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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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There are a lot of reasons to get out and about this weekend, Ottawa – picnics and hairy pits are just two of them. The Folk Fest continues, with Vampire Weekend, Shad, City and Colour and more heading to the party at Hog’s Back. Le Festival de l’Outaouais Émergent is also back, with music, art and comedy. GigSpace will see six great musicians come together in a show Thursday evening, and Eamon McGrath and Saint Clare will stop by Raw Sugar Cafe that same night. On Friday you can find... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + ticket giveaway!

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Photo of New Country Rehab by David Leyes, courtesy NCR's website.Photo of New Country Rehab by David Leyes, courtesy NCR's website.

It’s another busy summer weekend, Ottawa – and the weather is gonna hold up so you can attend everything! Find out how you can win tickets to a show on Sunday down at the end of the post. Thursday night, you’ve got your pick of two album release parties: local blues rockers Cold Capital will launch their EP down at Babylon, while sax/guitar/drums trio Wire Circus will be throwing their launch party down at GigSpace. The Gladstone’s latest one-night-only theatre production is Flying in the Dark, and La Petite Mort... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo by Lisa Griffiths, courtesy Erik Lind and the Orchard.Photo by Lisa Griffiths, courtesy Erik Lind and the Orchard.

Back to another lovely summer weekend – time to fill up that schedule! Friday night, get all kitted up in your favourite Star Wars themed costume and head to the Museum of Nature for Nature Nocturne – don’t worry about doing your hair, though, because they’ll have Princess Leia stylists on hand. Tonight, Babylon hosts Boombox Diaries, where DJs and musical guests will channel their favourite tunes through the classic portable music device. On Friday night White Ribs and Teenage Kicks bring some punk rock to town, Erik Lind and the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Get yourselves ready, Ottawa – it’s gonna be a full, gorgeous weekend. The folks heading to Picnic En Blanc will be thrilled for the forecast – tonight will be a perfect evening for eating under the stars. And the Centretown Film Festival starts Friday night, with The People and the Olive. They’ll have movies for the next few weekends – with movies like Ghostbusters and Dirty Dancing in the lineup, there’ll definitely be one up your alley. Classical music fans will already know that Chamberfest opens Thursday night – this... | Continue reading article

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Review – Indie Koala Invasion: building a reel community

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Photo courtesy of Treepot Media.Photo courtesy of Treepot Media.

Film’s success as an art-form is often credited to its ability to engage people one-on-one.  Going out to the theatre might seem like a social event, but the moment those lights go down you become isolated and singular in the darkness: the real world vanishes and you’re pulled into the illuminated reality of the screen.  It’s just you and the film. That’s why Saturday night’s outdoor screening at Dundonald Park, Indie Koala Invasion, was such an utterly unique and refreshing experience.  Organized in collaboration between the Ottawa-based production company Treepot Media, Centretown Movies and IndieKoala, Invasion uses film to transform individuals into a... | Continue reading article

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Asinabka 2013 brings films exploring Indigenous issues to the Capital/ Algonquin region

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"Chaudiere Falls," Photo by William James Topley. Library and Archives Canada"Chaudiere Falls," Photo by William James Topley. Library and Archives Canada

Looking for films with a varied perspective? Asinabka Film and Arts Media might be just what you’re looking for. Featuring national and international films focusing on Indigenous issues and topics, Asinabka strives to inject the Capital/Algonquin region with a blast of something fresh. It’s the second year that Christopher Wong and Howard Adler have been organizing the event, so we got in touch with Howard via email to hear what’s happening at one of Ottawa’s newest festivals.  Apt613: Firstly, What does “Asinabka” mean, and why did it become the name... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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We’re sticking with our tradition of at least one festival per weekend, folks – we’ve got the Haiti en Fête festival happening down on Petrie Island all weekend long, with music and food and dancing guaranteed. If you can’t wait for the Centretown Movies outdoor film festival to start next week, head to Dundonald Park on Saturday for TreePot5: Indie Koala Invasion, showcasing some of the best indie films from a few local filmmakers. Timber Timbre will be playing tonight out at the Black Sheep, with special guests Fiver, while Loh El the... | Continue reading article

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Discover yourself at STAR WARS Identities: The Exhibition

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What do you usually think of when you hear the word “exhibition”? Props, costumes and art? Just a bunch of things on display, right? There’s nothing really wrong with that, especially if the pieces are visually captivating, but it’s just a little…ordinary. Well, good news for all you Star Wars lovers out there! Not only does this unique exhibition showcase an impressive collection of over 200 props, artwork, costumes and models courtesy of the Lucasfilm Archives, but you actually become of the experience (ten points for playing on this generation’s egotism).... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Canada Day edition

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Before we get into Monday’s activities, you’ll have to wade through the busy weekend. It’s well worth braving the rain and getting a little wet! The Fringe Festival continues – if you haven’t caught any of the plays as yet, don’t worry. We’ve reviewed them all for you, so pick your favourite and catch it while you can. They’re also having some musical (not theatre, but bands) stop by their main tent – tonight, The Elwins stop by. If you love royalty, the Ottawa chapter of the Monarchist League is... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy klwatts on Flickr. Ontario Craft Beer Week kicks off Sunday!Photo courtesy klwatts on Flickr. Ontario Craft Beer Week kicks off Sunday!

It’s a crazy weekend, folks: from free dentistry day to a no pants party to a rock paper scissors competition, it’s next to impossible to leave this weekend without a bit of entertainment. Looking for a whole lot of variety, packed into a short amount of time? Head to Pressed this evening for a variety show like no other. You can also head down to Mercury Lounge for the indie rock stylings of Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes, along with High Waters. Tonight is also the CHUO Edition of Battle of the Bands... | Continue reading article

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