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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + ticket giveaway

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Photo of the Yips, courtesy of Ming Wu.Photo of the Yips, courtesy of Ming Wu.

The weekend’s almost upon us and Winterlude is in full swing. You might want to save your mandatory stop to look at the pretty sculptures for Sunday, because the weekend is chalk full with fun things to do. Start your Thursday evening early at the Ottawa Art Gallery with the dual exhibit of David R. Harper & Rémi Thériault and Painters Eleven. Thériault’s exhibition consists of a series of large colour photographs on the physical transformation of European sites where Canadian armies fought in WWI. Harper’s exhibit “Entre chien et... | Continue reading article

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Bright Nights: The 4th Baltic-Nordic Film Festival is on now

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Still from Tavarataivas (My Stuff), Directed by Petri Luukkainen (Finnish, with English sub-titles).Still from Tavarataivas (My Stuff), Directed by Petri Luukkainen (Finnish, with English sub-titles).

I consider myself to be a good Canadian girl. Minus 40 weather be damned- I’ve got places to go and people to see. Twenty articles of clothing later I’m heading out into the eyelash-freezing, forehead numbing, unsightly snot-inducing wind and snow. We’re Canadians-we laugh in the face of winter’s harsh blows! We’re united in refusing to be defeated by the season! I take pride as an Ottawain to know that every year people flock from all over to be “one of us” to participate in celebrating all that winter has... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819: NUITS CLAIRES, le 4ème Festival du film balte et nordique aura lieu du 1er au 12 février 2014

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À mesure que le froid se déploie sur Ottawa, le ciel lui, se dégage sur un canal gelé, des statues de glaces et de larges écrans blancs. La logique? Un ciel d’hiver, un ciel polaire, l’Institut du Film Canadien s’affaire, en collaboration avec les ambassades des pays baltes et nordiques, aux derniers préparatifs de son « festival polaire », qu’il intitule « Nuits Claires ». Un recueil de huit films d’autres pays enneigés et inspirés, indépendants et éclectiques, artistiques et philosophiques, qui divertissent et instruisent ceux qui les écoutent. En... | Continue reading article

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Make a film in 72 hours? Piece of cake

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Still from 2013 Challenge winner, "Change" by Matt Delaney and Shooter McNally.Still from 2013 Challenge winner, "Change" by Matt Delaney and Shooter McNally.

Vera Grbic is a volunteer for OIFF. Get your quick-as-a-jet film skills ready – the Ottawa International Film Festival (OIFF) is asking you to shoot a short film (3-12 minutes long) in just three days. That’s the premise behind the OIFF 72 Hour Film Challenge. On February 6th, at 6:30 pm at The Lieutenant’s Pump, OIFF will kick off the event, providing contenders specific wildcard requirements they have to use in the films. These may include dialogue, props, locations and even music (local bands like Kalle Mattson, Fevers, and Boyhood... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Olenka by Patrick Schmidt.Photo of Olenka by Patrick Schmidt.

2014: the Year of the Horse! Yup, it’s Chinese New Year this weekend – celebrate down in Chinatown at Shanghai or party with jazz group Bamboo Groove Saturday night. At Babylon Thursday night, it’s another edition of “I can’t believe it’s not“, with Nirvana’s Nevermind being played full-out with more than a dozen local musicians. In other covers, Jonesey and The GreyTones continue their quest to cover the Beatles’ 1964 content. On Friday, it’s a night of folk at Pressed with Olenka, Bosveld and Jos Fortin, while The Standstills are down at... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Wakefield winter warm up giveaway!

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Photo of Running Red Lights by Lisa Macintosh Photography courtesy their Facebook page.Photo of Running Red Lights by Lisa Macintosh Photography courtesy their Facebook page.

Need a winter getaway this weekend? Read on to find out how you can escape to Wakefield for a show and overnight stay! First, though, a bit of music closer to home. If you missed Josef Mieto a few weeks back, you can catch his folky sounds tonight at Maxwells, where he’ll be joined by James Leclaire and Ray Harris. Also tonight, you’ll find DJ Nu-Mark at Babylon as part of his 7″ of Pleasure tour – his night of all 45 vinyls will feature a big lineup of other... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So things are getting quieter as the holidays inch closer, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had. Thursday night, head to Pressed for a night of zines, featuring the Toronto Queer Zine Fair. The Fast Romantics are over in Wakefield tonight, and, because it’s the third Thursday of the month, Hip Hop Karaoke takes over Babylon. On Friday, head to the Black Sheep for The Weber Brothers, with opening guests Suns of Stone and Miss Polygamy. The Haig are celebrating their album release at Avant Garde, while the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Atomic Rooster giveaway

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Love poutine? Look no further than Sparks Street – you’re now booked up for the weekend. Support Local month is entering its third weekend, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Tonight, there’s a vernissage of Andrea Stokes’ work down at Mint Hair Studio. It’s also the Alice Alishka pop-up shop at Workshop Boutique – your chance to get a hold of some one-of-a-kind pieces she’s just created. If you’re in the mood for some quirky, old films, Raw Sugar has partnered up with the Mayfair to showcase some... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So October is almost over, and that means the city gets scary. Get a head start on Halloween with some spooky sexy stories, a WonderGeeks night of festivities, some pumpkin carving and, of course, a vampire or two. Costumes are more than welcome tonight down at the Mercury Lounge, where super-talented NOAH will be putting on a show with the help of a few friends. Thursday evening will also bring the eerie experimental sounds of For Esmé at Raw Sugar, while The Belle Game are out at the Black Sheep. The Babes4Breasts... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + giveaway to Inside Out Film Fest

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Suuns are in town Friday. Photo courtesy their website.Suuns are in town Friday. Photo courtesy their website.

Music, movies, and specialized markets – we’ve got it all this weekend in Ottawa. Film buffs have a lot to choose from: a documentary on the secret world of modular synthesizers in Ottawa, home movies (you can even bring your own), and Nosferatu with the traditional live accompaniment. There’s also the Inside Out Film Festival (plus a dance party) – and we’re giving away 2 pairs of tickets for Blue is the Warmest Color, playing at the festival Sunday at 8pm. Just leave a comment below with your favourite movie (LGBT or... | Continue reading article

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