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The Anger in Ernest & Ernestine: Vacant House Theatre explodes onto theatre scene

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Photo by David Whiteley.Photo by David Whiteley.

As the virtual curtain fell on The Anger in Ernest & Ernestine this tweet went out: venue is insane but the talent is undeniable. The setting in the tiny basement of the Backpacker’s Hostel on York Street is uninviting. Seating –12 max- includes dingy stained sofas and cushions on the laundry room cement floor. With the actors literally at arm’s length it all heralds an amateur evening… and then the play begins. The 1987 work by Leah Cherniak, Robert Morgan and Martha Ross follows the downward trajectory of blissful newlyweds... | Continue reading article

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HOUSE OF TARG :: le parfait combo jeux d’arcade/ musique/perogies

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Source : Facebook House of TargSource : Facebook House of Targ

Par Mariette Delevallée. Est-il possible de combiner jeux d’arcade, bands de musique émergents et perogies dans une seule et même place ? En plus, avec les petites lumières de partout, on dirait Las Vegas. Avec des bands indépendants. Intéressant ! L’idée parait bien farfelue et pourtant, le quartier d’Old Ottawa South entend déjà résonner les «ding ding» des flippers ricochant sur les fourneaux remplis de perogies faits maison. C’est que Paul Granger, son concepteur/constructeur/manageur s’affaire nuit et jour aux derniers préparatifs. Ce jeudi 17 avril donne le coup d’envoi, l’aventure... | Continue reading article

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Random Recipe | Passionnément.

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Photo : Jérôme NadeauPhoto : Jérôme Nadeau

Par : Cindy Savard Random Recipe revient faire un tour dans la région cette fin de semaine. Si tout va bien, le band devrait arriver en un morceau le samedi 19 avril au Petit Chicago. Pour l’occasion, Frannie Halder de la formation Random Recipe a bien accepté de nous accorder une entrevue. Mais juste avant d’aborder ces précieuses minutes passées en sa compagnie, voici, pour ceux qui n’ont pas encore fait connaissance avec cette musique, un moment de tendresse et de volupté avec le band. Biographiquement parlant, Random Recipe a,... | Continue reading article

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Couchwrecked CD release party at Lunenburg

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Couchwrecked...on the sofa, photo by Godwin Daniel.Couchwrecked...on the sofa, photo by Godwin Daniel.

With lyrics like, “I can’t give you my love, but I can give you my cat,” who wouldn’t be entertained by local drum and bass duo Couchwrecked? By drum and bass, I mean the actual instruments. These two are reminiscent of Debbie Harry and New York’s late ’70s punk rock scene, but their lyrics are a lot less angst-ridden and a whole much more fun. The band releases its debut EP April 19 at the Lunenburg Pub and Bar. The album consists of five songs recorded in bass player Phil... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa goes back for seconds with Stiff Quickies + ticket giveaway

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Screen shot from My Number by The Hilotrons. Co-directed by Craig Allen Conoley and Luca Fiore.Screen shot from My Number by The Hilotrons. Co-directed by Craig Allen Conoley and Luca Fiore.

Ottawa goes back for seconds with Stiff Quickies, an Ottawa Fringe Festival fundraiser this Thursday night. The cheeky title titillates ones interest, and I asked Greggory Clark to give some background into the event. “It started last year. It was a pretty good time, so we thought we’d do it again.” Clark says referring to the success the fundraiser had last year. The event boasts short films, tall drinks and deep pockets with the alluring tease of being able to meet the filmmakers and actors themselves. “What we did was... | Continue reading article

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Jake E. Lee – Alive and well with Red Dragon Cartel

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Axeman, Jake E. Lee, and his iconic "White Pearl" Charvel guitar. All photos by Terry Steeves.Axeman, Jake E. Lee, and his iconic "White Pearl" Charvel guitar. All photos by Terry Steeves.

When I rolled into the jam packed parking lot of Ottawa’s Obsession Live Lounge, something told me this was not going to be your average, ordinary Wednesday night. Jake E. Lee, and his newest endeavour, Red Dragon Cartel, shook the walls of this intimate 450 seat live music venue with their highly charged brand of melodic metal rock. Formed earlier this year, Red Dragon Cartel is the brainchild of ex-Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist, Jake E. Lee, and his long time friend, producer, and bassist Ron Mancuso (Beggars & Thieves).... | Continue reading article

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Poetry meets pop culture at A Dramatic Reading of Pop Songs

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Screen shot from The Science Fiction Film Awards, William Shatner's performance of Elton John's Rocket Man.Screen shot from The Science Fiction Film Awards, William Shatner's performance of Elton John's Rocket Man.

Just in time for National Poetry Month, Ottawa VERSeFest and IdeaSpace invite you to come celebrate the sillier side of this art form. Dramatic pop song readings have a long history (think Peter Seller’s cover of A Hard Day’s Night, or William Shatner’s utterly bizarre rendition of Rocket Man). On April 17th, Ottawa’s top poetic talent will be on hand at IdeaSpace to carry on the tradition. If you’re curious about Ottawa’s poetry scene, this fundraiser will be a fun and approachable way to get your feet wet. Hosted by... | Continue reading article

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Metal comes to Ottawa this weekend

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From L-R: Mathieu Vilandre, Marc Bourgon, Melanie Mongeon, Topon Das, Johnny Ibay. Photo by Renaud Sake.From L-R: Mathieu Vilandre, Marc Bourgon, Melanie Mongeon, Topon Das, Johnny Ibay. Photo by Renaud Sake.

The grindcore veterans, Fuck the Facts start their three week long tour into the US this weekend, and the band took to their Facebook page to rev up the crowd before the performance. “Saturday at Dekcuf will be the kickoff of our North American Tour. Let’s make this show so killer that the rest of the tour will seem shitty in comparison,” the band said. A blunt and challenging foreshadow to the show and their tour, but this band has reason to be optimistic about the turnout. “I’m thinkin’ it’ll... | Continue reading article

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Sans Sense delivers absurdly thoughtful theatre

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Sans Sense is a collection of short plays and monologues featuring farfetched fantastical storylines. The material is creative and fresh yet despite the advertised brevity the production would have greatly benefited from harsher editing. Joel Garrow delivers the monologues that bookend the evening in diametrically opposed style. The opener is a frenetically nervous retelling of the story of an armed man vs an unsuspecting poodle. Garrow feverishly acts out every sentence almost energizing the audience for the night ahead while in the close monologue The Engagement he edges creepily around... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 9 avril :: Sonorités élevées! The Wooden Sky, Phèdre, The Seasons. De la nouveauté chez Pandaléon, Chloé Lacasse, Philippe Brach, Timber Timbre, Rosie Valland. Actualité : le vieux Hull se réchauffe!

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Basement 819 s’est enflammé dangereusement pour une onzième fois cette semaine! Fidèles à notre résumé, voici les grands moments qui méritent d’être partagés. L’univers musical nous a particulièrement faits halluciner. Soyez sans gêne, embarquez dans notre navette et osez la découverte! De la nouveauté, musicalement parlant Random Recipe a sorti un sensationnel vidéoclip pour la pièce « Monsters & Swords », tirée de l’album Kill The Hook. Tout de noir et de blanc fondus, voici la chance de visionner ce morceau qui fait battre la chamade Random Recipe sera au Petit Chicago... | Continue reading article

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