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The battle between good vs evil takes centre stage at Kanata Theatre

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All photos by Wendy Wagner, courtesy of Kanata Theatre.All photos by Wendy Wagner, courtesy of Kanata Theatre.

It’s a tale as old as time, the battle and balance between good versus evil that pits temptation against weakness, and it takes center stage in Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at the Kanata Theatre. The play is a reworking of the 1886 novella, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, widely known as a classic and, although you may not have read it yourself, you’ve likely come across some form of it in an episode of Looney Tunes or Arthur. In Hatcher’s version,... | Continue reading article

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Concours :: Dans le tapis avec Lisa Leblanc! — Une paire de billets à gagner!

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Crédits photo : BonsoundCrédits photo : Bonsound

Le 4 novembre dernier Lisa Leblanc a lancé un mini-disque qui casse la baraque Highway, Heartaches And Time Well Wasted (Bonsound). 80 000 albums vendus plus tard pour son premier disque (2012), Lisa Leblanc revient en très grande forme.  Cette suite s’inscrit dans l’exploration d’un nouveau monde musical; elle nous offre ses premières chansons an anglais. Pas subtiles dutout, les unes après les autres, on retrouve l’authenticité crue de Lisa à travers des pièces aux allures très western, voire folk trash par moment – Gold Diggin’ Hoedown. Lisa nous fait... | Continue reading article

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Tanya Tagaq plays the best punk show ever

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

The folks at the NAC might be kicking themselves for having booked Tanya Tagaq into the small Fourth Stage instead of one of their larger rooms: the show was booked before she won the Polaris Prize, reignited the debate in Canada over the seal hunt, and changed the way many Canadians think about Inuit musical traditions. Tanya Tagaq grew up in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. She is 37 years old and has been performing for over 13 years, collaborating with Bjork, the Kronos Quartet, and others. However, it was only this... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: House made syrups give Teatro Café cocktails their charm

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Photo from teatrocafe.ca. All other photos are by Tobi Cohen.Photo from teatrocafe.ca. All other photos are by Tobi Cohen.

The cocktail craze is inching westward. They’ve cropped up in the Byward Market, Centretown and Little Italy and now Teatro Café is introducing carefully crafted cocktails with house-made syrups and largely local ingredients to Wellington Village. Never heard of it? Not surprising. Teatro Café just opened in June and it’s easily missed tucked away on the ground floor of the Great Canadian Theatre Company at Wellington Street and Holland Avenue. It tends to attract an older, theatre-going crowd of teetotalers and wine sippers looking for a bite before the show.... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 5 novembre 2014 :: 25 ans après la chute du mur de Berlin > Les prémisses de la guerre froide à Ottawa? Suggestion théâtre “Deux” de Mani Soleymanlou au CNA! + Concerts et nouveautés musicales!

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Appartement où habitait Igor Gouzenko sur la rue Somerset à Ottawa.Crédits photo: Padraic Ryan Appartement où habitait Igor Gouzenko sur la rue Somerset à Ottawa.

Basement 819 proposera dorénavant une série de chroniques historiques afin de vous faire revivre d’importants moments de l’histoire de la grande région d’Ottawa et Gatineau. Cette semaine, nous commémorons les 25 ans de la chute du mur de Berlin. Éric s’est penché sur l’histoire d’Igor Gouzenko, ancien fonctionnaire à l’ambassade soviétique d’Ottawa entre 1943 et 1945.  Aujourd’hui appelé l’Affaire Gouzenko, cet événement aurait contribué à déclencher la guerre froide, une rivalité terrifiante entre deux visions du monde qui a duré presque 50 ans! Le musée canadien de la guerre froide... | Continue reading article

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Cellar Door film fest brings dose of sinister and supernatural to Ottawa

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Still from Roseville, directed by Martin Makariev from Bulgaria.Still from Roseville, directed by Martin Makariev from Bulgaria.

Shorter days, bare trees and that ghostly whisper of fallen leaves against pavement all make for an especially spooky time of year. But this weekend Ottawa gets even creepier with the opening of the Cellar Door Film Festival, a new addition to Ottawa’s small but mighty local film scene. Started by a group of devoted film aficionados, the festival showcases speculative cinema, an umbrella that includes horror, fantasy and sci-fi, genres that Patrick Mullen (programming coordinator) says, “get lost in the shuffle at some of the larger festivals.” Even in... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Food and Wine ticket giveaway

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Susie Arioli. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Jazz Festival.Susie Arioli. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

This first weekend of November has much in store for us Ottawans. This weekend is full of local visual arts love. Thursday brings about the final show at The Studio Cafe. Artist Crystal Beshara will be showing her series of watercolour and oil paintings of Newfoundland, inspired by her visit out East in 2013. The Ottawa School of Art is also hosting a fundraiser screening of “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” at the Bytowne Theatre Thursday night at 9:20pm. Tickets are 10$ and go towards supporting arts education in our... | Continue reading article

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Buck 65 opens up on beats, big synth, books and baseball

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The different 'sides' to Rich Terfry.The different 'sides' to Rich Terfry.

Among Rich Terfry’s numerous monikers: Buck 65, Stinkin’ Rich, DJ Critical, “Diamond” isn’t one of them. That one might be fitting, though. He’s got so many sides to him, and shines something magical – especially in his music video, Super Pretty Naughty. The wave of Terfry’s latest album, Neverlove in which he went deep like Carter in 1993, washed him to Australia. The tide’s now brought him back. He’s playing the NAC on November 22nd, and so we set up a Q-and-A to get some insight into Rich’s rich creative... | Continue reading article

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ARTinis: The premiere east end event

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Water-themed photography by Ruth Dick, on display in the lower lobby of the Shenkman Arts Centre. Photo courtesy of AOE Arts Council.Water-themed photography by Ruth Dick, on display in the lower lobby of the Shenkman Arts Centre. Photo courtesy of AOE Arts Council.

Looking for a night of art, music, food and drink? Luckily the Shenkman Arts Centre is hosting ARTinis, an annual fundraiser for the AOE Arts Council this Thursday. ARTinis celebrates the arts while allowing “business and community leaders to meet with artists and art supporters and to show their pride for the arts in Ottawa,” says Cristiane Doherty, Director of Communications for the AOE Arts Council. In its seventh year, ARTinis 2014 will be a water-themed event complete with sound, lighting and special effects to create water walls, and water... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Christmas picks, part 1!

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As you nurse that mini chocolate bar hangover, I have some bad news and good news: you’ll have to listen to THOSE songs as you hit any of the shops from now until Christmas, but on the brighter side, I have lots of good finds to share that you may consider for your loved ones. I’ve assembled them into triplets; that is three picks per type of book. This is only part one as I’ll be concentrating on kids’ stuff exclusively in part two, coming soon. Adult Non-fiction For your... | Continue reading article

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