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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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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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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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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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Basement 819 du 5 novembre 2014 :: 25 ans après la chute du mur de Berlin > Les prémisses de la guerre froide à Ottawa? Suggestion théâtre “Deux” de Mani Soleymanlou au CNA! + Concerts et nouveautés musicales!

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Appartement où habitait Igor Gouzenko sur la rue Somerset à Ottawa.Crédits photo: Padraic Ryan Appartement où habitait Igor Gouzenko sur la rue Somerset à Ottawa.

Basement 819 proposera dorénavant une série de chroniques historiques afin de vous faire revivre d’importants moments de l’histoire de la grande région d’Ottawa et Gatineau. Cette semaine, nous commémorons les 25 ans de la chute du mur de Berlin. Éric s’est penché sur l’histoire d’Igor Gouzenko, ancien fonctionnaire à l’ambassade soviétique d’Ottawa entre 1943 et 1945.  Aujourd’hui appelé l’Affaire Gouzenko, cet événement aurait contribué à déclencher la guerre froide, une rivalité terrifiante entre deux visions du monde qui a duré presque 50 ans! Le musée canadien de la guerre froide... | Continue reading article

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Cellar Door film fest brings dose of sinister and supernatural to Ottawa

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Still from Roseville, directed by Martin Makariev from Bulgaria.Still from Roseville, directed by Martin Makariev from Bulgaria.

Shorter days, bare trees and that ghostly whisper of fallen leaves against pavement all make for an especially spooky time of year. But this weekend Ottawa gets even creepier with the opening of the Cellar Door Film Festival, a new addition to Ottawa’s small but mighty local film scene. Started by a group of devoted film aficionados, the festival showcases speculative cinema, an umbrella that includes horror, fantasy and sci-fi, genres that Patrick Mullen (programming coordinator) says, “get lost in the shuffle at some of the larger festivals.” Even in... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Food and Wine ticket giveaway

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Susie Arioli. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Jazz Festival.Susie Arioli. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

This first weekend of November has much in store for us Ottawans. This weekend is full of local visual arts love. Thursday brings about the final show at The Studio Cafe. Artist Crystal Beshara will be showing her series of watercolour and oil paintings of Newfoundland, inspired by her visit out East in 2013. The Ottawa School of Art is also hosting a fundraiser screening of “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” at the Bytowne Theatre Thursday night at 9:20pm. Tickets are 10$ and go towards supporting arts education in our... | Continue reading article

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Hilotrons pay tribute to veterans on centennial anniversary of WWI

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The Hilotrons. Photo by David Irving.The Hilotrons. Photo by David Irving.

To honour those who fought in — and suffered through — WWI, Ottawa-based band Hilotrons are performing live renditions of some of Ennio Morricone’s compositions alongside a screening of the 1928 Canadian silent film Carry On, Sergeant! Mike Dubue, the band’s vocalist among other roles, clarifies why this film is unlike most war-era pictures, and gives some insight into the reasoning of a creative mind. Apt613: Other than being a Canadian band from Ottawa (an obviously patriotic city), why were you so drawn to this project initially? Mike Dubue: Truth... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 29 octobre 2014 :: Claude Munson en vedette. Karaoké d’Halloween et costume de poulet.

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Séance d'enregistrement avec Claude Munson au Château Cyr. Photo : Katy AlamboSéance d'enregistrement avec Claude Munson au Château Cyr. Photo : Katy Alambo

Basement 819 s’enrichit chaque mois d’une prestation d’un artiste qu’on veut voir briller sous tous les feux de toutes les rampes du monde. Claude Munson fait partie de ceux-là. Nous avons eu la chance de vivre l’enregistrement de deux nouvelles chansons au Château Cyr et de surcroît, d’obtenir une entrevue avec l’intime mais pas personnel dutout Claude Munson. On a tout un package à vous offrir : une entrevue, un article et une vidéo. Nous vous invitons à parsemer allègrement vos univers sociaux de ces reflets d’un artiste talentueux. Il... | Continue reading article

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Three short films resonate at OIFF

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Still from Wired. Image courtesy of www.nsi-canada.ca.Still from Wired. Image courtesy of www.nsi-canada.ca.

This year marked the 5th anniversary of the Ottawa International Film Festival and all screenings took place at the iconic Mayfair Theatre. Over the course of four days, twenty-five narrative features, short films, and documentaries from all corners of the world were showcased. Although it was almost impossible to choose just one film, I decided to attend on the night of shorts – that way I could enjoy an abundance of talent in one single night. Shortly after arriving, I was directed toward the popcorn and, yes, beer stand –... | Continue reading article

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