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Basement 819 du 27 août 2014 :: Charabia LIVE en studio. Écoutez ce qui vit! Un goût de métal avec The Chariots of the Gods.

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Basement 819 a célébré ses 30 premières émissions en extra grand. Une prestation live et un band métal. Et même une entrevue avec le Monsieur le Maire Jim Watson dans le cadre de la conférence de presse de lancement de la reconstruction de La Nouvelle Scène (qui en passant, devrait, si tout va bien, ouvrir ses portes au public en septembre 2015). Roland Locqueville chante Charabia Charabia, si vous connaissez pas encore, allez visiter leur bandcamp (où vous pouvez télécharger gratuitement le premier extrait de l’album-à-venir Fleurs d’asphalte. Style d’inspiration... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo by Sean Sisk Photography, courtesy The Red Rails website.Photo by Sean Sisk Photography, courtesy The Red Rails website.

The long weekend is upon us, Ottawans! Kick things off with Soup Ottawa, the local micro-grant participatory dinner event. Who doesn’t love soup, and who doesn’t love hearing great ideas? This event has plenty of both. My Summer Crush improv series continues, tickling your funny bone with some musical comedy, Ladystache from Toronto, and a few late night laughs. Burlesque and comedy come together at Tits + Giggles, the monthly show at Zaphod’s. Local indie artist Farewell Davidson plays Thursday evening at Festival House, while Moon Destroyer and Brandon Allan play... | Continue reading article

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TGIM? Showcase Mondays returns to Zaphod Beeblebrox!

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Eric St-Cyr and Ashley Craven of Archy & Mehitabel, hosts of Zaphod's Showcase Mondays. Photo from their Facebook Page.Eric St-Cyr and Ashley Craven of Archy & Mehitabel, hosts of Zaphod's Showcase Mondays. Photo from their Facebook Page.

Does one ever look forward to a Monday? With legendary night club, Zaphod Beeblebrox, reviving their Showcase Mondays, the beginning of your week doesn’t have to seem so bleak. Showcase Mondays was a former staple at Zaphod’s until health problems forced owner, Eugene Haslam, to cease the event. A few years later the show is re-launching, though staying true to its original format. This time around, however, it will be hosted by folk duo, Archy & Mehitabel. Eric St-Cyr of Archy & Mehitabel, as well as the Communications Representative for... | Continue reading article

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Beyond the Pale hosts screening of new doc exploring Ontario’s archaic liquor laws

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Photo by dugspr on Flickr.Photo by dugspr on Flickr.

With the popularity of craft beer exploding across the capital, not to mention everywhere else, a new film exploring Ontario’s archaic liquor distribution laws is sure to get micro broupies fired up when it makes its Ottawa debut Thursday. The independent documentary called Straight Up: The issue of alcohol in Ontario, seeks to answer tough questions like: “Why can’t we open a craft beer store of our own?” and “Why does the Ontario government allow three foreign-owned companies to operate a near monopoly on 80 per cent of the beer... | Continue reading article

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Be a tourist in your own backyard

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Paul Proulx from Tours Expedition Ottawa.Paul Proulx from Tours Expedition Ottawa.

Post by Jennifer Larocque An Ottawa entrepreneur realizes his dream: Sharing the National Capital Region’s beautiful outdoors I love traveling. In 2011-2012, my husband and I traveled through 130 cities in 23 countries. In every country we visited, we were most inspired by small, independent tour operators and local guides who shared their personal stories and introduced us to hidden gems. On August 10th this year, we lived a unique personalized travelling experience a mere 15 minutes from our own beautiful city. Last year, my mother’s friend Paul Proulx, left... | Continue reading article

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The Visit play two shows before heading to Prague

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Photo by Shankari Euteneier.Photo by Shankari Euteneier.

If one were to try to classify the genre of music The Visit plays, they would have a difficult time. With a chamber element and hints of a classical crossover, The Visit just doesn’t fall into any of the boxes. Their music is better described in adjectives – archaic, yet futuristic, at the same time; cinematic; transcendent. Their music is also best described in themes, of which there are a lot about birth, death, and life – like a visit – where you are continuously passing through doorways. Ultimately, how... | Continue reading article

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SkullStore.ca offers up your natural selection of oddities

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Photo courtesy @the_cornelian on Instagram.Photo courtesy @the_cornelian on Instagram.

As a collector of oddities, I often find myself lost in the online world of the weird. A short while ago, my wanderings led to my stumbling upon Chris, or @the_cornelian, on Instagram – an Ottawa-based oddity collector, artist, educator, and vendor for SkullStore.ca. Growing up, Chris had always told his father, “I want to be a paleontologist, an archaeologist, an artist” and now, he is a combination of all three – digging up fossils and bones and reassembling them (or disassembling them) into pieces of art, an ode to... | Continue reading article

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Arboretum Interviews: Branching into… New Swears

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Photo from the New Swear Facebook groupPhoto from the New Swear Facebook group

Editor’s note: All this week Sandro’s been interviewing some of the act appearing at the Arboretum music festival, which ends today. Today he interviews the New Swears, local torch bearers for the fun boy noise sound. Hi New Swears. Who are the members that make up New Swears? How did you guys meet, and how did the band form? Nick Nofun Scrubar Beej eh Sammy J Scorpion We, Puppets of the illuminati, formed in a Starbuck$ wash closet…… That’s how we formed. Next question. Sandro: Which member of the band: a) skates the... | Continue reading article

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Landline: Go outside your comfort zone with this innovative walking tour/play

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Stepping outside the comfort zone. Part radio play, part walking tour, Landline spreads the stage to two cities over 1000 kilometres apart, and breaks the fourth wall completely. Two people in two cities – Ottawa and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia –  linked by cellular texting and synchronized audio script/guide, become audience to the radio play and walking tour. They also become actors for each other via text. At the end they meet face to face on a video call. Their director is the audio guide. (There is a fallback phone number to text... | Continue reading article

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Review: Skid Row plays first Canadian tour date in Ottawa

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Skid Row's bassist and founder, Rachel Bolan, sings a tribute to Tommy Ramone. Photo courtesy Terry Steeves.Skid Row's bassist and founder, Rachel Bolan, sings a tribute to Tommy Ramone. Photo courtesy Terry Steeves.

Last Sunday night in Ottawa was home to a night of pure hard rockin’ bliss with what was truly one of the biggest and most pleasant surprises of 2014 for me. After nearly 28 years of a career that has seen its share of peaks and valleys, Skid Row proved tonight that they are better than ever. With the release of their newly released EP, “Rise Of The Damnation Army – United World Rebellion – Chapter Two”, they are currently on a massive world tour, with Ottawa’s Obsession Live Lounge... | Continue reading article

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