Are you a photog? Join our Flickr group!
 
Ottawa's Latest and Greatest on Sights & Sounds

Brewery Market kicks off season with Drink of Dreams

Written by on
Photo from brewerymarket.com.Photo from brewerymarket.com.

This Saturday April 26th, the Brewery Market kicks off the 2014 season with their first event of the year, Drink of Dreams. This will be the event’s third year in the city. From its noble (hops) beginning in Toronto in 2011, they took off in Ottawa the following year, thanks to Taralyn Carver. They packed 10 breweries, 4 food vendors, live music, and thousands of people into a tiny parking lot in Hintonburg. By 2013, it had expanded into several large events held at Parkdale Park. This year, the Brewery... | Continue reading article

Comments

0
 

(Re)Discover the fascinating world of art history

Written by on
Detail from The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, by El Greco, 1586.Detail from The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, by El Greco, 1586.

The National Gallery is always abuzz with events, though few locals take advantage of all they have on offer. For Ottawans, it is often a venue for a harmless second date on free Thursday evenings, where you’ll catch a kiss in the quiet chapel and then sneak up to Champlain Point to continue the courting, not that I would know anything about that. It also hosts posh fundraisers and high-end weddings, which only some people are lucky enough to get an invite to. However, if you want to take in... | Continue reading article

Comments

0
 

How dance proves that Ottawa is cool

Written by on
Photo of FAR (choreographed by Wayne McGregor) by Ravi DeepresPhoto of FAR (choreographed by Wayne McGregor) by Ravi Deepres

“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” - George Orwell Sometimes people insist on repeating a myth.  Case in point: Ottawa is regularly mocked as the city that fun forgot and where creativity goes to die.  There is just one problem with this critique: It is a massive pile of bollocks. I have been fortunate enough to live in several cities around the world, visited more than 30 countries and been to each Canadian province.  This has allowed me to compare Ottawa with other urban centres... | Continue reading article

Comments

2
 
Filed in: Dance, Sights & Sounds

Commemorate Earth Day with Stefan Thompson’s magical world

Written by on
Rabbit Breath by Stefan Thompson. All photos from www.stefanthompson.deviantart.com.Rabbit Breath by Stefan Thompson. All photos from www.stefanthompson.deviantart.com.

Ottawa artist Stefan Thompson is a bit of an enigma to most who see his work. Usually roughly sketched, slightly deranged looking animals appear either in portraits reminiscent of the prints by German artist Michael Sowa on Amelie’s bedroom wall or in an overlapped piece that evokes something between the haunting nature of Picasso’s Guernica and the fluidity of Inuit Art. Thompson’s art will be up, down and all around at Wall Space Gallery in Westoboro on April 22nd to celebrate Earth Day. I remember the first time I saw... | Continue reading article

Comments

0
 

Opera Lyra presents Puccini’s tragic masterwork – Madama Butterfly

Written by on
James Westman as Sharpless, Shuying Lee as Madama Butterfly and Antoine Belanger as Lt. Pinkerton. Photo courtesy of On Stage Ottawa.James Westman as Sharpless, Shuying Lee as Madama Butterfly and Antoine Belanger as Lt. Pinkerton. Photo courtesy of On Stage Ottawa.

Opera Lyra is back at the NAC with its spring production. Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece, Madama Butterfly (aka Madame Butterfly) is the bittersweet tale of a young Japanese woman, Ciocio-san ( Madama Butterfly), who falls in love with, and marries, a cowardly and callous American naval officer, Lieutenant Pinkerton. She converts to Christianity for her American husband causing her family to disown her. Her husband returns to the States shortly after their wedding, leaving Butterfly alone, and pregnant, with only her maid, Suzuki for company. Lieutenant Pinkerton returns to Nagasaki three... | Continue reading article

Comments

0
 

Spring clean your wardrobe sustainably and charitably

Written by on
Photo by Kristen Taylor on Flickr. All other photos from chelsyann.com.Photo by Kristen Taylor on Flickr. All other photos from chelsyann.com.

The time has come to spring clean. This dauntingly includes tackling your wardrobe. As a dress enthusiast I know the trouble of stuffing my wardrobe until the bar bends, buckling under the weight of my well-intended enthusiasm. To provide my poor closet with some relief I often host a clothing swap with friends, where everything old is new again and the remaining items are donated to a thrift shop. However, with new organizations such as Clothes for Charity  in the UK arising, it seemed to me that there were more... | Continue reading article

Comments

1
 

Basement 819 :: Concerts avec un grand R, actualité et art animalier!

Written by on
Site web House of TARGSite web House of TARG

Cette semaine (encore), une série de découvertes et d’événements à partager absolument. Ok. Notez ces événements. Alex Nevsky revient au Cabaret La Basoche avec son luxuriant dernier album Himalaya mon amour ce vendredi 18 avril. D’abord influencé par le rap et le hip hop francophone, il s’est tourné vers la pop-rock et ça lui va très bien. Depuis la Chine et la Thaïlande, sa trajectoire créative lui a indiqué une voie à suivre qui impliquait de parcourir le monde. Himalaya mon amour est né de ces inspirants périples. Célébrons. Les... | Continue reading article

Comments

0
 

Classic Albums Live have a new fan after stunning performance

Written by on
Photo from Classic Albums Live website.Photo from Classic Albums Live website.

I have to admit that I was skeptical going into this show, as I am not really an Eagles fan. They’re fine, don’t get me wrong, but the idea of listening to Classic Albums Live cover them wasn’t high on my list of things to do on a Friday night. I seemed to be alone in that opinion, however, as this performance was sold out weeks before the show. Apparently people knew something I did not. But I was about to learn. The first song, of course, was Hotel California.... | Continue reading article

Comments

0
 
Filed in: Music, Sights & Sounds

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

Written by on
Photo of Arms of the Girl courtesy their website.Photo of Arms of the Girl courtesy their website.

If you’ve had your fill of chocolate eggs and want to get out and about this weekend, here’s what’s up in the city: In music, the Steve Adamyk Band kicks things off tonight with Finderskeepers at Babylon, followed by Transmission dance party with DJ Male Nurse. If you’re looking for some traditional east coast music, Matthew Byrne has you covered at the NAC. Friday at Zaphod’s will find Ambrosia Famine, Arms of the Girl, and GingerFox putting on a rocky-pop show. House legend Jason Hodges can be found at Mercury... | Continue reading article

Comments

0
 

Lawyers prepare a GCTC take-over

Written by on
From left to right: Oberon, Puck and Titania played by Dan Hohnstein, Kirk Shannon and Ashley Deathe respectively. Photo by Andrew Alexander.From left to right: Oberon, Puck and Titania played by Dan Hohnstein, Kirk Shannon and Ashley Deathe respectively. Photo by Andrew Alexander.

As surely as buds bloom so too at this time of year are Ottawa lawyers found limbering up to break some legs. Not those of disgruntled clients but of the theatrical nature as they come together for the annual “Lawyer Play”. This yearly fundraiser brings together legal eagles of all stripes: criminal, corporate, civil, family, labour and more treading the boards to raise money for the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) and a hand-selected charity partner. The 15th anniversary performance this year pulls out all the stops: ambitiously tackling Shakespeare’s... | Continue reading article

Comments

0
 
Interested in advertising with us?Email us at
apartment613@gmail.com