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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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Bending over backwards: premiere of “Yogawoman” at the Mayfair Theatre

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Photo courtesy of John MacNab from the Apt613 flickr poolPhoto courtesy of John MacNab from the Apt613 flickr pool

Ottawans sure do love their yoga. Walk down Bank St. from Wellington to Gladstone and you’ll encounter more yoga studios than Bridgeheads. While the majority of practitioners do yoga for the physical health benefits, it’s well known toned muscles aren’t all you get from downward dog. Yogawoman is an award winning documentary that tells the inspiring stories of women whose lives have been changed by yoga. Why just women? Although you’d never guess going into a studio here in North America, traditionally yoga was developed for men. It was brought to the western world from India... | Continue reading article

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Videos of the Week: Winners of the Teen Tech Video Awards

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Photo by Rheal DoucettePhoto by Rheal Doucette

The Ottawa Public Library recently announced the winners of the third annual Teen Tech Week Video Contest.  Teens aged 13 to 18 were invited to create a one-minute video about their favourite book. The video could be a book trailer, parody, review, dramatization of their favourite scene, or anything related to their book of choice.  Below are the top three videos. 1st Place: (Curious George Rides a Bike).  Directed by Zachary Spence, a graduate of Canterbury High School, and starring his two friends, Max Spence and Ryan Graves. 2ndPlace: (Silver Wing).  Directed... | Continue reading article

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Tonight: Northern Scene kicks off with SWARM

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From Indian Brand Corporation (2009) by Joseph Tisiga. Image courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery.From Indian Brand Corporation (2009) by Joseph Tisiga. Image courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery.

Looking for something to do tonight? As a part of the launch of Northern Scene, a handful of galleries in Ottawa and Gatineau will be hosting events, exhibition openings and performances by some of the best talent coming from the North. Billed as “the largest gathering of artists from Yukon, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut”, the festival will showcase more than 250 artists over ten days. SWARM starts with a gallery crawl at 6pm — to get around the city you can walk, bike or take a ride... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Shotgun Jimmie's release party is Friday night. Photo courtesy his website.Shotgun Jimmie's release party is Friday night. Photo courtesy his website.

Get yourself in the weekend groove with this exclusive Apartment613/Ceremony mix, curated by Gary Franks, one of our fave Ceremony DJs. It’s the perfect soundtrack to deciding how you want to kick up your weekend! There’s a stellar line up of Northern artists, musicians and more stopping by our city for the next week for Northern Scene – it’s well worth your time to seek some out! There’s a fashion show, an art party featuring 15 artists in one night, and a welcome ceremony to kick it all off tonight.... | Continue reading article

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Mike Dubue wants to compose you a ringtone (and score a silent film)

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The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

Mike Dubue, former front-man of the Hilotrons, is trying his hand at another silent film.  You might remember these events happening at the Mayfair a while back.  This time Mike and a group of local musicians have rented out the ByTowne Cinema to present The Adventures of Prince Achmed with an original score.  They are looking for help in putting this event on and have created an indiegogo campaign where you can donate money in return for tickets and other pretty cool rewards.  Among the goodies offered to donors, Mike will... | Continue reading article

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