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Write On Ottawa: #Setlife is a bittersweet glimpse into the fashion industry

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work as a fashion stylist?  A model?  A magazine photographer?  If this burning curiosity sounds familiar track down a copy of #Setlife, and let local stylist and magazine editor Christopher Massardo bring you to the frontlines. Fully titled The Funny, Horrible and (Possibly) True Stories of #Setlife, Massardo’s collection brings together 13 local, scandalous and funny short stories.  Unfortunately, as a whole, the collection is only partially successful. #Setlife’s back cover promises both laughter and cringing, but I found myself... | Continue reading article

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Avenue Q teaches harsh life lessons via puppetry

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All photos by Kenneth Ingram.All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

The award-winning musical Avenue Q will return to Ottawa June 17-20 thanks to Toto Too Theatre Company. The director, Michael Gareau, reveals that the show will deliver a Canadianized performance (with the help of 11 cast members and 32 puppets), promising to be hilariously entertaining, potentially offensive but relevant to the harsher realities of life – particularly adolescence. “It takes the lessons that Sesame Street taught children and it raises them ever-so-slightly so that they can be aimed at adults,” Gareau explains, calling attention to many parallels with Avenue Q’s... | Continue reading article

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EP Release: Old Stereo, What It’s All About

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Local four-piece Old Stereo are making a name for themselves among aficionados of soulful music in Ottawa.  Their music offers a mix of retro soul and R&B with serious driving funk grooves, layered with tight and catchy rhythms that give their material a modern edge. Formed in 2011, the band created a buzz at Bluesfest last year, and have enjoyed a steadily growing momentum ever since. This Saturday, June 13, they will be holding an EP Release Party at Café Dekcuf, in celebration of their second release, What It’s All... | Continue reading article

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TROTSKYrific or MAOmumental failure? What do YOU think of the Victims of Communism Memorial?

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The design for the memorial, image from TributeToLiberty.ca. Updated designs will be available soon,The design for the memorial, image from TributeToLiberty.ca. Updated designs will be available soon,

There are many open fields in Ottawa, but one in particular is garnering an unusual amount of attention of late. It’s located on Wellington, just west of the Supreme Court, and just east of Library and Archives Canada. It’s the site where the Memorial to the Victims of Communism is set to be built. With a budget of 5.5 million, the planned memorial will feature a serious of escalating triangular walls, which one can either walk through or view from an arched spectator deck. As written on the website, Tribute... | Continue reading article

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Review: The Vanity of Reason by Estan Beedell – out today!

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Estan Beedell. Photo by Raphaël Titsworth-Morin.Estan Beedell. Photo by Raphaël Titsworth-Morin.

The Vanity of Reason is a new album out today from Ottawa-based musician Estan Beedell. The album features ten tracks which range from mellow, jazzy musings in  “Clouds,” to fun, lively rock in “Caricature.” Throughout the different songs, various ensembles of instruments including violins, trumpets, and even a church organ, provide a neat, classic touch to Beedell’s smooth, catchy vocals. This is Beedell’s third album, but it was the first time that he collaborated with so many other musicians, many of which are friends of his from his days at... | Continue reading article

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Five Things I Learned at the Ottawa International Music Conference

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Q&A with the band Tortured Soul at OIMC. Photo from the OIMC Facebook page.Q&A with the band Tortured Soul at OIMC. Photo from the OIMC Facebook page.

The first Ottawa International Music Conference was held recently at Maker Space North. The Conference featured international artists and panelists, who shared their knowledge with a room full of industry hopefuls. The three day event was successful, both in attendance and information obtained by attendees. The panels ranged from how to turn music into a business, to festival programming, to the changing landscape of parties. In case you missed the conference, I’ve broken down the 5 things I learned at OIMC: 1. Know your audience and play to it. If... | Continue reading article

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Re: Union – Inside the mind of a martyr

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Emily Morrison in Re: Union, played by Alexa Devine. Photo by Ron Reed.Emily Morrison in Re: Union, played by Alexa Devine. Photo by Ron Reed.

When most people find an injustice that strikes at the very heart of their sense of right and wrong they sign a petition, join a group, march in the streets, maybe raise some money. When Norman Morrison felt that same kind of outrage at the Vietnam War, the young father and Quaker drove to the Pentagon with his infant daughter, a jug of kerosene and a box of matches. Standing below the office of Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara he set himself on fire in a last act of protest... | Continue reading article

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Book chronicles family’s struggles during Vietnam war

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Caroline Vu will be a panelist for Under the Papaya Tree – Remembering Vietnam at Prose in the Park on Saturday, June 6 at 2:30 pm held at Parkdale Park. In That Summer in Provincetown, Montreal-based writer Caroline Vu relives some of her family’s greatest hardships in Vietnam at the height of the war, their collective attempts at building new foundations and identities in North America, and reflects on each individual’s perceived success or shortcomings. While Vu, who last year had her first novel published by the Ottawa-based collective Deux Voiler Publishing, allots... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Five

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Still from #OttawaIndieFilm, episode five: Roger D. Wilson.Still from #OttawaIndieFilm, episode five: Roger D. Wilson.

Today we bring you the fifth episode in Jith Paul’s series, Ottawa Indie Film. This installment features Roger D. Wilson. Roger’s films have screened at festivals across Canada. Roger describes himself as an experimental film scientist.  His films are infused with thematically-related techniques such as layering images, adding textures and hand processing and printing the film. Find out about his passion for physically manipulating and hand processing film, how grape juice interacts with celluloid and what camera-less animation is in this episode of #OttawaIndieFilm: Previous episodes of Ottawa Indie Film include:... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Summer Reads for 2015

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Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips. Now that summer is on its way, with the weather hopefully changing for the better, everyone starts thinking about patios, beaches and vacations. I love taking along fun books while on vacation, so here are some great reads, all available from the Ottawa Public Library. Some are light and fluffy, others are action packed,... | Continue reading article

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