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Record Store Day weekend happenings

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Photo from The Record Centre Facebook page.Photo from The Record Centre Facebook page.

Did you know this Saturday is Record Store Day? Yes, there is actually a day to celebrate “record stores,” those brick-and-mortar independents and all the vinyl goodness they stock for us. In Ottawa the celebrations start Friday with a Record Swap event at Raw Sugar and some live music at the Record Centre. Here’s a guide to RSD happenings in the city complete with some vinyl stories from an “expert panel” featuring DJs Jas Nasty, Zattar and Adam Saikaley with Darin Tomlin from Vertigo Records. If you don’t shop at... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Empire strikes back

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All photos courtesy of Empire Grill.All photos courtesy of Empire Grill.

A few years ago, I attended a birthday party for a friend at Empire Grill. Having never been before, and with the meager budget of a university student, my jaw dropped upon glancing the prices on the menu. It was definitely the first time in my adult life that I was a patron at a restaurant that sold cuts of meat sans side dish. “What kind of hoodwinkery is this?” I thought. I fought the urge to order only a piece of steak, but it was truly painful agreeing to... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend + Originals Spring Craft Sale ticket giveaway

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Still from Michael Feuerstack's video for "Scorekeeper".Still from Michael Feuerstack's video for "Scorekeeper".

As we blow past the middle of April, the springtime clothing swaps, wine & food shows and all ages events begin again. This weekend holds its usual eclectic array of music and family fun, with a few things like fan fiction readings, burlesque shows and an Aboriginal arts fundraiser thrown in for variety. Friday afternoon the Bridgehead on Bank and Gilmour is home base for the International Anti-Street Harassment Week put on by Hollaback! Ottawa at 3pm. They’re joining the movement to Stop Telling Women To Smile with a postering... | Continue reading article

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The big one is back – Youppi Club’s second pop up show

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Photo from the Ottawa Stilt Union Facebook page.Photo from the Ottawa Stilt Union Facebook page.

Roll up. Roll up. The fun is coming! Feel the magic up close with the Youppi Club, a community of fun-loving folk dedicated to exploring interactive styles of play and spreading joy through performance! The Ottawa Stilt Union, Ottawa-Gatineau’s bilingual theatre company dedicated to the art of stilting, is now stretching its legs even further with the creation of Youppi Club, an initiative seeking to embrace fun among its members and to grow as a body of inspiring and cohesive co-creators. This series of monthly pop-up events began last month,... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for April 14, 2015

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Hey kids! For students everywhere April marks an incredibly stressful season of final projects, end-of-year exams and praying for deadline extensions.  In essence it’s a one-month period where all of your energy is concentrated on being as creative and brilliant as possible: made all the more challenging when you take into consideration the fact that it’s also the month when a) you finally want to be outside but can’t and b) you’re forced to subsist on peanut butter, KD and whatever you can find in your fridge/cupboards that a few... | Continue reading article

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Kicking in the innovative wing of his imagination + Daniel Lanois ticket giveaway

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

Legendary rock producer Daniel Lanois is coming to Ottawa to perform with the NAC orchestra as part of an Ontario Scene / NAC Presents co-presentaion. And he wants you to know that this will not be one of those shows where a rock artist plays through their classic songs with an orchestra for a backing band. “I’m not really interested in the touristic side of entertainment. I wouldn’t be the first in line to see Riverdance, for example and it wouldn’t interest me to hear orchestrated renditions of somebody’s familiar... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Creatives: Alex DJ Magnificent Edwards

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Photo courtesy of Alex Edwards.Photo courtesy of Alex Edwards.

Alex Edwards has been fixated with records and old stereo equipment since he was a kid. He would scope out yard sales and places like the Salvation Army buying up records by the box full. Growing up in a Caribbean household, Alex’s love of music from the 1950s through 1970s was born. His uncles had extensive record collections and would make mixtapes, which Alex would listen to over and over again. Eventually, Alex would make his own mixtapes of his favourite songs from his record collection. Alex’s love of records... | Continue reading article

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Joey Lansdowne offers eclectic fare & elegant cocktails

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Self-described as a casual premium restaurant, Joey Lansdowne nails the delicate balance of comfort versus class. The eatery officially opened its doors this past Saturday, April 11th, further establishing the new Lansdowne area as a blossoming foodie mecca. Joey Lansdowne is just one of many Joey establishments across the country. It is a franchise that prides itself on fresh ingredients and exotic flavors. Spacious and bright, the spot is a great lunch destination or pre-game pick. Upon first glance at the menu of other Ontario Joey locations, I’ll admit I... | Continue reading article

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Chamber Theatre Hintonburg lets the beast out

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Donnie Laflamme and Brent Rouleau (foreground) in The Hairy Ape. All photos by Glen McIntosh.Donnie Laflamme and Brent Rouleau (foreground) in The Hairy Ape. All photos by Glen McIntosh.

Hunched over, shovels in hand, the firemen get to work feeding coal into the belly of the beast. The rhythmic sound of laboured grunts fill the silence. Welcome to the bowels of an ocean liner, an all too real picture seamlessly painted by the cast of The Hairy Ape: a Comedy of Ancient and Modern Life in Eight Scenes. The Chamber Theatre Hintonburg takes on Eugene O’Neill’s complex tale of an exploited working class and their hatred for the capitalist structure. The intelligent, albeit ignorant, Yank (Donnie Laflamme) quickly emerges... | Continue reading article

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The reason every 613 punk woke up hungover last Saturday morning

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There’s a reason every 613 punk sounded extra raspy when they woke up hungover on Saturday morning. Ottawa got a sweat-soaked close-up of contemporary, high-voltage Portlandian punk on the weekend. This past Friday, April 3, the highly-acclaimed boys of DIVERS managed to fit our sleepy Capital into their North American tour schedule for the very first time. Awash in PBR, body odor and unkempt facial scruff, this eccentric West coast foursome were given a very enthusiastic welcome to House of Targ, care of a drunken, mixed bag crowd of grey-haired... | Continue reading article

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