: the “old-world grandeur” of a lost Rideau St. institution

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Ogilvy's in the mid 1950s, image from the City of Ottawa archivesOgilvy's in the mid 1950s, image from the City of Ottawa archives

One place that evokes fond memories of Ottawa’s past shopping fortunes is the old Charles Ogilvy Ltd. store (or Ogilvys) on Rideau Street. I am just old enough to remember how the Ogilvys was in its last days in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Even then, it was a place of old world grandeur and charm.  I still remember the immaculately dressed elevator operators who wore white gloves, who would open the old grilled elevator doors and then take you clanking up or down to the various floor departments... | Continue reading article

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Pistol George Warren stop in Ottawa tonight!

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Pistol George Warren. Photo courtesy of Killbeat Music.Pistol George Warren. Photo courtesy of Killbeat Music.

Pistol George Warren, a nine-piece band from Sudbury who describe themselves as a “retro-pop party-on-a-stage” are bringing their infectious energy to Ottawa tonight for a show at the Rainbow Bistro. The band recently released an album, Oceapur9, a fun blend of country, rock, pop, and a little bit of everything else, that will definitely get you in a summer groove. You can stream the album online here. The band was originally made up of six guys when they put out their full-length album, Back to Northern Country, in 2011. When... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest: 7 things that stood out

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Kanye West at Bluesfest, photo by Etienne Ranger of Le DroitKanye West at Bluesfest, photo by Etienne Ranger of Le Droit

It’s been a ball, Bluesfest, and we’re sorry to see it end. But well, all good things, right? 220 acts, 11 days, 5 stages and too many good times to count. Before moving on here’s a recap of what stood out. Fan Fervour Tragically Hip fans endured pouring rain to hear their band. Kanye fans were at the gates as early as 9:30 in the morning, ready to camp out in the blazing heat for the much-anticipated show twelve hours later. On an exceptionally hot and humid day Simple Plan... | Continue reading article

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Experience traditional Kozak Tavern at Ukrainian Fest’s pub night

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UKRAINIA, photo courtesy of the band.UKRAINIA, photo courtesy of the band.

Korchma is the word for “tavern” in Ukrainian – and that’s exactly what the Ukrainian Banquet Hall at 100 Byron Avenue will become on the opening day of the first Capital Ukrainian Festival. The festival kicks off on Friday, July 24 with a pub night and musical performances from Ottawa’s own UKRAINIA and Toronto’s Lemon-Bucket Orkestra. UKRAINIA, a band of four energetic men with guitar, bass and drums, is bound to steal your heart and get your feet moving with what their website deems “traditionally-based Ukrainian music [that] has been... | Continue reading article

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