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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Les suggestions @Basement819

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Photo by Juan Monroy from Flickr.Photo by Juan Monroy from Flickr.

Winter is here (yuck) and so is the weekend (yay)! For those of you who have not begun your winter hibernation just yet, there is plenty to do out-and-about in Ottawa. Keep warm this weekend with a glass of bourbon, at the first ever Ottawa Bourbon Week, which kicks off this Friday night at Two Six {Ate}. Beginning this weekend, and continuing on through next week, you can enjoy some delicious drinks paired with inventive eats at some of the best venues in the city – all in honour of... | Continue reading article

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Holiday craft show roundup 2014

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Photo by Darling & Dapper (shopddh.com), courtesy of capitalpopup.ca.Photo by Darling & Dapper (shopddh.com), courtesy of capitalpopup.ca.

The holiday season is packed full of craft shows – so many that you could hit one up every Saturday and Sunday from now until Christmas! Krista Leben, coordinator and co-founder of Urban Craft, has once again put together a curated guide of indie shows for you to hit up: the shows here feature hip handmade stuff that you (and everyone on your list) will love! Capital Pop Up! Saturday, November 22 10am-3pm The Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Avenue Capital Pop Up! popped up on the Ottawa craft scene earlier... | Continue reading article

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Mon âme par toi guérie (One of a Kind): A French Film at the EU Film Festival tonight!

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Still from Mon âme par toi guérie (One of a Kind).Still from Mon âme par toi guérie (One of a Kind).

It’s rare to see dramas incorporate metaphysical elements of the kind that remind me of the Mexican-Spanish film by Inarritu, Biutiful, whose main character was a sick, poor and desperate man with a gift: seeing the dead and helping them transition to the other side. Here, in Mon âme par toi guérie, the main character, Frédi played by Gregory Gadebois, also has a gift, that of healing with his hands. The way this element is woven in the story takes much more space than in Biutiful and becomes the central... | Continue reading article

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Galleon: Setting sail again after 30 years

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It was an era that existed sometime after the Beatles and before video killed the radio star. One that had flash pots, fog machines, strobe lights, tight pants, plenty of hair, guitars turned up to eleven, bone-rattling bass, drum solo madness, and the proverbial rock god lead singer. I’m talking about the big, bold, and brazen days of 70’s and early 80’s rock bands, and the Ottawa scene oozed with them. In and around the capital, loud and proud bands blazed the stages and filled up many a venue with... | Continue reading article

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Little Black Spiders: A Belgian gem at the EU film festival

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Still from Little Black Spiders.Still from Little Black Spiders.

This 2012 film co-written and directed by Patrice Toye is so much more than a coming of age story. Set in the late seventies in Belgium, the film follows Katja, whose real name is Katerina, a 17-year old orphan who is pregnant and living in hiding with other teenage moms-to-be in the attic of a hospital. This hiding spot is like a convent, managed by a woman who wears a pin of the cross on her collar at all times. You suspect the dark undertones right away; you know intuitively... | Continue reading article

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Montreal’s Das Blankout play the Mercury Lounge on Thursday

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Das Blankout. Photo courtesy of Indie Montréal.Das Blankout. Photo courtesy of Indie Montréal.

Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, National spoken word artist and youth educator. You can follow her on Twitter. Three-piece Montreal rock band, Das Blankout, stops in Ottawa this Wednesday as part of their Quebec-Ontario Invasion tour. In anticipation of their show, Apt613 spoke with Matt Burghardt, lead singer and guitarist, about their recent album release, Everything Diamonds. Much to the effect of what its name reflects, Burghardt shares the inspiration behind their debut recording. “The songs were about our perspective on life. We look at life the same... | Continue reading article

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Book launch, Trans Activism in Canada at Octopus Books

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Photo by chasdobie on Flickr.Photo by chasdobie on Flickr.

This Friday, the Centretown location of Octopus Books is hosting a launch for a new book that collects the experiences of those who are at the forefront of efforts to improve the lives of trans and gender variant people in Canada. Dr. Dan Irving, an associate professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University, co-edited Trans Activism in Canada along with Rupert Raj, a Toronto psychotherapist. Dr. Irving generously spoke to me for over an hour about the book and his own experiences with and views on trans activism in Canada.... | Continue reading article

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Nonprofit Band plays for greater good at House of Targ

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Nonprofit Band at House of Targ on November 13, 2014. All photos by Kelsey Sunstrum.Nonprofit Band at House of Targ on November 13, 2014. All photos by Kelsey Sunstrum.

If you were skeptical when reading my preview piece about a rock ‘n roll band sans electric guitar, you’re not alone. Although majorly intrigued, I definitely had a few reservations when learning about Nonprofit Band. Lead singer Michael Greilsammer explained that they originally planned to include the electric guitar in the album but, after the musician cancelled at the last minute, he felt this was a sign. He proposed the idea to fellow band members – Uriel Sverdin on drums and Ohad Eilam on bass – that they go forward with... | Continue reading article

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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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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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